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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 6,398


    Hey Ryan,

    All of your ideas are very reachable for everyone. The research point is one that certainly can be the start to expand on and explore daily. Not just looking up the cv-19 stuff, but other ideas for your particular way of life or history of hot rods. The idea of being locked in place has value. My wife and I have always been together mostly by ourselves, since we first met back in 1966 during our last years of college. Somehow, we clicked, shared a ton of stuff and have been together all of these years, through thick and thin. This recent national crisis is a "doozy" and if we all follow what is right, we will get through this one.

    We have stories to tell from our own histories, but think about your young kids and their versions of this crisis. As teenagers in our own social scenes, hot rods, cruising, surf movies, surf road trips, all played a huge part of our lives. Now, with social distancing, the teens can rarely see each other except for their Iphones/Androids and video conferencing apps. Yes, we used to be on the family phones for hours, but now there is a simple story for the current crop of teens.

    What about the old folks? We do have senior shopping hours and days. But, being locked in place/social distancing/isolation at home is good for us. We have been practicing it for all of the times we have been together. Since retiring in 2006, we were socked with being our granddaughter’s primary companion until she got older and in elementary school. Then it gradually got less and less as she continued to grow into the teenage years.

    Now, in looking at her teenage friends and lives, it certainly has some major restrictions for the social portion of their lives. What if we could not go to Bixby Knolls to sit and gab with other teens in their hot rods and cruisers? That certainly would have put a damper on things. It definitely would have changed history of hot rodding and drag racing in our So Cal area.


    The teens, as they get older, have gotten education in many different ways and will continue to grow/adapt to these social restrictions. Not all are dumb enough to hang out at the beach for Spring Break during a national crisis. Their lives and our lives will definitely be changed, but we must all adapt to what is happening to the betterment of our society. If “locked in place” is with those that you love and get along with easily, we will survive the restrictions. My wife’s standard response is: “What else are we doing with our lives?”…except being together?

    Thank you for having a great site for historic hot rods, drag racers, custom car guys and girls. Stay safe and healthy…

    FROM ANOTHER POST: According to the “locked in place” rules, car repair and upkeep, like gasoline is acceptable.
    The city has given artists’ colorful murals, creative freedom in design for city improvement. By submitting the art and getting approval, it shows the “arts” of the local area.


    Last Friday, before the last mandatory “locked in place” order was given, I had to get my car smog checked. (The DMV waits for no one…) The drive was strange as a lot of places were closed. But, the mechanic said that auto repair places are considered essential. (For emergencies, transportation and stuff.) The body shops next door were pumping out repairs and continuing business as usual. The smog check guy, I have known for 9 years and does a good business for such a small shop. He has floor rollers for the old cars and trucks.

    But his computerized modern system tested and rolled my car out in less than 10 minutes. One to one exposure using “social distancing” (he was staying at least 6 feet away the whole time…) and even an offer of an antibacterial wipe, to wipe off my hands after signing the work order for the DMV and his invoice.

    I was a happy camper driving back home. (minimal exposure with minimal people and social distancing...) But, as I drove around the corner from his shop, a huge wall mural popped up as clear as day. Since there were no cars parked on the street leading to the shop, the mural just stood out. Wow, what a difference.


  2. Like I mentioned elsewhere, I was sick as a dog while on vacation. But we had fun anyway, went from Daytona to Miami in Florida, even got a tattoo... shop was next to my hotel, across the parking lot in West Palm Beach, Hellcat Tattoo. Got home, went to the doc in the box, care is usually excellent... well, I had to play 20 questions and pay by phone before I was seen in a triage TENT outside. The doctor said I was not likely to have the virus.

    The distancing thing is key. Less cars on the road, no planes flying or a lot less. I see the same people at work and we keep our distance. I expect we could be closed down and I have enough accrued time to get to my retirement date. Which I should have bumped back a month.. oh well. It will come soon enough.

    I shopped last week for fresh food for my chili, but am steering clear of the stores. If I need milk or 1/2 and 1/2, I'll try the Dairy Barn drive up, they even sell beer. I have cut back on food intake since the gym is closed and I've dropped 14 pounds since I got back from Florida, I can stand to lose more. Pretty cold the past few days... winter was warmer. I'll air up the bicycle tires and get moving once it cracks 50 again.
  3. I am off work, the auto shop I work at has almost no customers coming in. Scary , and I am worried. Trying not to spend much and avoid stores as much as possible. Have been spending time in the shop here at home with the coupe and that does help. I have my cat Jenny, and she is loving the fact that her daddy is home. I do not really mind the social distancing, its the virus and financial accept that is eating away at me. I pray for all of us. And really feel for our people on the front lines of this, they are very brave. Thank you.
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  4. Blade58
    Joined: Mar 5, 2012
    Posts: 347

    from apopka ,Fl

    Oh I have plenty of my Projects to do , but the "Honey Do list" is 1sto_O :D
  5. I still have a couple buddies over (2) each Friday night because it's essential they deliver beer. We are all retired, social distance and shelter in place the other 6 days of the week. A little common sense goes a long ways.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2020
  6. dan c
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,285

    dan c

    new york had a big blackout in the '60s or '70s and that's what happened! doris day even starred in a movie called "where were you when the lights went out?"
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  7. Saw this and thought of your situation...hoping for the best.. D57C44F4-3911-47CC-AD98-9E3732DF4D33.jpeg
  8. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 5,130


    It's been a major adjustment for us here. Thank God, my wife (who's also an attorney) and I are still working, though remotely. We have an 18 month old, and with day care closed, we've been juggling watching the kiddo and working on our cases. I ran into the office on Saturday night with my truck before the lockdown went into effect and loaded up about 40 files to keep me busy for the week. It has been an adjustment for us, who are used to working with heavy paper files and appearing in person. Now, Courts are closed for in-person hearings, and we're rapidly adjusting to new ways to do our jobs out of the office. Unfortunately I've had to partially lay off a couple employees, who I'd gladly take back once we can get back to work in a normal capacity. But we're open, and we're busting ass on cases as usual, because other offices are still open and we can work. The small firms that can't adapt are going to get run over. The silver lining of this for me is that this provides a great time to review and inventory cases, and pay more personal attention to files than I ever would get to under normal circumstances, when I'd getting pulled in a million different directions. Adapt or die.

    I'm also lucky that I live in a fairly secluded area, so we're able to get out, walk, enjoy some fresh air, ride bikes, shoot the puck around a bit, and most importantly, get in the shop. I've been extraordinarily busy on my 61 Olds, but the work I'm doing isn't totally HAMB friendly so if anyone cares, friend me on Facebook and follow along. I also have a number of household project that have stalled and this provides an golden opportunity to get some of them done. Those include, but are not limited to, putting a stacked stone facade on my pool house, finishing the interior of my pool house (tile floor, sheetrock and insulate walls, install bath fixtures), and stain my fence. I also need to replace a macerating sewage pump in my basement bath that checked out last week, which is a less than appealing job. For household projects, my wife is actually a tremendous help and highly skilled in her own right, especially when it comes to tiling and sheetrocking. At least I won't be doing it by myself.

    I remember the mayhem that ensued in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. That served as a stark reminder that while we live in a civilized society, it can break down more easily than you think. Be prepared, not scared.
  9. KRB52
    Joined: Jul 9, 2011
    Posts: 1,066

    from Conneticut

    Everyone ran to hoard toilet paper. No one thought about condoms. I predict an uptick in births starting in December, 2020.
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  10. Tri-power37
    Joined: Feb 10, 2019
    Posts: 510


    A few weeks ago my wife and I went to Mexico , we hadn’t been on a vacation since 89 and while we were down there having fun our adult kids start calling us about people stripping all the toilet paper off the shelves.
    We come home and have to self isolate for 2 weeks and now 9days in and the shop I work at is temporarily closing. So I’ve gone from being on vacation to being quarantined to being unemployed in 16 days.
    But we and are family are healthy so far and as soon as our self isolation is over my wife and I are going to put our effort into helping some of our older relatives and neighbours out.
    The car stuff is definitely on hold for awhile.
  11. B.A.KING
    Joined: Apr 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,854


    Virus , A wife who broke her arm Had to have surgery last week, Flash floods this A.M.. Now dang tornado warnings..................................Has anyone heard anything about locust ???
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  12. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
    Joined: Nov 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,483

    0NE BAD 51 MERC

    My job is " essential", but weather permitting I may drive the 64 Marauder instead of the 2014 F150 . It is an hour commute and will cost more in fuel but the smiles per mile will be worth it!
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  13. Nicholas Coe
    Joined: Jul 5, 2017
    Posts: 2,037

    Nicholas Coe

    Anyone in Northwest Arkansas. If you need help with anything.... please contact me.

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  14. Up to 160 cases here now. 2 deaths. Department is putting on an additional ambulance in anticipation of the numbers coming. I'm not at all afraid of the virus. I'm just pissed off at the greed displayed in this situation. Majority of people only care about themselves. My wife came home with a couple 4 packs of toilet paper, said there was a few on the shelf and she could have bought them all, but what about all the other people who need some too? Now why can't everybody be like that? Watched a woman load her buggy with almost every bit of meat that was on display. Greed. Personally i hope her freezer breaks down :rolleyes: yeah, I'm a dick. I'll trade some toilet paper for some ground beef? Anybody?
  15. Mitchell Rish
    Joined: Jun 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,392

    Mitchell Rish
    from Houston MS

    My day gig is up and functional again - albeit now on line and a lot of Google Meet/small conferences / classes. In some ways its actually ok. I'll do the best I can with what we have. I am still being paid and my insurance/retirement is in tack ( with 32 years in I could retire- just not in me I guess- not yet) and there are a lot of people who are not as fortunate - I have a moral obligation to be there everyday and help all I can. If nothing else it may be the only stable thing that some of those people see right now.
    Our shop /build time is actually about the same. Our group of Extraordinary Gentlemen is now down to 8.Above ground. We lost one this week due to natural causes - not COV19/ and a real living piece of history .( Not many people knew that a B 52 / with nuke on board went down not far from here in 62 in one of the few blizzards this part of the word had ever seen)- Mr Tommy was part of the crew that day- that got a front row seat to mother nature being a great equalizer.Those that lived there didn't /don't for the most part even know it happened- The Cuban deal/Vietnam/Guam/and a lot more stuff that he carried with him when he left- The real deal if you know what I mean. Will Be missed.
    We all left the main seen years ago- and are some what reclusive/ and each brings a set of skills that also makes us well rounded. Time has been our friend. I am the Baby at 52.This for the most part has not changed our shop time. All our families are close/and we truly value our time in the shop together. We have been taking the extra /extra /extra precautions because several of them have some health issues-and there parents are in their 90s. One of them in the pacific/around the time Hiroshima went down- so yes we are being very careful.I have come to realize I have indeed been living the dream because I am part of a very talented group( more than one of them has picked me up when it Got really deep in life) - that are actually family as far as we are concerned.I have much to be thankful for even in these times. I pray for us as a hobby/as a family /and as a nation. If you haven't taken the time to reconnect with those people do so- I wished I had - Never goes away- Been there Done That. God Speed.
    P.S. if you are in this part of the world( MS) give me a ring if I can help.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2020
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  16. Garpo
    Joined: Jul 16, 2016
    Posts: 241


    We are in "lock down". Confined to home except for essential food and medication etc. Everything not essential is closed for a month.
    Our fathers and grandfathers went off to war in a foreign land; we have been asked to fight this war sitting on the couch. We CAN do it.
    Be safe.
  17. 61Cruiser
    Joined: Dec 5, 2013
    Posts: 143


    So here in Australia we now have some states closing borders, government announcing more and more restrictions on what we can do ( all of which I’m OK with) but we have morons hoarding stuff. The usual like toilet paper, pasta, rice bottled water etc, but the worst thing is a limit on some booze. But seriously, just a couple of months ago we were all donating cash, food, nappies, toilet paper whatever people needed and now we’re fighting over the same stuff. It seriously worries me how quick our society turns to crap. I’ve been out of work for some time and have struggled a bit with that, but I’ve had people I could get out of the house and visit and even help them with projects around their house or their cars cause they know I like fixing stuff. Now I can’t do that, and I really feel isolated and a bit lonely at times. Scrolling through the HAMB helps a lot and so does talking on the phone, but it’s not the same. I really hope that our world returns to “normal” quickly. Thanks for letting me release here on this forum

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  18. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 5,130


    Just an FYI, I've heard PornHub is offering free premium content during the quarantine. In case you were looking for something else to do with your time.
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  19. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 1,974


    I've got arthritis in both wrists so I don't think that's going to work for me;)
  20. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 21,579

    from Michigan

  21. Cowtown Speed Shop
    Joined: Sep 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,183

    Cowtown Speed Shop
    from KC

    You are right about people and their Greed. Not just Greed but just plain Stupid! We do not have a toilet paper shortage! Nor a Food shortage! Just stupid people who think they need to hoard. If any of you here are one of the people who went out and bought every case of toilet paper you could pack in the van then You are a Fucking idiot! plain and simple! Do the world a favor and jump off a cliff! as there is no hope for you. There is still no known cure for "Stupid". Let someone with brains teach your children, No point in them growing up being as fucking stupid as you are! Anyhow on a serious note, People had better start taking this shit seriously! My wife is a supervisor at a major hospital in kansas city. And if people do not stay the hell away from each other for awhile we may never get control of this. I admit at first I thought all this was a joke! but it is very serious! We all have a responsibility to Not be out roaming around. If you continue to think you are special the Gov is gonna have no choice but to send in troops to make you mind the Bans. I know that everyone fears that if they don't go to work they will lose everything. But losing everything is better than dying or killing others. Some people over in China thought they were special also. Take a look at what happened to them. (Not your TV news) they don't show what really happened over there. Look at real posted youtube videos. Everyone has a chance to do the right thing here to stop the spread of this, We are all in this together and If you choose to be irresponsible and do your own thing that could be fatal to others then you deserve what you get.
  22. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 21,579

    from Michigan

    Damn!..... Glad I only have 2 and a half toilet paper rolls left..... :confused::rolleyes:
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  23. derbydad276
    Joined: May 29, 2011
    Posts: 1,328


    I can up that with a half gallon jug of hand sanitizer
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  24. derbydad276
    Joined: May 29, 2011
    Posts: 1,328


    I work in the Charter Coach / Bus Industry
    our business has been devastated... fleets all over the country parked
    My Company has laid off workers for the first time in its 110 year history !
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  25. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 3,051

    from Minnesota

    Co-worker said today he would be a goner if he got the virus.Double pneumonia last winter, throat issues etc etc.
    So what did he do last weekend? Went to Walmart and Menards to walk around and buy nothing.
    You can't fix stupid.
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  26. Day 5 of the garage reorganization, I'm not working on it full time but I have made a lot of progress yet it really doesn't show, Moving the big roll around tool chest and sorting junk from tools I keep getting side tracked, I have found things I forgot I had.

    I can see this being like a computer, I'm doing a deep clean with the organization, sorting nut's & bolts turned into sorting all the boxes of wire terminals,wire nuts and assorted electrical odds and ends.

    My next task is to start sorting the 5 American Auto Wire boxes with extra wire and ends and I can free up some space in the large cabinet.

    I think this is like building a car, there are times you spend hours doing small jobs and you stand back and can't see a thing you have done, but I'm still making progress.

    I though this was going to be something I would finish in a few days, heck at this rate I got enough to keep me busy for the next few months. HRP
  27. I've been doing a modified shelter in place since March 2. My garage workshop is a bit over 3 miles from home, so I drive there every day and spend my days there in isolation, except for necessary food runs and daily walks. My home has three generations and I am the oldest one.

    I would like to fire up the A and go for a drive, but this is not the time to be caught on the side of the road if something unexpected should happen.

    My painter works alone and is sending me occasional update photos of my 51 as it gets put back together. All completion deadlines are off.

    Now is the time for safe social distancing. The previously busy motel a few hundred feet from my shop is empty and looks like it may be being prepped to become a Covid 19 emergency, temporary hospital here in San Mateo County, right between San Francisco and Santa Clara Counties, less than a mile from SFO. I will watch from a distance, not really knowing.

    I have a lifetime of little chores to do at the shop, but mostly I am staying warm and away from everyone, just wanting to stay healthy.
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  28. My wife and I have been out in the yard this week and I'm happy to report that all the stick, twigs and leaves have been dealt with....about 2 months early. We haven't been to the store for three weeks. Son #2 delivered a gallon each of milk and O.J. a couple weeks ago and told us not to go out. Might have to order a bit this coming week.

    I've done some car trailer maintenance, rebuilt all four fenders for my '40 Ford coupe and have restarted on my 29/29 rpu on deuce rails project by assembling the rear of the cab. with some new Brookville parts I've been setting on. Will be stretching the doors 5-1/2" next week I hope.

    Stay well.

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  29. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 35,138


    I am stuck doing drywall with a shop stocked full of fun hot rod projects. Would rather be wrenching. We split up at work, I am working form the house and on call overnights. Plenty of daytime to work on things. They also just handed out our Essential Worker/ get out of jail cards today. Should things get shut down tight I can still be out and about. But, the joy of this area is we are rather isolated
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  30. RJP
    Joined: Oct 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,043

    from PNW

    A little common sense will go a long way. Talking to my buddy last night, and he tells me him and his wife were cleaning out their boat in their driveway, and a neighbor comes running across the street and starts yelling he's gonna call the cops because they ain't 6ft apart. My bud looks at the asshat and tells him "you do realize we're married right? We sleep together, so we get a little closer than 6ft every night. But, having seen your wife, I can see why you'd want to maintain a 6ft distance. If I was married to her, 20ft wouldn't be far enough."

    Safety is one thing, stupidity is something else.

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