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I saw this truck on my way to work and the “No OPEC” sticker made me think about days past from the 70’s when OPEC was front and center in the news.  Incidentally, on my daily “This Day in History” desktop calendar the entry for November 4th spoke of the 1979 takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran, followed by the signing of the embargo of Iranian oil by then President Carter.

I suppose what stands out about OPEC, the Iranian Crisis and the oil embargo was the uncertainty of that time in 1979.  Sure today oil prices are at an all-time-high but we don’t have lines at the filling station nor shortages.  There was just something unsettling about something as basic as fuel being in short supply.

The “No OPEC” sticker would have been a real hit back in the 70’s.  How time flies by…

Letter to a Soldier…

Today, my friend Jeff showed me a tweet from a letter to a soldier from an elementary school kid.  You know, the ones that thousands of little kids send to our brave warriors proudly serving our Nation and defending Democracy overseas.

I suppose this is the innocence of an 8 year-old…  Then again, I think Jack (and Jack’s Dad) got it right especially with the behavior being displayed by goat ****’s these days.   :mrgreen:

I showed this tweet to another friend of mine – a retired USMC Major – and he told me this would make a soldier’s day.  I’ll post this here in the hope that a brave Soldier reads it.

As young Jack said, “I hope you get them”.  Hurrah!!


Audi Transporter

On the way back from a quick visit to Costco this morning, I saw this new car Audi Transporter parked in an empty lot.  I thought it was pretty cool how these new Audi vehicles get transported in the safety of the white car covers.  Wonder if you spend the hard-earned cash for one of these gems you get the cover thrown in the deal?  Granted, it isn’t much of a car cover but it does have a certain “cool factor” to it.

I also found it ironic the proletarian Volkswagen loaded on the tail end of the transporter did not get the VIP treatment 🙁 – see below…


The lowly VW just got a hood and trunk protector.  Oh well…

Pallet Hauler

On my way to work one day last week, I saw this pallet hauler shown here.

While I am not a fan of automotive emissions tests or road certificates, this is one time when I wish the state of South Carolina had one.  I’ve seen this truck before, but never with the disaster of a trailer in tow.  No lights, no license tag, nothing…

Once I pulled ahead of this truck – not hard to do mind you – I glanced at the two occupants who were completely oblivious of the bad weather, wet road conditions and the fact the truck was crawling in the left lane.  The tires on this truck (and trailer) were about as smooth as the proverbial baby’s butt.  The trailer is something else too:  those uprights were flopping and swaying back and forth.  Truly an accident waiting to happen.

On this very same road, I see on a daily basis folks driving high-end Mercs, Bimmers, Porches, and even a Tesla Model S.  Makes one wonder what kind of insurance this bubba has on his white truck…    

Wings Over Houston Air Show

The other day my friend Corey (standing in front of the Corsair) photo 1sent some pictures via SMS while he attended the Wings Over Houston air show.  I thought the pics were pretty awesome so I asked for more and this makes up today’s post.

The show happens at the end of October and is produced by the Commemorative Air Force.  Needless to say, I’m giving it some thought to make the trip to Houston next year to watch the show.

Corey told me the show is very elaborate:  there is a Pearl Harbor re-enactment with lots of staged explosions and smoke with multiple fly-by’s.  Here are the photos Corey sent me.

The P51 Mustangs are just timeless…



Several years ago I had the opportunity to see an F4U Corsair up close, and was astonished with its size.  These planes were BIG!  Here are some pictures Corey took of the Corsairs.



The following picture of the Corsair is pretty cool…  If you notice, in the background is a B17 making an approach…



Here is the A6M Zero – looks like there were several too!


Next, an SNJ-5C Texan.


Finally, last but not least the mighty B17.


Thanks for the pictures Corey!  They are awesome.  Must have been pretty cool to have been able to watch the show.