My wonderful wife and I live in a nice house in a neighborhood filled with trees and other plant life. Not surprisingly, we also have lots of animals around us: foxes, coywolves, rabbits, squirrels (I loathe them) and lots and lots of birds.

Our house is very tall and the front elevation has large windows. Twice in the last week birds have flown into those windows at such rates of speed that they died as a result. This has happened a few times in the nine years we’ve lived here, but twice in a week is not common. As I write this one of those birds is in a large concrete planter on the front steps. Later today I will move it to the front yard, not a pleasant task for me. Other than unsightly markings in the windows, does anyone have any ideas how to stop the birds from flying into the front of our house?


I have had a Twitter account (under a pseudonym) for almost a year. Except for the two days of the Bill James tweetstorm, the platform has been virtually useless in driving traffic to this blog. Odds are I will close my Twitter account before much longer.


Once again, the only constant in the world is change. This fact can have important manifestations or less important ones. In the first iteration of my Ultimate Garage (in 2017) on the blog hosted by the Evil Empire (aka Google) not only was the Avanti included, I even showed the original version and the “modern” version because I couldn’t really choose between them in terms of looks. In Ultimate Garage 2.0 the Avanti was nowhere to be found, not even among the cars that just missed the cut.

Why? Well, for reasons I cannot explain the Avanti design just seems a little dated to me now. I still like the way the car looks and I appreciate its significance, even if it did not turn Studebaker’s fortunes around. (Actually, some historians like Richard Langworth believe the Avanti was too late to save Studebaker.) However, the car just doesn’t have the same effect on me it had even two years ago and certainly not the impact it had on me when I first saw this “picture:”



This was in The Golden Guide To Sports Cars published by Golden Press of New York. The original publication date was 1966 and I purchased the book in elementary school as part of a program where students could purchase books, which would be delivered to the students at school. You see, I have had the car bug a LONG time. Oh, sorry for the extraneous material in the picture, but I am not well versed in photo editing.

To those of you reading I pose the question: about what car(s) has your opinion changed? Why do you think the change happened?








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6 thoughts on “Birds

  1. Ah, yes! Birds discovering the phenomenon of windows! SPLAT!

    The car I have changed my opinion on is the 23rd Series Packards (mid-’49 – end of ’50). Although it was a 23rd Series Packard that was my introduction to the make when I was 2 years old, I have never particularly liked the looks of the 22nd or 23rd Series – the “upside down bathtubs”. The revised side trim and the taillights of the 23rd Series make these cars look less like apt description of upside down bathtub than the ’48 – mid-year ’49 22nd Series cars, but the “bathtub” appellation is still appropriate. When I did the series about Kaiser-Frazer on the blog a couple of years ago, I had an epiphany about the “bathtub” Packards. I realized the Independent makers had largely “bought into” the very streamlined look that became popular post World War II. The original Kaisers, the Nash Airflytes and even the “Step Down” Hudsons were of a parcel with the airstream look. In that light, I realized the 23rd Series Packards weren’t so bad, especially in comparison to the ghastly Nash Airflyte. All of that said, despite my fondness for Packards, neither a 22nd nor a 23rd Series is on my list of candidates for the “Ultimate Gargage” …


  2. Put an owl figurine on a ledge in front of said window.

    Could be a sign that a remake of “The Birds” is being filmed nearby.


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