Sad day for Bandit…

Under GM’s new restructuring plan, they will be cutting 21,000 jobs and eliminating the Pontiac brand:

Article – WSJ.com

That bums me out; I hate it that so many people are losing their jobs, especially now. Also, I had hopes of buying a new Firebird or TransAm sometime in the future — looks like that’s out the window now…

This type of news makes me glad to be driving a Ford; to date, they have not gone the bailout route.

Time to move to Florida!

We had a brief (48 hours) cold snap here in Lafayette.

Night:

Day:

It actually got colder than indicated; I think it hit -21 at some point that night.

The night before the cold snap hit, it got down to about 9 above. Our heat pump kept up with the temperature but it never quit running that night. So I switched it to emergency heat, which worked pretty well even at the coldest point outside.

I think our heat pump is scaring our neighbor. Every so often, the heat pump will switch to defrost mode, basically reversing itself to run hot fluid through the pump to melt any accumulated ice. When it defrosts, you’ll see steam rising from the pump, sometimes a lot of steam if it is really iced over. The night before I switched it to emergency heat, our neighbor walked from his front door to our heat pump (I could see the tracks in the snow). I think they’re seeing the steam and thinking it’s on fire or something; can’t say I blame them, as I was concerned when I first saw it after buying the house! *laughs!*

I’m talkin’ ’bout the funk!

Why Funky Munky?

The answer starts way back in the early ’70s. I had a stuffed monkey (one of the yellow and black ones with the banana) that I started calling funky munky — my spelling wasn’t the best back then (or now). 🙂

That little guy went everywhere with me. Unfortunately, he started losing the stuffing in is head after several years, but I quickly found out that I could make him talk using my fingers through the back of his empy head (we were — and are — a lot alike in that respect.)

I lost him in ’78 went we moved from Sullivan IN to Benton KY, but the Munky name lives on as my nickname. I started creating CD copies of my family’s music and decided to create a “label” that would produce the CDs — in honor of my absent pal, I decided to call it FunkyMunky Records and the legacy lives on. 🙂