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Bret Blakeslee · Jul 8, 2016 at 1:05 pm · Published
The Bus Is Gone

Damn, Damn, Damn!!! I was driving down the street in Tempe and smoke started spewing out of the dash. I look back at the vents on the back side of the bus and fire is pouring out of them. No wonder the damn thing's running rough.

I stop, get out, pull a few things out and wait since there's nothing I can do not having a fire extinguisher with me yet. A couple of guys with an extinguisher stop and we empty it into the vent since the engine compartment is locked and I'm not going to get close enough to unlock it until the fire goes down a little.

It doesn't. It increases. The upshot is...

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Bret Blakeslee · Mar 18, 2016 at 11:19 pm · Published
Bus Update

Well, the bus isn't perfect yet. It runs out of gas even with gas in the tank. Bummer. Anyway, other than that drive train and braking system (replaced the drum brakes with perfect disk brakes - no longer have to push the brake pedal through the floorboard, brakes like a new car) are done. Have a few more interior bits to do then the thing will be perfect.

PS: I asked Kelly for an engine that would go up Sunset Point hill in fourth gear with the A/C on. I got it. Damn good thing I beefed up the transmission. It wouldn't have handled the engine otherwise. Kelly's engine would have...

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Bret Blakeslee · Jun 17, 2015 at 12:29 am · Published
Have Bus - Will Travel

Well, there’s one good. . . okay, very good thing going on right now. My bus is 90% done! The new engine is in and I am currently driving it around for the 500 mile break-in. After that we put the good carbs on the thing. That’s a switch from two 1-barrel carbs to two 2-barrel carbs and this will allow each cylinder to be individually adjusted and tuned so that it isn’t only smooth (it’s rough as washboard right now) but none of the cylinders will heat up unreasonably which was a perennial problem with my old bus. All this while passing emissions. So cool.

Oh yeah. . . the air...

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Bret Blakeslee · May 31, 2015 at 3:25 am · Published
Latest on my Cancer

The latest on my cancer is that my treatment has been denied twice after most of 4 years of approval. I don't know why. I don't know what I did. I don't know if I can live without the treatment.

This treatment is for Multifocal Motor Neuropathy (MMN), just one of the neuropathies I have. I'm supposed to get treatment this week (the 3rd and 4th of June) but it doesn't look like it now. It appears the insurance company wants to scare me. Well they have. But I haven't given up and I haven't broken yet. Close, but no cigar.

Still, I am scared. I have no idea if I can live with this...

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Bret Blakeslee · Apr 29, 2015 at 10:08 pm · Published
Momentary THought

We invented civilization to support a standing army. We caused over-population to make sure there was enough cannon-fodder.

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Bret Blakeslee · Apr 8, 2015 at 4:44 am · Published
The Right Stuff

So I'm watching the movie The Right Stuff and I was thinking that was a tremendous time to grow up.

I knew Chuck Yeager's name before I was six. Of course, I was in Indianapolis, Indiana and General Yeager had some history in Indy.

But I knew that he had broken the sound barrier and I knew what that was.

I suppose the Mercury astronauts were pretty much, "Spam in a can." But they did change the experiment for the Gemini and Apollo 'pilots'. I bet The guys in Apollo 13 were damn glad they were 'pilots'.

And just the idea of a country doing something that affirming. Considering the alternative....

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Bret Blakeslee · Sep 24, 2014 at 8:32 pm · Published
My Dire Disease

Hi Folks,

I've been doing other things than writing in this site. I'll explain why now. I thought that I'd be living much longer than expected. That sentence is weird but you get the picture I hope. Anyway, recently I’ve been given another thought. The thought that I would not be living much longer at all. The truth is I don’t know whether it’s one or the other.

In any case, I know it could happen any time but I know it will come suddenly whenever it comes. I’ve been trying to figure out why I’m so nervous about it because it’s true that everyone dies. (Although, if...

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Bret Blakeslee · Sep 7, 2014 at 10:29 am · Published
Been Drawing Lately

Sorry about the delay in writing.  But I've switched from writing to drawing.  See I already know how to write.  Doing something you don't know how to do is good for the brain.  So I'm drawing.  Never did that before.  Oh sure, a couple of little doodles and some mechanical drawing but not DRAWING.  So I'm learning.  It's fun but a little frustrating.  Stuff was easier oo learn when I was younger.  And the younger I was the easier it was.  Too bad kids don't know that.  I guess that's what parents are for.  To teach kids how to learn.

I know how to learn.  It's just not as easy as it used...

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Bret Blakeslee · Sep 7, 2014 at 10:09 am · Published
A Movie I Saw

I watched a movie tonight. Well, not really a movie. It was color film from the second world war. 55 million dead. 30 million refugees. It sounds so far away. But my father fought in it. I saw my mother there too. At the end. Not really her. But it might as well have been. This girl actually looked like her. Mom hated the Germans and the Japanese until the day she died . And dad was wounded. Comparatively, it was pretty light. He only spent 11 months in the hospital. He got out just in time to help liberate a concentration camp with the 82nd Airborne.

See he was an...

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