Q’mon-yaluzah Scrolls

BELIEVE IT OR NOT (Tel Aviv): Scrolls were found in 11 caves near a settlement at Q’mon-yaluzah, none of them coming from the actual settlement. A Bedouin sheep-herder by the name of Yeu el-Bleevit made the first discovery during the Spring of 2006. In the most commonly told story the shepherd threw a rock into a cave in an attempt to drive out a missing animal under his care. The shattering sound of pottery drew him into the cave, where he found several ancient jars containing scrolls wrapped in linen.

What surprised language experts the most was the unrecognized acronym atop each scroll. Cryptologists are still attempting to decipher the meaning of the term which is written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. “This logo is most likely linked with an ancient cultic community dedicated to products of high quality and performance,” says Professor Rangdürbell Undranaway of the University of Münster.

Another theory, which has been gaining popularity, is that the community was led by chariot priests previously unknown to modern historians. According to carbon dating, textual analysis, and handwriting analysis the documents were written at various times between the middle of the 2nd century BC and the 21st century AD. At least one document has a carbon date range of 21 BC–AD 1956. The Sonnet Papyrus from Sweden, containing a copy of the monarchy’s transportation preferences, is the only other document of comparable antiquity.

Owning a Parts Car: Smarter Than I Thought

After the timing chain failed on our first Saab 900 at 198,000 miles, I stripped it down and sold quite a few parts on eBay. The parts that didn’t sell have been stored in our garage and basement for several years. Why save these parts? I thought it wise to save some of the parts for future needs. Come to find out, that was a pretty good idea.

Tonight I replaced the driver’s side seat belt buckle on our ’88 Turbo. That part was one that I had saved from the blue 900. The repair job wasn’t particularly difficult. (In fact, it was a lot easier than removing the seats out of the ’90.) Four bolts and an electrical plug and the seat was out. Three more bolts later and I had the center console lifted and the old buckle replaced.

After completing the job, I found a non-working part that I don’t have in stock. So, I visited www.thesaabsite.com to see how much it would cost. While I was looking, I came across the price for the belt buckle I had just replaced. How much do you think a new belt buckle would cost for a 1986-88 Saab 900? The convertible seat belt buckle for those years sells for $50. But for some odd reason this one would have cost me $250. Yikes!

A fellow stopped by the house this afternoon to offer me $75 for my ’90 parts car. He said he wanted to take it to the scrap yard. I took his number but told him I still had a few parts to pull off of it. After tonight’s experience, I think I’ll keep it a little while longer.