Getting My Uncle Flying Again Was a Gift to Me Too

My uncle turned 80. He has been a pilot since he was a young man. He has seen so many years that even the airspace he flies in has changed. He is retired, so his income is fixed. He is not poor at all, but his income no longer supported maintaining an airplane and upgrading it, so he rarely flew anymore. The only time he took to the sky was in the second seat of aircraft operated by friends who still flew. It was an order I placed with New Century Components that got him flying his own plane again.

My wife and I along with several other family members got together and hired an aviation mechanic and got some parts to upgrade my uncle’s plane. The old single-engine aircraft still had a lot of life in it. It was in great shape. What got me started in the project was when he and I were talking about him not flying much anymore. He said that the new airport required his aircraft to be equipped with a Mode C transponder, and that was sort of the last straw for him. When he was young, it was pretty much all Class G airspace for many miles in every direction. Read all »

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A Limo Bus Party This Year

I was trying to figure out a way to really surprise my family for this Christmas. We are the kind of family that likes to make each other happy with silly little things as well as extravagant things. I was browsing a few web pages when I saw a picture of a limo bus on one of them. The group was having a blast! I have no idea who they were, but their pictures looked absolutely fabulous. That is when I decided that I was going to do the same thing. I knew a few of my family members had been in stretch limos before, but I didn’t think any of them had been in a party bus.

I did a search for a local limo company that has the buses, and that is how I found the one that I ended up getting the bus from. They actually have a really impressive fleet, and the prices are really good too. I was able to secure a bus for the date that everyone thought I was having a Christmas get together at my house. When they get here, they are going to be surprised to see that I don’t have any food or drinks out, since that is the main thing we do when we all get together.

There will be things, but the limo bus is going to take us to different places. After everyone is here, I will take them out where we will get on the bus. That is when the real party starts. We are going to stop at a pizza place, have some food and drinks, then have the limo bus take us around town to look at all of the lights. I know they are going to love it as much as me, and I also know that it will be hard for any of them to top this next year!

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Learning How to Sail Was Plenty of Fun in Our Retirement

My wife and I retired and got bored. We took a sailing class in Florida to learn how to operate a sailboat. Then we took an advanced class. After a few months of classes for all things sailing, we even took navigation classes on how to use a sextant. We learned how to pilot different types of sailboats. After renting a couple of boats for some intracoastal waterway trips, we decided to take an offshore voyage to some Caribbean islands. Then we started looking at used sailboats for sale to own our own vessel.

We took our journey into sailing slow. A lot of people just buy a boat and do not know what to do with it. Read all »

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Getting My Car Ready for Winter

When I first moved to Pennsylvania, I had a bit of a culture shock. I lived in Arizona prior to this, and the seasons were so different in PA. I was actually able to experience snow as well as the beautiful colors of autumn for the first time in person. It was the snow that made me realize I needed to find a reputable auto repair service center in Exton PA because my car was simply not equipped to handle this extreme weather. I knew that I was going to need to get better tires on my car, but I also knew that I needed a lot more than that.

The wipers I had were the same ones I had two years ago. I never had to worry about snow or ice on my windshield, so there was really no need to replace them because they were not used that often. I also wanted to have my heater checked because I wanted to make sure it was working properly. Read all »

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An Easy Way to Order Replacement Plates

I needed to get replacement number plates, but I did not feel like going into town to handle it. I love to drive, but I absolutely hate going into town for this type of business. It was not urgent enough that I had to go and take care of it immediately, so I went online to see if there was a way I could do it online. That is how I found, and this online company offers exactly the type of place that I was hoping to find.

The first thing I did was look at the FAQ section of the website because I had a few questions that I wanted to have answered before I placed an order. Read all »

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Fun Times in the New Car

I got a good deal on a new BMW recently. It was my dream car, and I had been saving up for a while to have enough money to buy it. I wanted to give it a new plate that reflected my style choices, so I went to to make one. The plate came in only a short time, and now I can ride around with it. Whenever people see me in my car, they always stop and take a look because of how unique it is. The people around here don’t really see many BMWs being driven around because they aren’t a car that a lot of people buy. Read all »

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Custom Plates to Hand on the Wall

I have twin boys who absolutely love cars and trucks and thought it would be a neat idea to find custom number plates they can hang in their bedrooms. The other day I came across an advertisement offering these items so I clicked on it and it directed me to I was amazed at how many different options there were to choose from and quickly forgot about time as I was looking around.

It was a little bit overwhelming to narrow down the choices and thought I should enlist the help of my two boys. I wanted to make sure these plates were exactly as they wanted them to be. Read all »

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We Needed Tough Off-Road Tires for Our Outback Excursions

As a family we venture off into some wild areas to learn and to explore. I have had special training in my lifetime from my father and grandfather as well as university and government training that I found that is quite useful in teaching our curious children about the natural world. My wife is trained in botany, and we all have a wonderful time in the outdoors. However, getting to different places really works our four-wheel drive vehicle, and we do go through the tyres. I have a place where I get tough but cheap tyres in Dandenong for our customised excursion vehicle.

We have a vehicle that has a platform on top that a tent is erected on. The platform keeps us above the ground and safe from curious animals that could cause us some mischief. Read all »

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Dreaming of My Next Ferrari Purchase

I consider myself to be a car collector. I don’t own a lot of cars, but the cars that I do have in my garage mean a lot to me. Before I buy a car, I have to be really excited about it. I have to feel like I can’t live without this car. There aren’t a lot of cars that make me feel that way, but the 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari is one of those cars that makes me feel like a kid again. I just happened to see one on the road a few months ago, and from that point forward I knew I had to have one.

The first thing that stood out to me when I saw this vehicle was how awesome it looked. Read all »

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Can Not Get the Check Engine Light to Go off

I can not get the check engine light to go off on my car. It is not so easy to just use a car diagnosis tool and figure out what is wrong all of the time. When I do that the thing tells me that I need a new coil, but when I get a new coil it says the same thing. Of course this car is not any good to me without an inspection sticker and this car is not worth putting a lot of money into it. That is how it is going to work with a car that is this old. I have had it myself about five years and I have gotten my money’s worth from it if I am going to be completely honest about it. Read all »

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Learning to Do Vehicle Detailing Yourself Can Save You a Lot of Money

You can clean your car to a showroom look yourself. It just takes time and the right tools and chemicals. I start by washing the car using a sponge, bucket, garden hose and a good shot of sudsy car cleaner. It is not hard to do vehicle detailing yourself. You just need to pay attention to the details. My extra tools I have are a wheel and tire brush as well as a small soft brush for getting wax out of crevices and around medallions and trim. After the car is thoroughly washed and rinsed, I dry it with old towels. It really keeps those water spots from forming. If you want to buy one of those filters that removes minerals from water, then you can get a spot-free rinse. However, that is too pricey for my tastes.

I also use an easy to apply and remove wax. You do not want to have to spend the whole day rubbing and buffing. Read all »

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Trucks Are Delivering America’s Future

Trucks are what deliver the products we use everyday. Everything from your clothes to your medicine is delivered by trucks. Even the the family car you bought at the dealership was delivered by a truck. The refrigerated trucking industry makes it possible for us to eat like we do all year long. Fresh produce is brought in from other countries and delivered daily to our grocery stores. Perfectly ripe bananas, strawberries, corn, tomatoes, meat, dairy and more comes to your store via refrigerated trucks.

Many products are delivered partway to their destinations by planes, ships and trains. The last leg of the delivery is up to the trucks and their drivers. There is usually a steady stream of truck traffic at the loading docks of any major grocery store. Most stores only have one or two days of product on the shelves at any given time for the customers. A natural disaster would leave a lot of people doing without. Even the fuel for you vehicle was brought in on a truck. Trucking is the industry that drives commerce. Read all »

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A Car and Driver for My Parents

When my parents told me they wanted to come here to Toronto to visit me, I got pretty excited. It was short notice though, so I had to maneuver my schedule around to have a few days off. The only snag in the arrangements was that I had to attend a meeting when they arrived, meaning I would not be able to pick them up from the airport. I know they could have rented a vehicle at the airport, but they have never been to Toronto before. I did not want them having to navigate streets they were unfamiliar with and miss seeing where I live.

That is why I decided to rent a car and driver for them. I wanted them to be able to sit back and enjoy the ride, see the sites, and just relax after a long flight that involved a lengthy layover. Read all »

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Buying New Tires for the Surfaces You Are Riding on

Over the years of having several different types of vehicles I have learned a thing or two about buying new tires. I have had cars that used touring tires and SUVs and trucks that needed truck tires. I also live in snow country, and I have a good deal of experience with studded snow tires. When I drove a Jeep, it had tires that were a balance of tread and design for highway and snow. They were lousy in mud. That Jeep would go through the snow better than anything I ever owned before. I would pass up pickup trucks and other four-wheel drive vehicles that would be stuck. However, it would not go in mud with those tires. You need specialty tread and tire design for the surface you will be riding on.

The key is to get a balance of tread design based on the surfaces you mostly drive on. If you live in snow country, then a tire for highway and slick roads is great. Read all »

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Put a New Engine in the Thunderbird

My uncle Bob and I just got done with the job and I was surprised at how relatively easy it was. We got a rebuilt used engine with low mileage on it after searching for one like we needed on, which is a search engine for finding prices on engines. They shipped the engine to the place where Bob works and then he took it home with him and put it on his engine hoist. We did the whole thing in this shed out behind his house. It was just a matter of following the instructions and doing what you were told to do. We had to buy this book which cost about thirty dollars, but that was just to make it easier. It was not really necessary, but it was definitely a big help. You could have gotten the same information off of the Internet, but there is not a connection in that shed. Read all »

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Great Mileage from a Limo

I recommend Limo Service Express to anyone who needs to travel in style. I used to rent cars whenever I wanted to make an impression, because my car didn’t run very well and wasn’t too attractive either. The car has been chugging along for many years, and I think it’s finally on its last legs. While rental cars are great, they were just regular cars. Even luxury rental cars were still pretty ordinary to me, although they did look good. Only something like a limousine can suit my tastes and everyone else seems to like it too.

I always come across people who want to take a ride in my limo whenever I rent one. Sometimes it is my friends that want a ride, but I occasionally encounter strangers who want to ride as well. A majority of the time, I give a ride to females. I haven’t had too many males ask for rides, but the ones that do creep me out a little bit. I just ride past them as if I didn’t hear them asking for a ride. Read all »

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Fixing a Dent in My Bumper

When I was hit not long ago, I admit that I was pretty upset. I had never been involved in an accident, and I was upset that this one happened because a teen was texting as she drove her car. Thankfully, neither of us were hurt, and her car only sustained a minor scratch. Mine, however, had a huge dent in the bumper. I took it to the garage I use and nearly fainted at the price they quoted me. I knew I had to see if I could find a better price. That’s how i found

A good friend of mine told me that it wouldn’t hurt to call them and see what they would charge. I wanted to know more about them before I called them though. I went to their website and looked around, and I was happy to see that I would be able to just get a quote directly through the website. I read everything on the site first, and I liked that they only fixed the damaged area. The reason my garage was going to charge so much is because they were going to replace the entire bumper after they saw the damage. Read all »

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Started Looking for a Limo for Prom

I am sure it is not hard to find limousine service in Toronto. The question is going to be whether or not you are going to be able to do it so that a guy like me can afford to rent it for prom night. I have been looking at what they cost and it was not as though I was expecting it to be cheap, but it is going to really add up. In particular you have to think about how the limo is one thing and you need ten things. Some of them are small things and the limo is definitely the big thing, but it is all going to add up and it is going to add up in a hurry. Read all »

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Started to Plan for New Year’s Eve

Gaylord’s big hotel at the National harbor has a big New Year’s eve thing and I am thinking about whether or not that is going to be the thing to do. Of course it is a simple idea. Almost any other idea you have might involve hiring a limo from a BWI car service and that gets real expensive in a big hurry. Obviously this is one night of the year and it is probably the one night of the year when I will really drink way too much. Read all »

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Trying to Cut Corners on the Wedding

It does not really work that way, at least not unless you skip town and have the wedding in the court house some place. I am thinking about hopping on a plane to Las Vegas and spending all of the money that this is going to cost on gambling and drinking. I could actually see that instead of what it going to cost for all the stuff you need for the sort of wedding they want. You started out with a wedding limo in Toronto and that is going to run close a thousand dollars by itself if you get the full package. Read all »

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