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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Typical Islamic Outrage

Not that we don’t have our own hardcore thugs here in America inventing new ways to terrorize the populace with Facebook Flash-Mobs and Twitter Riots – but in the Middle East they really know how to waste their own people in nonsensical violent mass killings. A bunch of Pakistani gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Shia pilgrims, killing eleven Islam's Finest. So, in revenge, a similar group of nitwit Shia burned their own cars and rampaged through the city of Quetta, burning offices. I don’t care who you are in these hellholes, you better have some kind of police band shortwave radio so you can hear about senseless mass murders. When you hear about peaceful Islam religious executions happening anywhere, drop the fireproofing down around your house and head for the hills in your car. These idiots never seem to target their outrage at the perpetrators. They always end up safely burning and killing each other in the dead of night to express their anger. And we’re the great Satan? Yeah… yo’ mamma.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

I received an e-mail today from someone in Kansas with a car problem – not unusual because I get around twenty a day asking car questions. Here’s the unusual part even for an e-mail.

(‘Hi, my car’s stalling. What’s wrong with it?’

This actually happens quite frequently when a customer drives a vehicle into the shop and asks this. Getting an e-mail from a stranger in Kansas asking it has a humorous side. Most of the people commenting on my vehicle posts on the blog sense they need to at least tell me the year, make, model, and engine size. After writing back asking for basic information and a more detailed description of the symptoms I received this answer:

(‘I don’t give out personal information on the Internet. Just take your best guess.)

Okay, I did get a good laugh reading that this morning, and so did my wife when I read it to her. Funny or not, I had no intention of writing an e-mail book on all the things that could be wrong causing a stalling problem. I wrote back - ‘My best guess is that I guess you ought to ask someone else’.

To which I received this gem:

(‘F$&* YOU! I asked a simple (expletive deleted) question and you blow me off! What kind of (expletive deleted) tech blog is this?!!!’)

It went on and on for a couple paragraphs, the last of which was in all caps. By that time I’m howling in laughter on the couch before work with the laptop in my lap and my wife peering over my shoulder. The e-mail concluded with the person’s first name instead of initials, all in caps still – Mary. My wife nearly choked when she read to the end.

“It’s a woman!” St. Joyce gasped.

“So, what’s the big surprise? I’ve heard you go off worse than that.”

St. Joyce is appalled. “Never! I’ve never…” She stops abruptly because St. Joyce knows I have nearly a photographic memory for past dialogues and events. One look at me already chuckling, eager to refresh her memory, and she shuts down the conversation with a quick shun.

“Don’t even think about it! I have to go to work.”

The only drawback was I had to delete about ten Mary spam slams on my vehicle blogs until Google figured out I had decided Mary was not welcome. They blocked her from the comments sections and all was fine with the world. The event put a smile on my face most of the day, and I’m sure I can figure out a way to bring up a couple of St. Joyce’s more colorful conversational events when I get home.  :)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Princess Alima

I usually just hit the phishing scam button for the Kipkala family, the Zongos, and all the assorted UK lotteries I've supposedly won. I also, like many others, get assorted e-mails from royal family members in Nigeria, the Sudan, and the African continent who all need my help with their inheritance passed down from deceased Kings, Queens, etc. I just had to reprint this e-mail from Princess Alima. The royal family grammar has improved since the last time she wanted to pass on part of her vast inheritance to me. Every time I get one of these I picture some little deformed troll sitting under a bridge with their laptop sending it with the help of a stolen WiFi signal from a nearby Starbucks. Anyway, without further ado, here's Princess Alima. Feel free to contact her if you wish.  :)

HELLO & Greetings to you.

I am writing this letter in confidence believing that if it is the wish of God
for you to help me and my family, God almighty will bless and reward you
abundantly and you would never re-great this.

I am a female student from Burkina Faso University Teachings Hospitals (BUTH)
Burkina Faso , Ouagadougou .  My father died earlier eight months ago
and left I and my younger brother behind. He was a king, which our town citizens titled him over sixteen years ago before his death. I was a princess to him and my mother is not literate enough to know my father's entire wealth.

He left the sum of USD $4.350.000.00US dollars. In a security company, this money was annually paid into my late fathers account from the Gold mining company and Colton processing Company operating in our locality for the compensation of youth and community development in our jurisdiction.I don't know somewhere in abroad to invest the money so that my father's kindred will not take over what belongs to my father and our family because I’m a female according to our African tradition. Now, I urgently need your humble assistance to move this money from the security company to your bank account that is why I felt happy when I saw your  contact because I strongly believe that by the grace of God, you will help me invest this money wisely.

I am ready to pay 20% of the total amount to you if you can help us in this transaction and another 10% interest of annual after Income to you, for handling this transaction for us, which you will strongly have absolute control over. If you can handle this project sincerely and also willing to assist me in lifting this money to your country, kindly reach me.

Please, note that this transaction is 100% risk free and I hope to start the transaction as quick as possible, I will send you my photograph as soon as I hear from you.

Yours sincerely,
Princess Alima

Saturday, July 23, 2011

San Francisco's Cherished Criminal Class

San Francisco again confirms its place in the annals of idiotic policy thought Idiots Amongst Us. The city law makers are considering making felons a protected class, because sane landlords and employers don’t want ex-felons in their businesses or real estate. Yes, felons are ostracized from regular society, and have been forever. They have to walk a hard path to earn their way back into our lives – and that’s how it should be. As pointed out in the article, these new members of a protected class will immediately make this into a business - going from one employer to another, and one rental to another, looking for love in all the wrong places with an ambulance chasing lawyer by their side. Felons have it rough… well boo hoo! For every crime these scuzzballs were caught and sentenced for there were a hundred they got away with and a string of victims who were never ‘protected’. I wonder if San Francisco’s law makers ever take the city’s law abiding citizens into consideration; but then again, the law abiding citizens of SF keep electing certified loons to represent them. I hope they enjoy their new protected class. I’m sure the rest of the country will get a laugh out of the criminal coddling capital of the West.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Colin & Pa Ride Flight Deck

I promised my Grandson I'd put our front seat ride on Great America's Top Gun/Flight Deck Coaster on YouTube for him. Since it wasn't all that long ago I was riding in the same seats with his Mom when she was his age I figured I'd put it on the blog too. This time warp reality ride really can be disconcerting.  :)

Sunday, July 17, 2011


The Daily Mail had a great Yosemite pictorial and movie in this article on one of the most beautiful falls in the world. It's definitely worth taking a look at. Yosemite Light Show

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

77 Years Together

Imagine being married to the same person for 77 years. That’s how long the Vances have been together as husband and wife Anniversary. Mildred spotted Lindsey at a Sunday school class, went home and told her sister she’d seen the guy she would marry, and then got busy making it happen. Respect one another and stay committed are the keys according to these two experts on staying together. Since I could tell on the video they make each other laugh, they probably take the humor aspect for granted after all these years or they would have listed that too I’m sure. My 35th anniversary is coming up. Compared to 77 years, that’s a glance out the window.  :)

Monday, July 11, 2011

2004 Nissan Frontier Clanging Noise

Above Picture - Alternator Pulley on right broken free of Crankshaft Pulley Assembly on a 2004 Nissan Frontier with 3.3L engine, causing a clanging sound when started.

Today’s post will be another chapter in automotive inside baseball. A customer brought in a 2004 Nissan Frontier with 3.3L V6 engine. He thought the Nissan’s belts were bad because he got a clanking noise from the drive belt area. I had him demonstrate the noise. The clanking originated at the crankshaft main pulley assembly. The rear most pulley that drives the alternator had broken free of the pulley assembly which drives three different belts, causing a clanking sound when the loose pulley wobbled and touched against the pulley in front of it. A thin neoprene type insulator ring binds the pulley to the crankshaft pulley assembly. When it breaks free it can damage the engine’s front case if the noise is ignored. I doubt this is a pattern failure because I had to special order the pulley assembly. I thought it best to illustrate this particular problem in case there are more of these out there.