For Sale: 1962 Chevrolet Bel-Air

For Sale: 1962 Chevrolet Bel-Air

Details: 1962 Chevrolet Bel-Air

13,324 original miles. Two owners.

Garage kept for 90% of its 53 years, the rest of the time...it's been protected by a high-tech custom cover. Other than the tires, some of the belts, hoses and a few odds and ends, this car is as it came off the assembly line. It starts easily, still runs, and I just have decided it's time to sell it. My father was offered $25K cash for this car at a show over 10 years ago, the insurance value is ~$17K...I'm splitting the difference at $20K.

There is no restoration here; this is a unique car and I can and will wait for the right buyer.

If you know anyone that's into antique cars...please send them to this blog. My email is djw444@gmail.com. I will keep the pic above as the header until I sell the car.


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Sunday, May 17, 2015

444 Moment - The Mayfly


We live in a rural area, with lots of woods and fields surrounding our home. I've seen all types of wildlife in the backyard ( & closer ) of the home we've lived in since 1995; deer, turkey, woodchucks, rabbits, skunks, flying squirrels, regular squirrels, foxes, turtles, snakes, a hawk ripping apart one of those rabbits and several other sightings I've long since forgotten.
 
 
In all those years of being what I consider to be a keen observer of nature, I have never, ever, seen a mayfly. Until yesterday.
 
Considering how far we live from the nearest stream or pond, to see a single mayfly perched on our kitchen window was - in my opinion - incredibly rare.
  
I'm still trying to wrap my head around why it was there, and why two cameras - after multiple attempts -  could not bring it into focus long enough to get a good picture when I've taken dozens of pics of "bugs" on that exact same window before.

 
From inside or outside - trying multiple settings on my digital cameras - it didn't make a difference. I could not get a clear picture of that solitary mayfly. That has never happened before.
 
 
 
Perhaps it was a message from the Susquehanna, a haven for mayflies. 
 
Or perhaps, it was just another bug on a window.
 
I'm leaning toward the former.
 
Enjoy your day.
  

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Squabbling over the Susquehanna


 
Please take a few minutes to check out WNEP's post & video on this topic.
 
Once we began damming the Susquehanna and its tributaries, once we began cutting down the centuries-old forests throughout its watershed, once we began mining its bedrock for coal, once we began diverting our wastewater and storm water directly into the river...its fate was sealed.
 
This river is in need of help, and in my opinion, a great start would be to get all of the folks from the DEP and PFBC in a really big conference room, lock the doors...and throw away the keys.
 
When you've read the journals of the earliest of explorers of the Susquehanna; from the 1600's through Sullivan's Campaign in 1779...it is only then will you realize what this river once was and what it will never be again.
 
It is polluted, and it is impaired.
 
To the DEP & PFBC:
 
Stop squabbling and get to work...or get out of the game.  Presently, your conduct is an embarrassment to those who care about the Susquehanna.
 
  
 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

FrankenBass: A Canary with Scales


News about the Susquehanna River and its watershed keeps on coming, and it's not all good.
 
Read the latest here, on CNN, no less.
 
Here's another from the Citizen's Voice.
 
Here's a quote from one of PA's new "experts":
 
“There is no evidence that carcinomas in fish present any health hazard to humans. However, people should avoid consuming fish that have visible signs of sores and lesions,” Dr. Karen Murphy, acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, said.
 
No evidence? One data point?

Not really, but there will be more, and when I catch one, I'll deliver it personally to Dr. Murphy to see if she'd be willing to have a fish dinner with me.
 
Seriously...I never thought I'd be adding latex gloves to my fishing gear.


 
Yum...
     

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fast & Furious: Fracking Chemicals Migrate


Several years ago, while looking for a specific article where I was quoted a few times about the long since deep-sixed proposed inflatable dam on the Susquehanna River, I found a comment/rebuttal from a PhD at Wilkes University that went something like this:
 
"Tell us, Don, do you know something we don't know?"
 
If I would have seen that comment within a few weeks of it being added to the article, I would have replied. However, since it was from ~2006 and the dam was denied in February 2008...and it was ~2012 or later when I tripped across it, I let it ride.
 
Within the past few days, an article hit The New York Times about fracking chemicals being detected in Bradford County (PA) drinking water. 
 
Read the details here.
 
I spent more than a few minutes this morning looking for an older post (~2009/2010?) from my friend and fellow blogger Mark Cour. I gave up due to a lack of time. In it, I responded to a series of questions he asked about drilling, the hydrofracturing process, etc. I don't remember the exact question or my exact response, but I'm pretty sure the issue of wells being eventually contaminated by fracking came up, and I'm equally certain my response was dead center accurate.
 
So here we are in 2015, less than a decade after the Marcellus Shale drilling frenzy began in northeastern PA...and we have some very credible evidence that - somehow - drinking water wells have been contaminated with chemicals used in fracking.
 
The whole "not in an anthropomorphic timeframe'' theory has just been shot to hell.   
 
Am I surprised? Absolutely not.
 
And there will be more.
 
    Of course, the industry & its cohorts and self-proclaimed experts have responded by saying we need more tests.
 
Go figure...
 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Concept vs. Reality: Radon Migration Increasing


When we try to pick out anything by itself,
we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.

So, we're drilling thousands of holes into the earth and fracturing a layer of bedrock ( Marcellus Shale ) that is known to be radioactive...and there are those @ the PA DEP ( from one of my friends in Bradford County ) who claim that this activity has not or will not increase the level of radon seeping out of the earth.
 
Where do they find these stupid, spineless bureaucrats?
 
For the latest...read this article.
 
Want to learn more about Radon? Check this out.
 
The whole process of hydrofracturing is designed to fracture rock containing trapped natural gas (methane, et al) and bring the gas back to the surface. And there is no magic "radon filter" built into the hydrofracturing process or equipment used to stop anything down there from coming along for the ride.
 
Even the most rabid industry-funded pro-frackers couldn't argue that point, although I'm sure they'd try anyway...because that's what they're paid to do.
 
Thanks for the continued communications, folks. I do read everything being sent, but we have a lot going on these days, so my responses will be far & few between.

I hope to be back in the fray soon.
 
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
 


 

Flaming Hotspot in the Woods - Leroy Township on 7/22/2012 from Don Williams on Vimeo.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

DJW (me) to PA's PUC - Uff Da


I am in the process of seriously investigating/considering having solar panels installed on our home for generating electricity. Straight from a proposal received this week, the pic below shows where the solar panels would be placed on our home.
 
Our garage roof faces almost due south, with our main (back) roof facing the west. 



 
So imagine my reaction this morning when I read that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has proposed regulations that will limit the amount of electricity I can generate and sell back to the grid if I moved forward and had these panels installed.
 
As I've said at least once before, who needs caffeine to get revved up in the morning?
 
Have a great weekend.
 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Oklahoma's Earthquakes


You might want to read this one, folks.

"The seismicity rate in Oklahoma is about 600 times greater than it was before 2008, around the time dewatering started in the state."
 
Connect the dots. Can PA be far behind?
 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Wyoming Valley RiverFest 2015


This year's RiverFest on the Susquehanna is less than two months away.
 
Over ten years ago, I introduced a fellow blogger to paddling on the Susquehanna, and since then, he's introduced/invited his children, grandchildren, in-laws, nephews...and the list goes on.
 
Good weather or bad, it's always a great day on the river. If you have the time and inclination...give it a try.
 
P.S. - Just don't wear good sneakers...or flip-flops.
 
River mud can be unforgiving...
 
 
 
 
 
See y'all there.
      

Sunday, March 22, 2015

If It Is To Be...


I've had a few folks check in lately and ask; "How are your knees?"
 
They're just fine, thanks for asking.
 
For those relative newcomers to this blog, on 13 January 2013 I fell down a set of concrete steps while carrying a heavy container. I could not brace my fall with my arms, so my knees hit first. I completely ruptured both of my quadriceps tendons. My right kneecap was halfway down my shin, and...well - you get the picture. Approximately 28 hours later, I was on the table @ Wilkes-Barre General Hospital getting everything reattached.
 
 
 
The Dr. who did the surgery was a hard-charging 30 something; a no-nonsense kinda guy that was very, very good at his chosen profession. Although he never said "you'll never walk normally again", he clearly indicated that wherever I was at 12 months post-surgery, that's the best I could expect for the rest of my life.  
 
So that's the first piece of bad news received.
 
As we live in SE PA, and the surgeon was in the Kingston area in NE PA, we decided to transfer my follow-up visits during the rest of my recovery and rehab to an orthopedic surgeon closer to home. "Dr. C" was a sixty something that just retired in early 2015, and my wife had worked with him ( she's an O/R nurse ) for over 20 years and felt he was the best of the best in our area.
 
During our initial appointment, his message to me was: "Take it easy & protect your knees; don't fall again!" When I asked how much of my leg function I would get back, his simple answer was:
 
"That's up to you."
 
 
 
 
He set-up a rehab schedule with a P/T group we picked in Harleysville, and from March through July, I was there twice a week getting pushed and stretched and scraped. Prior to that, from late January through March, I also had an RN and a P/T coming to my home several times a week to monitor my health and my progress. My wife took a brief leave of absence from work, and most of her time was spent on the phone fighting with insurance companies to get approval for the equipment and care that she knew I needed. My daughter, also an RN, came home from CA for a week when my wife went back to work. She helped me start walking outside while there were still patches of snow on the ground.
 
 
 
As of late and for a variety of reasons, I've been thinking about the gap in experience between 30-somethings I work with and those of us that are potentially within a few years of early retirement. I will simply offer this: Although I recognize there will always be exceptions, there is no substitute for experience. I'm at 26 months post injury, and I am still making progress. Thankfully, my recovery did not stop at 12 months as predicted.
 
My takeaway? When experience speaks, slow down a little and listen. You just might learn something.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
 
If It Is To Be It Is Up To Me