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Friday Countdown - Current Rear Quarterpanels
Mar
30
Friday Countdown - Current Rear Quarterpanels
900 miles in a day at the wheel affords time to calibrate the top ten list of rear quarter panels currently available in showrooms.  Your opinion might vary but … trust me, 900 miles in a Jeep is the base level commitment of time and punishment necessary to have a credible alternative...
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Friday(ish) Countdown - Cartoon Role Models
Mar
18
Friday(ish) Countdown - Cartoon Role Models
10. Hong Kong Phooey   9.  Butt-Head   8.  Tigger   7. Alf   6.  Snoopy   5.  Hunter Pence   4.  Stimpy   3.  Wile E. Coyote   2.  Bugs Bunny   1.  Sponge Bob
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Friday Countdown - Kids Books
Mar
02
Friday Countdown - Kids Books
It’s Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and in preparation of reading to Seaside pre-schoolers, here’s the top ten books to read to your kids (your mileage may vary).    But, before the countdown begins, let’s get this straight.  Goodnight Moon, or any other book with the express purpose of getting kids to go...
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Peaks & Valleys
Feb
25
Peaks & Valleys
There’s only so much clarity we can take at any one time.  Too much, and our head explodes or our heart implodes.  Or both.    So, sometimes, in addition to these things not coming out quite right, some don’t come out for day or weeks.  Or years.  Or lifetimes, I suppose.  Warning: length alert. ...
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Friday Countdown - Mustang Years
Feb
23
Friday Countdown - Mustang Years
Saw three 1969 Mustangs while driving to Palo Alto and back and, thus, the official ranking of the top ten years for Mustangs.   #10 – 2000 (Cobra R only)   #9 – 1973 (Tiffany Case / James Bond driving only)   #8 – 1968 Fastback    #7 – 2012 (Boss 302 – the last great log axle...
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There Once Was A Town
Feb
11
There Once Was A Town
I thought we were going to step outside and fight.  That’s how tough of an interview it was.  Larry Laschen was sitting in on my interview to be a Management Analyst for the Vernon Hills Police Department and was peppering me with questions.  I was young and dumb.  Too dumb to be scared of the guy...
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Friday Countdown - Woman On The Street
Feb
09
Friday Countdown - Woman On The Street
Standing in the street, taking pictures of Centennial Crossing in the snow, I get the bright dumb idea to stop random drivers and ask how they like the neighborhood.   Woman #1 - "I love it".     Woman #2 - "I love it".     Woman #3 - "I love it.  Best place ever and #2 isn't even...
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Friday Countdown - Closer Songs
Jan
26
Friday Countdown - Closer Songs
MLB is asking for favorite entrance songs for closers.  Hoffman had Hells Bells.  Rivera had Enter Sandman.  Here's 50 that aren't taken yet to choose from.   50.  Closing Time – Semisonic 49.  19th Nervous Breakdown – Jason & The Scorchers 48.  Talk to Ya Later – The Tubes 47.  Do You Think...
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Friday Countdown - 2017 iPod Additions
Dec
29
Friday Countdown - 2017 iPod Additions
The 50 favorite non-jazz additions to the iPod for 2017.  The standard rules apply: mostly but not necessarily released in 2017, not saying they’re the best songs (just favorites), probably not on the list if the band is super big, because they don’t need my help.  Notes, if necessary.  Next week,...
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Friday Countdown - Muffins
Dec
08
Friday Countdown - Muffins
12. Bran 11. Pumpkin  10. Getting Hit By A Train 9. Poppyseed 8. Getting Hit By A Bus 7. Apple / Something (apples are for pies & tarts) 5. Getting Hit By A Car 5. Cranberry / Something 4. Banana Walnut 3. Corn (dinner, #1) 2. Pecan / Anything 1. Blueberry
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