I Prefer Hot Rods with Fenders

1932 Ford DueceThe yellow thirty-two duece hot rod in American Graffiti is the icon of hot rodders across the states. It is mine too. I love hotrods, especially street rods.  The car that drives me wild is a thirty-four Ford three window coupe that has been channeled, chopped and modernized with a hot fuel injected engine, power disk brakes, and air.  I prefer my hot rods with fenders. 

Every summer the Frankfort Car Club sponsors “Cruise Night,” in the historic area. Cars come from all around the south suburubs and fill the streets. Owners sit by their vehicle and answer questions. The evening brings out the locals to gawk. Most of the hotrods elicit  memories of our father’s car, or the first car we owned.

 I grew up watching a kid who was just a few years older than me build a hot rod. It was my habit, to ride my bike to the alley where he rented a garage. Dick lived in the house next to the alley. He could see the garage from the kitchen window of the second floor apartment where he and his mother rented. I watched the garage door, if  it was open,  Dick was working.  The thirty-four coupe he built was his second hot rod, and it is the one I fell in love with. Someday, if I win the lotto, I’ll buy a thirty-four Ford.

Each time I visit cruise night, I find another car to love. I can’t make up my mind as to what I really want anymore. Is it the thirty-four, or should it be a thirty-nine roadster, or a fifty Mercury? Confusion, confusion, confusion. I”ll have to win a big lotto, so I can buy one of each, and afford a place to keep them.

The beauty of a street rod lies in the builder’s vision to take an antique car, and re-style it into a sleek modern vehicle. They have all the features of a two thousand nine Chevy.  Each is a unique work of art designed by the builder who  is  usually the owner too. They are craftsmen with a pocket book, often spending over fifty thousand dollars to complete a project. Many owners limit the use of the car by driving them only to cruise nights or to other shows.

There is nothing quiet about a street rod. Not the rumble coming from the powerful engine, or it’s squeeling tires, or from it’s paint. Some of the most eye appealing colors are applied on hot rods. Some have very ornate flames and pinstripping. Other’s have multi-colors with silver and gold sprinkled in.

1934 Ford Sedan Street Rod1959 Mercury Sedan1950 Mercury Coupe with Sculpted Hood and Fenders1934 Chevy Three Window Coupe1937 Ford Coupe1934 Ford Tudor Sedan

Sneaky Slinky

SlinkyHe’s baaack.  A few weeks ago, I noticed a huge garter snake on the front lawn. He is easily seven hundred and sixty centimeters  long, and three centimeters in diameter. I was curious, and moved closer to take a look. He slithered off into the Barberry shrubs and disappeared. Oh well, I forgot about him. The next week I was cleaning the pond of algae when I noticed a strange looking stick protruding from the edge of the waterfall. Upon looking longer, I realized it was Slinky holding his head vertically erect a full six inches above the waters edge. I kept cleaning the pond. He disappeared again. A few minutes later I saw him emerge from the rocks that hide the filter tank. He sprawled on the rocks like a piece of rope. I moved closer to get a better look. He immediately slithered between the rocks and disappeared.

Later in the evening, Peggy and I walked around the yard looking at the flowers. We were admiring the California poppies when she noticed something move in the foilage. I reached down to spread the stems; nothing was there. We walked a few steps more when I spotted Slinky again. He’s the one who moved in the poppies, and  now, was on the edge of the water on the rocks.

Later in the week, Mike came by and I showed him Slinky and his home. We stood within four feet of the spot and talked. I happened to look away from Mike for a moment only to see the snake slithering through the lawn into the wetlands. He went on the lam through the back door. Good riddance I thought.

Every time I weed or clean around the pond, I watch for my new found pet. I hate snakes, and would rather do him in than tolerate him, but I must get over my childhood fears. I know what my mother would have done. She would have stalked Slinky with a hoe, and at the first opportunity he would have been twins.

Yesterday, I walked out the front door to my car, and noticed Slinky on the lawn again. This time he was only partially emerged from his den. He lives under the walkway to the house. As soon as I stalked him to get a better look, he disappeared into the hole under the concrete.  Since then, I have seen him several more times in the morning when the sun  warms the concrete. 

I will be speaking to my Master Gardener friends to re-learn the techniques for capturing  a slithering slinky garter snake. He gives me the creeps.

Slinky Eyes Me Up

Radical Overload

Cover-Rules for Radicals

The Cloward-Piven Strategy to implement socialist revolution
I recently came across an article written about sociology professors Cloward and Piven from Columbia University.  After reading the article linked above, the current state of affairs in our country becomes very clear. We have been undergoing a revolution from within since nineteen sixty-six.  The revolutionaries are socialists who want to destroy capitalism and everything it stands for.

The revolution began with an  idea  to overload the welfare system in order to bankrupt the country. It seems to be working very well. The housing meltdown is  part of the welfare scam;  a social experiment intended to give everyman a home. The current attempt to rope us into the welfare system is called universal health care. It is another weapon being used by socialists to bankrupt the country. Reminiscent of the USSR, is the hypocrisy of giving the president and Congress a gilded Lilly plan, while the rest of us will suffer.

A proponent of the overload concept was a man named  Saul Alinsky.  Obama studied Saul Alinsky while working as Community Organizer. Obama also attended Columbia University, the home of Cloward and Piven. Obama attended a church based on black liberation theology. For twenty years he listened to ranting sermons by the Reverend Wright. Obama worked with Bill Ayers, a professed terrorist, and communist with a small ‘c’.

Is it a coincidence that POTUS is so radical?  Or were his radical connections deliberate methodology on his part to create a foundation for the strategy designed to destroy the United States of America?

Wake Up America, We Are Being Driven
Into Socialist Slavery!

A Health Care Prediction

Alot of speculation is taking  place on the news about the new health care bill. First of all, why the rush? Everyone seems to want universal health care, so a good proposal should pass easily. I happen to believe the rush to get it done has nothing to do with health care. It has to do with power grabbing. Strike while the iron is hot. No doubt POTUS will use the economy as the reason there is a need for speed.  Just where is all this cost coming from? The government pays Medicare, and Medicaid.  The first is for old guys like me, the second is for someone one who is disabled or on welfare. Well we all know that Medicare is going broke, even though it is a so called insurance plan that we pay into.  At the moment my personal health isn’t expensive, but I was married to a lady who had a heart attack and she turned into an expensive case. 

I don’t believe for one minute that the cost of healthcare is such a drain on the government. If it is, it is their own damn fault for signing  so many people onto the Medicaid part of it.

Another thing, if Medicare is going broke with only a small portion of the population eligible, then  how in the world will POTUS pay to care for the entire population?

If POTUS is so hot to have universal health care, pass a bill that requires all citizens to have it, period. That’s what most states are doing with car insurance. If you get caught driving without it,  you go to court or you go to jail. The same can be done for health care. Show up at a doctor or the ER without an insurance card and they jail you after they treat you.

In the meantime, my vision for what will happen on Obama-Care is in the following cartoon. Scary hilarious isn’t it?

Dr Consults with Federal Obamacare for Direction

Converting Dollars to Cents

Government"s Idea for HealthcareIt is not that I don’t trust big government with my health care dollar, it is that I don’t trust big government with any of my dollars. I see a record of tired old ideas that have failed to produce the utopian society that they were invented for.

 Take education, as an example. We spend more dollars per student than any country in the world, yet our kids can’t read. Why?

 Take Medicare as another example. It is a system that is limited to the senior population. Yet, Medicare is broke. Why? One reason is that over the years it has been expanded to include too many non-seniors.

 Take the DEA as another example. Are we really winning the war on drugs?

How about the Department of Energy. Invented by Jimmy Carter to reduce our dependence on foreign oil in  the 1970’s. Have we seen an effect yet? I could go on and on with every department in the government and report a dismal record of expenditures. Why do we insist on continuing these stupid lame policies?

The cartoon above depicts my vision  of how our tax money will be used by big government on healthcare.

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