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June 2015

 

Sunday, 28 June 2015

I went to a car show yesterday - the Lilac City Mopars Show & Shine in Spokane. Not a good day for an afternoon car show, as the temperature was somewhere between 102 and 105° F. Despite that, my '52 Plymouth came in 2nd in the Mopar Pre-1960 Stock & Modified class. Check out the pictures on the Phuddy Duddy Cruisers web site.


I have been busy at my Genie Gem Maker arbor, producing cabochons. I have mounted the stones in belt buckles and you can see the results below. Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image of a buckle.

Biggs Jasper Agate Deshutes Jasper Chrysocolla

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

I went to the 2015 Car d'Lane Car Show in downtown Coeur d'Alene on Saturday. I did not enter my '52 Plymouth, as I don't like the way that car club runs their show.

I took 205 pictures at the show, which was probably about 1/3 of the cars that were there. There was WAY too many 55-57 Chevys, Corvettes and Corvairs to take pictures of all of them. I have posted the pictures on the Phuddy Duddy Cruiser web site. I have received pictures from another person of both the car show and the before-show Friday night cruise, and I will possibly post them, too.

I am also going to do a video slideshow of my pictures and post it on YouTube. All that activity will pretty much take up a lot of my time today.


I was wrong about the cassettes for The Plains of Passage. The first six cassettes were single-sided, running at about an hour each. So far, all the remaining cassettes are double sided, running at 1 1/2 hours each. So the book should be about 33 hours in length. At this point, I have backed up 13 of the 24 cassettes to my hard drive.


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Friday, 12 June 2015

Our usual Wednesday night cruise at Paul Bunyon in Rathdrum was replaced this week with a cruise up to the Paul Bunyon in Ponderay, ID, which is 40 miles from my house. You can see pictures of it at the Phuddy Duddy Cruisers photo site.


I have started to back up the final Jean M. Auel audio book, The Plains of Passage. That book is on 24 cassettes and I spent 6 hours yesterday backing up both sides of the first three of those cassettes.

It turns out that this book is different from the others I have backed up. The others had different text on both sides of each cassette, so each of the other cassettes contained between 1 1/2 and 2 hours of the book. For a 14-cassette book, that's 21 to 28 hours of text.

This book has a single set of text recorded on each side of a cassette. So it is basically 24 hours in length. It will take that long to back it up to hard drive.


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Monday, 8 June 2015

The mostly rubber parts I purchased for my classic cars arrived on Saturday. They were all correct except the gear shift knob. I ordered the wrong one because of a bug on their web site. I clicked on the 'Buy Now' button for the correct part, and the web page put the wrong item in my shopping cart. I have conntacted the company and they are sending the correct knob (and they will fix the web site bug).

In the meantime, I am installing the other parts. My '52 Plymouth now has new clutch and brake pedals, and my '49 has brand new rubber around the license plate light/trunk lever. The other rubber parts I received will be much harder to install.


I'm not used to working 3 twelve hour days, which is what I just did for the gem show on the weekend. I seem to have recovered from that somewhat, though.

One of the things I did while working at the gem show was to let a dealer see the slabs I had cut from that big chunk of chrysocolla I got from my dad. We worked out that the slabs are worth about 50 cents a gram. Here is one of them - 275 grams, so it's worth $137.50.

Chrysocolla slab

I have about 7 more of the slabs. I am definitely going to cut one up into cabochons.


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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

That 'small school thing' turned out to be a full-fledged car show without the trophies. You can see pictures of it here. This show was great for many reasons: the kids greatly appreciated the cars, there was no pressure to compete for prizes and the whole thing was a little over two hours long. Very relaxing.

After the show, many of us went to Roger's Burgers over by the K-Mart. We ended up having our own little mini-show there. I think the K-Mart parking lot would be a great place for a car show. Lots of traffic and lots of interest there.


I am still recording The Mammoth Hunters. I have about 5 hours to go. I have gotten past the problems with cassette 7 by using a different cassette player. The one I had problems with plays the cassette standing on its edge. The alternate player allows you to play the cassette lying flat on its side. I fixed the tension problem by rewinding the cassette several times while it was lying flat. The bulk of the tape itself is now also flat, which reduces the binding considerably.


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