The Chandelier Tree

(A note from Chuck):  This post is dedicated to my Mother, who would have been 95 today [Sept. 22].  She loved all living things, especially plants, and would have been amazed at the sight of this magnificent tree.)

121So when’s the last time you’ve driven through a tree and did no damage whatsoever to your car, its occupants, or the tree itself?  That’s right, a tree, a big, growing, hard, wooden thing that gives you shade in the Summertime, usually drops its leaves in the Fall, and looks so grand in the Spring.

The Chandelier Tree in Leggett, California, offers just that opportunity.  There’s a small fee as you enter the grounds, where the “natural” potholes enforce a 5 mph park speed limit.  And just in case you were wondering, the Tree gets its name from its limbs that resemble an ornate chandelier. Continue reading


“The Bandit,” Burt Reynolds – (1936-2018)

Fullscreen capture 962018 81119 PM.bmpThe Bandit, aka Burt Reynolds, aka Bo Darville, star of “Smokey And The Bandit.” We also can’t forget “The Cannonball Run” and other revered car-related films.  We lost him today, September 6, 2018.

He did many other films such as “Deliverance,” “The Longest Yard (1974),” and “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas,” but we’ll always remember him best as the Trans-Am drivin’, smooth talkin’, car jumpin’ rebel from the 1977 film. Continue reading

Toyota Celica Supra (1978-1981)

Fullscreen capture 952018 60200 PM.bmpMy admiration for this car began one day, as a 21-year-old, when I saw an ad for the first Toyota Celica Supra.  The glossy presentation literally blew me away.  Here, for the first time in my automotive history, was a small car available with all the refinements of any larger machine.  It had power windows and door locks, a tilting steering wheel, a luxurious, plush interior, cruise control, a snazzy console, multi-adjustable bucket seats, and even a sunroof. Continue reading

Aunt Bee and her Studebaker

Fullscreen capture 5302018 113450 AM.bmpWe all know Aunt Bee (Beatrice) Taylor from The Andy Griffith Show.  She was a pivotal character, one that the show could not have survived without.  In fact, the show’s first episode is titled The New Housekeeper,” referring to Aunt Bee’s arrival at the Taylor home.  That episode set the stage for the show’s eight-year run, and we saw Aunt Bee in many episodes of the spinoff Mayberry RFD (1968-1971) and once on Gomer Pyle, USMC as well.  Oh, and the house used in “Mayberry RFD“?  Well, it was the same studio set used in “The Waltons,” but I’m digressing here. Continue reading