Hit The Pause Button

Like many other people, I’m sure, it feels as though someone has hit the pause button on my life. This feeling is worsened as my wonderful wife and I are trying/waiting to move to the desert and that process has an indeterminate end.

Today, I am turning the tables. I am hitting the pause button today. I will not do any chores today nor will I run on my treadmill or get my x,000 steps. After I finish this post I am going to veg for the rest of the day to the extent possible given my OCD.


Although I am always happy to see Cristy Lee, now part of the cast of Garage Squad, I have to admit I miss Heather Storm’s presence on that show. Here is a picture of Storm from her website:



Apparently, it wasn’t her idea to leave Garage Squad and she wasn’t happy that her departure was announced before she could let “the world” know. Although I am 99.99% sure she will never read this I wish Heather Storm the best. Yes, this is old news. Hey, I’m an old guy.


This article from Classic Cars is about HBO being sued by a car dealership featured in an HBO series. From the article:


“A car dealership featured in the HBO series “I Know This Much is True” has sued the production company for negligence after a massive fire destroyed the business and its contents, including dozens of vintage cars used in the making of the show.”

“The Ellenville, New York, car dealership seeks around $8 million from Calling Grace Productions, which filmed the dramatic series starring Mark Ruffalo for HBO.”

“The dealer claims that a transformer used to charge camera batteries burst into flames after midnight on May 9, 2019, and that a security guard on duty had fallen asleep and was not alerted until explosions occurred when the fire was well-advanced.”


If HBO and the production company are really dragging their feet in paying for the damages, then shame on them. I have long thought that much/most of Hollywood is oblivious to the real world. My wonderful wife and I used to subscribe to HBO, but eventually realized that we almost never watched any of the channels. Within a week of cancelling our subscription it was as if we had never subscribed. I think we cancelled HBO 15 years ago.

In general, the Hollywood “machine” does not care about my demographic. About two-thirds of movie tickets are purchased by people 21 or younger. I have not been in a theater since 2007 and almost certainly will never set foot in one again. I watch very little TV; basically, if it’s not a Mecum auction, something on Motor Trend or an episode of American Pickers, then I’m almost certainly not watching. Oh, I have to amend that list. My wonderful wife and I have become hooked on The Zoo on Animal Planet.


Of course, on this day in 1914 Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, was assassinated in Sarajevo. His wife Sophie was also killed. The assassination was the spark that ignited World War I as Austria-Hungary subsequently issued an ultimatum to the Kingdom of Serbia, which was partially rejected. Austria-Hungary then declared war on Serbia, triggering actions leading to war between most European states. The Serbian military played a major role in organizing and arming the assassins.

Obviously, a blog post is not the venue for discussing the causes of World War I. It is true, however, that Europe has avoided a large armed conflict for 75 years. Virtually no one alive today was alive during World War I and few people living today were alive during World War II. History often has a way of being re-written and not always in a more accurate way.


On this day in 1966 Pete Estes, then President of the Chevrolet Division of General Motors, announced a new car model. The internal designation was XP-836, but the car is known to the world as the Camaro.

I still think the first-generation Camaro, model years 1967 to 1969, is the best-looking of the model. The car became available to the public in September, 1966, a “normal” time for the introduction of a new model. For years, the cars for a model year were introduced in September/October of the previous calendar year. Without further ado, from Barn Finds a picture of a stock 1967 Chevrolet Camaro:


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This is not one of the many Camaros that have been modified with larger wheels and tires, with custom paint and custom hoods, not to mention modern drivetrains. While I prefer the looks of the 1968 model, because I don’t really like the vent window on this car, I think all three years just look great. I would never use this car for the In Or Out? feature because it seems as though it would be In for most people.

Enjoy your Sunday. I’m going to try to do the same.









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10 thoughts on “Hit The Pause Button

  1. Like you, I don’t watch a lot of TV. I have 9 jillion channels and watch…..5. Smithsonian, Science, MavTv (local racing from around the world), occasionally the Weather channel (unless it’s after 8pm, I don’t care about tow truck shows) and Motor Trend on occasion. I would happily pay the cable company $10-$15 per month to get ONLY the channels I want. Not a movie fan, don’t care for network sitcoms or news, no TV shopping for me, not a stick and ball sports fan, don’t speak Spanish, and my religious needs are already handled. That eliminates about 90% of the available channels.

    I like the 67-69 Camaro, however my favorite is the 70-72 vintage, in particular the RS version. I really like the looks of the split bumper, especially when combined with the Z-28 option.


    1. Always good to read your insights, sir.

      I’m sure I’ve written that despite the hundreds of channels available to those who subscribe to Cable/Satellite TV, the average household only watches an average of 17 channels. Streaming will radically alter the TV model.


  2. I still remember that day in 1945, I was 4 years old, my father was in the U.S. Army in Germany, we had no phone, no radio, my Uncle drove up in his old Buick and shouted, “Peace at last, the war is over!”


  3. I are not a Chevrolet fan.

    Heather Storm, very lovely woman, too young for me.

    The Balkans portion of Europe has been a hot spot for centuries, the Southern end of which spawned Alexander the Great and his father Philip.

    My wife, Beverly, also watches The Zoo and other shows on the Animal Planet.

    We moved to Tucson in 2009. The first movie theater I entered since moving back here was last December 2019 and I did not buy the tickets, my brother did. I bought the snacks so we could enjoy “Ford vs. Ferrari”. And a fun time was had by all.


  4. For many years, my wife and I avoided going to the movies in favor of just buying the DVD when it became available. A few years ago, we started going to the occasional movie that we couldn’t wait to see on TV. When they open up again, it might take quite a bit of persuasion to get us to go again.


    1. Thanks, sir.

      As I wrote in the post, “Hollywood” doesn’t care about my demographic and, not coincidentally, doesn’t really make movies I want to watch. The same goes for TV. That’s OK, though, because TV is not life.

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