22-December-2018 by crucifyd


Hagerty Question Of The Week: Addendum

20-December-2018 by crucifyd

Hagerty forums "Question of the Week" posted on 10 December: "What's the dumbest mistake you've made working on your car?" Remembered another one because of a similar story from another user...

I was around 17 in the mid-80’s doing something under the hood of my first car, a straight six 64 1/2 Mustang coupe, engine running, when somehow I got hold of a plug wire or the coil wire. Don’t recall which. Of course the current makes you tense up, grabbing tighter onto the wire. I recall the power going up one arm and down the other. Been paranoid about electrical ever since.

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Hagerty Question Of The Week

13-December-2018 by crucifyd

Hagerty forums "Question of the Week" posted on 10 December: "What's the dumbest mistake you've made working on your car?" Here is my answer...

20 years ago I had a 90 Tempo with a no start condition. Took me three hours to pull the starter, went and had the starter checked out…no problems. Then my dad comes out, “did you check the battery?” Of course, it was the battery.

Recently, I changed oil in one of my vehicles and the oil-transport-container was full so I put it in a cheap plastic oil pan (fortunately) until I could get rid of it. Problem was it sat for a few weeks and one day I went out to take the Galaxie for a drive and as I started to pull out of the garage I heard a strange noise. After the obligatory “What the…” I realized it was the oil pan that I had “stored” in front of the front tire of the Galaxie. What a mess and felt like and idiot.

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08-December-2018 by crucifyd


Hagerty Question Of The Week

28-November-2018 by crucifyd

Hagerty forums "Question of the Week" posted on 26 November: "What's the best deal you've scored on a collector car?" Here is my answer...

Really long story short…

Coming home from work on graveyard and saw a fender sticking out from behind a motor home on the local “car lot” AKA corner on the main drag. Check it out and find it is a four door 1965 Galaxie 500. It says “garaged 35 years” “original owner”…yeah, right…

Odometer reads around 36,000 miles. Upon driving and inspection, I believe it is legit original miles. The car has all kinds of things that would only still be there on a low mile car. I’d say this car is still probably 90% original. While not original, it even still has Montgomery Ward bias ply tires on the back, presumable at least 30 years old at the time…paid $4K for it in 2010…

Long version here if you’re interested, includes a visit to the cop shop and a house torn down. It is incomplete, has notes to myself and is somewhat in disarray, AKA not done, but tells the story: http://myplace.frontier.com/~crucifyd/galaxie/galaxie-story.html

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Thanksgiving Prayer 2018

24-November-2018 by crucifyd


There is an enemy and we are in a war. One of the weapons you have given us is thankfulness. You repeatedly tell us to give thanks and to be thankful. Although we set aside a day to give thanks, I pray that you would make us into, as you've said in your own words, a peculiar people, that wield that weapon at every turn. Not just on one day of the year, but every day, every moment.

With that as a backdrop, seven swings of the thankfulness sword...

thank you for amazing food, even if it has restrictions,

thank you for my Dad,

thank you for family,

thank you for the Church, your body,

thank you for life, life that you give abundantly to your own,

thank you for death, for as only you can, you actually use it to bring forth LIFE! how crazy is that?


thank you for taking on flesh and dying a criminal's death for actual criminals. sinners such as us, standing before you around this table.

bless this food,
in Jesus name Amen

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Thank You

07-November-2018 by crucifyd

I knew the passing of my Dad would be hard, but it turned out to be difficult beyond anything I ever imagined. I pretty much cried my eyes out for the first week solid. I honestly felt like I didn't want to go on with life without Dad. It was easily the most emotionally trying time I have ever been through.

Looking back on it now, it truly was God using something that you could say was evil, at least from my perspective in the midst of it, to bring about good. The biggest wow moments of my life came upon Dad's passing. God has shown me how much Dad loved me, how much I loved Dad and, as I wrote for the service, I am honored and humbled to be his son. My tendency would be to be angry that God didn't show me these things before Dad passed away. In fact, I did just that initially. I later realized He was gracious to show me what He did and I am thankful that He chose to show me these things now instead of in 10 years, 20 years ... or never.

He also showed me how special this body is to me. In particular, it meant a lot more to me than I ever thought it would, seeing TECer after TECer at Dad's service doling out hugs, condolences and support to me in what ended up being the hardest thing I have ever endured. It was amazing. I thank God for TEC...

Thank you for the meals. Thank you for the prayers. Thank you for the texts. Thank you for the hugs. Thank you for doing Romans 12:15 with me.

I love you all,


In Memoriam: My Dad

19-October-2018 by crucifyd


When someone becomes a child of God the Bible speaks of them as being adopted as sons. Unbeknownst to both of us at the time, 46 years ago, James M Herr showed me a picture of God when he chose me to be his son. Most do not know that he was not my real Dad. I always knew that was the case, but I never thought of him that way. I never once thought of him as my stepdad. As far as I was and am concerned, this man IS my Dad.


When I was 12ish we went to a Seahawks game. They were giving free hats out on the way in. Dad gets the "Adult" hat. I get the "Kid" hat. Of course, right? We ended up trading hats cause mine was too small and his was too big...

In the early 80's my grandpa was running for a city council position. After the election is over, as the sun is going down, Dad and I go around taking the campaign signs down. At the time there was a tire shop called Scotty's on Grove and State. While we were there taking the sign down the cops show up and start interrogating us...they want to see ID from Dad...AND the 12 year old! Dad thought that was hilarious.

We lived across the street from Jennings Park in Marysville. One night something was going on at the park and Dad decided to walk over there, in the dark, to investigate. I'm upstairs in my room listening to the police scanner and I hear "there's a dark figure approaching". Yep, he was the dark figure.

Classic Dad right there.


My Dad wasn't a verbal kind of teacher but he gave me so much, mostly by what I saw, by what I watched him do. He showed me how to use tools, read calipers, micrometers and so forth. He taught me how to think outside the box.

A few things I love that I caught from my Dad ... I love a corny joke, a good story, history, music, tools, old cars, anything mechanical, math and numbers (I know, weird...whatever) I love Coca-Cola and finally, heroin (uh relax, that's what he called Cheez-It crackers because they are ohhh sooo addictive.) and the list goes on...

I didn't realize fully, until now, the extent to which Dad loved his people so very much and how very much I loved him.


So who was James M Herr? A veteran (101st Airborne), a logger, a machinist, a toolmaker, a builder, a joker, a talker, a collector, a writer and so much more. He was all these things but above them all, to me, he was Dad. I am honored and humbled, to put it in a biblical sort of way, to be called Terry, son of James.

I love you Daddy. Turns out you're my hero after all.

edited 28-December-2018

Reddit Post On Making A Murderer

12-January-2018 by crucifyd

I was interested in the Making A Murderer docu-whatever on Netflix when it came out. This week when I fell ill I got sucked into it completely. I had my reservations from the beginning. Is this manipulating me to a certain viewpoint? of course, it's TV... I already have a healthy distrust of government / politicians and the show gives you a decidedly slanted view of the government in Manitowoc County. I have done more research and found that there seems to be collusion between *A LOT* of the players here.

That said, I don't know how legit this show is in portraying reality or how genuine the people that are in this real life scenario are in relation to the way they are portrayed. There was one particular scene that, whether the real deal or some scripted prose, is amazing and spot on...it's when Dean Strang responds to Kratz's "swimming upstream" comment.

There's more here than needs to be in this Reddit post, but the part I'm keying on here is highlighted (highlight added by crucifyd)...

Ken Kratz: "...if we have to start this case swimming upstream, if you will, in the face of some instruction given to the jury that they should be taking some negative view of the state, then we intend to proceed on all six counts."

Dean Strang: "All due respect to counsel, the state is supposed to start every criminal case 'swimming upstream'. And the strong current against which the state is supposed to be swimming is the presumption of innocence. That presumption of innocence has been eroded—if not eliminated—here by the spectre of Brendan Dassey, and that's why the court needs to take further curative action.

Up through the WFRV report last night, for example, Steven Avery has been presented as the man who allegedly raped, mutilated, and murdered Theresa Halbach. How many times will Steven Avery be charged in Manitowoc County with rapes he didn't commit? This makes two.

Now forget getting the 18 years back on the first one: where do we go to get the last 10 months back? Where do we go to get our presumption of innocence back from a public who believes—and has heard time and again—that he's an alleged rapist, even before murder."

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The Reddit poster then comments and sums it up well...
Regardless of your opinion on Avery's innocence or otherwise, this is one of the most eloquent, brilliantly delivered arguments I've ever heard in a court room. Even fictional cases aren't written this well.

In this speech, Strang cuts to the heart of what, I think, is the key of the entire series: the truth of Avery's role in Halbach's death isn't something we're going to find out. The role of the justice system isn't to be our best attempt at omniscience, it's to establish if the default innocence of a free citizen can be proven invalidated. It's not about if Avery did or didn't do it, it's about a system which rewards misconduct and unethical practice with convictions, and which has forgotten the basic tenet of innocent until proven guilty.

In other words, Dean Strang is bae.

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