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January 28th, 2009

…Fifth Avenue, the photographers will snap us.” Irving Berlin, who wrote those words to his song “Easter Parade” in 1948, probably knew about DeSotos, but he could hardly have foreseen Wayne Graefen, the CarPort’s Texas Ranger. Wayne gads about in Texas and environs looking for interesting autos. Sometimes he buys them, like the Hupp Eight….
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January 22nd, 2009

It was cold in Washington, DC, this week, as the nation inaugurated our 44th President. For President Obama and his entourage there was no discomfort, as their new hermetically-sealed Cadillac limos kept them warm and dry. For the millions on the mall, however, it was shivers and shakes as the thermometer hovered in the high….
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January 16th, 2009

I’ve mentioned before that I never had Tonka toys when I was growing up. I was not deprived, however. By the time I was seven or eight I had been given several Dinky Toys, and a new era in my life had begun. Dinky Toys were a British invention, sold by Meccano, Ltd., makers of….
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January 9th, 2009

It was July 1990 and we were driving along in Beluga, our 1970 Chevy Impala, headed for a week’s vacation in Vermont. We’d been contemplating a change in our automotive stable, as our three children were outgrowing the Impala and our other vehicles comprised a Peugeot 504 Diesel and a rusty Dodge Club Cab pickup.….
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January 2nd, 2009

One thing instilled in me by my late father was an appreciation for tools, their care and feeding and especially the use of the right tool for the job. As a jack of many trades, in his 89-year lifetime he accumulated quite an array of tools, many of which I still have. One Christmas, some….
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Serendipity: n. An aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
“They were always making discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”
Horace Walpole, The Three Princes of Serendip
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