Sunday, June 22, 2008


Car shows and other things.....

I don't know where the time has gone. I don't think it has ever before been two weeks between my getting at least a text only post made here. Until now. We have been busy, seem to be on the go most of the time. I have gotten involved again with my genealogy project for which I have moved my data from the old DOS program Roots III I used in the past, to Roots Magic which is a Windows program. Of course everything didn't transfer cleanly so I am spending many hours trying to straighten out the source records. I'm making progress but it sometimes seems to be awfully slow.

Anyway we really have been doing a few things. On Father's Day we drove out to Sedro Woolley (how is that for a town name- spell check burped at both of them) to attend a car show at United General Hospital there in town. It was pretty good, 40-some cars in attendance on a day when the weather was kind of iffy. Today we went to an even larger car show in the neighbor town of Burlington, part of their Berry Dairy Days celebration. I took some photos at both shows and have a couple to post here.

Car shows 01
Here is a classic hotrod, a Ford Model T roadster pickup. I would love to have one of these things and when I noticed Pat standing there by it, looking into her purse (see the left side of the photo) I thought maybe she was checking her cash to see if she had enough along to buy it for me. No such luck! But it is a nice car.

Car shows 02
I am partial to these cars as my first car was a 1938 Chevy 2-door sedan, much like this 1939 model. Mine was even painted about this color. My parents had the car from 1940 on and whenever they would get another car I managed to talk them into saving this one for me when I was old enough to drive (legally.)

My 1938 Chevy001edited
Here is my car shown in a snapshot of it taken in front of a friend's house, probably over Thanksgiving weekend in 1961. We had just the month before finished installing the Oldsmobile V-8 engine that I had rebuilt over the past year into the car and got it running again. It was a fun car to drive, with it's big engine, rolled & pleated Naugahyde upholstery, etc. But it only got 12 miles to a gallon of ethel gas which at that time usually cost about 35.9 cents per gallon. I commuted about 40 miles a day to and from college in the nearby town of Cheney so I did use a bit of fuel. Happily, it wasn't nearly $5 per gallon like it is now!

School is out now in our area so there are no more school buses to delay traffic- we live almost next door to two schools. The weather is finally starting to be more like it should be for this time of the year so we feel like doing more outside. I think we are even going to take the motorhome out for a trip in a week or so, just a few days to a fairly close destination, but it will be an outing. I really do enjoy those trips even if they are short. And I'll try to do a better job at getting things posted here.

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I love old cars! That old Chevy looks like a sweet ride for sure.

My Daddy had an old beat up '60 model Ford truck, 3 on the tree. I loved that truck and we put a lot of miles on it hauling wood and just fooling around. We used to work on it all the time and I even had the firing order memorized for it! I learned a lot about auto mechanics from working on ol' Lizzie, but these newer cars with their fuel injection...pfffft! I don't know a thing about working on them these days!

Hope you and Pat can get away for a few days, and have a great new week. ;o)

Love and hugs,

I love that shot of your first car! What a cool ride.

It is great to get out and do more when the weather picks up isn't it?
hello Dick,
Just thought I would pop in to say hello. It's been quite a while. Sending good wishes and hugs your way.
Hi Dick, Great pics love the colour of the Hot rod..Nice photo of your 1st car, Our first car was a Holden FJ..
Take great care...
Hi Dick
Hope your having an awesome summer , love the old car photos,my Father had an oldie ford truck for many years worked like a tank!
I hope you one the apron you posted about last post ,It was great to see the whole thing through your eyes .I bet if you win it , PAT will get you to wear it HAHAHAHAHAHA
Have fun,Take care

Whoops that should be "I hope you WON!!!" (red cheeks typo here !!!

have a great day !
Hello Dick. I wanted to stop by and say hello. I was going through my archives and seen where you had commented on some of my first posts. I really enjoyed your post and I love antiques cars..especially mustangs and corvettes. I will be back!

Happy 4th of July!
Happy 4th!!
How did you like all those thunder storms the other day!! Whew! It was hitting all around my house. A rarity here.
Hi Dick!

Your blog caught my eye from your comment on Jessica's World. I see you were holding a beautiful black cat, and I am a cat lover! I have 33 altogether, all inside! But they are clean. I have them separated into 3 groups...12 ferals in my large laundry room, 8 in my office and then 13 in my actual living area of the house.

AND.....I love RV-ing! I bought a 40' Fifth Wheel with washer and dryer, dishwasher, triple slides, etc. Love it! It is parked in FL at the present time. I don't travel around with it...19,000 pounds, and I would have to trade my car for a diesel dually truck! I am a woman alone now and don't think I would be very comfortable hauling that big a load! LOL

Drop by my blog and check it out!

Glad that you have found someone to share life with again!
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