“This is nuts – absolutely nuts”

Those were the words of a WWII veteran in regards to the government shutdown. I think the observation is dead on – it is absolutely nuts. How in the world can the Republican party allow a small fraction of the party to wield such influence in trying to undo what elections and supreme court has already made and confirmed into law? It just defeats common sense how anyone could attempt to deny healthcare to the people of the country and feel good about it.

The New South Concourse at Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX begins operation

The new South Concourse of the Tom Bradley Terminal at LAX. Copyrigth 2010 Fentress Architects/Los Angles World Airports
The new South Concourse of the Tom Bradley Terminal at LAX. Copyrigth 2010 Fentress Architects/Los Angeles World Airports

The newly built South Concourse at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) opened for service today, with Mayor Eric Garcetti and previous Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa among others present. The Architecture looks interesting from the outside and the roofline is meant to invoke breaking waves against the shores of the Pacific Ocean, that lies just west of the airport, in our minds. The new concourse is also ready to handle “Group 6” aircraft which includes the Airbus A380 double decked aircraft which is currently the biggest passenger jet as measured both by number of passengers and in size.

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Classic Car Week in Rättvik Sweden

Ford Edsel
Ford Edsel

Sweden is said to have the most restored 50’s U.S. made cars in the world. For example, although only 2 1958 Cadillac convertibles were originally sold in Sweden today there are over 200 of them registered in Sweden. Every year there are thousands of U.S. made classic cars imported into Sweden. In the town of Rättvik by lake Siljan in the landscape of Dalarna (Dalecarlia) there is an annual event called “Classic Car Week” , where thousands of proud owners show off their (mostly) restored classic cars. TheLosAngeleno was there and brought some pictures for your enjoyment!

It's a Chevy
It’s a Chevy
Low Resto
Low Resto

 

Thunderbird
Thunderbird
Volvo
Volvo
Vauxhall Cresta circa 1954-57 probably.
Vauxhall Cresta circa 1954-57 probably.

 

Chevy Impala, looks like it could be a 1959 model year
Chevy Impala, looks like it could be a 1959 model year

 

Looks to be a circa 1955 Chevy Bel Air
Looks to be a circa 1955 Chevy Bel Air

 

Dodge Coronet - looks like a late 1950's model
Dodge Coronet – looks like a late 1950’s model. Notice the open hood – it’s crusing on a warm sumer night in Sweden and it prevents overheating to leave the hood slightly open.

We will add more pictures shortly, stay tuned!

 

 

The King & Queen of Sweden arrives in Småland to spend time in their summer castle on Öland

I can highly recommend for any U.S. citizen that want to broaden their views to travel to Europe, spend some time in Spain, Italy, France and of course don’t forget Scandinavia. I just arrived in Sweden form southern Europe last night, and this morning I boarded a flight that essentially replicated my first flight (see earlier post). It was a different plane and a different airport in Stockholm, the old Bromma airport was the airport then, today Arlanda is the big commercial airport in Stockholm. As it happened, I found myself on the flight on the small Saab 2000 (50-58 passenger 2 engine turbo-prop)

Saab 2000 turbo prop
Saab 2000 turbo prop

with the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf and his Queen Silvia. They were on their way to their summer castle on the island of Öland off the coast of Småland (birthplace of Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of IKEA) to spend some time there. I even had the chance of wishing them a relaxing time off at the castle. They are both very nice people and Queen Silvia has a most engaging smile – she is a beautiful Queen!

Here is the Queen in the passenger seat and the King driving for their trip over the bridge to the island and their summer castle.

King Carl XVI Gustaf in their Volvo wagon
King Carl XVI Gustaf in their Volvo wagon

The security detail followed in the standard issue black Volvo sedan.

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