Happy Weekend

Hi Y’All !
Thank you for dropping in —
I hope you’re enjoying the Muscleheaded Blog !

happy weekend .

I’ve taken off to see some
distant places and familiar faces –
I’ll be back on Wednesday.

In the meantime,
if you have suggestions,
questions, or submissions,
I’d love to read ’em !!!

….. and please drop me a line
or a comment if you like
what you see.

Happy Weekend Y’all !!!! .

!!! HOY !!!

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The Müscleheaded Blog

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Welcome to the new home of the Müscleheaded Blog.

My name is Chris, and I’m a mature, married, Southern power-lifter who likes to hear himself write.

I’m a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a graduate of the Brown Institute, and until recently competed in Masters Strongman, although I still train hard and heavy.

Snarky humor, vintage pinups, and weirdos in the news are just a few of the things I like ……

And I’ve been known to sneak all kinds of things in this here blog.

You really never know what’s gonna be showing up next.

So, my advice would be to subscribe, and try to visit right-regular like.

My blog theme is called ‘Dusk to Dawn’, and it’s kinda appropriate, since I’m usually here in the late evening/early morning EST.

a1It’s also rather androcentric and iconoclastic—

so, if you offend easily, can’t stand sexual references, or if you just hate men,

please take a raincheck on the follow, with no hard feelings.

I don’t consider masculinity a ‘persona’ or a ‘put on’….

— it’s simply how men are, and should be.

If you don’t like the way I express that,
well, that’s tough.
See ya.

How you read my posts, whether you want to take them at face value, or whether you want to look harder, well, I leave that up to you.

Art, if that’s what it is, always means something different to the viewer than the creator… so, don’t let that worry you none.

A lot of the art featured on the Muscleheaded Blog is vintage —

I like to collect postcards and published ephemera from the early 1900’s in particular….

….. and you’ll see a lot of my collection here.

If you want to know more about the Muscleheaded Blog,
you can read my post:  ” Just What The Hell Is It All About Anyway?

You can also visit my online gym, which features articles about fitness, strength, and gym culture–
at http://muscleheadgym.wordpress.com .

I love motorcycles–
my most popular post, on British Motorcycles, is here.

I also like to write about travel…
like: ” The Beaches of St. John, USVI

Do you like vintage pin ups?
Well, we have an awful lot of posts on that subject to choose from,
but you can start here: ” The Pin Up Art of Gil Elvgren ” —

or– ” The Sensual Art of Raphael Kirchner ” .

( There’s an index on that post that will lead you to a lot of other posts about Pin Up Artists, too. )

You can read what I like to call my best general art blogs:
The Art of Maxfield Parrish
or
“The Poster Art of Leonetto Cappiello” .

You could read one of my humor blogs like:
“Weirdly Radioactive “,
Misogyny and You
or
“Advice for the Hopelessly Hopeless“.

Yeah…

I’m thinking one of those posts might let you know what you’re really letting yourself in for.

lossecannonA loose cannon?

Sure.

Hey, like it or lump it …

I never said this blog was for everyone.

Submissions are always welcome-

I’m trying very hard to make this blog interactive,

… and I love to get mail !

Please send them to carolinamuscle@outlook.com .

I sincerely appreciate visitors, and enjoy reading comments to my posts.

So, jump on and hold tight…

The only thing I’ll promise ya is a wild ride.

HOY!

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Sunday Morning Music

a1Hi and
Welcome Once Again
to Sunday Morning Music !

I hope you’re having a
Good Morning !!!

To some extent,
Our Sunday Morning
Music post this week
is sorta a continuation
of last week’s post —

— we had so much great music lined up,
we couldn’t possibly get it all in that one.

I’m chompin’ at the bit to get back at it.

recordsSo—

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Candy Dulfer :
How It’s Done

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Stevie Nicks —
” Stand Back – 12 “

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Beverly Bremers —
” Don’t Say You
Don’t Remember

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Olivia Newton John —
” Magic – 12 “

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Sandpipers —
” Come Saturday Morning ” 

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Petula Clark —
” My Love Is Warmer
Than The Sunshine” 

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Candy Dulfer:
Sincerity

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Rolling Stones —
” She’s Like A Rainbow ” 

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Sons of Champlin —j
” Here Is Where Your
Love Belongs ” 

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Stevie Wonder —
” Another Star ”

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Robert Palmer —
” Every Kind of People ” 

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Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio —
” Jack and Jill ” 

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Candy Dulfer:
Hey Now

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Fortunes —
” Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling ” 

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Starbuck —
” Moonlight Feels Right – 12 ” 

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Walker Brothers —
” The Sun Ain’t Gonna
Shine Anymore “

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Rupert Holmes —
” Him ” rock

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Boz Scaggs with Duane Allman —
” Loan Me A Dime “

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Lemon Pipers —
” Green Tambourine” 

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Johnny Cash —
City of New Orleans

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Troggs —
” Love Is All Around ” 

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Carl Carlton —
” Everlasting Love – 12 ” 

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The Four Seasons —
Who Loves You – 12 “

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Candy Dulfer :
Hold Up

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HOY !!!

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The 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt

When one thinks
of a car designed
for the pre-World War II automotive marketplace, one would
have certain expectations —

rather boxy things,
elongated from
the ‘C’ pillar
back and from
the ‘A’ pillar
forward –

– big chrome grills,
massive bumpers often
with running boards….

and without a trace
of aerodynamic styling.

So our featured car today –
the 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt ,
won’t fail to surprise most folks.

For one thing, the exterior
styling, designed by
Alex Tremulis
(of Tucker fame),
is much more akin to cars
that were put into production
10 years later —
— the 1951 Ford Custom,
for instance.

The lag in progress,
if you want to call it that,
was simply due to the
onset of World War II–

Car manufacturers put
their designs for consumer
vehicles on the back burner
and went about building
the tanks, airplanes, trucks
and stuff to aid the war effort.

And directly after the war,
most car companies went
right back where they left off-

building the same models
and using the old toolings
stamps and templates —

Any real innovations took
years of peacetime and a
large amount of capital to
come to practical fruition,
and it was well into
the 1950’s before
consumers really started
to see them applied
directly to the marketplace.

So, there was, for all
practical purposes,
a ten year lag in
development and
automotive creativity.

This can clearly be seen
when we look at the
1941 Thunderbolt :

the “A” pillar was deleted
on this car, which had
an all aluminum-body
(with the exception of
the steel hood
and deck lid) ,
which featured
all kinds of
technological accomplishments –
like an electrically retractable roof –

(not seen in the United States
on a production car until the
1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner ),

plus hydraulically
powered windows,
push button door handles,
concealed vacuum
activated headlamps,
Lucite-edged
back-lit gauges,
vertically mounted
and inset radio,
and with a push button
Chrysler Fluid Drive
automatic transmission.

A two-seater coupe,
it was powered
by a 323.5 cubic-inch
straight-eight
“Spitfire” engine capable of
producing 143 horsepower,
used an independent front
suspension with coil springs,
and a live rear axle with
semi-elliptic leaf springs.

First shown at the New York
Auto Show in October, 1940
there were a total of 6 Thunderbolts
manufactured, each with it’s
own unique color scheme,
and of these, 4 are known
to have survived.

If you wanted to drive one –
well,
up until December 2016-

you could have at least seen
a silver Thunderbolt at the
Walter P. Chrysler Museum
located in Auburn Hills, Michigan,
but that place has since closed down-

-a red Thunderbolt
(remember, each one had
it’s own color scheme)
sold at auction in 2006
for over a million dollars,

-and a green one that once
belonged to actor Bruce Cabot
went for just under a million
in 2011.

But you know,
with enough $$$$ ,
I guess anything’s possible.

Umm.. yeah.

HOY !