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That time when you meet someone you’ve casually known for years and it’s fun; it works. You get on well, hours feel like minutes, and you look forward to Next Time before this time ends.

Tonight, I’m thankful for aeroplanes that make the world small.

Break of Day

My second favorite poem is “Break of Day” by John Donne.


Break of Day
‘Tis true, ‘tis day, what though it be?
O wilt thou therefore rise from me?
Why should we rise because ‘tis light?
Did we lie down because ‘twas night?
Love, which in spite of darkness brought us hither,
Should in despite of light keep us together.
Light hath no tongue, but is all eye;
If it could speak as well as spy,
This were the worst that it could say,
That being well I fain would stay,
And that I loved my heart and honour so,
That I would not from him, that had them, go.
Must business thee from hence remove?
Oh, that’s the worst disease of love,
The poor, the foul, the false, love can
Admit, but not the busied man.
He which hath business, and makes love, doth do
Such wrong, as when a married man doth woo.

Planning for 2017

Say Fuck Off to more people.

Write more. Write more. Write. More. Just do it. No, wait. That sounds too much like a fucking Nike commercial. Let’s say: Make no excuses, harbor no guilt, and quit feeling bad about not writing and JUST WRITE. Once a week column post. Regular[ Obi’s Grand Tour Walkabout] story updates.

Gym more, eat better, etc. Let’s say cook different meals at home.

Use more British slang.

Take TVC and PDE; get track time via karting.

Cardwood Derby Car

I got the idea for Obi’s car from a Jim Clark poster I used to have hanging on my wall. It’s a late-60s Lotus, open wheel and open cockpit, taken at the Grand Prix of Belgium.

The design didn’t take long. I made a few notes for the name, Wildest Dreams, and the number, 394 in honor of the recently deceased Alan Rickman.  I wanted more of a WWII hand drawn cursive-y letters that are seen on the front of a fighter plane, but I couldn’t find them and my idea wasn’t strong enough to replicate with my hand lettering.

I started building it on a Tuesday with a deadline of Saturday. Had I started earlier, I could’ve worked out the axles a bit better.

My initial design was to have the axles going through the body. This lower center of gravity would have given more stability, but I couldn’t engineer around paws or tails becoming caught in the hole in my short time frame.

This one worked better than the rocket ship design of the last derby. The biggest change being the use of tempera paint instead of spray paint. The smell of the spray paint was a big deterrent to the driver and crew; they didn’t mind the tempera paint at all.

The simplicity of this design made it fast and easy to build. There are four wooden pieces to the car: two axles and two embroidery hoops, one round and one oblong.

Areas that would need work include: Changing the wheels. The rolled up corrugated cardboard is great for a wheel save for the press fit onto the axle. The weight of even the smallest cat compressed the corrugations and made the wheels fall off.

The axles were initially run through bog roll tubes. This was a very loose fit and allowed a ridiculous amount of under steer in the car.  Attempts were made to stabilize the axles using large binder clips. This helped but there was still a lot of under steer.

A closed in front would look better, but any type of grate was left off for alternate means of feline ingress and egress.


Buyer’s Guide from Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car

December, 2013 –  Terry Shea

The 928, the Rodney Dangerfield of Porsches, gets no respect. An incredible feat of engineering, an astounding, high-speed, mileage-consuming beast of a GT car, the 928 unfortunately lives in the shadow of the Porsche 911, the car it was intended to replace that has now outlived it by nearly 20 years and counting. But a car as capable as the 928 should never have to live in the shadows. Continue reading