24 December 2005

More Ford

From the Alternate Brain Mail Bag, a reply to my email to Ford on their commitment to GLBT advertising:

Thank you for writing.

At Ford we value diversity among all of our constituents and pride ourselves on strong and clear values - respect for our customers, communities, employees, suppliers and dealers; acceptance of our differences; inclusion of different people with different perspectives; and integrity to always do the right thing. We value all people - regardless of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and cultural or physical differences. This is a strong commitment we intend to carry forward with no exception. We are pleased to clear up any misperceptions and get back to doing what we do best - building the best cars and trucks in America.

Thank you again for contacting Ford.

Customer Relationship Center
Ford Motor Company [my emphasis]

Cross-posted at the Brain.

18 December 2005

Classic Woodies

At my age, all my woodies are 'classic', but I digress...

This is an article in my local paper, the Sierra Sun, about preserving Lake Tahoe's maritime heritage. Good picture of some old Tahoe boats, and a link to the Tahoe Maritime Museum.

I like old anything: bikes, cars, trains, planes, boats, outboard motors, tractors, you name it. I guess it's because they were a lot newer when I was young. Maybe part of the nostalgia stems from the fact that we don't have to put up with them anymore, or they hark back to a simpler, less time-sensitive go-go-go society.

In the case of bikes and planes, the old ones sound better than the new ones, too.

08 December 2005

Paul Teutul Sr.

Everybody's favorite New York biker is Paul Teutul of Orange County Choppers. There's an interview with him in Newsweek Online.

For a guy who loves building motorcycles, collecting muscle cars and has a walrus mustache streaming across his face, you wouldn't think Paul Teutul Sr.'s favorite beverage would be club soda. But then again his favorite smell is glue. And his best memory is getting sober.

NEWSWEEK: What's in your driveway right now?

Paul Teutul Sr.: Oh geez. I don't know if we have enough time. I have an assortment of muscle cars. I have a '70 GTO, '69 Camaro 427, a 1969 442. I have a '41 Willies, a '33 Ford Hot Rod. I have a 1960 Corvette, 2006 Z06 Corvette - that's a 500 horsepower 'vette, a limited number are made. I have a Mercedes AMG 55, I have a 1970 396 Nova Supersport, I have a 1967 427 Shelby, a 427 Cobra, I have a '67 396 Chevy Nova.

Life's a bitch, huh, Paul? (sigh) Read and enjoy.