Day 1: FL to SC (386 miles)

“No parking spaces.” – said no Jeep owner ever

Starting the trip with 1,646 miles on the odometer and Hootie And The Blowfish on CarPlay.

I changed my mind and decided to slab it this first day, since the terrain is flat. I was impressed, stable even at 115 mph. Wait. Wat?

Not smart doing 115 mph in a Jeep, honestly thought Jeeps were electronically limited to 97 mph. When I noticed I slowed down right away. I’ll have Jeep check that once I’m in PA.

Here is today’s mostly boring route:

1,000+ miles by Jeep? No problem…

After 4.5 years at my current company, I got an offer I couldn’t refuse. So on Sat, Jan 4th, I’m relocating from Florida to Pennsylvania. Brian’s Valley Forge Harley-Davidson recommended using HaulBike to ship my Road Glide to them for storage. Its being picked up a couple days after I leave. Another company is handling my household goods.

I’ll be driving my Jeep Wrangler Sport (JL) 2 door the 1,000 or so miles. I won’t be slabbing it, since short wheel base is less than ideal at Interstate Freeway speeds. I’ll be taking some regular roads, even some unpaved if I get lucky. I’m giving myself 5 days, and might avoid fast roads. I want to get there in one piece.

I’ll be buying cool/cold weather clothing as I head north. Its slim pickings here in Florida. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Once I get to Pennsylvania I’ll be staying in a temporary place for 30 days, then on to permanent digs. Hoping to find a place away from congested areas, and garage space (at least for the Harley-Davidson). Now that I have the Jeep I’m not too concerned about getting around in the snow. #fistpump

So today I’m putting all the remaining stuff into the Jeep for the early morning departure. I shipped everything I wouldn’t need for a month, so I have roughly 300 pounds of stuff that’s going into the back of the jeep. I bought a few Craftsman and Lowes Commander totes, amazing how handy those things come in for packing miscellaneous stuff. 🙂 Clothing is going into a large check-in and carry-on luggaeg and . Putting a sheet over it and a couple racheting tiedown straps to keep stuff from moving around.

Good thing I removed the back bench seat. That really opens up the back to fit more stuff. I stopped at Lowes to buy some 5 and 10 gallon heavy duty totes for packing hard to pack stuff. My clothing is going into my two motorcycle sissy bar bags, since they hold a lot. I’ll put a moving pad over everything, and a bed sheet over it all, then I’ll use a few racheting tie downs to hold it all down.

I won’t be camping, but I’m bringing the gear in the Jeep. Figured I might get lucky with weather, besides its light “fluffy” stuff that’ll help cushion stuff in back. I did however pack a tow strap since its too early to figure out what I’m doing with a bumper/lift/winch kit (crossing that bridge in the Summer time). Planning on 2.5″ lift and 35″ tires.

Bye Honda CR-V, hello Jeep Wrangler

I promised myself I’d trade in my 2016 Honda CR-V Touring before the 60,000 mile mark. This way I get maximum trade in, since Honda can certify it for the next person. It wasn’t my first Honda CR-V but it was my last. I won’t go into detail on why, but a pain point was our beta testing a CarPlay firmware update that never materialized. #vaporware #scam

For what its worth, my 2016 Honda CR-V Touring was an All Wheel Drive (AWD) function is not all its cracked to be. Its great for driving in the rain, but that’s about it. Drive it up a snowy incline, and it doesn’t do so well. Its a reactive system, not very good to be honest, though it isn’t a total design failure.

The third generation CR-V line has a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds which isn’t quite enough for a small camping trailer, and the rating is only any good on smooth road. Forget about pulling a trailer through any rough roads, or over mountains. What’s the sense in pulling a trailer if you can’t go anywhere fun?

So I finally decided to get my dream car. A two door 2020 Jeep Wrangler JL with manual shift and a 3.6L V6 engine. Jeeps with 2L I4 engines are just silly if you ask me. I didn’t want to go with a four door, since I rarely have more than one passenger, and the difference in gas mileage is substantial between 2 and 4 door models.

The ugly.

Manual seats (yes, a huge PITA but used to it already). Manual widows (yes you have to reach over to roll the passenger window up and down). Manual locks (yes no keyfob with buttons). Manual mirrors (yes you have to get out of the car to adjust the passenger rear view mirror). Manual headlights (yes if you forget to turn them off you’ll get a reminder but if you ignore it you’ll be calling AAA). No remote start (because its a standard).

The awesome.

8 speaker sound system (even though it really can use a more powerful amp and better speakers and a subwoofer). Powerful engine (if you’re too aggressive, you’ll spin your wheels when accelerating). Decent gas mileage (20 mpg so far in first 750 miles). Soft roof that’s simple and easy to roll back, remove, collapse, what have you. Easily removable rear seats (much more space). Removeable windshield, doors, etc.

The mediocre.

Towing capacity is 2,000 and that’s even if you go over rough terrain. The 3.6L V6 engine is the same one that’s used in the 4 door model, which is rated 3,500 towing capacity. Jeep explained its due to the longer wheel base and higher weight on the four door. Guess it makes sense, I just know I love the engine. It has serious kick on the highway, although its a Jeep so sticking to the speed limit. Really.

This is a basic, vanilla Jeep. The only feature I paid for is AC. Having lived in Texas and SoCal, and now Florida, homie needs his AC. Didn’t get a navigation head unit, since its $3K more, figured there are several third party options that support CarPlay and are plug-n-play. Including fully supporting the stock steering wheel controls, and backup camera. This baby has just the right mix of feaatures for the road as well as for some minor off roading (though the JL ain’t no JK).

Memories.

I just realized the last time I drove a manual was in the US Army, when I was usually the guy who drive the Battalion Commander around in a M151 MUTT. I enlisted at 17 and having never owned a car before. In the 40 years since, I’ve only owned automatics. Not by choice. They just don’t make manual transmission cars anymore. Well, honestly Jeep has always offered a manual shifting model, just thought it wasn’t the right time to get one.

I drove a M151 MUTT in 120 degree weather (Fort Campbell) as well as in -40 degree weather (Fort Drum). What a piece of shit it was. But it always worked. Uncomfortable as all hell, but it always worked. Ugly as heck, but it always worked. I guess that’s the point, it always worked. At this stage in my life, having branched out into motorcycle touring, I want my car to just work.

So a few weeks ago I went into the Jeep dealer with guns blazing. I want manual. Yep, we have that. I want black. Yep we have that. I want a 3.6L V6 engine. Yep, we have that. I want AC but I don’t want your overpriced navigation unit. Yes, we have that. They kind of fibbed, they had to swap one of their stock Jeep Wrangler JLs with another dealer who had exactly what I wanted.

I want to trade in my 2016 Honda CR-V Touring. Yep, we’ll take it off your hands…especially when they found it to be 95% condition which is rare for a 4 year old car with 57,000+ miles on it. 🙂 We went through a few hours of negotiation, to get the best deal possible. And yes I threw the expected “Jeep gas mileage sucks” at them to troll them. LOL

How tough was the negotiation? It came down to a slight disagreement over what my car’s trade in is worth. I wanted to get at least the minimum amount for the 95% condition of the car. I was serious enough to walk out over a $300 deficit. The next day I get a call that they’ll add it, and the next day I went in and signed the paperwork. And yes gimme GAP, and yes gimme extended maintenance.

A week later and I’m happier than a pig in shit. Or so my Texas buddies would say. I’m trying to resist the urge to mod the Jeep. Why? Because the three biggest mod markets are (1) Harley-Davidson, (2) Ford F-150, and (3) Jeep Wrangler. So I have to exercise restraint. But not so much. I mean I do need running boards. And a hitch. And wheel lock nuts. A short rubberized antenna. And an iPhone mount. I’m trying, not sure how long I can hold out before I order more mods. 😀

EDIT: Forgot to mention I declined the CarPlay 7” head unit since I could buy the exact OEM item, install it myself and save $2,000. Its ordered and I expect to install it by Dec 28th. here is a stock photo:

JNUC2019

The Jamf National User Conference in Minneapolis is where everyone who manages huge numbers of Macs in enterprise goes for three days of sessions, training, collaboration, and of course swag. 🙂

I’ve been to all of them since 2011, except for the 2018 event, when I chose to relocate to Florida to fill a position we couldn’t find someone for.

This year’s event didn’t disappoint, it was fucking packed. The sessions were awesome, too bad we can’t clone ourselves to attend more than one at a time! Lunches were great with buckets of bacon on the side!

It was 17 degrees when I got off the plane. I figured I’d get by with a hoodie, and I was mostly right. Pitting Uber against Lyft to get the best rate and quickest pick up time, I didn’t spend more much time in the cold.

I purposely avoided the Hyatt Regency area, and stayed in a Ramada Inn. I’m a low maintenance guy, all I care about is having a buffet breakfast. They had exactly what I needed, including great coffee!

For next year, JNUC2020 will be held in San Diego in September. I plan to ride my motorcycle there. So it’ll be a mix of vacation and training. So excited looking forward to it!

Some links:
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/jamf-kicks-off-2019-jamf-163000722.html
https://www.marketwatch.com/press-release/jamf-kicks-off-2019-jamf-nation-user-conference-showcasing-powerful-new-product-line-2019-11-12
https://www.bloomberg.com/press-releases/2019-11-12/jamf-kicks-off-2019-jamf-nation-user-conference-showcasing-powerful-new-product-line

ToTD Scouting Ride (Car) Video And Pictures

Looks like Killboy and 129photos finally posted their October 9th photos. Those guys are good. Notice the GoPro mounted at the center of the roof.

Scroll down for a 720i version of the video, with a touch of emo-grunge…

Thousand Foot Krutch Lyrics

“Adrenaline”

Touch the ceilin’, act like how ya feelin’
Gonna rock it ‘till the wheels comes off
And keep it reelin’
No mistakin’, people shakin’
And soon we’re gonna break it
‘Till the last one stands because they can’t take it

Touch the ceilin’, act like how ya feelin’
Gonna rock it ‘till the wheels comes off
And keep it reelin’
No mistakin’, people shakin’
And soon we’re gonna break it
‘Till the last one stands because they can’t take it

The rush is like nothing
It gets your blood pumpin’
When you flip the switch, it comes on
It’ll trail you, derail you
Hammer and nail you
To the point where you need to explode

Let’s put the pedal to the floor
Here it comes, lets go
Wind it up and let it go
We’re gonna watch it blow

If you want it, then we got it
We won’t let up, ‘till we get enough
Adrenaline overload
If you need it, then we bleed it
Make some room, here comes the boom!
Adrenaline overload

And we won’t let it off
There’s nothin’ that can stop it
Until we’re in the coffin
If you want it, we got it
So let’s get it started
Adrenaline overload

Touch the ceilin’, act like how ya feelin’
Gonna rock it ‘till the wheels comes off
And keep it reelin’
No mistakin’, people shakin’
And soon we’re gonna break it
‘Till the last one stands because they can’t take it

Touch the ceilin’, act like how ya feelin’
Gonna rock it ‘till the wheels comes off
And keep it reelin’
No mistakin’, people shakin’
And soon we’re gonna break it
‘Till the last one stands because they can’t take it

It will stop at nothin’
To make you feel somethin’
‘Till you feel like that’s what you need
But proceed with caution
‘Cause you can get lost
And not everything is what it seems

Let’s put the pedal to the floor
Here it comes, lets go
Wind it up and let it go
We’re gonna watch it blow

If you want it, then we got it
We won’t let up, ‘till we get enough
Adrenaline overload
If you need it, then we bleed it
Make some room, here comes the boom!
Adrenaline overload

And we won’t let it off
There’s nothin’ that can stop it
Until we’re in the coffin
If you want it, we got it
So let’s get it started
Adrenaline overload

If you want it, then we got it
We won’t let up, ‘till we get enough
Adrenaline overload
If you need it, then we bleed it
Make some room, here comes the boom!
Adrenaline overload

And we won’t let it off
There’s nothin’ that can stop it
Until we’re in the coffin
If you want it, we got it
So let’s get it started
Adrenaline overload