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Happy Got Day, Saber!

Saber says thanks! It's been a long, weird, but ultimately pretty great 5 years. rc=ph[/nq]
He's a gorgeous guy love those baby blues!

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the Pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico
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ObDogRelatedCarRelated: Today is Saber's Got Day so I took him for a long walk all by himself, and we passed ... It had "Veg Powered" stickers on it and Saber thought it smelled pretty darned interesting, although I couldn't smell anything.

That's interesting. I've been hearing more and more often of diesel cars and pickups being converted to run on vegtable oil and/or used grease collected from restaurants out of their deep fryers and such. Apparently it's an easy conversion on newer vehicles but I didn't know it is being done on older vehicles as well. Saber was probably smelling the "tasty" vegtable oil in the Mercedes fuel tank.
Oh, Happy Got Day to Saber by the way.

Les Hilliard & Nikki the Super Shih-Tzu
Saber says thanks! It's been a long, weird, but ultimately pretty great 5 years. [/nq]
Aw! I think that's the first time I've seen a close-up of him. I always picture him as a crusty old man, but he looks quite sunny there.

Shelly (Warning: see label for details)
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For a number of them automatics come with the bigger engine/fancier doodads, and I guess to get a manual with a bigger engine/fancier doodads you end up having to do a special build.

Yep.
A standard isn't available at all in the US on the Land Crusher, but I find that the automatic is a lot easier to handle in real snow and at this point prefer it.

When I was car hunting, everyone told me I should get a manual, because they are easier to control. I've only driven a manual once, and it was an awful experience (for reasons unrelated to the type of transmission), so I have no basis for comparison. I will say that I'm pretty happy with the way my automagic Tracker has handled in bad weather, including the heinous snow-sleet-rain-sleet-snow crapfest we had early last winter.
One of my friends who was the most vocal about recommending a manual now has an automatic (couldn't find anything else in the model she wanted) and says she'll never go back. She has pretty significant joint problems and not having to shift gears has been has been a nice by-product.
They use the Crusher a lot in the Amazing Race (yay, it's back!) and the ones in Australia and Africa all seem to have standard transmissions.

And it looks like it's going to be a decent TAR season, this time around. Wheee!
ObDogRelatedCarRelated: Today is Saber's Got Day so I took him for a long walk all by himself, and we passed ... It had "Veg Powered" stickers on it and Saber thought it smelled pretty darned interesting, although I couldn't smell anything.

When I did my stint on the arts co-op board, there was a board member whose band was touring the US on a biodiesel bus. He said it really did smell a bit like McDonalds.

Shelly (Warning: see label for details)
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http://esther.cat-sidh.net (Letters to Esther)
That's interesting. I've been hearing more and more often of diesel cars and pickups being converted to run on vegtable oil and/or used grease collected from restaurants out of their deep fryers and such.

There are two technologies: converting a normal diesel so that it runs on vegetable oil that's been minimally modified (strain the schmutz out, basically), and using heavily processed vegetable oil that's mixed with petroleum-based diesel fuel in an unmodified diesel engine. From the stickers on the car I gather that it was the former case. It's relatively common around here, where there's a lot of interest in the community in sustainable technologies.

There's one musher from this area who converted his dog truck. He recently moved to Alaska, and because he couldn't be sure of supply en route, in addition to his household belongings and several dozen dogs, he also took a few 55-gallon drums filled with biodiesel.

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Aw! I think that's the first time I've seen a close-up of him. I always picture him as a crusty old man, but he looks quite sunny there.

He is (very) crusty but he's basically a happy dog who usually has a big smile on his face. He likes to sit in the sun with his nose in the air, smiling, with his eyes closed. I keep thinking I'd like to teach him to sway back and forth while doing it, so that he'd be doing a Stevie Wonder impression.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

Prouder than ever to be a member of the reality-based community
He is (very) crusty but he's basically a happy dog who usually has a big smile on his face. He likes to sit in the sun with his nose in the air, smiling, with his eyes closed.

That's quite an irresistible picture you've painted.
I keep thinking I'd like to teach him to sway back and forth while doing it, so that he'd be doing a Stevie Wonder impression.

You should!
When he was in a blissful sort of mood, Elliott used to sway back and forth with his nose in the air and a big smile on his face. I called it his Ray Charles dance.

Shelly (Warning: see label for details)
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http://esther.cat-sidh.net (Letters to Esther)
When I was car hunting, everyone told me I should get a manual, because they are easier to control.

Cheaper, too! I consider an automatic transmission an "extra" and I hate paying for unnecessary extras. Doesn't mean I won't do it, just that I'd rather not.
One of my friends who was the most vocal about recommending a manual now has an automatic (couldn't find anything ... back. She has pretty significant joint problems and not having to shift gears has been has been a nice by-product.

That's the usual reason for converting back to auto.
Saber says thanks! It's been a long, weird, but ultimately pretty great 5 years.


Boy, is he gorgeous! I'll admit to being partial to red headed Huskies.

Happy birthday, Saber!
Suja
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