Have any of you experienced the feeling that you’re dreaming and yet you are aware of your actual surroundings? That happens to me more than I’d like including this morning. The “dream” was that, somehow, I was teaching History at my high school. I decided to begin the semester by telling the story of someone who had been one of my history teachers while in high school. However, I was aware that I was dreaming; the “dream” didn’t immerse me as most dreams do.
Anyway…limbo also refers to my current state of affairs where I am unemployed, unappreciated and disconnected.
Today is the birthday of someone with whom I was good friends in junior high and high school. The fact that his birthday was just before January 1 meant that he was exempt from registering for the draft when it was re-instated under President Carter. I, however, had to register. When confirmation of my registration arrived at my house, my mother was convinced that I had actually been drafted. In one of the saddest experiences of my life, it took me at least an hour to convince her that I had not been drafted; all the while she was crying uncontrollably. Maybe that’s where my animus for President Carter began…
From Alpine’s website a picture of the new Alpine A110. Alpine is really Renault; the Alpine is a name with much meaning in French car history.
Another picture from the company website. It’s nice to see that two-door “performance” cars are not dead all over the world.
The new Alpine A110 is a small car with a 95-inch wheelbase (I think that’s equivalent to 2,420 mm) and a length of 165 inches. Given its size and aluminum construction throughout the A110 weighs just a hair under 2,400 pounds, which is very light.
The car is powered by a 1.8 liter, double overhead cam 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 250 HP/236 LB-FT of torque. The engine is mounted behind the passenger compartment. The transmission is a 7-speed automatic. Supposedly the A110 can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in under 4.5 seconds.
Of course this car is not available for sale in the US. This Automobile Magazine article by Jamie Kitman was very positive about the car.
Why does a demand for cars like this exist elsewhere in the world, but seemingly not here? (Yes, I know this car might not conform to US regulations. That doesn’t invalidate the point I am about to make.) From worldatlas.com a “ranking” of the most obese countries in world:
|12||United States of America||36.2|
|20||United Arab Emirates||31.7|
The 36.2 next to the US means that, according to the sources used here, 36.2 percent of the US adult population is obese, which is worse than overweight. Notice that no European countries are on this list. If this were an SAT question, it would be: “Which one of these countries seemingly doesn’t belong?” This list is composed of nothing but Pacific island micro-states and Arab countries except for the US. Maybe that makes this list less than completely credible. Other sources have slightly different lists/order of countries, but the US always ranks very “high” in obesity. Obesity kills people, but it is also killing the CAR as we have known it in the US. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
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