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Another Snowy Day in Chicago

Another 3 to 5 inches today 😦 Maybe I’ll get to play with the snowblower later. Yesterday on the Vintage Bus list, we were discussing snow and Volkswagen adverts. I thought I’d share . . .  to bad they use salt here.  I would love to take this pic with Kermit!

snow

So anyway it doesn’t look like this can be read so allow me:

A beautiful day to own a Volkswagen Station Wagon

On Monday January 24, 1966, an estimated 262,825,033.74 tons of snow fell upon the United States of America.  In Fraser Colorado, a VW Station Wagon that stood out for days in temperatures of 25 below, started up without a tremble.  In Scarsdale, a lonely VW was blazing a trail to the commuter station.  In Albany, a VW took 8 angry neighbors down to the local service station for 8 sets of chains.  In Moline, a VW woman was the first in line at the A&P Steak Sale.  Up in Boston, a group of college kids were finding our how many toboggans they could stuff into 170 cubic feet of VW space.  A Milwaukee junior hockey team won its game by default.  On Monday January 24, 1966 not too may Volkswagens were sold in the United States. . . . . . On Tuesday, things picked up.

 

How does a German snowplow driver get to work?

 

Will she start?

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Posted by on January 9, 2009 in Fun Stuff

 

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Every Question Deserves an Answer

I asked in my last post what else could happen and I got an answer.  Seems Kermit has a minor electrical problem.  When I turn the right turn signal on, both tail lights and license plate light blink too. The front works fine and the left works as designed.  Who needs turn signals anyway?  According to  this article in the Chicago Sun-Times, 57% of Americans don’t use them anyway.  However at $75.00 a ticket, I think that I will see what I can do th get the right one operational.  I have been looking at the wiring diagram for my model year and it is helpful to a point.  I wish I could see the schematic diagram of the switches, which would help a lot.  Anyway I took some data on the directional swich and came up with the following:

Static No Lights
BGW
12v
BR
0v
BY
0v
BP
0v
BG
0v
BW
0v
Static Lights
BGW
12v
BR
12v
BY
12v
BP
12v
BG
0v
BW
0v
Left No Lights
BGW
Flash
BR
0v
BY
Flash
BP
0v
BG
0v
BW
Flash
Left Lights
BGW
Flash
BR
12v
BY
Flash
BP
12v
BG
0v
BW
Flash
Right No Lights
BGW
Flash
BR
Flash
BY
0v
BP
0v
BG
Flash
BW
0v
Right Lights
BGW
12v
BR
12v
BY
0v
BP
0v
BG
12v
BW
0v
Static Flasher
BGW
12v
BR
Flash
BY
Flash
BP
Flash
BG
0v
BW
0v
Flasher Lights
BGW
12v
BR
12v
BY
12v
BP
12v
BG
0v
BW
0v

So the data appears to be correct for both the left and right signals, so it is probably a bad ground.  Something is not isolated.  Not sure if this will get corrected before Spring or not,  Going to take him back to Michigan over Thanksgiving to sleep in the Pole Barn in Athens for the Winter.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2008 in Maintenance, Uncategorized

 

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25th Annual Chicago Blues Festival

This wasn’t a bus trip, but it is an annual outing for us.  Thursday was the best day in my opinion to attend the festival.  It started off rainy, so I didn’t take my camera, but by the time we got there is was 85 and humid!  So much for Spring.  The first band we went to see is what we thought was John Primer.  He is my personal favorite Chicago Bluesman, but he didn’t play.  the band we saw was very good Big Ray and Chicago’s Most Wanted.

The second band was very inspirational to me.  We had the honor to stay in a room he stayed and was named after him at the Shack Up Inn located in Clarksdale, MS.  For those who don’t know….. this is where the the crossroads are located that Robert Johnson sold his soul to be a great guitar player.  anyway . . . .  this man is a legend Pinetop Perkins.  He is 95 years old and still playing.  He only played 2 songs but it was a real treat to see him.  I did catch a photo with my phone, which is suppose is better than nothing.

Also playing in the band was harp player Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and on the bass was Bob Stroger And on Guitar was Bob Margolin, who co-wrote music and played with the late great Muddy Waters. was lucky enough to capture a photo of him.

By then it was dinner time and as we walked to the resturant, we walked by the Gibson Guitar bus, which Taylor imediatley had to check out.  He did get us a tour of the inside of the bus.  Very nice.  Many guitar’s, amps and keyboards.  I would not mind taking a road trip in that!  Of course he had to check out the guitars.  Here is a picture of him playing an Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul.

After dinner, Marilyn and the boyz went home, and  stayed for the head act.  Johnny Winter and James Cotton as usual he was phenomenal.  I think the last time I saw him is when I lived in Dallas.  He played inside the Petrillo Music Shell.  I got lucky and was able to get inside the shell, but never got a chair.  I just stayed one step of security and stood as close as I could.  All in all a great night of blues.

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2008 in Fun Stuff

 

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Almost Done!

Well, the beginning has almost come to an end. In more ways than one 🙂 Woody called last week and said that they had a tornado close to the house. No damage thank God, but he suggested we get some insurance on the bus just in case. I did. He also said that Kermit will be ready for pick up in around three weeks! We are very excited about this. I suppose I need to see about getting down there. We decided since gas is over $4.00 gallon here, I would go by myself so we would have money left over for travel.

We also spoke about the final checklist to make sure we had everything done we wanted. Woody told us he picked out some laminate for the table and counter tops. Very strange . . . it was the same one Marilyn and I picked out, but we were not sure it would match. It is called Aqua boomerang and it is a 1960’s design that fits Kermit’s personality to a T.

Something else interesting came up last week. A person read our blog and asked if I would be interested in contributing a story for a book he is creating. He sent me a couple of samples of what he has received so far and it looks interesting. I believe I’ll write on the Beginning. Which will end once Kermit is here in his new home in Chicago.

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2008 in the begining

 

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Been Too Long

I can’t believe it has been so long since I have written anything here. The main reason is I’m still having computer issues. I have had to breakdown an buy another, however I won’t have it till Memorial Day. I can save $70.00 having it sent to Michigan. Chicago is getting a little out of hand with the sales tax. Anyway we did find some lights in Michigan over Easter in White Pigeon Michigan @ Bontragers. We got a pretty good deal at $20.00 for the pair. They are a RV surplus store. We thought it was worth the ride even in the blizzard conditions we traveled.

Woody has begun on the bus. We sent him the sample of the flooring and he said he was going to get the vinyl for the seats. Guess we better get these lights to him soon!

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2008 in the begining

 

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Wakarusa Music & Camping

We’re on this great list called the Buskatiers, and several of them posted a cool upcoming musical extravaganza called Wakarusa, 6/5-6/8 this year, which is a Native American word meaning “Ass-deep”. Its held in the Lawrence Kansas area, and refers to the Wakarusa River, which, oddly enough, is about “ass-deep” in depth. Too funny! This sounds right up our alley, we love this kind of camping.

I used to attend the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, aka MichFest 8/5-1/10 this year, with the kids, camping and music for a solid week was fabulous! And back in the day, when I lived in Austin, we attended South by Southwest, aka SXSW 3/7-3/16 this year, then when we moved to Chicago and got married on 3/13/96 we traveled back for our honeymoon:)

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2008 in Things To Do

 

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