Saturday, October 15, 2011

A follow-up to the previous post...

For anyone curious, here are the pictures I used:

Night Shots 004
Night Shots 005
Night Shots 006
Night Shots 007
Night Shots 010

I then took the photos and layered them in GIMP, each succeeding picture being added as a transparent layer so that I could then "erase" parts of it to show the layer below.  The end result shows 5 sides of my personality as a car enthusiast if not as a person.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

First Post in Awhile...

Haven't really had much going on with the car lately.  I bought a '10 Mazda5 that I'll need to be getting photos of soon before the weather goes completely sour.  I've been getting into RC flying more as well.

I still enjoy The Tick, but for now, he's pretty much finished.  I removed the grille, making him look even more stock.  The top will need replacing next year, and I'm going to try to tear the suspension apart and rotate the components this winter.

Speaking of The Tick...last May, I took a series of photos with a tripod and timer, hoping to one day stitch them together to look something like one of these:

Well, they didn't come out that fancy, but here is the first real try at it:

Friday, April 22, 2011

Random Video - Vampire Weekend

Here's another indie group that has found themselves featured in commercials for just about everything: Vamprire Weekend and their video for "Holiday":

Not sure why, but the imagery of men in clothing out of the 1700's riding around L.A. in Chevy Impala cracks me up.  Add in a bit of uncharacteristic partying, and for some reason I love this video!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Deal's Gap

Not much has happened with the car.  Nothing, in fact.  Put gas in and drove it--all the way to North Carolina!  Unfortunately, the weather was a little cold and it rained all Friday night, but I still had a good time!  I left the house at 6.30am and drove top down all the way with a stop in Lexington for breakfast with a friend I was doing a caravan with to get there.  I finally arrived at my cabin at Nantahala Village at 3.30pm, totally pooped!
I managed to get some driving done despite the rain.  Here is a shot of me on my way in, just up the hill from the Crossroads and the Motorcycle Resort.  I actually made the front page of, but was pretty far in the background (or in the front, depending on where you were standing):
Squint reeeeeeal hard and you'll see me heading around the bend!
I also went fishing with some of my friends while I was down there.  Admittedly, I've fished about twice in my life, so "rusty" was not the word!  However, after a couple hours, I managed to reel this one in:'s tiny, but at least I got to eat it!
I even got to fly my Solo Pro in the cabin!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

First Day Out

My wife, whether she knows it or not, really keeps me going sometimes.

Today when she got home from the gym, she was surprised that I hadn't put the tires on The Tick yet, considering it was just past 60deg and dry.  I had thought about it, but kind of kept putting it off, as I've had the last couple days off work and was just enjoying not having to do anything (even if I would have enjoyed it).

That said, thanks to the air tank she got me for my birthday last year, I got the job done in about 40min and we were on our way.

The Tick is back on the road!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Winterized 003
This has been The Tick's spot since the middle of November...
I probably should have turned it on a couple times, but I just let the poor guy sit while I was working out this winter.  Guess you could say priorities changed. 
After 3+ hours on the charger last night, I put the battery back in and attempted to fire it up...and it caught on the first try!