J’ai Fait Une Faux Pas

I am a very happily married man and am also about to “celebrate” a birthday that, for me, marks the passage into old age. Still, I notice women. One of those women is Laura Landis, a bidders assistant for Mecum and daughter of Mecum auctioneer Jimmy Landis. As I told Scott Hoke, I think she is adorable.

The first day of the auction I did something that I thought was “cute” at the time, but quickly realized it was a mistake, a misstep, a faux pas. As my wonderful wife and I walked to our seats we passed Laura Landis. I said, “Good morning, Laura” and kept walking without stopping to introduce myself. For the rest of the auction I tried not to make eye contact with her, but when I did I felt most uncomfortable. Oh well…


Here’s a photo having nothing to do with the auction:



It does rain in the desert, but that can also mean a double rainbow.

Here are some auction photos:



Most of you probably know the identity of these cars, but from top to bottom: a (1968) Dodge Charger, an AMC AMX (1969), a (2013) Ferrari 458 and a (2004) Cadillac XLR. With the possible exception of the 458 all of the other cars have been shown in this blog before. Hey, I like what I like and I know what I like. Of the 1,200 or 1,400 or whatever the number was of vehicles that crossed the block during the auction I probably only have photos of 40 or 50.

Here is another non-auction photo. I don’t think the picture really conveys the breathtaking nature of this view from Camelback Mountain, but here goes:



If you haven’t figured it out by now I think Arizona is beautiful and I am chomping at the bit to move there. I hope this coronavirus situation passes quickly and without doing lasting damage to the country and to the economy. Selfishly, anything that threatens to delay or to derail the move is most unwelcome.







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2 thoughts on “J’ai Fait Une Faux Pas

  1. I suspect your “milestone” will be turning 60. I’m currently on my 63rd trip around the sun, so that milestone is still fairly fresh in my memory. It wasn’t quite the earth shattering event I feared it might be, but it was kind of a surprise that I had actually survived to make that age. While many treat their body like a temple, I tended to treat mine like an amusement park. These days I have the usual aches and pains, and maybe a few more than others due to various race car crashes, motorcycle crashes (all but 1 off road thankfully) and living life to the limit in my younger wilder days.
    That said, I would still prefer to be pushing 60, as opposed to dragging it.


    1. Thanks for the comment, sir. As I have written before, I have lived my life more in my head than in the physical world. I don’t have the cojones to race cars and ride motorcycles.


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