• Differing points of view on the Vincent Black Shadow

    This guy is a little less colorful, and certainly finds the Vincent less abusive than Hunter Thompson did.

    Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 (1973):

    But first things first. We were talking about motorcycles. Jackson and I were out there in Ventura fucking around with a 750 Honda and an experimental prototype of the new Vincent — a 1000-cc brute that proved to be so awesomely fast that I didn't even have time to get scared of it before I found myself coming up on a highway stoplight at ninety miles an hour and then skidding halfway through the intersection with both wheel-brakes locked.

    A genuinely hellish bike. Second gear peaks around 65 — cruising speed on the freeways — and third winds out somewhere between 95 and 100. I never got to fourth, which takes you up to 120 or so — and after that you shift into fifth.

    Top speed is 140, more or less, depending on how the thing is tuned — but there is nowhere in Los Angeles County to run a bike like that. I managed to get it back from Ventura to McGovern's downtown headquarters hotel, staying mainly in second gear, but the vibration almost fused my wrist bones and boiling oil from the breather pipes turned my right foot completely black. Later, when I tried to start it up for another test-run, the backlash from the kick-starter almost broke my leg. For two days afterward I limped around with a golfball-sized blood-bruise in my right arch.

    Later in the week I tried the bastard again, but it stalled on a ramp leading up to the Hollywood Freeway and I almost broke my hand when I exploded in a stupid, screaming rage and punched the gas tank. After that I locked it up and left it in the hotel parking lot — where it sat for many days with a MCGOVERN FOR PRESIDENT tag on the handlebars.

    George never mentioned it, and when I suggested to Gary Hart that the Senator might like to take the machine out for a quick test-ride and some photos for the national press, I got almost exactly the same reaction that Mankiewicz laid on me in Florida when I suggested that McGovern could pick up a million or so votes by inviting the wire-service photographers to come out and snap him lounging around on the beach with a can of beer in his hand and wearing my Grateful Dead T-shirt.

    Whom to believe?

  • Taking a bad idea to its illogical conclusion: The 1974 PaCoMobile Camper

    Inadequate in every way imaginable, the PaCoMobile camper is built on a Volkswagen microbus base. 1600cc of pure unadulterated meh will not 'power' this heavy, unsightly, and probably under-sprung monstrosity up a hill.

    Bring A Trailer:

    This 1974 Volkswagen Type 2 is said to be one of approximately 50 examples that were modified by the PaCoMobil company of Mexico City, Mexico. Fitted with a camper conversion, this T2 Transporter is finished in two-tone blue and white over a beige interior, and the camper features a partially finished interior including a sink, a tiled backsplash, U-shaped seating with a center table, a Hisense refrigerator, a lavatory, a chandelier, and more. Power is provided by a 1.6-liter air-cooled flat-four mated to a four-speed manual transmission. The vehicle reportedly was recently driven from Michoacán, Mexico to Austin, Texas and was acquired by the selling dealer in early 2020. This bay-window Bus is believed to be one of only six surviving PaCoMobil snail campers, and it is now offered at no reserve with paperwork from the 1970s and a clean Texas title in the selling dealership's name.

    To note a few positives: this vehicle is younger than I am and the air for cooling the engine is free.

  • Cheap window film fills my home with trippy light

    This multi-colored, static-cling window film beautifies my home for a minimal investment.

    Renovating a fairly beat down early 1900s Craftsman shotgun shack left me pretty exhausted. After having dealt with everything from the foundation (the house is on sand) and structure (the house has been on fire, several times) to honoring the batshit crazy wallpaper a prior owner had put on the ceilings, I had zero energy for measuring let alone deciding on window treatments.

    My neighbors, however, largely live in built up homes that do not attempt to maintain the 1900s charm of this entertaining community but do give them a decent vantage for viewing the activities inside my single floor dwelling. All that measuring for window treatment really turned me off.

    I ordered a few rolls of this plastic window film figuring if it was a total mistake I would never regret it. The film is very easy to roll out, measure and trim with a pair of household scissors. Depending on my state of inebriation as I did a set of windows, the job varies in straight-edged-ness but no one really notices.

    What people do notice are pools of kaleidoscopic rainbow light around the house.

    Also, folks can"t see in my windows from above, which is nice.

    A streetlamp that was bugging me now produces a really cool effect from in my bedroom.

    If and when I am tired of it, the film will peel off and can be reused on other windows.

    rabbitgoo Window Privacy Film, Rainbow Window Clings, 3D Decorative Window Vinyl, Stained Glass Window Decals, Static Cling Window Sticker Non-Adhesive via Amazon

  • Vitamins that my dogs love

    On my vet's recommendation, I give my dogs these Zesty Paws multivitamins.

    Much like engine oil threads, the internet is full of discussions about what to and not to feed your pets. I have adopted the simple policy of doing what my veterinarian tells me. Zesty Paws is also a well-reviewed brand and my parents have been giving the dog they refer to as 'your brother' ZP salmon oil chews for ages.

    I have a growing Golden Retriever puppy and 7.5-year-old Cavalier King Charles. Even tho they both have pretty different nutritional needs, they both get this vitamin.

    I totally understand that their dog food should be balanced and have everything they need. However, the puppy is growing so fast and huge and a Cavalier's heart is always dear. I am glad to spend a bit extra and give them these vitamins.

    The dogs love these chews and beg every AM until they've gotten them.

    I totally get that we American folks have an irrational love of vitamin supplements.

    Zesty Paws Multivitamin Treats for Dogs – Glucosamine Chondroitin for Joint Support + Digestive Enzymes & Probiotics – Grain Free Dog Vitamin for Skin & Coat + Immune Health via Amazon

  • CNN graphic shows Trump woefully inadequate in pissing match with CDC Director

    Every time a White House official speaks about the pandemic we need a graphic just like this.

    Raw Story:

    CNN on Thursday burned President Donald Trump for contradicting his own administration's medical experts by displaying a graphic that showed his stark lack of qualifications.

    Specifically, the graphic listed all the medical qualifications for embattled Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield.

    Among other things, the graphic noted that Redfield has a medical degree from Georgetown, a record of service in the Army Medical Corps for two decades, and a place on former President George W. Bush's advisory council for HIV/AIDS.

    Trump, on the other hand, only had one medical "qualification," which is that he had an uncle who once taught at MIT.

  • Mountain Dew and Red Lobster unveil collaborative cocktail; Doomsday clock unchanged

    Mountain Dew and Red Lobster have jointly crafted the Dew Garita.

    The first official Mountain Dew cocktail will soon be available at Red Lobster.

    The "Dew Garita" will be rolling out to select restaurants in September and expected to be available nationwide by the end of 2020.

    In a news release Tuesday, Red Lobster and PepsiCo said they were kicking off a new relationship with the cocktail and would work "together to leverage iconic PepsiCo brands across the Frito-Lay and Quaker range of products to co-create tasty menu items."

    The Doomsday clock remains at 100 seconds from midnight. The status of the seventh seal remains unknown.

  • In her new book, JK Rowling continues with the transphobia

    JK Rowling continues to beat her awful transphobic drum.

    Vanity Fair:

    According to an early review in The Telegraph, Troubled Blood—the fifth installment in Rowling's Cormoran Strike series written under the pen name Robert Galbraith—deals with the cold case of a woman who disappeared in 1974 and is believed to be the victim of Dennis Creed, "a transvestite serial killer." (Transvestite is considered an outdated and derogatory term for cross-dressing, which is not the same as being trans.) The review goes on to say, "One wonders what critics of Rowling's stance on trans issues will make of a book whose moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress."

    This also isn't the first time Rowling's anti-trans opinions have found their way onto the pages of this particular series. In the second Cormoran Strike book, The Silkworm, a woman named Pippa stalks detective Strike before attempting to stab him. Strike traps her in his office, revealing her identity as a trans woman, with Rowling adding in a description of her Adam's apple and hands. The detective then tells Pippa that prison "won't be fun for you.… Not pre-op." (Rowling's representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)

  • This 1971 Corvette convertible is badass

    One of the best times I have had hooning around was in a red 1971 Corvette Convertible. It liked to spin out in Topanga Canyon.

    There is something awesome about huge amounts of power and a really crappy suspension.

    Bring A Trailer:

    This 1971 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is powered by a fuel-injected 350ci ZZ4 V8 paired with a five-speed manual transmission and is finished in green over green leather. Equipment includes a black convertible soft top, pop-up headlights, 18″ US Mags wheels, chrome trim, a polished shift knob, and an Alpine stereo. The car shows 9,500 miles since the refurbishment, approximately 8k of which were added by the seller. This C3 convertible is now offered with refurbishment photos, a car cover, and a clean Arizona title in the seller's name.