I can see that that is a reliable rag top for cruising, Moose – reliable in its
carrying as well as its enjoyment provision. The one of you “rampant” (which
can mean “pandemic” according to some dictionaries ;-)) looks like good times
in good weather.
It was strange seeing that Sprinter with the Dodge badge because I
automatically interpreted the design as the 3-pointed star; I had to look again
to see the Ram.
But didn’t you have a different campervan at first? Is this a replacement?
I really fancy one, whether it’s a Ford, Peugeot or Mercedes base vehicle
converted; but my wife likes the amount of space available in our
caravan/trailer. And since there is a good chance that we’ll be using it in
poor weather, we need that space to remain inside without going a little loco.
We haven’t been out since October, but I hope that we will start before the end
of March. It might be our best way of remaining sane if we have to start
staying away from crowds.
Interestingly, a colleague in the business of NVG training has just visited
Russia; the military types that he met there pooh-poohed the threat of the
virus. They might be right in their scepticism, but it might also be true that
the Russian Government has tried to keep a lid on any virus news, just as the
Chinese leaders did.
> On 4 Mar 2020, at 05:32, Moose <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx> 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!
> Moose rampant in his steed.
> What it would look like, cleaned up and posed.
> 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
> 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:
> Through hot air
> 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
> Car Talk Moose
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