Monday, July 4, 2016

Tiki Night 2016

Another year on Wolverine Lake brought another edition of Yankee Doodle Party and Tiki Night, our lake's traditional July 3 celebration of Independence Day.

Join us for a bit of a party and fireworks!

Susan has arrived!

Lexi finds a seat in the old rowboat.

Porchside guests: Sam, Faye, Arsen, and Brigitte.

Magic Hour approaches.

Shea and Susan.

The old rowboat proved a popular destination for lots of folks, thanks to Monique's very clever padding job. Here we have Rich, Wendy, and Phil.

Emerson and Atlee watch the lighting of the Tiki torches.

Gene Matkowski's light-up flag remains a Tiki Night tradition, even though Gene sold his boat. It now rides aboard the McNutt pontoon.

It's almost time...


The Grand Finale!

After the grand finale? The petite finale: sparklers!

It was the best of times. (Hamburgers and hot dogs dropped by children.) It was the worst of times. (Noisy, noisy fireworks.) But with the party done and the fireworks noise finally fading, Katie the Beagle and Wilson could finally rest.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Srvr995 Blues

Here's a little batch of blues lyrics I whipped up this morning. It won't make sense to anybody outside my workplace, but feel free to replace "Server 995" with whatever bedevilling bit of misbehaving connectivity is aggravating you this week.

The Srvr995 Blues

Came to work this morning,
Gonna convert some data.
Cup o'coffee and my keyboard,
But my server said “See ya later!”

Oh, I got them Server 995 blues, can't find my files.
Got them Server 995 blues, can't convert none o'my files.
Cry me a river of digital tears -- no scripts, no compiles.

Gotta deliver this extract
Got a deadline to meet
No connection came back
Now I'm back out on the street


Boss man wants his content
Says he needs it by noon
No data no payment
Now I'm all alone in the room


Used to have data from England
California and France
Now all I got left is the feeling
I'm not wearing any pants.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Sunday Cruise at Baker's in Milford, Michigan

It bills itself as America's largest weekly classic car cruise. Judging from the crowd I saw this Sunday afternoon at Baker's in Milford, they may be right. Last week we had snow flurries and a high of 40 degrees around Detroit, but today was a beautiful 70 degree day, the best Sunday of the year so far.

All the fun cars came out to play. There are tons of Corvettes, Mustangs, and assorted muscle cars. But you can also see some pretty unusual items, too.

Let's take a walk through the throng to see a few that I particularly enjoyed.

One of the great things about Baker's is that it's a really random assortment of cars, so you see a lot of cars fairly randomly interspersed. For example, here we have the FUN MG next to a Plymouth Road Runner, a pairing probably not seen in a parking lot since the 1970s.

1961(?) Corvette.

AMC Ambassador station wagon.


Mk I Jaguar XKE aka a Jaguar E-Type.

C2 Corvette roadster (1963-67).

1934 Bugatti Type 59 replica.

That's a whole lotta nitrous in those tanks.

707 hp Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

The paint job on this looked great. It was a color-shifting metallic paint.

Hot Rods.

Looking for something off the beaten path? They don't get farther off that path than this 1975 Bricklin SV-1.

Mercedes convertible.


Panther Pink Plymouth Duster.

And then, a 1950s trailer park broke out.

1973 Dodge Challenger.

Studebaker Hawk.

1937 Cord.

And then there were rat rods....

Maybe not a rat-rod per se, but definitely a dirty wagon.

Next to the rat rods, a full classic, a 1941 Cadillac convertible:

Ford GT.


The final car of the batch is this very cool rat-rod VW Beetle.

We close with a couple pictures of all the cars and people...

If you live around Detroit and like cool cars, it's definitely worth stopping by for a look. Even if you don't own a particularly cool car, you can always stop in, park in one of the side lots, and check out the assortment. Great fun and great viewing.