Shauna and Colby, 1998

This picture was taken in May, 1998 at a local tobacco store. Since neither knew who Steve Grissom was, it really wasn’t a big deal. However, once they were allowed to sit in the car, they both became instant Steve Grissom fans.

What Men Want For Christmas 2011, Day 16

magazineBelieve it or not, men still like to read magazines, especially those who are reluctant to join the digital age of tablet pc’s and smart phones. Regardless, a magazine subscription will give him access to print and online services. Find out what subscription he may be interested in and run with it. A few favorites are Car and Driver, Motortrend, Automobile Magazine, Hot Rod Magazine and Road & Track Magazine. If you want to be a bit elfish, get him a subscription to Playboy. Approximate cost: $15.00 to $20.00.

Abandoned US 23 (Ashland, Ky.)

Today we decided to do a little exploring. For years, I wanted to know what became of the road between Ashland and Russell that ran parallel with Armco Rd. I remember as a kid, my mom would stop along the hillside on US 23 at a market (Artrips I think) on our way home from Ashland. Once the 4 lane was completed and long before the new Walmart was built, the viaduct out of Ashland was torn down and the road was abandoned. Not too long after this, the new apartments were built on top of the hill across US 23 from Walmart on what is now known as Providence Hill. You can see it in the center of the map below.

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If anybody remembers when the road was officially closed, please let me know! I’ve also included a short video that was taken with my iPhone from in front of what was the market.

We Are Marshall

In November, 1970, virtually the entire football team and coaches of Marshall University (Huntington, W.V.) die in a plane crash. That spring, led by Nate Ruffin, a player who was ill and missed the fatal flight, students rally to convince the board of governors to play the 1971 season. The college president, Don Dedman, must find a coach, who then must find players. They petition the NCAA to allow freshmen to play, and coach Jack Lengyel motivates and leads young players at the same time that he reexamines the Lombardi creed that winning is the only thing. The father and the fiancée of a player who died find strength to move on. Can Marshall win even one game in 1971?

8.5 Stars (8.5 / 10)

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World Trade Center

Watching World Trade Center as I do some cleaning in the basement. Have to admit, I get cold chills during certain scenes of the movie. Can’t believe that it’s been 10 years…I’ve been following this person on Flickr for the past couple of years. He works across from the WTC site and posts pics of the progress every 2 weeks or so. It’s great to see such progress after all these years. The Freedom Tower is going to be spectacular. Can’t wait to drive up and visit when it’s completed! As far as the movie, it’s very moving, really puts you in the place of those who were there that day! If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s worth a watch!

7.5 Stars (7.5 / 10)

Black Widow

Black WidowColby and I were at my mothers this morning to replace some wooden steps. We pulled one of them up and ran into this. A Black Widow protecting her egg sack. This little baby could do a lot of damage if bitten by her. Luckily, we were able to avoid her and sent her on her merry way….minus the egg sack..

2012 Pontiac Trans Am

transamOk, I’ve had like 200 emails concerning this car. We had it posted a couple of years ago and apparently, people still want to see it. It’s the car that will never be thanks to GM. Once the Pontiac name was dissolved, so was this car. Built on the same alpha platform as the new Camaro, the Pontiac Trans Am was shown only as a concept car. Sad but true, we’ll never see this car venture down the highways of the US….