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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hummer


One of the things I forgot to mention last night in the blog, were the handful of phone calls while on the way to the restaurant, at the restaurant, and up to the start of the show.  Took it all in stride, although once again, I find it ironic that I had so many calls on a night that Sue and I were going out.

The trouble call that started at around 7pm last night was still in progress when I attended it this morning at 0645. 

Today was another nice spring day on the island.   We are already spoiled by this nice weather and it may be time to unwrap the fig trees.

This day in history “The origins of the Hummer”

On this day in 1983, the Pentagon awards a production contract worth more than $1 billion to AM General Corporation to develop 55,000 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV). Nicknamed the Humvee and designed to transport troops and cargo, the wide, rugged vehicles entered the spotlight when they were used by the American military during the 1989 invasion of Panama and the Persian Gulf War in the early 1990s.
In 1992, a civilian version of the Humvee, known as the Hummer, went on sale. The hulking, attention-grabbing road warrior tipped the scales at some 10,000 pounds and got less than 10 miles per gallon. It was an early hit with Hollywood celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, who went on to own a fleet of Hummers. In December 1999, when the economy was strong and gas prices were relatively low, General Motors purchased the rights from AM General to market and distribute the Hummer. In 2002, the Hummer H2, a smaller (some 8,600 pounds), less expensive version of the original model, debuted.”

That’s not to say that there aren’t other things that come to mind in regard to the origins of the hummer. 

Anyone who offends easily may want to stop reading.  Just kidding, or am I?

If we were playing the “Family Feud”and looking for the top 5 answers, I am pretty sure that the military vehicle and the GM vehicle would garner the top response.  After all, it is the “family” feud.  

According to Wiki, however, there are actually quite a few other references:


Hummer was a division of General Motors.
Hummer may also refer to:

Vehicles

Music

Other meanings

Imagine for a minute that you are on a date and go to a nice Swedish restaurant and decide that you want seafood for dinner.  Would you dare order a “Hummer”?

Why is it that men like big square cars with large wheels and powerful engines?

Photo of the day ”Hummer”


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