Learning about automotive manufacturing and Digital Buck

Posted By on October 22, 2019

ElioInsideTopOne thing about waiting for a start-up car company to build a car is that I’m learning a lot more about the automotive manufacturing process. Nowadays, many of the parts are manufactured by suppliers to the automotive industry and then assembled. The same will be true for the unique Elio Motors three wheel tandem seating hypermiler (if it ever eventually gets financed and begins the assembly process).

One of the positives is that they do continue to send out a weekly email … usually not updating the situation or making promises … but to talk about the design and building process. This past week’s email was about Digital Buck, or a bit more generically, tools for design or Digital Mockup

A Look Inside
The Manufacturing Process

The idea of something new is exciting. Today, the terms “new” and “reliable” are practically synonymous. When a new item comes into our possession we fully expect that the item has been thoroughly tested and any potential bugs have long been resolved: any product that falls short can be an immediate disappointment. It was not long ago, however, that many were leery of purchasing a new vehicle because of the variables that accompanied the purchase. For the most part, those days are comfortably in the rearview mirror. Luckily, through several technological advancements, new vehicles are stunningly dependent and reliable. At Elio Motors, we are ensuring at every stage that our vehicles will be reliable by utilizing tools such as the Digital Buck.



Are you ready for the World Series 2019

Posted By on October 21, 2019

In the year of the home run, the Astros and Nationals have served as reminders that exciting, dominant starting pitching is still out there, and still effective. Both clubs, who will face off in the 2019 World Series beginning with Game 1 on Tuesday, are built around their rotation.

Wow, 10 years in a growing community really makes a difference

Posted By on October 20, 2019

A photo from August 22, 2009 of a field that is now completely developed

Saw this post from 10 years ago on my blog in August of 2009 as I was playing with the camera on my Palm Pre smartphone. At the time, I was impressed with the dramatic sky and quality of photo from a tiny digital phone camera. NOW, I’m just impressed with the amount of development that has taken place in Liberty Township, Ohio … all around us!

Wildlife Photography – Photographer of the year photos 2019

Posted By on October 19, 2019


Wildlife photography whether beautiful or funny have always been something I’ve enjoyed. There was a time that I thought I would spend my vacations hiking and sailing with a camera in hand … but it requires far more dedication and "love of hobby" than I was willing to devote. Still … this years photos on Digg  were appreciated.

All Aboard! Never complain about your commute again.

Posted By on October 17, 2019

It is hard to fathom just how difficult life is in other highly populated third world countries. Count your blessings you live in America, even if you have a challenging “big city” commute. 😮

Few grocery stores match Trader Joe’s quality and service

Posted By on October 16, 2019

Although I am not a huge shopper … be it groceries or other retail stores … the grocery chain Trader Joe’s stands way above the rest when it comes to quality and service in my opinion. Brenda and I had a direct comparison today as we first stopped at a Trader Joe’s to pick up a few things that we have enjoyed before. Although the store was busy, we enjoyed every minute of walking through and finding more than the couple items we stopped to pick up.

For my part, I sampled a few of the samples and went back for a little more of their coffee sample — very good. Unfortunately they do not have everything that we had on our grocery list which required another stop … what a mistake after the fantastic service and smiling, ambitious people at Trader Joe’s. I don’t think it would have mattered it it were a Kroger, Publix or Meijer … but we stopped at Walmart. Ugh … like night and day … from the shopping experience to the attitude of the people working there (not to mention the customers at Walmart … and I really don’t want to be hoity-toity).

Phase of life: Enjoying life and watching family doing the same

Posted By on October 14, 2019

TaylorMeganPumpkinTime191012Is it already time for pumpkins and autumn? I guess it is … especially after seeing Taylor and Megan picking out pumpkins. They sent a great photo of them on Saturday enjoying the crisper weather and beautiful weather. Supposedly Taylor’s pumpkin is heavier … but I’m not seeing it in this photo (also, Happy Birthday Megan!).


On the previous weekend a bit further north, Annalyn, Drew and Katelyn also went to a fall festival, buying baking apples and checking out the John Deere tractor (Annalyn told me on FaceTime that she went on a Jeep ride too). Sounds like fun … but likely not as much fun as flying to Legoland this weekend. Off she goes, suitcase and all already!


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