January 28th, 2003


Noise Pollution

Oh, are we EVER driving a quiet truck!

How quiet is it? You ask with anticipation...

Well, it is SOOOOO quiet that

I had shut the radio off, as turning the volume all the way up still did not let me follow the song's progress except when I let it freewheel down the hills... not very high on my list of top listening pleasures, so I snapped off the radio.

Last night, when I came out from school, I wanted to hear the weather, so as I cranked the engine, I turned on the radio. The volume, being on HIGHEST, blasted from the speakers. The truck had caught so fast and was so silent that I THOUGHT THE ENGINE HAD NOT FIRED.

I was all set to crank it again, but I just HAD to do something about that wash of sound... so I turned the volume way low... and could hear, just barely, the gentlest purr...

Was it worth $427????

At least I didn't try to start an already running engine and break teeth off the timing chain, or whatever evil that horrid sound you get when you pull that stunt represents.

How quiet was it?

Quieter than the BMW! No lie!

True confession time: The Beemer is a diesel...


Put your birth date in the window when you click on this link and see what

Pretty neat!

You said your birthday is 10/9/1945
which means you are 57 years old and about:

28 years 11 months younger than Walter Cronkite, age 86
25 years 5 months younger than Pope John Paul II, age 82
21 years 4 months younger than George Herbert Bush, age 78
14 years 0 months younger than Barbara Walters, age 71
11 years 11 months younger than Larry King, age 69
5 years 8 months younger than Ted Koppel, age 62
2 years 3 months younger than Geraldo Rivera, age 59
0 years 9 months older than George W. Bush, age 56
5 years 9 months older than Jesse Ventura, age 51
10 years 1 month older than Bill Gates, age 47
14 years 10 months older than Cal Ripken Jr., age 42
20 years 9 months older than Mike Tyson, age 36
24 years 9 months older than Jennifer Lopez, age 32
30 years 3 months older than Tiger Woods, age 27
36 years 8 months older than Prince William, age 20

and that you were:

55 years old at the time of the 9-11 attack on America
54 years old on the first day of Y2K
51 years old when Princess Diana was killed in a car crash
49 years old at the time of Oklahoma City bombing
48 years old when O. J. Simpson was charged with murder
47 years old at the time of the 93 bombing of the World Trade Center
45 years old when Operation Desert Storm began
44 years old during the fall of the Berlin Wall
40 years old when the space shuttle Challenger exploded
38 years old when Apple introduced the Macintosh
37 years old during Sally Ride's travel in space
35 years old when Pres. Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr.
34 years old at the time the Iran hostage crisis began
30 years old on the U.S.'s bicentennial Fourth of July
28 years old when President Nixon left office
26 years old when Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot
23 years old at the time the first man stepped on the moon
22 years old when Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated
19 years old during the Watts riot
18 years old at the time President Kennedy was assassinated
13 years old when Hawaii was admitted as 50th of the United States
11 years old when the Soviet satellite Sputnik 1 was launched
7 years old at the end of the Korean War