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chuckv97 - Posted - 07/26/2014:  17:51:49


I remember roller rinks with the hardwood floors,and the Ventures or (yikes) Bobby Vinton on the P.A.

DeanT - Posted - 07/26/2014:  19:22:45


I went to the skating rinks in the 70's when it was all about roller disco. Bell bottoms, big belts, big hair, and tube tops

OM45GE - Posted - 07/28/2014:  03:54:26


Skateland in Haverhill, MA (where I lived before moving to Andover) is still in business. I last went about five years ago to take my son to a birthday party there. When I was a kid the place scared me because a lot of the tough kids hung out there. 

DeanT - Posted - 07/28/2014:  06:06:03


The skate rink I used to go to is a mile from my house, and I jog past it every day. It's a Karate gym now, and does a pretty good business. 

OM45GE - Posted - 07/28/2014:  06:59:26


I never learned to roller skate. I do ice skate though, not well but I get around.

dat - Posted - 07/28/2014:  11:07:58


I tried ice skating once, I spent more time on my seat than standing

chuckv97 - Posted - 07/28/2014:  11:16:24


Did a lot of ice skating and playing hockey outdoors as a kid. We used to flood the backyard,and so did others in the neighborhood - some even put up lights for evening skate parties. I still have dents on my shins from the hockey stick slashes. lol

OM45GE - Posted - 07/28/2014:  11:25:22


We have a couple of neighbors who do that every winter. Plus we've got natural pond and lakes that are fun to skate on too.

dat - Posted - 07/28/2014:  11:30:18


I fell through a pond that was partway frozen over when I was about 12 or 13,   it was only about 4 or 5 feet deep, but it sure was cold

OM45GE - Posted - 07/28/2014:  11:33:48


I hope you were close to someplace warm. It's not too difficult to freeze to death in wet clothes.

dat - Posted - 07/28/2014:  12:04:55


it was a cold walk to the house, my jacket and britches were frozen when I got back

DeanT - Posted - 07/28/2014:  12:16:37


I did that too... only it was on the back pond... 50 yards from the house...

OM45GE - Posted - 07/28/2014:  12:23:57


Lucky.

dat - Posted - 07/28/2014:  12:36:14


probably part of the reason I don't like it cold now.



in the summer you can strip nekkid and drink a beer to cool off, in the winter you can't put on enough clothes to keep your bones from aching

OM45GE - Posted - 07/28/2014:  13:11:53


Different strokes for different folks. I can always dress warm enough, even skiing on a zero degree day with a 20 mph wind, but I can't always take off enough clothes to stay cool (and not get arrested or run out of the neighborhood). That said, I don't mind the heat at all.

chuckv97 - Posted - 07/28/2014:  14:40:24


Being a snowbilly,I can take the heat much better now ever since I started going to steam rooms and saunas 8 years ago. But now I hate the cold more,so I go south every winter.

OM45GE - Posted - 07/28/2014:  14:48:24


Cold weather is definitely more work, but I like it.

DeanT - Posted - 07/28/2014:  16:06:52


I'll take cold any day... no bugs, no lawnmowing, no yard work, no sweating, no mud, no AC bill. 

OM45GE - Posted - 07/29/2014:  02:54:37


We had a tornado about 15 miles from here yesterday. Last one in this county was in 1950.

DeanT - Posted - 07/29/2014:  05:54:04


We hace too many tornadoes. Last night we had an earthquake. kind of cool actually.

OM45GE - Posted - 07/29/2014:  06:00:37


We get those occasionally. I was was gassing up the car once with my wife and another couple in the car when a pretty big tremor hit. It lasted ten or fifteen seconds. They were yelling at me because they thought I was shaking the car so I stepped back and raised my arms. The looks on their faces was priceless.

dat - Posted - 07/29/2014:  06:07:05


we get a few shakes and rattles around here, I'm probably wrong, but I think it may have to do with all the drilling they're doing over the last 15 or 20 years, there is a natural gas well every where you look now

OM45GE - Posted - 07/29/2014:  08:38:58


Are they doing fracking in your area?

chuckv97 - Posted - 07/29/2014:  08:51:57


Fracking? I beg your pardon young man!

OM45GE - Posted - 07/29/2014:  09:01:25


Yeah, they're fracking up the gas.

dat - Posted - 07/29/2014:  09:26:55


they are, and have been for a while

OM45GE - Posted - 07/29/2014:  10:55:09


There are a lot of battles going on about it up this way. Some places are all for it, others are saying no. Then there are the fights over the pipelines. Nobody wants it in their backyards but they're not willing to cut back on driving or turn down the thermostats.

chuckv97 - Posted - 07/29/2014:  11:23:34


I guess fracking might/ probably f(ra)cks up the water table,from what I've heard. We need other viable sources of energy, and yes,Bill, we need to cut back on consumption. We've grown up taking it for granted. Not like an old eccentric uncle I had- he would shut off the ignition on his old 1952 Ford panel truck and coast down any little hill,to save gas. There'd be a line of cars behind him honking and yelling,as he'd coast at 20 mph - didn't faze him a bit.

DeanT - Posted - 07/29/2014:  12:25:02


Yep, lots of tremors lately, making their way up to Kansas from Oklahoma. Everyone is blaming the fracking. Last nights was the biggest one yet, they said they could feel it all the way up to Topeka.

OM45GE - Posted - 07/29/2014:  13:45:22


I'm a sailor and they want to but a big wind turbine farm in one of my favorite sailing areas south of Cape Cod. There is a TON of opposition. I say bring it on. It will take a huge number of homes off the coal and nuke plants we get most of our juice from.

DeanT - Posted - 07/29/2014:  15:12:45


We have monster wind farms in Kansas. They are super cool. The crazy bird activists hold anti wind farm demonstrations because birds fly into the blades. frown




Edited by - DeanT on 07/29/2014 15:14:57

chuckv97 - Posted - 07/29/2014:  16:32:28


I just passed a fleet of 20 trucks parked here in Saskatchewan with the name CalFrac on their doors. From here and down into the Dakotas there's a boom in gas and oil drilling and fracking,all in the past 10 years since the price of oil shot up to record highs. When I started driving truck 11+ years ago a gallon of diesel was around $1.30 . Now it's near $4.00 .

OM45GE - Posted - 07/29/2014:  16:45:08


We've seen the wind farms on our way out to Bonneville. They're amazing.



 



 

OM45GE - Posted - 07/29/2014:  16:47:20


Chuck, I've never understood why diesel is more than premium gasoline when you get much more yield from a barrel of crude. Someone once told me it was because they sell relatively less diesel but the cost of the tanks, pumps etc. were the same. I don't belive it myself but who knows?

chuckv97 - Posted - 07/29/2014:  16:53:30


Yeah, Bill,but lately I've actually seen diesel a bit cheaper than gas,which is strange,cuz it was sometimes 40 cents more in the past. And yeah,it takes less refining than gasoline,so it must be supply and demand economics. But I really don't trust the whole seemingly shady business.

OM45GE - Posted - 07/29/2014:  16:57:05


They say another factor is the cost of changing the refineries to produce low sulfur diesel. Also, here in the states, the federal tax on diesel is 24.4 cents per gallon, versus 18.4 cents for gasoline.

 

dat - Posted - 07/30/2014:  05:46:20


diesel used to be about the cheapest fuel you could buy,

DeanT - Posted - 07/30/2014:  05:56:10


The diesel cars of the 80's were short lived

OM45GE - Posted - 07/30/2014:  06:29:44


I had several as company cars when I was running a trucking company back in the 70's and 80's, a couple of Mercedes, several VW Rabbits, a Toyota Pickup.They weren't bad but you had to pay attention to your fuel level because there were sometimes long distances between places that sold diesel.



 

dat - Posted - 07/30/2014:  07:18:38


Yeah,  I remember the old GM 350 diesel cars   youtube.com/watch?v=ltmAF_A_3PU

OM45GE - Posted - 07/30/2014:  08:05:02


Those were pretty terrible.

dat - Posted - 07/30/2014:  08:42:23


I've heard about folks putting gas heads and a distributor, they have a solid low end and folks race with them, not much for a diesel engine though but a solid gas builder

OM45GE - Posted - 07/30/2014:  10:19:12


Sort of like the old GM bus blocks huh? Really robust bottom end that came alive with pistons and freer flowing heads.

DeanT - Posted - 07/30/2014:  13:44:54


I think they should make Nascar all electric, so the technology would speed up....

OM45GE - Posted - 07/30/2014:  14:24:55


Formula One is using energy recovery systems and electric/gasoline hybrids. Pretty amazing technology.

DeanT - Posted - 07/30/2014:  22:58:52


And probably no restrictor plates...

OM45GE - Posted - 07/31/2014:  02:47:12


No, but they're running fuel flow restrictions which do pretty much the same thing. The engines can run up to 15,000 RPM but they short shift around 10,000 RPM to meet the fuel flow. Nobody really likes it.

DeanT - Posted - 07/31/2014:  06:02:39


They look like airplane cockpits! 

OM45GE - Posted - 07/31/2014:  06:33:28


I don't know how they drive those things. There is so much that is adjustable from the cockpit while they're running around at up to 200 MPH and are subject to fighter plane level g-forces.



 

chuckv97 - Posted - 07/31/2014:  07:04:50


Talking about g-forces,did you read "The Right Stuff" by Tom Wolfe? All about Chuck Yeager and breaking the sound barrier back in the 1940's. Fascinating.

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