Monday Musings

First, I am aware that at least one website uses the name Monday Musings. Of course, it is not my intention to infringe on that site in any way. This blog is not named Monday Musings, but given the blog name and my affinity for alliteration, calling Monday posts Monday Musings seems fitting.


Bill James wrote on at least one occasion that many, if not most, people become parodies of themselves as they age. (Hey, if you know someone famous, drop their name into your blog as often as you like.) I believe that concept applies to both major American political parties. They have existed for so long unchallenged in their stranglehold on government that they have become (bad) parodies of governance.


One of my favorite episodes of Wheeler Dealers was about a car like this:

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From a picture of a Rover P5B. I am not normally a fan of four-door cars, but this one has a great look, in my opinion. The P5B (supposedly, the “B” stands for Buick as Rover continued using the small V-8 engine they licensed from them) was produced from 1967 to 1973 with a total production of about 20,000.

Americans accustomed to muscle cars think of large displacement V-8 engines, but V-8s of much smaller displacement have been used in automobiles. For example, the Fiat 8V of the 1950s was powered by a 2-liter V-8, which is similar to the displacement of most 4-cylinder engines today. From 1974 to 1986, Ferrari produced a 2-liter/121 cubic-inch V-8. (Have to keep Bill Stephens happy.)


Time and Effort

My time and my effort