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Stories about pretty much anything BUT Grinnells. Here's where members with a creative bent can let fly. But please--no politics or spamming!



Stealing Ali – A Book Review PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Monday, 27 June 2011 01:58

Imagine if you will that you are newly married -- to a wonderful woman who had two daughters from previous marriages. Imagine that your new spouse’s ex-husband, of Lebanese descent, kidnapped the younger of the two daughters and took her back to his ancestral home in Lebanon, leaving her with his family while he went on to work elsewhere in the Middle East. Imagine that your new wife traveled to Lebanon to find and retrieve the kidnapped daughter. Imagine that a few months later, he did it again. this time, taking her to Bahrain, a small island in the Persian Gulf!

Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 September 2011 11:27 )
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My Rides from Heck (this is a family site, after all...) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Sunday, 05 June 2011 11:32

Larry Grinnell talks about his misadventures with his first two cars.

I’ve been a car nut (many of my friends would just say that I’m a nut—I’m in the process of interviewing a new set of friends) for a lot of years, and I’ve had encounters with lots of interesting iron--especially my first two cars.

There I was, 16 years old. No job, no car, no prospects, and my senior year of high school to get through (yeah, I skipped a grade, but that’s another story for another time). I was an active member of my local antique car club, getting to the meetings by either caging rides from other members who lived close by, taking the bus (for what limited service was available before the county took it over), or, once I got my license, borrowing one of the family cars.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 September 2011 11:29 )
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Cars of Dreams - an understatement! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Friday, 22 April 2011 01:36

Last week, I got a call from PBMUG (Palm Beach Macintosh User Group) El Jefe Brian Bahe, who received an invitation from one of his clients to attend a gathering of old car people. Knowing I was a car nut (well, maybe just a nut), he invited me to accompany him. I had no idea what the deal was, and I don't think he did, either, as he really isn't a "car guy." He told me to meet him at the Panera Bread restaurant on Northlake. I went to the web and according to Panera's own website, there was no Panera Bread restaurant on Northlake, but there was one on PGA, which is where I went. By about 7:20, no Brian, so I decided to go to Northlake and see if there was indeed a Panera Bread restaurant there. Imagine my surprise to find it right where he said it was. He was almost ready to leave, so luckily I caught up with him just in time. We hopped in my car and drove east on Northlake to US1 and took a right. Just about a block south of Northlake, there was an old department store of some kind or another on the west side of US1 but instead of a name like K-Mart, WalMart, or whatever, the modest sign said "Cars of Dreams." We parked and walked a red carpet where we were met by several lovely young ladies barely clad in interesting (read skimpy) outfits with wings. They were there promoting a new brand of vodka. I really hated to break myself away from these lovelies, but Brian got us registered, we got our specially-printed wristbands, and it was in to the building.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 September 2011 11:28 )
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What I Did on my Summer Vacation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Friday, 22 April 2011 01:19

Most summers, I travel up to the mid-Atlantic states to see many of my siblings, who are clustered in the Washington D.C. area. I usually start with my brother Norman, who lives in Annapolis. We're both car guys and tech guys and love to mull over the merits of the latest plasma HDTV over a frosty beverage. I also use Norm's place as a launching point to travel to points further north. This year (I wrote this in the summer of 2008), I visited some cousins in Lakeville, MA and Norwich, CT. I won't bore you with the details of the bipolar granddaughter whose visit with her grandparents (my cousins) coincided with my visit, nor will I go into any detail about one of my favorite cousins and his delightful wife and their many, many cats. Fortunately, I like cats, so it just added another fun element to the brief visit.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 September 2011 11:29 )
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