Twenty-one years ago today I met the wonderful woman who is my wife. It was not love at first sight; our second date wasn’t until January. The relationship, if you can call it that, was initially hamstrung by many factors, not the least of which was my wife’s self-confessed status as a workaholic.
The relationship might not have progressed far except for one phone call I made. I left her a message, “When you find time in your busy schedule to see me, let me know.” My wife said that was the event that “woke her up.” We became engaged about a year after we met.
I reject the notion that one’s life is pre-ordained, that actions don’t really matter and that we, basically, just go along for the ride. She and I made an effort to meet and I made that phone call that pushed the relationship forward. What’s the point in living if we really have no influence in how our life turns out? Luck is undoubtedly a factor in life outcomes, but luck does not explain 98% of outcomes.
I also believe that life is about doing things and not waiting to do things. Socrates is supposed to have said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” He believed that the love of wisdom was life’s most important pursuit. I have also seen that remark turned around, “The unlived life is not worth examining.” I believe the latter remark also has much relevance.
I love you, V Squared!
General Motors has announced the end of the Chevrolet Impala. The Impala was discontinued once before (in 1996, Impala production resumed for the 2000 model year), but this feels permanent. I will once again state my extreme displeasure that an obese America is killing the passenger car as we know it and that the future vehicle marketplace will seemingly consist of nothing but self-driving SUVs and pickup trucks with electric drivetrains. Talk about tyranny of the majority. By the way, it’s not as though the Impala is a bad car. In 2014, Consumer Reports named it the best sedan on the market, the first time it had ever bestowed that honor on a car from America’s Big Three. However, Impala sales declined from 172,000 in 2010 to just 76,000 in 2017. (In 1965 Impala sales exceeded 1,000,000.) The market has spoken although I can’t stand the message. This market change is one reason why my restomod C2 Corvette build is so important to me.
From journal.classiccars.com a picture of a 1958 Impala, which was the first model year for the car. The 1958 was a one-year only body style, which seems odd now, but The Big Three really believed that something close to annual model change was important in keeping up the demand for new cars.
Goodbye, Impala. 😦