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20 February

Moving on… selling my ’94 Buick Roadmaster Wagon

Of all the cars I’ve owned so far, this one has been my favorite.  Well, make that second favorite.  You can’t really top your first car, regardless of what that car might have been.  This car is a 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon.  I love the big, rumbling V8 (and the power that goes along with it).  I love the fact that I’ve gotten up to 26 MPG highway with such a big engine.  I love that I can fit eight people in this car.

Why am I selling the car I love?  Our family is expanding.  We’re expecting our fifth child in a few months, and that means another car seat and a lot of people in one vehicle.  Yes, you can fit eight people in this car, but comfortably, that number is more like six.  It is not really a car-seat-friendly vehicle, at least not for the car seats from 2012.  So here it is, my ’94 Buick:

Here are the details:

  • Odometer is currently at 203,000 miles
  • I purchased the car in 2009.  It has a re-built salvage title.  The car came from New England (you can still see a Rhode Island registration sticker in the window).  It had been in an accident and been totaled.  I purchased it from a dealer in Waterloo, NY, who repaired the damage and guided me through the process of getting the new title.  The damage was all cosmetic – some replaced light fixtures, and it was good to go.
  • This is a “WB4” factory wood delete wagon.  It’s never had the faux wood grain paneling on the sides.  (One more reason I love this car!)
  • The engine is a 350 c.i. / 5.7 l  “LT1” fuel-injected eight cylinder.  Yes, this is the engine that was engineered for the Corvette and also used in the Impala SS from the mid-90s.
  • Features include leather seats, power seats, a sunroof, cassette deck (it works), and automatic headlights.
  • There is rear-facing seat for two that can fold up from the floor in the back (kids love this feature!).
  • It has a current inspection sticker and was my daily driver until this week when we got the minivan.
  • The body has remarkably little rust for a ’94 from the north.

Issues of which I’m aware:

  • The A/C does not work; it did when I bought it, but stopped two summers ago.  I’ve never had it diagnosed.
  • One of the exhaust manifolds has a crack.  It’s been that way since I bought it; I like the loud sound it gives the engine, so I never had it fixed.
  • One of the mufflers will likely need to be replaced before its next inspection.
  • The distributor cap needs to be replaced.  This is a recent issue; when the roads are wet, moisture gets into the cap and causes spark timing errors.  If driven in these conditions long enough, the car will stall.  This repair was next on my list, but since we decided to replace the vehicle, I’m leaving it to the next owner.
  • The front end needs alignment, and the rear tires will need to be replaced soon.
  • I’ve recently replaced the spark plugs and wires (related to the issue with the distributor cap).

I’m asking $1,500 for the car.  If you’re interested, email me at scooterodell@gmail.com.

14 August

Lyrics to “Keep Believing” by Tim Pedigo

I needed to find the lyrics to this song recently, but I couldn’t find them anywhere online.  I eventually found a YouTube video of Tim singing the song and transcribed the lyrics.  I’m posting them here in case there’s anyone else out there looking for the text:

“Keep Believing” by Tim Pedigo


When troubles rise and catch you unaware

The day to day of living seems unfair

So you try again all your dreams and plans, but they end up in defeat,

And the fancy thrills that once fiulfilled now leave you incomplete

And you wonder where your life’s gone wrong and why you can’t find peace

Your hope’s not gone, it’s just been too long since you’ve had to believe


Keep believing in what you know is true

Keep believing, you know the Lord will see you through

When troubles rise in your life and you don’t know what to do

You’ll be fine if you just keep believing


The enemy can only bring defeat if he can somehow shake what we believe

So our faith cannot be based upon only what we see or feel

And the circumstances cannot change what our hearts know to be real

So when doubts arise to cloud your mind, my friend don’t be deceived

For with the knowledge of the Word of God, in our hearts we can believe


You can take God at His word, He is faithful kind and true

Not a prayer will go unanswered; in His time he’ll see you through

29 July

7 Passages for Living with Purpose

An online forum in which I participate recently posed the following question:

What Bible verses reflect to you what it means to “Live with Purpose”?

I don’t believe I had ever given the question any thought previously, at least not in any specific way.  There were several passages that came immediately to mind, though.  As I dug them up, I found myself simultaneously convicted and inspired.  Even now, as I read through them again a day later, I am still struck by the beauty and simplicity of Scripture.

This is by no means a definitive list.  However, if these passages have moved me, there is a chance they may do the same for someone else.  It is in that spirit that I share them here.

  1. “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Cor 15:58
  2. “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” 1 Cor 16:13-14
  3. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Gal. 5:1
  4. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Eph. 6:12-13
  5. “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Mat. 6:28-34
  6. “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
  7. ‘One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ‘ Mat. 22:35-39

My thanks to “Dad of Divas” at Collective Bias for inspiring me.

Image credit: Daniel Y. Go

20 January

Images in Gmail Inbox?!

I was just about to go to bed when my nightly email from Sears, Roebuck, and Company popped into my Gmail inbox.  Normally, this is just a click & delete email.  But this one caught my attention.


Do you see that?  Just to the left of the text “Sears”? It’s the “S” from the Sears logo!  It’s also the favicon from their website.  I’ve never seen an image in the Gmail inbox before – or any inbox, for that matter.  I don’t mind it… my only question is, how can I do the same thing?

If anyone out there knows how to accomplish such a thing, let me know!

15 January

Quitting-time Sunshine


There are certain days every year that help me mark the passing of time.  Certainly fixed dates like holidays and birthdays are on this list, but there are other days as well.  These days have no official names and are not fixed to a specific date. Nevertheless, they come every year, signaling the passage of time.  Tuesday of this week was one of those days.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010, was the first day of this winter that the sun was still shining when I got out of work.  I had not seen the sun at that time of day since well before Christmas.  I’m know that winter is far from over, but the grip of early darkness has begun to loosen.  The sun is higher in the sky, too, meaning it might actually warm the air up when it gets a chance to peak through the clouds.  At the very least, it will have a chance to warm up the inside of my car!

There are other days analogous to the day of the first quitting-time sun.  There’s the day that goes with it – the first day of darkness at quitting time.  Then there’s the first day that you don’t need to wear a jacket, and the first day you smell fresh-cut grass.  Each of these (and so many more), in their own way, mark the passing of time.

Time marches on, ever faithful, and brings us along for the ride.  And the time has come. . . for me to get some sleep.  Good night!

Image by Frank Müller