Open Live Writer – WordPress and a computer problem

| June 30, 2016

Tinkering with a new notebook computer (tomorrow’s post) and a few Open Live Writer issues. This is at test image with the scaling set to 100% — makes no difference.  Next step is to look at the WordPress style.css to see if there is anything that might be causing display issues.

Blue Sky from 1972 – an Allman Brother classic for #TBT

| June 30, 2016

Yes …music post was just made yesterday but I can’t help myself in adding a #Throwback Thursday post another classic song  (I think the #TBT trend is starting to fade?).  "Blue Sky" is a Dickey Betts (band member) song from the Allman Brothers double album "Eat a Peach" (1972) after band leader Duane Allman was […]

Doggies in the Toyota window – Pre-4th of July

| June 29, 2016

Summer Breeze, makes me feel fine …

| June 29, 2016

Although it has been posted on my blog before (6 years ago) in a live version, Summer Breeze by Seals and Croft has been buzzing in my head ever since hearing it on SiriusXM "The Bridge" (that channel — #32 — has become my preferred music station when in the car — although usually I’m […]

Islamic State prime suspect after suicide bombers kill 41 at Istanbul airport

| June 29, 2016

Proving how difficult it is to secure soft targets from suicide committed terrorists. Turkish investigators pored over video footage and witness statements on Wednesday after three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers opened fire and blew themselves up in Istanbul’s main airport, killing 41 people and wounding 239. Source: Islamic State prime suspect after suicide bombers […]

What Volkswagen TDI owners need to know about the settlement

| June 28, 2016

As Volkswagen prepares to dole out $15 BILLION in a diesel emissions settlement for their cheating, here is what VW TDI owners need to know (Source: Yahoo Finance): Who can file a claim? Owners of certain Volkswagen and Audi cars with 2.0 liter diesel engines from model years 2009-2015 are eligible under the settlement. The […]

Quadrotors are likely going to be the next personal aircraft

| June 28, 2016

I’m not sure how the whole "drone" future is going to turn out, but it is exciting to watch the improvements over a short period of time. The ease of flying, improvements in batteries and quality of video have really advanced. It will not be long before we’re "jumping" around town in a quadrotor. I […]

Phrases You Never Knew Came From Sailing

| June 27, 2016

Here are a few phrases that you may not have realized were born in the days of sailing ships posted on the American Sailing Association site. “A clean bill of health” According to dictionary.com this phrase derives from the days when the crew of ocean going ships might be a little less than hygienic, so […]

Legend Bob Riggles rolls his car with Jay Leno inside

| June 27, 2016

Whew … luckily no injuries.

Finally closing in on a 2010 BMW X5 35d worthy of driving

| June 26, 2016

It has been a much longer process to get our BMW X5 35d back to road worthy than I initially thought. When I bought the used diesel SUV last year, I knew there were a few things I needed to repair, as well as a few items I wanted to tweak. After tinking on our […]

A broken tool, a stuck part and fixing them

| June 25, 2016

In rounding out and connecting the dots in a couple previous posts, I’ll summarize with a short post and what happened. When reinstalling the brake caliper slides the other day on the BMW X5 35d, I snapped off my Craftsman branded hex socket when tightening down the slide. It was careless on my part as […]

The difference between a good company and a great one is?

| June 24, 2016

Customer Service. Sailrite does it right. Thank you … and many returns and referrals from me.

The UK out of the EU. Cameron Resigns. The #BREXIT recoil.

| June 24, 2016

Financial markets around the globe are reeling Friday morning from yesterday’s historic BREXIT vote in the UK as the people have chosen to exit the EU. Big picture is that life has not improved for citizens of Britain under the real or perceived central control — some suggesting it is "their" Independence Day. Even though […]

Installed a 2 inch hitch receiver and flat 4-plug on the BMW X5

| June 24, 2016

I’m behind on my BMW X5 35d updates as the hitch installation happened over Father’s Day weekend and I failed to get the photos to my computer. The process started by peeling off the body moldings which have every combination of plastic locking tab. Suffice to say, I broke a few trying to figure out […]

VW to Pay More Than $10 Billion to Settle Emissions Claims

| June 23, 2016

Volkswagen AG has agreed to pay more than $10 billion to settle claims from U.S. owners of diesel-powered vehicles affected by the German auto maker’s emissions-cheating scandal, said people familiar with the matter.The $10 billion-plus deal would address owners of nearly 500,000 diesel-powered vehicles with two-liter engines that contain software capable of duping government emissions […]

A test of patience: Sears Craftsman tools – Guaranteed Forever

| June 23, 2016

Follow up to previous post: Here’s the beef (long-ish winded) — I have a bunch of Craftsman tools and have always appreciated their "fair" quality and knowing that Sears stood behind them (and "use to be" in every town). As times change, Sears is no longer what it once was and the convenience factor as […]

Lost and found: Large cat, no collar or tags.

| June 22, 2016

Saw this in my social network feed the other day … too funny not too share. Found … Large cat, cream colored, no collar or tags. Doesn’t get along well with my other cats or dogs. Needs to be the only cat in the household. Not very friendly. If this is your car, please claim […]

Ever tested Sears Craftsman broken tool policy?

| June 22, 2016

The tools my dad had were for the most part Craftsman (Sears) … and the sockets and ratchets that I have are almost all Craftsman … and the set I gave to for Taylor are as well. Interesting thing … even though I have a couple broken sockets and ratchets, I’ve never tried to return […]

A great night for taildragger flying from Molnau Airfield

| June 21, 2016

My son-in-law Drew had a special treat after an evening at the Ridgeview Medical Center fundraiser in Waconia, Minnesota. It looks like my daughter Katelyn persuaded her colleague, fellow pediatrician Dr. Adam Weber,  to take Drew up for an evening flight in his Bellanca Citabria (Of interest: When the original manufacturer Champion Aircraft derived the name for this […]

Ceramic Front Discs Brakes installed on the BMW X5 35d

| June 21, 2016

It was past time for brake maintenance as the wear sensor on the BMW X5 35d has been warning me to replace the front brakes for weeks. After a bit of research, I opted for the Power Stop (17-1294) Evolution-Plus Ceramic brakes and am hoping to reduce the dirty brake dust. I’m hoping for continued […]

A near perfect Fathers Day weekend: Cars, Sun, Family and Ribs

| June 20, 2016

We had another outstanding summer weekend weather-wise and enjoyed every minute of each day. I spent my Father’s Day afternoon working on the BMW X5 35d and installing a 2" hitch receiver (upcoming post). Getting all the snapped and clipped on trim off was the biggest hassle … but it is done. We enjoyed grilling […]

Cleveland Cavaliers Win NBA Championship

| June 20, 2016

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors, 93-89, in Game 7 of the NBA Finals for the first title in franchise history. Led by hometown star LeBron James, the Cavaliers fended off the defending champions to give their city its first major sports title in over 50 years. The victory also marked an unprecedented […]

The Obscure But Ultimately Very Useful Halyard Knot

| June 19, 2016

Unknown to many sailors, the halyard knot is nonetheless an elegant compact knot that is particularly handy to know about if you need to bend a line on to some sort of shackle or clip (a halyard shackle being the eponymous example) on a more-or-less permanent basis, but are too lazy (or ignorant) to be […]

An EGR Race Pipe mod for the BMW X5 35d diesel SUV

| June 18, 2016

Finally found enough time to remove even more items from the BMW X5 35d … this time it was to replace the EGR and the EGR cooler assembly with a "gorgeous" billet aluminum EGR Race Pipe from FixMyVW ccm. The photo on left below is fresh out of the package and below and on the […]

How will the Elio achieve 84 mpg?

| June 17, 2016

Another Elio Motors update detailed more on a variety of engineering points (my previous posts) … particularly on how the Elio will achieve the advertised 84 mpg. Powertrain – An Efficient Union of Technology and Efficiency The other system we’re checking out this week is the Elio’s powertrain, which will help the Elio run as […]

Neil Zurcher packs his bags for a final farewell tour

| June 16, 2016

It looks like a farewell “again” for Neil Zurcher from WLW in Cleveland. I remember ‘One Tank Trip’ from our 13 years in the Cleveland area as we often looked for things to do when our time off was short (well it still is!) His trips were a highlight of things to do when our […]

Short montage of songs Jimmy Buffett has not played in 10 years

| June 15, 2016

Saw an update on Jimmy Buffett’s Facebook page and sharing a montage of songs he and the Coral Reefer Band have not performed in 10 years. The great part about the old JB music is that I know most of it by heart … so it doesn’t seem that long to me.      Montage […]

Excitement is building, but the Elio is not in production … yet

| June 14, 2016

The hardest part in putting down a deposit or investing way before a company is even off the ground is not the fear of failure, but the anticipation. Elio is doing their part to keep the excitement alive by sending out development photos, surveys and computer generated drawing. So far, they are doing most everything […]

Very sobering, Bill Gordon, a college friend collapsed and died

| June 13, 2016

The death of an in-shape friend and someone who is my age, really hit me when I read Bill Gordon had died on Facebook Sunday afternoon. He was one of my Ohio Northern University roommates and according to closer friends, he was on a ride Saturday morning and collapsed. How can that be??? He was an avid […]

Never too old for a Birthday Bash

| June 12, 2016

Taylor’s Birthday party this weekend brought back memories of past pool parties when our kids were younger. Kids no more … these were all late 20s adults … but had fun acting like kids again for a day. The above photo include most from their group … click for full size! The birthday was really […]

Family, grandparents, art, handiwork and a special cousin

| June 11, 2016

My cousin (a loyal blog reader … a little embarrassing) exchanged a couple of text messages the other day after she commented on "our" grandfather’s photo and grandmother’s painting. It is nice to know that I’m not the only one who is sentimental about our grandparents, considering the very few years they were in our […]

My niece Sarah Gerber is an impressive young lady

| June 10, 2016

*Video: sarah’s graduation We recently returned from the high school graduation of my niece Sarah Gerber who has fought and lived with childhood cancer her entire life. She continues to defy the odds with an inoperable brain tumor and her story is truly encouraging for all who face similar medical challenges. Sarahs’ 18 years are […]

A day early … but Happy Birthday to my son Taylor #TBT

| June 9, 2016

Happy 27th birthday Taylor.  Wow … are you getting old … but then again what does that say about me? It is fitting to post this a day early so I can include a TBT photo of him helping me work on the Sonex airplane project I ended up selling a few years ago. I […]

Jerry Skinner talks about #MH17 with @MariaBartiromo

| June 8, 2016

As the second anniversary approaches of the downing of #MH17 by Russian missiles over the Ukraine, my brother-in-law Jerry Skinner is doing what he can to keep the tragedy in front of the public eye. Pressure on politicians for them to pursue justice, compensation and a admission from Russia and Putin (a long shot) is […]

Video: Heavy rains in Australia wash away a marina

| June 7, 2016

This makes me a sick to my stomach as I’m thinking about our Encore sitting in a marina as hurricane and tropical storm season move closer to peak months.

So very true: Living Near Water Can Reduce Stress

| June 7, 2016

The other day in Mental Floss I read that a "Study Confirmed What We Already Knew: Living Near Water Can Reduce Stress." I can attest to this since we lived by the water when I was a boy. My parents had a home on the shores for Lake Erie with a 150 foot private beach […]

D-Day: Debunking the myths of the Normandy landings

| June 6, 2016

Anniversaries are useful moments to pause and reflect. For the anniversary of D-Day — June 6, 1944 — and subsequent campaign in northern France, it is also an opportunity to look at the past in detail and ask how much of what we think we know is true and how much is well-entrenched myth. Not […]

Busy Estate Sale weekend for the Corbetts

| June 5, 2016

It was a busy weekend for a few of us in our family. My brother, his wife Claire and son Jaben, my cousin Diane and her husband Bert, as well as Brenda and myself decided to self-sell the balance of my mom and dad’s home contents rather than have an auction. It was quite a […]

Quirks, Jars and a PC name for Milwaukee Dill Pickles

| June 4, 2016

Talk about "desultory" … who else blogs on Milwaukee Dill pickle "jars???"   Like George Berdes (link), I love Milwaukee Midget Dill Pickles … although I’m not so sure about the corporate conglomerate brand Pinnacle Foods? I add "5" midget dills to my plate at every home lunch and have done this for years with […]

Attended the high school graduation of our youngest niece

| June 3, 2016

The Howard side of the family gathered in Atlanta for the high school graduation of my youngest niece Sarah Gerber this past week. The party was on Memorial Day and graduation for the Lambert High School class of 2016 the day after. Brenda’s sister Ann and her family live in a northeastern suburb that is […]

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.