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  1. As y'all can see, I'm horrible at replying within a "decent" timeframe. I had every intention of visiting again last Sunday, but a meeting with a client took longer than I'd anticipated ... and the entire day's schedule got even more out of whack with a close friend needing some help-support as well.

    That noted ... glad to see the replies.

    Forums seem to have slowed down, if not altogether completely gone away, since what felt like their "heyday" back in the early 2000s. Back then, I was a member of over 30 message boards and thoroughly enjoyed it ... & scheduled road trips around meeting people from those forums. At one dinner in Oklahoma City, I discovered a guy I'd known for years on a auto manufacturer-specific message board had been taught by my grandfather in HS in rural Oklahoma. Can't make those type of connection stories up. I get goose bumps every time I tell that story.


    Michael ... I, too, am looking forward to being able to socialize in person again. Glad to see interest in US 99. I also checked out your Ridge Route website as well. Nice!


    Dave ... glad to see you are alive & well, too! My goodness ... I didn't realize you are 80 years old!  You seem like a youngster. ;)


    Cort, 4 OHS * https://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/ocsh-network/
    2003 MGM LS + 1981 cmc SC; want 1975 Chrysler Cordoba
    "Rockies are calling, Denver snow falling" | Steve Wariner/Alabama | 'Tennessee Christmas'

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    I used to be a daily-regular poster, but I haven't posted in ~1.5 years! How are you in this crazy year of 2020?

    Reviewing threads I've posted over the years, life changes & stays the same, with different & similar things important from time to time. Connections highlight life, with this world becoming smaller than we think sometimes. To those who remember me, I'm still alive; my daily visits here with many of you are some of my treasured memories. 

    Lots has been happening (& not happening) for me, but I'm gearing up to re-start the daily schedule on my updated hobby website:

    ...which has more OC,SH NETWORK members:

    I have also created a separate-new website for another hobby, my radio shows, with more details than before:

    Cort, pig & cow valves with pacemaker
    2003 MGM LS + 1981 cmc SC; need 1975 Chrysler Cordoba
    "It's always the same old story, you never know what you've got til its gone" | Mike & the Mechanics | 'All I Need Is A Miracle'

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    June 2019 already?  As I suspected in April, life did get in the way of being active more often here.  When I had my family of cars & road tripped yearly (2002-2011), I visited over 35 groups & message boards regularly; I cut back a few years ago & now visit irregularly because life has sure changed over the years.

    I am (thus far) still alive, tho.  I have been out of work since last August & job hunting is difficult; I even started my own business.  But, a new bright spot is returning to the airwaves!

    Official announcement of my re-booted radio show:
    [includes genre details & links to check out]

    2019 CD SHOWCASE website page:
    [features playlists & links (related Facebook group & FB event; radio station website & FB page; how to listen when show airs & online-via podcast)]

    If you enjoy the show, let me know & give some feedback direct to the radio station; thank you.

    Cort, pig&cowValves+PM, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
    2003 MGM LS + 1981 cmc SC; need 1975 Chrysler Cordoba
    "It was like a lighted match had been tossed into my soul" | Trisha Yearwood | 'The Song Remembers When'

  4. Hey Dave,

    Thank you ... I sure appreciate your comment.  Tough to believe he has been dead 2 months today, but time sure is flying.  Life is so short & fast, & I feel like I am running out of time.


    Cort, pig&cowValves+PM, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
    2003 MGM LS + 1981 cmc SC; need 1975 Chrysler Cordoba
    "A smile can hide all the pain" | Glen Campbell | 'Rhinestone Cowboy'

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    Remember me? When I last visited (mid-December 2018), I had intended to be more active; unfortunately, life got in the way.  While I suspect it will again (still job hunting), I wanted to give an update.  Instead of re-writing, links are below if you are interested; check out the website for other entries from late December, January & February, including my work (late December 2018 to early April 2019) for the mayor of Elgin IL via my CD Consulting Services!

    - some thoughts about life in general & links:

    - a look at automotive front ends:

    - my new CD SHOWCASE radio show, with more ways to listen:

    - my tribute to Dad, who died 2 days earlier:

    Cort, pig&cowValves+PM, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
    2003 MGM LS + 1981 cmc SC; need 1975 Chrysler Cordoba
    "Where do you begin?" | Dolly Parton | 'Starting Over Again'

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    I used to frequent this & many other boards daily.  But, this time, it has been over 3 months since I last visited.  A lot has & has not happened, & I am still job hunting.  If you want to catch up, read the blog entries linked below!  Meantime, what is new with you?

    (Dad health & some interesting connections)

    (thoughts, long-time friends & castle update)

    (thoughts, Thanksgiving & SBS)

    (running out of time, Holiday tip)

    Cort, pig&cowValves+PM, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
    2003 MGM LS + 1981 cmc SC; need 1975 Chrysler Cordoba
    "It's coming on Christmas" | Robert Downey Jr | 'River'

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    About my job search, I am wanting-willing to relocate to the southern US (preferably along Route 66 or in the Jackson-Nashville TN area).

    I am also looking into options for creating my OWN business.

    Any employment leads, ideas or suggestions!?

    Cort, pig&cowValves+PM, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
    2003 MGM LS + 1981 cmc SC; need 1975 Chrysler Cordoba
    "Swinging for the bleachers in the 9th inning" | Michael Martin Murphy | 'Still Taking Chances'

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    Nearly 4 months since I visited, during which time life went crazy!

    Interested?  Check out the 3 linked posts below for details!

    So, what has been going on here?

    - from an episode of a vintage TV series
    (which had also featured several stories from Medford OR)

    - connecting & memories
    - change attempt
    - health & road trips
    - AV license plates (for my 81mcSC)
    - ending the OR experience

    - job search
    - changes
    - OCSH news-plans-hint

    Cort, pig&cowValves+PM, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
    2003 MGM LS + 1981 cmc SC; need 1975 Chrysler Cordoba
    "When you're on this high, it's a sad goodbye" | Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson | 'Don't You Wanna Stay?'

  9. Hey Becky!

    Sorta ... from OR to IL, sadly.  Will post a new update here in a minute or so.

    All OK for you?


    Cort, pig&cowValves+PM, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
    2003 MGM LS + 1981 cmc SC; need 1975 Chrysler Cordoba
    "We're outta here" | Steve Azar | 'I Don't Have To Be Me 'Til Monday'

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    So, which is your favorite(s) of the 9 posted photos!?

    Seems we MAY have an apartment.  Should know sometime soon, tho not sure what the definition of soon is in this case, ha.

    Depending on when we know for sure & when our move-in date is, I may sneak in a road trip, so let me know if you would like to see me along the way.

    I had cardiology & other checkups scheduled for 05/17/2018 at Northwestern in Chicago, but had to cancel those & will re-schedule them (including additional specialists given the current health issues) once I know about the apartment.  I may either fly or take the train back to Chicago (or maybe rent a car), then drive my 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis LS back to Oregon.

    Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
    pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 03 MGM & 81mc + 86 Mustang
    "There was something in the country that he said he couldn't leave" | John Denver & Emmylou Harris | 'Wild Montana Skies'

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    So, I finally posted 9 teaser photos on OCSH; see the entry here:

    I thought about highlighting 2-3 pics in this post, but could not decide which to feature!  Which would you have featured?

    Meantime, we are awaiting word about approval for a possible apartment in Medford OR.  If that does not pan out, I will most-likely road trip!  Anyone want me to stop for a visit if I go?

    Speaking of, I have been without a vehicle for over 2 weeks, more difficult for me than even I imagined.  Along with financial worries, I have a few health issues developing, so I am trying not to panic.  A barber, a dentist, a home-cooked meal, & someone to explore the area with me would be nice.

    Once things settle down a bit, I plan to return checking in here more regularly.  Until then, peace.

    Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
    pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 03 MGM & 81mc + 86 Mustang
    "Someday I'll understand" | Guy & Ralna | 'Footprints In The Sand'

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    Hmm ... where is everybody!!!!???


    The last 2 days have featured awesome weather in southern OR, & I took advantage both late afternoons by walking ~45-60 minutes on a section of Bear Creek Greenway, starting at a park at I-5 Exit 21.  Snapped some photos & took a video which will be included when I write a post (might schedule several entries) on www.oldcarsstronghearts.com for the photos & videos I have taken since January, some of which I have uploaded to my personal Facebook page, globally so they can be seen whether you are on FB or not.

    Anyway, since I last visited, made a few connections, but so far, still no place.  IF we cannot find a place within the next few weeks, I may consider road tripping for a little while!  Anyone want a visit if I start driving?

    Yes, I have a job.  I continue working remotely as the Part-Time Office Manager for a home appraiser in the Elgin IL area, planning to go to Full-Time later this year; I want to get off Medicaid when I can afford my own healthcare policy.  *rolls eyes*  Luckily, I have other income options to check out, but meantime, I will withdraw funds from my IRA to pay some bills since expenses keep increasing.

    Right now, to save money on renting a car (currently a yellow Dodge charger at a very low rate), I am trying to decide if I should buy a 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis here for $1,000 or spend nearly $2,000 to have my beloved 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis LS shipped to southern OR.  Decisions decisions decisions.


    Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
    pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 03 MGM & 81mc + 86 Mustang
    "I'm gonna ride on the silver lining" | FFH | '1 Of These Days'

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    Gorgeous area here in southern Oregon (like MANY other places across the United States) & pics do not do it justice.  But, I hope to have a new post soon on www.oldcarsstronghearts.com with many photos I have taken so far.

    While I apologize for not including more detail about what all we HAVE looked into so far, I purposefully kept it vague because I did not want to limit brainstorming (tho, we are already thinking outside-the-box).  So, yes, we have checked Craiglist, local ads, local newspapers, area businesses, etc., & reached out to Mennonite Your Way (no response yet) & other similar organizations.

    At this point, we are hoping networking will help.  I have always said (given experiences during my 2002-2011 road trips) we are more connected than we know.  My favorite small-world story of that type is when I met a guy I had known for a few years in Oklahoma City OK in 2006 & (long story short) found out he had been taught by my grandfather in a rural OK High School.  Every connection helps.

    Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
    pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 03 MGM & 81mc + 86 Mustang
    "A dead end street is just a place to turn around" | Wynonna | 'Rock Bottom'

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    Been a while, eh?  Yes, I am still alive, but the biggest news is I am no longer in IL!

    A friend & I moved to southern OR 01/04/2018, but 2.5 months into the move, we are still looking for a place to call home (apartment, motor home, trailer, house).  So, if you have any connections in the Grants Pass-Central Point-Medford-Ashland areas who may be able to assist us, we would greatly appreciate it.  Neither of us want to give up, despite increasing pressures, stress & expenses.

    Meantime, since I last visited, I posted pics from the 2017 Cruise Nights I hosted at Beef Villa in S Elgin IL:

    &, I have published a few sporadic posts the last few months on the home page; planning a new entry sometime soon with pictures I have taken here in Oregon:

    What is new with you!?

    Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
    pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 03 MGM & 81mc + 86 Mustang
    "We can take anything that comes our way" | BJ Thomas | 'As Long As We Got Each Other (Growing Pains)'

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    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:

    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.





    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:


    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:

    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- B)


    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'

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    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:
    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:
    Part 2 of multi-item Buick Collection:
    Do you agree? (This OC,SH original features a photo I took while driving my 1981mc!)
    1 of many reflective photos I have taken:
    This 1936 Dodge was driven to high school!
    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'

  17. Annotations on photographs is an option that I am mixed about. I prefer to have a description outside the image, that way the subject of the photo is not covered over. Sometimes it isn't easy to show or describe certain features, such as a slight change in grass color or vegetation on top of an older alignment.


    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!




    I have been having another thought about this finding old roads thing. I have a gopro camera. I've used it to video some now removed sections of roadway, such as the North Burbank UP on US 99 in Burbank, CA as well as the Soto / Huntington Viaduct, a former Pacific Electric grade separation. I no longer have a mount on my motorcycle helmet but can mount it other places. What I haven't done is do anything with a narrative. Would there be interest in some sort of narrative video where I describe certain roadway features? Could be a lot of fun too.



    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'

  18. 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'

  19. 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'

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    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:
    This 1977 Pontiac Can Am, owned by a friend, was the overwhelming favorite Monday, 02/20/2017!
    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:
    A friend owned this 1980 Buick Regal in HS:
    Another blast from my past; LOVE this picture my sister took, but what was I thinking back then?
    Cort ;) www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
    pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc
    "Baseball time is here again" | Steve Goodman | 'Go Cubs Go'

  21. 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'

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    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?
    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:
    A moment in my history, right here; read about it in the link:
    Cort ;) www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
    pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc
    "Everything is so messed up" | Puddle of Mud | 'Blurry'

  23. I am completely with you when it comes to trying to photograph good examples of old road design and identification. I find I resort to drawing lines and arrows post production, which is not altogether satisfactory.


    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'

  24. You were better at drawing at 11, than I was (or am) at any age!


    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'