mrblanche

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About mrblanche

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  • Birthday July 11

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    Morgan, TX (Next to Lake Whitney)
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    Hot rods (have a '26 Ford Tudor), guitars, woodworking, writing.
  1. Coyote Sighting

    I used to come home from work early in the morning, 4 a.m. or earlier, and often saw coyotes in the streets and alleys.
  2. Fuel tank restoration

    I used the POR-15 kit on my 464, but it hasn't been long enough to really judge it. However, I used the same stuff on my 1926 T hot rod, and that has been nearly 5 years and it has worked great.
  3. Dow passed 24,000

    In my experience, those who rely on a repeated epithet of someone's name have run out of real arguments are are merely trying to comfort themselves. That kind of thing is for sixth-graders on the playground...and Donald Trump.
  4. Vintage IH Firetruck

    I have thought about getting something like that to carry my hot rod.
  5. I love my job

    Not me. I loved my paycheck. I would probably have done anything that paid as well and would keep me home at night.
  6. Dow passed 24,000

    I was well into the top 50% last year. Won't quite make it this year. We both retired this year, and are living off our ill-gotten gains.
  7. Dow passed 24,000

    Nope on both counts. However, from your posts here, I suspect you've been smoking something. Or maybe drinking something. Something purple and sweet, a lot like Koolade? But I suspect we will see it all shake out in the end. But before you praise President Obama's economic moves too much, remember that the bailouts were actually passed under Bush.
  8. Dow passed 24,000

    Not very many people actually pay enough taxes to make deducting them worthwhile. In fact, I believe 75% of all filers take the standard deduction. By doubling that amount, all those people ARE getting a tax break. Essentially it would be the same as allowing everyone to deduct 2 times their state, local, and real estate taxes. In fact, I have taken the standard deduction the last 5 years or so, because all my taxes, interest, etc., didn't come up to the standard deduction. Now, I suppose Congress could write the tax laws so that a corporation of, oh, say, $5,000,000 in value could take a standard deduction and not worry about itemizing every little expense, and it would have the same effect.
  9. Dow passed 24,000

    Clinton pushed the Community Reinvestment Act to ridiculous extremes. I knew we were headed for a crash when I met a woman on a cruise who worked for Countrywide. She worked in department where they calculated the numbers of mortgages to all minorities and made sure they lent the correct amount to keep their averages "kosher." She said they had to approve loans that today we call "predatory," because that was the only way to keep up the averages. They lent without any documentation in some cases, knowing full well the borrower would never even pay the first payment, let alone the last one, but they knew they could bundle them and sell them at a discount and recoup enough money to stay out of court with the Feds.
  10. Dow passed 24,000

    Median family income in the U.S. is $59,039. If you accept that we are now benefiting from Obama's economic packages, you have to assume he benefited from Bush's, and Clinton benefited from Reagan's and Bush's economic policies.
  11. Dow passed 24,000

    And I sold out of the market at 19,100. Dang. Oh, well. It could just as easily have gone the other way. And will again, some day.
  12. Anyone see the new Tesla Semi

    Do you remember when the KW "Anteater" came on the market? Everyone laughed...and then everyone bought it. But even regional work won't cut it. Take a look at the typical day I had. I went to work, got my paperwork, went out to the truck, started it up, hooked up to a trailer that I hoped didn't need anything fixed on it. I drove to Houston, which was 248 miles. From there I either came back (which would be 496 miles), or went to Laredo (which would be a total 536 miles to my overnight stop). I usually spent the night at Cotulla, about 40 miles north of Laredo. Then the next morning I drove into Laredo, making as many as 3 pickups, and then drove back to Dallas, which would be a total of 448 miles. So, if there was a charging stating somewhere west of Houston, I could take my mandatory 30 minute break and make it to Cotulla. If I went straight back to Dallas, I would need a 30 minute charging session somewher north of Hunstville. If I left Cotulla fully charged, I MIGHT make it back to Dallas without a stop. Yes, I can imagine all this working. Do I think it will, anytime in the next 10 years? No. Oh, and just in passing, Walmart has been buying hybrid trucks from Freightliner for years.
  13. Anyone see the new Tesla Semi

    As a truck driver (now retired), I think it's great they're trying new technologies. But I don't feel like Musk had any of his engineers actually ride with a truck driver for a week or two. They would quickly realize they need to zero in on a segment of the market and go for that. The current design misses on every market. And, of course, every time I heard Musk talk about his vaporware, I think of Elio. Which reminds me, I need to check my little book. I think about 5 guys owe me $100 they bet me on Elio's production date.
  14. Electronic ignition - wow!

    My guess would be you are hooked up to the resistor wire of the coil, instead of the full voltage wire.
  15. Electronic ignition - wow!

    There are good reasons boats don't have electronic ignitions, or at least they haven't until recently.