Friday, August 05, 2016

My Survey ~~ Friday’s Hunt v.2.06 -- "F" is for ...

DO YOU USE a knife and fork to eat Watermelon or a spoon.  I will tabulate results for next week.  

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Please Vote with your comment for either, or something else.  Most 'something else' people will be eating it with their hands, taking big juicy bites.  I put salt on my melon use a spoon to eat it.
(2.b) Week's Favorite:  We have watermelon on the brain here this week.  Last weekend we drove up to North Louisiana, to Farmerville which is north of Rustin, almost to Arkansas.  Farmerville was holding its annual Watermelon Festival.

The celebration we had was to buy a round, five of us, Royce, Velma, Mrs. Jim, KP, and me of Sonic Drive In milkshakes.  They were half price after seven on Saturday nights all month.

We forgot to buy a watermelon there so we bought one Thursday at our grocery store.  Kroger sells Texas watermelons which are a bit better than most of them from Louisiana.
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Friday’s Hunt for the week of August 5th:  (1) Starts with F;  (2) Week's Favorite; and (3) Shiny  
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(1) Starts with "F":  Ford, my favorite car and also my employer for 17 years.

This one, on the left, is a 1 9 3 4 Ford three-window coupe.  Envision it without headlights, having the fenders cropped fairly close to the body, and with very heavy duty bumpers.

Oh yes, paint the number "88" on the doors and trunk and you will have our 'modified stock' oval dirt track racing car back before I got drafted into the Army.

Our car was very fast, it would almost always win the "B" Feature race.  We held it back so as to come in about third or fourth in our Heat race so it wouldn't have to race in the "A" Feature race.  Occasionally we would race there but never could come in first place.

This is a 1928, 29, 30, or 31 Model A Ford Pickup.  I don't know who owns it but it was parked in the parking lot of First Baptist Church, Conroe, Texas.  It looks almost all original.  I have never owned a Model A and haven't driven one.  My parents had a 1929 Coupe when I was born.

I have owned quite a few Fords in my time:  two 1950 Ford Tudors (both pretty black), a 1951 Tudor,  a 1952 Tudor, a 1953 Tudor, two 1956's (a brand new convertible and a four-door hardtop), a 1967 Station Wagon, a 1969 Thunderbird, a 1972 Pinto, a 1974 Mustang II (still own it), two 1976 four-doors, and my last, a 1998 GT Convertible (still own this one). 

I counted twelve (12) Fords that I have owned, there is another, a 1937 Ford Tudor.  But technically it beloned to Dad as I was only 14 and it was my school car to drive into high school.  We only kept it for a couple of weeks, another story there.

(2.a) Week's Favorite:  It has to be Simone Biles, the U.S. Woman's Gymnastics first seat.  She is from Spring, Texas, which is a northern suburb of Houston.  The U.S. team should be having qualifications Sunday, August 7.  Much will be on NBC if I read the schedule correctly.  You can check for more, Google will get you there. U.S. is predicted for Gold.
(Photos are from today's H o u s t o n C h r o n i c l e.)

(3) Shiny:  This our is our Enterprise rental car for about a week, courtesy of Farmer's Insurance.  It is a 2016 Ford Fusion, fairly loaded, and with low miles. [You can click on it to see it better--back button gets you back here again.]

Did you know that NASCAR Ford Racing uses the Ford Fusion, hot-rodded of course.

A couple of weeks ago we were on our way to Baton Rouge to visit Mrs. Jim's cousin who is 96 years ago--she still drives around town.  We didn't get very far and a who was following us very close banged into us.

He banged into us and after about 50 feet banged into us again.  I thought sure he had road rage and I wasn't about to let him away.  We were in the left, fast, lane going about 40 mph so I just stopped.  A witness stopped in the middle lane beside us and soon a Harris County Sheriff Deputy also pulled in behind my witness.

The man was lethargic and not angry or excited one bit.  He said he was on his way to the hospital, I assumed under too much medication.  When he got out of his Bruiser Ford with a cow catcher front accessory to talk with the Sheriff's deputy he didn't stay because he was told to go get back into his truck.  He almost tripped on the curb going back.

[Our car is the gray Cadillac in the lower left corner]
The Houston Police came and finished things up.  His cow catcher had messed up our back bumper pretty badly and the impact hurt both our neck muscles, I got a headache.  The medic recommended Mrs. Jim go to the ER but she didn't because we were on our way to see her cousin.  The police ordered the ambulance take the other driver to he hospital.  He wasn't quite elderly yet but he was 70. 

After an hour and a half we were back on our way to Baton Rouge.  I did loose the left half of my temporary bridge eating an Egg McMuffin at McDonald's.  My headaches have mostly stopped and our neck and shoulders feel better.  The insurance wants to settle that part quickly, we haven't yet.  We did find out not to mix Advil or Aspirin with Meloxicam from the Walgreen pharmacist.
The Fine Print:
- Teresa of Eden Hills, (click), is running this meme, Friday's Hunt. Her rules are: "Welcome to linkup for Friday’s Hunt. It’s very simple. Anyone can participate. The link opens at 7pm Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter.

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I vote for spoon! I haven't had any watermelon this summer. I don't always have some - it's hard to get local watermelon because our season is so short. Sorry to read about your vehicle incident. I do hope you are both fully recovered really soon, and I'm glad it wasn't any worse than it was.
I vote for my hands, but these new fangled watermelons with no seeds don't taste as good and I miss spiting the seeds! That blue '34 Ford is a sweetie. My life has been a bit boring compared to yours and I'll try to keep it that way.
SO glad you were not hurt badly and were able to get on your way again. Love all the Ford cars Jim. Watermelon - hands usually with juice dripping odwn my chin!!! I hope you have a lovely week ahead of you.
I eat my watermelon with a fork. That's after I cut and make it into bite size pieces. I don't put salt on my watermelon either. My mother did though and she always used a spoon.

Yikes on the car accident. I'm glad you're feeling better. That was awful.

Have a fabulous day Jim. ☺
I vote for hands if you can, spoon otherwise AND I LOVE salt on my watermelon! Haven't had any really good watermelon in ages. Glad to hear you all were ok. I hate something like to happen when on the road., Thanks for the post,.
Spoon if indoors. Hands if outdoors! Dad you write so well.. I always enjoy learning more about you and the ways you think thru your writings!
I don't even remember the last time I ate watermelon. I guess I use a spoon or whatever else is handy. Sorry to hear about the accident, but glad you are both doing better. My first car was a Ford Falcon convertible. Then I had a 1966 Mustang. I had a big gas gulping Ford station wagon in the 1970s. I got it right before we had to stand on line for gas! Then we had a Ford Escort in the 90's. I had a 2000 Mustang and now I drive a Ford Escape. I think I got all my Fords in there.
I use a spoon now, and a little salt, too. As a kid, it was hands on! Glad you are both feeling better, hope that wasn't too scary finding out the incompatibility of mixing those two meds. Enjoyed your car history lesson. Hope the other driver is OK.
Goodness! First. I am a cut the watermelon in pieces and eat with a fork kind of person. That's a lot of Fords. I am much more of a GM person, but I have had one Ford truck--three on the tree, no power steering, no power brakes. It was quite the workout to drive. I am so sorry to hear about your accident. I am glad to hear you are both feeling better. Definitely no hurry to settle. I was surprised to see you were given meloxicam. That's what my goat, Helen, gets for her arthritis. Thanks so much for joining Friday's Hunt. Have a great week!
Hope you and Mrs. Jim are no longer feeling effects from the incident. I take it that wasn't a crowded highway for you to stop like that. For that matter for that driver to hit you twice...Watermelon is my favorite fruit right now. We haven't had much this summer. Time to change that. How do I eat it? Depends. A fork if I cut it in chunks. Otherwise, hold a slice in my hand and enjoy it.
Oh my, somehow i scrolled to fast last wk and missed seeing that u were in an accident! I hope you are doing better than last wk.

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