Wednesday, April 18, 2018

kick back with a donut, and some coffee... and enjoy the best of Buster Keaton

if you like to listen to what he's saying,  you may want to read

Hat tip to the eclectic Blort!

Drivers Education school with hi perf Mopars... including a Super Bird

Superbird pace cars

It was a beauty, until one night a stocker race car got crossed up, went through the midway, and t-boned it.

CJ Richards was promoting Airborne Park Speedway, whose name he immediately changed to Plattsburgh International Raceway.

Above was used at Sunset Speedway near Barrie, Ontario, Canada.

restored and displayed at the 2012 Carlisle

fresh cool AC blown in your car at the drive-in back when AC option cost too much for most people to get a car with the factory installed AC

barn find 1971 Roadrunner. 383, 4 speed, B5 blue, air grabber hood, black bucket seats, factory tach, non console, non a/c, manual steering, power disc brakes

The only missing parts are the front valance, turn signals and front bumper brackets. Everything else was found in the building.

the Paul Bunyan load, September, 1952. A 1949 Peterbilt 390, 12 foot bunks, and adjustable Rossi chocks. the 40 foot logs were 7, 8 and 9 feet in diameter. 53,670 board feet. Driver, Wes Copeland, previously a WW2 bomber pilot

click on the above to read the fine print on the truck specs, engine, brakes, etc etc, and the load specs

all the inventory, all 4 million dollars worth, now, only good for parts. March 19, 2018, a surveillance camera recorded hail at Mitch Smith Chevrolet in Cullman, Alabama.

I guess there isn't a darn thing they can do to prevent this, unless they are willing to put hail proof tents (heavy canvas?) over every car and truck on the lot, every night, to prevent what might never happen again

When the game is all, and the faster it gets dried, the faster we get back to THE GAME! So, NO screwing around, they brought in a chopper to dry the field! Genius!

oh what happens when you aren't looking at where you're pointing your 60,000 pounds of truck.. or anything you're driving. Drive safe, look ahead, farther, at what's going on 4, 5 or 10 cars up ahead in your lane. It could save your life too

at least 3 of the 6 hit vehicles were pancaked.

On Monday, 19 Sep 2016, late afternoon, 6 parked cars on Interstate 94 in Gurnee, Illinois felt the impact of a semi going 55-65 drive through them.

This particularly hard accident did not cause any deaths. Seven people were injured mildly and one in critical condition.

First time I've ever seen a video of what problems a snowstorm causes for the 1st train to head down the line after the weather clears up

a simple thing like the crossing gates and bells not working... and everyone's day is ruined. Be safe out there! Look down the tracks, both ways, before crossing a railroad track

Good reason to insure anything you're shipping

Funniest thing I've read today

dash cams... a good idea

Oh no... no! Some idiot let Swift have a missile!

The Hollendyke Wrecking Service, Clarksburg. West Virginia. 1933. (when your horse power is flagging call Hollendyke!)

let me take a moment to compliment Tammi Jo Shults.. pilot who calmly landed that Southwest flight 1380 yesterday with one engine. Navy fighter pilot.

In the midst of the chaos, Shults successfully completed an emergency landing at the Philadelphia International Airport, sparing the lives of 148 people aboard the Boeing 737-700 and averting a far worse catastrophe.

“She has nerves of steel,” one passenger, Alfred Tumlinson, told the Associated Press. “That lady, I applaud her. I’m going to send her a Christmas card — I’m going to tell you that — with a gift certificate for getting me on the ground. She was awesome.”

Another passenger, Diana McBride Self, thanked Shults on Facebook for her “guidance and bravery in a traumatic situation.” She added that Shults “came back to speak to each of us personally.”

She served in the Navy for 10 years, reaching the rank of Navy lieutenant commander. She left the Navy in 1993

the homesick mechanic who stole a plane

In 1969, at the height of the Cold War, a mechanic in the US Air Force stole a Hercules plane from his base in East Anglia and set off for the States. Just under two hours later, he disappeared suddenly over the English Channel.

Homesick for his wife and stepchildren, he'd asked a few days earlier to be returned from RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, where he'd been posted, to the USAF base at Langley, Virginia. But his request for leave had been refused.

Bitterly disappointed, the young Vietnam veteran took himself off to a military colleague's house party, where he began drinking heavily and then, according to colleagues, to behave erratically and combatively. His friends persuaded him to go to bed, but Meyer escaped through a window.

Soon after, Suffolk police found him wandering the A11 road and arrested him for being drunk and disorderly. He was escorted back to his barracks and told to sleep it off. But Meyer had other ideas. Big ideas.

Breaking into the room of a Capt Upton, Meyer stole the key to his truck. Using the name "Capt Epstein", Meyer then called an aircraft dispatcher and demanded that aircraft 37789, a Hercules transporter C-130, be fuelled for a flight to the USA.

The ground crew obediently followed their superior's orders and the bogus captain climbed aboard, released the brakes and taxied hurriedly from the hardstand towards runway 29. His engines roared.

Completely alone in the cockpit of the stolen 60-tonne, four-engine military transporter plane, an aircraft he was not qualified to fly, the 23-year-old serviceman steeled himself and thrust his throttles forward. Shortly before 05:10 on the dawn of the drizzly, overcast morning of 23 May, he was airborne.

After an hour and forty-five minutes in flight, Meyer crashed into the English Channel.

A few days later, small pieces of wreckage of the Hercules, including a life raft washed up near the shores of the Channel Island of Alderney. The mechanic's body was never found.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

this past weekends Airstreams

and the above seems to be a Wally Bayar Caravan

Poof, and just like that, it was gone. (Red Bull Global Rallycross)

Red Bull Global Rallycross has ceased operations for the 2018 season and the Red Bull-sponsored short-course rally sanctioning body told tracks on Tuesday that it would not promote events this season, ending a tumultuous offseason for the Colin Dyne-owned entity.

Red Bull Global Rallycross (official abbreviation Red Bull GRC) was a self-owned rallycross series run in the United States. Started as Global RallyCross Championship in 2009 by Brian Gale and Chip Pankow, the series transitioned ownership in 2013 to Colin Dyne. Broadcast live on NBC since 2014, the series was the fastest growing form of motor sport in the United States.

Not to worry, the organizers of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, announced a new series called Americas Rallycross (ARX), which will debut with a four-round season this year. ARX has already attracted big-name teams like Andretti Autosport, Subaru Rally Team USA, and Ken Block's Hoonigan away from GRC.

just a couple days ago, the facebook page for Red Bull GRC was still promoting a May 10th event

the caption that Chevy used: “We don’t just bring the thunder. We steal it, too.”

Winnie Fritz was a farmhand at 6, a Army nurse unit commanding officer in Vietnam in 1970 at 22, a nurse to presidents and kings at Walter Reed at 23, a pilot, and the clinical operating officer of an international health system at 31.

At age 4, she was in the fields, steering a John Deere tractor from her father’s lap. At 5, she learned how to brake. By 6, she knew how to shift. “Now that you can drive your own tractor,” her father said, “I can plow, and you can come behind me and help.”

She knew her parents would be hard put to provide money for both tuition and a new combine, so the she enrolled in the U.S. Army Student Nurse Program at the University of Missouri trading a 3 year hitch in the army in return for financial assistance for the final two years of school.

In university Fritz played the clarinet in the marching band and rode motorcycles across the Missouri countryside.

Fritz completed her coursework a semester early. After basic at Fort Sam Houston in Texas and medical training Fort Rucker in Alabama, Fritz received her orders to deploy to Vietnam in August 1969.

Fritz’s father was nervous. “He was worried I’d come home swearing like a sailor,” Fritz recalls. “I laughed and said, ‘Daddy, I’m not going into the Navy. I’m going into the Army. I’m going to come home swearing like a soldier.’ ”

On the flight to Vietnam she was the oldest person on the plane, the highest-ranking officer (capt) and the only woman.

Fritz spent the next year surviving, saving lives and witnessing the loss of lives. Everything you saw the nurses cope with on the TV show MASH

Toward the end of her tour, Fritz was injured and left Vietnam on a stretcher. While her physical injuries were healing at Water Reed and she was able to work again, Fritz requested a night shift in the intensive care unit at Water Reed.

Fritz received a Bronze Star for her work in Vietnam and was promoted to manager of the presidential suite at Walter Reed, where congress, Presidents, and visiting dignitaries are medically cared for.

By the time the king of Jordan came into her care, she had learned from enough presidents, generals and senators to deal with any level of rank or social prominence, and during Hussein’s weeklong hospital stay, the two bonded over aviation (Hussein, like Fritz, was a trained pilot) and motorcycles (Hussein collected them).

Hussein observed that Fritz was not only a competent nurse leader but also a critical thinker. “The health care system in Jordan does not provide care like the care you gave me,” he told her. “I want you to come and make it work like that.”

Fritz arrived in Jordan in 1978 confident she could make it on her own. Hussein wanted her to immediately begin her work in the Jordan health care system by starting work within the hospitals.

But Fritz 1st chose understand the health needs of the Jordanian population, which included about 65,000 Bedouins moving about the desert with their tents and livestock, then overhaul the schools that trained the nurses and doctors.

She launched her research, traveling throughout Jordan’s desert to complete a health assessment of the Bedouin families, then focused on curriculum development in the nursing schools. She worked to transform the students from nurses with technical skills to health care providers with critical-thinking skills

Fritz then focused on a comprehensive assessment of each hospital with a bird’s-eye view of the situation. She requested a helicopter, a structural engineer, and a hospital administrator to evaluate the perimeter fencing, the emergency entrance and parking, the water tanks and the roof. She flushed every toilet, cooked in every kitchen and washed a load of linens in every laundry room.

Fritz served three years as the dean of a Jordanian nursing school before she accepted Hussein’s offer to become one of two clinical operations officers of the 28-hospital system. She spent nearly 17 years working in Jordan, leading strategic planning and operations in the hospital system, designing and managing facilities construction and renovations, spearheading clinical quality-improvement work, and writing national legislation.

In 1989, Fritz moved back to the U.S. to be closer to her aging parents, and has devoted herself to improving not only U.S. health care systems, serving as CEO, chief clinical officer or chief nurse in five U.S. hospitals, but also consulting to international hospitals and care providers in India, the Philippines, and throughout the Middle East.

In Tucson, where she was CEO of two hospitals, she noticed numerous readmissions of homeless  Vietnam vets, and decided to take the health care to the veterans. She purchased an RV, outfitted it with everything needed to provide quality health care, and staffed it with a nurse practitioner and a patient care tech who started making routine rounds to the homeless.

More important than the health care Fritz provided was the emotional support she extended to the veterans. After returning from Vietnam, Fritz could have easily turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with her PTSD. She could have been a homeless veteran living under a bridge.

During her tenure as a U.S. Army Nurse, Ms. Fritz held leadership positions in Thailand, and Vietnam where her commendations include the Bronze Star, and earned her pilot's wings. She has taught at Georgetown University, University of Maryland, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and University of Missouri – which honored her with an Alumna of the Year Award and its Lifetime Citation of Merit Award.

and a year ago she was the featured presenter at NCU Nursing Symposium 2017

Something I just learned about bomber nose art creator Milt Caniff (the comic strip artist who did Steve Canyon, Male Call, and Miss Lace just for the enlisted during WW2)

If you don't recall, check this post real fast about the nose art:

Now, back to the new stuff:
The beautiful blonde “Miss Mizzou” was the work of comic artist Milton Caniff (Terry and the Pirates, Miss Lace, Steve Canyon) He created the character after a daylong trip in 1949 to the campus of  the University of Missouri where he spoke to journalism students.

Miss Mizzou — a waitress in Columbia, though not a Mizzou alumna — made her official debut Sept. 5, 1952, in Caniff’s Steve Canyon comic strip.

“Every college town has girls who live and work on the edge of the campus and who are very much a part of the life of the school,” Caniff wrote in the October 1954 issue of The Missouri Alumnus. “I decided my gal would be from the University of Missouri, if not of it.”

Caniff couldn’t have anticipated that his two-dimensional character would give rise to a three-dimensional prototype (model Bek Stiner on the airplane wing, top photo), a community controversy (the street name Caniff Boulevard versus Providence Road) and a campus tradition (the Miss Mizzou contest).

Oct. 21, 1960 Showme magazine cover Milton Caniff drew this cover for the premiere issue of the revived Missouri Showme magazine that appeared Oct. 21, 1960. The issue went on sale at 9 a.m., and by noon, all 3,200 copies had been sold.

a semi-truck narrowly avoided disaster last Thursday when it slid off Montana 200 on the east side of Rogers Pass. The truck was going around an icy corner heading downhill when it jackknifed, and the truck went over the guardrail and down an embankment.

I'll be danged, I didn't know Reddit would show all the links to this site

Woman demonstrating how to cover car lights to comply with the blackout regulations during World War II, 1942.

"Truman's Taxi" the old yellow fire truck (1954 White), and Truman the Tiger, of University of Missouri

the Little Dixie Shrine Club has a 1932 Ford fire truck they run for parades

Flight 1380 made an emergency landing at Philly International at around 11:00 a.m. today after taking off from LaGuardia. One dead

A Southwest Airlines jet with a damaged engine and window made an emergency landing at Philadelphia's airport Tuesday, and one passenger was critically injured as she was sucked out the broken window caused by the engine blowing up. Other passengers quickly reacted and pulled her in.

Update: the women who was partially sucked out of the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 has died, according to the NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt,

A former federal investigator theorized the plane blew an engine and the shrapnel hit the aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration said that the plane landed after the crew reported damage to one of the engines, along with the fuselage and at least one window. They didn't immediately explain what went wrong. The National Transportation Safety Board sent investigators to the airport.

"There's a ring around the engine that's meant to contain the engine pieces when this happens," Goglia said. "In this case it didn't. That's going to be a big focal point for the NTSB — why didn't (the ring) do its job?"

How vital is it that you get that window seat now? Me? I'll take the aisle seat and stretch my legs. Even better, an aisle seat next to the exit, so I can help people get the fuck out of the plane when the shit gets real. 

In Virginia, businesses shell out roughly $1,000 annually to be included on the signs. In Tennessee, that cost is higher at $1,600

More than $6 million is pumped back annually into Virginia from the interstate logo signs, according to VDOT. In Tennessee, that number is slightly higher at $8 million.

Swift... damn idiots

decades of serious and fatal accidents at or near the 3 way intersection of the 76 and Valley Center Road results in a rare roundabout

The intersection is known as the "stage coach stop" and it has been the site of numerous fatal and other accidents over the decades because the highway speed isn't something the stopped traffic on Valley Center could adapt to as so many drivers are morons who immediately regretted risking their safety to get into a gap in traffic instead of waiting another minute. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes

"The project was initiated to reduce the number and severity of accidents at that location," said Caltrans engineer Wendy Dandeneau recently. "Because there is no intersection control on Highway 76, it creates a speed differential between the vehicles trying to come onto the 76 from Valley Center Road at a dead stop while the vehicles are going by at a fairly high speed."

The project was first proposed almost a decade ago when a study showed there were 35 accidents at or near the site between 2005 and 2009, four times higher than the statewide average for similar intersections.

Construction  is on schedule to be completed by mid-summer.

Yes sir, that bridge does indeed check out at 11 feet from the roadtop. Hmmm, maybe drivers need glasses.

Waaaiit, what the eff? Damn, cut back on the beans and hot sauce man! The WTF of the week

it's all fun and games, until you hurt yourself and blow up your truck... that's when you've got to learn the limits!