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Blacked Out

I’ve got my truck canopy totally blacked out now and I’m packed and ready to roll. I had Driggs Tire throw a stock muffler on this morning and she sounds pretty good. It’s not a high-performance model but it has quieted my roaring engine down a lot.

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Muffler Madness

My mechanic recommended Art’s Muffler in Idaho Falls to install a nice little Flow-Master onto my sweet sounding exhaust system so I called them yesterday and made an appointment for 0800 this morning. When I got there the asshole at the counter told me that nobody wrote my appointment down, they were booked solid and he told me to come back another day. Really, after a 1.5 hour drive?

There were several techs standing in front of the place, I could tell they worked there because they just had this muffler guy look about them, but they had no time for me today. Oh well, with the brake work I was going to get done on top of it they just lost out on several hundred of my hard-earned bucks!

So screw you Art’s Muffler in Idaho Falls! May this blog post float to the top of a Google search and haunt your sorry ass forever.

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My new tool TPDca is done. It’s the latest member of the family of apps built around my eclipse program TetonPath. The Dca stands for Distance calculator and it contains some cool polyline geometry to play with around Teton Valley.

I also determined that our backyard is just 5.57 miles from the direct epicenter of the Path of Totality. How sweet is that!

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The Water

I was perusing through the photos that Steph brought back from Tennessee and came across this one of her 14 year old grandson, Dillan. I don’t know about you but this kid looks like a young Elvis to me. Presley was born in Mississippi and grew up in Memphis. Dillan was born in Washington and has grown up in Tennessee. Maybe it’s the water?

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Wild Ride

My little buddy lets his hair grow long but the ride to school this morning must have been particularly wild. Judging from the smile I assume it was enjoyable…

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Tree Down

I came home for lunch today and found a tree down. This was a key young tree that helped block the view of Ski Hill Road and we’re sorry to see it go. What’s more concerning is that the base looks rotted out and definitely needs an autopsy by a specialist. I think we should just let her stay there until that happens…

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I realized this morning that I hadn’t run the new carb/header setup on my truck past 45mph so I took her out for a spin. Once we pulled out of Tetonia into the 65 zone I let her loose. She rapidly shot up to 3300 at 75mph and roared like a lion. Maybe I should get a muffler I thought briefly before quickly discarding the thought from my mind. This old girl runs! I pulled into Lookout Point, shut her off, and popped the hood. There was minimal heat and the clakety clack noise I used to hear as the emissions hardware cooled down was completely gone. I closed the hood, smiled broadly, then took this photo of the Teton River over it’s bank. Who cares about that…

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On Her Chair

Piper has quite the morning routine. At 0400 with the moon shining bright through my bedroom window I hear that meow. If I ignore her she jumps up on my tall bed (which is getting harder for her every day) and walks over my body. She waits patiently while I do my stretch and prayers and then we head to the kitchen. Piper likes to walk (waddle) in front of me as if she’s leading me.

I start the coffee, turn on my computer, open the garage door and flash the driveway lights to scare off any large animals and out she scampers. When she comes back in she gets her gravy, her stomach massage, her back brushed, her treats, her lap time, and then off to bed on her chair where she sleeps the rest of the day.

Which strongly begs the question “Who’s got who trained“?

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June 9

This day always tugs at my heart a bit, it’s the birthday of someone I lost touch with many years ago. Today she turns fifty and as I extended my body this morning in prayer, I sent out a special one in her direction. Happy birthday great.

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New Carb

Our mechanic Bob came through big time for me this week and installed this gorgeous little Weber Carburetor that I bought off Amazon. My sweet little travel truck is purring (actually, I should say roaring) and ready to roll this summer.

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