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  1. Who's to say you're wrong? I was simply repeating what some fine young fellow said to his charming companion, not vouching for his veracity.
  2. A few observations from having my modest fleet of Lotus out in the public: - Positive comments are not universal but vastly greatly outnumber the negative ones - The older the Lotus, the more comments it gets i.e., the Europa gets more attention than the Esprit which gets more than the Elise - Conversely, the newer the Lotus the more often some knucklehead wants to race. An occasional, somewhat juvenile, pleasure is to park a Lotus in an area with a lot of foot traffic then loiter nearby to eavesdrop on the comments it generates. Some of the dumbest comments come from young guys trying to impress their girlfriends with their vast expertise even though they know nothing about the cars. For example, that's how I heard that the secret to the Europa's speed and handling is the special lightweight mahogany used for the dashboard and shift knob.
  3. The new "Air Force" thread made me think of this one - a shot of the Oregon coast I took from the improvised back seat of a P-51 Mustang.
  4. Apparently if the meter is smart, no-one else at the electric company has to be. It shows.
  5. No particular reason for it, but I was out on our deck around sunset and decided to take a picture of our neighbours to the south. Not the best light, nor the best lens, but here it is. The (slightly fuzzy looking) pyramidal object sticking up out of the water marks the Canada-US boundary.
  6. After reading some of the unfortunate accounts in the "Unhappy" thread, I am happy to report that I finished the annual hedge-trimming chore today without mishap. I didn't fall off the ladder, all limbs are intact and working (as best they do these days) and I can still order a round of drinks without resorting to the expedient of sending the barkeep four "thumbs up" signs in rapid succession. The only dodgy moment came when I was leaning into the boxwood hedge to reach the far side when I had the sudden realization that if I leaned farther or, worse, lost my balance I would get a DIY vasectomy from a protruding branch. That potential catastrophe was avoided and I remain non-vasectomised although I am given to understand that it is a relatively minor procedure that can make a vas deferens to your sex life.
  7. Reminds me of an incident that took place here back in the mid-80s. A person or persons unknown went up and down the hillside residential area with an icepick and took out the tires on a hundred or so parked cars (including both of mine at the time). The the tires they ruined included those on three or four cars parked outside the Hell's Angels clubhouse that was here then. It didn't happen again. Coincidence?
  8. Some second hand advice - I knew a fellow some years back who swore by this method but I never did use it for fear of destroying the garden. Anyway, his suggestion was to expose a mole tunnel and then attach a hose to a BBQ tank, or similar source, and introduce propane into the run. Give it a few seconds to settle as propane vapour is denser than air and drop in a source of ignition. Big boom, no more moles. Of course, if you put in too much gas there is also no more garden.
  9. Just feeling generally happy with my lot in life after reflecting a bit on one of life's minor irritations. I was initially quite unhappy this morning when I had to quit my ice hockey game early because of a cramping hamstring. But then I thought I should be bloody happy that at age 62 I am still fit enough, and have the time and resources, to go out a couple of times a week to chase a rubber disc across an artificially frozen pond. Playing also lets me subtly recognize two elements of my background (Scottish born; Canadian raised) by wearing Braehead Clan kit, with the added bonus of puzzling the other guys who wonder where I got the weird jersey from. The other insight I got from watching the last few minutes of the game is that old-timers hockey has one parallel to porn - the underlying activity is much more enjoyable as a participant than as a spectator. Trivial, but if it makes me happy it does the trick.
  10. My sincerest condolences as well. I lost my mother to cancer 25 years ago but have not lost the treasured memories. Hang on to those and it will get easier with time.
  11. Ok, for a modest Lotus collection on the shores of the Pacific: Europa Twin Cam......purchased July 1977 - still got it Esprit V8...................purchased November 2003 - still got it Elise.........................purchased March 2010 - still got it Do I see a pattern here? Lotus separation anxiety?
  12. Well, at least the same continent in both cases.
  13. On the other hand, if Trump does win the election it will be first instance of a billionaire moving into public housing that has been vacated by a black family.
  14. Yup, could be the same reason the Canadian dollar has been recovering lately - American liberals moving money north in anticipation of filing refugee claims if Trump wins.
  15. My vote has to go to the Dodge Ram pick-up truck. Not that it's intrinsically worse than other trucks (which I am not overly fond of), but my Elise has been hit twice by inattentive knuckleheads driving Ram trucks. Luckily low speed, low damage on both occasions.
  16. It's still winter weather here, at least in most of the country, but here is something from sunnier times a few months back:
  17. One of these days some bright spark of a researcher is going to come out with a study proving that breathing kills brain cells, while neglecting to note that not breathing kills them faster.
  18. I undertake some volunteer work doing Community Policing with the RCMP - fraud seminars for seniors, basic security measures and recording speed & traffic stats on the local streets. Interesting work, although some of the knuckleheads I see driving about can be truly frightening. I usually do one afternoon a week. The combination of volunteer work, playing ice hockey a couple of times a week and monkeying about with the cars gets me out of the house and keeps me sufficiently occupied in retirement (that is quite important).
  19. calvan


    In Feb. 2010 I won CDN$500,005. I got an Elise, my wife got a diamond, a good chunk went to fix the house, which had developed a water leak, and the rest eased the transition into retirement. Oh, and our 2 adult children got some too. An amount like that is a windfall but it is easily spoken for without being life changing.
  20. Here is an unexpected benefit of owning an Esprit, although I imagine that some other mid-engine cars could give a similar result. After several years away from the game, I have recently gone back to playing hockey (for clarity, ice hockey) and have joined an old-timers team playing two mornings a week. The Esprit trunk is just large enough to hold my equipment so I often drive it to games. The unexpect benefit is that the 25 minute drive to the rink is long enough for engine heat to warm my skates to a nice toasty temperature. And after dragging my carcass out of bed early enough to be in an ice rink dressing room at 8:00 a.m., warm skates are something to be happy about.
  21. A couple of years back, when I was in Scotland seeing family, I met a fellow whose claim to fame is that he once punched Tony Blair. It turns out that it happened when they were both kids, about 11 or 12 years old, but I gladly bought him a beer anyway.
  22. This is also a bit off topic, but I have sometimes had people approach me to see if I would be interested in selling a Lotus, particularly my Europa. Standard response is that they had best start with a significant multiple of current "market value" to get even a glimmer of interest. Most of the numpties are confused by this as they don't seem to appreciate that the real notion of a market value is the price paid by a willing buyer to a willing seller. They seem to think that if the Hagerty valuation (purely as an example) says it is worth $X they should be able to buy it for that. But, as I don't want to sell, they have to do something to pique my interest and that likely ain't gonna happen.
  23. Ah, the prospect of documenting our fleeting fame. About six years ago a short-lived sci-fi television series called Caprica was filmed in Vancouver - it was intended as a prequel to the Battlestar Galactica series but only lasted for one season. Anyway, they needed some older cars, both British and American, for filming and hired my Europa for one day's shoot. I was at work then so my son dutifully drove it for the day (and retained the $ $ paid for use of the car). As I recall, the Europa had a one or two second cameo in a couple of episodes and presumably is now echoing through history in someone's DVD collection.
  24. Proper Windows 7 sounds like a good idea. I'm the first to admit that I iew my computer as an appliance - I want it to be as reliable as my fridge and consider it to be perhaps a little less exciting. With that background, I went out and bought a new laptop a few days ago. It had Windows 8.1 and I loaded Office 365. Big mistake. It was such a piece of crap that it went back to the store a coupe of days later. Maybe I'll look at a Mac or, even better, a new abacus.
  25. Recognition of the day has even reached the fromer colonies. This coming Sunday is the 9th annual St. George's Day British Car Show held in Fort Langley, BC. I will be there, but as a Scottish-born, Canadian-raised Lotus owner, I will have the Saltire window flag on the car.
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