Wednesday Words

“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.”

I don’t know the source of that remark, but that is how I eat. I have no choice as I suffer from a severe case of GERD, Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease. I have had my upper GI tract scoped at least 17 times. Basically, I eat almost nothing after about 3 or 4 PM every day.

I have grown accustomed to going to bed hungry every night. In fact, I am happy when my stomach “growls” from hunger at night. That “growling” means I will not be awakened by the feeling of choking on my stomach contents and of feeling that my throat is literally on fire.

I think human beings can get used to almost anything. People who insist on ignoring their own realities are pissing into the wind, in my opinion.


I suspect many readers don’t look at the comments. I am going to show part of my reply to a comment from 56packardman:


My father, a Holocaust survivor who watched his family murdered by Nazi troops, always said that Americans have no idea how good they have it. Too many people in this country have a severely deficient lack of perspective. Not being able to buy your child an expensive pair of sneakers or not being able to binge watch a TV show because you have to work are NOT tragedies in any way, shape or form.

A tragedy is what happened to my father. A tragedy is what happened to my uncle who survived a concentration camp only to be murdered when two pieces of sh*t robbed his grocery store in Bloodymore, Murderland. Not being as rich as you think you should be is not a tragedy.


Please read the comments and please feel free to send thoughtful remarks. The more people who participate, the better.


I was amused by this part of a review of the 2020 Subaru BRZ in this article by Automobile Magazine:


“A six-speed automatic transmission is also available if you want to hammer one of the last nails into the manual transmission’s coffin while making the BRZ heavier.”


The article was titled, “The Lightest Sports Cars You Can Buy for Under $30,000.” From the article a picture of the aforementioned 2020 Subaru BRZ:


2020 Subaru BRZ 03


Both the BRZ and its twin, the Toyota 86, were listed in the article, which seems a little dubious to me. I like the looks of both cars and they are not slugs in terms of performance as their low weight obviously helps with their power/weight ratio. Maybe one of these days I will prepare a chart of HP per pound of various cars and then show the chart here.







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2 thoughts on “Wednesday Words

  1. Every time I see or hear the name Baltimore, I recall the reply you posted in the text. To me the most bitter thing is what happened to your Uncle there. It’s a horrible thing that your Uncle survived the holocaust only to be murdered by two-legged rats in Baltimore.

    Re the comment about the six speed automatic in the Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 – Being the die-hard manual transmission guy that I am, I’ll stubbornly stick to the stick!

    I may have previously related to you this story about buying my “Mazda-rati”: I insisted on the 6 speed manual transmission. The salesman said “Aren’t you a little old to be driving a stick?” I should have gotten up and walked out right there. Instead I gave him a look that would form an iceberg and told him that if he wanted to sell me a car that day he should shut his pie hole … The choice of transmission is mine and none of his business …


    1. Sorry, but what happened to Freddie Gray doesn’t compare to what happened to my uncle. (I’m sure you agree.) A person who insists on playing Russian Roulette will likely find the chamber full eventually.

      Of course, your choice of transmission is up to you, but only if the market supplies your choice. It is very possible that five years from now the only cars available with manual transmissions will be used cars. I think it’s a shame that Alfa Romeo will no longer make any interesting cars, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be able to buy a new and interesting car from them in 2024. I can’t buy a product that doesn’t exist even if I really want to.


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