Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Car Watching: 1960 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

 Ah, just when you think it's been too long since you've seen an edition of Car Watching, along comes this beauty.  A 1960 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible.  My camera can not do this car justice.  The blue is stunning in person.  The body is excellent.  The interior was incredible.
 Grrrr, a mean front end for a car housing a 283ci V8.  250 to 290 horsepower were on tap, and there was a fuel injected option.  Yes, FUEL INJECTION.  Not the boon that it is today, but the Corvette was no stranger to bad ass technology even in 1960.
 There is not a bad angle on the 1960.  Indeed a beautiful sports car.
 The interior.  Great stuff here.  The dash is full of gauges and switches and dials.  Very well cared for, or recently remodeled...this one impresses.  It's a manual transmission, of course, a four-speed.
 Wonderful view here, too.  Almost a boat tail.  The 1960 had it's tail lights on the ridges of the fenders, which I really like.
 Click on the photo and you can see the tail pipe inside of the bumper opening.  Trick.  Love it.
Another view of the cockpit.  Just too cool for words.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Boys off to school, 2016

 First up was Tyson.  He's a Sophomore now.  I didn't take this photo, the lovely Mrs K did.  He is quite camera shy.
 Later was Eli.  He is not camera shy.  I wish you could see his newly blonded bangs.  But, as much as the school photos are a tradition for the boys, in the background you can see...
....the school tradition for the dogs.  Now it's Rex, looking longingly out at us while we fuss over photos. 

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Fat Chance Yo! Eddy

A lifetime ago, I had two Fat Chance bikes at one time, painted with the same color scheme, a blue fade to yellow and green.  One was a Slim Chance road bike and the other a Yo! Eddy mountain bike.  That was short lived, but it was cool.

My good friend Ethan was summering in Colorado with his family when he came across some cool commemorative Fat Chance stuff.  He thought of me and sent a cool t-shirt and the coolest sticker since the prism Oury Grip stickers of the 70's!

Some branding is just better than others, and Fat Chance was the best.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Rotten Steps

 Our deck on the back of the house is 11 years old now, and it shows.  I have periodically power washed it, sealed it, painted it, etc., but nothing can save it from some of it's inherent flaws.  All of the flat boards are screwed down too closely to one another, not allowing water to drain through.  You can imagine that this has lead to some rotten wood, the worst of which has been the steps.  Today I removed the steps and some other rotten wood and replaced them.
Bob Villa I am not.  But I have a saw, a drill, screws, and a measuring tape.  A trip to Home Depot scored me some boards.  Sweating and a lot of mosquito bites got me these new steps.  This has inspired me to replace all of the horizontal boards.  The frame of the deck is intact, so it's simply a matter of using the aforementioned tools along with 22 twelve-foot boards.  What could go wrong?

Sunday, July 17, 2016

I thought it was just a couple branches

 You know that big storm that came through St. Louis the other day?  My neighbors tree got struck by lightning.  Big ol' thing came crashing down into the street.  I had a couple of branches down in my yard from my own trees.  Big deal.   But, there was more.  A lot more.
The branches were much bigger than I thought.  MUCH.  I filled 6 yard waste bags and made a pile of small logs from those branches.  I got worked over!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Roll Out! on Father's Day

Oh yes, me and Optimus Prime.  He and I are pretty tight.  He's the all-powerful king of the Autobots, and I am called Dad by some pretty amazing kids.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Bike Projects This Week

 First, the fun one.  I installed the reproduction Skyway Graphite Tuff Wheels on the Redline.  They look awesome.  They are heavy, though.  Like, heavy.  But they have super smooth cartridge bearings and they're straight...something Tuff Wheels in the past have not been.  The nobby tires suck.  Not because they're nobby, but they're just cheap tires.  They look so 1982, though.  I will most likely put the awful rubber into the trash can and try something else.
 I climbed 8400 feet this week, mostly on the Cannondale Habit.  And for most of those 8400 feet, I entertained a creak.  Ug.  Tonight, I took apart the rear end and put it back together.  It was the easiest suspension rebuild I've done.  Thoughtful collets are used at the main pivot and at the link pivot, and bearings are everywhere.  Since there were no PDF's or owner's guides yet for this model, I winged it and I'm very pleased.  My next 8400 feet should be serene.
The ancient but useful Schwinn Homegrown was subjected to a little teenager abuse the other night.  Let's just say that it had a 29" tube in the front and no front brake pads when it returned.  I still have to true the wheel, but at least the Beautiful Mrs K can ride it again if she chooses.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Happy Birthday, Mom!

 Oh my, I remembered my Mom's birthday!  I don't think I'm a terrible son, but probably a bad one.  I always pinned my Mom's birthday as June 10th instead of the true date, the 11th.  And even then I would make it half way through the 11th before remembering.  Good thing she was really anti-anything.  Anti-flowers especially.  I picked a true Mom photo, one with incredibly fashionable hair for 1969.  She would be livid with me.  She hated photos, which is why I have so few of her.  Of special note is my Dad's attire....
I'm sure she'd approve of the drawing. This was from 1961, and I think it's a darn good one.  She would be 83 today.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May 31 2006-2016 - A tale of Two Cannondales

 I just looked up my blog post from May 31, 2006.  I posted about riding at Chubb trail with my Cannondale Rush.  The old 26" bike still ranks as one of my favorite bikes.  And what did I post yesterday?
I posted this yesterday, May 30, 2016.  It's a photo of my Cannondale Habit at Chubb trail again!  The sign board is different today, but it sits in the same spot! I did not do that on purpose...it just happened. 

Ah, time.  It does funny things when you're not watching.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Car Watching - Jaguar F Type

 As far as modern sports cars go, to my eye the most beautiful example is the Jaguar F Type.
 Muscular and sexy at the same time.  Short overhangs.
 Cat-like eyes, a true Jaguar trait.
 Fat fenders to let you know there is 350 to 550 horsepower under the hood.  Supercharged V6 or Supercharged V8.  That works.
The business end.  Just gorgeous.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Running the Stairs at Castlewood

 Long ago, maybe 1990 or so, I did a fair bit of running.  I did a few duathlons and even a few running races.  Realizing that running on the pavement was for the birds, I started running the mountain bike trails that we rode and raced on.  Castlewood was unique because it offered THE STAIRS.  I arrived at Castlewood today with a little sun poking through...my morning ride plans had been dashed by rain.
 Before this morning sun poked through, it must have rained hard at the 'wood.  I don't know if you can tell that there is water running down the middle of the trail.
 After running up Lone Wolf and heading right at the top, the trail meanders along until this happens.  No problem for me today and MY ADIDAS.
 The views along the top of the bluff are stuning.  I wish my camera could do them justice.
 More beauty.
 Then....THE STAIRS.  They are awesome.  They start here (or maybe they end here?) and go all the way down to the railroad tracks that run along the Stinging Nettles trail.
 They keep going down.  And down.  They are nicely made wooden stairs.  This is actually not the same set of stairs that I ran in the 90's.  The old set had longer straight sections and may have been harder.  This set stutter steps, sometimes only three steps at a time.  But they do go down...
 At one point you can sight the old stone steps that led up from the bottom.  I'd love to go back in time and see the antics that happened out here when it was a summer getaway.
 After getting to the bottom, it's back up again.  This is perhaps the longest straight section.  It doesn't seem like much at first, but somewhere about a third of the way up, it seems like a bad, bad idea.  It's NO STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN!
Back down to the bottom (I did this four times!), this is the sign to turn around and go back up.  It's the little tunnel under the tracks that leads to the Stinging Nettles.  All told, I was out there about an hour.  Mostly running, some trotting, and finally some walking back to the car once I got back down Lone Wolf.

I'm going to do this again.  And Chubb.  Maybe some of Greensfelder, too.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Car Watching - 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible

 I had the opportunity to snap a few shots of this beauty last weekend.  It's a 1966 Mustang Convertible.  Very easy to ID this one!
 This pristine convertible appears to be "Emberglo" in color.  Apparently it's a bit of a rare color.
 The body was great.  He left the top down so you can see that the interior looks pretty darn nice as well.
 With no engine emblems on the front fenders, and the good ol' automatic shifter sticking up out of the tunnel, this gem is probably a pedestrian inline-6.
And that's not a problem.  This is an enjoyable little car, not a hot rod.  Kudos to the owner for keeping such good care of a 50 year old icon!

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Car Watching - 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

 I caught this gem on the way to work today.  The light was horrible for taking photos, such bright morning sun, but I took my chances and they came out okay.
 The 1968 Dodge Charger R/T.  One mean looking car.  So mean it even hides it's headlights until it's absolutely necessary to show them.  If this is a real R/T, it's packing a 440 Magnum...or a 426 Hemi.
 Someone cares about this one.  The body is very straight, and the glossy black paint doesn't give away any body imperfections. 
 Long hood.  Long deck.  This is no pony car.  This is the first view of the sexy buttresses that bracket the backlight...and those sexy tail lights.
 The money shot.  The sexy tail lights, a great view of the backlight, the sexy dual exhausts. 
One last shot of the rear, showing the gas filler on the left flank.  This was one awesome catch.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Messing with my phone never gets old, huh?

It's never been a good idea to leave your phone available to Hanna.  Never.  You WILL end up with some funny stuff on there, trust me.  I only chose the two best this time.