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Bus Blog / Follow up on Ketchup - Webmaster's indulgence
« on: July 31, 2007, 01:30:52 AM »
I once did a blog on how much sugar was in ketchup. Then, the second and third  ingredient was corn syrup, and high fructose corn syrup, both of which are sugars, highly refined sugars. That made ketchup almost as sweet as the equivalent amount of cane sugar, table sugar.

Good news! Heinz now makes a Ketchup that has 75% less sugar than their regular ketchup. Now, in the ingredients list, the very last one is sucralose, which is Splenda.

I bought a bottle and guess what? It tastes more like ketchup than their regular ketchup. When I eat it, it doesn't feel as if I stuck my tongue in and licked a sugar bowl.

They, food producers, will sell you what ever will sell. If I  had my way, I'd buy the reduced sugar Ketchup, and take the rest of the sugar and turn it into bio-fuel and put it in my Westy.

Buses by the Buoy 2007 will be held in Lubec, Maine September 7-8-9 at the Southbay Campground. That is 580 miles from my house. Quite a trek to get up there. That is definitely NOT a weekend trip for me.

Bus Blog / More Chuck Taylor news
« on: April 12, 2007, 09:58:32 AM »

These men of otherwise good character have succumbed to the social pressures of high fashion placed upon them by a small section of the limbo club. The fear of social stigma was too much to bear. Lacking will power they caved in to Chuck Taylor's fashion standard.

Event/Show/Campout news and reviews / A Study in Gnomes
« on: April 09, 2007, 12:32:16 AM »
There has been some talk of a certain member of the limbo club who resembles a gnome. Through careful analysis, I determined that there are more gnomes in limbo than meets the eye. This photo analysis reveals the truth.

This photoraphic evidence reveals that some members may be hiding their gnome-ship by taking growth hormones. But the truth is finally revealed.

So WHO is the real gnome?

Modifications and Alterations / Screw it!...I fixed it... I think
« on: March 21, 2007, 01:29:01 AM »
I have an '84 Westy. There is a little bracket that mounts to the engine block.  The alternator then mounts on this little bracket. Well, there are 2 bolts that hold the bracket to the engine block. Both of those bolts had broken off inside the engine block. However, the van was still running OK. The adjusting bar for tightening the alternator belt was enough to hold the alternator in place. But, not tightly. When I start the van and idle it squeals like a stuck pig. You know the sound a loose or worn fan belt makes. Very annoying.

So, today I fixed it.. hopefully. I used my new left handed twist drills to try and remove the broken off screws. But, it didn't work. The screws didn't come out. But, I did manage to drill holes there. I had some really good hardened steel self-tapping screws that I could insert in the holes and tighten down. It worked beautifully. Nice and tight.

OK, so now I mount the bracket and go to tighten it down. But, there is no way in hell I could get a wrench on those screws. Not from the top, the bottom, or the sides. It pissed me off. I seen this before when working on things on that engine, bolts that are impossible to get wrenches on.  But today I wasn't going to be defeated.  I took the bracket, put it in a vise, and between using a drill and my reciprocating saw made a slot in the bracket so I could get a wrench on the screw head. Well, it worked. I got a wrench on the screw head and bolted that bracket to the engine. I then put the alternator back on. All is nice and tight. But the test is going to be if the bracket is rigid enough after I compromised it by adding the slots.  I think it will be OK but the test of time will tell.

Bus Blog / Google Sucks
« on: February 20, 2007, 12:39:47 AM »
Over the last month I have noticed a serious decline in the quality of Google searches. I noticed that when I did some searches I was directed to pages that were heavily advertising google or wanted me to buy something. My searches were mostly for technical stuff and yet I'd ended up on some marginally related topic. It was never that way before. The real proof for me was looking at the web statistics for the limbo site. Google used to index our site 3 times more than the nearest search engine competitor. Now, today, they are number 2 BEHIND Yahoo indexing our site. What does that tell me? Google sold out and can no longer be trusted as a good search engine. Their aim now is money, not quality.

So, my advice is to look around for different search engines to use. I'm trying out , there is  , and others.

I'm telling you this because if you are searching for information out there on the web you now have to do it with another search engine or a few search engines to get reliable data. That was the way it was before Google. So, take note, Google sucks!


PS A friend says it is because Google stock went public and now only the $$$$$ matters.

Bus Blog / THIS is how cold it is where I are
« on: February 17, 2007, 09:25:32 PM »
My Indulgence. This is the result of the Valentines Day snow storm

Me. Not snow-blowing for a change.

Glad I bought the 10HP snowblower and spent the extra bucks.

Path for mailman.

You should have seen the backdoor the next day. One step off the stoop and you were hip deep in snow.

Modifications and Alterations / Subwoofer amp - power takeoff
« on: April 09, 2006, 09:33:54 AM »
I'm putting in a subwoofer. I already have the speaker mounted under the rear folding seat. I plan on putting the power amp above the seat in the cabinet up top. I've run the power wires to the engine compartment. Now I need to know where to attach the wires so I get continuous power.  I know I have a couple of options, but I wonder if somebody found a good safe way of doing this. <br> ???

Where do you like to go Camping? / Brennen Beach, Lake Ontario, NY
« on: August 18, 2003, 11:01:10 AM »
Brennen Beach Campground is a privately owned campground on Lake Ontario near Pulaski NY. It is a family oriented campground.  It is one of the largest RV parks in the northeast, but little known. It has a lot of permanent sites but they do have a good number of overnight sites with hook-ups. They have 3 pools in a "plaza" where there is a camp store. On weekends in the summer they run bands in the plaza every Saturday night. The beach is nice also. If you catch a warm windy day you can practically surf on the large waves rolling in on the beach from Lake Ontario. <br><br><br><br>

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