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  1. Long Time: News, Invite & Info

    * Suppose it may help to give the link to the actual OC,SH Cruise Night info page, which includes a link to the Beef Villa website: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/ocsh-info/ocsh-cruise-nights/ Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81 MC "Wouldn't you like to get away?" | Gary Portnoy | 'Where Everybody Knows Your Name (Cheers)'
  2. Long Time: News, Invite & Info

    * Yep, I know it has been a while since I last visited, over 5 months, in fact. The road trips I had planned were quickly destroyed, thanks to new health issues & unexpected expenses which wiped out my built-up savings. The health issues had stabilized, more or less, thanks in part to Medicaid finally approving specialists, but then a scare about a speck in my lung being cancerous put me back on edge. I hope to get health issues & finances situated enough so I can do my Road Trips & Working plans sometime later this year or early next year. Meantime, I have been doing (& chronicling on my website) some day exploratory road trips with my 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis LS in the northern IL area to drive roads I have never seen, the latest excursion of which happened Tuesday, 07/11/2017, in conjunction with a drive to Moline IL to meet a friend in person for the 1st time. I posted a writeup & pics here: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/07/14/road-trips-working-11/ Otherwise, life has been mostly good, & I made some changes (with more on the way) to my website [which combines a love of vintage vehicles & congenital heart issue awareness with several different pages & features], including a brand new Business Card. front: back: I have also just launched official OC,SH cruise nights, to which ALL ARE INVITED; take a look at the announcement in this link & let me know if you can join us sometime: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/08/09/road-trips-working-12/ I love showcasing mom'n'pop style places, described by some as the backbone of our society. When we help others succeed, we succeed. To that end, I launched a revised OC,SH NETWORK with 2 tiers of membership: LTD R/T SS & HEARTLAND. Check it out: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/ocsh-info/ocsh-network/ Daily themes: "At The Heart" (Round Rock TX) "Daily Vehicle Choice" "Cruise Night Show" (summer 2017) Weekly themes: "Monday Message" & "Miniature Monday" (cars I bought) "Turntable Tuesday" & "TV Tuesday" (El Camino interior, Austin TX, 09/11/2016) "Wednesday Wakeup" & "Wildlife Wednesday" (photo I took at a cruise night, 06/05/2011) "Thursday Throwback" & "Theatre Thursday" (reflective photo I took 10/17/2010 of my then daily driver 1979 Caprice Classic seen in a Buick LeSabre) "Friday Flashback" & "Friday Fun" (picture I took at a hotel in Indianapolis IN, June 1981) "Smorgasbord Saturday" & "Saturday Sizzler" (HO scale scene with slot car track) "Scenic Sunday" & "Story Sunday" (A view of the bridge at Devils Elbow, MO, Route 66) Occasional theme: "Road Trips & Working" (Lindenwood IL castle house with M- Hope all is well for everyone. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81 MC "Where have you gone?" | Glen Campbell | 'Still Within The Sound Of My Voice'
  3. * If you would like to meet up while I am in the southwest US (including portions of Route 66) in March, check out the ROUGH itinerary here: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/03/05/road-trips-working-5/ I will post itineraries for April (southeast US), May (northwest US) & June (northeast US) later. FYI: the above post has links to the 4 entries I wrote for the mini road trip test (Sunday, 02/26/2017, to Friday, 03/03/2017) between western IL & central MI. Those entries include an overview of my 1st 4 road trips in 2017, pics of my 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis (with side window deflectors installed & a gripe about the steering wheel controls), exploring Okemos MI &, of course, some of my thoughts. 03MGM SIDE NOTE: a couple weeks ago, I ordered & then received the sales brochure for it; I love having documentation like that for cars I own or have owned! With side window deflectors installed: Illustrating a gripe about the steering controls: 1 of several pics of Okemos MI: Part 1 of multi-item Buick Collection I received; read about it here: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/02/27/miniature-monday-9/ Part 2 of multi-item Buick Collection: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/03/03/friday-fun-9/ Do you agree? (This OC,SH original features a photo I took while driving my 1981mc!) http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/03/01/wednesday-wakeup-9/ 1 of many reflective photos I have taken: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/03/03/friday-flashback-9/ This 1936 Dodge was driven to high school! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/03/02/thursday-throwback-9/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "The life I love is making music with my friends" | Willie Nelson | 'On The Road Again'
  4. Finding Old Highways

    Despite my usage of a "stamp" on the photos I post on my website, I definitely struggle with adding them. I don't like covering the image, either; however, I've also found many times pics I've taken have been used elsewhere with no notation as to where they originated. Cool as that is, I've seen times when people have asked to see more, but have not been directed to where they can see more. Since I started adding the "stamps", I've found a slight increase in views on my website. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not ... I'll never know for sure! To answer your query ... YES!!!!!!!!!! I don't have a GoPro, but I've been thinking of adding more videos when I go "on the road" in 2017. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "A friend of mine named Steve Goodman wrote that song" | David Allen Coe | 'You Never Called Me By My Name'
  5. Us 52

    AWESOME!!!! Great photos! You were in areas I was just in this past week ... namely US 52 through & southeast of Dixon IL! &, I plan to be along more parts of US 52 when I'm in the southeast US in April visiting friends (who used to live here in northern IL) in the Darlington SC area. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "I've got bruises on my memory" | Dwight Yoakam | 'Thousand Miles From Nowhere'
  6. Us 6 In Santa Clarita, Ca

    I love seeing the old stamps on bridges, like that "1938" carved-etched into the concrete! Sure appreciate the detailed photos, Mike. I look forward to seeing your additional pics. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "All my pictures seem to fade to black & white" | George Michael | 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me'
  7. Road Trip This Week! Blasts From Past?

    * I am preparing for my mini road trip to further test the working remotely capability for my part-time job! Tho I still cannot hear from my right ear (thinking maybe it is now more than just a severe inner-outer ear infection), I am driving my 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis to Dixon IL tonight, where I will work Monday AM, visit friends Monday PM, then head towards Okemos MI, where I will be Tuesday - Friday before returning to IL to do a few things, have my follow-up with the PCP Tuesday, 03/07/2017, & with any luck, leave Wednesday, 03/08/2017 for the southwest US! A new theme on my website (to chronicle my 2017 working road trips) will debut later today, too, with more details. I will post the itinerary for the March trip in a week or so. If you want to meet while I am on the road this week, contact me via text: eight-4-seven three-3-seven 9897 This 1977 Pontiac Can Am, owned by a friend, was the overwhelming favorite Monday, 02/20/2017! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/02/20/daily-vehicle-choice-50/ This AMC wagon, along with a blue Jeep, is along a somewhat narrow & busy stretch of Plank Rd between Elgin & Burlington IL, so chances to get a good image are somewhat slim, but I keep trying: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/02/22/at-the-heart-52/ A friend owned this 1980 Buick Regal in HS: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/02/23/thursday-throwback-8/ Another blast from my past; LOVE this picture my sister took, but what was I thinking back then? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/02/24/friday-flashback-8/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "Baseball time is here again" | Steve Goodman | 'Go Cubs Go'
  8. Finding Old Highways

    Hey Dave, Yes ... grayscale with 1 color! Sure would cut some of the costs.... I do love those cross-eyed 3D images ... but they can be hard on the eyes, sometimes.... Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "Why can't that be me?" | 3 Doors Down | 'If I Could Be Like That'
  9. Work-Road Update + Science & My History

    * For the 1st time in a while, I got majorly sick, not going to the office Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Luckily, I was able to work remotely a little bit (even 3 hours earlier today, Saturday), so I did not lose as much time as I would have. Yet, this has delayed my mini road trip to further test the working remotely setup. I hope to feel better & be on the road in a few days; I will drive to southern IL & perhaps into KY-TN, arriving back in northern IL around 03/01/2017. If all goes well, I will then further develop the March-April-May-June-etc. outline plans I posted last weekend. Hope to see many of you along the way! Is this smart &/or surprising to you: doubt is the rust of life? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/02/13/monday-message-7/ The science of critical timing! Anyone else think this is a cool photo? If so, check out the entry for a link to another photo by Zach; & yes, I still celebrate Single Awareness Day, which is not fun for some reasons & quite awesome for others: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/02/15/at-the-heart-45/ A moment in my history, right here; read about it in the link: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/02/17/friday-flashback-7/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "Everything is so messed up" | Puddle of Mud | 'Blurry'
  10. Finding Old Highways

    Dave ... not sure what program(s) you have ... or if you've even tried this ... but, 1 option might be to highlight the areas by turning the base photograph to B&W & coloring the area(s) you want people to see-focus attention. That may help eliminate those lines or arrows.....!? Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "Isn't that the way they say it goes?" | Jim Croce | 'Operator'
  11. My Drawing & Draft Itinerary 2017 Road Trips

    Dave ... this ^^^^ ... made me burst out laughing. Luckily, I had just finished swallowing a sip of tea before I opened this topic.... I will take that as a compliment ... thank you, sir. Oh my, yes, the 2003 MGM is an awesome road car. I, too, have been quite impressed by the gas mileage ... which seems to be rivaling some "fuel efficient" vehicles..... &, yes, I sure hope to be. The "test" trip is delayed because I got sick this week ... still hoping to be on the road sometime in the next few days, if all goes well.......aye. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "All of the chaos makes perfect sense" | Joe Diffie | 'Third Rock From The Sun'
  12. * I drew this when I was 11 years old; read about why & how here: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/02/10/friday-fun-6/ An iteration of my former car family; of these, I still have 1, which will get antique plates later this year: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/02/09/thursday-throwback-6/ While my car family is much smaller now (& will be further reduced when the 1979 Caprice Classic sells), I am much happier with my current car family, particularly my 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/about-cort/vehicles-chds-me/ The 1st try at working remotely did not succeed, but I am committed to finding a way, with a 2nd program & attempt this week. While I am frustrated at having to be back in IL the 1st week of each month [& some other times, like for my tentative 05/11/2017 appointments with specialists at Northwestern in Chicago] due to prescription refills, obligations-tasks, etc., I am looking forward to stepping further out of my comfort zone to road trip & work my part-time job. I hope to meet many of you along the way! Draft Itinerary, my 2017 road trips, dates-times TBD: FEBRUARY (last ~1 week) southern IL & into KY, TN MARCH southwest (including Route 66) MO, KS, OK, TX, NM, AZ APRIL southeast (including Dixie Highway) KY, TN, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, AR MAY northwest (including Lincoln Highway & US RT 20) IA, NE, CO, WY, UT, NV, ID, OR, WA, MT, ND, SD, MN, WI JUNE northeast (including Lincoln Highway & US RT 20) IN, MI, OH, PA, NY, CT, MA, NJ, VA Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "The rhythm of the asphalt goes on & on & on" | The Road Crew | 'That Ol' 66'
  13. Finding Old Highways

    NICE! Think my favorite bridges are the long, arched ones, like the "Concrete Open Sandrel Arch Bridge"..... Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "Sometimes love comes & goes away" | George Strait | 'Marina Del Ray'
  14. I second this! I wish I would've known about & seen it prior to my 2009 Route 66 road trip ... would've given me a few more ideas for places to explore! If I'm able to include California during my travels this year, I will be referencing it quite a bit. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "Take a ride, look around" | Jason Aldean | 'Tattoos On This Town'
  15. My 2017 Road Trips + My Old Family Pic

    * Tuesday, 01/24/2017, I took a day off work, to drive my Aunt Chris in my 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis to see an older cousin, Luan, in Rochelle IL. We decided to go to Lincoln Way Cafe in Franklin Grove for lunch & briefly visited the place in the photo; read about what it is, etc., in this link: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/02/04/smorgasbord-saturday-5/ SPEAKING OF WORK! After several delays, my major 2017 road trips SEEM to be a GO! I am a bit excited, especially since I will step out of my comfort zone & work my part-time job along the way. It will be challenging to map out the routes-dates-times (especially considering medical appointments, health issues, getting prescription refills & other obligations-tasks, etc.), but I always love a good challenge. I will need definite places to stop &/or stay a few days-nights; so, if you want my 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis & me to visit you along the way, speak up NOW. If you want to meet, advise your location, how long you want to visit & wireless internet availability (for work, of course!), so I can plan. If you want, send me an Email: cort @ oldcarsstronghearts.com I have a bunch to do before I start driving [set up a few things, test the work-computer configuration, personal projects-tasks, pack, etc.], but I hope to be on the road within ~2 weeks. I will have to get back to Illinois by the last few days of February & 1st week or so of March, but then I will go back out on the road for most of March & then most of April. I will be in some areas multiple times, but that is OK with me! Since I most-likely will be scarce from the boards while I am on the road, I am planning to chronicle my travels on my website. This 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass was owned by a friend some 27 years ago: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/02/03/friday-flashback-5/ Do you agree with this about music? I originally wrote it 12/29/2012! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/02/01/wednesday-wakeup-5/ Finally, 1 of my old family pics. The guy looking at the camera, leaning on what I believe is a late 1960s Buick LeSabre, is my Pappy. Read more here: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/02/02/thursday-throwback-5/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "T-tops down in my Cutlass Supreme" | Uncle Kracker/Kid Rock | 'It's Good To Be Me'