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DeanT - Posted - 01/28/2016:  14:15:36


I wear a ballcap everywhere

dat - Posted - 01/28/2016:  14:58:17


I wear a ball cap to work, used to wear one everywhere, I guess I started wearing one when I was about 6, haven't gone topless since

DeanT - Posted - 01/28/2016:  17:01:21


my favorite ball cap came from Maine, it's all denim, I think all the fishermen wear them

OM45GE - Posted - 01/29/2016:  03:33:04


My favorite ball cap has an image of Rollie Free, motorcycle land speed record holder. He set it lying prone on his Indian bike wearing sneakers and a speedo style bathing suit. 



 




DeanT - Posted - 01/29/2016:  05:36:38


Now that guy had taters!

dat - Posted - 01/29/2016:  05:42:58


150 mph wearing shorts,one brave son of a gun there

OM45GE - Posted - 01/29/2016:  06:03:14


He was a pretty amazing guy. It was all for aerodynamics trying for every last MPH. If he had gone down they would have been cleaning him up with a mop.

dat - Posted - 01/29/2016:  06:40:28


the salt would have soaked up enough there wouldn't be anything to mop up

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/29/2016:  07:08:43


Incredible ! My older brother said he used to lay like that on his old 1952 BSA, 125 cc. He said he could top end at 62 mph that way. lol

OM45GE - Posted - 01/29/2016:  12:56:51


He must have been going downhill! big

dat - Posted - 01/29/2016:  13:10:42


my buddies '52 B model duracraft will top out about 65 mph with a 40 hp johnson and carbs off a 60 hp, that's pretty fast on the river, back then we did a lot of river running, we sat on the floor of the boat instead of the seats for less wind resistance, and less chance of bouncing out

DeanT - Posted - 01/29/2016:  14:13:25


I never went fast, because I couldn't afford to blow anything up

OM45GE - Posted - 01/29/2016:  14:27:14


I've been 150 mph in a car and it was pretty scary. I can't imagine it on a motorcycle wearing a bathing suit. 

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/29/2016:  15:59:01


He definitely had an appropriate name - Rollie Free. Like "rolling free".

OM45GE - Posted - 01/29/2016:  16:20:30


I've got a copy of a biography of him.  Flat Out, The Rollie Free Story. He was a classic  



 

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/29/2016:  17:16:53


I'll have to check out that book

OM45GE - Posted - 01/29/2016:  18:37:04


It's not a masterpiece of writing but it is an interesting look at a unique individual. 

DeanT - Posted - 01/29/2016:  19:57:39


and I'll bet some cool photos...

dmiller - Posted - 01/29/2016:  20:35:02


When I first saw the photo above, I thought it might be the "World's Fastest Indian" guy.

OM45GE - Posted - 01/30/2016:  04:01:45


That was Burt Monroe, another fellow with a lot of testicular fortitude.  His bike was also an Indian but was streamlined. He set the streamliner record at 184.087 mph. 



Interestingly, when Burt set the record  it was listed as 183.586 due to a calculation error. His son found the error and the record was corrected in 2014. Burt ended up breaking his own record, 36 years after he died. 

dat - Posted - 02/01/2016:  09:46:57


Those guys had a set of gonads for sure, now osha or some safety organization would shut them down

DeanT - Posted - 02/01/2016:  10:30:39


the warning labels on his swimsuit would say no motorcycle riding

OM45GE - Posted - 02/01/2016:  12:20:45


I can see it now; "Warning, this swimsuit will not save your sorry ass if you go sliding down the hard salt at 150 MPH."

chuckv97 - Posted - 02/01/2016:  12:36:29


I imagine that probably happened to some poor guy

OM45GE - Posted - 02/01/2016:  13:32:07


I bet it has, but they don't let you do that bathing suit sort of thing anymore. Part of tech inspection includes helmet, leathers, gloves and boots. People have walked away from some scary crashes. Of course, others haven't...

dat - Posted - 02/01/2016:  13:56:13


even when you walk away, that salt can't feel good in a road rash

DeanT - Posted - 02/01/2016:  15:08:19


what makes folks want to do crazy things like that anyways? I never understood jumping out of planes either. Coasting down a hill on my bicycle at 20 mph is enough adrenaline for me. 

dat - Posted - 02/01/2016:  15:18:58


waking up in the morning and realizing that I am still breathing is a pretty good adrenaline rush sometimes  big

dmiller - Posted - 02/01/2016:  15:49:31


Our ex-Governor here in Minney-soda (Jesse "the body" Ventura) was once asked to pass a law forbidding folks from driving on lakes when the ice was too thin, because that would keep down the accidents of cars going through.  Jesse just looked at the folks asking him to do that and said: "You can't legislate against stupidity".

DeanT - Posted - 02/01/2016:  16:18:15


I grew up near lake Michigan... every year folks drove their snowmobiles off the coastal ice into the water. 

chuckv97 - Posted - 02/01/2016:  16:31:49


I grew up near Lake Ontario. People would drive out onto the pier to go fishing on a foggy night and drive right off the end into the lake.

DeanT - Posted - 02/01/2016:  17:33:17


Darwin rules...

OM45GE - Posted - 02/01/2016:  17:43:15


My dad taught me to drive by letting me out onto a frozen lake. I'd spend hours out there. Driving on snow and ice never bothers me after that. I never fell through either. 

DeanT - Posted - 02/01/2016:  17:52:28


My dad did a lot of ice fishing, but he never drove too far out. lake Michigan rarely froze over, and every year folks have to test the limits. 

OM45GE - Posted - 02/02/2016:  03:07:54


It only takes 4" of solid ice to support a person, 5" will supply a snowmobile and a foot will support a car.  One problem is that a current or spring can create much thinner ice - splash!

dat - Posted - 02/02/2016:  05:48:41


we never had enough cold weather to freeze water over often, but once when I was about 12 our pond froze around the edges about 10 feet in, I decided to skate around the edge, it worked for a little bit.   once you hear it start to crack, you don't have much of a chance to get out dry.



my clothes were frozen solid except at the knees by the time I walked back to the house 

DeanT - Posted - 02/02/2016:  10:37:40


Our back pond used to freeze over, and then the water underneath the ice would recede... we would be playing Hockey, and the ice would start to crack and  then the whole pond would drop a foot or two and freek us all out. We would get the hose and fill in all the cracks and smooth out the top and be playing again the next day... until it snowed too much to keep up with...

chuckv97 - Posted - 02/02/2016:  12:31:46


We'd make backyard rinks, but often went to a frozen river on the edge of town, where we could have a big sheet of ice to play hockey on. The first skate of the winter was always dicey - you'd hear the loud cracks , never real sure if the ice was thick enough for 10 guys playing hockey.

OM45GE - Posted - 02/02/2016:  14:38:50


This winter has been so warm there's not much ice at all around here.

DeanT - Posted - 02/02/2016:  17:01:38


We've had a warm winter in Kansas too... no snow yet in Wichita

OM45GE - Posted - 02/03/2016:  03:25:18


Meanwhile, other parts of the country are getting hammered by winter. 

DeanT - Posted - 02/03/2016:  06:04:00


we were 70 degrees last weekend

chuckv97 - Posted - 02/03/2016:  06:50:52


I've been in Arizona for a month, but back in Calgary they've had it pretty mild so far this winter.

OM45GE - Posted - 02/03/2016:  10:34:38


It's 50 F outside here right now. About 20 warmer than you would expect.

DeanT - Posted - 02/03/2016:  15:29:24


My M-I-L in Maine says it's been a very mild winter up there

OM45GE - Posted - 02/03/2016:  17:42:27


Where in Maine is she? Did you say once it was the Waterville area?

DeanT - Posted - 02/03/2016:  17:59:23


She was born and raised in Kennebunk

dmiller - Posted - 02/03/2016:  20:45:37


2 winters ago it was brutal weather here (even by my standards) and we had snow piling up that was almost waist deep to me, and I'm 6'4".  I can't use a snow blower because the vibration of the machine through the handlebars wrecks both my hands and wrists.  I've always used just a shovel to move what snow I needed to move but after the winter of 2013,  I had had enough.  I bought an F-250 4x4 long bed truck with both a Tommy lift gate on the back and a BOSS 9'2" V-Plow on the front.  I decided I was DONE with tackling deep snow and only having a shovel to attack it with.



That was 2013 and when the 2014 winter rolled around, we got only ONE major snowstorm for me to use the plow.  This year (2015) we've only got a couple of inches on the ground, and Spring is right around the corner. I haven't had to use the plow once this year. We've had no "cold" (below zero weather) or much snow at all this year. Temps have been hovering in the 25° to 35° range lately.  If this keeps up much longer, I'm might start believing in that glow-bull warming stuff.

chuckv97 - Posted - 02/03/2016:  20:47:26


Well isn't that the way it always seems to go- you get prepared and buy something,, and then it turns out you don't get to use it. (Hmm....I think I'll go buy a coffin tomorrow.)

dmiller - Posted - 02/03/2016:  20:58:26


Good idea on the coffin!!   I tell folks that they have me to thank for the two "light" winters in a row.  I bought the truck with the plow and then the weather "thumbed it's nose" at me both years.  Kinda like - - wash your car, and then it'll rain.  

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