Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Kevlar Lapse in Judgement

This mildly tatty, yet enthrallingly red SDG, had a price of $100 before it evaporated from the interwebbage without a trace. For $100 there are many lapses in judgement here. Can you count them?

Bizarre arm tats that creep (Lapse 1)...

...onto the hand (Lapse 2). Note trash can #1 above the region of the saddle where your plump nibblets and scrumpus bones would nestle.

Holiest of holies (Lapse 3...$100?!?) on the nose of the saddle where your plump nibblets and scrumpus bones would definitely not nestle. Body piercing erosion of the normally quite durable Kevlar saddle cover perhaps? The tats suggest it.

The smarmy under belly, showing a twisted and random array of sloppily applied glues and adhesives (Lapse 4). And yes, trash can #2 creeps into view (Lapse 5). This is a clean kitchen obviously. Cleaner anyway, than my holiest of holies, plump nibblets, or scrumpus bones.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Flea - Wanga

$199. When VooDoo mattered.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Dragon Pics - Part 1

On the way west to Tenn, The Dragon, or one of them, at a roadside stop in Deals Gap.

He's a freaky beast. On the other side of the road at KillBoy, the dragons are metal. More on that later.

Matt chugging Pedialyte. Don't ask.

TVA. Flooding beautiful mountain valleys since 1933.

I look like I'm protecting my nibblets.

At the hotel the first night, they had the worlds longest couch in the lobby. People in Tennessee don't control their bladders very well so all the furniture has to be covered in black rubber. OK I made that last part up.

Day two Matt mounted up the GoPros.

And we took vids at speeds that pushed me to drink after. Here at the Rivers End in the Nantahala Gorge. Nantahala Brewery product in the pint. I can't remember.

and here at the Hub Bike Shop and Pisgah Tavern, I think that is a Highlands Brewery product, but I can't remember. (Memory Loss is first sign of addiction.)

"Pink Beds Picnic Area." Euphemism?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Shed 2.0 - Part 5, The Final

With the roof, soffits and final touches on the shed still to go, it was high time I got around to wrapping things up. I hate roofing.

Brackets and hanging plants and the Bucs flag that my brother in law made for me. The plants used to hang on either side of the carport at the old house. I didn't want to put any more holes in my new house, so I got some inexpensive brackets and put new holes in the shed instead. The flag hung on my old shed.

Water tight? Yes. Perfect? No. I wasn't consistent side to side in staggering my seams, but squatting on the shed roof and driving nails in 90% humidity in September in Florida, this is as good as I can do.

From the back.

Pirate flags and potted plants. Surrender your booty.

Soffit detail and plant bracket.

The end. 

Go away.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I hope I didn't miss da fun(k)!

Recently traded on the heavily commerced otherworldly arena of mass consumerism and... consumerism:

This fine, albeit funky Ionic Steelhead 853 frame, $229.

We had top people, and I mean TOP people, on this sale here in the gleaming towers of One Utahdog Center, World Congress of the America's, but then I had to get get up to get yet another PBR and while in transit slipped on some unidentified party puddle and well, a week went by and another and another and then after I finally woke up on the cold marble floor of the executive washroom/shooting range/snooker parlor (EWSRSP) with a concussion I noticed that the listing was done! I need to get a softer floor installed in the EWSRSP. I'll also have somebody in legal get that party puddle cleaned up. Those boys in legal do a magical job of making our party puddle evidence disappear.

And the fine folks at the Pro's Closet managed to squeeze almost $14 out of this SDG Saddle. Hey, Comp Ti, in blue? Rare combo, comparatively. Might as well say "Shimano Pure Guts" on it.  Funky.

And because the funk never runs out on this fat-booty shaggin waggin, here's another random picture of the Saab SPG.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tail of the Dragon - US 129

Met the fellas a week ago in GA/NC/TN and drove up to knock this one off the bucket list...

Unadulterated mayhem on US129, aka "Tail of the Dragon", so named because within 11 or so miles there are something like 300 curves on the road. We also spent the weekend tooling around other neighboring twisties and listening to my radar detector squawk. Good times.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Shed 2.0 - Part 4, The "Z" Door Detail

I talked about adding a Z Detail to the door in phase 2 of Shed 2.0. Well here it is. The purpose of the Z is to emulate the construction of a gate or plank built door, where instead of plywood the door is made from plank wood instead of one sheet of ply. On a plank door the Z takes the weight of the door and distributes it to the lower hinge. On my plywood door, the Z does still add some stiffness to the door and also some weight to the lower hinge, but mostly it is a decorative feature.

And then I hit the Sweetwater "Tacklebox" for...

...a "Waterkeeper" Heffeweizen...

...a "Take Two" Pilsner...

...and the old standby 420.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Goatsurfer, over there >>>, hooked me in to this little GoPro nugget.

The Execs here in the Hallowed Halls of the Gleaming Towers, etc etc, LOVES us some Bacon. Whats better than bacon? Surfing Bacon! What's better than Surfing Bacon? Nothing, except maybe if the Surfing Bacon had a little hat made of bacon or something, maybe a bacon thong, but that would just be silly. Plus were we to shamelessly gank interweb content and repost tawdry crap like videos of pigs in slinky outfits, One Utahdog Center World Congress of the Americas would surely lose our family friendly blog status.

If we still have it.

Which we probably don't.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

VW - #2 all time vintage 4 Cylinder Engine?

From Petrolicious...

Thank you, Captain Obvious. But production for seventy years, in everything from planes and sports cars to simple cheap sedans and one ton chassis service trucks, maybe earns the ubiquitous VW flat 4 the number one spot? Don't forget, the 36horse VW shares more with the 356 engines than most Porsche-files would prefer you remember.

And the Alfa Twin Cam is 3rd?

Look, vintage BMWs are awesome, but methinks the BMW is ranked at least 3 spots too high. And the Honda B was a game changer, still heavily influencing vehicle technology today, which should put it in the top four. And, no Saab? Only Saab could take a lump of iron like the Triumph slant and turn it into one of the best engines of the 80's, the H family, single cam 201 and DOHC 202. The last true Saab engine. From the last true Saab. When BMW went sideways with "eta" , Saab filled the void.

Long liveth the Saab SPG!!

The picture of 80's awesome. Last one left the City of Trolls in 1991.
Saab made louvers cool. Suck it, Camaro.
The rolling shovel.
No consideration for the VW 16V?

The 16V, powering a Golf with stones and a Scirocco worth driving.
OK, that last one is probably more representative of my age more than anything, and of being a complete Flock of Seagulls 80's homer, but I'm standing firm on the Saab B202.

My top 5:

5) Saab 'H' (both 201 and 202)
4) Honda B
3) BMW M10
2) Alfa
1) VW Flat

Read more good stuff from Petrolicious right over there. >>>>>>>>