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Old 04-11-2008, 02:06 AM   #391
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dont forget the large blinking eyeball on the gas station canopy thats still on top of yer bus elliot 400 posts for elliot!
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Old 04-11-2008, 03:13 AM   #392
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailgate

OK Elliot, STOP! ==at least until Sunday when we can come up to make trouble with you and Millie.
But no more blowing up car rims onto the porch and the neighbor's compost piles!

Ah, go ahead, but leave some fun for us, too!
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Old 04-11-2008, 11:01 AM   #393
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailgate


Alas, Sunday I go on the road.

I could hang up one of those signs like businesses have:

.....CLEARLAKE MECHANIACAL LABORATORIUM
.....We have worked
.....6 days
.....since last thunderous explosion.


Grill latches almost done.
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailgate

Well I spent a few hours reading through this entire thread. Quite entertaining I must say. My first bus project most likely won't be for a while now but I was thinking of raising the roof (being that I'm 6'3") but it just seems like its way too much work for me. Great job with what you're doing though. I look forward to following your progress. Got any updates?
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Old 05-29-2008, 10:09 PM   #395
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Hey... Yes, welcome and thanks and... Why does this site look all different today -- did I sleep thru The Revolution or something?

As for deciding to raise your roof, the definition of "too much work" must fall to each individual. I would say that the skinning was more work than the lifting. My main point remains that lifting is not difficult, so long as you plan ahead and use stout guide tools so the un-attached roof does not get away from you.

The only update is that Millicent just fulfilled her principal mission over the Memorial Weekend -- she hauled three Kinetic Kontraptions to the 40th Grand Championship Kinetic Sculpture Race. We all slept in her at least one night (on the Sunday beach camp-out), and Baby Sam received Six Thousand Four Hundred Ninety Three diaper changes in her.

Wait... Here's a legitimate update: I find that I can not sleep properly in the upper bunk. Most likely, I instinctively fear falling out, and I know I fear loosing the pillow off the end, as there is no headboard, and the darn bunk is just too narrow. I suspect there is a lesson for many in this. No extra charge.

One of our Kinetic Racing team is a real school bus driver, and she drove Millicent for a stretch -- reporting that Millicent drives normally, comparing to the buses at her school district.
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Re: The Millicent Chronicles; two foot roof raise, big tailgate

Well...all I can say is that it is possible to go the other way with the bunks too. An albino Shrek such as myself is always thinking about bed size. My beds a more than long enough. They are more than wide enough. They have plenty of room in general and are pretty darn tough. So where did I screw up? There is only 19 inches between the upper bunks for passing through. If you look at a tape measure 19 inches might seem plenty wide...and it is...until you need to carry something...or pass someone...or are not quite as steady on your feet as you were when the night began.

No charge for that one either...
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That would be the other extreme, yes. My isle is (runs out and measures) 28". Since my bunks fold up, I think I'll make one of them wider, and rely on the fold-up feature to keep the isle open during the day. I still have a truck bunk that I have not installed -- I'll use that and leave it full width. I may also put a railing on it. We old coots need our sleep.
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Oh, yes... Pictures from the Kinetic Sculpture Race:
http://khumksr.blogspot.com/

The Counterfeit Bluesmobile was a big hit. On the last day, it lost a wheel, but I strapped a bicycle to it and they rode it the last six miles to the finish line.
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Thanks for the links - it looks like glorious fun. Looking at the KHUM blog started giving me an idea. No, wait, the Professors of Rhasta Imposta have already done that.

I'm confused about glorious founder Hobart Brown - the kinetic kingdom site in your profile has an obit that he died in November of pneumonia, but the KHUM blog appear to show him alive and not well after a stroke.

Oh, by the way, Glory to you, Elliot, for being recognized as a Kinetic Seer!

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Oh dear. Well, you have heard the old saying that the devil is in the details. Seems... a lot of folks are not detail oriented.

The KineticKingdom site ought to have been updated a couple of weeks ago, and then again this week. Hasn't happened yet.

The KHUM blog covers two years, with no clear identification of each year. Hobart Brown ailing after a stroke, and me being proclaimed Seer... was in 2007.

Does that help?

Yes, it's fantastic fun!
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