Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

December 20th, 2014, by Laura

I just got this email from my friend in South Carolina. I’m assuming that this is a true announcement, but one never knows these days. Guess I’ll wait to hear more about them, possibly on the evening news.

New Michelin Tires… Absolutely SCARY looking…

Look for ‘em in August. These tires are made in Greenville, South Carolina , USA …

SEE THROUGH TIRES

Radical new tire design by Michelin. The next generation of tires. They had a pair at the Philadelphia car show.

philly show

Yes, those are ‘spoke’ like connections to the inner part of the tire from the outside tread ‘wrap!’ The next picture shows how odd it looks in motion…

2nd tire

Makes you wonder how the ride feels doesn’t it?

3rd tire

These tires are airless and are scheduled to be out on the market very soon. The bad news for law enforcement is that spike strips will not work on these.

Just think of the impact on existing technology:

A. no more air valves…

B. no more air compressors at gas stations…

C. no more repair kits…

D. no more flats…

These are actual pictures taken at the South Carolina plant of Michelin.

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December 14th, 2014, by Laura

Coming from a family that has suffered, for many generations, from hemophilia I have always tried to donate blood and to encourage as many other people to donate blood as well. The last three places that I have worked at I managed to organize some pretty successful blood drives. The American Red Cross is always happy to drive their Blood Mobile to people that are willing to take their time and donate blood. There always has and always will be a tremendous need for blood.

I think more people know more about the concern of having a blood clot and all of the medicines that are available to thin people’s blood in order to keep from any other blood clots developing. But most people don’t that the hemophiliacs need the Factor #8 that is taken out of a good amount of blood donations because their blood has a hard time clotting. Hence the nickname “Bleeders” has come about, because is your blood won’t clot you will just continue to bleed, which has a devastating effect on people that are “Bleeders”

So every time I donate blood I get a great feeling of satisfaction in knowing that I am truly giving the gift of life to one or more people that need it to survive.

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November 22nd, 2014, by Laura

My first car was a 1967 Ford Mustang, god how I loved that car. She had a 287 under the hood, with a 3 speed on the floor and she could stomp all the other cars in a heart beat. She not only looked good and ran good, but she sounded good too. I got pulled over one time buy a State Cop who said that I had “glass packs” on her proceeded to crawl under her to see. Heck I didn’t even know what “glass packs” were back then. He did seem very disappointed that he didn’t find anything illegal on her and let me go on my merry way, thank goodness!

I ran across an interesting site the other evening that had all types of car and truck exhaust systems and  interesting exhaust tips listed, which I found to be of good reading quality and it reminded me of my run in with the law with my beloved Mustang, back in the good old days. I wish that I still had her. Once in a while I’ll see one some where that looks just like her and it brings back some really cool memories. Maybe one day I’ll find another 67 Ford Mustang that I can buy and I’ll be in Mustang heaven once again.

my first car

1967 Yellow Ford Mustang

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October 19th, 2014, by Laura

I have a few friends that ride Harley’s. I love it when I get a good biker joke from any of them via email. This was a good one that I just got today.

A Harley Davidson motorcycle rider is riding by the zoo in Washington , DC when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion’s cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the cuff of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents.

The biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch. Whimpering from the pain the lion jumps back letting go of the girl, and the biker brings her to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly. A reporter has watched the whole event.

The reporter addressing the Harley rider says, ‘Sir, this was the most gallant and brave thing I’ve seen a man do in my whole life.’ The Harley rider replies, ‘Why, it was nothing, really, the lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger and acted as I felt right.’

The reporter says, ‘Well, I’ll make sure this won’t go unnoticed. I’m a journalist, you know, and tomorrow’s paper will have this story on the front page… So, what do you do for a living and what political affiliation do you have?’

The biker replies, ‘I’m a U.S. . Marine and a Republican.’ The journalist leaves. The following morning the biker buys the paper to see if it indeed brings news of his actions, and reads, on the front page:

U.S. MARINE ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AND STEALS HIS LUNCH.

That pretty much sums up the media’s approach to the news these days.

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October 8th, 2014, by Laura

My youngest daughter lives in Millstadt, Illinois, a small rural town, in the southwestern part of the state, bordering Missouri. The population is less than five thousand and most of them are of German descent, one of which is my son-in-law. My daughter is a GRITS – a girl raised in the south, and, having been raised in a much larger city than Millstadt, she initially had a difficult time adjusting to life there. Her husband works in the family business. He knew he would settle back there after college, which is where he met my daughter, so she will always live in Millstadt.

I have been to visit several times and found it be a quaint little town. I will be visiting more than ever now that I have a grandchild there! One of the first things I encouraged my daughter and son-in-law to do while they were expecting was call a home security company and have a security system installed. She tells me it was the best decision she and her husband ever made.

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