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Old 01-02-2008, 07:20 AM   #11
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Back in the day (early 70s) we used to use a very advanced technology to keep ourselves from being branded by vinyl seats on a hot summer day. We called it- the Towel®. We draped the Towel® over our bench seats and climbed in with impunity. Of course we then slapped our seatbelts on and screams erupted as we writhed in agony as the GM emblem was seared into our youthful hides.

Good times, they were. Good times.
You used Seatbelts back in the early '70s? Man, what was wrong with you?

Didn't you know it was a Scientifically Proven Fact back then that if you put one O' them things on, then crashed, you'd DIE when the buckle jammed and you'd either Drown or Burn to death, trapped screaming the whole time?
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Old 01-02-2008, 07:23 AM   #12
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I was just wonderin'. 'Cuz I hadn't heard anything from him in like, years. Last moto I saw he had built was this Python-Skin-Covered Triumph Bobber that was cool as Hell.
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Old 01-02-2008, 07:38 AM   #13
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Yo Ken,

The !Kung tribe (the ones who speak in clicks and clacks) of Southern Africa has a cool term for the young men of their tribe. They call them "shade experts".

Anyway, I was just being snarky and jealous about the idea of 90 degree temperatures. It gets that hot here. It happens at least once a century.

I think a few of those umbrella girls from Moto GP races are the true solution.
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Old 01-02-2008, 07:53 AM   #14
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The seatbelts on old cars sure did leave a lot to be desired. I loved the separate lap belt/shoulder (neck?) belt arrangement that many cars had.

If the seatbelts didn't get you then the metal dashboard certainly would.

On the upside the cigarette lighters on 70's cars would work underwater, so at least you could enjoy a healthy unfiltered camel or two as the water ominously swirled around your waist. You could struggle against the inevitable, but why bother? Those camels sure were smooth...
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Old 01-02-2008, 08:00 AM   #15
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Yo Ken,

The !Kung tribe (the ones who speak in clicks and clacks) of Southern Africa has a cool term for the young men of their tribe. They call them "shade experts".

Anyway, I was just being snarky and jealous about the idea of 90 degree temperatures. It gets that hot here. It happens at least once a century.

I think a few of those umbrella girls from Moto GP races are the true solution.
My gloating is over. It's going to be close to freezing here tonight. Unlike some of our pals here, riding in anything under 60F is out of the question for me. My blood is way to thin... However, by the end of the week, we should be back to at least 70 or so.
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Old 01-02-2008, 08:37 AM   #16
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My gloating is over. It's going to be close to freezing here tonight. Unlike some of our pals here, riding in anything under 60F is out of the question for me. My blood is way to thin... However, by the end of the week, we should be back to at least 70 or so.
You Florida guys just can't deal with temps that the rest of the states have to deal with, huh? It's going to be in the high teens tonight and it won't get above 50 until Sunday. 1 good leather jacket, pair of thermo undies and my Alpinestar Drystars and who needs the heated grips at that point? Everytime I turn my heated grips on my hands are sweating within 20mins. Seems like a nice add-on but for me they just aren't worth wet hands. Too many good "cold" gloves out there to choose from. Anyway- hope all of y'all are having a great New Year so far. Ken- call when it's warm enough to ride.
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:24 AM   #17
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The seatbelts on old cars sure did leave a lot to be desired. I loved the separate lap belt/shoulder (neck?) belt arrangement that many cars had.

If the seatbelts didn't get you then the metal dashboard certainly would.

On the upside the cigarette lighters on 70's cars would work underwater, so at least you could enjoy a healthy unfiltered camel or two as the water ominously swirled around your waist. You could struggle against the inevitable, but why bother? Those camels sure were smooth...

Winston tastes Good, like a Cigarette Should!

Yeah, my Roadrunner has that funky setup - has these clips on the headliner to "store" the shoulder belt. It looks cool, but the only thing that ever worked worth a damn was the keyhole-slot to attach it to the lap belt.

I nearly got a ticket from some nosegold-minin' Sheriff's Deputy at a Sobriety Checkpoint over that thing once - he started screamin' at me about not havin' my seatbelt on and all that crap, when I calmed him down a bit and went "click" and unfastened the lap belt then held out the end to him..........


Guess he'd never seen one before.
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:18 AM   #18
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My brother used to have a '68 GTX that had those belts. I don't remember that the belts had any give to them. If you dropped your can of Miller Hig...I mean, if you dropped your copy of Ladies Home Journal you had to unclip your shoulder belt to retrieve said item.

Those belts are a thing of the past. How can you rummage under the front seat while you are bombing down the highway in your SUV O'Death without some give in the shoulder belt? Progress!
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Old 01-02-2008, 11:11 AM   #19
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Dearest Sachi,

Special thanks for expanding my vocabulary. I get the sensation that as the cold years pass my vocabulary is shriveling. I am sure you can barely imagine the kicks I got out of adding Orchiectomy to my sack of words. I don’t know when I will get the opportunity to pull it out and use it, however.

In many ways, I have only yet begun to scratch the surface of the English language. Indeed, my choice of words could be considered quite pathetically lopsided towards the plebian. Further, when it comes to the fine art of grammar, I am certain it is obvious that grammar was never really my bag. Sweat and toil can only take me so far. All too often- at the end of the day -my participles are still left dangling.
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Old 01-02-2008, 12:04 PM   #20
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Yeah, my Grammar was an Old Bag too. But she sure could bake Cookies!
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