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I remember it like it was just yesterday. I was in London in March of 1998 and the news channels were buzzing with the story – The McLaren F1 became the fastest production car with a top speed of 240 miles per hour. That was straight from the factory with no mods.
Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to see a few of these cars in person. The picture here is one that Turner Motorsports brought every year. There was also another one that came to Lime Rock that had raced in the 24 Hours at Le Mans. That was a serious privilege. Not many people get to see a car with that kind of history.
One day at the track, I saw a lucky reporter get a ride in the McLaren. It was every car lover’s dream. If you’re not familiar with the McLaren, the driver seat is actually in the middle. There are two seats that are set back on either side of the driver’s seat. The three seats sort of look like a triangle. That reported climbed in, got buckled, and probably got the ride of his life. I was very envious that day.
I wanted to write this story because Gordon Murray has just released his T25 concept “city car“. It is smaller than a Smart ForTwo and has the same seating setup as the McLaren F1. It is a 51hp car that is said to get 61.9 miles per gallon. That is impressive! One of his main purposes for designing this car was to cut down on congestion and being able to park 2 T25s in a single parking space.
Their new MP4-12C looks like it has a Ferrari front end and roofline, paired with a Lamborghini lower half and vents on the side. Not an original design if you ask me. But with 600hp, I bet it’s a blast to drive.
Actually, it’s hot and I have some spices growing in the garden. I wanted to give you all an update on the progress in the garden. Things are really taking off, and I couldn’t be happier. The basil and parsley are technically herbs, but that wouldn’t sound as catchy in the title. Humor me, will ya?
With the extremely hot weather we are having, I am making sure that they are watered well, so they don’t wilt. If you haven’t read this blog before, you should know that this is the first time I have planted a garden and (knock on wood) it is going much better than I had hoped.
There has been a slight learning curve, but all in all it is going well. The peppers (red, yellow and cubanelle) are growing taller and I see a few small buds on a couple. Hopefully, they will turn into delicious peppers in just a few short weeks.
The zucchini plant is getting huge and trying to take over the garden space. I had no idea how big these things grew. Next year, I will give it a lot more space. I am afraid it might overshadow a few of the pepper plants around it and they might not get enough sunlight. I have about 18 pepper plants, so losing one or two wont be a total disaster.
The tomato plants are really impressing me. The have started to grow over the tops of the 33 inch cages I have around them. On top of that, most (if not all) have at least one tiny tomato growing on them. Some even have 5 or 6 green tomatoes growing. I have a few different types to choose from when they are ripe. I planted Big Boy, Early Girl, Jet Star, Roma, Cherry and Grape tomatoes. If they grow and ripen, we will have more tomatoes than we know what to do with.
I guess I better learn a little about canning…
If you’re anything like me, you must have thousands and thousands of pictures floating around on your hard drive, external(s) and DVDs. Hopefully they are on externals and not just on your computer and not backed up. If they aren’t, please go now. Stop reading this and back up.
As I was reading this month’s edition of Digital Photo Pro, I started thinking about printing some pictures for galleries or personal use. Then, I came up with a question for my readers –
What photo service do you trust to print your photos?
There are tons of companies out there, and I have used a few of them. There are a bunch that I have not tried yet. I probably couldn’t come close to listing all of the companies out there, but I will list the bigger name companies that I do know of. Please feel free to add any that you use. I would also love it if you would list ones you don’t recommend so readers can not end up with bad prints.
Here are some I use and a little about them;
Shutterfly – I’ve been using them for many years. They were one of the first companies I ever used.
Snapfish – Used them way back when.
Canvas On Demand – I had an amazing 16×20 canvas done by them. You get it free when you sign up for a Pro Account. Highly recommend them.
Local Ritz Camera – My local guy will color correct how I need it. Great customer service in a pinch.
McGreevy’s – Local print shop in Albany. I have never used them, but have heard great things about them.
Mpix – I haven’t used them much, but they are a great company from what I have heard.
Those are the main sites I know of or use. Please feel free to share your experiences with these companies and add more. See you soon!
On the way home from shooting at Five Rivers the other night, I just missed a storm that rolled through the area.
I got a call that it was pouring at home, so I hopped in the car and started heading home before it got to me out in the wild. I could see by the wet roads and dripping trees that I had just missed it. Not to far from home, I came across the scene above. By the time I could get stopped in a place with a good view and get the camera ready, it was almost gone.
There was a double rainbow and a deep, dark sky. The storm was moving over or just past downtown Albany. I had missed it, but none of that mattered. All that mattered was that I got to see this gorgeous scene. It made a great day even better.
Last week, I put up a chart with measurements of the plants growing in my garden. I measured again this week, and there is quite a big difference. I am really starting to get excited, as things have really taken off. I have a few new tomatoes, and the plants have grown by leaps and bounds.
We also found three strawberry plants and a red pepper plant at Price Chopper for $1 each. What a deal! I planted them on Sunday, and am hoping it’s not too late for them to produce this summer. Time will tell.
Here are the charts for last week and this week. Look at the difference!