ElioMotors public image is still showing a stiff upper lip

Posted By on June 21, 2017

With financial concerns looming for Elio Motors, they continue to put out positive PR remarks to their "All In" reservation holders, prospective buyers and investors. Everything from their perspective is positive is a series of questions/answers  posted on their website.


One Q & A indicates that Elio Motors is "targeting 2018" to be the year they start production with all current reservation holders receiving their Elios "within their first year of production." Obviously those of us who were early "All In" reservation holders have been anxious for a long time … personally I’m just hoping they will begin production.



Glut of crude is making the oil business a lot less attractive

Posted By on June 20, 2017


Traders of oil are bearish as the previous climb above $50/barrel could not hold under the pressure of global oversupply. For those of us who remember the doom and gloom of “peak oil,” paying $4+ per gallon at the pump and jumping on the alternative fuel bandwagon … it is hard to fathom that we’re now “swimming in oil.” Obviously new drilling techniques, fracking and oil field finds have put to rest the immediate concern over “running out of oil,” but at some point if the per barrel price keeps falling, we’ll soon be at a price where the slim margins start shutting down oil operation. A lot of companies will find it more and more difficult to cover expenses and payroll if prices stay in the low $40/barrel range much longer (see WSJ 6/20/2017).


It may be time for companies to start their “shutting down for maintenance” excuses. Smile

Taking a BMW X5 35D to the track – Thanks Andrew!

Posted By on June 20, 2017

My Volkswagen TDI and BMW Diesel friend Andrew (proprietor FixMyVW.com) to his BMW X5 35D to the track in Atlanta this past weekend. He posted the run on YouTube and since his “tune” and exhaust is what I put on my 2010 BMW X5 35D … it did getting me pretty excited.

Published on Jun 18, 2017

VIdeo starts with double yellow flags, skip to 4:22 for some action. Most parts and install from AARodriguez Corp. BuzzKen Exhaust JR Autotuning
This is my personal X5 diesel, you can see more on our facebook page facebook.com’/fixmyvw or www.fixmyvw.com

Music Monday: Back In The High Life Again by Steve Winwood

Posted By on June 19, 2017

With summer almost here, it is time for some warm weather feel good music and one such song is Steve Winwood‘s  Back In The High Life Again song from 1986. I didn’t know it, but James Taylor actually sang harmonizing vocals on this single that went to #1 in Adult Contemporary music and 13 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

Painted heirloom wicker chairs on this Father’s Day weekend

Posted By on June 18, 2017


It is good day when projects get accomplished. Saturday was a sunny and dry for the painting of my GREAT grandparents’ two wicker chairs (unsure, but think they were from my Grandmother Ruth “Walker” Bluhm side). My Grandmother and Grandfather Bluhm used them for years on their Wright Avenue front porch in Toledo Ohio, then my mom treasured them so much she “cable locked them” to their front porch in Sidney.

These were chairs I really wanted from my parents estate and although we used them last year, they were in need of “another” coat of protective paint (who knows how many … but I do know there was green paint many years ago — likely LEAD based???)


Put out some baby powder to see what is sneaking around

Posted By on June 17, 2017

TrackingCritters170616The population of rodents and critters has risen in the years we’ve been living in Liberty Township, Ohio. We have either encroach on the critters … or more likely encroached on the predators of the critters. In either case, we have more and more of them in our yard and boldly closing in on the house and detached — likely the absence of Tootsie is a key?

I’ve been tracking down and live trapping a number of the bigger ones (raccoons and unfortunately skunks!) but the smaller ones are becoming a concern as well. I’m talking about chipmunks and squirrels. I’ve been setting smaller live traps without success and may have to try more drastic measures. In fact, on the next trip with Jeff skeet shooting we may spend some time at the rifle range sighting in my new 3-9 x 50 Hawke scope, although doubt .223 is the appropriate round for a chipmunk! (Just so I won’t alarm anyone, I’ll probably just use an air rifle on the squirrels and pick up a new trap for the chipmunks.)

TechFriday: Twitter updates their mobile look

Posted By on June 16, 2017

TwitterUpdate170615We’ll see how the new iOS Twitter update is received by users, but since it is my go-to social network for all things news, I’ve download the hefty update to my aging iPhone5s and will see how bogged down it feels (very sluggish of late on most apps). Hopefully it will continue to run reasonable quick and the new look will be palatable, unlike Yahoo Finance’s NEW Portfolio … serious pushback. Stay tuned for grumbling or praise.

Twitter gets a makeover with faster navigation, a cleaner interface and circular profile pictures

  • The biggest alteration moves the profile to a side navigation tab
  • This will leave four main tabs at the bottom of the screen
  • Other changes include tweaks to typography, icons and layout
  • The changes are being rolled out and will continue in the coming weeks

A redesign of Twitter has been announced that should make the social media site faster and easier to use.
Many of the changes are fairly subtle, but they are aimed at creating a more uniform experience for users on different platforms.
The alterations have been made in response to feedback from Twitter’s 313 million monthly active users about elements they didn’t like, according to the firm.

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EDIT: After the update … here’s the difference? (old on left, new on right)

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.