The .22 bullet that traveled over a mile, up hill, both ways.

I remember hearing the tall tell stories our parents you to tell about how they walked up hill to and from school every day; sometimes in freezing buzzards or pelting rain.

We'll it seems the liberal media has resurrected this story, except this time they are using it to make us gun toting crazy red necks thing twice about going to the shooting range.



According to Google Maps it's 1.23 miles from the shooting benches at the Garland range to the back yards behind the church. As for the elevation of the range vs the elevation of the homes that back up to the church, there is a large (tall) landfill in between, and a 75' increase overall from shooting range to backyard.

A Remington 36 Grain golden hollow point has a muzzle velocity of about 1280 feet per second. The maximum range of this round is 1892.6 yards, fired at an angle of 28 degrees from horizontal, or about 1.07 miles.

A much more likely explanation is that someone was in the tree field area behind the houses messing around with their .22 rifle.

Flattening TacoMaria's Pinch Weld.

When putting bigger tires on a Gen1 or 2 Tacoma...


you tend to have issues with the front wheels rubbing on what is commonly referred to as the "Pinch Weld".


It's what holds the fender to the cab, and tends to stick out just a little to far so that when turning while compressing the springs, the tires hit them.

So I cut a bit of plastic off,


And hammered them down. Problem solved.


O, and the Moon was interesting that night as well.


More TacoMaria Information Here

The Truth about VW's $600, 258 MPG car

I received an e-mail recently about Volkswagen starting production on a $600 car that get's 258 MPG.  It seemed to good to be true, and after a little research I discovered that I was right.

The source of this e-mail appeared to come from a few sources:

Trendy Living Examiner, SeriousWheels.com, and Rense.com

Each of these source seem to have some truth in them, but they also seemed to have misleading information that the e-mail I received had somehow compiled all together.

I also found an interesting on-line post about how it looks a lot like the 1953 Messerschmitt KR-175


So what's the truth? First of all, yes this appears to be an actual car that according to some posts I found is going to be produced in China threw contract with Volkswagen. What this really means is that Volkswagen is not producing the car for China, so the Chinese government can control the cost of the car as they do with many other things.

Regardless of if the Chinese actually manufacture the car on their own, the suggestion of many of the above mentioned web-pages saying that RMB 4,000 equaling about US $600, still Ignores the fact that producing the same thing in the US would most certainly cost much more. Add to that the additional regulations and safety requirements cars in the US have today, and the price would increase many times more.

An article from EnergyBoom.com suggest a potentially more realistic price tag:

"The prototype has a single-cylinder diesel engine (though that could change), anti lock brakes, driver's airbag and an electronic stability program. It holds 6.5 liters or 1.72 gallons of gasoline and does, in fact get 258 miles per gallon with a top speed of around 74 miles per hour. . . Volkswagen is calling it the world’s most economical car but the price tag is not going to be $600. Reports say it will be more like $25,900 and that VW will be making a limited number for release in 2010."

GreatChange.org also had an important fact to note about this lightweight vehicle:

"Some points to remember are that many of the construction materials such as magnesium, titanium, and carbon fiber require greater energies for their mining and fabrication than the normal materials, and the vehicle itself can require more energy to build than it consumes over its lifetime"

They also cost a great deal more then the more traditional materials used in Automotive manufacturing. Even then, according to Glen Beck's "An Inconvenient book", it may, overall, be more energy efficient and cost effective to continue driving your old gas guzzler then to buy a new more expensive, but somewhat more fuel efficient, vehicle. Google Answers also has some information in this area that seems to somewhat contradict these claims.

The real problem with the $600 VW gas sipping mini car is the fact that there's no way it will end up costing only $600. The second problem is that it's already mid 2010, and I was unable to find any references to it actually being produced, though according to Car and Driver, it will be:

"VW’s biggest news at the Frankfurt auto show was the L1 concept, a prototype that "is close to production" and "will be developed," the company says. Three ingredients were needed to make it happen: a supremely efficient powertrain, great aerodynamics, and lightweight engineering.

As to the powertrain, VW has opted for a two-cylinder, 39-hp turbo-diesel engine combined with a 14-hp electric motor. There is a stop/start system and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The L1 can reach 100 mph, but fuel economy at that speed drops to a shameful 1.38 liters per 100 kilometers, or 170 mpg."

Being a Kid in the Previous Century

What contrasts we can see between just a few generations:

Those of us born in the 1920's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's and even 70's...

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes. We had baseball caps, not helmets on our heads.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes made with Lard, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank FLAV-R-AID and Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And, we weren't overweight. WHY?

Because we were always outside playing.....that's why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on... No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were OKAY.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps. And then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We were Boy Scouts, sleeping in caves made of snow in the middle of winter. Girl Scouts who had to sell their own cookies door to door by them selves.

We did not have Play stations, Nintendo's (a few of the kids from the 70's first got their Nintendo's as teenagers, or an Atari as a kid) and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones or personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms..

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays (I think I was more like 8), made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!??

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best Risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. What can kids today do besides push buttons?

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. We had the fear of God put into us at Church, and teachers who were allowed to disipline us.

No wonder the kids today seem to have no Common Sense; they haven't been allowed to learn it!

We were lucky enough to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives, supposedly "for our own good".