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| 05/14/06 Update - Vegas Baby!
I know what you're thinking... "How could you two remain so
calm when all the other passengers on the plane were screaming?"
My wife had to take a business trip to Las Vegas
a couple weeks ago so our oldest daughter (22) and I decided to accompany her. An airline
ticket to Vegas is only $79 right now and she already had a hotel room. We were only gone
from Thursday through Sunday but I'm still paying the price at work. That's part of the
reason why it's been so hard to find time to update this site but I really needed a break.
We spent much of the time poolside,
soaking up the sunshine and sipping on strange bubbling concoctions with lots of fruit and
umbrellas sticking out of them.
This one was worthy of a picture and cost us
about one fourth of our return ticket home but it was pretty tasty. I'm starting to like
fru-fru drinks in my old age - a scary thought. Now, if I can just come up with a use for
those umbrellas I brought home :)
There's always something happening in Vegas. We
unfortunately had to leave before we could see Joe Satriani or Imogen Heap :(
I may have to actually PLAN a trip to Vegas
sometime to take in a concert. It seems like I'm always a day late and a dollar short
whenever I end up there. I'm also about $20 short every time I leave!
I have a self-imposed gambling limit of $20.
South Dakota is a gambling state, so there are video lottery machines everywhere but I
never play them. I always lose and I can't stand seeing money disappear without some kind
of return. When you put a dollar in a machine and it disappears - you're left with nothing
but the memory. If I put that dollar into my car, I can get enjoyment from it for a long
time (unless I spend it on gas - in that case it's a short time ;)
We rented a car (that's a story in itself) and drove out into
the desert for a day. When we saw the "Watch for wild asses" sign, we just had
to stop to snap a picture.
Judging by the foot prints in the dirt around
the sign, I'm guessing we weren't the only foreigners intrigued by it.
The mountains in the background were beautiful
but the terrain under foot is reminiscent of something we have back here in South Dakota.
We call them gravel parking lots. I don't think I could live there.
As for the car... I was going
through old photos and it looks like I'm just about finished with the articles leading up
to the 2004 SEMA show. The rest that follow will cover things we did after the show, like
the new DFI system, engine tuning, the stereo and other odds and ends, including what I've
been working on lately - finishing the trunk and interior.
The trunk is ready for
leather and carpet, but I've been waiting for Kelvin to finish the new retractable license
plate unit. He completely redesigned it into a cool little modular unit and plans to sell
them on a limited basis when he's finished with this one.
The unit is much more universal now, retracts
quicker, has a license plate light and enables the motor to be mounted on either side of
the unit. I think he has a winner!
Once it's installed, I'll finish the trunk and
the area behind the seats. I've purposely left out writing about the panels behind the
seats since they were temporary units from the start, but I may touch on them a little in
the upcoming articles covering the new panels that will take their place. I also plan to
re-carpet the car, so I'll be covering that also. I have some interesting ideas on how I'd
like to carpet the floor, that will allow easy access to the master cylinder as well as
provide durability, wear resistance, easy cleaning and look neat.
If you can make it to Sioux Falls on
June 21st, don't miss the 2nd annual Automainia in old downtown!
Last year there were some awesome cars there, including Foose's Riddler Award winning `35
Chevy and Larry Erickson's '32 Chevy. This year sounds like it will be even better and
(from what I hear) may even include a visit from Chip himself. Project33 is already
entered so I hope to see you there! It's free to the public and free to the participants -
now THAT's my kind of event!
|Until next time, Keep the shiny side up
and your money away from the slots!