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Are you certified?

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Are you a certified Asshole?

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Find Out With the Asshole Rating Self-Exam (ARSE)

A 24-Question Self-Exam by Bob Sutton

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June 30, 2009 at 7:25 pm

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June – gone by so fast

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A view of the past month.

Two Princesses

Two Princesses

Blue is my favorite color

Blue is my favorite color



Gentlemens Specialty

Gentlemens Specialty

Color of Summer

Color of Summer

Magic Gone

Celebrate the Flag

Celebrate the Flag



Beer Buds - I don't know what this picture is suppose to be saying - Antique shop

Beer Buds - I don't know what this picture is suppose to be saying - Antique shop

Tall Vodka and Tonic

Tall Vodka and Tonic

My TR6

My TR6

Austin Healey 3000

Austin Healey 3000

Friday purchase

Friday purchase


Triumph TR6

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The TR6 ranks among one of the most popular British cars for modern everyday transport. The TR6 was introduced in 1969 with a re-skinned body versus the prior TR5/250. More TR6s were produced by Triumph than any prior TR: over ninety thousand were sold before the TR6 was replaced by the TR7 in 1976. With the optional hardtop, the TR6 makes an excellent “Grand Touring (GT)” coupe.

The TR6 was modified in several respects during its production run and the components affected include the gearbox (ratios) and the optional overdrive (type). The trim was also altered and an air dam was fitted below the bumper from 1973.

A useful option on the TR6 was the one piece detachable steel hardtop which easily converted the car to a neat sports coupe.

The TR6 came to the end of its production in July 1976 (February, 1975 for UK-market models). In all, 94,619 TRs were built, of which 86,249 found homes overseas (US mostly), only 8,370 being sold in the UK.

The car retained the appeal of traditional British sports models but had the additional, exciting element of being faster and more furious than many would-be rivals. This combination of tradition and power helps to explain its popularity today.






The red 74 TR6 shown here is mine.  I bought it from my cousin’s husband in 1982.  I spent plenty of money on this car – but I really loved it.  I wish I had taken more photos of it, but back then I wasn’t so much interested in photography.

TR6 at Stratford Station

TR6 driveway bad

Some misesrable creep sideswiped the entire length of this car in a parking lot in Hamden, Ct. I later sold the car to a guy I used to take the train with.  He was going to restore the car.  I don’t know if he ever did.

The black and white is a photo of me in Fenwick Island, CT.  I was home on leave (stationed at a radar site on top of a mountain in upstate New York).  My friend Charlie took this photo – I believe it was in December  (I know it was winter, just not sure of the month).

Me Fenwick

This is my friend Jim’s TR6.  He’s got a few words to say about it:

My 1969 TR6, photo taken at Sleeping Giant State Park, with my new Nikkormat FTn. Note hubcaps, they were unique to 1969 US TR6’s.

Extra lights were 1 fog light and 1 driving light.  I had added a rear anti sway bar and had the head milled when I needed a valve job at 20,000 miles.  1969 was the beginning of emissions control on US autos.  Triumph leaned out the carburetors to meet emissions standards.  The result was a much hotter burn.  Burnt intake valves before 20,000 miles.  Three of us at P&WA bought new TR6’s in 1969.  We all had burnt valves before 20,000 miles. One friend had a burnt valve and a cracked head between valves.  Good old British engineering.

At that time they were trying to control hydrocarbon emissions and a clean car emitted CO2, a clean gas.  Then they made up this global warming non sense and now call CO2 a pollutant.  Don’t believe this non sense. True Science rejects all this Global Warming crap.

1969 TR62

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June 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Austin Healey

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Austin-Healey was a brand of sports car. The marque was established through a joint venture arrangement set up in 1952 between Leonard Lord of the Austin division of the British Motor Corporation and Donald Healey, a renowned automotive engineer and designer.

Donald Healey ran a small works company, producing only a small number of cars. Healey showed a car at the Earls Court motor show in 1952 called the 100. On seeing this car the general public’s enthusiasm for the car, Austin thought fit to produce the car at Longbridge. This car later went on to be known as the Austin-Healey 100.  This was the original ‘big Healey’ with a 2.6 litre four-cylinder engine.

In 1958 the Sprite was released, the much-loved “Frog-Eyed-Sprite”, have enthusiasts spread around the globe. The headlights were originally intended to be retractable, but due to the costs involved the idea was shelved, and they were just bolted to the bonnet! A good job too, I think. The public sure liked the car, because the company sold almost 40,000.

A more powerful version of the big Healey launched in 1959, the Austin-Healey 3000.  In 1972 Austin-Healey ceased building cars, However Healey’s name lived on with the Jensen-Healey, and Sprite parts were still to be used in the MG Midget.

Austin-Healey 3000

1959 – 1961 BN7 Mark I (2 seat), BT7 Mark I (2+2 seats)

1961 – 1962 BN7 Mark II (2 seat), BT7 Mark II (2+2 seats), BJ7 Mark II (2 seat)

1962 – 1964 BJ7 Mark II (roll-up windows)

1964 – 1967 BJ8 Mark III

In 1953 a special streamlined Austin-Healey set several land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA.

The first car for Mattel’s ‘Barbie’ Doll was an Austin Healey (pink with teal interior)








1963 Austin Healey MK3000

1963 Austin Healey MK3000 Grille

1963 Austin Healey MK3000 Side

Experimenting with peppers

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Fooling around with peppers this weekend — not sure what I was trying to accomplish – but here is some post process stuff.

One off again

The other pepper


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June 15, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Dad 1

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I love this photo of my son and his children – I swiped it from his Facebook page – photo credit to BK.  He’s a great Dad and the #1 really signifies his rank.

We have always been a “beach” kind of family – love the sea and the sand and warm sun on our faces.  I grew up on the New England coast and spent many days at the beach in Connecticut and in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  My son’s wife is from a Massachusetts beach town and, so I hear, grew up with lobster sandwiches in her lunch box.

To all the Dad’s out there – Happy Father’s Day!

Dad 1

Dad 1

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June 14, 2009 at 9:02 am

Life’s Lessons

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My friend Dennis in New York sent this to me today.  I don’t know if ts true – that this woman wrote this.  But — whether its true or not, I like what I’m reading.  So much so that I thought I’d blog this.  There may be something in here that is relevant to your life.  Maybe not.   But it was to mine.

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, and published in The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.  It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August,  so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone….

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, and wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

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June 11, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Fred Astaire – Puttin’ on the Ritz

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June 11, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Some days — it doesn’t pay ta—

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V and T with L and M

V and T with L and L

As long as I’m pouring, might as well make it doubles eh?

My Day…

6:10 – Hit the road

6:35 – Starbucks – Grande Komodo – Ahhhh

6:42 – Drop off 8 shirts and 1 pr slacks at Chinese Asian dudes cleaners

6:50 Pray in Thanksgiving and Forgiveness – Mass – Annunciation Catholic Church – Fr. Bill – nice homily

7:30 – Feelin’ Good

8:00 – Check blogs, email, respond as necessary and enjoy

9:00 – Write agenda for 1:00 meeting and gather material for handouts

11:00 – Lunch with Mike – fun – motivational (for him)

11:55 – Oh by the way – its a trillion degrees out with two bazillion percent humidity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12:20 – Hit the road for the Eng Bldg.

1:00 – People late for meeting (me – seething – I hate LATE!)

1:15 – Meeting not going as planned despite agenda

1:45 – Alternative – yes I can adapt – make a new plan

2:15 – I can’t find my car in the employee’s garage – sweating my ass off

2:45 – Back at the office – quick call to vendor “tell” not ask; talk with the boss

3:00 – Photog/wordpress session with Mike – I’m feeling better, but not all that much

3:30 – On the road

4:00 – Liquor store – straight to the vodka aisle

4:05 – Grocery store – lemons, limes, tonic

4:45 – Home, wife,  dog, warm pool, music and V and T with L and L

6:00 – A bit woozy – grilled chicken, corn on the cob, mac salad, beer

I’ll give it another GO tomorrow

God didn’t let me down –

7:39 – Posting this –

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June 11, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Fits Like A Glove

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Maserati of Central Florida.  Took some photos there last year.  This one blue number was very sweet!

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June 10, 2009 at 5:33 pm