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Remember my new to me/used truck? We purchased a truck a few days ago to help facilitate our move up to the mountains.
It was a 2001 Ford F-150 Supercab XLT. Beautiful truck, a little high on mileage but it wasn’t going to be our daily driver. I really like this truck. It was my first Ford truck and I was nervous about buying an American made vehicle. I thought about it and figured how can I go wrong with this truck, it’s the most popular truck in America right?
I was driving home from south Denver on Monday and out of nowhere I heard a loud boom, like a small explosion. Then my truck started to pop like an old lawnmower. I pulled over into a Target parking lot and lifted the hood to access any visible damage.
I called the dealership to have the truck towed back there and then called my buddy ”B” who lived nearby to see if he could rescue me. He did, thanks “B”.
When I got home I started to research Ford Triton engines. I couldn’t believe the plethora of information out there about Triton engines that habitually blow out spark plugs.
This has happened to thousands of Ford Triton engines and Ford refuses to even acknowledge there is a problem.
A quick fix is around $700.00 with no guarantee that it won’t happen to the same plug again, or any other of the eight spark plugs at any given time.
So basically, the engine is a piece of sheet and if you fix it it’s a roll of the dice on whether the engine will go 10 miles or 50,000. I can’t live/drive like that. Ford will not fix this issue nor will it admit to the engine flaw.
For this reason I will never purchase a Ford product again. I really question why we bailed out Ford Motor Company when they won’t even back up the most popular product they manufacture. How can Ford ignore the thousands of people who are F-ked because they purchased one of these faulty engines?
I can’t support a company that doesn’t support it’s own faulty products. Ford ignores the same people whose money is allowing them to operate/stay afloat.
If you build a sheet product and don’t back it up, you deserve to fail. I’m not saying all Fords or Ford engines are crap, I’m only talking about my experience with the 2001 Ford Triton engine. I can honestly tell you that I’ll never know if any of the other Ford vehicles are any good because I’ll never purchase a Ford product again. I won’t buy a Chevy because of my broken key fiasco of last summer.
The day it broke was day five. When we first talked to the dealer they said, “The truck was sold as is”.
I gathered from that statement that they were going to try to screw me.
And they might have except for one thing, there was a small issue with the percentage rate of the loan. They needed to bump it up a half-of-a-percent and the paperwork would need to be resigned. It was Fed-Ex’ed and arrived the morning after the truck broke down.
There was no way we were going to sign the revised paperwork for a disabled truck. I waited to hear what the Dealers decision was before I played my hand. I was lucky, I didn’t have to play it. They stepped up to the plate, admitted the engine was F’ked and said you can get your trade and cash back or we can help you find another vehicle.
Had we signed the loan paperwork the day before,…who knows? So today we’re heading back out today to look at more trucks.
I’m thinking Toyota Tundra. The MPG isn’t as good but the reliability is there.
At least the Triton engines do. Buyer beware…Who’d of thought it would be this damn hard to buy a good used truck. Sorry all, this truck thing has pulled my mind away from baseball and I need to resolve it before I can go forward.
Just got back from Go Subaru. They had fixed the Ford Truck and said we could either take the “repaired” Ford truck, try and find another one, or get our deposit and my trade-in back.
We did a search and found the exact Toyota truck I was looking for. My brother has had one of these for years. It’s perfect.
I like it when a player sees his opportunity and takes it. I believe Stewart could/would have a f/t spot if we weren’t full. Remembering that spring training doesn’t mean sheet, I must say I like what’s happening.
I like to win. Having to watch the Rockies lose six games in Tucson sucked. I really wanted to see Helton play.
FSN and MLB.TV starts broadcasting the games on the 22nd so hopefully I’ll be able to witness a few wins before the season starts.
Anyways I won’t kid you, I’m digg’n this win streak.
Morales has improved a bit from his last outing.
Rockies beat the Angels today in Tempe 6-4. Rockies are now 6-7.
I’m killing some time until tomorrow morning when I’ll be back at Hi-Corbett. Here are some more pictures from yesterday. Enjoy…D
Garrett Atkins out there having a good time.
Helton and Hawpe at batting practice.
Some more pitcher pictures, say that three times fast.
Rockies catcher Michael McKenry.
Another Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario.
Here is everything I’ve managed to get autographed this trip minus my Big Stick bat which currently has 16 autographs on it. I have one more black Big Stick bat and my plan is to get Todd Helton to sign it tomorrow. I’m not greedy so if it doesn’t happen I’m ok with that.
I attend a lot of games at Coors Field and I’ve never been able to get Todd’s autograph. I’m just never at the right place at the right time as far as he’s concerned. With other players I have been very fortunate.
If it’s ever going to happen twice (getting Helton’s autograph), this place (Hi Corbett), is the place to get it done.
Jorge De La Rosa signing my WS baseball.
I have to tell you about something I witnessed the other morning as Andy and I were hanging out in the parking lot of Hi-Corbett for the player meet and greet. We noticed that baseball card collectors actually whip out a whole page of cards and the players will usually sign most if not all of the cards on the page.
I watched Juan Morillo sign nine baseball cards for a collector. This collector had skills and has mastered the art of “player small talk”.
Here’s # 46 Ryan Mattheus pitcher signing my baseball.
I suck at ”player small talk”, but it’s something I’m working on. It’s not that I get starstruck (except for Helton), it’s that I’m not great at initial small talk with anyone.
Give me five minutes and I’ll talk to you like I’ve known you for years. Don’t believe me, just ask anyone who’s known me for more than five minutes.
I love going to Coors Field. I think the staff there is the best in the business. We arrived at Coors Field about 8:40 am to get in line to purchase Rockies tickets. After we arrived we found out that getting there early didn’t really matter because the lottery was in effect.
At the time a was a little bummed because I pulled #37 and there were maybe 15 people there waiting with me. No worries though it all worked out good. While we were standing in line a Rockies representative who I later found out is named “Steve”, walked up to me and asked if my daughter would be willing to help him with the lottery.
Mylee said sure, she was thrilled to do it. Here’s how it worked, there were five lines of people. There were five baseballs in the bucket labeled from 1-5. Mylee’s job was to draw the order in which each row was able to get in line for tickets…simple.
The way the Rockies set up it seemed like a system that was designed for a large group of ticket buyers. By the time Mylee started to pick baseballs out of the bucket there were maybe 70 people total in all five rows.
It was cool though, the Rockies were prepared in case of a large turnout and everything went smoothly.
At the end of the second video I you can hear me mention to Mylee to ask for a baseball (hey we’re baseball snaggers..that’s what we do), I was really just kidding and didn’t expect anything but Steve said that he’d hook her up.
Mylee picked line 1 (my line), second. She loved that she was picked to do this over Hunter because Hunter has more baseball stories than her, and this is a good one.
I walked up to Steve and thanked him, then slipped him a Ranter card and told him I’d have blog entry up by Monday.
So in one big long line they marched the whole group of us from the Rockpile Gates over to the main ticket window. As we walked around the building we could see Dinger over by the ticket window waiting for us.
Rockies,….that was a nice touch. Let me explain something about my last blog entry about Dinger. I don’t want the dude who’s inside Dinger to lose his job. (I’m sure he has little Dingett’s somewhere), I just wanted to see (or not see), inside of a tougher looking mascot for the Rockies.
Dinger grabed the control stick of this nice ladies wheelchair and was messing with her. She loved it.
While we were killing time waiting to get our tickets, Steve from the lottery walked up to Mylee and presented her with a Rockies backpack. She opened it up and inside was a 2007 League Championship collectible trophy, a MLB baseball, a Rockies hat and a Rockies rally towel.
I couldn’t believe it. Steve, thank you again. You didn’t have to do all that. In fact you didn’t have to do anything.
We’re always at the games early for batting practice so we can snag baseballs.
Mylee would have been thrilled if you had just tossed her one of the baseballs in the bucket.
That gift was “above and beyond” and she hasn’t stopped talking about it since :)
Seeing that “random act of kindness” from a Rockies employee made me smile and think about how proud I am to spend my time supporting “my team” the Rockies,..on multiple levels.
It’s worth a shot. I think I’m ok parking there (we’ll be there bright and early), but you never know.
Once they opened the ticket windows the line moved at a pretty good pace. People were purchasing large numbers of tickets, but every ticket window was open so that helped with the flow.
I wasn’t there to clean house on tickets. Remember I have a trip to Tucson coming up so that requires a wee bit of cash in itself. I picked up a few extra Rockpile tickets for opening day and the fireworks game pm July 3rd. Then I redeemed a few free game coupons that I had received last season for the kids and I.
End of my story. Sorry if you thought you might hear mention of Tulo or Helton. This story does however have a happy ending. That would be my daughter Mylee’s smile.
Only two weeks left the Mobile Blog Unit is officially mobile.
(This rather interesting camper is not the Mobile Blog Unit—–>)
On Dan’s recomendation I have taken my Jersey to Denver Atheletic to have “REAL” lettering stitched on professionally.
I hear they’re great, I can’t wait…D
1/23/09 (“Happy Youngster” have fun at your Brewers thingy tomorrow brotha).
Tomorrow is going to be baseball overload with Rockies Fest, so today I’m just going easy on you. Both kids will be with me tomorrow partaking in the festivities.
Dan, I’ll say it again..Thanks man.
I came across some funny names of places in England and thought you might get a kick out of them. Have fun with this, I did. Thanks..J
Below, we have the road less traveled. Beware of hitchhikers when traveling down this stretch of pavement.. On the plus side, they do clean this road on a regular basis.
The places on the map are real folks. I recommend you stay away from Crotch Crescent and Pratt’s bottom, or at least stay upwind.
The more I work on this entry the less I want to visit Europe.
It’s just as bad here in the states. However, below is a place I wouldn’t have minded visiting more in High School. I heard TV’s are banned in Lancaster County.
Ms. Hummer ran for City Council but in Intercourse but her skills didn’t exactly fit the job.
Just so you know some milk has HGH in it, so always buy your milk from a trusted source.
And remember folks if you find yourself at this intersection in life…
Be careful please…
Not only am I always looking out for you, I’ll be coming at you with all kinds of Rockies stuff tomorrow.
Thanks again for making the Rockpile Rant number 6.
My season begins tomorrow, stay tuned to see if I get to meet Todd Helton…D
I suggest you better get up early if you plan on getting there before Hunter and I.
Only 11 more days. If you haven’t figured it out, I’m a countdown kind of guy.
Countdowns are really just foreplay with numbers.
• When: Saturday, January 24, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
• Where: Coors Field – Suite Level, Club Level and Lower Level; all activities will take place indoors. Public Parking ($5) is available in Lot A. Enter at Gate A or Gate C.
• Who: Players scheduled to appear include Garrett Atkins, Jeff Baker, Clint Barmes, Aaron Cook, Manuel Corpas, Jorge De La Rosa, Alan Embree, Jeff Francis, Brad Hawpe, Todd Helton, Jason Hirsh, Chris Iannetta, Omar Quintanilla, Glendon Rusch, Seth Smith, Greg Smith, Ryan Spilborghs, Ian Stewart, Huston Street and Troy Tulowitzki. Manager Clint Hurdle will be joined by coaches Bob Apodaca, Don Baylor, Rich Dauer, Glenallen Hill, Brian Jordan, Mark Strittmatter, Jim Tracy and Jim Wright. Twenty additional Rockies Minor League players will also be in attendance. (subject to change)
• Major League Player Autograph Sessions – ticketed events
• Minor League Player Autograph Sessions – open to all guests
• Live Stage Events featuring Player/Coach Interviews – ticketed events
• Rockies Museum – open to all guests and featuring an array of Rockies memorabilia, including nearly 100 items never before displayed
• Interactive Area – the left field Club Level concourse will be filled with games and interactives for all ages
• Video Game Area – enter to win a chance to play against a Rockies player
• Dinger Autographs – open to all fans
• Kids Story Telling hosted by various Major League Players – open to kids
• Carnival Games – kids will be entertained by face painters, balloon artists, games and craft tables
• Anthem Tryouts – give your best on-camera performance and you might sing the anthem on the field this summer
• Fantasy Radio and Television Booths – call the game and walk away with your work
• Tour the Ballpark – Home and Visiting Clubhouses, Press Box and more to see.
What exactly does an autograph session consist of? Is it one player, three players, or the whole team? Your Rockies Fest ticket gets you one autograph session and one player interview. How long is the interview? Can I get it on video or record it? Can I ask the player I’m interviewing for an autograph?
That’s the player interview that I want. If I wind up getting him, I’ll probably freeze up and be speechless.
Seriously, I’m not sure I could interview Todd. I can’t tell you what might happen.
Todd and I have a lot in common, if you add up the numbers on his jersey, that’s exactly how many letters that are in my last name.
I used to sport a goatee, and I play first base too. See, he and I could be BFF’s.
Will there be snacks be served?
Can we sneak down and take pictures of the humidor?
Is there a special Dinger dinosaur bathroom?
If there is can I take a whiz in it for schits and giggles?
Details, I like lots of details.
Good details can eliminate the need for questions. Eliminating the need for questions gives me time and peace of mind. Having peace of mind lets me relax and have a good time. Having a good time enourages me to spend more money. Me happy and spending money gives the Rockies more money. The Rockies with more money from their happy fans allows them to purchase more talent. More talent can pave the way to a World Series.
So now can you see how just giving good details to begin with can do wonders? It’s always the little things that make the difference…D
I was wondering if someone might be able to help me out with this little mystery. I got a really good deal a a few 2007 World Series baseballs that I plan on getting signed either at Rockies Fest or spring training.
One of the baseballs showed up with an autograph already on it. I’ve spent a few hours researching this already. I haven’t given up, I’m just seeing if anyone out there might have a clue. I’m using my resources…Yeah that’s it.
Now common sense tells me the autograph is hopefully someone from the Rockies or the Red Sox because it’s a 2007 World Series ball. But you never know? I owe someone a drink if you figure this one out…D
That makes two Rockies who have received invitations. Brad Hawpe also has an invite but at this point he hasn’t committed.
I can’t wait to see Todd Helton back in the Rockies lineup.
Lets hope his back will back him up.
When Todd’s out on first base, everything seems right. When he’s at bat, anything can happen.
I miss that feeling, don’t you?
Speaking of Todd Helton, my friend Dan Sauvageau came over the other day and gave me a little gift.
He must know I’m a huge Helton fan because he gave me a Todd Helton Golden Glove bobble head from 2002.
The Rockies don’t have that many bobble heads compared to other teams and this one is REALLY cool. Notice the bright gold glove. Nice detail on this piece.
Thank you Dan, that was really cool man.
Dan has agreed to be my first Rockies Fan Profile of the regular season. I think that’s appropriate because Dan was the first person to ever come up to me and ask “Are you the Rockpile Ranter?”.
Dan is a good dude and I hope during that Fan Profile to be able to tell you about some of the really cool things Dan does for other Rockies fans.
There are many readers of this blog who can testify to Dan’s kindness and generosity. I
I mentioned Dan to my to my friends Gary and David, at first Gary didn’t understand and said “What you talking about Ranter”, but after he realized who were talking about, he and David agree Dan is a stand up guy.
In Nuggets news, goodbye Chucky Atkins. I really liked Chucky but the poor dude barely got any playing hardwood time.
We traded Chucky, a draft pick and cash considerations for center Johan Petro and a future draft pick from Oklahoma City, January 7th.
The Nuggets acquired center Johan Petro and a second-round-draft pick from Oklahoma City on Jan. 7, in exchange for guard Chucky Atkins, a first-round-draft pick and cash considerations.
Petro was averaging 4.6 ppg and 4.3 rpg in 22 games for the Thunder this season.
A few weeks back I received an email from a friend/Rockies regular that I’ve blogged about this season. The email had an attachment.
Well not quite, it’s free but it’s limited to 5000 people and you have to be a season ticket holder to be able to reserve a ticket.
I would have mentioned this event earlier but I wasn’t 100% sure I had a ticket for Hunter and I.
Thanks to the above stated “Rockies regular”, (I’ll give out his name if I get permission), I’ll have two tickets for Hunter and I to attend this first annual Rockies/fan extravaganza.
No worries there, the fewer people in attendance the better. Shorter lines and elbow room are always a plus.
I went to the Bronco’s Fan Fair this year and it was a two day freggin madhouse. This event should be a little more manageable and enjoyable for all concerned.
The best part of of all of this is if Todd Helton is there, I’ll finally get to meet my favorite ballplayer face to face and get his autograph and hopefully a picture.
I feel like Earl, the way I’m crossing things off of my ”Things to do before I croak” list.
I’ll finally be able to get autographs from the Rockies players whose signatures are a little more difficult to acquire.
Names such as Brad Hawpe, Garrett Atkins, Yorvit Torealba and the above mentioned Todd Helton).
Now all this gets me to thinking, what am I going to get autographed at this event?
I know exactly what I want Todd Helton to autograph,… a 2007 World Series baseball. I think I’ll bring a couple of those, there’s still a few guys left on the team from Rocktober 2007.
(Note: there is some fine print that states that select autograph sessions and other events will be ticketed seperately, I’m not sure what that means yet).
(This is not the Mobile Blogging Unit—>)
I plan to inform them we’ll be bloggin from the Mobile Blogging Unit in Tucson at the start of spring training.
I just want them to remember my face so we get some love down in Tucson..
So I wonder, do we get a tour?
I’d love to get to go behind the mechanical scoreboard, snap a picture of the locker rooms, or maybe even tour the humidor.
You know, the full fan treatment.
This is going to be fun, as long as we get some sun…D
A little while back I did an entry about bet I made with a guy I work named Todd.
The bet was which of our teams would win more games by the end of the season. The loser had to wear the winners teams jersey. He proposed the bet, and I accepted.
I actually won the bet before the Rockies played their last series with the D-Backs. Good thing cause the Rockies lost all three. Todd was a good sport and wore the Todd Helton Jersey all day. He did however have a Giants T-Shirt and cap on.He said he didn’t want the Jersey touching his skin…
I would have done the same thing.
So for the world to see, here is Todd sporting none other Todd Helton #17 Jersey..
Sorry for the blurry pic, It was the only one I was able to get.
You know there were some pissed off Giants fans leaving AT&T park last night. I myself have felt like that several times this season.
All I heard today was “why didn’t the Rockies play like that last month, why now?”.
To which I replied “why the hell are you asking me, I’m wondering the same thing myself”.
Too little, too late, ahh whatever. It was still fun to watch and I’m officially three wins up on my bet.
If the Rockies win tonight I’ll be bringing that Rockies Jersey into work tomorrow for the Giants fan who thought up this bet to wear. Oh, and the loser’s picture gets posted on here. He is a good sport, I think.
Hope I’m not celebrating too early?
Just heard some scary news. My favorite player is going to go under the knife. Todd Helton is going to have what’s called a microdisectomy
next tuesday. That just sounds uncomfortable.
They are going to remove part of his bulging L5 disc to hopefully alleviate pressure on the nerve that has been messing with him.
Congrats to Chris Iannetta !
Chris’s two run double gave him 65 RBI for the season. That was enough for him to surpass former Rockie Brent Mayne’s club record of 64 RBI in 2000.
Willy has a stress fracture of his right tibea. His season is officially done. Good luck Speedy! I hope you heal as fast as you run.
The Rockies owned this game. They won 15-6. I was skeptical of Hernandez, but he had two of the Rockies eighteen hits himself.
Livan gave up five runs with twelve hits in seven innings. He is now (13-11).
I do plan to blog about the playoffs but I just can’t seem to blog about other teams while my team is still playing and winning.
Game 3 vs the Giants is tonight is at 8:15 MST. Only four games left.