Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Thing

Not much new in the Thing classifieds, but this has resurfaced, with two links, and at a much more reasonable price of $3600  $3800 Dude really needs to stop unposting/reposting

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 18, 2013

You, Sir, Are A Jerk

This jerk gets his own post.

I had pictured this beater Thing in a post

and criticized the price, and apparently many agreed it was high. So much that the owner, rather than sell it for what it was actually worth, did this:

"I was selling my 73 Thing. Its complete but needs work. Pass side floor is bad. In fact the whole same thing is bad now. I got real tired of loosers wanting it for nothing." 

As I said when I posted this on The Samba, as someone who had given cars away, this is appalling. If I was on reddit, I'd unleash the hounds.

Friday, November 15, 2013

A Winter's Carol.


This is from the last Taize worship service at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church's Erie building, November 12, 2013. We sold the building and it will be demolished and replaced with several homes on the lot (expensive, too, I hear).

The octet + 1 (we had 3 sopranos that night) performed in the balcony. I recorded this with my iPhone 4s, on the floor slid away from me as far as I could so that my voice wasn't too present in the recording (I've tried recording us before) and with the mic end of the phone facing away from the group. I then imported it as audio into Audacity, but all I did there was snip the front and back ends to lose the phone noise and dead space.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


I needed to get a replacement debit card (worn mag strip) and the guy at the bank and I started chatting. Crazy, huh?

He's a motorcycle dude, and he suggested this for me: a Triumph Thruxton. Pretty Cool.

I poked around today, and I think I'd prefer a Triumph Scrambler:

Neither are quite Steve McQueen, but hey, what is?

That's all folks!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Unintended Consequences, Again. Surprised?

This article has its share of good reporting and stupidity, but the fact remains that actions have consequences. Duh.

"As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies, an Associated Press investigation found.
Five million acres of land set aside for conservation — more than Yellowstone, Everglades and Yosemite National Parks combined — have vanished on Obama's watch.
Landowners filled in wetlands. They plowed into pristine prairies, releasing carbon dioxide that had been locked in the soil.
Sprayers pumped out billions of pounds of fertilizer, some of which seeped into drinking water, contaminated rivers and worsened the huge dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico where marine life can't survive.
The consequences are so severe that environmentalists and many scientists have now rejected corn-based ethanol as bad environmental policy. But the Obama administration stands by it, highlighting its benefits to the farming industry rather than any negative impact."

What happens when you allow a policy belief to override science? You kill eagles and marine life chasing Global Warming alarmism. You destroy the environment to enact your policies which are more designed to control your population and the economy than to save the Earth.

"Fundamental Transformation" has a price, after all.....

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Happy 100th Year of US Income Tax!

 It was in a "this week in history" item, who knew?

I like this part:

"The Treasury Department will likely collect around $4.9 trillion from income and payroll taxes in 2014. That's a huge jump from the $5.4 billion collected in 1920 and the $43 billion in 1945."

So, I looked it up and the population has tripled while the collected taxes have grown nearly a thousandfold? Wow.

Jul 1, 1920106.46 million
Jul 1, 1944138.40 million
Nov 1, 2012314.69 million

Friday, November 1, 2013

Thing Friday!

I should be working, but there are Things to examine on the internet!

Let's start with this beater. $1750? I don't think so, unless it runs great (which is doubtful given the condition). Mid-state New York. (see other post, the dude crushed it out of spite)

Next contestant is this lovely item. Reduced!! Should be about the above price!! Not $3000!! Kansas. (down to $2500)

This isn't a bad deal, for $5200 actually, if they accept a little less with cash in hand. Illinois.

Feeling handy? The car is free, you pay for the parts that need to be attached.....$3900 in New Hampshire.

This Florida thing is actually very reasonably priced at $6000 even with the blurry pictures. I agree, who needs a top!

C'mon, dude, no picture? (he added photos!) Seriously, with just 5,600 miles and asking $4900, we need visuals! Austin, TX.

Close to home, just over in Indy, is this $4000 flat tire Thing. Kid, you got potential! A little much for a non-runner, if you ask me.

How about another fixer-upper? $3800 obo (now just $3500)

$2300 or less could get you this Thing in Florida: The is your best resource for all kinds of Things and info, but as you can see, there are plenty out there on craigslist.

This no-photo-ridiculously-low-priced Thing is on craigslist now, the link on the other post has gone dead. The description does not match the price. Period.