@awesomeaustinv If you've got some metal window screen and a candle, you can press some block or diamond tread into the tires, but you want to be careful with melty plastic. It's easy to put too much heat into it, and then you've got a mess.
I have traditionally put the lights on the house the weekend after Thanksgiving, but we've been out of town visiting our oldest over Thanksgiving the last two years. I'll get them up Monday or Tuesday, but we won't turn them on until Dec. 1.
@WilliamsSW -- This, obviously, was not the victor's Valiant that day at Daytona -- the of-whom-more-later kid behind the wheel recalled his race as lasting just a few laps -- but Valiants took the first seven places in the road race and the first four on the oval. His father Lee Petty finished sixth and would take the checkered flag the following year at Daytona.
Despite the racing, the car's image would remain more the vicar's Valiant, and the same and more could be said of the backmarker Falcons and so forth, so the Compact Car Series didn't last long.
@Albino-Kangaroo Fort Collins always intrigued me as a place to live. I went there once to pickup an ejgine and people were pretty great. I also enjoyed the fact it was a bit greener on account of the extra moisture further north.
I didn’t love Colorado Springs but I still enjoyed it. Pikes Peak is a good drive early in the morning, during the middle of the week. - The Race to the Clouds also usually takes place in June. Woodland Park and indeed Teller County as a whole is lovely.
Glenwood Springs is beautiful but can be touristy, Grand Junction is also geographically interesting. I’ve loved most places I’ve been beyond the front range itself.
my family always got lots of tools and appliances from Sears. And I also bought some of my first appliances from Sears too!
Me too, down here in the Lower 48 Provinces... but that's about all my wife and I or anybody we know ever went there for: Craftsman tools and Kenmore appliances and the occasional Diehard battery. I assume that somebody was buying the clothes and electronics, but we didn't think of them when we needed such stuff even though we saw the ads in the Sunday paper every week for decades.
(Well, I bought a home cassette deck there in maybe 1983, but waited for it to come on sale, as most people I knew did, and never bought anything from that department before or since -- two factors that doubtless made for a pretty thin living for the company.)
I still like the little Ami, while the button placement would be annoying, I see that as just showing it's French side. The truely difficult part would be the 28 mph top speed. Even the places I go to that are less than 5 miles away require going on streets with 45+ mph top speeds, and taking those at 28 would be terrifying..
@Mark-Tucker Counterpoint to difficult to replace lighting - my house had 8x10x4 granite Belgium block lining my driveway, including the too narrow entrance. I spent a couple hot summer days re-setting and pointing them after we had large topsoil trucks put a couple inches in the backyard.
Ground was also a little wet and it ruined the driveway. We knew it needed to be replaced so we were okay with it. However, time being time, I didn't get the driveway redone for a couple of years. Right before listing for sale.
@vdubyajohn Not much like that here - a bi-annual toy show, a lot of "vendor mall" things which are like a very low end antique mall or a flea market putting on airs, that's it. It's a big time and fuel sink going to the "malls", so I rarely imbibe, just going to the shows.
I didn't need these, but when price gets down to around the $1 level, and I am empty handed, they become tempting (pictured with my other finds, some Lego MBs):
Motor technology was reasonably mature and likely wasn't the biggest issue. Lead-acid batteries were really the only option for high-capacity storage that allowed a quick draw of current. Unfortunately, they don't provide a lot of watt-hours per kilogram. Even modern lead-acid batteries can only provide about 25 watt-hours per kilogram. Ni-Cads doubled that, but that was only enough for hybrids and not full electric cars with a good range. Lithium-ion batteries are now approaching 300 watt-hours per kilogram. It also helps that lithium technology has matured to the point where there are known charging profiles for safe charging at high C rates.
@Ad-absurdum-per-aspera From my trip there earlier this fall, I can tell you that apparently these all live on Nantucket now. I'm fairly confident I saw at least a dozen Sidekicks/Vitaras/Trackers out and about. Most were well worn, but I guess if they can drive on the beach, and on heavily rutted dirt/sand roads, there's a home for them.
When I finally get to the plane, I even have a strategy for seats. I choose the very last window seat in the whole plane.
I once paid extra to be in a row of 2 on a widebody jet. What the airline staff did not tell me was that it was in the last row of the plane, and the seat did not recline ..... for a transatlantic flight. 10 hours of sitting bolt upright, that I paid extra for!