Monday Musings 45

From Carbonhans Blog an article about how GM and Ford have laid out plans to restart their US factories. Steps to protect workers will be a major part of these plans.

 

“Both companies detailed how they would thoroughly clean facilities and allot extra time between work shifts to do so. The automakers said they will also screen employees with questionnaires before they leave for work and temperature checks as they enter a plant or other facilities.”

“Employees who have recently been exposed to someone with the coronavirus or exhibit a high temperature or other Covid-19-related symptoms will be sent to local clinics for testing before they are allowed to return to work.”

“While in factories, employees will work at least six feet apart from one another whenever possible, the companies said. Employee workstations will be separated by clear plastic panels. Workers will also wear surgical-style face masks and clear plastic face shields whenever they’re required to work close to one another.”

 

One question I have is what proportion of these practices will remain in place even after the crisis ends? It actually might be a good idea if most, even all, of the procedures become standard.

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Some humor for this Monday courtesy of this post from Archon’s Den:

 

OMG, I’m rich! Silver in the hair, gold in the teeth, crystals in the kidneys, sugar in the blood, lead in the butt, iron in the arteries, and an inexhaustible supply of natural gas.

I can’t remember how to write 1, 1000, 51, 6, and 500 in Roman numerals.
I’M LIVID

A man went into the library, and asked for a book on Probability.
The librarian replied, “Possibly it’s on that shelf over there.”

I went on a job interview the other day.
The interviewer said, “It says on your resume that you are a man of mystery.”
I replied, “That’s correct.”
He asked, “Would you care to elaborate?”
I said, “No.”

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Many of you are probably tired of reading about the search for a Corvette companion/grocery car after the move to the desert. Well, given the timetable for the move may have been sped up a bit, the search has become a little more real and a little less theoretical.

From Curbside Classic a picture of the car that has at least moved into a tie with the 2006-07 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS as the leading contender:

 

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This is a 1995 Jaguar XJS convertible. Other than the somewhat unsightly “roof remnant” with the top down (not shown here), the car has a great look.

My wonderful wife likes these cars and she doesn’t care which engine; the inline-6 or V-12 are both fine for her. Part of me wants the V-12, but most of me would be fine with the six.

The XJS (or XJ-S) is one of the least respected successful cars in history. Over 115,000 were sold in its 20-plus year production run. However, because it followed the legendary E-Type this was the car that could not win. (Yes, I have written that before. Doesn’t mean it’s any less true.)

These cars are not expensive to acquire. The one shown above was sold for $13,000 ($13,650 all in on Bring A Trailer) in March, 2018. Maintenance? Well, we have some experience as my wonderful wife owned a 2001 Jaguar XK-8 convertible. Once the warranty expired the car seemed to want to fall apart. Our experience, by the way, might “argue” in favor of the less complicated six-cylinder engine.

We are a little wiser, hopefully, and a little more secure financially, hopefully. We could put an amount equal to 50% of the purchase price in an account to cover maintenance that, hopefully, would last more than a few months.

In general, the search has moved to more modern cars. We want a car for which disc brakes and fuel injection were standard, a car that had at least two airbags. I have dreams, but I live in the real world.

 

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4 thoughts on “Monday Musings 45

  1. A worthy choice. Always loved the style of the Jag. A colleague of mine was stationed in England many years ago. He found and brought home a 1949 (if memory serves) Jag. It is a town car, not a sports car. He fully restored it a number of years ago. I can’t even guess what it’s worth.

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    1. Thank you, sir. As I wrote in the post, this choice is becoming more real and less theoretical. If it had been solely up to me, we would already have been living in the desert for a year.

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  2. If you do go the British route I wish you luck. I never had any with the 2 British cars I have owned, less with the 4 motorcycles I owned. There is a kernel of truth in the old comment about Lucas Electrics.

    As for the changing requirements about the “companion car”; As you plan to use it more as an “appliance” than a “toy”, your requirements make sense. Older cars are generally a toy and are used far less as a daily driver. While everyone laments “They don’t build them like they used to”, everyone should be glad. See below

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    1. Thanks, sir. As we have experience with Jags we would be going into this with our eyes open. Many people have had trouble with British cars, but I know some who have had little to no trouble.

      If the car will be a grocery car then it will have to have some measure of reliability. Still, we want a grocery car with panache, not a Nissan Versa.

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