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AVB-AMG last won the day on February 14

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    Summit, NJ
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    Special Interest Automobiles; Golf; Wine; Travel
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    Ranges: Cherry Ridge; RTSP/Randolph, NJ & Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays - Coplay, PA

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  1. It sounds like everyone who was able to attend enjoyed some really nice weather and had a good time busting clays, as well as plinking. I was out at LVSC on Thursday doing the same, but was unable to join all of you yesterday since I had already committed to a round of golf. I look forward to the next shotgun shootout in either August or September. AVB-AMG
  2. @Sniper You know that your comparison of me to Gregory "Joey" Johnson is totally bogus and just your inflammatory way to personally attack me without really considering the point(s) I make and respond with an intelligent and articulate comment. From my previous posts here, anyone can tell that I respect our flag and what it stands for. I totally disagree with the association of our flag to other issues that Johnson made in his quote that you posted. In a similar fashion, it would be if I compared you to and cited one of the many hateful proclamations made by Richard B. Spencer, the wife-abuser, American neo-Nazi and white supremacist and president of the National Policy Institute, a white supremacist think tank. That would be an extreme over reaction and not fair to you, even if you may agree with some of his stated positions. I really do think we all need to throttle back down the hateful comments. Yes, I have been guilty of writing some incendiary posts and will try not to make them personal towards other posters and focus on the point I am trying to make. It is hard not to take criticism personally, but I think that I and all of us should at least try to rise above making negative comments towards each other, ranging from snarky barbs, to petty insults to slanderous and hateful accusations, since they clearly are not productive and just makes things worse on both sides. Also, we are all human with imperfections and histories of decisions and actions performed in the past that we now may regret or would have done differently. So there really never will be any candidate devoid of flaws or previous bad choices. Therefore, we all have to make do with whom we feel, moving forward, will have learned from their past successes and failures, and act and perform their duties in the best interest of our country. We all are free to make that challenging choice and decision ourselves, which of course includes taking a chance and/or leap of faith. That is one of the reasons I am currently leaning towards supporting Joe Biden's candidacy. Yes, he has had some creepy moments with people and I do wish he could just come out and sincerely apologize for how he treated Anita Hill at the Clarence Thomas hearings in the Senate. Yet, from the current ridiculously large crop of Democrat candidates who have migrated to the far-left, (way too far in my opinion), I think that Biden is the most moderate and acceptable of the bunch. So is it really too much to ask for you and others to accept that there are many folks who really do not like Donald Trump and never have and are seeking a viable alternative candidate to vote for? You may not agree with us, but that is the beauty of our Constitutional system, 1st Amendment rights, that allows us all to express our different opinions. But ideally, to do so respectfully. AVB-AMG
  3. @Mrs. Peel: Ok, I deserved that..... Upon further reflection, I can now answer your question about what was my trigger point to comment on this. I realized that I was equating and associating these current pickup truck flag wavers, with the ones I saw down in NC several years ago, when they would have both the American flag and the Confederate Battle Flag together. I assumed, probably incorrectly, that they may have been the same folks. I was very incensed by that gesture at that time, for all of the reasons I expounded upon in the thread I started here on NJGF that was dedicated to those Confederate symbols and their meaning today. (See photo below of similar trucks that were cruising around NC back then). AVB-AMG @fishnut Well, at least you reserve flying it only on holidays.... AVB-AMG
  4. @Zeke Get this instead.....
  5. @fishnut Did you have a choice in where you were born....? I did not, nor does anyone else. AVB-AMG
  6. I put out the American flag on our house on specific holidays, including President's Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Memorial Day. I do not feel the need to fly it on our house all the time, but do not have a problem with others who decide to do so. I consider myself to be a patriotic American, recognizing that through the accident of birth, I am an American citizen who also appreciates our country’s history, why it was founded and respect and cherish how important our Constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms are. I believe that too many Americans take our freedoms for granted. They fail to appreciate and honor those Americans who have fought in wars and have either been wounded or have paid the supreme sacrifice with their lives to ensure that we maintain those freedoms. I believe that our flag is an important symbol of that understanding and pride of the actions our citizens have taken to defend the ideals they and we feel is important enough to die for. Pride essentially comes from an accumulated knowledge of one’s history. One can be proud of yourself and your actions and achievement, as well as those of someone close to you. But for anyone to say they are proud to be an American or proud to be a descendant of any specific culture is pretty lame. You can be thankful, grateful, relieved to be an American, but pride does not really extend to one’s country. There's patriotism and there's dogmatic patriotism. Some people are smart enough to know the difference. This is a lead up to the following: I am currently down in NC at our beach house this week and yes, we are just a short time away from our Independence Day national holiday. For the past number of years, I seem to have seen quite a number of young white men driving pickup trucks with one or more large flags mounted in the truck bed on short poles. Half of these pickup trucks are the really large ones that are lifted up monsters with huge wheels and tires. I really do not understand the reasoning, let alone the appeal of going to such lengths to fly our flag that way and it got me thinking. I am certainly open to the idea of everyone being able to voice their opinion, (free speech). Yet, I have just assumed that this sort of pick-up-truck-flag-waving, is just self-perceived people going to an extreme to shout out and portray themselves as being very "patriotic". But it also risks coming across as people being very holier-than-thou and pretentious about it. Their message always seems to scream to me "We are more patriotic than all the rest of you." It's a form of virtue signaling. Not so different than putting a political slogan bumper sticker on your car. It's just bigger and "bad ass" and certainly very tacky. I also think that in today’s ever more polarized political environment that these pick-up-truck-flag-wavers say that they are being patriotic, but really are promoting their tribal sense of nationalism. True patriotism is demonstrated by one’s actions, such as buying domestically-produced goods and products, paying all of your taxes, or *honest* public service, and serving one’s country, and not by a ridiculous mobile rodeo show. When you don’t know any better, you mistake tacky-ness with patriotism. BTW, this phenomenon is not limited to the U.S. but can be seen in other countries as well. I guess it is human nature that people feel the need to belong to something grander than themselves. For some of these folks, such as unaccomplished, mentally challenged hicks, other than being born here in the USA, they really don’t have much going for themselves. They may try to compensate for their lack of accomplishments to buy a big flag, that really is an “in-your-face” rolling nativist statement claiming that they have a deeper sense of patriotism than those Americans who do not drive around with big flags, which of course a total crock of crap. So the more I think about it, flying the American flag in the back of one’s pick-up truck, without merit, until it gets ragged and tattered is just plain disrespectful. When I see that I can conclude with reasonable certainty that the only America that the driver likes is the one in their fantasies and that given the chance they would happily see the actual country burn. AVB-AMG
  7. @brucin: Sounds nice.... Where in the Adirondacks are you? I assume that the approx. 2-week, carnivorous black fly period is now past... right? Years ago we would go up to Saranac Lake, as well as Lake Placid, both in the summer for hiking and water sports and winter, for skiing on Whiteface mountain, staying at some of the former great camps that were converted to Inns. For the past decade, we usually go up to our regular place, in either August or September, that is surrounded by the Dix Mountain Wilderness area in the Adirondack Park. In recent years, I have been bringing along a bottle of my go-to bourbon, Blanton's single barrel to enjoy out on the porch. AVB-AMG
  8. @silverado427: I agree... thanks for posting the movie preview on YouTube... AVB-AMG
  9. @GRIZ: Yes... That is correct. The first American automobile that was driven by an American team to win Le Mans was back in 1921, by the team of Jimmy Murphy and Ernie Olsen driving a Duesenberg 183 Grand Prix race car. The Duesenberg brothers sent four (4), 183 cubic-inch cars equipped with four-wheel brakes, a unique feature for any race car at the time, to France to compete in the first post-war French Grand Prix Race on the roads of Le Mans. Three cars were driven primarily by Jimmy Murphy (the overall winner), Joe Boyer, and Albert Guyot. Back in April, I visited and toured the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. If you like sports cars, specifically race cars with special provenance, don't miss this hidden gem of a recently opened museum, that I had previously been unaware existed in Philadelphia, PA. The museum's collection consists of approximately 65 racing sports cars that has been assembled over more than 50 years by Dr. Frederick A. Simeone, a retired neurosurgeon and native of Philadelphia. In his collection is 1 of the 3 Duesenberg 183 Grand Prix race cars built, that competed in that 1921 Le Mans race and also raced and finished 2nd in the 1922 Indianapolis 500. Dr. Simeone found this car at a used-car lot in Kensington, Philadelphia. Here is a photo of that car that I took at his museum. AVB-AMG
  10. @GRIZ: Also, take a close look at the little checkered flag decal affixed to the front fender of the GT40. It is a little dig at the Ferrari logo of the prancing horse. Ford put an arrow through it to signify their goal of winning Le Mans and beating Ferrari..... AVB-AMG
  11. @GRIZ; You may or may not be aware of this little fun fact tidbit. Dan Gurney was a tall man, just over 6ft. tall. The Ford Mk IV GT40 had very limited headroom. So the engineers on the Ford race crew cut a hole in the roof of his GT4O to give Gurney some additional headroom and then riveted a shallow domed cap over the hole, that Dan Gurney referred to at "the bubble". Here is s photo of the GT40 J-Chassis, that Dan Gurney drove at Le Mans, along with A.J. Foyt, showing that minor roof modification. The car has been restored and is currently on display at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Michigan: I have seen a number of Ford GT40's with historical race provenance at a number of car shows and museums that I have attended and/or visited. The Ford GT40 pictured below is currently owned by Miles Collier and is part of his magnificent automobile collection at the Revs Institute in Naples, FL. My wife and I visited and toured the R.I. back in March. In mid-June 1967, this Ford Mk II-B GT40, which had started life as No. P/1031, a 7-liter Mk II GT40 built at Ford Advanced Vehicles in Slough, England, mysteriously changed identity and became No. P/1047. “There were a lot of shenanigans with the GT40s,” recalls a Ford insider. “At the start of each season a large bond had to be deposited to ensure its appearance on the start line. In the event of an accident that made it impossible to repair a car before it was due to race again, it was less expensive to switch chassis plates with another car than forfeit the money that had been deposited…” That is what seems to have happened to this GT40, which had already completed a grueling season’s racing in 1966 before being uprated to 1967 Mk II-B specification, with its 427 cubic inch V8 engine modified to deliver greater power, reliability and durability with a “dry-deck” cylinder block and a new induction system. For the 1967 Le Mans 24-hour race, Ford, who was very anxious to repeat its sensational 1-2-3 victory of 1966, entered a six-car team. There were two Mk II-B GT40’s, (this car), which ran as No. 57, painted light blue, and No. 1047, which was painted gold and ran as No. 5 – and four of the new lighter and more aerodynamic Mk IV “J-cars” with bonded aluminum honeycomb frames. Additionally Ford-France entered a third Mk II-B (No. 1015), while JW Engineering, which had taken over the FAV operation in Slough at the beginning of 1967, ran a 289 cubic inch GT40 and two 305 cubic inch Ford-powered Mirage sports prototypes. This car retired after 18 hours with a seized engine. GT40 No. 1047 had already crashed and would not race again that year. After a hasty rebuild by Holman & Moody in Charlotte, North Carolina, this car, now fitted with the chassis plate of No. 1047, returned to France and won the 12 Hours at Reims just two weeks after Le Mans. It was the last Mk II – and the only Mk II-B – to win a race. AVB-AMG
  12. Does anyone here know what they are referring to for both of these upcoming festivals in NJ?? AVB-AMG http://www.trentonporkrollfestival.com/ http://porkrollfestival.com/
  13. @W2MC: Back in the early 1980’s, as a young architectural designer working in Manhattan, I was invited by I. M. Pei’s design team Partner to join Pei’s design team for this project at the Louvre in Paris. While very flattered, I respectfully declined for reasons then that I now truly regret to this day. Architecturally, this solution put the vast majority of new art gallery, administrative and back-of-house spaces and functions underground and not in the original museum. That freed up more space above ground inside the Louvre that was converted into state-of-the-arr exhibition gallery space allowing them to show more of there massive art collection. The glass pyramid element is a wonderfully simple, yet very dramatic geometric form that serves as both a skylight and the new entrance to the museum, surrounded be large reflecting pools of water. Having been there on a number of occasions, I consider it to be a very sensitive and appropriate design solution, that ultimately was respectful of the original building, as well as complimenting it by adding a new simple geometric form that was a transformative sensitive gesture that solved the many programmatic requirements of the project. IMHO, the fact that over time, the glass pyramid has become the immediately visible icon for the Louvre is a testament to I.M. Pei’s brilliant creative design solution. @remixer: I think there are architectural examples where “you can have your cake and eat it too”. There are many historical buildings that retain there original exterior facades that have been thoroughly renovated and modernized inside. There are other examples of older masonry buildings where just the replacement of their original windows with new, insulated windows with no mutton’s, has given the resulting appearance a refreshing update, along with a more energy saving benefit. Yet, there are also some unfortunate attempts where the Owner, Developer or Architect were not appropriately sensitive to respecting the important aspects of the original building’s key design elements and the result is an embarrassing failure. I understand that all of this can be very subjective and opinions lay in the eye of the beholder. As an Architect, I prefer that we keep as much of our historically important buildings as possible, either renovating them where practical or converting them to a new use(s), if they are no longer able to realistically serve their original purpose. A good example of this in Manhattan is the conversion of a number of recognizable pre-war office towers into residential buildings, such at the Woolworth Building and One Wall Street. This is being done primarily due to their limited floor-to-floor heights that will not work for office space today. Plus, the spectacular views from these buildings allows for (ridiculously) expensive sq.ft. sales prices. All of those apartments are completely modern, with contemporary features, amenities and appliances, yet may also incorporate some distinctive original design motifs where possible. AVB-AMG
  14. @Mrs. Peel: I have to disagree with your adamant declaration here. Since it is relevant, I will repeat an analogy that I have used here in earlier posts: When this sort of issue pops up regarding a historically significant building that may be an architectural landmark, the usual battle cries are often heard as follows: Conservatives: "Restore it just like it was and do not change how it looks...." Liberals: "Tear it down and start over again with something completely new and modern....." Moderates: "Restore the important parts and renovate and modernize, (improve) the rest...." As I said in my earlier post in this thread, Notre Dame, while a significant landmark in Paris, today serves more as a recognizable landmark, than it does as a Catholic church/cathedral or national icon. Recognizing that reality, and understanding that what was destroyed in the unfortunate fire was essentially the wood structure supporting the roof, along with the roof of the cathedral, there is much latitude in what can be done in the restoration/renovation/reconstruction process. Newer and more appropriate materials, such as steel trusses may be used as the new structural support for a new roof, using more durable materials. It was and will again be located above the vaulted ceiling of the Cathedral and not be visible to parishioners or tourist visitors below. Adding a sprinkler fire suppression system will also be an important new installation and will not detract from the architecture. I applaud President Macron's vision and decision suggesting that there should be an international architectural competition to solicit schematic architectural designs on how to best approach the restoration/renovation/reconstruction of Notre Dame. I am not going to draw a line in the sand saying that this building should ONLY be what it was, but am open to hearing and considering other suggestions on possible adaptive/re-use programs that could be also incorporated into this building....(As long as it is not a bank, remember: Jesus threw the money lenders out of the temple....comes to mind). No commitment needs to be made at this early stage so let's hear everyone's ideas and suggestions and then determine if any of them make practical sense and if it would be a good additional use for this building. History has many examples of the adaptive/re-use of buildings, especially religious buildings since in many cases they were the largest and most solidly constructed buildings at the time. Therefore, this option is nothing new and has legitimate historical precedent. This sort of reminds me in part on the whole debate on what should be done down at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attack on the WTC. That politically and culturally charged debate took over a decade to resolve itself... Architecturally, I have no problem if an international architectural competition generates some spectacular ideas that would ultimately compliment and accentuate the visual interest of this cathedral. One concept would be an interesting form for a skylight that would allow diffused daylight to enter the cathedral, which is usually a very dark space. I am confident that there are plenty of talented and creative Architects and designers out there who will be motivated to come up with designs that none of us can currently envision, that would enrich this building, making it even more of an important national landmark, than what it was prior to the fire I also make the distinction between Notre Dame and other national architectural landmarks in how I categorize their importance, both historically and culturally. For example, I think that the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, both in Paris, are truly valid French national icons, in addition to being important landmarks and points of reference. Notre Dame is not in the same category, even though it is a national landmark and tourist attraction. Therefore, I would agree with your adamant stance if we were talking about restoring/rebuilding a damaged Eiffel Tower or Arc de Triomphe, but not with Notre Dame. Let's see how all of this plays out. AVB-AMG
  15. We are in Philly this coming weekend for my wife's grad school reunion. Then we will be traveling down to NC for the following two weeks. Maybe I can attend the next Shotgun Shootout in June....? AVB-AMG
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