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    'In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.'

    Theodore Roosevelt 1907

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Quick and Cheap Garage Organizing Ideas

Garage organizing is a project that no one gets excited about. And when you think about garage organizing, the thought of an expensive garage organizational system often comes to mind. But getting your garage in order does not need to be expensive. There are plenty of ways to save money when you tackle this organizing project. Here are a few cheap and easy garage organizing ideas to get you started.

1. Go to thrift stores to find inexpensive or even free garage organizing supplies. With a little imagination, you can get a lot of cheap organizing supplies from a thrift store. When you go make sure that you have a list of what you need so you do not end up buying stuff that will just add more clutter to your life.

2. Recycle old food containers. Plastic and glass food containers make great organizational supplies for your garage. Just make sure you label what you put in them. You can get as creative as you want with this one. Permanent markers work great if you do not want to spend a lot of time on it. Paints work well if you would rather make it into more of a garage organizing project.

3. Check out FreeCycle.org and Craigslist.com for ideas and cheap or free garage organizing supplies. You can get free stuff from FreeCycle.org and cheap or free stuff from Craigslist.com. You might need to check often in order to get what you need. It is a good idea to have a clear idea of what you are looking for before you look at these sites. It is easier to search for an item than to just browse around.

4. Go to garage sales to find cheap garage organizing supplies. Unlike with thrift stores or the websites I mentioned, it is better to go to garage sales with an open mind rather than a list. Be open to thinking about how you can use what you find at garage sales for your organizing project.

5. Look around your house for old or unused furniture and organizing supplies. Before you throw out that old bookcase or table, think about how you can use it for your garage organizing project. Old bookcases make great shelving units in the garage. Old tables can provide a great workspace. Think about how you can use something to help you organize your garage before you toss it out.


Finishing this 1932 Chevrolet Convertible Cabriolet’s 40-year restoration was a family affair

I found this great article on Hemmings.com
Strange though it seems, apples have a tendency to start things. The story of Adam and Eve, for instance, or Newton’s ruminations on gravity. Apples also started the restoration odyssey of a particular bit of General Motors history. When an aged lady came to the home of Allan and Pat Kehrley in Liberty, New York, to buy apples one summer day, another story was begun.

A partially assembled old car in the garage caught the eye of Helen Adolph, who had owned a car like that when she was a young woman. She told Allan and Pat some of her stories: how she bought her black car in New York City in 1936 and used to drive it up to Sullivan County every weekend until she and her family moved up permanently in 1941; how after the war, it was stored in her barn’s hay loft, and how upset she was when her husband sold it in 1953 without consulting her.  Continue to full article and images.

East Coast Indoor Nationals

“Rain early in the day, followed by sleet turning to snow late in the afternoon.” That was the weather forcast as of Friday night, prior to my two sons and me heading for the Baltimore area to see the East Coast Indoor Nationls Car Show. We considered canceling but since it wasn’t supposed to get really nasty before early afternoon, we figured we would miss most of it. My youngest would drive up from N.VA. to my house and we would then head up to Mt Airy to pick up my oldest and head out Interstate 70 for the show in Timonium Maryland.
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Mini-Choppers: The New Fun Toy

While searching for something for my bike, I learned of a section of the ‘biker kulture’ that I knew nothing about; mini-choppers.  Now just wait till I show up at Shady Grove on one of these. 🙂 It will probably be awhile though since most of these are made in China. I guess I’ll have to build my own.

Zooming successfully on the roads, a thrill that peps up the adrenalin… that is exactly what the mini choppers do.  Mini chopper is a type of pocket dirt bike. It is like a small version of motor cycle appearing like a chopper. They are made of steel pipes or even steel tubes and have 4 stroke cc engine. They can store about a gallon of gass and reach speeds of 50-75 mph though the average is about 40 mph.  They are also fitted with mechanical brakes and can be driven on uneven surfaces and rough dirt roads. This makes them a cross country choice also for weekend bikers. Since they are lighter they give a feel of a chopper at a reasonable cost.

Amongst the most favored types, those who can customise the chopper are happy riders. By understanding the dynamics of his machine, the rider can use it to the optimum level. Customized ones are light weight with low seat height. Other types are of electric and variety. Electric mini choppers are much cheaper than the ones that run on gas. They are best suited for new bikers and children. However those with gas provide faster speed. This means the rider has to be more careful and skillful. They also come in smaller sizes.

Buyers have been attracted to mini choppers worldwide. They provide great thrill and fun which has increased their demand. They are more frequently used in racing and other sport events. Folks also use them to experience a blissful and pleasant ride. These choppers are safer and comfortable too. They are known for their trendy look and come in different sizes and colors. Young adults prefer their chopper with gorgeous looks and maintain them very well. They are funky, small, looking marvel with a touch of class. They usually range from 50 to 200 cc cutting across various age groups. They leave a lasting impression provide satisfaction with a sense of pride to the rider.

Winter Weather Is On The Way

(NAPSI)-These simple tips from the National Safety Council can help you drive down your risk of accident, even in inclement weather:

Floor Mats. Something as simple as floor mats can have a major impact on driving safety. But the days of one-size-fits-all floor mats are gone.

Most mats, even aftermarket mats, are now designed for specific vehicles, and drivers should be sure to use only a mat designed for their vehicle. Many vehicles these days also have anchors or clips to secure mats. You should always check to make sure your mats are properly secured, especially after visiting the car wash.

Floor mats should never be flipped upside down and mats should never be doubled up. Improperly used floor mats may slip and interfere with the movement of pedals during driving and could cause an accident.

Tires. While today’s all-weather and all-season tires are sufficient for winter-weather driving in most areas of the country, sometimes snow tires are necessary. In either case, tires should be checked for wear and proper air pressure. Many have wear indicators.

If a wear indicator is showing or tire tread is below 1.6 mm (0.06 in.), the tire should be replaced. The same is true for snow tires. The effectiveness of snow tires is lost if the tread wears down below 4 mm (0.16 in.).

Tire air pressure should be checked only when tires are cold (vehicle parked for at least three hours) and should be set to recommended manufacturer levels. Under- or overinflated tires can result in excessive and uneven wear and poor handling.

Windshield Wipers. Months spent baking in the sun can have a severe impact on windshield wiper efficiency. Be sure to check for cracks and other damage and replace if necessary, rather than discover your wipers aren’t up to the added challenges of winter driving.

Oil and Other Fluids. Check the oil level and level of other fluids. If you use heavier-viscosity oil for warm-weather driving, it may cause harder starting during the winter.

So check your owner’s manual for the recommended type of oil to use during the cold-weather months. Make sure to use washer fluid containing antifreeze in cold climates and warm the windshield with the defroster before using the washer to avoid the washer fluid freezing on the windshield and blocking your vision. Ensure that engine coolant is at the recommended level.

Battery. Cold temperatures can reduce the capacity of any 12- volt battery, so inspect your battery to make sure it is in top operating condition. Check the battery for signs of corrosion, loose terminal connections, cracks and loose hold-down clamps.

Emergency Equipment. You should consider carrying some emergency equipment. Some of the things you might put in your vehicle include tire chains, a window scraper, a bag of sand or salt, flares, a small shovel and jumper cables.

Consider carrying such emergency equipment as tire chains, a window scraper, a bag of sand or salt, flares, a small shovel and jumper cables.