Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
This little dude rode an experimental Russian rocket into space. He was probably pretty stoked until he realized that the rocket wasn't coming back to earth.
Heartless vodka drinkers.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Screw that guy.
Respect the Golden Rule, it transcends all cultures and religions and is all you really need.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
1966 Ford Custom 500 with a little extra love. 289, three on the column, Astro Supremes, custom wound coils for a three inch drop, repaint and rechrome on the bumpers, and a recovered front seat and dash. I'm the third owner and am looking for the fourth one right now. It's been a good car for sure.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Cut away of one of the heads and 28 Cylinders on a Pratt & Whitney R4360 Wasp Major, also known by the pilots and mechanics of WWII Corsairs as the "Corncob." When the motor was out of the plane the cylinders surrounded the entire block and the whole mess looked like a cob of corn. The engine was so powerful that the massive amount of torque it produced could ground-flop Corsairs on their tops if the pilot applied too much throttle on take-off. Gnarly.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Chopper Dave is this guy down in Long Beach, CA who builds neat choppers and casts parts out of aluminum for other bike guys to buy and use on their bikes. Having grown up working at a couple of small airports, I've always been fascinated with old racing planes and took these pictures for Dave when I was at Boeing's museum of flight recently, as I know he's into radial motors too.
The plane is a Gee Bee Sportster and if you delete all but two of its radial cylinders you'll notice that what you're left with resembles a Harley V-twin motor. Everyone affectionately refers to Harley mills as "tractor motors" but they have much more in common with these.
Sure, Russian vodka and mail order wives are great, but their wiring skills leave a little to be desired.
This thing went into space on one of their first space missions and managed to make it back to earth with passenger intact too.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
My father was out from NY to visit and play with the kids last week. He remembered my mentioning that the lowrider was leaking oil and decided to fix the problem while he was here.
This was no small task, requiring removal of the radiator, fan, water pump, timing cover, intake, and everything that gets in the way of those parts. Then it all has to go back together. Local mechanics had quoted me $1000-$1500 in labor on the job, plus parts.
Working along side the street in sub-50's weather without much help from me (kids), dad finished the job over the course of a weekend.
Dad, although we've butted heads in the past, you've always been there for me and I know you always will be. I love and respect you for that. Thanks.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
The Alaska Ranger, a fishing boat based out of Fisherman's
Terminal here in Seattle sank recently and all crew members
died at sea. These are pictures of the memorial and a handful
of the fishing boats docked at the terminal.
It happens every year, but it's still sad.
Think about this picture next time you complain about the
high cost of your fresh seafood, I know I will.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
When I was a kid the local 1% motorcycle club, The Coven,
held a big party each summer up on the hill at our neighborhood
fireman's clubhouse. They would invite other M/C clubs from all
over the east coast to attend and I'd camp out in the front lawn
under our giant oak tree and watch them all role into town.
Those guys blew my mind and the impact they had on me is pretty
apparent in the person I am today. I'm not sure that's a good thing.
I Took this picture with a $28 plastic camera a few years back and
it reminds me of those fun loving, hard drinking, hard fighting
clowns I looked forward to seeing each summer.
For those unfamiliar with chopper junk, the picture is of a sissy bar
(backrest) with a bayonnet attached, along with a double exposure
on the film of a peanut gas tank with gold leafed wings and the
motor below it.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
So I ask Leah if she had a good day at pre-school
and she answers "I don't like big people and I only
like my kids (her school friends) and you're poopy
A spoonful of hate with a sprinkle of love to take the