Could be worse: try "American Hot Rod". The Teutels are organizational
*geniuses* compared to that megalomaniac Coddington. The funniest bit
is how he is genuinely *surprised* when his best people leave to work
for his competition.
That is funny. Usually don't watch this but I saw a couple recent episodes.
You are right. He is crazy, obsessive, etc. He had a guy design some wheels
for Chip Foose. And felt like this guy was some kinda ultimate scumbag for
doing so. How incredibly short sighted.
He should just take a cut and encourage his guys to do more outside work.
Bring in some more money.
As it is, he trained a guy who became very good at his craft. Then he kicked
him out. He will go back to doing this with a lot of other people. If he
treated his people better, they would stay around longer.
Now this guy who got kicked out has a super resume. He can just give his new
boss a tape of how he got fired from American Hot Rod. He is obviously
Besides, the guy makes unimaginative copies of very old design hot rods.
Nothing inspirational or original.
This kind of discussion is a lot like shop life. Last week, a friend
was in my shop doing some turning--he's better than I am. I was
sharpening some tools--I'm better than he is. We talked about the two
things we were doing, then went on to talk about our families (bitch,
bitch, bitch) and the "new" car he recently picked up, a '72 Dodge
Demon he's restoring. I think we also covered a parts store he used to
run and a couple other items, but we didn't get back to talking
woodworking until the woodworking was done.
Yep ... it can be a pleasure discussing various topics with like minded
folks. You just have to keep reminding yourself that even the new shop
kitten, purr as she does most of the time, will reach out and bite when you
step on her toes.
I can only begin to imagine what it is like for those people caught in
the storm. No matter how many brain cells each of them have, my heart
goes out to each and everyone of them.(With the exception of the looters
who can all rot in hell).
To any who read this and have relatives or friends in the area, I wish
you a happy outcome.
A link that just about sums it up regarding reporters and others.
Thoughts are with you all
I've often suspected that the local bozos here in H-town can't wait
to do a spot from the Galveston seawall, standing in front of a wind
machine while a colleague sprays water from a hose on them. The local
NBC affiliate in particular. It's always tonight's "BIG STORY."
i've been reading this post but whats funny is how did people survive
for so many centuries....
well just heard from my girlfriend is going up by a dollar by midnight
tonight thats almost 4.00 a gallon good luck everybody
Right now, price spikes are putting gas in some areas of Atlanta at
European levels--six bucks a gallon.
Point being, though, that the retention of gas hog vehicles and keeping
them filled even though prices have increased by over 100% in not much
over a year (with most of that increase very recent, though), is not in
the best interests of anyone that I know (I obvioiusly don't know Dick
Cheney and his oilman buddies). Gas will rise here, and the refiners
and distributors will pocket the extra cash, or pass it on to lobbyists
to hand to legislators and other politicians, while you and most other
Europeans at least see it going as tax money meant for the public good
(one can then argue about just what is the public good, and whether or
not any is provided, but that's the intent, while here it is simply
price gouging to further fill some already lavishly porked out
Too, it's not so much the price increase, but the speed of the
increase, that is causing the problems.
Add to that our "just in time" system of truck based delivery of damned
near everything from everywhere, and some of the problems come into
focus, or closer to focus. I don't know what system Europe uses for
delivery of goods over long distances, but here, with 3000 miles from
east to west, and a bit more than half that from north to south, diesel
delivers. And diesel fuel has risen apace. Which means that large
transportation surcharges are going to be added to just about
everything we buy, whether a head of lettuce, or a pair of pants or a
40' extension ladder or the brush and gallon of paint you carry up that
As someone said, the Fed is going to have some problems with all of
this, because the economy can easily tank after this debacle, in the
face of rising costs, but if they're not careful with interest rates
and monetary supply, inflation could reach 1980 levels in a
rush...maybe two weeks.
I had predicted three buck a gallon gasoline by Christmas, figuring
that could give the Ali Baba and the rest of the oil thieves (far more
than 40, though)a nice present. I was told I was nuts, that it would
hang just above $2. Ayup. I didn't predict any disaster on this
scale--who could? But my guess is that by this time next year, the U.S.
will be lucky to see regular unleaded gasoline at under five bucks a
gallon. Once the oil thieves get to a price level, it NEVER drops back
for more than a few weeks.
And I hope I'm wrong.
The very same. Every piece of shit is transported just in time to
where someone thinks there is a need for it to be handled once, then
it's transported back to the other end of Europe to be packaged, and
back again to be sold. Obviously transportation is much too cheap.
You would think that we learned nothing from the Enron scam when they sold
energy to California. They bought and sold energy back and forth between
non existing companies to jack the price up. Now we have probably 8 major
oil companies that have merged into 4 and have shut down 1/2 of their
refining capacity. Essentially eliminating 1/2 of the competition. On top
of that they use the media as a gauge as to how far they can raise the
prices. The mere suggestion from the media of prices going up and the oil
companies follow the news lead "immediately". If the media would report the
news and not speculate what may happen perhaps the fuel prices would go
down. Has any one really seen a shortage? The oil companies have created
the so called shortage by cutting production.
As has been noted ad nauseum, oil and gasoline contract prices are set
on the world commodities markets, the largest of which is the NYMEX (NY
There is limited production and refining flexibility on the up side
primarily owing to the limitations in ability to site new facilities for
primarily environmental and other activist causes over the last 20
US new exploration is down for similar reasons combined w/ the fact that
until the pretty recent upswing low prices made more expensive sites
uneconomic in small part.
Absolutely ... despite protestations from the industry and government, the
.25/gallon jump we saw in one afternoon day before yesterday has 'gouging'
written all over it.
The bullshit about justifying the increase due to having to pay more for
replacement is just that. Any increased cost in replacement is passed on the
consumer, post delivery, but the 20,000 gallons in the storage tanks under
those stations on Tuesday morning made for one hell of a profit after sale
Not to mention one factor no one ever brings up ... refinery raw stock is
commodity traded and, as such, much of what is being refined is bought on
long term contract at a much lower cost than the current price per barrel.
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