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Old 02-17-2007, 06:23 AM   #51
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I don't know if I have too many hobbies ........... but I do have a lot of interests. Cars, music, photography, motorcycles (fast ones), history, geneology, airplanes, pro basketball (watching, not doing, Go Pistons!), renaissance faires, cats, U of M football, to name a few ...........
Thats a very well rounded group of both Doug. BTW, my dad was in the Air Force, and as a result, I have a passion for military aircraft. I'm still pissed that they retired the Tomcat. Nobody asked me if it was ok to do so!!!!:p But I understand the reasons.

Anywho, I drum on a regular basis, still very active with the car club.......only the pres knows I just sold the SRT. Starting at the end of March, Tracy and my son Taylor will once again don our wetsuit's and hit the slalom course for another season of every weekend skiing. WooHoo!! My lovely 21 yr. old daugther Brittany, who lives in West Palm Beach, that's where we're from, went to continue her education. She's a great skier.

Her passion, hobby and job are centered around horse's horse's and more horse's. Her boyfriend has just gotten her into racing dirt bikes. Well, racing isn't quite accurate.......as she's still on the kiddie course.

But if the sun is out, we're out in it. Except for winter. GAWD, I hate the winter time. Even n Fla, it's just puts a damper on my outside fun for few months. Sorry I rambled on Doug,

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Old 02-19-2007, 12:55 AM   #52
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Hi again, Mike,

Wow, my Dad was in the Air Force, too. Technically the Army Air Force, in WWII, and was a mechanic on P-51 Mustangs, P-38 Lightnings and B-17 Flying Fortresses. He took me to air shows and the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio as a kid. I've been back to Wright-Patterson and the USAF Museum again several times over the years since. I love military planes, too.

I always joke that if I won the lottery, I would buy a Mustang! Not the Ford version, the North American P-51 version!

At the recent President Ford funeral, here in Grand Rapids, the twenty one F-15 flyover, ending with the missing man formation was absolutely awe inspiring!

I even got to see an SR-71 flyover at the Air Force Museum one time during a special event (40th Anniv. of the USAF) back in 1987. WOW!

Well, the weather is about to change here in Grand Rapids. After about 3 weeks of near record cold, they are forecasting highs in the mid 40's by the end of the week. Looks like most, if not all of our 15-18 inches of snow on the ground will be melting. Time to break out the shorts and tank tops!
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Old 02-19-2007, 07:00 AM   #53
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Hi again, Mike,

Wow, my Dad was in the Air Force, too. Technically the Army Air Force, in WWII, and was a mechanic on P-51 Mustangs, P-38 Lightnings and B-17 Flying Fortresses. He took me to air shows and the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio as a kid. I've been back to Wright-Patterson and the USAF Museum again several times over the years since. I love military planes, too.

I always joke that if I won the lottery, I would buy a Mustang! Not the Ford version, the North American P-51 version!

At the recent President Ford funeral, here in Grand Rapids, the twenty one F-15 flyover, ending with the missing man formation was absolutely awe inspiring!

I even got to see an SR-71 flyover at the Air Force Museum one time during a special event (40th Anniv. of the USAF) back in 1987. WOW!

Well, the weather is about to change here in Grand Rapids. After about 3 weeks of near record cold, they are forecasting highs in the mid 40's by the end of the week. Looks like most, if not all of our 15-18 inches of snow on the ground will be melting. Time to break out the shorts and tank tops!
Hey buddy!! Shorts and tank tops in the 40's huh?? <note to self, Doug is a little er's.:p JK!!!!!

My dad was chief mechanic, and worked on many different aircraft, and some of the stories he's told me I will never forget. We still talk about it from time to time. He has several letters of commendation from top brass for his work and direction when sent to places like Thule, Greenland. Talk about sub-zero condition!! That's !!! Remember, anything below 80 to me is a big

Strangely enough, my favorite single radial engine plane was indeed the P51. Not only was it the fastest, but THE best looking prop fighter ever built imho. When I was a kid, my dad and I built 30 different Revell model planes, including the P51, SR71, B17, B25, B52, Hellcat, F14, etc.

We hung them from my bedroon ceiling with fishing line where they were admired for a long time. That is until they were caught in the "crossfire" of many pillow fights between my brother and I.

My family and I attend the Blue Angels at NAS JAX every year. What a great feeling to see our military in action. My fav planes are the P51, F14, and the B1B bomber. Saw that one on the tarmac several times at the air show. What a work of art.

As always Doug, the pleasure is mine sir!!!

Regards to ALL!!!!!! Mike
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Old 02-19-2007, 12:31 PM   #54
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Mike:

When I was about 10-11 years old, my Dad took me over by our airport. It was still in the city, then. (Before they built the current one on the edge of town) We pulled up along a row of hangers, and there was a P-51 sitting out front, getting ready for a flight. The pilot/owner was just ready to fire it up, and when that huge V12 Rolls Royce engine came to life, fire shot our from those 6 (on each side) exhaust manifolds about a foot or so. I'll never forget that! And, I agree, one of the most beautiful airplanes ever built.

..and, who ya callin' crazy? My brain would be hard boiled by now if I lived in Florida.
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..and, who ya callin' crazy? My brain would be hard boiled by now if I lived in Florida.
you tell him Doug.
I Was in florida 2 years at the end of May. Talk about miserable.It was over a 100 degrees everyday. We spent a lot of time inside with the air on.
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..and, who ya callin' crazy? My brain would be hard boiled by now if I lived in Florida.
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I Was in florida 2 years at the end of May. Talk about miserable.It was over a 100 degrees everyday. We spent a lot of time inside with the air on.
HEY!!!!!! No double team posting until I'm a senior member!!!:p
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Mike, I've been thinking some about our different enviroments, and I guess it's what you get used to, but I know I would miss the change of seasons if I lived in the south. Autumn is my favorite season here in Michigan. The changing leaves, and that crisp fall air. Sitting around a fire with our friends in the cool crisp night air. Those are some good times! Our Club goes on a Fall Color Tour to the northern part of lower Michigan every year on the 2nd weekend in October. It's my favorite Club activity all year. Here are some pics, enjoy ............ you should come up in October and check it out.
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Oh, that is just beautiful! I'm jealous. I miss the vacations w/ my parents 20 years ago when we'd drive up north and see the color changes in the trees and all. There's so much to see and enjoy still. I might have to plan a road trip for next year further north. I love that picture....very nice.
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Hey Doug, How ya doin'?

That photo was taken in the Traverse City area of Michigan. The car is one of our members 2001 Berger SS. It's the only Sunset Orange Metallic w/gold stripes, Berger SS. Pretty car! Great scenery!
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Doing great, thanks. Finally getting over a little sinus crap that's been kicking my butt for a week. Ugh.... I have to get up to Michigan in that time of year for a car show or release of info...sumthin. It's just that I'm so far off w/ the way it is. I can go up to north Texas and see some nice changing of the colors of trees. You folks are very lucky to be able to experience that every year!

I seriously hope that when the new Camaro comes out, there will be a few excellent aftermarket companies (Berger, Tom Henry, Dick Harrel, GMMG, etc) that get the opportunity to make special editions. It's going to be very tough for me to pick one up, but it's a dream I have. So far, I've had one of each...a V6, Z28, and SS. Now, I want to get into a special edition. I pray it works out....financially.
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Absolutely magnificent Doug!!! Truely beautiful indeed. In Fla., our palm tree lined beaches are gorgeous. But other than that, once you've seen 10 miles of it, you've seen it all. Except for the panhandle maybe.

I've been to Washington state in the summer time. Just beautiful!!!!! Only thing was, that it rained the whole 2 weeks I was there. Never saw the sun................thought I was in London. Good thing I didn't happen across a rope. :eek:
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Thanks, Guys! Michigan is truely a beautiful State. There's much more to Michigan than just Detroit, which is just one little corner. The rest of the State is much different.

We may not be able to enjoy our Camaros all year long, but we make the best out of the 9 months of "Camaro Weather" we do get to enjoy.
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