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1940 Packard One Eighty

There was no place for Dutch Darrin, customizer of the 1940 Packard One Eighty, to go but home.
After 15 glorious years of designing exclusive full-custom automobile bodies in Paris — first in partnership with fellow American Thomas Hibbard, then with a banker named Fernandez — he sensed the day of such highly individualized motor cars was passing. So, in 1937, Howard Addi?son Darrin, born 40 years earlier in Cranford, New Jersey, forsook the “City of Lights” for the “City of Angels.”
Darrin set up in Holly?wood, there to fashion customized variations of production cars he felt would appeal primarily to the free-spending film community. One of his early ideas was to cut the roof off of a “junior” Packard Eight/One Twenty coupe, replace it with a convertible top, and lower the hoodline.
This he did several times for a client list that would have made for quite a fine credit roll at the end of a Tinseltown blockbuster. Then the Packard Motor Car Com?pany, that proper bastion of luxury-class motoring located in hard-working Detroit, got wind of what Dutch Darrin was doing in sun-drenched, fun-loving California.
Packard management elected to give its sanction to Darrin’s efforts, carrying the custom models (which also included a four-door convertible and a notchback four-door sedan) in its 1940 catalog and placing a chrome script of Darrin’s signature on the cars.
But there were conditions. Dutch favored the One Twenty for being light and easy to modify, but the company wanted him to build most of the cars on the Custom Super Eight (or One Eighty) chassis. The $4,593 Convertible Victoria, as the two-door soft top was billed, rode a 127-inch wheelbase.
Aside from sectioning the hood and radiator shell to lower its profile, the Vic?toria had cut-down doors. Despite the “roadster” look of its thin windshield frame, it was a true convertible with roll-up side windows. The Darrins were the first Packards without running boards. Initially built in the former Auburn body plant in Indi?ana, production later shifted to Ohio funeral-car builder Sayers & Scoville. Victorias were made until 1942.
The restored 1940 Darrin Victoria featured here is owned by David Miller, of Orange, California. It is powered by a 356-cubic-inch L-head straight-eight engine. The powerplant’s 160 horsepower are driven through a three-speed transmission with overdrive.

Can You Continue to Exercise With a Bone Spur?

A bone spur is a bony growth that can appear along the edge of any bone. Also known as osteophytes, bone spurs do not always cause pain. However, when they form on joints that rub against each other, your foot or your spine, they can place added pressure on your nerves, resulting in pain and discomfort, especially when you exercise because you are putting more pressure on your bones.
Bone spurs can further complicate a condition because they most often are the result of another condition. For example, when your ligaments wear down due to osteoarthritis, the body attempts to repair itself by growing a bone spur. Other conditions that may cause bone spurs include Spondolysis or spinal stenosis, which refer to degeneration of the disks in your spine. Plantar fasciitis, when your connective tissue in the heel and foot becomes irritated, also may cause bone spurs to develop. These conditions can restrict your movement capabilities, which can make it more difficult to exercise and may necessitate choosing only low-impact activities for exercise, such as cycling, walking, swimming or using an elliptical machine.
If you experience nerve pain that may be related to a bone spur, see your physician. He may perform a physical examination and imaging scans to test for bone spurs. If you are diagnosed with a bone spur, ask your physician if it could be the result of complicating factors. Also ask if this should change the way you exercise. For example, a bone spur in the knee that indicates osteoarthritis may mean you should re-examine high-impact activities like your weekly football league or sprints, which can place too much strain on your joints.
If you do experience a bone spur, it may be best to take a short rest period from exercise to relieve the pressure and inflammation on the bone spur area. Take one to two weeks off. During this time, take anti-inflammatory medications and ice the affected area three times a day for 10 to 15 minutes. You may wish to perform gentle exercises to maintain flexibility. Warm up with a five-minute walk, then stretch your major muscle groups, paying special attention to where you experience the bone spur. This can help relieve the degree to which the bone spur presses on your nerve.
Sometimes bone spurs can break off from the bone and travel to the lining of a joint. When these become embedded, you may experience locking of the joint with exercise, such as a knee or elbow locking. This can be dangerous for your exercise routine because if your joint locks while lifting a weight, using a treadmill or on the playing field, you are at an increased risk for injury. If you experience this symptom, see your physician immediately to mitigate the problem.

Tips for High School Soccer Tryouts

Soccer tryouts give you a chance to shine and show that you¡¯ve got game. Preparation can take the pressure off and allow you to go in with the right mindset. Coaches look for a mix of energy, skills and attitude at the high school level, and you can take steps to give yourself the best opportunity to make the team.
Tryout dates vary, but typically they commence at the beginning or middle of August. You want to arrive as fit as possible. Be prepared to take the Cooper test, which measures how far you can run in 12 minutes, and to sprint distances as directed by the coach, either the 40-yard dash or shuttles from the goal line to the 10-yard line and back, the 20-yard line and back, the 30-yard line and back all the way to the 100-yard line and back. Work backward on your calendar from August, and train to increase your running speed and endurance, beginning in June or earlier. On your own or with a personal trainer, work on interval training, combining alternating jogging and sprints, to prepare.
You¡¯ll be set up with a group of fellow hopefuls in games that may be 1v1, 4v4 or 9v9 to see how you handle the ball. Prepare by playing small-sided games with your friends or at a pickup venue; you may be able to find an impromptu weekend or weeknight game on a university or city park athletic field, for example. Anticipate drills testing your ability to receive the ball aerially and head it, so take a ball and a friend or two to a park with a soccer net to work on heading the ball into score, ideally against a defender. When your friends aren¡¯t available, juggle the ball on your own to improve your foot skills.
Arrive well rested, with a good night¡¯s sleep the night before. Talk to the coach ahead of time about what to expect. Give 100 percent on each drill and show your work ethic. Coaches can teach skills but they can¡¯t coach effort; a display of good effort will catch their eyes. Work well with your teammates. Coaches tend to look for a positive attitude and teamwork as much or more than skills or athleticism. Bring your most cheerful, cooperative, team-oriented self to the tryout.
Play in a position at which you are comfortable, recommends Michael Duggan, director of coaching with the Carlsbad Lightning soccer club in California. His colleague, Paul Holohan, who directs the club¡¯s elite boys program, adds, ¡°Don¡¯t be nervous. Just go out and do the best you can. Try to play the position you know best. Go play and enjoy it.¡± Work hard to score, to provide assists and to defend; the coach at your tryout will be putting a checkmark by your name indicating success at these tasks. Share the ball.

How do they superimpose the first-down line onto the field on televised football games?

This is one of those things that sounds really simple in theory but ends up being incredibly complicated when you actually try to do it! The system that ESPN uses to paint the line is called “1st and Ten” and is created by a company called Sportvision.
The simplest description of this system is: The first-down line is drawn on the field with a computer so that viewers seeing the game on TV can see the line as though it were painted on the field. Here are some of the problems that have to be solved in order for this system to work:
There are probably several other complications, as well… It’s a tough problem!
To solve these problems, the creators of the 1st and Ten system combine hardware and software. First, each camera must have a very sensitive encoder attached to it that can read the camera’s angle, tilt, zoom and so on, and send that information to the system. The system must also have a detailed 3-D model of the field so that it knows where each yard line is. By integrating the tilt, pan and zoom information with the 3-D model, the system can begin to calculate where the line should go. Then the system uses color palettes for the field and the players/referees/ball to recognize, pixel by pixel, whether it is looking at the field or something else. This way, only the field gets painted.
According to the Sportvision Web site, all of this computation requires a lot of equipment: “There are eight computers (four SGIs and one PC and three special purpose data acquisition computers), three sets of special encoders and abundant wiring dedicated to generating the virtual first down line in video format.” Who would have thought…
These links will help you learn more:

How to Keep White Polyester Sport Clothing White

Polyester is a breathable and stretchy fabric, which makes it great for sports and athletic wear. White polyester can make your sports gear stand out, on a team or even on the road at night, but it can also start to yellow and look dirty after many uses. Keeping white polyester sports clothes clean is easy with a few extra steps when washing them.
Mix together in a bowl two parts warm water to one part baking soda. Stir and add water or baking soda as needed to make a thin, watery paste.
Dip a toothbrush into the bowl to collect the paste and then gently brush the paste into any stained areas of white fabric. Dip again and apply it on the inside of the fabric as well, in order to get at stains from both sides. Repeat steps until all stained areas are covered.
Allow the baking soda paste to set into the fabric for one hour. Collect the garments and begin washing them as directed with your normal detergent. Typically a warm wash is used on polyester fabrics, but mind the tag to ensure you are treating your specific garment correctly.
Pour a ? cup of distilled white vinegar into the washer when the rinse cycle begins. The vinegar will further help with stain removal, while freshening and whitening clothes. For a large load, add another ? cup of vinegar.
Dry garments as directed or allow to air dry to ensure there is minimum shrinkage. If any stains persist, repeat the previous steps a few more times.

Willis Reed

Position: Center
Willis Reed was the New York Knicks’ most popular player when the team won the NBA championships in 1970 and 1973. He was New York’s working-class hero, a brawler who led with quiet determination, soft left-handed jump shots, and an occasional forearm shiver. In his first seven seasons, he paced the Knicks in scoring five times and in rebounding six.
In 1970, he became the first player ever named MVP of the regular season, the All-Star Game, and the NBA Finals in the same season. Born June 25, 1942, in rural Hico, Louisiana, Reed began playing basketball as a 6’2″ eighth-grader. After enjoying great success in high school, he went to nearby Grambling College, an all-black school famous for its football teams.
Reed averaged 18.7 points and 15.2 rebounds in four seasons and made Little All-America three times. Ignored in the first round of the 1964 draft, Reed launched his professional career with a flourish, winning the Rookie of the Year Award. In his second season, the Knicks acquired center Walt Bellamy, pushing the 6’10”, 240-pound Reed to forward, where he stayed three seasons.
In the 1969-1970 season, with Reed back at center and contributing 21.7 points and 13.9 rebounds a game, the Knicks won 60 games and sped through the Eastern Conference playoffs, beating the Baltimore Bullets (Reed had 36 points and 36 rebounds in the last game) and the Milwaukee Bucks.
In the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, Reed suffered a thigh injury and the Knicks lost Game 6 by 22 points. But Reed, his body loaded with mepivacaine and cortisone, returned gallantly for Game 7 to score two quick baskets, igniting a runaway Knicks victory. Reed never regained full use of his damaged knees. He endured the 1970-1971 season by taking cortisone injections, then played only 11 games in 1971-1972 after undergoing surgery.
His last hurrah was in the 1973 playoffs, when he neutralized the Lakers’ Wilt Chamberlain and won his second Finals MVP Award. Reed retired in 1974 and later coached the Knicks, Creighton University, and the New Jersey Nets. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1981.

How Roller Derby Works

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The Normal Resting Heart Rate for a Healthy 15-Year-Old Female

Normal resting heart rates, or “pulses,” for people over 10 years old are between 60 and 100 beats per minute, although very well trained athletes may have resting heart rates as low as 40 beats per minute. As many different factors may affect your heart rate, you should not worry about occasional variations, but if your heart rate is consistently above or below this range, you should consult your physician.
You should measure your resting heart rate when you have been resting for at least 10 minutes; just before you get out of bed in the morning is ideal. The most convenient places on your body to measure your heart rate are at the wrist and neck. To locate the pulse point on your wrist, hold the index and middle finger of one hand together and gently slide them over the area on the inside of the opposite wrist below your thumb until you locate your pulse. On your neck, locate the pulse in the hollow beside your Adam’s apple. Using a timer that displays seconds, count the number of beats for a full minute for the most accurate result.
Your body size and fitness level affect your heart rate, as do normal individual variations. Other factors that may vary from day to day can also affect resting heart rate, including activity level (for example, having just completed a marathon or triathlon), medications, air temperature, body position and even your emotional state. If you want a reliable estimate of your resting heart rate, you should measure it a few times over the course of a week or two to compensate for minor situational variations.
Your maximum heart rate is either approximated based on your age or measured by a maximal exercise test. To calculate your approximate maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220. The approximate maximum heart rate for a 15-year-old would be 220 minus 15, or 205.
Your target heart rate for exercise is calculated as a percentage of your maximum heart rate. For moderate exercise, aim for 50 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate, which for a 15-year-old would be 102 to 143 beats per minute, and for vigorous exercise, 70 to 85 percent, which would be 143 to 174 beats per minute. Before starting an exercise program, consult your health care provider.

The Bundesliga 24

you should talk about dortmund, but for weeks about dortmund constantly the same written, always the same written by the bank the same is written the same the same the same, so much the same, that it was actually the same might be. so varied that dortmund game is an uninspired are the questions it raises.
well, dortmund’s master, and all want to see why. however, much more puzzling, why the other after the gladbacher, descend, because they will be.
if it is with a cipher, the igor de camargo. or else, it just doesn’t add up. igor, that are helping shape the scheibenwelt novels that arise with and those scars, an award. de camargo, this is a wohlklingender alias, the composer and sculptor wore, the aura of the essential swept. that is not, of course, but i hope so anschlussfähig.
igor de camargo, on the other hand, is always so unangeschlossen front in the area, had the gladbacher a communists in the defense would send tanks forward. you can see already that de camargo what can that he is with the ball to know that he who is, and ideas. but hold on: almost always wrong. and then when he makes the decisive goal against frankfurt, he gets against st. pauli the vital red card.
it’s a cipher, no explanation, for a coherent explanation for gladbachs decline doesn’t occur to me. there are, of course, the injured, the many errors, there is the pitch, borussias most loyal fan. there’s this indecision, the gladbacher in crucial situations in crucial games in the day, there’s a goalkeeper, sometimes flattrig like a dream catcher works, and there is a defensive midfield, the maximum every second match wins. and that was only reluctantly.
why borussia dortmund is so successful, i know i don’t have to explain again, thank you very much. but what this intact, compact gladbacher team a year ago happened, i really like that again.
– it’s an oscar.

in englishman in berlin: what you think if you from ipswich in east berlin, the mills aufgschrieben. only because of the eingangskalauers i ketchup cried:
it was the dog of times. we travelled to the far, far east of the old east berlin, to a magical place, a forest kingdom under the spell of barbeque.
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well, this sentence with the intact team heard i go more often and keep it quite simply wrong. look at the tables of the last two seasons, there is gladbachs gegentorkonto with 62 and 60 gates to beech. this is a very critical value, the responsible but apparently was no reason in the defensive play to invest or to adjust. the only good man is dante, this season but also often more than unhappy and penalty is felt on a bun causes. he is practically a victim under the wrong orientation the defensive or the poor quality of the hintermannschaft. two years ago, saved you with incredible happiness on the last day, last season erspielte one run and a youth on their own conditions, so that the very moderate rematch, the class to keep their own weaknesses and hide. at the beginning of this season has been from the gladbacher of uefa cup ’bout, inspired by the 6: 3 in leverkusen. apparently, dazzled the own goals on (as always) across many neighbours from dortmund. what followed was a coach in the regular clapping and looked everywhere for the mistake, but not for himself. the 4: 0 in the derby against cologne is a sticking point: like an oasis in the midst of honored more defeats is this game and was the team about their deficits across. instead, it is better to defeat with these great victories as a true indicator of strength. this has frontzeck responsibility and his bosom buddy max „rautenpollunder “eberl encouraged him. why he was frontzeck holte, remains a mystery. the man so nice he also trained interwievs appears before aachen and bielefeld in the second league. now there’s first-team, but much too late still really rumzureißen. for the time is at 59. !! gegentoren and that is happy when you consider how many gates alone wolfsburg with less luck would have been able to achieve this weekend.
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