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"I'm not afraid things won't get better, but it feels like this has gone on forever" __ Toad The Wet Sprocket __ 'Good Intentions'

Cars & music = time machines that just keep playing!

Life is like cars & music; it runs, grooves & stays alive in surprising ways.

Stopping in to say "hello" & share some highlights (pics below); perhaps I can't say "goodbye" completely....

* For the last week or so, I haven't slept or eaten much. It may just be stress, but I have an appointment w/my PCP this Thursday to make sure. I'd hate to think the pneumonia has returned or an issue has developed w/my pig or cow valves....

* I probably will start writing again, particularly my Route 66 story. Should also carve out some time to update the website Ray B created for me....

* Paid $10 for a hood ornament for my 1979 Caprice Classic at the Fall 2012 Jefferson WI Swap Meet. Last time I was at Fall Jefferson was 1998; I bought the 4 wire hubcaps for my '79 MC for $5 total. [The original '79 caps were moved to my (then parents') '81 MC, which had plain Malibu caps on it, per my parents' request at time of original purchase.] This year, I also found a HotWheels 2nd gen MC, which I bought for my nephew to complete his collection of all 4 generations; yes, he already knows which generation is which!

* Went to Freeport IL & Winnebago IL to visit friends; a friend from Pittsburgh PA visited while in the area.

* Went to a drive-in theater to watch a movie for the 1st time (been to several drive-ins along Route 66). Saw "Back To The Future" & "Jaws" at the McHenry IL Drive-In.

* At the Morris IL Car Show/Swap Meet, 10/21/2012, I bought 2 dealer posters ... 1979 Caprice Classic sedan & 1979 Blazer (red/white, just like Uncle Glen's, the 1st vehicle I drove before I got my license). I also saw some cool cars, including several MCs that "found" me. Guess I'll never get away from them...?

* My '79 & '81 MCs surpassed the 1,000-mile for the year in LESS THAN 2 MONTHS, a bittersweet milestone, & weather-permitting, will have ~1,200 for the year before snow flies. It's been a heck of a spring/summer/fall...!

* My 1979 Caprice Classic reminds me of the 70s-orange 1978 CC that, in mid-1984, was considered as a possible replacement for "my" '76 MC. I remember that fateful Labor Day Friday when I rounded the last corner between school & home & did NOT see "my" car in the driveway. I was told that, come Tuesday, a 1982 Chevette (at least it is RWD &, like the CC, has NEVER been front-wheel-drive!) would be ours; that was the only time I've seen the FRONT of a '76 MC frown (seen the rear frown many times). Though it's been ~3 months, each time I drive my remaining 2 MCs, I fully expect to see 5 MCs when that garage door opens.... I know, they're "just cars", but I miss my former MCs (1972, 1976, 1987) a LOT & only a few people will understand/know that.... Even so, later this week, I will ADD a 1989 Caprice Classic to the family...!

* Lots of "Nephew Time"! I've taught him well, it seems. He's asked when he can hear me on the radio again & knows cars well. I've played cars w/him, of course, & he has sat on my lap to listen to music, watch CARS-clip videos & a junkyard/car video ... multiple times. I wonder if my soon-to-be-niece will love her "Uncle Cort" as much as her brother does.... He'll be 4 in less than a month!

* Walked along a path in some wetlands in town around which had been farmland until new homes were built. That's farmland lost to homes that cost more than I'll ever afford, w/new Honda Ridgelines, Toyota Priuses, Cadillac Escalades, etc., in the driveways while the 3-car garages are storage containers. Yes, "progress is progress", but sometimes I wonder. Thinking of the past is "nostalgic" & "taboo", but I sometimes wish I could see life, towns, people, etc., back when the cars I enjoy ruled the roadways, driveways & garages of the United States....

* I've wanted to move away from cold, ice & snow, but I'd miss a lot of nephew (& niece) time. Yet, depending on who is hiring, maybe a move is a chance to start over. I just hate it that family & friends are "so far away", no matter where I am.... We work too hard for too little (when employed, that is), but don't have time, energy or money for all we want to do in life.

* What a life, full of twists & turns (good & bad) that we never expect. I'm not where I'd thought I'd be at this age, but that isn't necessarily bad...just frustrating, especially if I'm still unemployed come the end of December (most-likely no Christmas Eve radio show this year).... Recently, I've caught myself thinking, 'If I could just get around this corner, I can start my life.' Except, physically I'm 39 & have turned many corners. Medically, I'm probably twice Betty White's age. Mentally, I'm still a kid-teenager-young adult trying to find...me or something. The restless unsettledness (job hunt, decreasing $$ & stuff on my mind) is increasingly frustrating.

* This December will be 25 years since my original best friend died of an asthma attack, 12/27/87, 9 months after my 2nd open heart surgery. I was reminded one day when I drove my 1979 Caprice Classic to Fox River Grove-Cary IL. For as many times as I've driven that route the last month, as I headed north on IL RT 31, just north of I-90 & the Holiday Inn, a late 1970s Cadillac parked in the cemetery (east side of the road) caught my eye; I was instantly reminded that Josh is buried there.

* In a few weeks, I'll celebrate the 1st anniversary of my 4th OHS.

* I hope, after the election, we remember we are friends/family. Otherwise, we are in a heap of trouble, no matter who is elected.

PICS!

Nephew James w/his 4 MC generations, L-R = green 1970 (1st), yellow 1973-5 (2nd), yellow 1980 (3rd) & black 1986 SS (4th)

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Old 1979 MC emblem (similar to old 1979 Caprice Classic hood ornament emblem) w/new hood ornament, purchased in mid-1990s from GM

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Original 1981 MC hood ornament emblem, NO replacement needed

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New 1979 Caprice Classic hood ornament installed

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1979 MC, 10/10/2012, during the drive that reached the 1,000-mile mark for the year. This is heading north on IL RT 47, which connects the Lincoln Highway, Route 66, US 20 & I-90.

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1979 MC, 10/10/2012, after reaching 1,000 miles for 2012. Overall, the '79 MC now has over 147K miles.

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1981 MC, 10/10/2012, during the drive that reached the 1,000-mile mark for the year. This is along Crawford Rd.

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1981 MC, 10/10/2012, after reaching 1,000 miles for 2012. Overall, the '81 MC now has over 195K miles.

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1979 Blazer & 1979 Caprice Classic dealer posters purchased from Rodney at the Morris IL Car Show/Swap Meet

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I miss my former MCs more than some know, but this is my soon-to-be 1989 Caprice Classic w/me looking at it

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Cort | 39.m.IL | pigValve + paceMaker + cowValve | 2 MCs + '79 & '89 Caprice Classics

CHD.cars + RoadTrips.hobbies.RadioShows.us66 = http://www.chevyasylum.com/cort

* roadsNwheels + CapriceClassicForum = http://rdwhl-capriceclassic.proboards.com/ *

"Can we stop this time or must we go again?" __ TG Sheppard __ 'Finally'

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Nice to have you stop back in, Cort! :smilewide:

Love that '79 Blazer poster. When at the Fall AACA show in Hershey almos two weeks ago, came across a vendor with a full-set of '75 Chevy dealership posters, including the color charts for cars and trucks and the upholstrey wheel for all models. Needless to say it was not a cheap set to purchase.

Need the full story on the '89 Caprice purchase, please ;)

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Hey Cort, Great to see you Pop in. Do Not be a stranger, you have many friends here who care. Glad to see you are still living life even with all the challanges. Hang in there and it will get better.

Just remember to have a little fun or at least allot with those kids! Do it Kangnum style when you can! :pbjtime:

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Nice to have you stop back in, Cort! :smilewide:

Thank you!!!!

Love that '79 Blazer poster. When at the Fall AACA show in Hershey almos two weeks ago, came across a vendor with a full-set of '75 Chevy dealership posters, including the color charts for cars and trucks and the upholstrey wheel for all models. Needless to say it was not a cheap set to purchase.

I imagine it wasn't cheap. The friend of mine that I rode down with was looking at such a set for 1976 ... and it was a bit more than he wanted to pay at the time....

Oh, and details on the Caprice below....sort of. he he.

a friend from Pittsburgh PA visited while in the area.

That'd have been me. :cutlass:

Yep!!! It was great to see you again, Drew!

Hey Cort, Great to see you Pop in. Do Not be a stranger, you have many friends here who care. Glad to see you are still living life even with all the challanges. Hang in there and it will get better.

Just remember to have a little fun or at least allot with those kids! Do it Kangnum style when you can! :pbjtime:

LOL! I'll try to remember that. And, thank you ... I'll see what I can do to stop by a bit more often, and I sure appreciate the sentiment....

"I thought that time would cure" __ Tom Wopat __ 'A Little Bit Closer'

Tests (CT scan, chest Xray, bloodwork) showed NO appendicitis or pneumonia. So, it most-likely is stress. Solution? Spend more time w/people (road trip or something else...!) to have fun & relax. Problem? Distance & availability. Ugh!

Purchased the 1989 Caprice Classic the evening of 10/26/2012, so the '89 is now mine ... officially! Good or bad, it's a new chapter of my car family. Heh, 10 years ago (March 2002), I added a 1st gen to complete my MC collection w/all 4 generations: '72 (1970-72), '76 (1973-77), '79 (1978-1980) & '81 (1981-88); the '87 arrived mid-2003. Now, I have 2 MC generations, 3rd (1979) & 4th (1981), & 2 Caprice Classics, 1979 (LP="WINTR 79") & 1989 (LP="SUMMR 89"), which though virtually are the same car, look & drive vastly different....

This October, I celebrated 20 years owning my '79 MC. Earlier this year, my '81 MC surpassed 30 years in our family. I've owned the 1979 Caprice Classic for 3 years now. I've met many people through my cars (past & present) & road trips, & have experienced many good things because of them. I look forward to many more years of car ownership & awesome experiences....

AND ... since you can't hit at what you don't swing, anyone want to help me attempt to land a job (& be able to do my Christmas Eve radio show for the 4th straight year)? If you own a business, know someone who does, or can put me in contact w/your employer's "decision maker", Email me:

faithcubsmc2691

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aol.com

Businesses for this can be located ANYWHERE in the United States, but must have a product or service that the public uses, like hotels, restaurants, gas stations, car repair shops, attractions, museums, stores, events, etc. Thank you!

MORE PICS!

My new "Car Family", 1989 Caprice Classic, '79 MC, '81 MC, 1979 Caprice Classic...

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Comparing my 2 Caprice Classics, 1979 & 1989...

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Cort | 39.m.IL | pigValve + paceMaker + cowValve | 2 MCs + '79 & '89 Caprice Classics

CHD.cars + RoadTrips.hobbies.RadioShows.us66 = http://www.chevyasylum.com/cort

* roadsNwheels + CapriceClassicForum = http://rdwhl-capriceclassic.proboards.com/ *

"I may lose the battle, but I love the fight" __ John Schneider __ 'Love, You Ain't Seen The Last Of Me'

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*grins*

Thanks, guys!

BTW ... do any of you remember "Blade Runner"???

Cort | 39.m.IL | pigValve + paceMaker + cowValve | 2 MCs + '79 & '89 Caprice Classics

CHD.cars + RoadTrips.hobbies.RadioShows.us66 = http://www.chevyasylum.com/cort

"Take a drive along the beach" __ England Dan & John Ford Coley __ 'I'd Really Love To See You Tonight'

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