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  1. ScarredKnightfan

    Cobweb Dusting

    * So, which is your favorite(s) of the 9 posted photos!? Seems we MAY have an apartment. Should know sometime soon, tho not sure what the definition of soon is in this case, ha. Depending on when we know for sure & when our move-in date is, I may sneak in a road trip, so let me know if you would like to see me along the way. I had cardiology & other checkups scheduled for 05/17/2018 at Northwestern in Chicago, but had to cancel those & will re-schedule them (including additional specialists given the current health issues) once I know about the apartment. I may either fly or take the train back to Chicago (or maybe rent a car), then drive my 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis LS back to Oregon. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 03 MGM & 81mc + 86 Mustang "There was something in the country that he said he couldn't leave" | John Denver & Emmylou Harris | 'Wild Montana Skies'
  2. ScarredKnightfan

    Still alive; need ideas

    Well, dang, Jack, that might have to wait a while. I do have family friends (parents' friends) up in the Portland area, so I know I'll be up there ... sometime. Meantime, if you get to the Medford area, let me know. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 2003 MGM + 81mc "Tryin' to make a livin' & doin' the best I can" | Allman Brothers Band | 'Ramblin' Man'
  3. ScarredKnightfan

    Cobweb Dusting

    * So, I finally posted 9 teaser photos on OCSH; see the entry here: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2018/05/18/cobweb-dusting/ I thought about highlighting 2-3 pics in this post, but could not decide which to feature! Which would you have featured? Meantime, we are awaiting word about approval for a possible apartment in Medford OR. If that does not pan out, I will most-likely road trip! Anyone want me to stop for a visit if I go? Speaking of, I have been without a vehicle for over 2 weeks, more difficult for me than even I imagined. Along with financial worries, I have a few health issues developing, so I am trying not to panic. A barber, a dentist, a home-cooked meal, & someone to explore the area with me would be nice. Once things settle down a bit, I plan to return checking in here more regularly. Until then, peace. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 03 MGM & 81mc + 86 Mustang "Someday I'll understand" | Guy & Ralna | 'Footprints In The Sand'
  4. ScarredKnightfan

    Still alive; need ideas

    Sounds good to me. I don't have a car right now, but we are currently in Medford OR. How far are you from us? Luckily, we are awaiting word about an apartment ... hope to know yet this week. BUT, we are still looking at homes. Right now, we are locked into southern OR. Tho, I do know someone who works at the hotel who is getting ready to move to northern Washington. Small world. But that is an excellent idea. My job, tho, is based in IL. So, not sure how that'll work with taxes, once we get a permanent address..... Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 2003 MGM + 81mc "Take a ride, look around" | Jason Aldean | 'Tattoos On This Town'
  5. ScarredKnightfan

    Still alive; need ideas

    Thanks for the tip, Jack! I was over in White City last week to see a movie, actually, lol. I wanted to see 'I Can Only Imagine' & found a late-afternoon matinee for only $4! I will definitely check out that dirt track, tho. My goodness, I sure miss the 1 that was in Freeport IL. Watched a friend's cousins race there many a weekend. I can't wait to see those old cars, too, my goodness mercy me. Glad you will have a condo in June! Hopefully we can meet up, if you'd like. Hmmm ... would sure enjoy going there with you sometime, if that is a possibility. You could show me around, if you want. * The last 2 days have featured awesome weather in southern OR, & I took advantage both late afternoons by walking ~45-60 minutes on a section of Bear Creek Greenway, starting at a park at I-5 Exit 21. Snapped some photos & took a video which will be included when I write a post (might schedule several entries) on www.oldcarsstronghearts.com for the photos & videos I have taken since January, some of which I have uploaded to my personal Facebook page, globally so they can be seen whether you are on FB or not. Anyway, since I last visited, made a few connections, but so far, still no place. IF we cannot find a place within the next few weeks, I may consider road tripping for a little while! Anyone want a visit if I start driving? Yes, I have a job. I continue working remotely as the Part-Time Office Manager for a home appraiser in the Elgin IL area, planning to go to Full-Time later this year; I want to get off Medicaid when I can afford my own healthcare policy. *rolls eyes* Luckily, I have other income options to check out, but meantime, I will withdraw funds from my IRA to pay some bills since expenses keep increasing. Right now, to save money on renting a car (currently a yellow Dodge charger at a very low rate), I am trying to decide if I should buy a 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis here for $1,000 or spend nearly $2,000 to have my beloved 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis LS shipped to southern OR. Decisions decisions decisions. Peace. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 03 MGM & 81mc + 86 Mustang "I'm gonna ride on the silver lining" | FFH | '1 Of These Days'
  6. ScarredKnightfan

    Still alive; need ideas

    I whole-heartily echo what Mike wrote ... LOL. As for the house next to you, do you have more details about it? Who should I contact? (Sending you a private message with my cell phone # to text me; thank you!) Thank you! Very sorry we weren't able to meet up before I left. If I ever visit, hopefully we can meet up, if you want. SWEET! Glad you will be here, too. We've gotten to know the area fairly well, particularly by exploring. Enjoyed it so far. We originally were with my Uncle & his wife, but as we found out later, they have a pattern of "kicking people out" ... something we hadn't been told about prior to moving. *bites tongue* My friend has been looking at Zillow, too, & we've applied for some through there. As for buying, we have been talking about doing just that ... a few people have told us they found their mortgage payments to be less than paying rent. So, yes, let me know when you get here & we can meet & talk references, etc. I'll send you a private note with my cell phone # to text me. THANK YOU! Gorgeous area here in southern Oregon (like MANY other places across the United States) & pics do not do it justice. But, I hope to have a new post soon on www.oldcarsstronghearts.com with many photos I have taken so far. While I apologize for not including more detail about what all we HAVE looked into so far, I purposefully kept it vague because I did not want to limit brainstorming (tho, we are already thinking outside-the-box). So, yes, we have checked Craiglist, local ads, local newspapers, area businesses, etc., & reached out to Mennonite Your Way (no response yet) & other similar organizations. At this point, we are hoping networking will help. I have always said (given experiences during my 2002-2011 road trips) we are more connected than we know. My favorite small-world story of that type is when I met a guy I had known for a few years in Oklahoma City OK in 2006 & (long story short) found out he had been taught by my grandfather in a rural OK High School. Every connection helps. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 03 MGM & 81mc + 86 Mustang "A dead end street is just a place to turn around" | Wynonna | 'Rock Bottom'
  7. ScarredKnightfan

    Still alive; need ideas

    * Been a while, eh? Yes, I am still alive, but the biggest news is I am no longer in IL! A friend & I moved to southern OR 01/04/2018, but 2.5 months into the move, we are still looking for a place to call home (apartment, motor home, trailer, house). So, if you have any connections in the Grants Pass-Central Point-Medford-Ashland areas who may be able to assist us, we would greatly appreciate it. Neither of us want to give up, despite increasing pressures, stress & expenses. Meantime, since I last visited, I posted pics from the 2017 Cruise Nights I hosted at Beef Villa in S Elgin IL: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/ocsh-info/ocsh-cruise-nights/ &, I have published a few sporadic posts the last few months on the home page; planning a new entry sometime soon with pictures I have taken here in Oregon: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/ What is new with you!? Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 03 MGM & 81mc + 86 Mustang "We can take anything that comes our way" | BJ Thomas | 'As Long As We Got Each Other (Growing Pains)'
  8. ScarredKnightfan

    Long time: news, invite & info

    Thank you, Greg ... I try! Appreciate that. Things are looking up, I hope ... course, I've thought that before. Irony rocks! Howdy Neighbor! You thinking of coming to the cruise nights at all? Heh ... hiding is about right. My abrupt disappearance was because I was so very embarrassed my road trips weren't going to happen as planned. Angry & frustrated, too, but more embarrassed. Probably shouldn't have been, but I was ... &, in some ways, still am. *shrugs* & thank you ... certainly working my way towards that, slowly but surely ... unless another shoe drops sometime ... ha. BTW: Suppose it may help to give the link to the actual OC,SH Cruise Night info page, which includes a link to the Beef Villa website: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/ocsh-info/ocsh-cruise-nights/ Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81 MC "Wouldn't you like to get away?" | Gary Portnoy | 'Where Everybody Knows Your Name (Cheers)'
  9. ScarredKnightfan

    Look what I just found. One more scratched off the bucket list

    VERY nice 1940 Ford! I still have a LONG list of cars I'd like to own, but I've transitioned some to a "would love to at least drive 1 day" category. Not sure that is more realistic or not ... LOL. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "Money can't buy happiness" | Don Williams | 'One Good Well'
  10. ScarredKnightfan

    MASSIVE FIRE Country Classic Cars Staunton Il.

    Been to this place a few times. Always enjoyed seeing the cars, even though they never really seemed as good in person as they did online. It was, however, very cool to see some cars you don't see anymore. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "Maybe things could work out right" | Johnny Hates Jazz | 'Shattered Dreams'
  11. ScarredKnightfan

    Long time: news, invite & info

    * Yep, I know it has been a while since I last visited, over 5 months, in fact. The road trips I had planned were quickly destroyed, thanks to new health issues & unexpected expenses which wiped out my built-up savings. The health issues had stabilized, more or less, thanks in part to Medicaid finally approving specialists, but then a scare about a speck in my lung being cancerous put me back on edge. I hope to get health issues & finances situated enough so I can do my Road Trips & Working plans sometime later this year or early next year. Meantime, I have been doing (& chronicling on my website) some day exploratory road trips with my 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis LS in the northern IL area to drive roads I have never seen, the latest excursion of which happened Tuesday, 07/11/2017, in conjunction with a drive to Moline IL to meet a friend in person for the 1st time. I posted a writeup & pics here: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/07/14/road-trips-working-11/ Otherwise, life has been mostly good, & I made some changes (with more on the way) to my website [which combines a love of vintage vehicles & congenital heart issue awareness with several different pages & features], including a brand new Business Card. front: back: I have also just launched official OC,SH cruise nights, to which ALL ARE INVITED; take a look at the announcement in this link & let me know if you can join us sometime: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/08/09/road-trips-working-12/ I love showcasing mom'n'pop style places, described by some as the backbone of our society. When we help others succeed, we succeed. To that end, I launched a revised OC,SH NETWORK with 2 tiers of membership: LTD R/T SS & HEARTLAND. Check it out: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/ocsh-info/ocsh-network/ Daily themes: "At The Heart" (Round Rock TX) "Daily Vehicle Choice" "Cruise Night Show" (summer 2017) Weekly themes: "Monday Message" & "Miniature Monday" (cars I bought) "Turntable Tuesday" & "TV Tuesday" (El Camino interior, Austin TX, 09/11/2016) "Wednesday Wakeup" & "Wildlife Wednesday" (photo I took at a cruise night, 06/05/2011) "Thursday Throwback" & "Theatre Thursday" (reflective photo I took 10/17/2010 of my then daily driver 1979 Caprice Classic seen in a Buick LeSabre) "Friday Flashback" & "Friday Fun" (picture I took at a hotel in Indianapolis IN, June 1981) "Smorgasbord Saturday" & "Saturday Sizzler" (HO scale scene with slot car track) "Scenic Sunday" & "Story Sunday" (A view of the bridge at Devils Elbow, MO, Route 66) Occasional theme: "Road Trips & Working" (Lindenwood IL castle house with M-B) Hope all is well for everyone. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81 MC "Where have you gone?" | Glen Campbell | 'Still Within The Sound Of My Voice'
  12. * If you would like to meet up while I am in the southwest US (including portions of Route 66) in March, check out the ROUGH itinerary here: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/03/05/road-trips-working-5/ I will post itineraries for April (southeast US), May (northwest US) & June (northeast US) later. FYI: the above post has links to the 4 entries I wrote for the mini road trip test (Sunday, 02/26/2017, to Friday, 03/03/2017) between western IL & central MI. Those entries include an overview of my 1st 4 road trips in 2017, pics of my 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis (with side window deflectors installed & a gripe about the steering wheel controls), exploring Okemos MI &, of course, some of my thoughts. 03MGM SIDE NOTE: a couple weeks ago, I ordered & then received the sales brochure for it; I love having documentation like that for cars I own or have owned! With side window deflectors installed: Illustrating a gripe about the steering controls: 1 of several pics of Okemos MI: Part 1 of multi-item Buick Collection I received; read about it here: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/02/27/miniature-monday-9/ Part 2 of multi-item Buick Collection: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/03/03/friday-fun-9/ Do you agree? (This OC,SH original features a photo I took while driving my 1981mc!) http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/03/01/wednesday-wakeup-9/ 1 of many reflective photos I have taken: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/03/03/friday-flashback-9/ This 1936 Dodge was driven to high school! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2017/03/02/thursday-throwback-9/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "The life I love is making music with my friends" | Willie Nelson | 'On The Road Again'
  13. ScarredKnightfan

    1979 Lincoln Town Car.

    Oh my...................GORGEOUS! Wish you didn't have to sell it, & wish I could buy it. Someone is going to be very lucky. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "Those dreams move on if you wait too long" | Billy Ray Cyrus | 'Could've Been Me'
  14. ScarredKnightfan

    My English teacher's red pen would be on fire with this Ad.

    Yikes! When I was looking for my Mercury GM, when I saw ads similar to this, I just continued on, even if it was a car I liked. The 1st couple times I didn't, & paid for it dearly, in terms of wasting time. The 03MGM I have, the ad was very succinct, the pics were on point & the car was exactly as advertised. Nothing like a bit of time to post a "clean" ad to help get a car sold..... Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "Something's wrong in the world today" | Aerosmith | 'Living On The Edge'
  15. ScarredKnightfan

    Museum in Catoosa, OK

    Yes ... it is along Route 66, 1 of a few places I did not have time to visit during my 2009 Route 66 trip. Hoping to have some time to stop there when I'm in the general area later this month. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc "Finding out the hard way what freedom means" | Baillie & the Boys | 'Wilder Days'