Category Archives: Cars and Motoring

Nostalgia ain’t What it Used to Be

out with the old, and in with the new

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There is something satisfying and real about people, places, and things that properly belong in a bygone era.  Somehow the old and familiar can give one a lot of pleasure just by being there.

I like classic cars, classic motorcycles, old Hollywood movies, ancient buildings, and old towns.  I also prefer the classical style of dress, good manners that many think outdated and pointless, and more mature women.

In some ways this Turkish Holiday destination belongs in a bygone era;  the people, the junk cars and busses, the antedeluvian attitude of the men towards women,  the snail slow wi-Fi connection in this hotel, seem more 20th rather than 21st century.

Some older, classical things are worth preserving ~ misogynistic men and painfully slow internet connections should be consigned to the junk pile where they belong.

 Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

steam trains are alive,

electric locomotives are just technology

Scenes on Sunday ~ Rock Stacks

he who moves a mountain carries away the small stones first

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

photoshopped, but still cool

 

Living a Really Great Life

it’s cool to be confident and happy being just who you are

building a very cool car is part of living a great life

I tell people that I’m a very cool guy, living a really great life ~ and some of that is actually true.  I am old enough and wealthy enough that I have no need to work for a living, and having a reasonable amount of money I can pretty much do what I want, go where I want, buy whatever I like…..

But, there was a fly in my soup.  For as long as I remember I had a terrible feeling that I didn’t fit in, that I didn’t belong, that everyone was out to get me.  I was always afraid, angry, envious, jealous, paranoid, suicidal, and often the worse for drink.  Each and every day I struggled to keep it all together, and sometimes the chaotic shit that was going on inside my mind would spill over and I would become a really nasty, destructive, resentful jerk.  That was always followed by deep remorse, regret, apologies, and promises never to do that again ~ until the next time.

I didn’t learn that the only way to deal with negative and unhealthy beliefs and emotions is to allow yourself to feel them, let them pass through you, and then let them go and move on.  For no reason I can find, a few days ago I learned the lesson that I don’t need to react to negative, destructive, fearful, paranoid, resentful, jealous feelings and beliefs.  I made one small change ~ no matter how bad I feel, on the outside I will always seem to be a very cool guy, living a really great life.

As they say in 12-step meetings; I will fake it to make it, I will act as if I am totally cool, that I’ve got my shit together, that I am utterly self-aware, self-confident, self-controlled, and self-disciplined.  And you know what?  The more I act like that, the truer and more real it becomes.

It turns out that I am a very cool guy, living a really great life.

In a few days I’m taking a vacation in Turkey, before that I’m going to do a couple of pretty outrageous things that I wouldn’t even have dreamed of doing just a few short days ago.  Later this year I’ll be taking a trip over the Christmas Holidays, and I’ve already got some great things in mind for next year.  How cool is all that?

Some say that we can never escape our past.  And that we will never be good enough, that we could always have done better, that we will never be able to hold onto a relationship, that we will always be a drunken jerk.  All I know is that the only person I need to compare myself with is the guy I was yesterday.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Sedona, AZ, one of the really great places I’ve been to this year

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished~  Lao Tzu

the evening always happens in its own good time

What if all behaviour has a probability of both success and failure?  How would we increase the chances of our being successful, and decrease the probability of our failing?  Well the first thing we have to do is stop seeing everything in terms of Yes / No, Black / White, Angels / Demons, and instead begin to accept that the world and the people we meet exist in shades of grey.  Instead of our totally failing at something, we need to accept the premise that it is possible to be moderately successful.

This goes against everything I believe and live by.  I have a personality disorder, and one of the traits of this illness is called Splitting ~ seeing everything in black and white, being completely successful, or a total failure ~ with nothing in between.  Everything in me says there should be no shades of grey.

Real life is not like that.  You may have a pretty good marriage without it being perfect.  Or, you might have a decent job without it being your ideal career.  And, you might be reasonably healthy without looking like a Greek God with a hell of an adonis belt.  To be more successful we need to accept that life is what it is, and then work fucking very hard to get more of what we like, want, need, and desire, and less of the things that annoy us, make us angry, depress us, and make us feel like crap.

One way to do the hard work to achieve greater success is to get away from our black and white thinking need to make immediate changes, our need for instant gratification, our need to make things happen Now!  Instead we should learn to use patience and time in our favour.

I do things fast.  I think fast, I read fast, I solve problems quickly, I jump to conclusions, I am impulsive, I have vicious mood swings, and they happen Fast!  This is all part of the borderline personality disorder I suffer from, and I know I need to control this.  The wiser man takes his time to think before he acts.

A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.  ~  George Savile

Charging off at the far horizon is all very well ~ it’s exhilarating and exciting.  But what if it’s the wrong horizon, what if you’re going in the wrong direction?  The wiser man takes time to prepare, to make certain he is ready, to ensure that he’s going in the right direction.

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.  ~  Abraham Lincoln

When there is time, the wise man uses that time to his best advantage.  Only when there is something truly urgent and immediate does a wise man act fast.  And, in an emergency all the good stuff he has done in the past, because he was patient enough to always do the very best he could, all that good stuff will come to his aid and strengthen his arm to help him to do the right thing, even when he has to do it fast.

In the long run we shall do more by sometimes doing less.  ~  Charles Spurgeon

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

you just know who is going to win this one

 

Scenes on Sunday ~ Marmaduke in Americia

he who lives sees much, he who travels sees more

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jack collier

jackcollier@talktalk.net

 

Marmaduke is a very cool dude

 

 

The Stupidity of Keyless Cars

in America car crime is a depressingly common occurance

cars from the Honda group are the most targeted by thieves

If you own a keyless car, then any computer savvy thief can steal it in an instant.  Wireless key jamming techniques and other hacks allow chummy to be off on his toes with your motor in seconds, and the more high-tech your car, the easier it is to spoof its computers ~ supercars such as the Tesla are particularly vulnerable.

Conversely, older and more primitive cars which use proper door locks and an ignition key are more difficult to nick, needing some physical violence from the tea leaf, and enough electrical knowledge to hot-wire the thing.  And don’t think that locking your car in your garage makes it safe.  These days most garage doors are opened with a remote, and they are so easy to spoof it’s almost laughable.

What can one do to secure one’s car and make it more difficult to steal?  The #1 rule with any security is that it should be visible and physical, not electronic.  Physical security for a car is cheap and easy, if slightly inconvenient.  An old-fashioned crook lock or steering wheel lock can be bought for $30 or so, or if your car is going to be sitting parked for an extended period you could always buy yourself a Denver Boot, (vehicle wheel clamp).  Personally I always had a switch on the low tension lead, and if I was feeling paranoid I would pocket the rotor-arm.  (I always liked older sports cars.)

The top ten tips for protecting your car;

  1. Consider where you park
  2. Don’t leave stuff in sight in your car ~ your purse for example
  3. Fit a vehicle immobiliser
  4. Fit a car alarm
  5. Look after your keys ~ car thieves steal keys
  6. Protect your wheels ~ fit locking wheel nuts
  7. Get your windows etched
  8. Buy a steering wheel lock
  9. Get a car tracker
  10. Always, always physically lock your car

Your car still may get stolen, but if you’ve done all you can to protect it you may not feel quite so bad.  OK, you’ll still be shocked, but you might not feel stupid.

Keyless cars about as secure as contactless credit and debit card payments ~ and they are totally open to fraud.

Some say that they feel safe because they always lock their car.  And that their car will never be stolen because they never park on the street.  All I know is I had cars pinched three times, and I’m paranoid about security.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the Tesla is a prime target for computer-savvy car thieves

Tunes on Tuesday ~ hip to be square

being a square stops you from going around in circles

As I am a true-blue Englishman, with old-fashioned values and very high standards, I am just about as square as it gets.  This is a pretty cool track.

But, you want to know a secret?  I’m actually a very cool guy, living a really great life.

Please listen responsibly.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

square guys don’t often find themselves in places like this ~ well after midnight

Monochrome Monday ~ San Bernardino County

adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience

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jackcollier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Zzyzx, the strangest town in America

founded by a religious nutcase

Pictures by The Girl Riding Shotgun

Scenes on Sunday ~ Arizona

in Arizona they salt margaritas, not sidewalks and roads

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Watermelon Margaritas

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

in Arizona, nothing but a Mustang convertible will do.

 

Run Baby Run

she learned to run from what she feels, right into a nightmare

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she left her job in an office

bought herself a Mustang

now she’s dealing blackjack

in the bright lights of Las Vegas

turning tricks on Saturday nights

she wants to leave Las Vegas

make an end to the nightmares

they say suicide is painless

she needs to be alone tonight

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

what happens in Vegas

stays in your memories forever

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