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Friday, December 02, 2005
Baby Kitty Holiday Cheer




I haven't been blogging for a little bit because I've been helping a friend move from one this-old-house to another that-old-house.  Besides the physical transportation of a decade's worth of stuff from one domicile to another, the old place can not be abandoned like a stinky pair of old tennis shoes, as the old home has become a rental.

I have spent the last few weeks helping my friend with a bit of remodelling and maintenance on both homes, as belongings are moved.  Painting a room or rewiring electrical outlets (etc) before you put your stuff inside of it is easier than painting the ceiling after all your happy stuff is moved into the room, right?

The little kitty (above) is a Manx, with no tail.  It's the last kitten of a recent litter my friend's cat had about a month ago.  It was the Momma Manx cat's first litter.  The kittens came at a very inopportune time.

An older couple finally took one kitten, however.  Then "Magic" Dave took three kittens after a night of heavy drinking.  Ask me in chat about Dave -- he knows how to levitate, apparently.  That just leaves this little pooper-stinker under foot.

I thank all of you wishing me a happy Thanksgiving on my Tag Board.  I gave my thanks by helping my friend who was not only doing her best to move, but also help out her other friend who was very suddenly diagnosed with stage-4 cancer.  We all are doing our best to make life carefree for her friend, accomodate her friend's family, and keep her sick best friend in our thoughts and prayers.






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Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Tag Board Archive - November 2005


Everyone!  Into the pool!!
So ... why?  Well, I go through the TAG board periodically (or when asked) and delete entries.  Mainly I delete your entries because it reloads the page periodically or when you add a new entry for chatting and when it gets too large, it takes up bandwidth loading constantly.  My general rule was this: if you put an annoying little smilie emoticon on the TAG, that entry was the first to go when I cleaned house.

The second rule: if the entry was older.  But the second rule bummed me out because I hate to throw away memories, so, some entries were deemed to be classics and had to be preserved (like Hygelic reading my blog in the bathroom on his cell phone).

Then the first and second rules unfortunately clashed when it came to old school phreeks who might put an ascii emoticon at the end of their sentence, like Skennedy (et al).  These people were violating my first unstated rule through no fault of their own, and, because the programmers of the TAG board must have thought to themselves, "how handy-fucking-dandy would it be if we just translated every ascii emoticon to a different happy little yellow face?"  So, they dropped another few hits of Exstacy, patted each other on the back and went back to coding the TAG board.

So, whether it is a good thing or a bad thing -- I've decided to archive the TAG board here for all to see -- and still be able to delete older entries (and keep the TAG.html small) with a clear conscience.  I normally archive halfway through the month.

Read 2005 Archive:
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Brandon Starr » Hey, JfZ, I thought you might like today's (11/30) blog, titled "Why not to worry."
Gloria » Hola J.
Lyly » hey jfz
arsenal » Hello! Hope you are well, and thanks for the erotica tips there.
inside » thank you for mentioning us in your sexy blogdrive list.
plh » Happy Thanksgiving
Edna May » *leaves a live turkey named Jamal on John's doorstep; tacks note on door: "With love, from Edna & Jude"... *pats Jamal's head; exits humming*
Canis Lupis » Hey JFZ, I know its been awile. Just had to drop by and say have a happy Thanksgiving, buddy>
J f Z » *hygelic: I added you to my YIM, baby. Sent IMs to your cell. Been in-and-out, lately. *Unknown: e-snuggles! *plh: Awww, thanks. *Rita: Lovely, Rita. *Static: e-bike for me. *G-funk: Boy-howdy!
etnies punk » Who is this?
kristi/unknown » peek a boo
plh » *looks below - boy howdy thats rude... anyways, i wanted to wish you a great weekend
hygelic » are you ever going to fucking call me? cmical@yahoo.com or whatever
Rita » WOW! Featured subscriber today. Look at you...
Aenonima » Thanks for the comments on my tagboard Thank you for listening to my music! Hopefully, soon, I will have some time to make and post some more!
Static Brain » So JFZ are you actually going to ride a scooter? I think they are dangerous. I saw one that went 40 mph once. I wouldn't want to go that fast on something that small. Scary. I like motorcycles.
Gloria » Hi J.
plh » i have a non-motorized razor scooter - dont know if i could handle one with power - maybe if i hold my tongue just right when im on it? hehehe
kristi/unknown » hey jfz, hugs and smoochies to all the good parts.
wailfulrhyme » i don't think you're a dirty old man. you're a nice friend. thanks for the comments and stuff, i appreciate it.
Areyougod » nice bike!
plh » if they impeach Bush - does that mean our vice president will replace him? if so thats a worse nightmare in the making over Bush himself
strangerina » hey thanks for stopping by! great blog, and i'll be back!
Brandon Starr » Thanks for the movie link, JfZ!


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Wednesday, November 09, 2005
NEV spotlight - Go-Ped ESR 750 Sport Scooter


Some of you regular, longtime readers of Thunderstorms in the Imajica know that I occasionally do my own amateur research on environmental issues here.  And when I find interesting resources, like a UN global sustainability report or a cool website, I blog about those things.  One of my personal interests that I have mainly kept to myself only as a collection of browser bookmarks until now is the emerging industry of neighborhood electric vehicles, or NEVs.  While I may have mentioned the term NEV in passing, I decided I would take my research on NEVs and broaden the scope to include other non-petroleum guzzling vehicles, spotlight vehicles you can use today in your everyday life, and start a discussion topic on the future of personal transportation.


Look for a link to a main menu page [here] in the future that will list some of the spotlighted products available and related entries.  No sense in making a menu page of links, yet, until I have compiled a few entries to read on this subject.



GO-PED Scooter Sport 750 ESR - $599.95


Description
:


The Go-Ped ESR 750 Sport is a more compact version of the award winning ESR 750 and ESR 750 EX. While smaller and lighter, it maintains the same incredible performance and power characteristics of the other models. The ESR 750 Sport is the clear choice for commuters. It folds down to a light and compact package that can be easily carried and stored. It fits neatly under a bus, train or ferry seat, and even under a shopping cart. It's perfectly tailored for scooter enthusiasts in need of high quality, reliable, noise and pollution free, portable, low cost, personal transportation. The Sport shares many features with the other ESR models. It's powered by a 1000+ watt advanced technology Go-Ped electric motor that offers state-of-the-art performance and reliability. Thrilling acceleration, speeds up to 20 mph and outrageous hill climbing are par for the course with this unique gliding machine. The Go-Ped ESR 750 Sport has a low center of gravity, stable ride and great maneuverability.

It's extremely durable, reliable and easy to maintain. Innovative and high quality features abound with the Go-Ped ESR 750 Sport, like carefully designed ergonomic controls, a built-in smart charger and an ultra-modern programmable controller. The dual performance feature lets the rider choose an "Economy" or "Turbo" mode to go either "twice as far, half as fast", or "twice as fast, half as far". This gives you absolute control over your choice of speed and range. Go-Ped launched the motorized scooter craze nearly 20 years ago and has been designing the most high-end, innovative and refined scooting machines ever since.

Go-Ped's are made in the USA and the company is world renown for its dedication to Go-Ped perfection.


Specifications:

• Speed: 20 mph (turbo mode) / 12 mph (economy mode)
• Range: 9+ miles (economy mode) / 6+ miles (turbo mode)
• Motor: A 1000+ watt, 24V DC brush motor with aluminum "Electro Head" finned heat sink. A pulse width modulated advanced computerized variable speed and programmable controller. Low voltage battery protection, motor overheat protection, peak amperage protection, stall protection, and maximum speed protection. Fully sealed, dust and weather resistant.
• Frame: Patented heavy duty, ultra light, 4130 Chromoly aircraft quality carbon steel frame and fork. Aircraft grade 6061-T6 hardened aluminum handlebar. Signature style GoPed wooden deck and 3" of ground clearance.
• Drive Train: Chain driven with a standard final drive front/rear sprocket ratio of 15/52 allowing for free wheeling and modifications to many available ratio combinations. Variable speed thumb throttle with Econo/Turbo selector.
• Battery: 24 volt, sealed lead acid batteries (four batteries total). A built in smart battery charger (all you carry is the cord)! Fully sealed, dust and weather resistant.
• Charge Time: 3 - 4 hours.
• Brakes: Caliper Brakes.
• Dimensions: Length 40", Width at handlebars 12.5", Width at deck 11.5", Height 44", Height at deck 5.25", Height when folded 13.25".
• Weight: 45 lbs.
• Carrying Capacity: 400+ lbs.
• Tires: Solid Full 6" Rubber "Go-Active" replaceable tires. Mach 12 reinforced high impact polymer rims.
• Warranty: 90 day manufacturer's warranty.


Standard Features:

• Handlebars that fold for easy transport and storage.
• On/off power switch.
• Reflective pad on handlebars.
• LED battey level indicator.
• Smart battery charger cord (the charger is built in!).


Additional Info:

• 95% assembled. Attach the front tire, raise and lock the handlebars and you're ready to ride.
• Speed and range specs are maximum ratings under ideal conditions, i.e. light weight rider (relative to carrying capacity), good terrain (solid, flat, smooth & dry), etc. Less than ideal conditions will reduce speed, range and climbing ability.



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[Headphones] :: Bush and Brando Debate - JfZ





Tuesday, November 08, 2005
NEV spotlight - GT Asteroid Electric Scooter


Some of you regular, longtime readers of Thunderstorms in the Imajica know that I occasionally do my own amateur research on environmental issues here.  And when I find interesting resources, like a UN global sustainability report or a cool website, I blog about those things.  One of my personal interests that I have mainly kept to myself only as a collection of browser bookmarks until now is the emerging industry of neighborhood electric vehicles, or NEVs.  While I may have mentioned the term NEV in passing, I decided I would take my research on NEVs and broaden the scope to include other non-petroleum guzzling vehicles, spotlight vehicles you can use today in your everyday life, and start a discussion topic on the future of personal transportation.


Look for a link to a main menu page [here] in the future that will list some of the spotlighted products available and related entries.  No sense in making a menu page of links, yet, until I have compiled a few entries to read on this subject.



GT Asteroid Electric Scooter - $ 249.00


Description:


The GT Asteroid by Currie Technologies is fitted with a 450 watt Electro Drive motor with plenty of power and torque for fast starts and great hill climbing.  It's top-end speed is 15 mph and the enhanced braking system insures safe, quick stops.  The GT Asteroid is an "all metal construction" electric scooter that's built to last. It's weather and dust resistant as well.  You can take the GT Asteroid off-road through mud, dirt and grass.  The electric motor is clean and quiet and the handlebars fold for easy transport.

Currie is one of the original manufacturers of electric powered scooters. Currie products are well known for their style, quality and reliability, so you can be sure that your Asteroid electric scooter is a sturdy, long-lasting item.




Specifications:
• Speed: 15 mph
• Range: 10 miles
• Motor: 450 Watt High Torque Brushless Motor, Exclusive 24-volt brushed DC motor and electronic pulse-width modulated (PWM) controller that includes low voltage battery protection, motor overheat protection, peak amperage protection, stall protection, maximum speed protection, brake inhibit, and is fully sealed (dust and weather resistant).
• Frame: New Hi-Ten full sized 12" scooter frame, steel battery box and downtube console with integrated on-off switch, power indicator light, and charger port. 12" Hi-Ten Unicrown fork. One piece ABS deck with molded kicktail. Oversized, chromed headset. Heavy duty folding handlebar and stem with GT Krayton grips.
• Currie Electro Drive System: All weather direct chain drive, On-demand variable speed throttle, freewheeling clutch for easy coasting.
• Battery: 24V (dual 12V), 10-amp hour sealed recyclable lead acid batteries in a steel box frame mounted battery pack.
• Charge Time: 5 - 6 hours.
• Brakes: Front BMX style V-Brake, 90mm rear band brakes.
• Dimensions: Length 48", Width 20", Width at deck 9", Height 46", Height when folded 25"
• Weight: 57 lbs.
• Carrying Capacity: 250 lbs.
• Rims: Alloy 12" x 1.75" 6N style, 24H on spoked wheels.
• Tires & Tubes: Kenda K-909 12" x 2.125" black street tires with thorn resistant tubes.
• Warranty: 30 day warranty / 1 year warranty on battery (provided by Urbanscooters.com).


Standard Features:
• Handlebars that fold for easy transport and storage.
• Smart battery charger (2 amp).
• CPSC certified safety reflectors (front & rear).
• On/off toggle switch ignition.
• 12" single, UCP kick stand.


Additional Info:
• No assembly required! Simply raise and lock the handlebars and you're ready to ride.
• Speed and range specs are maximum ratings under ideal conditions, i.e. light weight rider (relative to carrying capacity), good terrain (solid, flat, smooth & dry), etc. Less than ideal conditions will reduce speed, range and climbing ability.



BDKv1.0





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Monday, November 07, 2005
NEV spotlight - Go-Ped Sport "Strato" S25


Some of you regular, longtime readers of Thunderstorms in the Imajica know that I occasionally do my own amateur research on environmental issues here.  And when I find interesting resources, like a UN global sustainability report or a cool website, I blog about those things.  One of my personal interests that I have mainly kept to myself only as a collection of browser bookmarks until now is the emerging industry of neighborhood electric vehicles, or NEVs.  While I may have mentioned the term NEV in passing, I decided I would take my research on NEVs and broaden the scope to include other non-petroleum guzzling vehicles, spotlight vehicles you can use today in your everyday life, and start a discussion topic on the future of personal transportation.


Look for a link to a main menu page [here] in the future that will list some of the spotlighted products available and related entries.  No sense in making a menu page of links, yet, until I have compiled a few entries to read on this subject.


Go-Ped 'Starto' S25 Gas Scooter - $ 319.95


Description:
The GoPed Sport 'Strato' S25 is the entry level model from Go-Ped. In our opinion, this is the highest quality gas scooter manufactured in the $300 dollar price range. The Go-Ped S25 is a solid, no frills gas scooter that’s extremely reliable and easy to maintain. It’s perfect for commuters and fun lovers of all ages. The Sport ‘Strato’ S25 gas scooter passes California’s strict emissions requirements, gets over 200 miles to the gallon and gives plenty of power and torque for fast starts and great hill climbing. The simple and reliable friction drive system offers a quick response to the throttle. The heavy duty aircraft quality steel frame can support up to 400 lbs. The wide, low riding platform gives this scooter a smooth and stable ride. Go-Ped launched the motorized scooter craze nearly 20 years ago and has been designing the most high-end, innovative and refined scooting machines ever since. Go-Ped’s are made in the USA and the company is world renown for its dedication to Go-Ped perfection.


Specifications:
• Speed: 21 mph
• Range: 40 - 50 miles (that's 200+ miles per gallon!)
• Motor: "Strato Charged" 1.5 HP, 25.4cc, Komatsu Zenoah GZ25N14, single cylinder, 2 stroke, air cooled, gas powered engine (one of the best, most dependable engines on the market). Handlebar kill switch. Dual exhaust chambers to reduce noise.
• Frame: Patented heavy duty, light weight, 4130 Chromoly aircraft quality steel frame and single sided fork. Aircraft grade 6061-T6 hardened aluminum handlebar. Signature style Go Ped wooden deck.
• Start Method: Recoil pull start.
• Drive Train: A simple, reliable direct friction drive system. Variable speed trigger style throttle. The motor of the Go Ped Sport S25 can be disengaged to allow freewheeling.
• Oil Type: 2-stroke oil.
• Fuel Type: Unleaded gasoline (high octane recommended).
• Gasoline Mix: 50:1
• Fuel Tank Capacity: 1 liter.
• Brakes: Caliper front brakes. Engine compression and friction pad rear braking system.
• Dry Weight: 22 lbs.
• Dimensions: Length 34 ", Width at handlebars 14 ", Height 42", Height when folded 12", Deck (non-skid) 9.5" x 18".
• Carrying Capacity: 400 lbs.
• Tires: High impact lightweight plastic rims coupled with high quality 6” solid natural rubber tires. Solid tires mean no flats!
• Warranty: 90 day manufacturer’s warranty.

Standard Features:
• Handlebars that fold for easy transport and storage.







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