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This morning’s entertainment

Leaving the house this AM I saw a smoking truck parked across the street, but the smoke wasn’t what drew my attention, it was the sound.  The small delivery van was idling fast and didn’t sound the least bit healthy.  The van had smoking coming out the tailpipe, but not much worse than you’d expect from a diesel.  It didn’t, however, look or sound like it was going to make it very far at all. 

Here’s what made stand and stare: The driver got out, walked around back and looked at the smoking tailpipe.  Satisfied it was okay he left van running, locked it and walked off.  Here’s the thing… it sounded like the accelerator was stuck half-way down (at least), it was smoking badly and the guy just locks the van and goes (presumably) to find help… with the van still running!  It wasn’t the brightest move.  The van continued to run at high idle… smoking more and more.  It got to the point that it looked like a James Bond smokescreen and cars had to stop for fear of driving through the dense cloud and hitting something. 

Smoking van

The driver was gone for several minutes before there was a bang and smoke started coming out from under the hood as well as from the tailpipe.  When he came hurrying back with someone in tow and the driver decided it would now be a good time to turn off the truck.  Genius.

Smoking van

Pop quiz hot shot: turn off the van or leave it running and walk away?

Top Gear’s Hammond badly injured in jet-car crash | Reuters.co.uk

Rchard Hammond

Fans of the BBC show “Top Gear” will be concerned.  Everyone else will say “who’s that?”

I’m part of the first group.   

Hammond, the handsome, genial counter-point to Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear crashed while trying to break the UK land speed record for the TV show.  Teased for his lack of stature, white teeth and teen-girl magazine pin-up looks, Hammond is a key part of the show staff balancing out Clarkson’s searing tongue and May’s posh leanings.  I hope he fully recovers… not just because I’m human but because it could be the source of no end of hilarity on the show (plus, the other option sucks).

Top Gear’s Hammond badly injured in jet-car crash

LONDON (Reuters) – Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond was seriously ill in hospital on Thursday after being badly injured after a high-speed crash in a jet-powered car while filming for the programme.


For the full story see: Top Gear’s Hammond badly injured in jet-car crash | Reuters.co.uk

Yay! Someone has agreed to buy my Corvette!

And they’re going to make it really easy on me too!  I’m so excited I could just spit:

Greetings, Everything sounds well and I must commend that the ( 2001 Corvette Convertible, very low mileage, Mag Red, Six Speed ) in excellent condition and am okay with the prize i will like to know it  f. i was locate in PA Reading city . For convenient and easy transaction, I have a liable shipping agent who’d be responsible for the shipping as soon as you get the money to ur account  for the ( 2001 Corvette Convertible, very low mileage, Mag Red, Six Speed ).I will therefore need the following information of yours to forward wire the money to u. your BAnk Name……..  Bank ADDRESSL.. ACCOUNT NUMBER ……  ROUNTING NUMBER..  CELL/OFFICE/HOME PHONE NUMBER. I await your soonest reply.

The mail came from a Canadian Yahoo account, I guess that explains the typos and lack of command on the English language.