Yankees vs Dodgers today

The Yankees are in town today. Listening to Vin Scully call the game and talk about people like Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle is pretty awesome.
It makes me think about the second time I went to New York. I think it was 2008. We had just gotten Joe Torre as manager of the Dodgers, and I was stomping around in the boogie down Bronx wearing my Dodgers cap,
I was at the Golden Eagle diner in Morris Park, visiting a buddy at Einstein University, but about to head up to the island to explore on my own. I was looking over the subway map when the fellow in charge of the restaurant came over and said “You from LA?”
I said yeah, and the guy’s son comes over, a young kid about 12 or 13 years old. The kid says something like “Man, my dad hates the Dodgers”.
The dad and I got a kick out of it, I laughed it off, and asked them sarcastically, “So what do you think of our new coach?” referring to Joe Torre coming over.
That stung them.
The dad let out a classic New York “Ohhhhhhhh!!” and the son sort of had a sad look on his face, and sat there silently stunned at having been reminded of Torre’s leaving, and the fact that I, the enemy, was here eating egg and bacon, wearing the cap of the enemy.
The kid, after a second, spoke up, and in the most somber tone, said “Well, if the Yankees don’t get one this year, I hope the Dodgers do good for Joe.”(sic)
That’s the kind of story I seem to run into at every turn in New York. that’s also what this game makes me think about.
2008 was the last year for old Yankee Stadium, and Shea. I got to visit them before they closed, and it was really magical. I love the history if both those baseball cathedrals, and to see them in their last year, the feeling was not lost on me.
So, as Pettite cruises along and Puig watches his hero (Cano) play in his yard, all tied up at 2 in the 8th….as Vin would say…

“And now, back to this one”

There she is. Ethel.

There she is. Ethel.

In this pic, my car is looking a bit out of place. It’s at work, Woodland Hills. About an hour drive in traffic, about 30 miles from home. Those parking spots are made for little Honda’s and BMW’s, not Detroit steel. (Ok my car was assembled in LA, but I digress)

I’ve been driving my car to work just about every day for the past two weeks. The absolute worst traffic LA has to offer, and she’s made it through without a hitch. I’m absolutely super proud of her.

I just wanted to say, I’ve finally named her.

I went the geek route, and was researching names for a couple of weeks, and I finally was sort of hovering around “Ethel”.

Then the other day, to avoid Hollywood Freeway traffic, I took the 210 home, to the 2. Nobody on the freeway, and just flying over the hill. It felt stupendous, and my thoughts went back to her name. Ethel. I said it in my mind a couple of times, could I live with that name forever?

Traditionally, you’re not supposed to rename a vessel. Would I change my mind?

Then, on the way up to the 2, making a nice wide right and stomping on the gas, I thought about Ethel Mertz, from “I Love Lucy”.

Then it hit me,

“Fred & Ethel”

Lucy’s notorious neighbors. . . . and a couple forever. Not only that, but William Frawley, who played Fred, I’ve always loved. Vivian Vance, stayed by Lucy’s side until 1968, when my car was born.

That was enough. The name is there, her name is Ethel, and it always will be, if I can help it.

Took the Bohemian Pilsner out for a sample.

Last night I sampled my first ever Bohemian pilsner. I haven’t figured out what to name it yet, but it smelled to me like a Pilsner Urquell, and it tasted awesome, if a little light for my taste. 

I’ve already been asked for a sample, and I’ve had to turn them down. This batch is specifically for a camping trip I have planned with some friends in late August. We’re going up to Kern again, and last year I took an IPA, and my buddy took an Apfelwine. This year, two more of us in the group have started brewing, so they’ll be bringing a wheat beer, and a dark beer, that they will likely be barrel aging. 

Anyway, here is a shot of my Pilsner, on first sample, after only 1 day on CO2. It should be ready by Friday, but then I’ll take it off the gas, and let it lager until the camping tripI’ve also picked up a nice cot, and some paracord, and am messing around with learning how to wrap different things in paracord like the military used to. Its pretty handy stuff, and great for a survival or outdoors pack. 

I’m hoping to finally land me a trout north of a certain bridge up in Kern, I’ve caught one down by the campsite, actually fishing from my tent, but never one of the elusive ones up in the higher part of the river. That’s where I’ll be focusing my energies this year. 

Cant wait!

New Windshield day for the Coronet.

The crack in my windshield just had to go, not only was it dangerous, but also a great way to get pulled over.

I live by Mission road, near downtown Los Angeles. This road is known for it’s shops, glass shops, muffler shops, junkyards, etc.

First I went to the place that changed out my old Mitsubishi’s windshield, but they told me, “Go see Frank, over at GTO Auto Glass!”

When a businessman sends you to his competitor down the road, you know you;re hearing truth, so I took my 68 down the street to This place.

Frank and I made arrangements for the windshield to be delivered on Wednesday the 17th, and so yesterday, I took her in. They had the windshield up on a stand for me already, they were expecting me. The whole crew dug my car, and they were happy to let me take pics while they worked. I stayed out of the way and tried to glean any information I could learn from watching.

Frank also pulled me to the side, and explained every step. This is a welcome change from the usual mechanic treatment. usually you get no chit chat, gruff burly dudes who don’t want to talk to you. Frank was very cool, took his time, and taught me a lot. He also fixed up a couple of loose odds and ends without me even asking, and gave me pointers on how to fix things he saw around my car. Really cool dude.

Anyway, now my car has an AWESOME new windshield, and it really makes it feel like a new car. I never thought it would make THAT much of a difference.

Here is a little album with some pics of the process. Click on the pics for captions!

Now to put some miles on that thing!

– Fred.