Wednesday Waggle

In football, a waggle–or bootleg–is a play where the quarterback (QB) will roll outside the pocket away from the original direction of the play. It is designed to be misdirection that slows down the defense’s flow to the football. The play can be run with a lineman pulling in front of the QB or the QB can boot “naked” with no protection. Perhaps you’ve heard the term “naked bootleg.”

I’ve always wanted to use the post title “Wednesday Waggle” so now I have.

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Follow-up to yesterday’s post…I am surprised that the video of the tree rat (the term Dirty Dingus McGee used to describe squirrels in one of his comments) being flung into a tree did not have more plays. The number of plays was only about a third of the total number of views for the main page and yesterday’s post combined.

I have been told I need more audio-visual content in order to help increase the number of viewers. Of course, if no one knows such content is here then how can they view it?

 

I guess I am not the only one who despises those Limu Emu and Doug commercials. From this article here are some comments:

 

 

In the interest of full disclosure I “cleaned” up some of the spelling and grammar. Note the dates on these comments are from a year ago or more. Unfortunately, the company that had these “ads” made must be seeing good results or the ad campaign would have been discontinued. Just as unfortunately we use this company’s services as our insurance company does not directly write homeowners insurance, but partners with other companies. Hey, we save a lot of money on our automobile insurance. I am often just as guilty as the majority of American consumers who care only about the price and not so much about the quality of the product.

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The Classic Cars Journal Pick Of The Day for May 15th was a 1962 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk, although they call the car a Hawk GT. Here is a picture from Classic Cars:

 

Hawk GT

 

The article title is, “Pick of the Day: ’62 Hawk GT could be ideal entry to collector car hobby.” As almost everyone reading this knows, I was obsessed with this car for a long time. I have to admit that my obsession has waned, though.

Thinking through the search for a Corvette companion/grocery car that we will likely purchase after the move to the desert has led me to the conclusion that while owning a car like this is romantic, for lack of a better word, such ownership is not practical when you’re my age and someone without a lot of wrenching experience. (How about that for a run-on sentence?! Actually, I think it is punctuated correctly. It’s just a long sentence. I make a concerted effort to write the “right” words and to use proper grammar and punctuation. I make many changes while writing a post. I often edit a piece from yesterday or last week just to make the post sound a little better. Yes, that’s OCD, but it’s also dedication to doing this right.)

What do you think? If you were in a position to buy a car that can only partly be justified by need, what would matter most to you?

 

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4 thoughts on “Wednesday Waggle

  1. My church pastor recently posted two pictures on Facebook which follow along with today’s discussion. The first was of his grandparents and their 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk in two-tone red and white The second, in a discussion about growing up in Pennsylvania and dining on squirrel meat, was a picture of a can of “Chicken of the Tree” canned squirrel meat. Naturally the second was a joke.

    Interesting historical note when our Revolutionary forefathers developed their own firearms industry, they built rifled barrels to improve accuracy over the inaccurate smooth-bore muskets of the day. These rifled “squirrel guns” were an effective tool against the British regulars and their smooth-bore Brown Bess muskets. They were also primarily used to hunt squirrels for the table as the over abundance of squirrels made for more successful hunting than chasing the other elusive “rat” called deer.

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Philip.

      The US is home to more than a BILLION squirrels. We have chased and hunted their predators to near-extinction and the rats with better PR can breed unabated. I hope the desert does not have as many of these vermin as the mid-Atlantic.

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  2. An older vehicle can be made more dependable, and safer, to a point. A disc brake conversion, electronic ignition, EFI conversion, will make it much more driver friendly and less maintenance intensive. It will never approach a modern vehicle for safety, but it’s better than original.

    My criteria for a “play” vehicle is; It’s got to be fun. I have no desire for a for a 1972 four door Toyota Corona, or a 1965 full size domestic sedan with a 6 cylinder and automatic. A 1972 Datsun 510, or a 65 2 door Biscayne with a hot motor and a 4 speed? Take my money now.

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    1. Thanks again, sir. The fact that modern safety systems cannot easily be retro-fitted to older cars, if at all, is one reason I abandoned my efforts to build a C2 Corvette resto-mod and bought a C7 Z06 instead. However, as you pointed out it is possible to make older cars better and safer than they were originally. Of course, some people get very upset at the thought that others might modify an older car. I say, Different Strokes For Different Folks. (I think I am going to use the acronym DSFDF from now on.) When I was considering a car like a 1962-64 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk or a 1963-65 Buick Riviera, a disc brake conversion, an EFI conversion and going to electronic ignition were all on the table.

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