New Ride

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OntarioJohn
OntarioJohn Senior Member • Posts: 1,959
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I could not get one of those nice Cuban trucks into Canada.  But we got home and the older Mini became a newer Mini with an extra foot.  And sunroofs.  I want to drive to Florida, but alas, I'm going to San Diago for a week in March and Europe for 3 in May, after just coming from Cuba.  So...here she is.

I was, numerous times, in charge of fires like this.  Even before I became a city firefighter I had the district north of Superior, about 4 million acres and 3 small fire departments of which I was the head gazoo.  Some of the fire equipment I saw so very very old, and other stuff was much newer.  I see huge changes in Cuba, in the last 4 years cell phones are everywhere.  Just don't try to use American Express.  LOL.

So the above is an old ride, I drove fire apparatus, and eventually became the head of Driver Training, amongst other stuff like talking to the political hands.  No fun at all.  Once it was no fun I took the pension, and retired at 53.  Because I could.

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steelhead3 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,453
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Take a trip to Australia, they put out brush fires with a rag on a stick.

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OntarioJohn
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I like clearing fire breaks with get cord.  One machine spools 10 cords about 2 feet apart each.  After a 1/4 mile tie it up, kaboom.

It's easier to manage a few water bombers and a chopper for spot fires, then hoses and men/women at the end to finish it up.

But in the spring when the forests sprout new growth the moisture content of the needles drops on the tree, and it's susceptible to those huge crown fires if there is a dry wind.  Nothing will stop that on a bad day, except a change in weather.  Rain is the best fire fighter in the bush, but some years there is a bit of drought.

Summer time sees the fire risk drop.  I've arrived in a chopper with the supervisor and the women who were part of the Caramat fire brigade were working with an old pump on the railway right of way.  80 degrees, the women in shorts, shirts ties around their waists, black from soot, bras dripping wet.  The government crew arrived in a chopper with a brand new pump, perfect orange jump suits, and they could not get the pump to start.  One of the women, who just rolled a smoke, lights it and says, "Sonny you do it like this, flips a switch, primes it, pulls hard once and off it goes.  He was a stick man, and she was like a huge muscled sack of potatoes in comparison.  Hilarious.

I had a lot of good times up there, but after the age and illnesses have messed me up, I know fuill well it's no country for sick old men.  It would eat me up just getting to 2 doctors appts. a week.  As in drive 8 hours to go and 8 hours back.  Nice.  Not up the road a few blocks...

Oh well.  It never ceased to amaze me why some people don't let more burn.  Often you expend a whole lot of effort when it will burn out, or you could just back fire it.

However the MINI Clubman, with the 3.5 doors is cute, and I want to go to Montreal or someplace.  But in NY I take a cab.  I'm not that crazy...!!!

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CallMeAlan Contributing Member • Posts: 635
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And this is my new ride - a Smart. Do you have those over the water?

800cc turbo diesel, 3 cylinders.  I get 70mpg.  Two pedals, you can drive it either in automatic or sequential - click the lever and it changes gear.  Loaded with all the tech, built-in satnav, climate control, electronic stability, all the good stuff.

Almost the best fun you can have wearing clothes!



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OntarioJohn
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Yes we have them.  They hang in the butcher shop.  

Might be ok for downtown Toronto, but it's not practical for most of the country.  An 8 hour trip ending on gravel roads might not make this the best ride.

I have a better one that than, it's an old GMC pickup full of old cigar butts, dog treats, and fishing gear.  It's mine.

The wife's car is the Mini but I borrow it.  This one is 3 days old with 7kms on it when we got it.  I have NOT yet driven it, but my son and wife have.

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Karl Scharf
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Nice new ride John. Bet it gets great gas milage and is fun to drive. Standard transmission I would hope?

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OntarioJohn
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Well hybrid. It has a 'flipper' on the steering wheel, which is kind of crazy, the wheel has to turn too much for you to shift on a corner, a race car is ok, the wheel doesn't go more than a few inches.

And my wife says we can have a car with a clutch when she has 3 legs.  I don't hold out hope.

That's her car though.  She bought the first one when I was in the hospital and maybe not coming home.

I since have escaped the clutches of the Cancer folk, and now I have a beat up old pick up truck.  And a nice dog to put in it.

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Interesting to say the least.  You sure have done a lot, work wise and also travel wise.

CC

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Hey CC, yes, and off to San Diago, my best friend and his wife are there.  Going 3 March for a week, got flights on SW out of Detroit for 235.00 return.  Pretty low price.

Europe in May, if I can still stumble.  

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CallMeAlan Contributing Member • Posts: 635
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OntarioJohn wrote:

Yes we have them. They hang in the butcher shop.

Really?  Oh well, what you chaps choose to slice up and eat rare with a salad is your own business I suppose.  Here in the UK horse seems to be the (inadvertent) flavour of the day.  Pity those buying frozen pre-prepared food.

Might be ok for downtown Toronto, but it's not practical for most of the country. An 8 hour trip ending on gravel roads might not make this the best ride.

We tend not to have much in the way of gravel roads here.  Though the extensive potholes caused by all the recent rain and frost, which they seem to be unable to afford to repair thus far, are very unkind on my tiny motor vehicle.  I probably look like I'm DUI as I swerve all over the road trying to avoid them.

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Nice British car there! 

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