Discussion in 'In the News' started by xcel, May 30, 2018.
I think twiggy was usually in a mini.
In 2009 one dealer was selling TWO Accents for $14,000. My Accent, bought in 2007, got 45MPG traveling over a 1400 foot pass. Last summer, the Accent got 18 tanks in a row, over 40MPG with three tanks giving 45MPG, 47+MPG, & 48+ MPG. It now has 149,000 miles. Two days ago, our $12,800, 2016 Elantra gave 44MPG, while passing over a 5500 foot mountain pass, a 4600 foot pass & a 3000 foot pass.
There appears to be a difference between frugality of the past & frugality of the future.
My girl friend of many years, threw me over for a guy 14 years younger than herself & a jacked-up, big wheeled pickup with added KC headlights, with savings I had urged her to hold on to.
Even women can have a mid-life crisis. Nothing is permanent or forever. Which is probably why I have
been "un-married "( but not alone) since 1997.
With an additional 6 months, our total mileage on the 3 Hyundai engines now is 305,000 miles. Hadn't calculated before, but 22,000 miles in half a year, averaging 44,000 per year! Oh, my! I'm thinking my driving accounts for 70(+?)% of the total. Was thinking I drove the Elantra & Accent roughly the same amount. But, now I see I drive the Elantra considerably further on the highway than I do the Accent, so far more distance. Since I retired, I know my MPG has gone up (less city driving, more careful country driving). That's a reason I'm driving more. Another reason for more driving, is I go where I want to go. & l love to go to a lot of beautiful Washington state places. Another reason is the cheap used Craigslist tires that I drive, that would be in a tire dump if I hadn't bought them, are a real joy to use. & finally, the used tires have better snow handling than the OE tires. I enjoy the snow (at least a little bit) & don't fear it, as much. Yeah, all these reasons are why I'm really driving more & with great happiness.
& now with 13+ months of ccp coronavirus, we very roughly have a total of 325,000 miles on our 3 Hyundais. The ccp coronavirus have reduced our driving by over half. My “optional” pleasure driving is all “local”. The only reason I haven’t gone nuts is our local terrain is exciting & lovely as more distant driving. All engines have remained without any repairs & function wonderfully. As stated elsewhere, we have driven 60 miles one way to get our ccp coronavirus shots, a total of 240miles for our 2 shots each for our 3 family members. Tho we have our shots, we still cut down on our travel & wear masks to reduce exposure(to others & ourselves), as recommended by the current Biden administration.
The Biden administration now has coordinated Merck & Johnson & Johnson to manufacture the newly approved J&J vaccine. It is now stated that enough vaccine will be made by end of May(not end of July) to vaccinate all Americans. What a great lift to people. Now, if strains of new ccp coronavirus can be controlled as with the first 3 vaccines, maybe the World has a chance to control ccp coronavirus!!!
Yeah, maybe there's a possibility of it. And I hope it will come soon.
Our Washington state is one of the states with lowest ccp coronavirus cases per capita, despite the first ccp coronavirus deaths occurring here. We finally arranged to attend(while masked) a galley showing, towards the Seattle/Bellevue area, plus meeting masked friends there (during the week day at a lesser attended time). Wow! It was great....new, excellent, innovative & accessible (but mysterious)! Our friends have changed their styles a trace, & it was so good to see them again.
I’m ready to start traveling my region, again(day trips with lesser amounts of interactions).
Took the Elantra on a round-trip pleasant 60 mile drive to an abandoned railway, converted to a nature trail for a warm & masked 2 mile morning walk, despite my recent bout with my arthritis. Saw a very fine coyote, mallards & later saw Shoveler & Pintail ducks....very nice. Someone saw a Brown Creeper, but I never did. Nearly finished with my walk, I saw a distant Bald Eagle in a tree, & 2 flying Osprey. Then, I saw a flying Bald Eagle. Mt. Rainier was very nice, tho the heatwaves were beginning to make the atmosphere boil. Most all sightings were at a distance & it was excellent to have the Tasco 7x15powerX35mm binoculars to view good detail at the higher powers. I have re-evaluated these binoculars, now ascribing excellent sharpness, through-out the zoom range. Also, the small 35mm aperture of the Tasco, helps well to cut through the increasing warming air turbulence. A larger aperture binocular does not deal as well with turbulence as a smaller binocular can. Yes, I think one fellow on the assembly line put these Tasco binoculars together well, from the 50 year old smooth zoom & focus & proper fine collimation to even the excellent focus range. These binoculars came through very well on this walk & I never needed a second pair of binoculars, which I often take with me, but did not have this time. On a sunny day, these Tascos are bright enough, through-out the zoom range......very, very nice! On strong cloudy days, dawn & twilight, the Tasco zooms would be too dim at high powers.
I dragged out a 7-21powerX40mm unnamed binocular. One reason I salted it away: 1) At 19 to 21 power the image uncollimates. MAYBE, at close range you can hold the image even at 21power. I just saw a beautiful white-crowned sparrow at near distance & was able to easily appreciate its beauty at the highest power. I’ve said I am pleasantly happy with the sharpness of the Tasco. This unnamed 7-21X40mm binocular is sharper. I will now use this binocular (within its limits), probably at the expense of the Tasco....
.....this unnamed, but now lucky binocular!! Three days of use & I haven’t had a second thought yet, that I needed to carry a 2nd binocular! While on a beautiful river walk this morning, I saw a group of six deer.....no horns showing on any of them. Tho they were a quarter(+?) mile away, the deer looked very good at the 17power I set the binocular. Must have been my lucky binoculars because I even found a quarter AND I even found a workable all-in-one mini tool that latches on my keychain. Yeah, they are my Lucky binoculars, because I got to see 3 lovely ladies sunbathing across the river, yesterday. Problem was, they were further away than the deer. But, the 17power came through very well.
April 21, 2021
PS......Well.....for this unnamed, but Lucky binocular! It strikes again!
I just saw 5 elk in our valley. Never have seen elk in our valley, altho I heard rumors that they were around for 4 decades. Yeah, saw them with my unnamed, but Lucky 7-21powerX40mm zoom binos, that I started calling my Lucky Binoculars only 3 days ago. Tho the elk were a third of a mile away, setting the zoom on 17power in shadowy latter-day light, showed the elk fairly well. More luck piled on more luck......
April 22, 2021–Earth Day;
PS I....Lucky, my binocular, continues to give luck. Saw a male Bufflehead duck on the Snohomish River. Saw two doe, near the area where I saw the elk, yesterday. Might not have seen them, but the 17power of Lucky saved the day. Then, I saw 5 of the large race of Canada geese. As they crossed the Snohomish River, 17 power on Lucky, showed there were also 5 goslings swimming with Ma & Pa. Later in the day, the spring leaf greens & transparent yellows of April became radiant & it almost was like the colors of autumn. The Nikon binoculars showed “walls of color”. But, Lucky binocular showed the walls were three dimensional forests of iridescence & deep woods. The binocular, not only showed the forests, but almost transported you to the woods, through the images of light.
Glancing, I saw two male Common Mergansers sweeping along the river waters. Tho NOT a binocular of wide-angle capture-the-action, in one quick motion, Lucky not only was tracking the Mergansers perfectly, but they were in perfect focus, too! Never had I ever done such with any other binocular, except an IS. Even when foliage got between me & the birds, I could see them well. Then, they flared & landed near the river’s opposite side...AND near a female Merganser. & Lucky tracked them perfectly.
Lucky binocular has gone beyond “luck”. Lucky binocular LIKES to see!
April 23, 2021—evening:
No, this is neither about the Tascos or Lucky binocular. The Accent took me to the wood in gathering dusk, with my 9x63mm Remingtons. Lucky binocular knew that I needed the 63mm objective & exit pupil of 7 & understood why she had to be left behind. Therefore, she anointed my journey with......what else....luck. Less than a quarter mile on the trail, I encountered audubon’s warblers (luck from Lucky). It was good to see them & I invited them over to my place. Passing along a field, I saw a small Airbus airliner cross the face of the moon(more of Lucky’s luck). The light in the wood was sweet & the 9x63mm showed the darkening well. Circled along a slough & then over to the lake. Passing thru the wood again, I returned to the slough where I heard splashing. With my trip ending & darkness closing in, the Remingtons showed a beaver on a circling evening swim of his own. So with 3 shakes of luck from Lucky, my evening’s journey ended.
Had such good luck last evening, I drove the Hyundai Accent this late afternoon to the fields and woods, but with 11x80mm binocs. Lucky binocular’s luck was still with me. The big optics picked the brightest evening light & accentuated it with shadowing that the big binoculars could still show detail. Over on the lake, things were still & quiet, no ripples on the smooth waters. Looking toward the outlet, I must have just missed something that submerged on the far side of the lake, but left a bubble & rings of water. I waited quietly & a minute later, I saw a beaver head on this side of the lake. He submerged again. I waited 2 minutes & no ripples. I figured he was fooling with me, but I walked the lake trail toward the outlet. Again, I saw no ripples. In the gathering darkness, I carefully watched the opposite shore away from the outlet. Eventually, I saw more ripples about 200 yards away. Backtracking to my original approach to the lake & the last ripples, I scanned the opposite waters even further from the outlet. Sure enough. He thought he had lost me, but the binocs showed his bubbles. I watched him & he had fun, slapping the water twice with his tail. Both times the binocs showed his broad tail hit the water. Then he swam over to some lily pads, thinking he had given me the slip, a second time. I let him think so & moved away from the lake back into the dark woods. Yeah, the woods were dark but not to the binoculars. Where I saw solid growth, the binoculars showed details in the growth & foliage beyond. Moving out of the woods, the full moon illuminated the fields. I binoculared ducks trying to settle in the fields. But something spooked them & I could see 100 ducks take flight. I also saw what spooked them. In the background I saw a bald eagle perched in a tree in the dark. The ducks thought it good to settle for the night.......somewhere else.
I took the hint, walked to the Accent & drove home.
OK.....If you didn’t note, I saw two separate beavers in two days in the above posts, which I had never done previously in my life. SO....last evening I drove the Accent to the woods & lake to see if I could extend my record to 3 beavers in three days(late evenings). This time I had the lighter(still heavy) Remington 9X63mm binocular. From the parking lot the clouds were dramatic & the 9X63’s powerfully captured their intensity. I’ve read reports that the 9X63’s weren’t that great & it must be said I haven’t used them over much thru the years. But, these last few months have taught me, I have used the 9X63’s less.... to my disadvantage. Walking along the north end, I saw no sign of the beaver. Then my brain said did I leave my wallet & phone on the passenger seat? Returning to the Accent, no I had put them in the glove box. I returned to the walk. This time, the beaver told me, “Stupid man. Here I am!” & slapped its tail on the water. Whipping the binocs to my eyes, there the beaver was, just before it glided under shoreline brush. Yeah, I’m three for three! But to put a cap on my rave, the beaver never showed itself again. Walking to other fields I saw duck flocks & pairs wheeling overhead, debating where they wanted to settle for the night. The 9X63’s showed their intensity against the drama of the clouds. Walking the darkening woods to the lake, all was quiet with ring neck ducks already settled among the sparse lily pads. Quietly standing I looked for any sign of other beaver. One reflection on the water appeared more disturbed than others, but no beaver. For 5 minutes that particular disturbance occasionally came & went. Then, I figured it must be a very gentle breeze on the waters in the windless darkening. I returned to the Accent & went home.
It’s so nice to have the reliable(now turning into durable) Hyundai Engines to transport our family about our doings. In this time of ccp coronavirus, their reliability have helped to reduce unplanned contacts with people with possible ccp coronavirus. What highlights this statement is the Hyundai Accent with 164,000 miles gave me acceleration problems the other day. Taking Accent to my mechanic of 20 years, I envisioned the beginnings of unreliability for the increasing mileage Accent, specially when my mechanic said he would have to keep Accent into the second day! Towards the end of the 2nd day, I picked Accent up. My mechanic said it was a malfunctioning sensor that caused the bad performance & it took a bit of tracking down. Now driving the Accent for the last week, Accent feels like its back to its perky self.
Yes, now that ccp coronavirus vaccines are getting into much of the US population, the additional Hyundai reliability is letting me feel good about optional pleasure travels that were curtailed over the last 15+months. Case in point, my trips to the outdoors to use my binoculars mentioned above in this thread have mostly occurred using the Accent....& I have always been happily pleased with Accent results.
So....here is another installment of outdoor pleasure, brought to you by reliable Accent:
Took Nikon 7-15X35mm zooms for a walk along the Snohomish River that half-circles Everett & empties into the Puget Sound. The air was clear & the Nikon zoom images were equally clear....& sharp. With the other zoom binoculars I could happily see small flower buds a quarter mile(?) away and thought my zooms were pretty good. These flower buds were in the same field that I saw the Elk. But, the Nikons were superior, showing more flower bud detail, even on this fairly warm day that was producing light heatwaves! Yeah & wow!
Then, I walked along the river with few birds evident. Then I heard a bird in the brush, thinking it might be a Gold Finch. The Nikons showed what I first thought was a warbler with quite a bit of yellow. Walking around the brush, I saw some orange. More details showed it was a lovely male Bullocks Oriole. & the Nikon zoom at 13-15power, showed its glory.
Wow & Zooey!
Oh, oh....Lucky binocular might have a tizzy fit about the Nikon binoculars!
Anyhow, Accent took me & the Nikons back home.......
Yes.....I was in trouble with Lucky binocular, & she complained about my brag about the Nikon binocular. Somewhat miffed, Lucky said, “My turn!” & back to the Elk field Accent took Lucky & me. Watching the flower buds, Lucky showed the buds just as well as the Nikons(better at higher power?).& the day was shown to be as pretty as Nikon showed it yesterday. Then Lucky showed close foliage all the way up to 21power.....in collimation! She said, “If you had taken me yesterday, you would have seen that Bullocks Oriole, but at 21power, not 15power”. & she’s right. Also, I can use 21power in collimation as far as 200(maybe 100) yards. Lucky showed me 4 circling Bald Eagles about 300 to 400 yards distance, up to 19power in collimation. With the ability to use Lucky at high power at close distances, Lucky’s apparent image Field of View is 55degrees, her maximum. Lucky still retains 1st place in my group of zoom binoculars. & Lucky forgave me for dallying with Nikon!
Finally after comparing all my zooms......the really old Tascos, Sears, & Penncrest binoculars were made in Japan. My other younger binoculars, the Nikon & Lucky, were made in China.
PS....Lucky binocular....she said, “Don’t talk about a woman’s age!”
Accent took Lucky & me back to the woods & slough. As we began our walk, Lucky said, “Get me up to your eyes. You’re missing the fauna!” Among the lily pads in the shadows, 200 yards away, I could see what I thought was the Wood Duck. & then in the same view was the beaver swimming with branches to add to its beaver lodge. The beaver slapped its tail on the water & down it went with branches in tow. Back to the “duck”, which had swum closer to me & not been upset by the beaver. Out of the shadows, Lucky showed it to be a Hooded Meganser!! How wonderful! The beaver & Hoody in the same view. That may not happen for the rest of my life, but Lucky got me the view!
After that, I went & got my nettles treatment in the woods. Later, Lucky showed me foliage painted with light & shadow. On the round-about, I scoped what I first thought was a robin. It was a rufus-sided Towhee. I love those birds. Further on, Lucky showed me a sapsucker. Seemed that the red head blending into the black back was motley, but he was healthy & ready to poke trees.
With the round-about complete, the Accent took Lucky & me home.
Accent took Lucky & me to the woods & slough today. Just a beauty of a day...clear, bright & glistening. I was a little too quick over the slough bridge. Before I caught myself, I saw a Blue Heron & he saw me out in the open. Unlike most of his brethren, he remained calm. Lucky gave me a wonderful view of the heron, even all the way to 21 power. Yeah, the heron didn’t mind me watching at all. I didn’t overplay my hand since I had already been clumsy. I quietly walked out of sight & don’t think I disturbed the Blue, at all. I traveled to the nettles & got my treatment. Walking way down the field along a line of trees, I eventually entered the woods.
Fresh cedar chips had been spread on the trail as deep as a foot or more, to help support this bottom land. Its illegal to remove things from here. Walking on the chips, so much had been applied, that you have to be careful to hold your balance. Lucky gave good views through the foliage to areas that have no trails. Saw a gray squirrel as soon as he saw me & he took off down the trail, bounding over mushrooms. All Lucky could show me was a fat squirrel tail with ears flying away from me. Ha ha ha
At one point I left the cedar trail & moved over to another open field. Looking up, I saw a red-tail hawk a thousand feet up circling on a thermal & rising higher. Lower in altitude, another red-tail hawk was working the thermal. However, he had company. A crow was flapping trying to attack him to keep him out of the territory. The crow made numerous passes, but the red-tail continued upward on the thermal.
Back into the woods. At one point, something near me, quickly moving in the underbrush, caught my attention...four feet of underbrush motion & nothing else. Looking toward a tree 10 feet away, I hoped to see a squirrel with Lucky. Sure enough, on the side of the tree, I saw the squirrel in shadow, holding still.
Back to the slough that had the Blue Heron, but he was gone. What else was in the slough tho, but the Hooded Merganser! Oh, Lucky showed him very very well, even up to 21power. Continuing, I thought that was about it. But the call of a Rufous-sided Towhee got my attention. Lucky showed me a glimpse, but that was all. Then, the Towhee said, “Here I am” & plopped down, right on the road. So, Lucky gave me a good view.
Back to parking lot, Accent took Lucky & me home.
From yesterday on an astronomy & equipment website that I post:
Been returning to the river where I saw the elk......wow its been a month?! Seems like 2 weeks....even less. Had several binoculars at times, but this time only Lucky binocular. & of course, I saw 3 more elk with Lucky. Really squinted & worked to see any antlers. No luck. All were females. Really pushed Lucky. Viewed for quite some time at 17power. Pushed Lucky up to 19power. Lucky gave luck & held collimation at that power! Also lucky, while I was shaking like crazy at 19power, Lucky gave a tenth of a second steady view & I saw 2 ears resolved nicely on the doe.....& no antlers for sure. Yes, earlier I said the distance was a 1/3rd of a mile away & I stand by that! In no way is it a quarter mile. Could it be 500yards? No, that is too short, also. It could be 600 yards, but I’ll lay claim to 1/3rd of a mile. Lucky done good seeing. I don’t think the Tasco, Sears, or Penncrest could have shown the ears so distinctly. Don’t believe the Nikon could have shown the ears clearly at only 15power. Maybe if the Nikon had been a 7-20power zoom, but not at 15power. Also Lucky is 40mm, not 35mm, during this cloudy day. I needed the 30% extra light. Yeah, I needed all 19power AND I needed the 40mm, not 35mm.
litesong, on 21 May 2021 - 8:24 PM, said:
Could it be 500yards? No, that is too short. It could be 600 yards, but I’ll lay claim to 1/3rd of a mile. Lucky done good seeing.
Poking around on Google Maps, it looks like the distance was over 600 yards, maybe even 1900+ feet. That’s a fair distance to see elk ears for a $35 handheld optic at sea level!
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