Archive | September 2015

Mongo and Mushrooms

The winter rains had finally returned to Seattle. There would still be some very nice weather in the fall season, but the long dry summer had ended.

With just a sprinkle of water, the grass had started to green up. As Mongo, Spork, and Dad walked down the alley to the school yard, Mongo began rustling the grass and taking big bites of the new green blades. Dad remarked to himself that some little mushrooms had even popped up with just one night’s rain.

Mongo was so excited at the appearance of fresh grass, he gobbled up big mouthfuls of greenery all the way to the school.

When the crew got home, Dad fed the doggies, and fired up his coffee machine. Then Dad went to the door and asked “Who wants to get the paper?”

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Mongo Tries to Make Popcorn Again

Dad came home to find a very guilty looking Mongo.

“Hi Buddy.  What badness did you do today?” asked Dad cheerfully.  Mongo was holding Puppy in his mouth, so the response was garbled.  However, Mongo was acting very guilty, so Dad just followed him as he slunk out of the kitchen and into the living room.

There in the living room, right in the middle of the persian rug, was a pile of open bottles and shakers.  These things had all been in a cabinet.  Dad wondered if Mr. M had figured out how to open cabinet doors.  If so, Dad had a lot of childproof locks to install.  Or Drewbie could have left the cabinet open.  That might be a more plausible explanation.  Dad would have to ask him when Drewbie woke up.

At that moment, Mongo sidled up to a cardboard box on the floor in the kitchen.  Mom-mom had been cleaning out a cabinet and had put several expired items from the cabinet into a box for disposal.  Mongo had gone shopping in the box.

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The Accident

Here is a link to a post by Heidi’s daughter on Heidi’s industrial accident.  It reminds me of the time my grandfather tried to save some time by applying belt dressing to the fan belt on his Cadillac while the engine was running.  By the time he was all bandaged up, he did not save any time, but he did add another story to the family’s legacy.

Source: The Accident

Heidi is Out and About

At the beginning of September while Dad was doing a training run through West Seattle , Dad stumbled upon Hudo, a 1930 Hudson, parked in the neighborhood.   When Dad looked up Hudo and Hudo’s driver, Heidi Hetzer, he discovered that Heidi is a 78-year-young former automobile dealer, rally car driver, classic car collector and popular celebrity in Berlin, Germany. She is currently circumnavigating the globe in Hudo. She started in July 2014 in Berlin, and in late August, was passing through Seattle.  Her website is

Dad had been following Heidi’s progress as she overcame various mechanical difficulties with Hudo on her drive eastward through Canada.  This weekend, Heidi had some very disturbing pictures on her Instagram.  Read More…

Mongo Tries to Make Cornbread

Mongo got into the pantry again.  Someone left the gate to the stairs open, and Mongo went down to the pantry, and maybe he even opened the folding doors to the pantry.  This time he picked out corn meal.  After eating most of the corn meal, Mom-mon came home and found him.  Mom-mom was so mad, she drew up this sign.  Dad wondered what color this poop would be.



Mongo goes to Car Wash

Pretty Colors

The Car Wash – Pretty Colors

Around the World in a 1930 Sedan

Die ehemalige Rennfahrerin Heidi Hetzer posiert am 24.07.2014 in Berlin an einem Hudson Great Eight Oldtimer mit dem Baujahr 1930. Hetzer möchte am Sonntag ihre Weltreise mit dem Fahrzeug antreten. Foto: Britta Pedersen/dpa +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++

Dad was thundering around a corner in West Seattle on a training run, when he noticed an unusual automobile parked in the driveway of one of the homes along the street. Though Dad is an accomplished foot racer, and very dedicated to his training, but just like Mongo, he is also known for almost never passing up the opportunity for a quick break from his cardio training to investigate something unusual along his route.

Here was a 1930’s sedan with all kinds of custom paint along its sides. This was just too good to pass up. Dad stopped and looked it over, particularly since Dad really enjoys unique old automobiles. (Click HERE to see pictures from Dad’s recent visit to the Port Orchard car show.)

The name of the driver on the car was Heidi Hetzer. The car itself appeared to be christened “Hudo”. Dad made a note to look into this mystery further on the internet. Read More…