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By: clearlakemike , 2:38 AM GMT on November 02, 2013

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Highlights of the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

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Stolen Ferrari found buried in backyard






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Huge Crazy Meteor Blows Up Over Western U.S.


Ocean View Sleeping Beauty Car


Geh mal in den Keller!













Working with a Pocketful of Sunshine, Venus enters Capricorn, Jupiter Retrograde


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How to watch the Comet ISON show
Look skyward this month—the comet of the century may be on its way.
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Moon Landscape Format by LarryD Saturday November 16, 2013


Full Moon in Taurus: Fearless

-- The Full Moon in Taurus invites us to get out of our heads and to commit to being and living in the moment; to enjoy everything we have – and maybe to wash a load of laundry.

April Elliott Kent


MERRY CHRISTMAS Y'ALL!!!




For my friends at the local tv weather news...







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Hawaii lawmaker ‘solves’ homeless problem by destroying their stuff with a sledgehammer




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Topless Kim Kardashian Straddles Kanye West on a Motorcycle in the Most Bizarre Video You'll See All Day


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Highlights from the L.A. Auto Show



Los Angeles looking pretty clear by SKERT Thursday November 21, 2013


Weather in San Diego! by mike92109 Friday November 22, 2013



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Two Aussies discover venomous snake on windshield
Reaction is quite hysterical as Australian captures the moment on video

Nature`s cathedral (Ewski)
Nature`s cathedral
Tunnel of Color (Vanana)
Along Skyline Drive in Virginia.
Tunnel of Color
Autumn Road (snosno)
Autumn Road
Autumn Sunshine (gemini)
Autumn Sunshine
Hazy Las Vegas Sunset (gayinspandex1)
30 second exposure tken from the River Mountains near Boulder City
Hazy Las Vegas Sunset
Hoover Dam (gayinspandex1)
Hoover Dam at dusk from the Tilman Memorial Bridge
Hoover Dam
early morning reflection (henkhoekstra)
just needed a puddle for this one
early morning reflection
Storm Break (algoressister)
Storm Break
wandering roads (randel52)
Hwy 140 into the Sierra's and up to the ranch
wandering roads
Comet ISON Brightens (ExitPupilCreative)
A stunning photo I captured of Comet ISON this morning from Charlestown, Rhode Island, USA. -Scott
Comet ISON Brightens
Gloaming lights IV. (maxa)
"Light Expo BB Exhibition" is located at the main square of Banska Bystrica city from 12 November to 24 November 2013.
Gloaming lights IV.
Moon Lanscape Format (LarryD)
Caught this scene as we were driving home on the bridge over the Platte River. I had to stop, turn around, and go back to get the shot. You can see a pair of Pelicans on the left side if you look close.
Moon Lanscape Format
Sullen Sky (snosno)
Sullen Sky
Crispy Winds (snosno)
Nice seasonal fresh air today and a very high tide due to the full moon..!
Crispy Winds
6:15 AM Sunrise (CalicoBass)
Sunrise on Columbus Lake on the White River National WMA. We had camp set up here.
6:15 AM Sunrise
Yaquina Bay Bridge (kristinarinell)
The Yaquina Bay Bridge is an arch bridge that spans Yaquina Bay south of Newport, Oregon. It is one of the most recognizable of the U.S. Route 101 bridges designed by Conde McCullough. The Yaquina Bay Bridge is one of eleven major bridges on the Oregon Coast Highway designed by McCullough. It superseded the last ferry crossing on the highway(wikipedia).
Yaquina Bay Bridge
Los Angeles looking pretty clear (SKERT)
Stunning light on LA
Los Angeles looking pretty clear
Weather in San Diego! (mike92109)
We actually had some rain and thunderstorms in San Diego for a change. Makes for some nice shots around La Jolla Cove.
Weather in San Diego!
Sunlight over LA (SKERT)
The sun finally made it through the clouds. LA clear
Sunlight over LA
generous storm (calpoppy)
generous storm

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68. sandiquiz
9:07 AM GMT on December 01, 2013


Wishing you a 'Happy First Sunday in Advent' and a peaceful month of December, full tradition and love.
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67. sandiquiz
8:48 PM GMT on November 28, 2013
Sandi. Are there any presents still left wrapped? lol

By this morning, there was only the one form me left...and that was hidden!! Lol

Hope you had a lovely day.
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66. clearlakemike
7:51 PM GMT on November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving, Pros and calpoppy!! Pros, I like how Mimi helps with the laundry! :)
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65. palmettobug53
1:59 PM GMT on November 28, 2013
Quick Thanksgiving fly by! I need to get off the computer soon and get cooking.
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64. calpoppy
1:03 AM GMT on November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving!

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63. Proserpina
11:54 PM GMT on November 27, 2013
Mimi photo 016mimiThanksgiving_zpsb92eacd3.jpg
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62. clearlakemike
10:59 PM GMT on November 27, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving, Briar and Bug!! Happy almost Thursday and almost C's b/d, Sandi. Are there any presents still left wrapped? lol

Yes, G is probably one or two more clicks on the scroll wheel from saying something. I will have to put on my tin foil hat and conjure up a new blog topic soon. Yes, we do celebrate the holiday. thank you. The house will be filled with the aroma of turkey tomorrow.
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61. BriarCraft
10:38 PM GMT on November 27, 2013
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60. palmettobug53
2:36 PM GMT on November 27, 2013
Hi, ho, Mike!

Hoping you and G have a good Thanksgiving. I'll be around today but will be cooking in the a.m. We're going to a covered dish dinner tomorrow afternoon. I'm not sure how much computer time I'll get tomorrow.
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59. sandiquiz
12:30 PM GMT on November 27, 2013
Happy Wednesday.... Are you and G celebrating TG tomorrow? IF so, I do wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving:)

PS - is G complaining about the scrolling, yet? lol
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58. palmettobug53
2:38 AM GMT on November 27, 2013
Dear Lord.... who knows where those windows have been!
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57. sandiquiz
11:04 AM GMT on November 26, 2013
Is it some sort of strange thing English people do? I had never heard of it before.

Neither have I!! It certainly isn't a British thingy...at least, I hope not!!! lol
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56. clearlakemike
3:07 AM GMT on November 26, 2013
Sandi, I remember reading about that place but can't remember the details now. Is it there in MK? I can't remember why the people were licking the windows, lol. Is it some sort of strange thing English people do? I had never heard of it before.

calpoppy, omgawd, yes, those coquis are so LOUD!! I could not sleep when I stayed the night over there! I thought I was going to go CRAZY!!
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55. calpoppy
1:52 AM GMT on November 26, 2013
Yep, that is car art!! I saw one in a yard outside of Hilo that had shrunk so much I was really amazed that they told me it was a car once. Cars last a lot longer here in the high desert that's for sure, LOL!

At least on the Kona side you don't have to deal with those noisy coquis!!
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54. sandiquiz
9:10 AM GMT on November 25, 2013
I found this, and thought it was apt, after the comment you posted in my blog:)





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53. clearlakemike
7:36 AM GMT on November 25, 2013
Quoting 52. calpoppy:
I feel the same way about cats starving. At the garden center I manage, stray cats abound. I have always fed them, also have caught them to give them to new homes. Even if they are feral they can still make a great barn cat. Some I have had spayed and neutered but they don't ever stick around to long after that. There have been unfortunate times I had to catch a diseased cat and have animal control take them in to be euthanized. Sad, but better one cat then all of them becoming sick.

I won't let an animal starve, whether it is domesticated or not :)

The abandoned car in your photo, it won't be long before it is a smaller and rustier version of itself, LOL! I have friends in Pahoa, lots of rusty car art there!!


Like this one,



lol

Yes, the clinic here will euthanize the very sick cats also. Not good to let them suffer either or spread it. I have lost about 4 of them to a cat pneumonia. Some of the others were able to shake it off and get well. As I mentioned, the clinic vaccinates them and that helps keep them all healthier I would think.

Yes, like feral cats the island has a lot of rusty car art, lol. I like Pahoa but don't get over the volcano too often. I tend to stay on the Kona side. I always feel like I am going to another island when I do go over to the Hilo side as it is a lush rainforest and different from arid west Hawaii.
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52. calpoppy
1:08 AM GMT on November 25, 2013
I feel the same way about cats starving. At the garden center I manage, stray cats abound. I have always fed them, also have caught them to give them to new homes. Even if they are feral they can still make a great barn cat. Some I have had spayed and neutered but they don't ever stick around to long after that. There have been unfortunate times I had to catch a diseased cat and have animal control take them in to be euthanized. Sad, but better one cat then all of them becoming sick.

I won't let an animal starve, whether it is domesticated or not :)

The abandoned car in your photo, it won't be long before it is a smaller and rustier version of itself, LOL! I have friends in Pahoa, lots of rusty car art there!!
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51. clearlakemike
11:53 PM GMT on November 24, 2013
I jumped and screamed myself when he turned the windscreen wiper on! lol Along with chickens (except for my dear Mrs. Lincoln,) I do not like snakes. That is one of the nice things about living here...no snakes! I liked at the end when they realized that the windows had been down!!

Briar, thank you from the crazy cat man...great photo!!

Yes, "Junior" will let us pat him and hold him briefly. We let him on the lanai along with "Moggie", "Black Cat", "Friendly" and a new little tabby who likes to be skritched behind the ears. Junior so deperatelly wants to be a house cat too but I am semi-allergic to cat fur and don't want my house scratched to pieces either. He sneaks in for runs through here and there.

If you or anyone else wants to set up a similar program maybe the Hawaii Island Advocats can help with some advice on how you go about doing it.

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50. palmettobug53
11:15 PM GMT on November 24, 2013
Dear Lord in Heaven! That snake video! Not that snakes freak me out too much, on the whole, but I keep my distance from the venomous ones!

I'd be afraid I wouldn't be able to get out of the car or that it would find a way in.
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49. BriarCraft
10:13 PM GMT on November 24, 2013
Kudos to you from the crazy cat woman!



I have heard of low cost/no cost spay and neuter programs to improve life for the feral cat populations while curbing their reproduction. Unfortunately, I have never lived in a place where such a program was available. In my younger days, I fed as many as 27 feral and semi-tame cats and managed at least to get the females spayed, but couldn't afford to do anything for the males. Where I live now, 4 of the 5 cats with whom we share our home adopted us. They were semi-tame and, I assume, dumped in the country by stupid city-dwellers thinking they can fend for themselves. Of those 4, one had to have a leg amputated and another had his gonads bitten off, leaving a raw wound, in what must have been a horrible fight.

I hope at least some of your Little Hindus aren't feral and can give you a kitty hug for doing the best that you can.

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48. palmettobug53
8:27 PM GMT on November 23, 2013
That was an "I Love Lucy" morning, for sure!

Hiya, Mike. Great job getting a few more kitties fixed. And bless your heart for feeding the strays.

I feel guilty about not putting out food for the ones I see flitting through the neighborhood, occasionally. Hubby won't stand for it, though. If you feed them, they will come. I really don't want to become known as the Crazy Cat Lady at the End of the Street. I'm sure the neighbors would object, too, which would cause problems.

I did take Gus in, so I guess that counts in a small way.
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47. clearlakemike
7:00 PM GMT on November 23, 2013
Yes, that is a swish car...I hope C gets a chance to open it up, lol. Don't want to be late for Mother!! Does he need a new pair of reading glasses? I had to google to see what a Mondeo looked like...looks like what Ford calls a Taurus in the US. I would like that Porsche 911 convertible for Christmas (and in that color, please.)

And yes, it does sound like you had a "I Love Lucy" morning...lol
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46. sandiquiz
12:21 PM GMT on November 23, 2013
As your blog is about cars, I thought you might like a laugh!
C is heading north today to visit is mother. His old Mondeo is fine for around town, and short distances, but not reliable enough to drive 250 miles each way, so he hired a car. In the past, we have always hired vehicles from a company called "Enterprise", on the outskirts of the town. We used to do it by booking on the phone, but as this was a last minute decision, Wednesday evening, he booked and paid for a MERC E class on line.

This morning we got up, drove down to Enterprise, arriving about 8:15, only to find they were not open until 9am. So we went for a coffee in town, and back to the car rental for 9. After a few minutes, he came out, shaking his head!
He told me they couldn't find his booking on their system.... so we went home, for him to check his computer for the booking registration.
Whilst driving back home he told me he was sure they opened at 8, as he checked that whilst booking....and said "It stated the Bletchley office of Eurocar opened at 8am on Saturdays". I said "WHAT! Eurocar??"
"Well yes," was his reply. I told him Enterprise and Eurocar are two DIFFERENT rental places!

Anyway, back home, double checked by ringing the number of Eurocar on his booking from to be told, yes, they had the car, but expected it being picked up 90 minutes earlier! Another quick drive back into Bletchley, where we found Eurocar about 100 yards away from Enterprise!
He set off to his Mum's about two hours late, but should be there in time for lunch, as the roads seem to be clear, according to 'Traffic England' road cams, and he is driving a very swish car!

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45. clearlakemike
4:55 PM GMT on November 22, 2013
Quoting 44. sandiquiz:
Morning Mike....

That is a wonderful thing you are doing with the stray cats, and I hope you can get them "done", to limit the amount of offspring they have!

My ex-MIL had a young cat appear in the garden about four years ago, and then she came back with six kittens!
MIL feed them for a few weeks, but then another young adult arrived.... followed by another a few days later!
Talk about bush telegraph! They must have been telling all the cats in the neighbourhood that the "food" was good at that feeding station!

After about three months she contacted the RSPCA who came and took away all but two kittens, which they spayed for her, as it was getting too expensive for her!


Thank you, Sandi. We got 13 more spayed/neutered. 7 females and 6 males. That brings us up to a total of 36 cats fixed so far. The clinic also vaccinates them and treats them for fleas and worms. Not sure if anyone else in our 'hood is helping out but I know one other guy brought in 25 cats! Not sure yet what the overall total for the clinic was.

It is expensive but I don't mind...I enjoy their company. I call them my "little Hindus." (I hope that isn't offensive to Hindus, it is not meant to be.) Giving up the tv is no great loss...it is a vast wasteland of crap anyway.

Not sure if feeding them encourages their breeding or not. Kind of too late to be asking that question, I guess. I am not going to let them starve to death as long as I am able to do so.
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44. sandiquiz
8:06 AM GMT on November 22, 2013
Morning Mike....

That is a wonderful thing you are doing with the stray cats, and I hope you can get them "done", to limit the amount of offspring they have!

My ex-MIL had a young cat appear in the garden about four years ago, and then she came back with six kittens!
MIL feed them for a few weeks, but then another young adult arrived.... followed by another a few days later!
Talk about bush telegraph! They must have been telling all the cats in the neighbourhood that the "food" was good at that feeding station!

After about three months she contacted the RSPCA who came and took away all but two kittens, which they spayed for her, as it was getting too expensive for her!
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43. clearlakemike
6:30 PM GMT on November 19, 2013
Thanks for the laugh, Briar!! (I need all the laughs I can get in this 'hood.)

Today, we need to catch as many feral kitties as possible...the volunteer group is venturing down here to the Ghetto to do low cost spay/neutering. They haven't been here in awhile and the feral cat population has exploded again. G and I gave up our satellite tv service so we can keep them fed. I do enjoy their company but it is starting to get a little crazy. If I capture what I have set my goal for today then I will be the guardian of over 30 cats!! lol

My grandmother is smiling from heaven, I am sure. She use to feed almost as many when I was a child. But she would let them into her kitchen for awhile to eat ice cream! Of course, we kids loved it! She did too.
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42. sandiquiz
8:51 AM GMT on November 19, 2013
Is that jingle bells video the one dear Pros was complaining about in my blog?

I must admit it is a little....erm....how do I put this???

All I can say it wouldn't get through the advertising standards here in the UK! lol
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41. BriarCraft
7:14 AM GMT on November 19, 2013
I saw MERRY CHRISTMAS Y'ALL! and thought whu? Huh? The man is nuts. Then I watched the video and I must say, I do like that version of Jingle Bells. I'm ready for Christmas now!
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40. clearlakemike
11:32 PM GMT on November 18, 2013
The closer in the more in demand...less driving and traffic time. Same here too. That is why we live in The Druchus. But like the sticks in California, lots of foreclosures and prices fell like a lead balloon...
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39. sandiquiz
11:25 PM GMT on November 18, 2013
I am far enough out of London to make a home affordable. Thirty miles further south and they become much more expensive!
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38. clearlakemike
11:21 PM GMT on November 18, 2013
Sandi, I was talking with a guy at the beach one day who was visiting from Vancouver and was an English ex-pat. He said he was trying to find a home for his mother to downsize to on the outskirts of London and said it was impossible and expensive. San Francisco is the same way. Ultra expensive now...we couldn't even afford to rent there now.
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37. sandiquiz
8:56 PM GMT on November 18, 2013
Quoting 36. clearlakemike:
Sandi, Lucky you! G said he would sell this albatross around our necks if the prices went back up but we are still 85% down, if not more, so I am not holding my breath, lol.
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Mike, I have lived I this house for 20 years now. We purchased it at the beginning of the 90's when there was a housing slump. We were lucky, because four years earlier, when it was first built, the house cost over 30% more! Now the original price we paid has increased by 400%! (Have I got that right? From 62,500 to 250,000?)
I am sorry your property has slumped.... And also sorry the neighbours are being..."neighbourly"!!!
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36. clearlakemike
7:09 PM GMT on November 18, 2013
Hi Bug and Sandi,

Sandi, Lucky you! G said he would sell this albatross around our necks if the prices went back up but we are still 85% down, if not more, so I am not holding my breath, lol.

Meanwhile, the corrupt cop nearby is making noises (oink, oink...no offense meant to the honest hardworking police,) about hassling us again. So peace in the land may not last long. It has also stopped raining.
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35. sandiquiz
5:18 PM GMT on November 18, 2013
The price the house has gone up for sale is also quite a pleasant surprise. My house is also a three bedroomed detached, but has the advantage of a conservatory. It also has a bigger, and better cultivated, garden. Also the rooms are a much better shape. One of the bedrooms in the house at the bottom of the garden is such a funny shape that it will only take twin beds, and not a double... and it has the on-suite bathroom, so should actually be the master room! lol

Hope all is well, and QUIET !
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34. palmettobug53
9:33 PM GMT on November 16, 2013
Hi, Mike. You've been able to get outside and things be normal? I'll keep my fingers crossed that it continues.

You got rain, too? Wonders never cease.

Sandi, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you, too. I enjoy children but I have my limits and prefer not to have them next door. Unless they're well behaved and not little hellions.

I don't have any problem with the two girls next door. Girls are generally better than boys. Besides, our neighbors aren't home much after work/school or on weekends. They are very active in their church and the girls do sports.
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33. sandiquiz
7:32 PM GMT on November 16, 2013
Oh, thanks for the prayer to St. Anthony of Padua, I hope it works!!
As to the canon...you are right, they are not widely available!!! Lol
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32. clearlakemike
4:55 PM GMT on November 16, 2013
Quoting 31. sandiquiz:
Hi Mike,
Glad to read things have been a little quieter around the old homestead the last week...long may it continue!

The family at the bottom of my garden have moved out and the house is for sale... I hope it is bought by an elderly couple, who like quietness, and not a young family with noisy kids! lol


Sandi, I will say a prayer to St. Anthony of Padua for you (Patron Saint of Older People)



Hopefully, you won't have to resort to this,

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although, firing or even owning one might be illegal in the UK (not to mention hard to find, lol)
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31. sandiquiz
1:53 PM GMT on November 16, 2013
Hi Mike,
Glad to read things have been a little quieter around the old homestead the last week...long may it continue!

The family at the bottom of my garden have moved out and the house is for sale... I hope it is bought by an elderly couple, who like quietness, and not a young family with noisy kids! lol
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30. clearlakemike
4:20 AM GMT on November 15, 2013
Hi Briar, thanks for posting the interesting car furniture and sculpture photos here. That sculpture is nice, I think, especially the way it was photographed. I know someone who has car seat furniture, lol, but I don't think it is as nice as that one in the photo.

I wouldn't go near the abandoned cars here with a ten foot pole. I have been enjoying living in a more normal neighborhood this week...walking my dog without getting hassled and enjoying the clear air and flowers after actual RAIN!! Good soaking rain that might save some trees. All of the above has been very refreshing...hope it lasts for awhile.
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29. BriarCraft
3:05 AM GMT on November 15, 2013
Stopped by to see what's new around here, but not much action, so here's a little something to contribute to the old junk car thread...

You could recycle that car into some nice furniture


Or even make a tourist attraction and collect admission


It could happen.
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28. clearlakemike
6:32 PM GMT on November 10, 2013
Quoting 27. palmettobug53:
Hi, Mike.

Sleeping Beauty has plenty of cousins in SC. You can find cars up on cinder blocks pretty frequently. Not as much in town or like back when I was a kid but they're still there.

I'd like to chime in about gas prices, road taxes and all but I have GOT to get off the computer and take care of a few things. I swore I was only going to spend an hour or two and it's been closer to 3!


Hi Bug, sorry I missed you but thanks for stopping by and leaving your visiting card.



Visiting card of Johann van Beethoven, brother of Ludwig van Beethoven

Yes, the computer can be addictive...I end up sometimes unshaven, my hair in mats, etc. and over caffeinated. It is not pretty, lol
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27. palmettobug53
4:52 PM GMT on November 10, 2013
Hi, Mike.

Sleeping Beauty has plenty of cousins in SC. You can find cars up on cinder blocks pretty frequently. Not as much in town or like back when I was a kid but they're still there.

I'd like to chime in about gas prices, road taxes and all but I have GOT to get off the computer and take care of a few things. I swore I was only going to spend an hour or two and it's been closer to 3!
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26. clearlakemike
4:30 PM GMT on November 08, 2013
Quoting 24. sandiquiz:
Happy Friday....

While we are talking about comparisons....what is the cost of a loaf of bread, or a pound of butter?

Here they are (approximately) 1.20 and 3 Sterling, respectively.


We have several toll bridges and one toll road!
Probably the most famous toll bridge is the Skye bridge. Opened in 1995 at a cost of 25 million, its toll price being 11 pound for the return trip. It only crossed to an island so you had to come back...:)

Then in 2004 the toll was removed, when Scottish Transport bought the bridge for 27 million, after thousands of complaints from the inhabitants of Skye, who needed to get to the mainland to work each day, and once the bridge opened the ferries stopped!


omg, 11 pound to cross the bridge, yikes...to cross the Golden Gate Bridge I think it is now $5 with an electronic responder ($6 without.) I get two loaves of Daves Organic Whole Grain Bread at Costco for about the same price too, $5. I have no idea how much the butter costs...I don't even look. If I were to come home with out it there would be hell to pay!! lol
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25. clearlakemike
4:23 PM GMT on November 08, 2013
I love that Ocean View Sleeping Beauty. It would fit right in just a bit further down the road from my place. One of the neighbors has every car their entire family has ever owned. Because they also own 4 logging trucks, they have a small crane, so they stack the old wrecks and rearrange them from time to time.

LOL!
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24. sandiquiz
9:13 AM GMT on November 08, 2013
Happy Friday....

While we are talking about comparisons....what is the cost of a loaf of bread, or a pound of butter?

Here they are (approximately) 1.20 and 3 Sterling, respectively.


We have several toll bridges and one toll road!
Probably the most famous toll bridge is the Skye bridge. Opened in 1995 at a cost of 25 million, its toll price being 11 pound for the return trip. It only crossed to an island so you had to come back...:)

Then in 2004 the toll was removed, when Scottish Transport bought the bridge for 27 million, after thousands of complaints from the inhabitants of Skye, who needed to get to the mainland to work each day, and once the bridge opened the ferries stopped!
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23. BriarCraft
7:30 AM GMT on November 08, 2013
I love that Ocean View Sleeping Beauty. It would fit right in just a bit further down the road from my place. One of the neighbors has every car their entire family has ever owned. Because they also own 4 logging trucks, they have a small crane, so they stack the old wrecks and rearrange them from time to time.

I don't drive to Seattle except about once every 10 years or so, but our satellite TV gives us the local Seattle TV news. A couple of years ago, they had to rebuild the floating bridge over Lake Washington...



... so they decided to put a toll on to pay for the construction. As a result, the traffic over the floating bridge has decreased significantly. Now there is starting to be talk of putting a toll on the I-90 bridge which also crosses Lake Washington. Any bets about where the traffic will go if they do that? My guess is people will hit the side streets and go around the lake.

Oh well.

On a brighter note, here are some different autumn colors. Not the usual scene, but quite striking...



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22. clearlakemike
5:26 PM GMT on November 07, 2013
Quoting 21. sandiquiz:
How much does a vente black coffee cost at a UK Starbucks?

I have no idea... I am a Costa Coffee follower!

I only ever drink latte coffee and the medium size is £2.45 ($3.93 according to today's exchange rate.)


Coffee prices sounds about the same...thank goodness :)
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21. sandiquiz
5:18 PM GMT on November 07, 2013
How much does a vente black coffee cost at a UK Starbucks?

I have no idea... I am a Costa Coffee follower!

I only ever drink latte coffee and the medium size is £2.45 ($3.93 according to today's exchange rate.)
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20. clearlakemike
5:11 PM GMT on November 07, 2013
Quoting 17. sandiquiz:
There are also relatively high taxes on the gas which go towards maintaining the roads also.

Oh, you have no idea how much tax we pay on fuel.... I have worked it out many times based on what you pay in the States, and it works out about four times more than you pay!

And guess what? It has just gone up again!!! We are paying about the equivalently of 10 dollars a gallon!


$10 per gallon fuel in the US would sink the US's already fragile economy...how do you spell D-e-p-r-e-s-s-i-o-n? Or another fancy way of saying Great Recession. Most of us here would be "breaking bad" if that happened. Either that or putting a gun toward our heads.

Sandi, do you feel like you are getting your money's worth, f.e. better roads/infrastructure for those taxes? Or is to limit fuel consumption so Britain's balance of trade is more favorable? I also wonder what the British pound's purchasing power is against the US Dollar? The exchange rate, last time I looked, was about .50 USD to about 2.50 BSP. BTW, what does a cup of vente black coffee cost at a UK Starbucks? :)

Glad to hear you are starting to feel better!!
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19. sandiquiz
12:57 PM GMT on November 07, 2013
Quoting 18. airman45:
Hi Sandi,

What is the road tax now? When I first arrived in the UK in 1990 it was 100 U.K. Pounds, and departing in 1996 it was 125 Pounds. It is 1000 Pounds yet?

Hi Scott, the road tax is now attached to the weight of the car, the engine size and the emissions. My little Oscar, being a 1.6, costs me £185 a year. Anyone with a 1.1 or less pays £120, but a 2:5 or above pays remarkably more, as in hundreds more!

Beginning to feel better...so thanks!
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