1970 Hot Wheels Tune-Up Tower Drive-thru

It’s neat to see this kind of nostalgia from time to time. This guy really loves Hot Wheels, and he manages to make it fun for this girl. 🙂

Hot Wheels Race Tracks 68-71

It’s time for a tour of the 1970 Hot Wheels Tune-up Tower.

Tune-Up Tower box art - front. Courtesy eBay Tune-Up Tower box art – front. Courtesy eBay

We have 3 floors to drive thru.

A fully assembled Tune-Up Tower. A fully assembled Tune-Up Tower.

1st floor The first floor.

2nd floor The second floor.

3rd floor The top floor.

Today we’ll head into the Tune-Up Tower driving a ’73 Firebird Trans-Am.

Firebird coming in.

Merging into tower. Swinging out the merger bar lets you drive your car into the tower.

img_3956 With the elevator down, the safety bar goes up and lets your car in.

img_1738 Going up!

The main feature on the top floor is the dyno-meter treadmill.


img_1676 Here are the stickers adjacent to the treadmill.

img_1680 And on the far side of the treadmill.

img_1678 Close-up of the Firestone tire section.

img_1679 Close-up of the Good Year tire part.

img_3926 Parked on the top floor…

img_3998 …sitting on a molded hoist.

img_1609 On the ramp waiting to head back to the track.

img_3927 Up goes the ramp.

img_3931 Off goes the Firebird.

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I Just Saw this Picture and I’m So Disturbed. Because it’s Me.


13653430_1070638483027630_2650636656912865440_o-1 This morning The Love Life of an Asian Guy posted this picture on facebook with the following commentary:

This is one of the most powerful images I’ve seen in years.

You’re peeking directly into the laboratory of white supremacy. A system that will send TWO men in full riot gear to arrest ONE Black woman for one purpose: give her a criminal record.

If she is charged (most Black protestors are) for participating in a peaceful protest, she’ll be forced to disclose her new criminal record on ALL job applications and applications for rent.

That one small change can limit where she works, how much she can get paid, and where she can rent.

The implications are LIFE CHANGING. This act of arresting peaceful Black protestors is SYSTEMATIC RACISM AT WORK, BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES.

“You’re a Harvard Law graduate? 7 years of experience? Nice! Ooh, it looks like…

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Nephi 3, Chapter 27: Do to Become, Developing and Maintaining an Eternal Perspective

Every member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is expected to try to grow and improve throughout their mortal lives, endeavoring to be the best they can be; as Christ-like as possible. Brother and Sister Stephen Clark, instructors for BYU-Idaho are the narrators in a short video about this, called “Be and Do to Become (2015).” The video begins with some of the scriptural basis for this idea. In 3 Nephi 27:27, Christ asks and answers the fundamental question: “What manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am (The Book of Mormon).” The Clarks point out that in Nephi 3:21, the word “do” appears five times. They state, “…to become as He (Jesus Christ) is, we must do the things that (the scriptures say) He did (while he was here on earth).”

This idea of “doing to become” is refreshing, for me. Perhaps it’s obvious for many early on, especially my classmates who have been working on the same “becoming like Christ” projects that I have. But I still struggle with basic self-care routines and obvious decisions (where ‘good idea’ and ‘bad idea’ are very clear). I still choose the things that offer “instant gratification,” though I know I should be looking at them from an ‘eternal perspective.’ Making this simple connection, that I must “do to become,” might help me to include that eternal view in my moment-to-moment thinking with more frequency and with greater persistence.

After a few hours of trying this, I’m feeling less disconnected from the world. Before I started work on this assignment, I purchased a second set (couldn’t find the first from a couple of years ago) of hymnal CDs to listen to whenever I’m driving. This is a stark contrast to listening to National Public Radio. While NPR is generally educational and informative, it often stimulates my mind in different directions from where I need to focus: work, school, spiritual pursuits. I finally gave in to listening to NPR on my way home, this evening, but I think my day had a more positive feel to it because I avoided NPR and filled that time with hymns.

Yes, that kind of makes me “the crazy church lady.” But now I understand why that stereotype exists. It really does matter what we allow to influence our lives. While I cannot help overhearing profanity being spoken in a room near the hallway down which I am traveling, I am more protected and distanced from the damage those words do. But whenever I have the option, choosing to include spiritual influences in my experience invites the Holy Spirit. The harmony and peace the indwelling Spirit brings to me help me to maintain a more eternal perspective. I know that having that goal in mind: eternal life in the presence of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, strengthens my resolve to do the right thing more often, and to do the wrong thing less often. The Clarks point out, “Jesus Christ asks us to follow him and do what he did because those are the absolute steps that will take us back to God.”

Clark, Stephen, Brother and Sister. (2015). Be and Do to Become. [BYUI Instructor Videos]. Retrieved from https://content.byui.edu/file/bed1a9a0-2ca1-49ae-a967-246d1efea7ab/1/_mypages/001eeff9-bdf1-41fc-8aa1-10403ea82558/page.html

Gospel Principles from Alma 30-35

As always, this post is a presentation of my thoughts and beliefs and is not intended to be offensive to anyone in any way. Feel free to comment or share as you wish.

The program which I currently attend for higher education is based on the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Daily study of scripture is a requirement for one of my courses. There are varying study skills/methods recommended so that students gain more from scripture than they would by ‘just’ reading it. “Principles & Doctrine” is my assigned Scripture Study Skill for this week. The person who chose this Skill for our class mentioned that this is the best skill for the current reading block, Alma 30-35. I appreciate that she was right and that I benefited from it right away.

This block of scripture includes the teaching, preaching and testimony of two ordained Missionaries. Part of their teaching includes other scriptures and testimony from other prophets, teachers and missionaries. Many people have been converted to the church because of these teachings at the time they were first delivered right up until today. The ideas I am presenting as principles and doctrine are not new to me; this is a re-discovery and a reminder to reinforce the foundation of my faith.

I found several nuggets of truth that are applicable to many different situations, which is the broad definition of “principle” given for this study skill. Doctrine is the core set of beliefs that defines a given group of people. The following are some of the scriptures within this block that contain principles and doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and my understanding of what those principles and doctrine are.


Alma 33:21-23

 21 O my brethren, if ye could be healed by merely casting about your eyes that ye might be healed, would ye not behold quickly, or would ye rather harden your hearts in aunbelief, and be bslothful, that ye would not cast about your eyes, that ye might perish?

 22 If so, wo shall come upon you; but if not so, then cast about your eyes and abegin to believe in the Son of God, that he will come to redeem his people, and that he shall suffer and die to batone for their sins; and that he shall crise again from the dead, which shall bring to pass the dresurrection, that all men shall stand before him, to be ejudged at the last and judgment day, according to their fworks.

 23 And now, my brethren, I desire that ye shall aplant this word in your hearts, and as it beginneth to swell even so nourish it by your faith. And behold, it will become a tree, bspringing up in you unto ceverlasting life. And then may God grant unto you that your dburdens may be light, through the joy of his Son. And even all this can ye do if ye ewill. Amen.


Having faith in simple things can be hard for the hard-hearted and those who do not want to look inward and pursue self-improvement. Having faith in relatively simple things is the source of our salvation.

The simple things (though they may seem complicated at first) are: believing there is a Son of God, that he came to earth to redeem the faithful, that He came in a mortal body to suffer and die in atonement for all sinners, that He was resurrected, that He will be the final judge in whether we are his people, and that we will be judged according to our works.

Exercising the smallest particle of faith is enough, because that faith will grow. Faith leads to everlasting life. As one exercises faith, Heavenly Father will help that person to feel less burdened by worldly concerns; that person will find joy in their faith in God’s Son. All it takes to feel less burdened and more joyful is making a decision to exercise faith and sticking to that decision.

Alma 34:3-6

 3 And as ye have desired of my beloved brother that he should make known unto you awhat ye should do, because of your afflictions; and he hath spoken somewhat unto you to prepare your minds; yea, and he hath exhorted you unto faith and to patience—

 4 Yea, even that ye would have so much faith as even to aplant the word in your hearts, that ye may try the experiment of its goodness.

 5 And we have beheld that the great question which is in your minds is whether the word be in the Son of God, or whether there shall be ano Christ.

 6 And ye also beheld that my brother has proved unto you, in many instances, that the aword is in Christ unto salvation.

Prophets and called teachers guide us to right action, help us to have the right mindset for that action, and remind us of the things we need on our journey toward righteousness. If one exercises faith, one will see results, as long as one is patient and persistent.

Alma 34:7

My brother has called upon the words of aZenos, that redemption cometh through the Son of God, and also upon the words of bZenock; and also he has appealed unto cMoses, to prove that these things are true.

There were more prophets in Old Testament times than are mentioned in the Bible. The similar words of different prophets prove that what they say is true; without agreement or unity of message from different sources, the truth cannot be known.

Alma 34:8

And now, behold, I will atestify unto you of myself that these things are true. Behold, I say unto you, that I do know that Christ shall come among the children of men, to take upon him the btransgressions of his people, and that he shall catone for the sins of the world; for the Lord God hath spoken it.

Prophets confirm what the word of God is and what words aren’t His. Christ did come to earth, felt all that mortal wo/man can feel (especially negative feelings and experiences), and atoned for everyone’s sins.

Alma 34:9

For it is expedient that an aatonement should be made; for according to the great bplan of the Eternal God there must be an atonement made, or else all mankind must unavoidably perish; yea, all are hardened; yea, all are cfallen and are lost, and must perish except it be through the atonement which it is expedient should be made.

Heavenly Father’s plan for all of us requires Christ’s Atonement to give us eternal life. All have suffered the consequences of sin, whether it’s their own sin or someone else’s. The Atonement redeems all who accept it and abide by its requirements; those who refuse the Atonement, who refuse to repent, will suffer continuing separation from God and His blessings.

Alma 34:10

For it is expedient that there should be a great and last asacrifice; yea, not a bsacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an cinfinite and deternal esacrifice.

The Son of God is the only personage that could perform the Atonement because He is infinite and eternal, like His father. His sacrifice was the last one ever required for wo/man to be redeemed.

The Plan of Happiness and Innocence

This is another fulfillment of an assignment for my Book of Mormon class. I hope you will find it interesting and not offensive.

One of the things that helped me decide to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was a key point in what we call “the plan of happiness.” It is the idea that all people who have lived on the Earth chose to come here, and all knew before they came that they would be tested.

This drew me to the church because I had felt many, many times that the struggles I had in life were not deserved; I believed I had not sinned enough, as a small child, to earn the abuse I suffered early in life and for what seemed like a very long time.

I believe that many who are abused try to gain back some control in their situation by convincing themselves that they must deserve punishment. This is often a tactic of abusers, too; if they can justify their actions, they have more power in the relationship.

I had a sort of epiphany when I saw the movie “Good Will Hunting” for the first time. There’s a scene in which Robin Williams’ character tells Will that the abuses he and his mother suffered were “not his fault.” At the time, I was angry on Will’s behalf, but I also cried. Years later, this became a theme in my own psychological therapy.

Among the scriptures that refer to this idea that mortal life is a test are:

Abraham (From the Pearl of Great Price) 3:24-25 “…We will make an earth whereon these may dwell; 25 And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them.”

2 Nephi (Book of Mormon) 2: 21” And the days of the children of men were prolonged, according to the will of God, that they might repent while in the flesh; wherefore, their state became a state of probation, and their time was lengthened, according to the commandments which the Lord God gave unto the children of men. For he gave commandment that all men must repent; for he showed unto all men that they were lost, because of the transgression of their parents.”

Alma (Book of Mormon) 12:24 “…There was a space granted unto man in which he might repent; therefore this life became a probationary state; a time to prepare to meet God; a time to prepare for that endless state which has been spoken of by us, which is after the resurrection of the dead.”

Doctrine and Covenants (D & C) 29:43 “And thus did I, the Lord God, appoint unto man the days of his probation—that by his natural death he might be raised in immortality unto eternal life, even as many as would believe;”

This is a passage I really love, too; it’s about the innocence of children. D & C 29:46-47 “But behold, I say unto you, that little children are redeemed from the foundation of the world through mine Only Begotten; 47 Wherefore, they cannot sin, for power is not given unto Satan to tempt little children, until they begin to become accountable before me;”

This passage proved to me once and for all that I was an innocent child, born to someone who chose to hurt others. God had to honor my Father’s agency, because he honors everyone’s free agency. It was our free agency that brought us to this mortal life, and it is our exercise of free agency here in mortality that determines our destiny after Judgment Day.

Vertigo… AWAY!!!

I realized, a couple of weeks ago, that I was doing something I normally REALLY dislike because it aggravates my vertigo. *ding* I was NOT suffering from the vertigo!

Then, a couple of days later, I discovered that at least SOME of the cause for my vertigo is, surprise, stress.

I haven’t had any epic bad days with it for a little while, and that’s a HUGE relief. It didn’t magically disappear, as I’d initially thought it might have. (Every Dr. I spoke with about it told me that sometimes that’s how it works: one day you have it, and then one day you don’t: still no cause ever found, but since it’s over, who cares?) But it’s another reason for me to keep working on my mental health.

Had an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (I call it “upper endoscopy” or “upper scope”) a couple of weeks ago. Slept like CRAZY afterwards, surfaced to consciousness that was nearly functional late the following day. CRASHED hard all weekend; of course my stomach was upset; I kept it empty ON PURPOSE for 12 hours straight, then some dude stuck this weird thing down into it & took some scrapings! Ugh.

Saw the psychiatrist 4 days after the scope. Ha, ha, I had to tell her I think things are going fine, because two weeks before, I was the best I’d been for quite some time, and was feeling “normal” again. But, with the scope & anesthesia, it was kind of expected that I crashed. Sure enough, THAT NIGHT my brain was telling me, “you should adjust your meds.” sigh

Well, either way, things are better than they were, by a lot. They may never be the same as how they were before April, but I keep thinking that’s not such a bad thing, either; I’ve learned a lot that I otherwise would not have. I now know there are some coping mechanisms that CAN help me, as long as I remember them.

Thank you, everyone, for your prayers, thoughts, and wonderful comments.

The Plates of Brass and the Book of Mormon

Note: this entry is an attempt at fulfilling a specific assignment for my FDREL 121 course in the Pathway program (school). It will read more formally than I like for blog posts, and there are specific references to my faith and Scripture, as defined by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Feel free to read and comment, as usual, but know that this is not me “imposing my religion on you.” It’s a way to share what I’m learning about. I don’t intend it to be offensive, and I hope that it garners some comments and discussion.

This week, we studied 1 Nephi 1-5. I also to use a specific Scripture Study Skill while I was reading, so that it actually became studying. This Week’s Skill that I tried to work on is called “Visualize.”

I’m going to quote my definition of Visualize from my Gathering Attendance Report (another assignment I turned in this week):

“What I garnered by reading about Visualize as a Scripture Study Skill (before our Gathering) was that it’s a sort of ‘Journalistic’ approach to Scripture: Who, what, when, where, why, and how. It also goes deeper than that; the last guideline offered is ‘What is implied but not stated outright? (What are the scriptures not saying that must be happening?)’ This led me back to a question I’d read earlier somewhere in this course’s material, about WHY some things were included, and some things were left out of scripture.”

I had a thought about what is included in the Book of Mormon while I was walking from work to my car, Wednesday or Thursday evening. First Nephi 5: 11-14 states that the plates of brass “did contain the five books of Moses… a record of the Jews from the beginning… down to… the reign of Zedekiah… the prophesies of the holy prophets, from the beginning… down to… the reign of Zedekiah; and… many prophecies which have been spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah… Lehi also found… a genealogy of his fathers…”

It has occurred to me to wonder why these things were not included in their entirety in the Book of Mormon. Did the authors/compilers of the Book of Mormon know that the Pentateuch and Jewish lineage information still existed somewhere in the “Holy Land,” near Jerusalem?

I’ve begun to search for answers using the lds.org search engine. One answer can be found in 1 Nephi 6:1 “I, Nephi, do not give the genealogy of my fathers in this part of my record; neither at any time shall I give it after upon these plates which I am writing; for it is given in the record which has been kept by my father; wherefore, I do not write it in this work.” It makes sense that Nephi himself would not use the plates he’d forged by the sweat of his brow for his own writing to copy something he already had in the brass plates; that would have been a waste.

Browsing the search results, I found that the Book of Mormon Study Guide mentions something about my question, on page 38. It’s about Second Nephi, chapter 3. The passage about 2 Ne 3:6-21 mentions “the prophecy of the Joseph, who was sold into Egypt, which is not found in the Bible we have today. It was restored, however, to the Prophet Joseph Smith and is found in the Joseph Smith Translation as Genesis 50:24-38. Lehi found it on the brass plates that his sons obtained from Laban in Jerusalem.”

Somehow, whoever integrated the Plates of Brass into the Book of Mormon knew which passages of the Pentateuch and other books from the Old Testament needed to be retained, even though they had no idea what records, if any, were preserved on the other side of the world.

Believing as I do that all of Scripture is inspired or revealed, I can accept the idea that the decisions made regarding what to pass forward and what to leave behind were also guided by the Holy Ghost.

I testify that the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price are scripture in the same way that the Bible is scripture: they are all inspired or revealed words from God, and have been preserved for the instruction and enlightenment of all who would search them diligently. I believe that Jesus Christ is our chosen Savior and resides with Heavenly Father right now. I believe that Joseph Smith is the Prophet of the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and I believe that Church to be God’s Church. I also believe that other churches and religions each have some amount of the Truth, but this Church has as much as can be had at this time, and will receive all of it, eventually.

Thanks for reading and commenting.