Re: [OM] IMG: Seen at the Airport

Subject: Re: [OM] IMG: Seen at the Airport
From: Charles Geilfuss <charles.geilfuss@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2020 08:47:17 -0500
Yep, that Sprinter Reassembly Plant is right down the street from where I
work. In fact, the husband of one of my practice partners works on the
assembly line. IIRC it was due to a chicken tariff.


On Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 12:32 AM Moose <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On 3/3/2020 1:34 PM, Chris Barker wrote:
> > I’m sure that I’ve seen a photo of your Oldsmobile in the past, Moose,
> but may I see it again?
> Wow, I'm glad you asked. For whatever reason, I don't have a lot of photos
> of it. So I looked back at film scans and
> found one that's always irritated me. I love the setting, and the memory -
> but the grain, ugh! I just plain underexposed
> it. The scanner pulls what's there, but with so much grain/noise. And the
> grain somehow manages to be arranged so as to
> create large scale mottling. I've never managed a decent version.
> So, back to the TIFF from the scan, and try Topaz Denoise AI. MAGIC. It's
> not so much created detail as removed the
> masking effect of the noise. Without the noise I can do more normal
> processing - and finally, a decent image!
> <
> http://galleries.moosemystic.net/MooseFoto/index.php?gallery=Miscellaneous/Images&image=6991_16newoofm.jpg
> >
> Moose rampant in his steed.
> <
> http://galleries.moosemystic.net/MooseFoto/index.php?gallery=Miscellaneous/Images&image=_1010793rotcra.jpg
> >
> What it would look like, cleaned up and posed.
> <
> http://galleries.moosemystic.net/MooseFoto/index.php?gallery=Miscellaneous/Images&image=OldsConvertible.jpg
> >
> The color may be off, though. It's a subtle green-blue.
> > I gave up on Mercedes in 2003 when my ML270, a decent car otherwise,
> threatened to cost a bomb to maintain once it was past three years old (and
> out of warranty and servicing agreement).
> Our MB is a 2007 sprinter. The whole thing is sort of weird. At that time:
> "The new factory expands a current facility where Sprinters are put back
> together. It’s all about taxes, or more
> specifically import tariffs. To date, Sprinters sold in the U.S. are first
> completely manufactured, ready to go, in Germany.
> Then, because of the tariffs, U.S.-bound Sprinter are partially
> disassembled, shipped to the U.S. as components, and
> then reassembled in North Charleston. That’s been going on since 2006 via
> warehouse and factory work that’s called
> “double handling,” and which is seldom efficient and often costly."
> So, ours was built in Stuttgart, partially disassembled, shipped to a
> Freightliner factory in North Charleston, South
> Carolina, reassembled, labeled as a Dodge RAM, shipped to PleasureWay in
> Saskatoon and converted into a small RV. I
> don't know if it stopped in Detroit on its way to Canada. :-)
> As long as we're doing pix:
> Camped
> <
> http://galleries.moosemystic.net/MooseFoto/index.php?gallery=California/Marin%2C_Sonoma%2C_Mendocino_Coast/Albion&image=_MG_9139ia.jpg
> >
> Through hot air <
> http://galleries.moosemystic.net/MooseFoto/index.php?gallery=California/Carrizo_Plain&image=_A004347cr.jpg
> >
> If one buys a Sprinter today, it has the three pointed star, but was made
> in So Carolina.
> > I still don’t like them, having been seduced by BMW since 2003.
> My first new car was a 1968 BMW 1600 two door. A wonderful, reliable car,
> with a few eccentricities. One you would not
> like is really poor ice/snow performance; front engine, rear drive, short,
> light chassis.
> > I’m about to spend a few days in Glasgow, visiting family so perhaps
> I’ll be able to test my X3’s abilities in the ice or snow; it’s no A4
> Quattro,
> Ah well, ours is not new, a relatively low mileage 2006, "inherited" from
> a son. I like the look of this version, but
> newer ones are a little roomier. A nice car.
> > but I enjoy the drive and it has loads of lovely goodies, including
> adaptive headlights (LED) which I don’t think that I could do without ever
> again :-)
> >
> > The trouble with ex-hire cars is that they generally don’t have all the
> gizmos, but I do go for used cars nowadays.
> And yet, in the specific case at hand, quite a few of the Impalas coming
> off now are the top trim models.  There was a
> beautiful deep red one nearby, for a very reasonable price, but I really
> don't have use for another sedan.
> They may be bought with a four, but all the Hertz rentals are V6 and
> either mid or top trim level. I assume they know a
> lot about what holds value for resale.
> Car Talk Moose
> --
> What if the Hokey Pokey *IS* what it's all about?
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