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Happy Birthday Alex

Yep, 11 years and one day after I was killed my grandson Alex was born, Happy Fifth Birthday!

And on the subject of getting killed in 2001, Mrs. the Poet suggested a different outlook on the subject. She suggested I celebrate my re-birthday rather than my deathday. Same thing, different perspective. Instead of celebrating getting killed, celebrate coming back. Which is mostly what I do anyway.

I have been looking at my pictures of the 3.3l bolted to the 41te transmission and trying to scale from that but I don’t have anything of a known dimension in any picture to scale from. So I have been searching for a dimensioned drawing of the engine or transmission, pretty much without results, or useful results anyway. The dimensions I get are not useful in scaling the pictures because the parts are either not in the picture, or not identifiable in the picture, or not fully visible. I mean it’s great to know the veeblefritz is x inches long when one end is hidden behind another part on the engine. It’s even better when the part name is a Mopar part name that is not in common use even in the hot rod community, so you aren’t even sure of what you’re looking for. It isn’t helping that I lost my notes on the measurements I took from the donor vehicle. I have the total length of the engine/trans assembly from one side of the car to the other written down, but I can’t find the notebook I wrote it.

I put a better marker on the body for the rear axle.
The upper black line is tape showing the rear axle position on the body.

I repositioned the lower tape to show how far the engine projects into the body but I haven’t taken a picture of that yet. Short form there isn’t much room left in the bucket after the engine is put with the rear axle on that upper line.

I’m sorry for cutting this short but I have a headache and need to have a lie-down.

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My electronics are dying

My phone will only work by plugging in the charger and unplugging it because the on-off switch is busted. My laptop refuses to charge and only works when plugged in. Now I can almost understand the laptop getting creaky, I bought it back in 2013. In laptop years that makes it almost pre-historic. And my 2½ YO phone is equally ancient in an industry that cycles through another generation every 9 months. But that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

What really pisses me off about the phone is I was getting out of memory messages about my apps, so I spent almost as much as the initial cost of the phone before rebate tripling the capacity, going from 8GB to 24GB with a 16GB card. And I still get out of memory errors with more than 15GB free space in the card. I really don’t get that. Stupid phone, you wanted memory, I bought as much memory as you can hold, and you still say “out of memory” with almost twice the free space as when I bought you. Stupid phone. Who designs a system that puts everything in working memory and refuses to use free storage even for things like saving pictures unless you move each picture there manually one at a time? It is storage, dangit, store things in it. Like updates and texts and pictures, and other things that need storing for later use. But for some reason I don’t have anything to tell the phone to do that and to download updates to the card then run the update from the card. It almost looks like the phone was designed to use up its operating memory and then get replaced every year…

And I can’t seem to be able to cut a straight line lately, making cutting a new floor for the TGS2 scale mockup mostly an exercise in frustration and spoiled materials. I’m back to getting lots of good stiff card stock as junk mail so this isn’t actually costing me money, but it is still frustrating to not be able to get stuff done so I can see progress. And this particular thing is so simple, I literally need to cut one piece of paper to shape and tack-glue it to something else and paint it so everything is the same color, then cut, paint and glue another piece of paper so I can take a picture and post it here so you can see what the finished car is supposed to look like, more or less.

I should mention that I decided to move the engine/transmission forward rather than stretch the body back, so the wheelbase went from the Speedway kit’s 102″ to 90″, helping the balance just a scosh. It is only a percent or two depending on the fuel load and driver weight, but at this point every little bit helps. I think one of the things I’m going to do on Monday is pick up another set of stones for the hone so I can get the kingpins finished before the turn of the next century. The ones that came with the tool seem to have given their all honing the chrome-moly axle boss to fit the kingpins.

And I think it is probably a good time to hit the hay.

It has been an exhausting day, and now I have to do a blog post

I have been walking about 5 miles today doing shopping getting ready for my semi-annual camping trip and I’m still not done, and I’m filtering the links to post for the blog tonight. My feet and legs are killing me… I had to buy a new tent for a couple of reasons. First and foremost is Mrs. the Poet wants to come happynakedpagan camping with me, and my little tent will not support sleeping 2 adults unless they can manage to spend the night in the same sleeping bag, and my surplus Dutch Army mummy bag can barely fit around me. The bag is late ’60s to early ’70s issue and while there is adequate length (the Dutch were tall even then) those bike-riding commies were on the skinny side. Anywho my air mattress completely fills the floor of the tent and usually the morning after the second night I’m trapped in my tent because I can’t sit up or roll over because there is just enough air left in the mattress to push down and have something other than what I was trying to push up go up. The usual thing is I try to push my upper body up and instead my feet get higher. I could just do a log roll out of the mattress except then I run into the sides of the tent. What usually ends up happening is I ask someone to pull the plug on the mattress so I can roll over and sit up and get out of the tent. The new tent has a bit more room than that, roughly 5 times more room. The new tent can put 2 queen-size air mattresses in and leave room to stand in the middle, and I do mean stand in the middle. My old tent is barely tall enough to sit up on the air mattress without hitting my head on the inside top.

Up first because it’s close and also the Big Story is an Austin report of a cyclist dying after getting punched in the head while riding. Man faces assault charge after punching cyclist also Man arrested after punching, killing bicyclist in northeast Austin and Man Charged With Assault On Austin Cyclist I’m not sure why this obvious murder under TX laws was so undercharged. In TX if someone dies in the commission of a felony (and strongarm robbery is most definitely a felony) it’s not just murder, it’s capital murder that qualifies for the death penalty. As for avoiding, the perp walked up to a cyclist riding slow and sucker punched him. I don’t know of any way to avoid that short of wearing a full-face helmet with a shield. Infrastructure doesn’t help against this kind of thing either.

Moving a bit further south a drunk driver gets 90% of a maximum sentence for killing a cyclist. Driver who killed bicyclist sentenced to 18 years and the UK reaction 18 years for Texas drunk driver who killed cyclist then tried to hide body They forgot to charge him with felony littering for dumping the body in a ditch after the cyclist died in the bed of the truck.

A CA cyclist gets hurt in a wreck. Castro Valley: Cyclist seriously injured in collision with car No mode given, LEO were still sitting on this one as of the posting of the link.

More on a SoCal wreck. Authorities ID cyclist killed in Midway District crash I really think the victim’s criminal history was not pertinent to the wreck.

The most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike gets even deadliest-er. Bradenton cyclist Michael DiLandro succumbs to injuries from Sunday car collision I want everyone to know that the introductory sentence to this paragraph is meant to convey my disgust at the body count in FL, not because I forgot how to compose a sentence. Anyway, hit-from-behind wreck, and I’m not sure the driver should have even been on the road. There was a total of 4 minors in the car, 2 teens, a toddler and an infant. Protocols for what good they might have done, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

More on that NC wreck that seems to be caused as much by bad infrastructure as the driver crossing the bike path in reverse. Cyclist killed in accident lived active, friendly life Digging down deep in the article we find the sidewalk where the cyclist was hit was actually a designated extension of the MUP, but you would have to look it up on a map because it wasn’t signed or anything to notify drivers that cyclists could be riding on it at bike speeds. And what driver is going to look up where the bicycle facilities are? Definitely bad infrastructure.

Update on a NY hit-and-run. Police release photo of truck involved in hit-run of cyclist in Holbrook Hit-from-behind so protocols to avoid or reduce damages, and fix the dang infrastructure so cyclists and big trucks don’t mix outside of low-speed residential areas.

Another truck-involved hit-and-run this time in IL. TRUCK DRIVER SOUGHT IN MCKINLEY PARK HIT-AND-RUN, CYCLIST IN CRITICAL CONDITION Nothing on the mode, but the fact that the cyclist was still alive after getting hit with a semi is nothing short of a miracle in and of itself.

Update on an AK wreck. Video a chilling reminder of multiple dangers facing pedestrians, cyclists The video shows the cyclist entering the intersection legally, getting delayed, and then getting killed.

OK, this is Sunday as I type this, there was a technical issue with my internet access Saturday after I ran out of sleep Friday night/Saturday morning and I just got back on line a little while ago. The lack of sleep issue pursued me all day and into the night Saturday and I didn’t get to sleep until early Sunday morning and I still haven’t recovered from the deficit. But recovered or not I still have to be upright (more or less) so I put the ending on this post. As you can probably tell from the construction of this paragraph, I need to get to bed early tonight to recover fully. Brain not work good.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the unkillable badass Poet