rich menga books search contact

***Secret FSR Fender guitars? Yes, they exist, and they're right here

Amazon links are affiliated. Learn more.

happy motoring!

I was running out of Axe deodorant body spray so I had to pick up another can of it. They changed it. The nozzle is now different - which is good - but the scent is also now slightly changed. On the can is printed "Improved fragrance".

I don't know if I like it. I'll go thru this can, but I may switch to something different in the future.

-------------------------

I Febreze'd my truck. That stuff is one of the best things ever invented. It's so rare when you can label anything as a perfect scent, but Febreze is one of them. It always seems "just right".

-------------------------

During the night I was bored so I headed to a 7-Eleven in Clearwater. On SR-60 over the Courtney Campbell Causeway a motorcycle passed me at about 120mph (I'm guessing). The speed limit is 60mph.

Scared the crap out of me.

-------------------------

During the Clearwater drive, the temperature outside was a perfect 72° F.

Even though I've been here over a year, I still find that amazing.

The only time when I drive with the sunroof closed is if the sun is beating me directly overhead or when it rains.

-------------------------

A few days ago a called up long-time friend Ben in Connecticut due to the fact I may be acquiring a vintage Buick soon that needs some major restoration. He's a huge fan of Dodge A-100 "Vanpickups" and owned a total of eight at one time. Don't know if he still has that many but I'm betting he's got at least four - two of which I know are registered and have plates so he can drive them on a semi-regular basis. This guy knows how to do what's called "frame up" restorations with 60's vehicles and has done everything from frame to motor to paint and everything in between. Even though the Buick I may receive was built in '75, I trust any advice the guy can give because he knows what he's doing.

I left him a message asking to call me back because I had some vehicle restoration questions.

He called back yesterday.

I informed him about the Buick I may acquire. He was happy for me but I said to him that the car is going to take a lot of work, and that my plan was to do mechanicals, interior, exterior. He agreed but said I should do the interior last and then told me why. Basically speaking, you avoid potential screw-ups of damaging the interior if you put it last on your to-do list.

Made sense.

So if I acquire the car, that's the order I'll do things in. The guy probably just saved me hundreds (possibly thousands) of dollars in touch-up work simply by changing the order of restoration.

It's advice like this that's the most valuable - literally.

The phone call ended as it always does. "Happy motoring!"

-------------------------

"Happy Motoring!" was (and possibly still is) a phrase used by the oil company Esso. You can see it in action on this clock. This brand name used to have a presence in the USA but the gas stations using it changed to Exxon, then finally just Mobil. Lots of name changes for apparently no reason other than corporate acquisitions.

Anyhoo..

Just like ham radio op's say "73's!" to each other as a farewell, Ben and I say "Happy Motoring!" Originally it was said as a joke because absolutely no one says that anymore. But we do to this day.

These days we literally do mean it when it's said. It's still funny, but there's real sentiment in the phrase now.

070510

image
Best ZOOM R8 tutorial book
highly rated, get recording quick!

***Guitar deals & steals? Where? Right here. Price drops, B-stock and tons more.
🔥 Popular Articles 🔥
Casio F-91W
Casio F-91W cheat sheet
A quick guide on how to set the time, date and a few other tips and tricks.
No BOSS DS-1
The BOSS DS-1 is an awful guitar pedal
Yes, I think this pedal sucks...
Casio W59
Casio W59 is better than Casio F-91W
Bigger buttons = better watch.
Fender Esquire
The 5 types of guitars you should never buy
Some guitars that exist where the day after you buy them, you know you've made a mistake.
Gibson Marauder
Gibson's "Norlin era" electric guitars
Norlin era Gibsons are some of the worst guitars Gibson ever made. Find out why.
Fender FSR Mahogany Blacktop Stratocaster HH
The Blacktop Stratocaster Fender got right, FSR Mahogany HH
Blacktop Stratocaster. Remember that one? Probably. Remember the FSR Mahogany version? No? It exists, and it's cool.
⭐ Recent Articles ⭐
Fender FSR Mahogany Blacktop Stratocaster HH
The Blacktop Stratocaster Fender got right, FSR Mahogany HH
Blacktop Stratocaster. Remember that one? Probably. Remember the FSR Mahogany version? No? It exists, and it's cool.
Jackson JS11 Dinky
Jackson JS11 Dinky, the ultimate project guitar?
When it comes to ready-to-mod guitars, it doesn't get much better than this.
Gibson L6-S, a Norlin era beast from the 1970s
Oh, no... not another Norlin era Gibson.
1960 Fender Musicmaster
Fender Musicmaster might be the ultimate retirement guitar
It's real-deal Fender vintage, it's available, and there's one other rather nice advantage to owning one of these.
Gretsch G2655T Streamliner Brownstone Maple
The easiest Bigsby? Gretsch G2655T Streamliner
When you want a Bigsby vibrato on a genuinely well-built guitar for not a lot of money, you go Gretsch.
Epiphone Les Paul Standard 60s Bourbon Burst
Almost perfect, Epiphone Les Paul Standard '60s Bourbon Burst
There is a whole lot of wow to this Les Paul.