Monday Message

This message will sound selfish, but is a view in which I firmly believe. Other than to respect their life and to respect their property I have no obligation to strangers. Charity and philanthropy are great, coercion is not. Creating new incentives for people not to be productive will create millions of people who will not be productive.


Whenever my wonderful wife and I get ready to move to the desert, I hope a house like this is available:


11408 E Running Deer Trl, Scottsdale, AZ 85262

11408 E Running Deer Trl, Scottsdale, AZ 85262


Just like I am already considering alternatives for a car purchase that might not even happen and if it does will be 2-3 years in the future, I am already casting an eye on available homes in our desired location. As my wonderful wife and I are not rookies in terms of buying a house, we have a very good idea as to what we want, which we hope will make the search fairly smooth and quick. Since the move and house with a 3+ car garage have to happen before the car purchase, you do the math on the timing of the move.

🎶 Arizona, take off your rainbow shades. 🎶

“If you don’t have dreams, you have nightmares.”



Yes, I took the plunge and joined the Studebaker Drivers Club (SDC). Since I have a STRONG aversion to newsprint, my membership is digital only without receiving the SDC newsletter.

Since today is the day my readers poll about which car should be my Z06 companion ends, I am going to announce the results, such as they are.

1) Buick Riviera

2) Studebaker Avanti

3) Buick Grand National

My own personal vote probably would have had the same order. Of course, the readers poll is not binding on me and neither is my current preference. I could buy an Avanti not made by Studebaker, like this:



From this Hemmings ad comes this listing for a 1970 Avanti II from, obviously, Country Classic Cars. I don’t really like white cars, and good automobile paint jobs are far more expensive than most people realize, but with an asking price of $12,450 and a Chevrolet drivetrain I could do much worse. A picture of the odometer does show 98,000+ miles, so that would be a worry.

The car has four seats and a trunk so it could function as a grocery car. Even in the car-crazy desert I doubt one would see too many cars like this. I could consider this car an homage to my longtime love of these cars that began when I saw this rendering in The Golden Guide To Sports Cars when I was probably 8 years old:



Being analytical to the point of being able to see all sides of an issue, no matter how obscure, but not being able to choose among them is most assuredly a curse.








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7 thoughts on “Monday Message

  1. I recognized the Mark Lindsay lyric right off… been a while since I’ve heard that… I looked it up and found it was written by Kenny Young. He co-wrote the Drifters 1964 hit, Under the Boardwalk, a song covered by the Stones way back.

    You’re probably familiar with this quote from Penn Jillette… I think he says it well..
    “It’s amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion. Helping poor and suffering people is compassion. Voting for our government to use guns to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral self-righteous bullying laziness. People need to be fed, medicated, educated, clothed, and sheltered, and if we’re compassionate we’ll help them, but you get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right. There is great joy in helping people, but no joy in doing it at gunpoint.”

    I’m not so sure your statement is all that selfish. And being “selfish” isn’t necessarily bad. I’m sure you’ve read Ayn Rand. I’ll stop… I’m out of my element.

    I think you’re going to need a bigger garage… my guess is that the weather in AZ is such that it wouldn’t be the worst thing to keep a car outside under a cover. But, a bigger garage is always better.


    1. Thanks, sir. That’s probably our favorite among all the houses we’ve “seen” online. However, we will not be moving there this year so the universe of available houses will change. We will insist on at least a 3-car garage, though, although as you point out keeping a car outdoors under a cover in AZ is a lot more feasible than in the mid-Atlantic.

      Penn Jillette’s remark is spot-on, in my opinion. It’s just hypocritical that some people criticize greed by private citizens and companies, but glorify greed by government.


  2. Good on you for joining the SDC. I have found them to be a pretty good bunch, some curmudgeons excepted.

    Hate the Avanti finished second, but I can’t say anything bad about the Riviera.

    Hope it works out the way you want.


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