Sunday Rant – 4319


Joe’s Comment – The above cartoon is the artwork of Nathan T., a very gifted young Albertan.  Nathan is not yet a teenager.  He has a brilliant eye and it seems his political acumen is first class (in my humble opinion).  For dummies like me Huitzilopochtli is the Aztec doG of warfare, military conquest, sacrifice, and of the sun.  I won’t describe the human sacrifice ritual to honor Huitzilopochtli in detail.  Gory is sufficient.
Very dark, Nathan.
I like it!


Oh! Canada….
Joe and I are doing some serious navel gazing today.
Some lint picking too.  Navels are better than a Swiffer for collecting detritus.
It is Tuesday.
The Canadian election delivered the second worst result; it is a tragedy for Canada.
By that we mean the great East vs West divide.  And the Liberal leader, Little Gay.
The result exacerbates four years of neglect and abuse of Alberta and Saskatchewan by Ottawa.
On a personal high note, Joe and I cast our ballot, beaked off differently than last time, went home and waited for the RCMP to take us downtown.
Book him, Daddy-O!
Much to our surprise and relief, no mug shot, finger printing, strip search, or good cop bad cop stare-down.  We skated!  We wuz dancin’ like Snoopy:

We feel the music, man!
On an ominous personal low note, what happened is the election result is what we predicted, with a small exception.  We thought Maxime had more advocates than he did.
From our perspective, he was the only conservative in the running.
Joe and I wanted to lay it all off on Mr. Bernier splitting the vote.
Can’t use that excuse.
Maxime, in all his Beta Male majestic hubris-ness, couldn’t win his own riding in KayBek.
Nor could his PPC win a single seat.
They lost their only seat, and it was Maxime’s.
The difference was 36 ridings.  We didn’t do the data crunching, but the spectre of the PPC voters “stealing” 36 ridings is a sell only Adam Schiff would attempt.
The election results at National Post.
From the National Post article, here is a graphic of the voting –
For a comparison, here are previous election results in graph form –
What does it all mean?
Joe and I are the last you should ask.
Some thoughts:
–  We two (and the other 35 in our head) are pro-America, pro first and second Amendment.  Neither of which is even remotely equivalent or similar in Canadian legislation.  Don’t believe us?  Read the first line of the “Charter of Rights and Freedoms” – The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.  This says every right you have is subject to government approval, can be granted or denied by government action or legislation.  The Canadian Constitution grants rights; the American Constitution limits government and recognizes “inalienable right”.  Not so Canuckistan.
Not. The. Same.
–  As Canadians, we exist at the pleasure of the Crown (on paper you literal fools); we do not “own” our country, it is a “constitutional monarchy”.
–  The East – West split in Canada is not a conundrum, but it might be the demise of the nation.
–  There is no way under the sun that a separatist party running in a rural community (do you hear us, rural KayBek?) should be on a federal election ballot.  Period.  You in the back, shut up and sit down.  Security, get that idiot out of the discussion.  We will brook no elephants in this room.
–  Ontario and Quebec are reminiscent of the “east and west coast” argument in the States.  If ON and QB vote along similar tracks, the rest of the provinces are only currying favor at the big table if they were fortunate enough to vote in a similar fashion.  There is no equivalent to “the electoral college” in Canada.  Great numbers of Canadians have no representation as a result.
–  Fruitcake and wackjob politics are encouraged in Canada.  Let’s go full India or UK or Clusterfuckistan and have 55+ parties in the mix!  There is a direct comparison to the current Democrat Party hysteria in the U.S. of A.
–  Corruption, graft, crony capitalism, treason, skullduggery, and the long list of evil that men (and women) do exists in Canadian politics as well as American.  That’s a wash until humans are no longer involved.
–  Joe and I are “theoretical” libertarians (notice the small “L”).  Our belief in personal unfettered autonomy requires certain minima to be necessary among the populace.  Missing in many (our eternal hope for humanity suggests missing in many but not most).  John Adams, a Founding Father of America, stated “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” 
So it is with Libertarianism; a certain type of citizen is required to make it a possible, real-life form of government.  Not in this universe.
Joe and I will not lose hope for a better quality of governance.  Example: we hope clearer heads will prevail.  How’s that for Mary Poppinism?
Here is what Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan, had to say –
From Stefan Molyneux, a few comments about the election:

For Joe and I we would welcome a Western separation from the East.
As the old adage chants “let them freeze in the dark”.
The buzz word: Wexit.
Also, fuck KayBek.  “Multiculturalism” is hogwash.


Prager U
Joe and I admit to being weak-minded.
We are swayed by argument.
Not easily.
Swayed none the less.
You can use the siren call of “LOGIC” to convince us more readily than an emotional arm-waving tear-streaked rant about feelings, or justice, or “what is right”.
Joe and I use the lens of technology to view the world.
We have other “lenses” in our toolbox (even our analogy is gear-headed), but we are slightly or greatly less comfortable using them.
Habit.  Comfort.  Results.  Success.  Whatever causes wrong “lens” to be used.
As any photographer knows (as any cogent person can deduce), viewing the entire world through a single lens is by its nature diminishing the possibilities of understanding (the entire world) by an order of magnitude.  It can be deadly: think of Chamberlain before World War II believing he had made a pact with Hitler, and “selling” this idea to the British people.  The “lens” Winston Churchill used to analyze Hitler was much different, and in retrospect, more appropriate.
The appeal of the idea that Darwin’s story, his discoveries and subsequent rigorous scientific scrutiny, produced “consensus” about evolution is very attractive.
For all of our adult life, we have been lectured that doubting “the theory of evolution” is paramount to confessing a particularly virulent heresy – think “Creationist” for example.
The foundation of scientific inquiry is healthy skepticism about “facts” and the burden of proof – or disproof as required.
Stephen Myer, Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, describes two very serious challenges to the Theory of Evolution as it is now understood:


Joe and I think “Orange Man Bad” has taken off the kid gloves and will deliver his version of truth up to and including the election next November (2020).
Joe smirks.  That’s 20-20 foresight!
We just watched another diatribe from the Pres. explaining his philosophy, his strategy, and a smattering of tactical premonitions, all based on what he has discovered during his term as president.
Very revealing.  Joe and I say these are not the words of a “madman”, much to the chagrin of Sleepy Joe Biden.
The following video is from a cabinet meeting held October 21st, 2019.
This IS the “most transparent administration, ever:


Blue Collar Logic
Joe and I were aware of Dave Morrison’s claim to live in “the Hobo Dojo”.
We didn’t analyze too specifically what that meant – in younger years we lived in (and paid the mortgage of) our parent’s home in Calgary after they moved to Parksville BC.  We affectionately called it “418 Boogie”.
Dave Morrison lives in a motor home, aka “the Hobo Dojo”.
Joe and I are fans of Motorhomes, all classes.
Mr. Morrison lives in a Holiday Rambler, Aluma Lite series, Class A we deduce.
The Holiday Rambler marque has been in existence since 1953.  The company was responsible for many innovations over the years.  The “Aluma Lite” series began in 1961.  Although not the original company, Holiday Rambler still exists.
The story Mr. Morrison tells is of being an average working man living in California who can no longer afford to own a home or to rent a home/apartment/condo/townhouse (and whatever other options we failed to itemize).
Joe and I have read stories on the Internet of college graduates working in Silicon Valley who live in campers or motor homes because renting or owning is beyond their salary level even though they have well paying employment.
Here is Dave Morrison to tell his story:

Co-founder Jason Siler of Blue Collar Logic has an interesting perspective on Brexit lessons applied to Democrat / leftist philosophy.
Here’s Jason revealing the new Democrat slogan, America Last!:


Joe and I like anagrams.
Re-arranging the letters of a word or phrase to give another word or phrase is an amazing bonus with a phonetic type writing system which uses symbols for sounds vs pictograms for general ideas.  Conversely, we don’t know if this type of puzzle is possible in a pictogram language.
Here’s a set of anagrams that are opposing; i.e. the rearranged letters spell out a contrary or supportive meaning to the original –
The above table of anagrams makes Joe question who has the time to tinker with letters in a word or phrase to find another meaning?
The answer is ANAGRAMMER, the anagram generator; a computer program.
Just enter a name or phrase and voila! gibberish or cleverness.
Now, this is fact: my name “David John Drover” produces NO anagram via this program.  Nor does “David Drover” or “John Drover“.  Smilingly appropriate, all.
Joe Mekanic” produced 35 anagrams.  Our favorite is “Joke I one me“, followed by “Joke anemic“.  Smilingly appropriate, both.
Amazingly, “Winston Churchill” produces the maximum number of anagrams possible; 200.  The program stops at 200.  Most of which hint at definition but don’t make total sense.
Joe says who is the enigma now, Spanky?
The defense rests.
The prosecution drops all charges.
The jury is dismissed.
Joe and I take a walk…..


Joe’s Garage

Molly Schuyler
We are gobsmacked.
While surfing the Internet we came across a legend.
Our subject de jour was carnivore diet.  We saw an interesting link involving a contest to consume 72 ounce steaks a The Big Texan eatery in Amarillo, TX.
We watched a 2015 video of Molly demolishing THREE 72 ounce steaks, a big pile of salad, a bread roll, a bunch of shrimp, a potato……. in just over 5 minutes.
Then she ate another steak (free of charge).
Joe is fascinated.
We could never have dated her in high school.  Our $1.75 CDN wage at the bakery would have been a little short of adequate to take her out for fast food.
She doesn’t seem to have a throat, or need to chew – just get it crammed into her mouth then down the chute it goes.
Molly Schuyler has a YoubeTube channel with dozens of eating challenge videos.
Here’s a “world record” she set at IN-N-OUT burgers: 100 x 100 – 100 beef patties and 100 slices of cheese.
The yappy guy congratulates her for consuming all the patties and cheese, then the bun and garnish(!) in 1 hour and 11 minutes.
Joe and I couldn’t do that in two days weeks.
What a sight to see:

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Joe’s Comment – Monday is election day in Canada.  Please vote.
Six years of Sunday Rants exposes my politics without prejudice or shame.
You may or may not agree with our perspective and analysis and conclusions.
It is of no matter.
Get out and vote.
The average schmuck (that’s me and Dave and the other 35 in our head) doesn’t have a platform.  Our broadcast system is word of mouth; speaking to family, friends, and strangers in public places or joining in the fray on the Internet or any of the myriad social media platforms.
As close as Canada gets to “free speech” go for it and let everyone know.
It is your country.
If you can keep it.


When Did Sports Die?
Joe asked me the question above.
I said sports didn’t die, but the “money people” have made it difficult for everyone.  Difficult even if you have your priorities straight.
So much money that ideology takes the hindmost.
Or stated differently, playing a sport for the joy of honing skills, the thrill of competition, the risk of loss, the development of character, and the ecstasy of victory has, in today’s world, the taint of profit/loss, the smudge of expenditure vs return discoloring the experience.  Childhood not lost but stolen, or worse: sold.
Perhaps we remember our own sporting youth through rose colored glasses.  The community had volunteers who coached, who contributed labor and facilities as required, and the costs were offset by community efforts for the most part.  The community realized at a foundational level that sports for children, teens, young people, and adults, too, were a net benefit to our culture.
Sports, outside of the actual activity, are many things to many people.  One such interpretation is sports are a metaphor for life.
Joe and I played a lot of sports when we were a child, a teen, a young man, and even as a middle-aged adult.
Many of the greatest life-lessons we have learned were painstakingly taught and learned on the field, or the court, or the rink, or the surrounding environment; before, after, and during a game.
Joe wonders if that is so today…..
We don’t watch basketball.
We didn’t know that the NBA is a big deal in China.
Just how big a deal is it?
Big enough for those profiting from the arrangement to pull a Pontius Pilate.
doG bless Larry Elder.
The man does terrific research and makes it available “for all to see” (thanks Ms. E. Thrasher!).
Here’s Mr. Elder shining a little light on the NBA lust for lucre:


Cholesterol (isn’t) a Boogyman
Joe and I have had a history of high cholesterol measured in our annual medical exams, going back to our commercial pilot license medicals (MOT) of the early ’70s.
We have discussed our conflicts with Louis B., our most excellent GP, regarding this topic, previously in this forum.
To Joe and me, taking a “snapshot” sample once a year (usually late in the afternoon) cannot tell the on-going story of real-time cholesterol levels OR the health implication of this measurement.
To hammer home the point, we took Louis’ advice on two occasions: first we bought a prescription worth of Lipitor.  We had terrible nightmares after two days and threw the pills away.  Louis then prescribed Rosuvastatin.  The result was similar.  We said no! to further guinea pigging of us.
Hence our over one year long quest to find useful unbiased non-government mandated official speech from real researchers with real data and no corporate cash bias.  A daunting task to be sure.
Here is what David Diamond has to say on the subject.  He was motivated to do the research because he was hearing from his doctor like we were, that there was and is a problem, and that problem was his, too.
This video was posted in 2017 of Dr. Diamond presenting an IHMC Evening Lecture about the obstinate government/medical community position on saturated fat, cholesterol, and heart disease despite over 100 years of evidence supporting contrary recommendations:


Organ Remorse
Joe and I went through an excruciating abdominal pain experience that culminated in the first surgery we have had (and hopefully the last!): an appendectomy.  You can read all about it in Sunday Rant – 1313.
There are some truthful things we can and can’t say about the experience.
Truthfully, we don’t know if we had appendicitis or not, but after the surgery and healing, the pain is gone.  Six years on and so far, so good.
Truthfully, despite my and Joe’s opinion of government sponsored “single payer” health care, its inefficiencies and heartbreaking tragedies, we received first class treatment.  In our opinion, that is (somewhat self-serving opinion because we have no idea about surgery or treatment or medicine specifically, and very little idea in general).  Why this opinion?  Because our experience culminated in no pain and still alive.  Can’t ask for more, da?  The Canadian health care system didn’t kill us.
Is it efficient and cost effective and all inclusive and non-discriminatory?  Opinions vary.  A subject for some other time.
This query is about that mysterious little noodley dead-end thingamabob hanging around the entrance to a person’s large intestine.
Truthfully, we didn’t know anything about an appendix or what it does or even where it is (except for a general sharp pain in my abdomen at the time).  Until today, we still didn’t know.
Then, out of the blue, Joe and I want our appendix back.
It DOES have a job!
We saw the following video and found out the subtle and somewhat mysterious voodoo function of this ancient much evolved organ:


Joe and I have character; you could ask anyone.
We are also “a character”; ask the same or other anyones.
Whether we have GOOD character is a Question with a capital letter.
Joe and I have been watching American politics on television and the Internet since just before retiring in 2002.
Before that time, we were too busy (Joe says too ignorant) to pay attention to the “ruling class”.  In a weird and WRONG interpretation of biblical passages Luke 20.25, Matthew 22.21, and Mark 12.17 our younger self capitulated to the machinations of the “elite”.  You know the quote.  Anyone raised in the West knows the quote.  It goes like this:  “Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him.
Our ignorant young gear-headed mind conflated government jurisdiction with doG’s jurisdiction, a sort of mini-kingdom, a metaphor, a “sincerest form of flattery”, and as such not to be trifled with by mere mortals (i.e., we).  Not our fief.  Not our fiefdom.
We did not have the nuance-ing skill to realize that because humans are NOT gods the objective is they must strive toward that behaviour.  That is the archetypal maximum.
Joe and I have always been an intellectual “bull in a china shop” of ideas and theories and realities.
Curious, but not infinitely.
Practical, but not immeasurably.
Sensitive, but not boundlessly.
We strive to improve, to be better.
Why the pre-amble?
When we watched the video below, a segment from the meeting between the POTUS and the Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, the anger and righteousness of President Trump rings true to Joe and I.
Despite all his real and perceived flaws, the man is true to his declared cause.
His statements about the U.S. of A. being ripped off, his condemnation of the “fake news” and corrupt news, his mere stating that politicians like Joe Biden who have made themselves and their families wealthy beyond dreams while under-serving in their elected and appointed rôle; that is powerful stuff.
The main stream media, the left/progressive side of the Internet, the hysterical, demented, two-faced Democrat caucus, can only scream “IMPEACH!!” at the top of their lungs.  They have no cogent platform, no “MAGA” objective.
Meanwhile, in the last five days, Trump makes a new trade deal with China which changes the entire world.  Where the F is the honest main stream media report?
Meanwhile, the stock market, the wealth of the people, and the economy set new records.  Where is the honest msm report?
Meanwhile, he recalls the military from Syria and by such a tactic, reveals his strategy.  That strategy is logical, doable, realistic, and damn world class poker, AND saves American lives by removing them from harms way.  Where is the honest msm report?  They are crying like Chicken Little.
Meanwhile, the transparency of this administration is there for all to see (thank you Ms. E. Thrasher) on YoubeTube, on the White House web page, on each and every television and radio outlet, all over the Internet, Twitter, Facebook, and the myriad of applications and social media that there be.  And then there are the “pressers” while boarding or deplaning Marine 1 or Air Force 1.  Where is the honest msm report?
Meanwhile, the man and his team, his administration, have produced results and made true a huge number of his campaign promises; he would and does say “like never before”.  Like no President before him, ever.  Where is the honest msm report?
Meanwhile, the President and all of his family do not draw a salary from the American People, or if they do, it is given to approved charity.  Where or where the fuck is the honest msm report?
Meanwhile, back at the Democrat war-room and every lefty media headquarters, IMPEACH, IMPEACH, IMPEACH!!!
Joe Biden and his son ARE stone-cold crooked.  All of those sons-a-bitches got or are getting rich not from their own ability, their skill, their intelligence and wisdom, but because they represent the American government and are corrupt or corruptible.
Do NOT forget: Donald Trump was über wealthy BEFORE he became President.  Every day in office he is losing staggering amounts of $$$.  This honey badger President don’t care; he don’t give a shit.
Joe and I have contempt for the Democrats, who have abandoned all charade-like attempts to disguise their blatant lust for power, damn the torpedoes, we’ll destroy the country attempts to wrest the levers of government from Donald J. Trump’s control.
Joe and I say this: wouldn’t the Democrats be more believable as a national party, as the opposition in a two-party system, if they worked WITH this president and his administration to better their country?  You know, shine a little love (ELO).
And in doing so, might shine a positive light on their political position?
We suspect they are neck deep in “palace intrigue”; treason, graft, crony capitalism, voter fraud, and the Joe Biden style of “personal wealth creation”.
They are running scared.
The question Joe and I ask ourselves is would we have the same strength of character to face our enemies as exhibited by Donald Trump, or would we meet behind closed doors with evil and by receiving the filthy lucre, destroy our soul?
We don’t think us worthy.
This man is singing our song, for us and millions more “Joe and I’s”:

Update: we wrote the above on Wednesday.  On Thursday, a “cease fire” was brokered by the U.S. (Pence and Pompeo) with Syria and Turkey.  Donald Trump’s letter to Erodigan (Turkey) was priceless.  Or outrageous.  Whatever.  Very effective.
Here’s Dave Morrison (Blue Collar Logic) with his comments:

Additional Update:  By Sunday Turkey had broken the cease-fire.  Much wacky-doodle from the talking heads.  Some for.  Some against.  Time will tell.
Joe says that if it was a simple problem there would be a solution.
The application of Occam’s Razor analysis to the problem isn’t possible: this is a complex centuries old tribal / cultural / theocratic cluster-fuck of monumental proportions.  In this case, the “simplest answer” is NOT the answer ’cause there isn’t one outside of turning the entire area into glass.
The good folks at Strategy Page have an extensive analysis of the current situation titled “Syria: Turkey Advances Into the Unwelcome“.
Joe and I think that POTUS Trump has made the correct move.
Bad ass folks (often self professed) often say of situations they don’t understand “kill them all and let doG sort it out”.
We don’t agree.
But we do think that removing the “carbon rods” (foreign support) from the nuclear reactor called the Middle East to allow the core to consume itself may apply the calculus of limits to the situation.
It will be bad juju for many people.


Joe’s Garage

Ford vs Ferrari
Joe and I are FoMoCo fans.
We have 30+ Ford vehicles in our yard.
We remember reading about the 1-2-3 win over Ferrari at LeMans in 1966.
The story about Henry Ford trying to buy ½ interest in Ferrari during the “Ford Performance” years, failing to do so, then setting out to beat Ferrari at LeMans is an exciting story of money, technology, and interesting people.
A new movie called “Ford vs Ferrari” starring Matt Damon will be released this fall.  The following video features Jay Leno and Matt Damon discussing the history, the up-coming movie, and the people (real and play-acting) involved:

Carbon Nanotubes
A black so black that you can’t make out a three dimensional object’s dimensions when painted with this nanotube paint:

Filming the Speed of Light
Lordy lordy!
A camera that can capture 10 trillion frames per second?
Joe is speechless.
You can watch a packet (photon? or group of photons?) of light pass by.
Gotta love technology:

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Joe’s Comment – I just finished a 2,379 km. trip towing a trailer loaded with a vehicle for ¾ of the distance.  I drove inter-provincially on the highways and in big city traffic of Edmonton and Calgary.  A few thoughts on the driving experience…..
I think that a person should not be issued a driving license until they have a one week ride along with a professional truck driver in a big rig.  Having done that long haul thing in a heavy truck I have witnessed some of the most pathetic excuse for driving there is to see.  I’ve also been driving for 56 years.
The above cartoon might not be a fact (a training video) but all in all the sentiment rings true.  You might have your own ranking for matching terrible drivers to vehicle brands, but you must admit the BMW crowd occupies a front row seat.
I don’t usually criticize the behavior of others: self deprecation is a more acceptable method of communicating certain sentiments.
However, in this instance, I approve of this cartoon.


Prager U
This short video addresses the problem small business owners have with excessive or unnecessary regulations, or discrepancies between competing government regulatory bodies.
The life of a small business owner is no easy path.
In the U.S. over 60 million jobs are with small businesses.
Simple logic would dictate that fewer, necessary regulations pinpointing health and safety, combined with existing criminal and civil laws of conduct would suffice.
This alone would make it possible to re-invest the monies saved not dancing to frivolous and arcane regulatory tunes.
9 out of 10 small businesses would have an improved chance at surviving the competitive landscape if it were so.
Unfortunately, logic cannot compete with government bureaucratic bloat; the innate survival reflex of every government entity.
It goes like this: once the bureaucracy is spawned it re-focuses within one budget cycle on survival; the job it was created to address becomes secondary.  There is safety in larger budgets with more employees.  A fact of government bureaucracies AND large private business too.
Take the time to watch and listen while Joseph Semprevivo, CEO and owner of Joseph’s Lite Cookies, explains how government regulation hinders his business objective – to make cookies:


Blue Collar Logic
One of this week’s offerings from Dave Morrison:

Another from Mr. Morrison commenting on President Trump’s decision to remove troops from Syria this week:


Candace Owens

This Candace show is a lovely exchange between Dan Crenshaw (Republican – Texas) an ex-Navy Seal and Candace, about the culture, the tensions, and the goals of modern conservatism:


Joe’s Garage
F68 One Ton
Last year Joe and I traveled with Bob G. to Chauvin AB to visit Joanne, Daryn, Nathan, and Greg on their farm.  Beside a social visit, Joe and I made the trip to trailer home an M155 Mercury 3 ton truck Joe and I bought from Daryn’s dad Melvin.  You can see some pictures in previous Sunday Rant episodes: Sunday Rant – 3118, Sunday Rant – 3018.
While en-route from the farm to Vernon with the Mercury last year, we stopped at Provost AB to fuel.  As we fueled and checked the load, a young man (younger than our 69 years) approached us and struck up a conversation.  Neil D. owns a farm close to Provost and told us that he had a similar looking old truck abandoned on his farm, and were we interested?
Long and short, Neil parted company with the truck.
Daryn was kind enough to haul it back to his farm in Chauvin until we could retrieve it.
On Thursday this week Joe and I set out to meet this new (to us) truck we had never seen in person.
Our route was Vernon to Edson AB to deliver a Ford Escape for Lyle P., then on to Edmonton AB to overnight.  On Friday, drive to Chauvin, visit with Joanne and the boys (Daryn was busy with harvest trucking – late this year due to weather), load the truck, then on to Calgary to overnight with Bob G.   Finally, on to Vernon on Saturday.
We are pleased to report that schedule and route and timing plan worked flawlessly.
Other than getting confused in Calgary as night descended.  We confused Crowchild Trail in our mind with Stoney Trail.  We couldn’t find Bob’s house off Stoney Trail for the simple reason it isn’t.  Joe says he didn’t do it, it was me.
My only excuse is I was tired.
Here’s a picture of the truck, trailer, and Ford F68 (one ton) in our yard in Vernon BC late Saturday afternoon –
In the above photo you can see (barely) the 1950 M155 Mercury to the right of the shop in the background behind the 1949 Ford F47 (blue).  Another picture of the new member in our old timers club, still on the trailer –

Our first impression was WTF did Joe do now?
Another old Ford that has been used and abused and abandoned to a rusty death on a farm in the cold dark frozen Canadian north.
Joe said right!  It is our duty.  Anything else is unimaginable.  And unthinkable.
F.Y.I. – Joe wants to collect one of every Ford ever built.
Good luck on that one Joe.
Since getting home, we have had a chance to look over the old girl.
She is a gem.
This girl is an F68 – a one ton truck.
With a bonus!  There are two knobs on the dash left of the steering wheel.  That is an indication of extras such as throttle control and/or power take-off –
Looking over the vehicle, we got a pleasant surprise – a period correct Anthony hydraulic lift is on the chassis.
This old one ton truck was equipped with a power take-off transmission and a hydraulic lift box.
The wooden box on the chassis is on the hydraulic lift frame.
In the back of the box you can see a Ford steel box.
We are assuming this is the original box that came with the truck.
Under the hood the original flathead V8 is there, as is the transmission-
We are both, Joe and I, leaning toward this particular truck as our “project de jour”.  A number of reasons sway our favor to this truck:
1.  the wheels are 8 lug on a 6.5 inch bolt circle – that is the same on Ford up to 1998 – so replacing the split rim wheels on the truck will be cheap – we already have a selection of viable wheel/tire combinations.
2.  we have a mid ’60s dually axle that will fit which is also 8 lug on a 6.5 inch bolt center.
3.  the Anthony Motor Truck Bodies Hydraulic Hoists is a period piece of hardware – we are excited about the prospect of re-building the system.
4.  we have spare parts for engine and cab assemblies which will allow us to build a stock truck with minimal expenditure.
5.  parts not on hand are available from numerous vendors who service the vintage/classic vehicle market.
6.  a one-ton truck with a tilt box will be a useful addition for finishing our backyard landscaping.

Joe is already wheeling this truck around town in his head.  I bring to his attention the other 30 or so “projects” in the yard in various stages of completion.
Joe says don’t be such a party-pooper.

Many thanks to Joanne, Daryn, Melvin, Bob and Barb for your consideration, help, and hospitality.  And a big hug to the boys Nathan and Greg.
It was a fun trip with no complications, break-downs, or bad weather.
Northern Alberta is beautiful in autumn when the leaves are turning and the ground is still visible.  And Melvin has many more treasures in the long grass –
We’re already planning our next trip, next year.

Data Wienie Data
Joe does the mechanic work.
I do the planning and calculating and analyzing.
We share the driving responsibilities.
Our vehicle for towing is a 2006 F350 e/w 6.0L diesel (studded, deleted, blue spring kit, Mishimoto coolant filter, deep trans. pan kit).  Nora is her name.
This trip took us from Vernon to Edson via Kamloops, the Yellowhead Highway, and Jasper.  Beautiful mountains, gorgeous valley terrain.  From Edson to Edmonton and an overnight at the Best Western Cedar Park.  Edmonton to Chauvin on Friday, then on to Calgary.  Saturday was home again home again jiggity-jig via the Trans-Canada Highway to Sicamous then Highway 97 South to Vernon.
Here’s the data:
Total trip distance – 2,379 km. (1,478.24 mi.)
Total fuel used – 476.82L (104.89 Imp gal., 125.96 US gal.)
Average fuel mileage – 4.99 km/L (14.09 mpg Imp, 11.73 mpg US)
Total fuel cost – $588.30 CDN ($445.88 USD)
Total weights –
Vernon to Edson (2008 Ford Escape on trailer) = 7,000 kg. (15,432.36 lb.)
Edson to Chauvin (empty trailer) = 5,450 kg. (12,015.19 lb.)
Chauvin to Vernon (1950 Ford F68 on trailer) = 7,880 kg. (17,372.43 lb.)
The best mileage was (of course) with an unloaded trailer = 6.30 km/L (17.80 mpg Imp., 14.82 mpg US) and worst with the heaviest load on the trailer.
The trailer weighs 1,505 kg. (3,318 lb.)
The F350 with full fuel, driver, and e/w 5th wheel hitch and some cargo weighs 3,945 kg. (8,697 lb.)
The 2004 Ford Escape weighed 1,550 kg. (3,417 lb.)
The 1950 Ford F68 weighed 2,430 kg. (5,357 lb.)
Joe gets antsy with all the math and data.
I like it because I can deduce loaded average cost per mile.  In this particular case it was $0.3979 per mile or $0.2473 per kilometer.  A good number to know.

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