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01.02.16

So here we sit, 2 years since our last Christmas card, or has it been longer? Probably just two. This is the start of year #2 in our home in Wildwood. We moved into the house in November 2014 and have been loving it out here on the far side of West County ever since.

01.31.09
So I didn't get a chance to blog about this Thursday, but it was the anniversary of our first meeting. We went to dinner at the Applebees in Ballwin, the location of our first meeting and dinner!
01.04.09

If you haven't seen our website tracking our move to Colorado be sure to check it out at www.going2colorado.com

09.20.08
Natalie and I made it home from the 2008 TireRack Solo Nationals today. I'll post an update on www.corvettez06.org tomorrow with a recap of the week.
06.12.08

Both of our sports are in full swing by now. I've been out of town racing more than I have been in town racing, so far I've only been at 1 local event this year.

Natalie has been to a couple of out of town shows as well as the recent SLADS show here in town which she triumphed at! More on results later!

01.30.08
This evening will be the anniversary of the first time I met Natalie, three years ago! It's hard to believe it has only been three years, and we've been married over a year now. I love you very much Natalie!
01.16.08
So Natalie and I are both off to a decent start with exercising in 2008. Stay tuned as I develop some cool DotNetNuke modules to help us track our fitness goals! I'm working on getting http://ChrisHammond.com converted to DotNetNuke and then will have some time to work on these...
12.04.07
Natalie and I had a GREAT first year! The second year looks to be even better! Stay tuned in 2008 as we hope to have more and more...
09.03.07
We just returned from spending Labor Day weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks. Wow, amazing weekend, great weather. A lot of fun, a lot of sun! I'm off to DC tomorrow...
08.03.07
Yet again Auntie Carol had her famous Edy's Ice Cream Party, and yet again no one from her family was invited!...
07.16.07
Natalie and students just returned from Columbia. I'm hoping to get more details when she wakes up tomorrow, but I know she did very well this...
07.06.07
So the headline is a little early, but we all know the inevitable will happen. I've always been a Bonds hater, I don't like the guy, don't think he should get the opportunity to break the record. But I've also come to accept that it will happen, and I'm going to try to be there! I've got two Standing Room tickets to the game on Sunday. I don't plan on using them, there's a race on Sunday. But if by chance Barry Bonds hits 2-3 homers Friday and Saturday that will put him within reach of Hank Aaron's record on Sunday, and for that I'll miss, or leave early, the...
07.05.07
Yesterday was a busy Fourth of July. Natalie and Fabien got up and rode in the morning, I slept in, though I had planned on getting work done on the 240z. Around noon we left the house and headed west. We looked at a few properties for sale, two in Wildwood and one down south of Pacific. The good one in Wildwood is amazing, and might just work out for us, so we're going to try to go get a tour of it very soon. It has almost 5 acres, a barn with two horse stalls, a hay shed and various other features. The property we looked at south of Pacific would be very cool, but at only 2.3 acres doesn't look to be a very good horse property. I loved it because it had a total of 7 garage spots! After that we picked up Lindsey and headed downtown to the VP Fair and then to the baseball game. The closer we got downtown the darker it got, and eventually started raining. We ended up camping out in the Tahoe for about 15 minutes while we waited for the rain to pass. From there we walked up to the stadium and then over to the Arch to see the fair. Honestly, the fair sucked. There wasn't hardly anyone there and the only activities we saw were food/beer booths and some band playing on stage. Nothing else going on to make it worth our trek over there. We headed back to Busch Stadium to hang out there until the game. The game was great, the first Cards game I've been to this year that they actually won! After the game we stayed up on the upper deck to watch the fireworks at the fair. I took quite a few photos with my phone, I'll post more later but here's one for...
05.21.07
A continuation of the weekend discussion. I didn't get home until 11:30pm Friday night, so our plans of meeting up at 7AM didn't quite happen. Kevin and I planned to meet at Fast Eddie's Bon Air in Alton Illinois at 9:15. Before leaving the house I took a few photos.   I stopped to fill the bike up with gas on the way there, that put me at Fast Eddie's around 9:25, a few minutes late. Kevin on the otherhand, didn't show up till 9:55 or so. Apparently Illinois boy got lost over there on those complicated Illinois Roads.    From there we headed north up the Great River Road. We had planned on getting some breakfast and stopped at the Loading Dock in Grafton IL. It was 10:30, and they didn't open until 11, so we kept riding. In Grafton they were setting up for floodfest. We ended up driving 40 miles north of Alton before deciding to turn around and make our way back to the loading dock. Here's a quick shot I took after we finished eating lunch, a photo from where the two rivers meet. From The Loading Dock we went a block north to the Grafton Ferry and caught a ride back to the Missouri side. We headed west towards Highway 94 and took 94 south through downtown St. Charles. After a slow ride through the cobblestone streets of St. Charles we headed down the river roads on the Missouri river past the Family Arena and down Greensbottom Road, near mom and dad's old house in Weldon Spring. We hopped back onto 94 and continued south/west towards Defiance and the Wineries. We were getting short on time, by now it was nearly 2:30pm and we had to return to the bikes to Doc's by 4pm on Saturday. We made a stop at Terry & Kathy's Inn there in Defiance, I'd been by there many times but never on a bike, and I'd never stopped, so we pulled over and had a drink. We snapped a few photos before heading back to Doc's.        We filled the bikes up one last time at the Shell station on Lindberg and returned everything to Doc's. The weekend was great, I know I had a blast, and I think Kevin did as well. My body was extremely sore from the whole ordeal, but that's just a sign I need to get in shape. When I turned my bike in it had 424 miles more than when I picked it up. I put nearly 1/4 of the miles on the bike that was built back in February of 2007. We'll do this again later in the summer, perhaps for a full weekend this time instead of just 24 hours. Here are some other photos I took while out and...
05.21.07
Friday afternoon Kevin and I picked up Harleys from Doc's Harley Davidson. We rented them for 24 hours. After we got all the paperwork squared away we suited up in our gear and hit the road. Since it had been a while since either of us had been on bikes we stayed on a few roads for a while. We headed south from Doc's with the intention of heading to Chester Illinois to try out a seafood buffet that Kevin had heard about. We took 270 to 255 across the river into Illinois and got off 255 at 3 South. Instead of taking 3 south though we got off on Bluff Road. We took Bluff Road down to Valmeyer and from Valmeyer took 156 over to Waterloo. From there I think Kevin took us over to Hecker and 159 south down to Red Bud. Kevin pretty much led the first few hours of the ride. We ended up in Chester and passed by The Pigasus and gave the Harley a few horn honks in case James was around working on the Pigasus. Instead of stopping for dinner we decided to ride for a bit longer, we went down to Kinkaid Lake and too our first rest stop there. I took a few photos on my cellphone in the parking lot   We left Kinkaid Lake and headed back to Chester to find Reid's for dinner. We located Reid's, and shoulda known by the name what we were in for. Reid's Smorgasborg, what do you think it's like? The food was alright for a seafood buffet, though I think we had nicer dining room furniture at the fraternity house in college. While at Reid's I tried Frog's Legs for the first time, tasted like Chicken. From Reid's we decided it was time to head home, we decided we'd go up the Missouri side, taking Highway 55 North. On the way across the River we stopped at the Popeye statue just before the bridge.   The trip North was not near as nice as the trip south was. By the time we finished dinner it was nearly 9pm, and it must of been 60 degrees or less. Lucky for me I had my fullface helmet and my bike jacket on, it kept me fairly warm, but Kevin had some issues. He had an open face helmet, fingerless gloves, and a sweatshirt on. At 70-80mph on a bike the wind can be a little rough, and darn cold! We had to stop a few times coming north on 55 to warm up at a gas station. We got to 55/255 and split up, Kevin headed east towards Belleville, and I headed west up towards Creve Couer. Saturday post coming...
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Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:30:03 GMT

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STU 2003 Nissan 350z For Sale–Project350z V3

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 05:39:38 GMT

2003 Nissan 350z Touring $9000

Well, the time has come for V3 of Project350z.com to be put up for sale. Before we part it out we will post the car is as, with all the autocross bits installed and attached. If the car doesn’t sell in the next week, we will likely start removing all the autocross bits and putting it back to as close to stock as possible. The car is available in St. Louis (Wildwood) Missouri. If you are interested in seeing it, give me call. (Chris: 650-260-8344)

Pictures available on Instagram

Videos available on another Instagram account

350z at the Wilmington Summer and Blytheville ProSolo

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:18:44 GMT

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So the 2016 ProSolo series is nearing its end, with the final two events of the year being held within 6 hours of the house, I entered both. The Wilmington event turned out to be another disappointing one for me, not because of the location or people, but simply due to my lack of ability to drive this car lately.

2016 Solo Nationals Pick the Winners Contest

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 06:49:19 GMT

We’ve had the 2016 Solo Nationals Pick The Winners contest running for a few weeks now, in case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a link, and some additional details http://www.sccaforums.com/pick-the-winners/2016-solo-nationals

2016 Wilmington ProSolo #1 and the 2016 Spring Nationals ProSolo and Champ Tour

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 04:44:14 GMT

So here we are, another month has gone by since the last blog post, time for an update here on the status of @Project350z.

TL;DR: Crap

So at the end of April I headed to Peru Indiana for the Gateway Autocross Association event at Grissom, I stuffed 4 tires into the 350z and headed on my way Friday afternoon.

Jack Daniel’s Honey Marinade for filet

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 06:01:11 GMT

In prep for the 4th of July 2016, I am working on a Marinade for the filets we picked up at Costco today. The base for the marinade is Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey. I’ll follow up with an update on how this turns out, but here’s what I started with, the night before:

Boone Bridge Bike Trail to the Katy Trail–NOW OPEN!

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 03:52:22 GMT

In case you missed the news, the bike path connecting the Monarch Levy trail, and the Katy Trail opened up last week (week of June 10th, 2016). The new bridge has been in the works for a couple of years now, and while the car lanes opened up a while back, the bike path had been closed until last week. We can now ride from our house in Wildwood, to a trail that crosses nearly all of the state of Missouri (Katy Trail) with only having to ride on 8 miles of roadway to do it. I look forward to taking advantage of this luxury, with the hopes of riding the entire Katy Trail sometime in 2017.

The 2016 Autocross Season So Far

Sat, 23 Apr 2016 04:21:33 GMT

So it has been a while since I’ve had the time to get a blog post up here, so let’s get started.

After the last post, the car was almost ready for the Dixie National tour, held in Cecil Georgia, but there was some final prep to do. I took the car down to Solo Performance to corner weight and align the thing, with good results.

Benefit of cold weather cycling, Clearing The Sinuses

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 13:44:01 GMT

There are many obvious health benefits to riding your bicycle, and by riding you bicycle year round you can work to keep your body in shape for the prime riding in Spring Summer and Fall. One of the best benefits I’ve found to cold/chilly weather riding is the clearing out of the sinuses!

Weekend progress on the 350z

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 05:13:53 GMT

It was a good weekend on the 350z, I made progress on pretty much everything I needed/wanted to do to start the 2016 season, with only the corner balance and wheel alignment remaining. Those are scheduled for Monday at Solo Performance.

How to drop 40lbs from your 2003 350z, new seats!

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 04:14:25 GMT

This weekend I spent some quality time finally working on the 350z before the upcoming autocross season (Dixie Champ Tour is coming up quickly).

In prep for STU I want to see what kind of weight I can get out of the car, I really don’t know if this car (2003 Touring) can come anywhere close to what my first one (2003 Enthusiast, 3075lbs) weighed, or even the second one (2004 enthusiast, 3062). I have yet to get it up on the scales, but I assume going into this that the car is heaver than both of them. The power, heated, leather seats that came with the car, along with the potential extra stereo equipment, and electronics for the VDC mean the car likely weighs a good bit heaver than the previous cars.

350z Setup and Modifications for SCCA Autocross STU class

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 05:00:41 GMT

We’ll try to keep this list updated with current modifications, and a list of past modifications as well as we build and compete our 350z in the SCCA STU autocross class.

Vehicle

  • Year: 2003
  • Make: Nissan
  • Model: 350z
  • Package: Touring

New Visual Studio 2015 Templates for DNN, Now With Wizard for Customizing

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 05:07:45 GMT

VS2015-Templates

I’ve been maintaining my DotNetNuke Visual Studio project templates for a number of years now, one of the things they have sorely been lacking is the ability to “customize” the templates without having to crack open the full source code of the VSIX project, making changes, and then recompiling everything. There are 5 specific strings/values that were ripe for customization, but simply were not easily accessible.

  • Root NameSpace – The Namespace for the project, all of the files were populated with this namespace.
  • Owner Name – A DNN Manifest property that is used to provide information on who either developed the module, or commissioned the module development. This also gets used in all of the Copyright statements built into the templates.
  • Owner Email – Another DNN Manifest property, used to provide an Email address for contacting the owner/developer of a module.
  • Owner Website – The URL of the package’s owner, for further contact and information.
  • Local DEV URL – The URL of your local development environment.

Of all of those items, the one that has likely caused the most headache over the years is the Local DEV URL property, that was set at DNNDEV.ME, which if you followed along with my various tutorials, was the URL I always use for local development, that domain name points to 127.0.0.1. This actually works out great, but some people choose not to follow my tutorials or already have existing development environments configured, yet still want to use my templates. You could still use them, but you had to make some modifications to the PROJ files after creation in order to get things working.

With the latest release of the templates, when you create a project using one of the 6 included templates, you will then be prompted with a Wizard interface (single step) that will allow you to customize these fields.

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As always, you can download the latest “release” of the templates from the DNN Store, or from the Visual Studio Online Gallery if you want to get creative, you can check out the Repo on GitHub

350z with XXR 531 18x11

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 06:03:51 GMT

350z with XXR 531 18x11 wheelsEarlier today I took the leaking wheel/tire to Solo Performance Specialties to take the tire off the rim and take a look at the wheel and see what the damage really was. After popping the tire off the wheel we quickly found that the wheel had a repair attempted both inside and outside of the wheel, it actually looked like someone had taken JB Weld to it.

New Module Development Templates for DNN8

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 01:29:35 GMT

With the release of DNN Platform 8 last week it is now possible to develop modules using SPA and MVC patterns within the DNN platform. As Part of the buildup of the DNN 8 release, Will Strohl provided a Pull request to my DNN Extension Project Templates project to help clean up some of the basic module templates to work better on Windows Azure environments, and to prep them for inclusion of new DNN 8 specific templates for SPA and MVC modules. Early in the fall Joe Brinkman provided a partial SPA project, with the intention of it becoming a project template. I had a little time when it was initially submitted to work on it, but wasn’t able to get everything squared away on the template until early December. It wasn’t until last week that I got additional time to do further testing on the template and fix a few issues that occurred during the conversion to a project template.

Tracking down no FM reception in a 2003 350z Pioneer avh-x3700bhs

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 04:41:23 GMT

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When I picked up the 350z in Chattanooga back in November, I figured out that the radio wasn’t great, the sound was weak, and it didn’t appear to pick up any FM signals whatsoever. Over the Xmas weekend I decided it was time to rip into the car to remove the stock Bose amp and subwoofer (behind the driver’s seat) as well as try to tack down why the FM reception was non-existent.

The first step was to get into the subwoofer location behind the driver’s seat, a quick screw driver inserted into the panelling to pop the cover off. pry and then pull it off. Once I removed the cover, I quickly found that the stock Bose setup had already been removed, I figured that might be the case, but wasn’t 100% sure until we pulled the cover off. While in there I took the time to clean up some of the stray wiring that was in there, some exposed wires, and some live power wires that simply had electrical tape wrapped around them.

After working on the (lack there of) Sub, it was time to rip into the dashboard. I’ve done it so many times on my prior 350zs that it is straightforward and fairly painless to do. The one thing that gave me trouble was disconnecting the wiring harness from the center console where the harness powers the hazard, and seat warmer switches. I ended up pulling the panel up and off of the emergency brake in order to get to the plug for the wiring.

Once I pulled the plastic for the console out of place I dug in behind the stereo itself. First thing I checked was to see if the antenna wiring was plugged into the head unit, unfortunatly it was, so that wasn’t going to be an easy fix! I tracked down some wires from the stereo by pulling down the manual from the Pioneer website.One thing I did find was there is the “mic” for the handsfree bluetooth setup was plugged into the “wired remote” port on the back of the head unit. I unplugged that, but unfortunately couldn’t plug it into the proper MIC input as the jack was the wrong size. I plugged the mic back into the W/R port and started playing around with the headunit to see if I could get any stations tuned.

While digging in the center console compartment I found a wireless remote for the stereo, thinking that might work with “options” better than the touch screen I try to start using that, with no success. I checked the battery in the remote, and found it was a CR2016, but the remote said it took a CR2025, so I grabbed a spare and popped that in place. Ends up, that didn’t work either, no matter what I tried I couldn’t get the remote to work. Until I once again unplugged the mic from the “wired remote” port, one I did that the remote started working properly. So apparently whomever installed this radio, the wiring was done incorrectly on the MIC, and that was causing problems.

I went ahead and left the MIC unplugged and put everything back together in the car. I immediately tried to tune FM, and found that I could actually tune to a specific station, where previously I was only able to scan, and with the lack of signal previously, the scan would continue until manually stopped by switching input sources. I still wasn’t able to get a clear tune on a station, but when I pulled the car out of the garage to reposition where it was parked, I did find that it started to get a signal to a local radio station here.

So it looks like the ultimately problem with the radio may just have been the miswired Mic, we’ll see, next time I drive the car, how things play out. It might be a while though before I get back out in the Z, it has turned cold here in Missouri and I don’t plan to drive the car too much in below freezing temps, due to the abuse on the tires.

The Hammond Family - Christmas 2015

Sun, 03 Jan 2016 04:01:19 GMT

So here we sit, 2 years since our last Christmas card, or has it been longer? Probably just two. This is the start of year #2 in our home in Wildwood. We moved into the house in November 2014 and have been loving it out here on the far side of West County ever since.

Pictures of Flooding on the Meramec River 2015

Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:09:45 GMT

Over the holiday here in St. Louis we had an abnormally large amount of rain, with that has come complete chaos in the rivers, primarily the Meramec river, but also high levels on the Missouri and flooding from the Mississippi river. I had a little time this afternoon after an all day meeting at the office to head home quickly and grab some of my gear, I headed up to Bluff View Trail, a new trail here in Wildwood, MO that has a great view over the Meramec River. Two weeks ago I went out on the trail with a buddy and rode my MTB for the first time, on Christmas Eve I took Natalie and Daniel and we went and hiked it a bit. Little did I know taking a photo there that day would provide me a cool opportunity to shot a before and during shot of the extensiveness of the flooding going on.

The photo on the left below is from 12/24/2015 and the photo on the right is from tonight, 12/30/2015

Missouri Safety inspection exhaust hole, fail

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 05:14:28 GMT

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Follow up to the failed emissions and safety test earlier this week.  Last night I got under the car again and checked for leaks, found that one of the gaskets I hadn't touched was leaking, so I tried to cover that up with some exhaust tape.

350z and Missouri Safety and Emissions tests

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 05:06:29 GMT

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The car failed Missouri safety and emissions testing today. When I pulled out of the driveway this morning something happened up front, on the brakes, one of the wheels locked up, "SLIP" and "VDC" lights came on and wouldn't shut off. Restarted the car, got out, checked for anything noticeable and drove down the road to the gas station. At the station I decided to plug the OBDII scanner in and sure enough, it was throwing an ABS code.

Washing, Waxing and then Cleaning 350z Headlights

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 05:57:03 GMT

Headlight-progressThis weekend, being what is likely the last warm weekend of 2015, I decided it was time to wash/claybar/wax the 350z. The weather was beautiful, I spent most of Saturday afternoon performing the first two steps, washing and clay bar’ng the car. The car was pretty clean, but there were some decent cone marks/residue on the side skirts from the previous owner, most of the time spent with the clay bar was there, though there were various other locations on the car that needed attention as well.

Introducing Project350z V3

Sat, 07 Nov 2015 05:48:18 GMT

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Earlier this week, Dave from SoloPerformance.com and I headed down to Chattanooga to pick up Project350z V3. A 2003 Nissan 350z Touring model, with 145k miles on the clock. The car was purchased from a fellow autocrosser, and is primarily prepped for SCCA’s STU class.

How to install Quicktime on Windows 10

Mon, 21 Sep 2015 01:16:05 GMT

Ever since I upgraded to Windows 10 (and then a couple of weeks later, paved the machine straight to Windows 10) I’ve been unable to install Quicktime, from Apple.

Project350z V3, coming soon?

Mon, 07 Sep 2015 00:52:21 GMT

350z Dealer StickerSo the time has come, I am currently car shopping again. I’ve been threatening it for a while now, but with the 2015 Solo National Championships going on this week, and a few other life things figured out, it is time to make the 2016 autocross season happen!

So a few details. I’m once again looking at early 350z’s, this time around I’m not looking for a daily driver, this next car will be built specifically for autocross and a fun weekend toy, with some daily driving here and there (thankful I have a short commute). I am looking for the perfect car, how do you define that? Well, in an ideal world the perfect 350z for me would be

Project350z V3, coming soon?

Mon, 07 Sep 2015 00:52:21 GMT

350z Dealer StickerSo the time has come, I am currently car shopping again. I’ve been threatening it for a while now, but with the 2015 Solo National Championships going on this week, and a few other life things figured out, it is time to make the 2016 autocross season happen!

So a few details. I’m once again looking at early 350z’s, this time around I’m not looking for a daily driver, this next car will be built specifically for autocross and a fun weekend toy, with some daily driving here and there (thankful I have a short commute). I am looking for the perfect car, how do you define that? Well, in an ideal world the perfect 350z for me would be