Monday, October 19, 2015

The Lambo Accura

IMG_4643 So as this olelongrooffan has mentioned over at, I was fortunate enough to have attended the Branson Auction of collector cars this past couple days. There were plenty of sweet rides there and I wish several of them could have made the trip back to the B's Nest with me. Unfortunately, this was not one of them.

Friday, May 15, 2015

For Sale: 2012 Sanibel Fifth Wheel Camper by Forest River

2012 Sanibel Fifth Wheel RV made by Prime Time, a division of Forest River. Ideal for Full Time Living Model 3500, Four Slides, One in Master Bedroom, Three in Living Area Approximately 39' long, just under 14' wide with all slides extended.

The living room has a two new LazyBoy recliners, fully opening windows, including those in the slide outs for excellent cross flow ventilation Note the island sink with solid surface top just to the right.

In one of the slide outs there is a private desk area with internet hookups. Also adjacent to the desk area is an electric fireplace with the option to have the flames on but the heat off to enjoy the fireside ambiance. Just above it is a flat screen LCD television.

One of the features of this home is a huge side by side double door refrigerator with ample dry storage above and below it. There are large pantry size cabinets on each side as well.

This is a view from the front door overlooking the kitchen, dinette, queen size sofa and large peninsula cabinet above beyond the pendant lights over the sink.

Just beyond those pendant lights is a ceiling fan in the living room.

The large pantry immediately adjacent to the over sized refrigerator. An appliance nook is beside it with glass doored cabinets above.

Overhead between the kitchen and living room is a large cabinet with access on all three sides for easy storage and retrieval of items.

A shot of the desk area next to the TV and fireplace.

These are two brand new LazyBoy recliners. Last time we took this home to the Midwest, I did not secure the old recliners adequately and the upholstery rubbed together between the two and got all torn up. We evaluated the cost of reupholstering and decided to just get new ones so as to not have a "repaired" piece in this home. Comfortable and they match the dinette chairs almost perfectly. Plus they are not the hot and sticky leatherette the old ones were. They are now resting comfortably in a Habitat for Humanity home here in the greater Dade City area.

The sofa is queen size with an air mattress sofa bed. It sleeps two comfortably. All of the window shades have two different shades, one is a blind for privacy, the other completely blocks any light through the window for those mornings you might just want to sleep in.

Another view of the dinette and sofa with the slide extended as well as the oversize window in the rear at those recliners for the ultimate in flow through ventilation.

A partial view of the kitchen area with the island and its solid surface top with integrated sink. Note the large stove/oven combination (a full pizza fits in that oven with ease!) and the glass tile backsplash around the cooktop. The oversize refrigerator is just to the right and the convection microwave is located above the cooktop.

The whole house control panel is just off the kitchen in the same cabinet at the whole house central vacuum system.

Outside underneath is a full width storage compartment accessible from either side of the trailer. Just to the right in this picture, you can see the controls operating the water systems.

That water system includes three heated holding tanks, one for the kitchen, one for the toilet and the third is for the bathroom sink and shower. A separate fresh water tank is also a part of this package.

Also underneath is an adjustable flat screen LCD television with cable or satellite connections. It folds flat into that storage compartment for ease of storage while traveling.

This home also features two air conditioners, two 30# propane tanks, and a 10 gallon water heater which operates on both electricity and propane.

In the master bath, there is a full size shower with separate enclosure.

A toilet with an overhead cabinet for storage is also included. This area is outside the "wet area" of the shower and never gets wet.

There is a king size bed with ample storage underneath. In addition, there are cabinets and cubbyholes all around the upstairs master suite.

Inside the closet there are shelves suitable for the storage of shoes, sweaters, linens or other items.

The six drawer chest provides plenty of storage for a large wardrobe of either summer or winter clothes and linens.

The huge master closet is also preplumbed and prewired for a washer and dryer unit, should you decide to install one.

This attractive glass door is the entry door to the master suite from downstairs.

This home also features a retractable grab bar at the main entry door. The steps retract into the body of the trailer for safe, efficient travels and the overhead awning is operated by electricity for ease of use.

There are two modes of electrical hook up as well. One hook up operates the lights for a quick camp set up while the second operates the refrigerator and air conditioners as well as all lights and electronics in this home.

The tires are Goodyear Marathons mounted to 8 lug custom wheels. Each rubber torsion Dexter axle is rated at 7,000 pounds each.

Other amentities include hydraulic self leveling jacks in the front and electric stabilizing jacks in the rear. A full height ladder is also included for easy access to the roof of this home.

Overall, this is a fantastic home offered at a fair but firm price.

Delivery is possible at a negotiated price.

Also available is our 2001 Ford F350 four door dually pickup truck. This 7.3 liter diesel Powerstroke is barely broken in at 225,000 miles and is offered at an additional price to the trailer or offered separately, once the trailer is sold. Recent service includes a new serpentine belt, oil change and tune up.

I am perfectly capable of selling this home on my own and will not entertain offers of assistance in its sale. Please, no phone calls or emails offering your unwelcome assistance in this matter.

This home is located just outside Dade City, Florida and is available for viewing at nearly a moment's notice.

If interested, drop me an email including your phone number and I'll be in immediate contact.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Collecting Only Memories and Photographs

I am interested in speaking with you about the old cars you have around these here parts. I am not here to buy them, part them out or steal anything from them. I am only interested in the memories you have of them and sharing those stories with like minded folks. How did you come about owning this one or that one? How much did you pay for it? Who did you buy it from? Where was it before it came into your possession? There are plenty of great stories out here in the wild and most people never have an opportunity to hear them. Through this series of articles I hope to bring these stories to our fellow Car Guys as well as to the Youngsters of Today who may never have a chance to hear about that old car or truck or tractor otherwise. With many of our youth more interested in electronic devices than in automobiles, I figure that by publishing these stories on the internet, more of our youth, and maybe even some old timers will find them and become intrigued by the opportunity to read more about them. My intent is to publish these on main stream sites such as as well as on my personal site By The Numbers, I will follow your lead as to how much personal information you wish to disclose with regard to your name, address, license plate coverage, etc. I only ask that you share what I am sure are to be fascinating stories about your cool rides, whether stationery or capable of motoring at high speeds. In the meantime, thanks for your time and feel free to contact me anytime at to set up a get together to chat it up about your cool old ride. Thanks. John

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Wishing All A Fantastic 2014

Well, this olelongrooffan is hanging here at the Ritz in swanky Naples, Florida and life is looking pretty d*mn good for me these days. I'm working on a post with an update in the life of this olelongrooffan and Those Of You Counting Along With Me can expect it within a few hours, or days. Anyway, wishing all a fantastic 2014 and, in the meantime, continue to Celebrate Life.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

What I Saw Today: Rover 3500 V8

Yeah, I know it's been way to long since I've been here.

But since today this olelongrooffan was out and about and spotted this British sweetie.

As it has been way to long since I have posted anything here in By The Numbers, I'm gonna keep this one short and sweet.

Enjoy this gun metal grey beauty and remember to Celebrate Life.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Mom

Today, April 30, 2013 is the 85th anniversary of my Mom's, Mary Louise Bansbach, birthday. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri and lived a long and wonderful life. When she passed in 2008, a bunch of her kids made the pilgrimage to the Ozark Mountains to inter her remains beside my Dad, Robert Graham Lee, Senior, also of St. Louis, Missouri, in the National Cemetery at the corner of Grand Avenue and Glenstone in Springfield, Missouri. Below is a post I did at the time of Mom's Last Bus Ride. I miss you Mom and pray you are doing well with all your friends and think a kind thought or two about this olelongrooffan once in a while. Love you. My brother Jim did a blog on Mom's Last Bus Ride here and, at his prompting, I have added my thoughts.

The entire reason for my On The Road, By The Numbers roadtrip was to head from the Birthplace of Speed to the Queen City of the Ozarks to attend the internment of my Mother's remains adjacent to my Dad's, who passed in 2003. My Mom and Dad enjoyed life and encouraged everyone to see the positive aspects of every person, situation and experience encountered in Life. In the late '60's, with all the turmoil happening throughout, not just their life, but the world in general, my Dad had several thousand of these flower power stickers printed up. These represent, not just a slogan or catch phrase, but a way of life. I am glad to see one survived and displayed in such a prominent location on my big brother Jim's Bus. More on that later.

As I mentioned, Mom passed earlier this year after having lived a very full life. A debutante in her youth, a wife of a thought provoking journalist, a mother of 10 kids, grandmother to many more, a mentor to her great friend Beth and an active participant with many of her peers in the "Lunch Bunch".

These three photos are a few of the many, varied aspects of the Life of Mary Louise Bansbach Lee. A beautiful ballerina, an attractive young mother to my BigBrotherBob
and the mother of a large, diverse family. She tried to fulfill, almost to a fault, all of the roles she thought were appropriate of a mother in the 50's, then 60's and finally the 70's. Once her older children were grown and moved on, she then had to raise the "four little kids" in the 70's and into the 80's. While obstacles, whether of her own doing or the doing of others, were constantly placed in front of her, she diligently, in the manner she best knew how, navigated those obstacles and, always, came out a winner.

We all love her.

Now my brother Jim owns an old school bus pictured here in that tell tale snowstorm of a couple years ago. Jim enjoys his old trucks, as does the jeep junkie, the numbers, the kid, the horse rancher, Lil Jim, the youngsters, well just about everyone, including my Mom. On the interior roof of that bus is that Celebrate Life sticker, while I covet it, it is best placed where it is.

Jim suggested we all ride to Mom's ceremony in the Bus and I was thrilled to be invited. You see, while this is Mom's Last Bus Ride, it was my first. While I missed seeing the joy on her face while on that Bus, I know that smile when I see it. Always positive and upbeat.
So we set off for the National Cemetary with me shooting photos of the regular bus riders and trying to keep Mom aboard also.
Lil Jim, his daughter Sophie, the Youngster Austin and Lil Mom, Kristin, in the background.

This is Jim driving the old beast and I am loving it.

Trey, Lil Jim's son, Sarah and Ganey, members of the Big Jim Lee family, along for the ride.

Everyone is getting settled in at the Pavillion and Big Jim, as always, making sure everyone is satisfied and comfortable.

My brother Ed's in laws, the Jim and Mary Anne Dunn family were so supportive in attending. In the following photo, Jim and Mary Anne are previewing the photos and arrangements dedicated to Mom. The daisies, my Mom's favorite flower, were sent by my sister Mary and, at Mary's request, a flower was distributed to each attendee by my niece's Sarah and Stephanie. It was a thoughtful gesture and well received by almost everyone in attendance.

The following photo is, unfortunately, the only one I took of Mom's mantle. However, it is significant as her grand and great grandsons were looking on and niece Stephanie was there also. The men in the left of the photo are (l-r) Fr. Bob Landewe, a near lifelong friend of my folks and Mike McDevitt, my brother Jim, and Paul McLaughlin. Those three attended seminary at St. Meinrad's in Indiana and that is how those, then Seminarians, and now, priests met my folks.

This is the Tom and Viola Lee family, less, I am sorry, Stephanie and Jaycee. Thanks so much to Michelle and the men in her family for making the trek down. It means a lot to me.

Again, the St. Meinrad boys.

As shown in the following photos, my brother Tom did a fine job of reading a great scripture my Mom selected for this purpose.

The following photo is just an overall group shot of some of the crowd. That is my sister Jane and her family in the background, behind those boys. We missed you at the Celebration of Mom's Life.

As you can see in the following, So enough already, Alphonse--sorry strike that--Big Jim is ready to go, driving the oldest SUV in the world. I calculated on the ride. We would have had to have taken an SUV and a sedan to get to Mom's ceremony if we had not taken the bus. And with everyone who rode home on it, we would have needed another sedan.

We all arrived safely home. I guess a tradition I must incorporate into my Bus rides is the bus going a full bore 40 mph on Seminole then braking at the last minute for that 4 way stop at Kimbrough. All survived and I am confident the bus was operating on adrenalin from the day's events.

Here is Ed, aka the jeep junkie, regailing his nephews and friends of his exploits in getting Big Jim's CJ whatever running just a day or two earlier.

In the above photo, Tom is responding to a question from Jaycee. Jim is speaking with Janet and Jerry Stievator, Janet is a friend of Mom's from Lunch Bunch, and we are thrilled at least one member was able to make it. Not sure who that scarecrow is in the background, talking to his friend, Bud, Lite.

I sent James Lee, aka the Kid, out with my camera to take some pictures and this is What He Saw Today

A bunch of the girls inside that screened in porch, of course Neighbor Jack was there also.

A great shot of the jeep junkie

More pics of the womenfolk in the shade.

No, not that bell..

Youngster Austin

Youngster Trey, smoking one of the "cigars" my Mom used to always have available to the youngsters when they came to visit.

Here the jeep junkie is showing Lil Jim the proper way to get into the cooler.

Some other random pics of the afternoon Celebrating the Life of Mary Lou Lee.

Ed and Tom purusing the box of photos and enjoying every minute of it.

Lil Mom trucking around the back yard on Mom's 3 wheeler. What a joy that was!!

Of course, the jeep junkie and the bus working on that old CJ2A.

And, James and Trey clean up using Mom's bike as another form of transportation.

Tom and Jim, you could not have exceeded in chronicling Mom's life other than the wonderful way you did. All of your siblings thank you for your efforts and I am confident that Mom, wherever she may be, feels the same way.