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Post# 100836   6/15/2010 at 19:53 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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'Hoser' being an affectionate & endearing term for a bohunk Canadian. :-)

The bonanza is...the hoses all came with vacuums - except one. Guess which ones as I once again spin a wandering tale of the weekend trip down to Ohio and back.





Post# 100837 , Reply# 1   6/15/2010 at 20:10 (3,410 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        

Sani-Magic Priscilla?

Post# 100839 , Reply# 2   6/15/2010 at 20:13 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Opening Week at the Stratford Festival (where-in we get all the Elephants on their feet and dancing) having reached it's pinnacle achievement on Saturday Night, I had made plans to spend the next two days retrieving a certain vacuum ensemble cross border and stopping in Sarnia for a pulchritudinous Pete visit long overdue.

Following Opening Week as the summer vacationer season swings into high gear is the weekend that our official day off moves from Sunday to Monday. In order to accomplish this without having actors and crew topple over in a sleep deprived faint, it is the tradition here that we are generously accorded two days off (our second two day break happens over Labour Day weekend although Monday remains the one day off).

It's a 4 hour drive to where I was going and so I had the car pre-packed and hit the road at 8:30 Sunday morn. There was not time to stop at Pete's first and I headed directly for the Bluewater ferry crossing in Sombra over to Marine City MI.

The St Clair River has swans! These were clustered around the Ferry dock and accompanied us across the river for the most part. Looking north up-river there is the Lambton County Coal-fired Electric generating plant that was built decades ago to power the Oil Refineries clustered around Sarnia as far inland as Petrolia and Oil City.


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Post# 100842 , Reply# 3   6/15/2010 at 20:22 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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From Marine city it's a 15 minute country drive to the I-90 freeway down to Detroit. From Stratford this shaves about 30 minutes over crossing at Windsor/Detroit and of course the ferry eliminates the bridge crossing lineups, inspections and hassles that can and do add another 20-30 minutes. The ferry holds 12 cars or three transport trucks, costs $6 a car per trip, takes 13 minutes and is altogether scenic and enjoyable way to cross the border - especially when the border guards know you as a frequent traveler.

Familiar 90 roadside signposts include the Gibralter Flea Market, which is a complete waste of time - keep driving.


Post# 100843 , Reply# 4   6/15/2010 at 20:25 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I must stop sometime at Famous Dave's Barbeque sometime and get some placemats and coffee cups and ball caps and all day suckers...

Post# 100844 , Reply# 5   6/15/2010 at 20:27 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I cannot believe how many RVs I saw on the road packing a full size griller station. I counted at least 5 over the course of the trip.

Don't RVs come with propane stoves???


Post# 100845 , Reply# 6   6/15/2010 at 20:29 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Well, I shot through Detroit toward the I-75 south. Not much traffic on a Sunday and I didn't have to shut the cruise control off hardly ever.

More Vacuum-centric signage.


Post# 100846 , Reply# 7   6/15/2010 at 20:34 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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And of course, the Famous Hoover Road. I got a terrible shot this time so this is a winter version.

Post# 100847 , Reply# 8   6/15/2010 at 20:35 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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A most curious and intriguing confluence of exits.

Post# 100848 , Reply# 9   6/15/2010 at 20:37 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Leaving the interstate to gas up I found myself behind this well preserved Ford Ranch Wagon.

Post# 100849 , Reply# 10   6/15/2010 at 20:40 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Back on 75 south entering Ohio.

Post# 100850 , Reply# 11   6/15/2010 at 20:41 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Auto related signage.

Post# 100851 , Reply# 12   6/15/2010 at 20:43 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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and the sprawling JEEP works. I remember this 'rock' sign from the Detroit Auto Show a few years back with Jeeps climbing right up and over it.

Shot a video...wanna see it?...never mind...


Post# 100852 , Reply# 13   6/15/2010 at 20:52 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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OK, heading down to Perrysburg Ohio, a small charming town just south of Toledo sited beside the Maumee River that leads to Lake Erie.

Perrysburg is also the location of Fort Meigs. Fort Meigs is the largest reconstructed, wooden-walled fort in the United States. The original fort, built in 1813, withstood two sieges by the British. Historical interpreters and museum exhibits tell the story of the fort's role in the War of 1812.


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Post# 100853 , Reply# 14   6/15/2010 at 21:00 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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But I was going to see my excellent friend Rod (aka VacMom) on his farm overlooking the Maumee River. Rod refurbishes and sells mostly modern vacuums on Ebay around the world. Occasionally his pickers bring in something vintage that is good enough to clean up and sell but mostly they are beaters he sets aside for the likes of me, now he knows my tastes.

I had a vacuum to pick up, as I have before many times.

A few days previous this area of Ohio got record breaking torrential rains and Rod's storage barn sustained massive flooding of the dirt floor. All the parts vacuum stock there sat in 4" of water a few days as the level slowly fell. Only vacuums in the far corners remained above the water...and that's where the beaters are stacked. :-)

On the receeding shores of Kirby Lake. Yes, all these Kirbys sat in 4" of water. :-(


Post# 100854 , Reply# 15   6/15/2010 at 21:01 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Dyson Graveyard

Post# 100855 , Reply# 16   6/15/2010 at 21:03 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Orwrecks (I just had to) and Kenmores - all write-off parts machines now. :-(

Post# 100857 , Reply# 17   6/15/2010 at 21:09 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I spy with my little eye something that is Royal blue just out of frame beside the 3 red ones...of which I have the red one with the really really long hoses...

Can any of these be saved? Probably...

It is heart-breaking what total immersion in rainwater can do to a magnesium bodied Tristar's inards in just a few days. the Fairfax faired better with its plastic tub.


Post# 100858 , Reply# 18   6/15/2010 at 21:12 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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more lost victims of the flood. Sure they look fine on the outside but...the sodden cloth bags have rust pitted the interiors and motors and stripped away the enamel. casters are solid masses of corroded rust. The bottom paint has fallen off the Compact.

Post# 100861 , Reply# 19   6/15/2010 at 21:21 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Rod - VacMom - is the fellow who had that old DOTY vacuum on ebay a week back. Interesting story about that and why it was pulled with only hours to go. Another time for the tale, perhaps.

After all was said and done Rod has decided to keep it to decorate his pool room along with a lot of other unsalable hand pump vacuums acummulated over the years.
It really in in excellent condition for its age. I ran it and it does suck feebly. But what a workout to get up the speed to be useful. LOL


Post# 100863 , Reply# 20   6/15/2010 at 21:30 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Rod gave me free rein to skim the piles and corners and I did find a few treasures. Some high & dry in the corners and a few in the central pond I deemed worthy of emergency rescue. Had I had more room in the car I would have rescued more.

So yes, Fred, I have given a Sani-Magic Priscilla a new lease on life. And a blue Royal Pony with blue 'Filter Queen' pn. Both of these were soaked and rust just taking hold but no too seruiously. Immediately the sodden cloth bags with heavy dirt filled paper bags came out, the machines were thoroughly blown dry & wiped down for the trip home and you'll see the results later...


Post# 100864 , Reply# 21   6/15/2010 at 21:34 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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It was difficult to leave so many vintage and contemporary vacuums to their fates but I know most will live on in spirit as parts donors. And I did put a few markers on some to be rescued in a few months when I return.

Well, it was 3 PM and time to skiddaddle back to Canada. No time was wasted on a Sunday checking out Thrift Stores; I wanted to be back in Sarnia by dinnertime.



Post# 100865 , Reply# 22   6/15/2010 at 21:35 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Oh wait, that's an Insurance billboard.

This is better - Michigan's official 2010 Tourism slogan.


Post# 100866 , Reply# 23   6/15/2010 at 21:38 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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This way to the ferry

Post# 100867 , Reply# 24   6/15/2010 at 21:40 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Many Canadian's on foot use the ferry to get in the Party supplies of cheaper American beer...by the crateload. :-)

Post# 100870 , Reply# 25   6/15/2010 at 21:48 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Enough long drawn out suspense.

I arrived at Pete's at 6PM and we immediately set to mini-meeting antics while the Pizza was ordered.
You will note Pete's new decor.

First up, checking out the Hoover Portable. Heavy to pull around and a very short cord for a cordwinder. So heavy there is no way you would want to trundle it around by the short-ish hose doing a large carpet or floor. All original though and perfect for going over new furniture and drapes once lightly.


Post# 100872 , Reply# 26   6/15/2010 at 21:51 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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another view.

You will take note of spectacular pec-ular pulchritudinousity also on display...


Post# 100874 , Reply# 27   6/15/2010 at 21:54 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Do the casual devil-may-care Lewyt Dance!!!

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The main purpose of my trip - retrieving the Lewyt 88.

Post# 100875 , Reply# 28   6/15/2010 at 22:02 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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We were testing the vacuums and their various gleaner bar contraptions on a carpet covered in Ben & Pip fur.

Although the Lewyt pulls 65" through its flawless hose and the Portable pulls a decent 60", they were virtually useless at picking up the furballs.

Time to fire up Pete's trusty Royal Commercial. Fur gone in a flash.


Post# 100876 , Reply# 29   6/15/2010 at 22:05 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Hey Crevie, don't ya just love it when your pecs & biceps are so pumped yer shirt hangs free of your washboard six-pack over tree stump pullin' calves?

I wouldn't know about that, my scrawny self...


Post# 100878 , Reply# 30   6/15/2010 at 22:10 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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The first garage shot.

Post# 100879 , Reply# 31   6/15/2010 at 22:11 (3,410 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        

Hey Crevie, don't ya just love it when your pecs & biceps are so pumped yer shirt hangs free of your washboard six-pack over tree stump pullin' calves?

I also like this. LOL

Fabulous Lewyt! Love the pose!

Pete!! I adore your new furniture! Looks fabulous with those floors! Well done!


Post# 100880 , Reply# 32   6/15/2010 at 22:17 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Happy as a clammy ham - it was humid.

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Second garage shot.

Lewyt 88 Pete found curbside.
Lewyt 88 from vacMom
Hoover Portable
Blue Royal Power Tank Pony
Sani-Magic Priscilla
non-electric Electrolux hose and floor tool
gold sparkleflake vinyl Compact dusting brush
unknown old composition bodied black floor nozzle
and a smooth running Hoover Model 300 with wrong but lovely condition bag. This one has the height adjusting rear wheels


Post# 100884 , Reply# 33   6/15/2010 at 22:27 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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But wait...there's more...

The 88 that Pete found was a might scuffed with a crumbling cord and missing everything except the hose ends, thank goodness, jammed into an old leaky cloth woven hose - to be identified later.

But it did have the tool holder rack intact and I knew it was a simple matter to undo three metal tapped screws and perfom a transplant that makes the other Lewyt 88 perfect in every way.

In the meantime I have begun to repair the broken one with a shaped hidden angle bracket epoxied in place over some subtle metal stitching. Doug Smith has sent me a green dusting brush so all I need now is the green crevicetool and upholstery nozzle...and a green wall brush. The cord is supple as new, the hose is flawless and Woner of Wonders, even the exhaust plug on the bottom is as rubbery and soft as new. You just never find these plugs intact due to them drying out and dropping out from exhaust blast and eventually getting torn off by pulling the vacuum across the floor. I immediately put a Lewyt Deodorizer pellet in the plug recess.


Post# 100886 , Reply# 34   6/15/2010 at 22:31 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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As for Priscilla, steel wool took care of the rust specks gaining a purchase on the chrome, I was able to remove, restore and re-glue the Mylar label and the dang thing pulls almost 80" !!! Amazing little brute, that Priss...and ohhh the Turquoiseness!

Post# 100887 , Reply# 35   6/15/2010 at 22:43 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Priscilla's hose was a challenge. But the admirable repair under the duct tape was a clever bit of thinking.

A section of sawed off aluminum wand jammed into the broken ends, secured with copper wire and duct taped over. Since the torn edge patterns actually mesh this must be the original 6.5' length. Struggling in vain to get the short piece out of the handgrip, I gave up and used the same idea, flush-trimmed 2" off each end, sawed the wand pipe down to 2", butted the trimmed ends edge to edge and taped it back together with clear packing tape for a temporary but acceptably cosmetic and usable fix. Other than this break the hose is airtight.

I cannot imagine the force or situation that could literally tear a vinyl woven wire reinforced rubber cloth hose so neatly and cleanly. ???


Post# 100888 , Reply# 36   6/15/2010 at 22:50 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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The filthy Power tank got totally spa-ed and fumigated, bag washed, rust specks steel wooled and polished, and the tools and hose given the Mr Clean Magic Eraser treatment. Rust on the PN bottom plate mostly came away on the wire wheel, added a few drops of Euicalyptus to the cloth bag, popped in a Royal Tank Liner and it's good as new.

Royal Pony tanks are renowned for their strong suction and this blue beast is no slouch, pulling an honest to gawd 92" !


Post# 100890 , Reply# 37   6/15/2010 at 22:55 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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The Royal pn plate half wirebrush polished. Well worth the elbow grease and sore joints.

Post# 100891 , Reply# 38   6/15/2010 at 22:59 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Now, about this 1935 Hoover Model 300.

All I knew for sure is that all the parts appeared to be there, I don't have one and the green paint on the trims is gorgeous.

Nicely spinning motor brushroll but lots of rust on the plate...

Pete, the noise from the motor was simply a piece of barbed wire caught up in the fan.


Post# 100892 , Reply# 39   6/15/2010 at 23:05 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Jack Copp's site informs that the Model 300 was sold as a lower priced alternative to the Model 150/160.

A quick once over lightly with a damp cloth, a new bulb and she's ready to go.

I'm fairly sure this is not the correct bag but it is flawless and looks great. The thick cord is supple and appears original and the rubber bumper is not dried out. I guess I'm collecting pre-war Hoover uprights now...


Post# 100893 , Reply# 40   6/15/2010 at 23:10 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
'The Hoover makes rugs last longer'

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Lovely motor cap.

It doesn't have the slogan 'Beats as it Sweeps as it Cleans' but it surely does; raised up my livingroom carpet and beat the hell out of it in that swooning thrumming Hoover way. A lovely sound.


Post# 100894 , Reply# 41   6/15/2010 at 23:12 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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To be continued in a few days all about what I found in this new-to-me, deceptively small looking curio shop I discovered in St Marys on the way home.

Post# 100895 , Reply# 42   6/15/2010 at 23:24 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Oh, and by the way Fred, Christopher Plummer is back this year as Prospero in The Tempest. Maybe you and Robert might want to take a few days vacation in Stratford?

Post# 100896 , Reply# 43   6/15/2010 at 23:36 (3,410 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        
Maybe you and Robert might want to take a few days vacation

As much as I would love to do that.. and see Christopher Plummer, our summer is pretty well booked... and we don't have passports (yet!)...

That Hoover Portable is in spectacular shape! Where'd you wrangle that up?

That 300 bag is a replacement.. you are correct there. That was sort-of a standard issue replacement bag for many years... I'm fortunate enough to have an original bag on my 300... see pictures! It's a very pretty bag.


Post# 100897 , Reply# 44   6/15/2010 at 23:37 (3,410 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        

Another.. Sorry for the blurry pics, they're about 5 years old.. I should take some clearer pictures.

Post# 100898 , Reply# 45   6/15/2010 at 23:38 (3,410 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        

Bag close-up. Ugh, yeah, new pictures are definitely necessary.

Post# 100899 , Reply# 46   6/15/2010 at 23:38 (3,410 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        

I've always liked the color green on a vacuum..

Post# 100900 , Reply# 47   6/15/2010 at 23:58 (3,410 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I'll be sure to get you a signed program and souvenir book, Fred.

Ooh, nicematching green medallion on brown bag. I could make up one of those if I had a clear shot - or a scan - of the medallion.

The Portable was top lid face down in a puddle off to the side and the water did not rise past the lid sides; two other portables at a lower elevation were right side up and got saturated. :-(. Just plain dumb luck this one didn't float away or sink. Gave it a quick wipe before putting it in the car. Magic Eraser took care of the mud & schmutz and amazingly, no scratches on the medallion.


Post# 100903 , Reply# 48   6/16/2010 at 01:48 (3,409 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        
Just plain dumb luck this one didn't float away or sink.

There's no way a Portable would ever float... Hahaha...

Post# 100912 , Reply# 49   6/16/2010 at 06:49 (3,409 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Nice haul Dave. BTW, did you ignore the driving and no cell phones, texting, taking pics, etc. law because you were in the states? :-)

Gary


Post# 100915 , Reply# 50   6/16/2010 at 07:23 (3,409 days old) by shag (Ontario, Canada)        

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Dave, where do the stars of the festival stay when they are in Stratford? Are they put up in a hotel or do they rent a house? Just curious. I want to see Kiss Me Kate and Peter Pan.

Post# 100919 , Reply# 51   6/16/2010 at 08:19 (3,409 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Cell phones? Never while driving and never at work. In fact I hardly ever use it - same for the home phone - I pretty much loathe talking on the phone except for work purposes. I consider the telephone a tool for emergencies and besides I get tongue-tied when I can't see a face. LOL But I have a great rate plan from work that hasn't changed in 6 years so it's great for free long distance across Canada, such as chatting with Pete or travelling.
I wouldn't know from texting - I prefer full size keyboards.

I don't include point & shoot photos with a good stand alone digital camera and cell phone cameras aren't even in the same ballpark when it comes to resolution.

My Garmin GPS is mounted over the tachometer dial inside the Speedometer bezel so it's visible in the same glance but really I only use it for the voice prompts when in a strange new place. It's also good for monitoring my true speed and 'time to destination'. On any long trip I will have already mapped it out and printed closeup paper maps of streets and neighborhoods to specific addresses.

Other than that the only thing occupying my time is reaching for the coffee/water bottle in the cup holder. I enjoy driving with cruise control un-distracted, mainly admiring the view out the window and scanning far ahead for annoying nutballs who are texting/phoning/weaving...and that almost seems the majority these days.

Brian, haven't you heard? We have no Stars at the festival, only actors. Diva behavious is always nipped in the bud or their personal service level goes way down approaching withdrawal of assistance. Every year there's always one young thing that needs to be taught manners and professionalism.

The Stratford Festival's is one of the longest most desirable highly coveted contracts in the business. It can last from 5 to 8 months and many return year after year. Many actors have bought houses here as a place to live year round or as long term investment income when they are not here. We have an accommodation department that arranges for house and large apartment rental otherwise. No measly mean hotel rooms for these guys.

Dave


Post# 100920 , Reply# 52   6/16/2010 at 08:32 (3,409 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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So much beautiful eye candy and things in this thread, it's hard to comment on. Pete's livingroom gets a 10, Pete gets an 11. Lots to see and drool over here!

Post# 100929 , Reply# 53   6/16/2010 at 12:25 (3,409 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

wow Dave you can sure spin a yarn LOL

As much fun and novel as the Portable is, good gawd it's an awful beast. I thought the Slimline was like pulling a cement block around, the Portables like a boat anchor caught on something.
The little Priscilla now that was a nice vacuum, we were thinking Royal made those for AirWay.. Can anyone confirm that.


Post# 100956 , Reply# 54   6/16/2010 at 17:46 (3,409 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        
Great, as usual, Dave....

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I love your trips and travelogues. That flood looks just horrendous. What a mess. It's a good thing you could salvage some of those cleaners. And, of course, a PORTABLE, my namesake.....


Post# 100967 , Reply# 55   6/16/2010 at 19:12 (3,409 days old) by powertank ()        

Nice vacuums! I certainly do love those "powerhouse" powertanks! I had never seen that turquoise one before, interesting.

Post# 101031 , Reply# 56   6/17/2010 at 08:42 (3,408 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
I finally looked up......

Pulchritudinousity: pronoun; latin; used when describing slabs of abs; 1. The ability to squeeze one's fifty-three year old frame into a child's size medium Vacuum Cleaner Club T-shirt until the seams are bursting rather than a loose fitting Polo shirt and still acheiving the same results. 2. Crevicetools living in southeast areas of the United States. 3. (tehehehe) Way to go Pete!!!!

Post# 101032 , Reply# 57   6/17/2010 at 08:43 (3,408 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        
All in fun OK????

Great story Dave....thanks for sharing!

Post# 101047 , Reply# 58   6/17/2010 at 12:19 (3,408 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        
Uhhhh...

Ummmm...

Uhhhh...

I'm not quite sure how to respond...



Post# 101049 , Reply# 59   6/17/2010 at 13:07 (3,408 days old) by unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        
uh huh...

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Did the high-limit thermostat go out on your dryer Rick?

Post# 101054 , Reply# 60   6/17/2010 at 13:33 (3,408 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I WISH!!!

My 44 year old body looked like that!!!

Post# 101057 , Reply# 61   6/17/2010 at 14:20 (3,408 days old) by luxg ()        

You and me both Hans!!!!!!

Post# 101060 , Reply# 62   6/17/2010 at 14:32 (3,408 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Oh, to be 53 again........

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Wait--I didn't look like that then either!!

Post# 101075 , Reply# 63   6/17/2010 at 17:10 (3,408 days old) by crevicetool (GA )        

Uhhhh...
Ummmm...

Uhhhh...

I'm not quite sure how to respond...

The proper response would have been to say.....Rick, you have a lot of nerve hi-jacking Dave's thread.

It turned into something I didn't think it would (meant as a joke) and I wish now I hadn't done it. It seemed cute at the time.

My apologies Dave.

Rick


Post# 101084 , Reply# 64   6/17/2010 at 19:19 (3,408 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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Apologize all ya want, rick,it worked wonders for me. Working these 10.5 hr days while eagerly & trepidaciously awaiting the end game of my current Subaru crisis I can use all the comic relief I can get.
Friday morning - test drivin' the turbo!!!
Dave at workies...


Post# 101146 , Reply# 65   6/18/2010 at 06:58 (3,407 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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Rick, you have a lot of nerve hijacking Dave's thread!

Post# 101152 , Reply# 66   6/18/2010 at 07:42 (3,407 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Dave what happened to your car...all was fine when you were here. Hope we didn't jinx it by talking about it.

Post# 101180 , Reply# 67   6/18/2010 at 16:31 (3,407 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
Long story best told in full at a later time, Pete. It was r

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Let's just say, it was major bottom end crankshaft failure that would require the engine block separated into halves to fix. Got the word this morning. My cost - over $4000 including labour. The 1998 black GT now belongs to the dealership.

This morning - Friday - I test drove a regular aspirated green 2006 Subaru Outback and an XT Turbo Outback. No contest - Turbo made my pecker stand on end, if ya get my drift...

Wheedled and dealed and bargained and signed the papers for this 2006 Blue over Graphite 255 HP Subaru XT Turbo Outback with all the bells and whistles. At the very end I asked for a free trailer towing package and installation...and got it! It was close but that was the seal-breaker for me - I woulda walked and waited for the next one to come along but these turbos are scarce to come by. I also rolled the full dark window tint into the package and so that's paid for and I can have it done at my leisure in August or September. The hitch is going on as I type.

Oddly and in usual Davy Twingle fashion, with my hefty down payment + the trade-in, the monthly over 4 years on this new XT is only $4 more than what I was paying for the 98 over 5 years! It's all so unbelievable I'm pinching myself and being ridiculously giddy.

Car will be driven away by me on Monday or more likely Tuesday.

Now back to gawd damn life interrupting workies. :-)

Dave


Post# 101205 , Reply# 68   6/18/2010 at 19:35 (3,407 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Lucky you were so close to home when it happened. At least you got a few more years out of it than I got with the white driveway decoration at my place when the engine on it went. Looks like a nice car...

btw got my new a/c installed in the house today and we needed it. I'm happy. cools like a SOB.


Post# 101206 , Reply# 69   6/18/2010 at 19:36 (3,407 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

The outside unit


Post# 101217 , Reply# 70   6/18/2010 at 20:50 (3,407 days old) by kenmore81 (Warwick, RI)        
Nice Rescue...

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Glad you were able to rescue some of the flooded vacs. Sorry about the car. Its no fun being without wheels.

Post# 101218 , Reply# 71   6/18/2010 at 20:59 (3,407 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

aye it would have been much sadder and a big tow bill if you'd been in Toledo or Detroit when she went kaput

Post# 101225 , Reply# 72   6/18/2010 at 21:44 (3,407 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Dave:

If memory serves me right the black rug nozzle was from an Apex.

Doug


Post# 101228 , Reply# 73   6/18/2010 at 22:56 (3,407 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        
"big tow bill if you'd been in Toledo or Detroit wh

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Don't I know it and owe the Guardian Angel Twingle big time.

Dodged a f**kin' cannonball on this one.

The other good development is that I owe nothing to the Dealership for the tow from home driveway or the exploratory surgery. I get to start fresh with the new car with no outstanding bills.

But this is now kinda funny. When the handsome salesman took my license and insurance info he kept mumbling "March 2, March 2nd...you guessed it - that's his birthday too. The big handsome football player lug type of Pisces with big hands...and feets. :-) Will be sure to get The Handing Over Of The Keys pictures...several...

But the other reason he was mumbling is...the expiry dates were 2009! Tonight I found the correct and up-to-date insurance renewal letter and papers and the notice to renew license in back of the mail rack. He called the local office and all I need to do is go in with my info and they'll set me all legal again. Whew. Imagine the horror if I'd been stopped or even worse - broke down in the USA...

So, off to the License Office at 9 AM Saturday on the electric scooter then in to work for another two show day.

Thanks for the Apex nozzle info, Doug. And with this new Subaru there is no doubt I am coming to Moose Jaw this winter.

Dave, running on sleep deprived fumes.


Post# 101229 , Reply# 74   6/18/2010 at 23:33 (3,407 days old) by hoovercelebrity ()        

Uhhhh...
Ummmm...
Uhhhh...
I'm not quite sure how to respond...


Oh, Rick, I totally didn't mean it like that!
It's all in good spirits! :-)

That shirt fits you just wonderfully!

Congrats on the new car, Dave! You should post your car adventure in the "First Car" thread in the off topic forum...


Post# 101248 , Reply# 75   6/19/2010 at 07:25 (3,406 days old) by aeoliandave (Stratford Ontario Canada)        

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I will when I have it, which could be Monday but more likely I shall have to pick it up one morning next week, put it in the garage and e-bike my way to work at noon for more 10 hour days all next week. :-(

At which time I'll also have to start the thread about the amazing Junque Shop in St Marys.

Dave


Post# 101254 , Reply# 76   6/19/2010 at 12:36 (3,406 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I wish my current body looked like

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my 44 year old body! Maybe HOOVER can be saved with a "lyposuction" tool ......




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