Solstice Solace

By: RobDaHood , 3:27 PM GMT on December 20, 2012

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Quoting pottery:


Moi ?
Just had a long walk in the garden with Lady Pott.
I really hope that she forgets most of the "This needs work soon" stuff that she casually said.
I kept saying "Look at how lovely this is!" and she kept saying that nasty 4-letter word that begins with w and ends in ork.

Maybe I'll wash her mouth out with soap.....



We want that one on video.

It will be the day a slight framed woman creates work for a proctologist.

:)))
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Quoting RTLSNK:


And I told you not to talk to me in front of the crew.

Thing is, you are always in front......
We just follow along meekly, gathering crumbs.
It's not easy being a Follower you know.
Lead on, the Capt is asleep.
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Quoting RTLSNK:
Talking to yourself this morning, are we?


Moi ?
Just had a long walk in the garden with Lady Pott.
I really hope that she forgets most of the "This needs work soon" stuff that she casually said.
I kept saying "Look at how lovely this is!" and she kept saying that nasty 4-letter word that begins with w and ends in ork.

Maybe I'll wash her mouth out with soap.....
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Quoting RTLSNK:


Don't tell me what I did or didn't do.


And I told you not to talk to me in front of the crew.
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Quoting RTLSNK:


You forgot to quote Pottery's quote.


Don't tell me what I did or didn't do.
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Quoting RTLSNK:
Talking to yourself this morning, are we?


You forgot to quote Pottery's quote.
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Talking to yourself this morning, are we?
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Quoting pottery:

It's fine, relax.

Oh, OK then. Thanks.
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Quoting pottery:

eh ?

It's fine, relax.
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eh ?
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Ah, de Glorious Mornin' come.

Sunshine, sparkles and birdsong.

The only Problem I have this morning, is a blown fuse somewhere in the deep recesses of my Cranial Cavity brought about by reading Snake's post about decks, cards, fits, shrinking shrinks, missing some, having too many of others, retirement, questions and so on.

I will have more Stimulant, and attempt to replace the blown fuse by adopting a semi-prone position for a couple of hours and going "aaaahhhhhhh".
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Good early morning Goofy.
More wake than sleep tonight. Hope you haven't been similarly afflicted.

I need one of those pills that makes you see pretty lights and sleep until 1330!

Gonna try again in a few minutes.
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Is that what you call a shrink fit? Must one tread softly around about shrinks, slings, and arrows and such. Speaking of slings and tendons, that is a bit of typing.


OK 34 F. White stuff covering ground. Ie grass and sidewalk. Roadway working on black ice.
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Quoting goofyrider:
Is that what you call a shrink fit?

Well, you asked for it!
If that's the worse fit the shrink throws tonight we got off easy.

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Did somebody call for a shrink? I'm retired you know.
And I don't make house calls. Well, I didn't make house
calls even before I retired so I certainly won't make
them now. And since I'm retired, you shouldn't call me anyway.

Besides, who needs a shrink around here anyhow,
everyone around here except me of course is a few cards
short of a full deck to begin with. Shrinks don't
carry extra cards around with them you know.

Think of how many decks of cards I would have to carry
around with me.

And then I would have to figure out
which ones someone was missing and then take them out
of a brand new deck and then that deck would be
missing those cards and what happens the next time I
had to give someone a few cards, maybe that deck was
already missing those cards allready so I would have
to open up a brand new deck of cards and still keep
the other deck of cards because next time another person
might be missing some of the cards that were
still in the first deck so when I gave them those
cards I would now have two decks of cards with missing
cards.

Does everyone understand now why I retired?
After 40 years and some months I had carried around 437
decks of cards and was just downright tired. I
have had it with cards. Don't ask me these types of
questions anymore.'

Please forward my usual fee to my acct in the Caymans.
Take two asprins and call me in the morning.
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Is that what you call a shrink fit?
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HiHoHood.
You and me were typing to Sheph at the same time and missed each other.

Prolly a Good Thing.
heheheheh
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Yeah, Sheph.
That's it for that motor.....
I wouldn't bother going any further, unless I had a lot of time and nothing else to do. And a bag-full of $$$ with nowhere else to spend it.

A shame, that.

Good Fishing, my friend !

:):))
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mmmmm....sad that.
But prolly worth a salvage.
Go fishin' and give it a good thinkin' on.

Alway more fun working on a project for yourself than fixin' somthin' for somebody else.

I think it's a worthwhile project.

Used to have a link for low mileage, non US, high output transplants, but seem to have misplaced it.
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Quoting RobDaHood:
Hope Shep gives us a preliminary report tonight.br>Starting to reek around here because everyone has bait on their breath!


Duh???
Had to wait for the air to clear a bit before I ventured back on board.
Even the sea gulls were keeping their distance.
:)))...tippie canoe and da swampster too.

Sure...I'll have another one.


Hot Rod Report:

Exhaust tips clean.

Coolant only 1/2 qt low. I'll chalk that one up as angel's breath.

Pulled all spark plugs for inspection.
All plugs dry and clean and a nice tan color.
Re-gapped and re-installed.
Immediate reaction: Head gasket not blown into cylinders.

Poured 4 freakin' qts of oil into a 4 freakin'qt oil pan.
:(
Drained all the oil back out and strained through a fine filter.
...No peanut butter present...sorry cappymon...you'll have ta make your own dip.
Come to think of it...nothing was present. Just oil. No pieces of gasket crumbs. No fine metal filings....no nothing. Danged amazing, if you ask me.
Further Conclusion: Head gasket still not blown.

Removed left front tire.
Placed 1/2" pull handle on crankshaft.
Couldn't budge it...at all...less than at all.
She's seized up tighter than Sib's hat band.

The engine had a new timing belt installed in June.
If he missed a cog installing the new one and fouled the timing, it wouldn't have made it out the door. No leaks present around his work.
So, that probably ain't it.

Found a major oil leak on the lower back side of the block at a small brass ferrule attaching a speed cable (or sumpim')that was leaking oil like a sieve.
That's where all da oil went out da car.

Remedy:
Re-build or replace.

Yep, as to all the thoughts I'm having right now...no comment.
Dealing with grand daughters is something akin to chasing butterfly farts.


...so, alrighty then.


Think I'll put it on the back burner and go fishing.

> )))">

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RTL what you really need is a good seaweed salad.
Full of all sorts of vitaminly goodness. Don't eat it all in once sitting though. Has lots of fiber...too much.

Been wanting some but it's hard to find in these parts without paying through the nose. Also, the best is farm raised in Japan. Might glow in the dark.
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Mexican BBQ.
Sounds good to me.
Didn't know you liked the spicy stuff that much.
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Yeah, he tired me out too, I think I will bring some
food home for dinner rather than work in the kitchen.

Hmmm, so many choices, so little time.

HEY GRANDPA, WHATS FOR DINNER?

BBQ! mexican. BBQ! mexican. BBQ! mexican.

Don't you just hate it when that happens!

Tune in later for the results. :)
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Wow, Pottery.
After reading about your day I need a nap!
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Will surely result in something!

Of course the alternative is to eat lots of green vegetables and we know that's not gonna happen!
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Quoting RTLSNK:
Ahh Haa!

I think the concurrent zoning problem I have been having is coming from this blog. It all started after that storm you had in your area that took your power out and you had to rewire the barn, the house, and your computer system. Odd things have been happening to anyone that visits this blog ever since. Matter of fact, odd little lights are starting to appear on my screen right now that weren't here before. If you tampered with the world wide grid theres no telling what might.......................................

Dont try that !
Everyone knows it's from an overdose of Apple Fritters.
And the only cure is to treat it Homeopathically. Meaning you have to bombard the system with dozens of them over the next 24 hrs, while hopping about on one leg (the good one is fine) while singing the Ballad of Tom Dooley, backwards, seven times.

Guaranteed results. But please note, results vary quite considerably, and the supplier of this Cure is not Responsible etc etc etc.
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Actually, I'm suffering from Rank Exhaustion.
The airport at 6:00am, back home to scrub a concrete pathway that's mossy, then to help Lady Pott clean the little house for Tenants who arrived at 1:00, then entertain Alex & Amy for 2 hours on their way to a cousins birthday party etc etc....

Whew, I should of stayed in bed....
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Quoting RobDaHood:
Pottery, you getting brilliant lights up your end?
Nothing here...

I'm trying to look......

heheheheheh
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Pottery, you getting brilliant lights up your end?
Nothing here...
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Quoting RTLSNK:
..............happen.


Brilliant !

:):))
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..............happen.
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Ahh Haa!

I think the concurrent zoning problem I have been having is coming from this blog. It all started after that storm you had in your area that took your power out and you had to rewire the barn, the house, and your computer system. Odd things have been happening to anyone that visits this blog ever since. Matter of fact, odd little lights are starting to appear on my screen right now that weren't here before. If you tampered with the world wide grid theres no telling what might.......................................
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Okay...that was a new trick.
I clicked post comment and suddenly found myself in chatville.
Well, at least the post is there this time.
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Huh!
I posted after Pottery last evening and it's not here.
Mayhap it landed on some other blog, in which case it's bound to confuse a lot of people.

Anyhow, spent the day so far watching a couple bald eagles hunt the property. All small critters immediately went into hiding. Then I fixed the washing machine at Grandmother's house so the girls can do laundry.

Awaiting Angela's imminent return from groceryland, at which point I shall magically transform into a pack mule for a few minutes. Then I think I have the rest of the day off...I think.

Oh...all dragons behaving nicely, RTL, but thanks for the offer. Turns out it wasn't Pottery's breath after all but a bad case of dragon breath and I am completely out of seafood.
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ROARRRRRRRRRRRRRRSCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEECCHHHH
BANG = BANG = CLANG - THUMP
ROARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRSCREEEEEEEEEEEEEECCHHHH
BANG = BANG = CLANG - THUMP
ROARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRSCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECCHHHH
BANG = BANG = CLANG - THUMP

You know, I really hate garbage day, but I hate it
even more when there is a Holiday on a Monday or on
a Tuesday like Christmas and New Years were this year
because they don't pick up on Friday like they
usually do, they pick up on Saturday like they did
last Saturday and like they just did this morning.

And it has been apparent for years that my street is
near the beginning of their route because they get
here with their monster truck at 0530 hours every
pickup day. And from the sound the truck makes it has
no muffler and has needed brakes for the last four
years we have lived here. :(

So, I am in a really great mood this morning, anyone
have any dragons they need slayed this morning?
I'll bring Igor with me too, haven't taken him on a
walk for some time now. :)
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Quoting RobDaHood:
Hope Shep gives us a preliminary report tonight.
Starting to reek around here because everyone has bait on their breath!

That's strange. I had fish for dinner. I thought the aroma was only me.....
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Quoting RobDaHood:

Go Away!
It ain't fair!
:o)



The man's in a zone of his own!
LOL

Spontaneous Zoning Behavior Disorder (SZBD)
I like that! Good diagnosis.

True, that.
And I think that he must have gone for a nap, at around 2:30 this afternoon.
Poor guy. It must be tiring. Being old and stuff. I wouldn't know about that, of course.

runs away, smirking>>>>>>>>>
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LOL
Thanks Briar. Glad it's working for you.
Might need to change the text color in the next version to match your tape!

I'll pass the message to Angie. You Too!
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That embed code generator of yours works like a charm. With the addition of a tiny bit of blue painter's tape, I even managed to post a couple of videos from other places into some blogs recently. That little generator has earned a spot on my Firefox Toolbar, where it's handy any time I want it.

I do hope 2013 treats you and Angie real good.
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Hope Shep gives us a preliminary report tonight.
Starting to reek around here because everyone has bait on their breath!
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Quoting RTLSNK:
Holy Cow Batman, I think I may very well have slept all morning.

Go Away!
It ain't fair!
:o)

Quoting pottery:

Concurrently Spontaneous Zoning Behaviour.
Peculiar, that.


The man's in a zone of his own!
LOL

Spontaneous Zoning Behavior Disorder (SZBD)
I like that! Good diagnosis.
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Quoting RTLSNK:
It is good to see everyone is having fun this morning, wait a minute, did you just say lunch is over? What time is it? 1349 hours? Holy Cow Batman, I think I may very well have slept all morning. Well, I was here at 0306 this morning after all. I think my sleep cycle is a little off. :)

Shep is working on a hot rod, Pottery is trying to get out of starting on his "List" again, and Rob is putting crankcase peanut butter on crackers or something like that. Yep, things are normal around here.

I guess I should have breakfast now, that way I can have lunch when SugarBear has dinner, and then I can have dinner when I wake up again at 0306 in the morning tomorrow morning. Hmmm, this could get confusing. Not for me of course. :)

Maybe yer in a different time zone to the rest of us....
Of course, we do understand that there are many Time Zones.
The dietary ones, the eating ones, the hungry ones, the sleeping ones, napping ones....

Come to think of it, you appear, my dear friend, to be in all those zones at all times. Concurrently Spontaneous Zoning Behaviour.
Peculiar, that.
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It is good to see everyone is having fun this morning, wait a minute, did you just say lunch is over? What time is it? 1349 hours? Holy Cow Batman, I think I may very well have slept all morning. Well, I was here at 0306 this morning after all. I think my sleep cycle is a little off. :)

Shep is working on a hot rod, Pottery is trying to get out of starting on his "List" again, and Rob is putting crankcase peanut butter on crackers or something like that. Yep, things are normal around here.

I guess I should have breakfast now, that way I can have lunch when SugarBear has dinner, and then I can have dinner when I wake up again at 0306 in the morning tomorrow morning. Hmmm, this could get confusing. Not for me of course. :)
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Yeah, we'll be checking back for a full report.
Right now, lunch break is over, prep done for dinner, back to work.
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Quoting RobDaHood:
Ah...Pottery knows about crankcase peanut butter too!
Not real good on crackers though.

Hey Todd!
Happy Friday to you!

Shep, I like the 97 better!

Yeah, the crackers you get with that peanut butter is usually in the head.....

Can't wait to hear Sheph's diagnosis.
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Ah...Pottery knows about crankcase peanut butter too!
Not real good on crackers though.

Hey Todd!
Happy Friday to you!

Shep, I like the 97 better!
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GOOD FRIDAY
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Quoting theshepherd:
Hot rod exploration day.
:)

Paper work in glove box says it's a 97, not a 93.
That's good.

No fluids present down any hole or on engine dipstick.
That's bad. br>Hopefully, the Orlando mechanic was correct and it's just a blown head gasket.

Tranny dipstick had fluid on it and didn't smell burnt.
That's good.

Brake job I did this summer, still OK.

Please Lord, don't let it be that the timing belt slipped a cog and trashed the engine by slamming the pistons against the valves running 90mph+ down the corridor.

Time to throw the battery charger on and give her a spin.

:)))










Good to see you being Optomistic, my freind ! :):))

Sounds pretty Dire, but no water/oil emulsion in the engine sounds good. How do the plugs look? Plenty oil there? And when you tumble the engine, remove the oil-filler cap to make sure the valve-rockers are moving so you know it isnt the belt. I would check the timing too, as you suggested.
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speaking of fluids and dipsticks:

Had a friend who gave his teenage daughter a little 4 cyl import when she started driving. He told her to make sure she checked the oil every time she filled up because it burned a little.

Girl was at Gate station a week later, dutifully checked the oil, seemed low, so she added a quart. Well, cut to the chase...after several trips inside to buy oil, it still wasn't full...called dad for help.

She thought you were supposed to fill it to the top of the "Oil Fill" cap.

Took months before I could look the kid in the eye without laughing.
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Quoting theshepherd:
No fluids present down any hole or on engine dipstick.
That's bad.



Oh boy!


Good luck!
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Hot rod exploration day.
:)

Paper work in glove box says it's a 97, not a 93.
That's good.

No fluids present down any hole or on engine dipstick.
That's bad.
Hopefully, the Orlando mechanic was correct and it's just a blown head gasket.

Tranny dipstick had fluid on it and didn't smell burnt.
That's good.

Brake job I did this summer, still OK.

Please Lord, don't let it be that the timing belt slipped a cog and trashed the engine by slamming the pistons against the valves running 90mph+ down the corridor.

Time to throw the battery charger on and give her a spin.

:)))









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