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on the way back from the laundromat . I saw a guy in his 70s driving a hotrod of a convertible BMW . candy blue with the 2 white racing stripes up the hood . now that's what I like to see :thumb:

I like to imagine that he waited his entire life to be driving a little roadster __ and then just said " fvck it . I'm going to die anyway " . he looked really happy , too :)
 

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Just got in from an afternoon in West Bay.
Had a coffee in the cafe that in the series "Broadchurch" is the police station.
We then called in at the garden center which is literally just over the road from the Crown which Tom is familiar with.
Just in time before the schools break up and half of the U.K. descends on the peace and tranquility of the shire...:laugh2:
 

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Lovely radio, Tommo!
It looks like the Shaub-Lorenz tube multiband radio I inherited from Dad.
:thumb:

I'd love to turn it into an amp someday.
That, and my "waterfall" Philco as well.
...ideally with some kind of Radio/Amp switch so I can go back and forth between playing Radio Koln and rocking my guitars.

As for The Mule, it is giving me endless grief and I may have to take a vacation from it so I can concentrate on the 100-degree weather that is landing on my "sayonara, eldercare!" getaway this weekend. :dunno:

As for cars, my tastes are very Seinfeld/Leno, all over the map, from microcars to a nice 1960 Imperial to a nice 1970 Lambo Miura to a nice over-the-top bespoke hot rod.
If I had the money, you bet I would own and drive them all, and would love them to distraction.
...and I would give zero f*cks about other people's jealousy.

As Jimi said, "I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to."
Don't get me wrong, Tim - nothing against the genuine aficionado, it's the wallet-wavers I can't stand, and mostly that's what they are. People strutting round shouting 'I'm richer than you'. FTS.
I agree with you, Dom, and the practiced eye can tell the insufferable "I'm better than you, haw haw" sh*theads from the aficionados.

At all the car shows I've been to over the decades, the owners of the collectible cars were always the most gracious and friendly.
TThe guy in the stupendously expensive 1969 Ferrari Daytona asks me if I wanna sit in it. "You want a look under the hood?"
No airs at all, just enthusiasm.
 
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That's the true spirit. Doesn't matter if it's cars, guitars, watches or whatever. They love the thing for itself.
SO true . and if the enthusiasm isn't there __ you have to wonder just " how " interested a person is in something

there's a local car show downtown every last Friday of the month . I'm not really into the cars , but I can really appreciate their aesthetic value . truly works of art meets machinery

but some of the owners seem very uninterested . and I wonder . WHY ?
 

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That's the true spirit. Doesn't matter if it's cars, guitars, watches or whatever. They love the thing for itself.
Yes, yes! The enthusiasm, the willingness to share the joy with others, is wonderful.

Leno is an exemplar. He could just be like Smaug the dragon and hoard his cars, but instead he makes a well-craftedYouTube series that focuses on each car one at a time so we all can enjoy them. It is totally not showing off.

He saw Mom and Dad ogling one of his cars on the street and they never forgot what a sweet guy he was.

I luv when a regular guy does well.

And yeah, it could be any item, which is why I love American Pickers to distraction.
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I just got back from a very long lunch on the terrace by the river behind the Bishop on the Bridge pub - with two beautiful women, no less (one my wife, the other her friend Judith) - but I envy you the sea, the sea...
How far are you from the open sea Dom ? I'd guess about 35 miles. Not too far then.
I suppose east it's Bognor and west Bournemouth for seaside resorts.
You must be about 80 odd miles east of us.
 

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In other news, I have been informed that my brother Dave's cancer is Stage 4, and Western medicine has done all it can for him.

He's doing what Dad did back in the early 2000s, namely downplaying the severity of his illness from the left coast, while the East Coast family remains largely clueless.

So, allopathic medicine has been a colossal fail.
It's up to alternative and metaphysical healing now. It's all he has left.
So, again, I petition you all for any and all good energies on his behalf.

Sure, I have another brother whose cancer numbers are creeping up, and a guitar buddy in a body brace because multiple myeloma has eaten his vertebrae, but they actually have decent long-term prognoses...
Dave, not so much.

I visit my housebound guitar buddy Bill every Saturday and we eat burgers and watch music youtubes on his big TV, and that's how I try to contibute to his eventual healing, but Dave is on the other side of the country, dammit, so no cheeseburgers for Mister Dave.

Got a lot on my mind, yo.

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I certainly don't have a problem with anyone who wants to collect gear or own sports cars etc or think they are snobs. Far from it. If that's what a person enjoys then I am happy for them..
My problem with gear collecting, tinkering, sports cars and such like is down to me and my personal lack of enthusiasm over such things. Out of all the things I have bought since we've moved I think the things I've got the most use out of are probably a set of rock titanium saucepans..:laugh2:
And that's only because I tend to use them to make things for other people.
Of course, like others I see things for myself and think." Oh wow, I must have one of those" and Sylvia says " If you like it, get it". But when I give it some thought and think "Will I ever use this, or do I really need this" I usually talk myself out of getting whatever it is.
It's me, I'm just weird...:laugh2:
 

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In other news, I have been informed that my brother Dave's cancer is Stage 4, and Western medicine has done all it can for him.

He's doing what Dad did back in the early 2000s, namely downplaying the severity of his illness from the left coast, while the East Coast family remains largely clueless.

So, allopathic medicine has been a colossal fail.
It's up to alternative and metaphysical healing now. It's all he has left.
So, again, I petition you all for any and all good energies on his behalf.

Sure, I have another brother whose cancer numbers are creeping up, and a guitar buddy in a body cast because multiple myeloma has eaten his vertebrae, but they actually have decent long-term prognoses...
Dave, not so much.

I visit my housebound guitar buddy Bill every Saturday and we eat burgers and watch music youtubes on his big TV, and that's how I try to contibute to his eventual healing, but Dave is on the other side of the country, dammit, so no cheeseburger for Mister Dave.

Got a lot on my mind, yo.

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So sorry to hear that news Tim.
You and your family most certainly have all our thoughts and best wishes from everyone here in the shire.
 

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SO true . and if the enthusiasm isn't there __ you have to wonder just " how " interested a person is in something

there's a local car show downtown every last Friday of the month . I'm not really into the cars , but I can really appreciate their aesthetic value . truly works of art meets machinery

but some of the owners seem very uninterested . and I wonder . WHY ?
Very good question, my friend.
Reminds me of a Dieter line from the old SNL skit "Sprockets":
"I have become so jaaaaded.
Perhaps someone should strike my testicles with a taffy hammer.
(Arch look)
THAT would fix MYYYY wagon."

Mike Myers based the character on an arrogant waiter he encountered in his native Canada.

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"Of course, like others I see things for myself and think." Oh wow, I must have one of those" and Sylvia says " If you like it, get it". But when I give it some thought and think "Will I ever use this, or do I really need this" I usually talk myself out of getting whatever it is.
It's me, I'm just weird...:laugh2:
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On the rare occasions where I have managed to summon that sentiment, I have saved a lot of money.

One of my fellow GAS sufferers and I are often tempted by various half-off sales etc. During such times of temptation, we remind each other "if you don't buy anything, you save 100%!"
 

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On the rare occasions where I have managed to summon that sentiment, I have saved a lot of money.

One of my fellow GAS sufferers and I are often tempted by various half-off sales etc. During such times of temptation, we remind each other "if you don't buy anything, you save 100%!"
I could understand if it were simply the case of me being tight fisted bastard but it's not as I can be enthusiastic and generous with Sylvia and my family and give my time freely too many students..It's just with myself for some strange reason.
Actually no! It's not for some strange reason. I know exactly what it is and it's a deep childhood psychological guilt thing relating to the death of my brother which I witnessed when I was four.
 

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First rain in about a month...Lovely..
We've had gentle rain all morning so that should green things up a bit..
Not quite the heavy deluge of rain and isolated local flooding the MET office predicted but then hey ho they wouldn't be the MET office would they...:laugh2:
 
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