Monday, August 18, 2008

Not much else to say here....

Like many others, I'm positive that Scott Adam' works in my office.

For those of you who have your own "pointy-haired Boss"!

Friday, August 15, 2008

And now for something different...

The weekend of the 10th was a little slow - at least Sunday was. Jeff and I had
been working on the race car on Saturday - we've got 3 races left this season.
The Z-car Club of Washington was having a car show at Performance Nissan
up in Everett, and we decided to enter the 510. Had a lot of fun, some neat cars
there, and we were lucky enough to win a couple of trophys as well -
"Best Modified Datsun" and the Peoples Choice" Award.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Mrs. Kim's flowers...

We were in the Beacon Hill neighborhood this past weekend for a Seafair
party, and I noticed the profusion of flowers at a neighbors house. During
a break in the air show, I went next door and started shooting. I met Mrs. Kim,
and she allowed me to take photos of her garden. Enjoy.....

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Seafair... a uniquely Seattle summer event. A 3 day party on Lake Washington
the Blue Angels overhead, and the Unlimited Hydros on the water. This year we
were invited to our friends Richard and Deanne's party in the Beacon Hill area on
Saturday. Couldn't see the race boats (could hear them just fine), but a great spot
to watch the Blues (up on the roof), and after the airshow, the band played.
A great day - there will be more photos up later on my flickr site. Too many
photos to sort and too little time....

Thursday, July 31, 2008


I was going through some photos (lots of them actually with my new Flickr site),
and found some pictures of BK.
BK was my cat. I got him as a 9 month old kitten from a neighbor who had to
give him up. I had him for almost 10 years before he got dreadfully sick and we
had to put him to sleep late last year. He was with me through the good times and
the bad. He didn't judge, he knew how to be a comfort, he had a great personality.

He was my friend....

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

More Automotive Art and my Flickr photo site...

So it's been a while.... Been busy with work, racing, trying to get more
things done with my photography, remodel projects for the neighbors,
etc, etc, etc....

But here's some new stuff - and if you check back, I'll be adding more to
my Flickr site all the time... Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Seattle icons...

Puget Sound, coffee, and the Pike Place Market....

Oh yeah... gray skies too ;-)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Rough seas....

The carrier is the USS Kitty Hawk, based in Yokosuka , Japan . The "Hawk"
was underway for CQ (Airwing Carrier Qualifications) in the Sea of Japan during
the week of March 22, 2008.

When your watching this, keep in mind that the carrier's flight deck is approx. 60'
above the ship's normal water line. And it weighs in right around 90,000 tons
(that would be in excess of 180,000,000 lbs. - yes, 180 MILLION!!)

The chopper seen on the ship's bow, tied down at helo Spot 2, is a Sikorsky SH-60F.
The pilot had just landed on deck, and his helo was tied down on Spot 2 because
the seas were too rough to move it to a safer place. Fortunately, it only suffered
some minor damage (blade crutch support socket) and a lot of salt water intrusion
from the sea...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

More German Cars...

Been a while.... Some health issues, some home issues, some "issues" issues...

Just a little something on some German cars that I like - lot's more posts to come
over the next few days (and no, not all of them will be about cars!!)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Mercedes 300 SL convertible....

"Based upon the legendary W194 sports racer, Mercedes-Benz introduced the
production 300SL in New York in 1954. The US was expected to be its primary
market, and Mercedes-Benz importer Max Hoffman had encouraged
Mercedes-Benz managment to build it. During the 300SL’s life three out of four
were sold in the US. There were only 1858 SL Roadsters ever produced."

Friday, May 30, 2008

Making up for lost time (more automotive art)

Ferrari - the name alone brings all sorts of images to mind... In a lot of
ways, some of the most beautiful cars on the road. And the older Ferrari's
can be more stunning than the current ones...
Here's one that was sitting in the pits over our last race weekend. It's a
1965 Ferrari 365 4 cam LWB (long wheelbase). Unfortunately, the owner
wasn't around and I wasn't about to open the hood to take shots of the
engine. I did speak to one of the Alfa Romeo guys pitted nearby who knew
the car and the owner - evidently he's had it for a while, and it gets driven
pretty regularly (notice that it's got regular plates - not collector plates).
The plaque on the dash is great- "Remember, you are not Niki Lauda"

What happened???

Wow, it's been a whole week.... not quite sure how that happened...

Maybe I've just got a boring life?? Or just too much stuff going on? Yeah,
I'll go with that one. Home computer's been down because I'm remodeling my office -
but with the new storage space and the larger work area, I'll be able to work on my
photo projects a lot more efficiently and quickly (yeah, right...). Some construction
projects this weekend - a new floor for a neighbor and cabinets in Joan's office.
Caught the new Indiana Jones movie earlier this week, and while I'm not as negative
on it as my friend Marty ( ), I thought it was a little
too long and a little on the weak side. "Hellboy 2" looked good from the previews,
and "Hancock" looks like it could be good as well. Something to look forward to.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Automotive art

Blower Bentley

Some people.... make that a lot of people - view cars as mere utilitarian
conveyances for getting from one place to another (not as often now,
what with gas prices being what they are. But that's a rant for another time).

I look at a lot of cars as rolling sculpture - a moving testament to the metal
workers art (or fiberglass and composite as the case may be). As somebody
who likes to think of himself as a fabricator - not great, but better than serviceable,
cars like this really just blow me away.... And to leave it in the polished aluminum.
You can hide a lot of flaws with paint, but a polished body shows ALL flaws.

This is a replica, built by Bob Petersen (

Thursday, May 22, 2008

A race fans favorite weekend...

As a racing fan, this is probably my favorite weekend of the year. And
with a big screen, a DVR, and a REALLY understanding wife, I'll get
to watch even more of it (it's gonna be hard to top last year - I watched
the Monaco GP while standing in one of the garages at Indianapolis - with
some ex-Williams team guys).

Friday there's the Indy Lights - a family friend owns AFS Racing and has
2 cars in the Freedom 100. Saturday there's the Craftsman Trucks and the
Nationwide cars, Sunday is the Monaco F1 race, Indy, and
World 600 Nascar race, and the Rolex GT guys from Lime Rock on Monday.

Maybe Indy and Nascar will figure out a way to time the starts so that
somebody can try the double again-makes sense from a TV standpoint if
nothing else. Cross pollination of demographics, etc.

And our own car to get ready for the Historics over the 4th of July....
Man, I love this time of year.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Racing again... the Spring Sprints

The last time we ran, we finished up with the right front corner covered in duct tape, but we were really quick in the clear cold weather. Fast forward to the past weekend, it was almost 100 deg at the track on Saturday, and 75-80 on Sunday. Needless to say, the hot weather and a greasy surface made everybody 2-3 seconds slower. So, here’s some shots of the car going back together, and the racing from the weekend. They did something a little different and ran a race group that was reminiscent of the Under 2 litre Trans Am from 66-69. We qualified top 10 on Saturday morning. Ran 6th in the first race on Saturday, won the 2nd race Sunday morning, and finished 6th on Sunday afternoon. All in all, a good weekend. And we've got the new tires dialed in for the Historic races over the 4th of July.