On Steve Jobs, Chris Duke, and Road Trips

Steve Jobs' resignation as Apple CEO was heard around the globe, and not only by Apple cognoscenti. The iPhone 5 is soon to be released, and the eighth version of the Mac Operating System X, Lion, recently debuted in July. What does this have to do with this column? A Mac G4 is used to compose my column, edit the images, and send it to our editor, so there's a connection with Apple dating back to a Mac Classic I used when I started as a journalist. While I hope Apple will continue to prosper and grow, there is sadness in seeing Jobs step down from his leadership role. What he achieved with the iMac, iTunes, iPhone, and iPad was nothing short of astounding, and whether you're a "Mac" or a "PC," Jobs managed to touch all of us with his innovations in communications.

While perusing the Internet for automotive content, I happened to find Motorz.tv, and its host, Chris Duke. It was especially advantageous that you can download entire episodes of his hit Motorz TV series (which can be also seen on the Pursuit Channel on Dish Network and DirecTV if you have satellite TV, or on My Family TV on cable), as I was about to help install a nitrous system on friend's new Camaro. While the episode I watched had a Mustang as its subject, the procedure for the installation on a Camaro was almost the same. This made it easier since we were able to watch Duke and see how it was done before attempting to do it ourselves.

One of the best tips? Drill smaller holes than you need for the nitrous, purge valve, and bottle heater switches, since you don't want to make a mistake working on plastic interior parts due to their relatively high replacement cost. Chris also shows you what tools are needed for that installation, a big timesaver since we usually expend a lot of energy going back and forth to find out what we need and if it fits. Check it out at motorz.tv; there are four seasons' worth of episodes so chances are pretty good he's covered a topic that's of interest to you.

Heading to a custom truck show in Mount Juliet, I saw a sign for the historic district in Cookeville. I'm a sucker for any historic district (having once worked in a refurbished factory building), so I took a few minutes to check it out. What I found in addition to antique freight cars and a locomotive was Cream City Ice Cream & Coffee House, at the site of a former ice cream factory. Owned and operated by David and Emily Minton, it opened in June of 2010 after a complete renovation. The glass blocks in the front façade and interior walls are from the original building, and the 61-year old Cream City sign atop the building is original as well.

Bought by Mayfield in 1985, the ice cream equipment was moved out and little done with the building until the owner prior to the Mintons attempted to refurbish it. When David and Emily purchased the building, they had the vision to bring it back to life as an ice cream parlor and coffee house, and it's reflected in the cool vibe the shop has today. Designated a historic building and aided by a group called Cityscape Cookeville, it's a great place in which to photograph your hot rod with a renovated train station or Cream City Ice Cream as a backdrop.