Friday, November 17, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Another Hot Wheels purchase


I found this at a local drug store. I know nothing about the 934.5.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Now I have to worry about the Gulf Clan

Last week, the Colombian military seized 12 tons of cocaine worth $360,000,000-- the largest seizure in history.

The cocaine belonged to the Gulf Clan, a crime syndicate descended from right-wing paramilitaries. The cocaine was found in the area between Chigorodo and Carepa, right on my bus route from Medellin to Turbo. In fact, I'll be flying out of Apartado airport, which has been used by the Gulf Clan for some of its shady business. Neat!


Monday, November 13, 2017

My new car mugs




More carspotting from China

Quick, Ramon, what's the second car?




And we're back


We just got back from a 4-day trip to Vegas to visit family. I got a facial for the first time at a spa and it was a transformative experience. Junior and I also got kicked out of a casino.

Two more trips in the coming months. In December, we go to Maui. In January, I go on my bus trip.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Documentary about Rio to Lima long distance bus

A big thanks to Ramon for telling me about this documentary. It shows exactly why I enjoy these bus trips so much.

I won't be posting for four days, so enjoy this while I'm gone!

Bonus: It's narrated by that English speaker in all those Auto Motor Und Sport videos.





Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Random cars parked in Beijing

A friend is on vacation there and I asked her to take some pictures of cars. She sent these.




Monday, November 06, 2017

1993 Mercedes 500E One Take

Kruseman sprint dirt car school

It's in Ventura, just north of LA. My buddy P lives there. Maybe we'll go!

For 40 laps, it costs $625.


Sunday, November 05, 2017

Tarlan's US F1 race photos

Lucky guy.





1996 champion Damon Hill.


2018 Williams driver? Paul DiResta. How does he fit in an F1 car?


Seiko wristwatch computer

Saturday, November 04, 2017

A day trip up to Sonoma/Napa

A couple of Fridays ago, after the huge fires died down, we went up to Sonoma and Napa for the day. The area depends on tourism so we thought we'd do our part. Here is what we saw.

We first drove up to Sonoma. We passed by Sonoma Raceway. 60% of the hill overlooking the racetrack was charred black.

We went to Ceja Winery near Fremont Diner. It was the first day the tasting room opened since the fire. We were the only ones there for a long time, until a couple from Charleston, South Carolina, showed up. Here are a few unused livery cars parked outside.


We then went to St. Helena for lunch. The restaurant is usually pretty busy, but we had no problem getting a table. The staff frankly looked shellshocked. The menu was very limited, but we had a good time.


Then, it was a stroll through town. I saw this BMW Z8 in a bank parking lot. I wonder if it belongs to a good customer who needed a safe place to protect his prized possession from the fire.


And I believe that's a Honda Clarity, the fuel cell-powered sedan. It looked fugly.


We then drove up to Calistoga. The town was evacuated but the firefighters were able to save it. It's my favorite place up there. I couldn't get a mud bath at Indian Springs that day because the male section of the spa was closed for planned renovations.


And here's the drive down Silverado Trail. The fire reached the edge of the road and many buildings and vineyards were saved. The firefighters did an incredible job.


Man sits by gorilla after its mother died


Pan-American Highway blocked by indigenous protestors

This could definitely throw a wrench into my trip. Indigenous groups all over Colombia are upset about a number of legitimate issues. And selfishly, it's going to potentially wreck my vacation plans. Right now, I'm not concerned about my safety. It's more of a logistics/time issue. I gave myself two days of leeway in case of unexpected delays, but that may not be enough.

Here is a short news piece.

Here is raw footage of a protest.

Here is a longer piece about the plight of long-distance/international travelers.

Here is a typical roadblock.

Saudi father teaches daughter how to drive in Coke ad

Debbie Downer says: Saudi Arabia has a 17.6% diabetes prevalence rate.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Judy Tenuta soda ad

I was a huge fan of standup comedy when it was popular in the 1980s. One of the strangest comics was the accordioned Judy Tenuta. I was listening to Marc Maron interview Joy Behar this week and she mentioned working with Tenuta. Talk about a blast from the past!

Flexible logging truck

H/t to @slirt.

Clay modeling article


Informative BBC article. H/t to Ch.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Eating the Globe: Croatia


Tadich Grill (1849) is not only one of the oldest surviving restaurants in San Francisco, it is one of the oldest surviving restaurants in the country. It's named after a Croatian, who introduced grilled fish to Americans. Croatians, supposedly, invented grilled fish.

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Tunisia, Zimbabwe
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden
North America: Belize, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Isuzu Impulse art almost done!

One more detail left.

So good.


Monday, October 30, 2017

New Toyota Century promo video

1. This is very reminiscent of the old Infiniti zen ads here in the U.S.

2. Do you think anyone has ever eaten a taco in the bad seat of a Century?

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Solving Rubik's cube in record time

When I was a kid, I was only able to solve one side of the cube.

The reaction of the kids reminds me of us geeking out at car shows.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017

New Toyota Century press photos

H/t to rchen.


















Sexy compression socks

I'm gearing up for my South American bus trip. And this time, I will be wearing compression socks to combat deep vein thrombosis. Two-and-a-half days straight on a bus is a long time to be sitting around. I'll be doing exercises and drinking plenty of fluids on the bus, but I should wear these socks as a precaution. I ended up ordering Jobst socks. I had no idea they were so sexy.

Eating the Globe: Uzbekistan


A few thoughts.

This is plov, possibly the most Silk Roady dish there is. The English spelling pilaf is from the Greek word pilafi, which is from the Turkish word pilav, which is from the Persian word polow, which is from the Hindi word pulao, which is from the Sanskrit word pulaka (ball of rice).

I had this dish for lunch at a Mongolian sushi place that also served Russian fare. It's as sketchy as it sounds. The flavor was uneven and it was oily and dry at the same time. I really need to go to New York for some decent Central Asian grub.

If all goes according to plan, I will have Croatian for lunch next Monday.

And here is presidential candidate Herman Cain (R) on Uzbekistan.


Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Tunisia, Zimbabwe
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden
North America: Belize, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

US versus Taliban

Talk about your asymmetrical warfare.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Porsche Panamera wagon

This car totally flew under the radar for me.


I have yet to see one in real life. Our local dealer is supposed to have two stocked soon. They start at under $100,000, but the ones that will be at the dealer will both be Turbos, selling for $167,670 and $176,300!

Two traditional Virginia meals

These were from my recent trip.

First up, we have a Southern/Soul Food lunch from Mama J's in the historically African-American quarter of Richmond called Jackson Ward. The sides-- cornbread, greens, and macaroni and cheese-- were the standouts. The catfish was good too, but I should have just ordered one piece instead of two. My eyes were clearly bigger than my stomach. The secret ingredient was salt.


Another memorable meal was lunch at The Roanoker. On the trip, I learned about the difference between City Ham and Country Ham. City Ham is what we consider "ham" outside of Virginia. It is preserved with nitrates. Country Ham is what they eat in Virginia. The bone is kept in and it is preserved with salt.

Again, the sides were the stars of the show. The fresh biscuits, green beans, and garden tomatoes were fantastic.


Who are these F1/COTA VIPs?


Tarlan is working Turn 3 this weekend. The guy on the left is Tavo Hellmund. Who are the other guys?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

1991 Pontiac Trans Am GTA test

A guy in my high school had a new white one. What a stud!

Tracey Ullman interview

When Fox was a brand new baby TV network in the 1980s, it had a few hilarious and innovative shows-- The Tracey Ullman Show and Married with Children. Ullman was interviewed recently by Marc Maron and is worth a listen.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ben bought a Czech radio truck!

Totally normal. It's a 1963 Praga V3S communications truck. It has a top speed of 34 miles per hour and took forever to drive the 200 miles to Ben's home.

Thanks for sharing, man!