Tuesday Truth

“We’re churning out a generation of poorly educated people with no skill, no ambition, no guidance, and no realistic expectations of what it means to go to work.”

– Mike Rowe

Truer words have never been spoken. Here is the link to the Mike Rowe Works Foundation.


As I have recounted ad nauseum, I am not blessed with good health. I have chronic conditions for which I must take prescription medications every day. I also have other conditions that flare up from time to time and that also must be treated with prescription medications.

I am currently suffering from one of the latter conditions. I spoke with someone in the office of the relevant health care provider yesterday morning and was told a prescription would be sent to the nearest pharmacy. I am still waiting for my script.

This condition almost proved fatal in 2004. I had surgery, ultimately unsuccessful, in an attempt to remedy the situation in 2013. I suspect allergies and stress as a trigger for the relapse, but the prescription meds have always worked. They can’t work, though, if I can’t take them because the practitioner neglected to send the script to the pharmacy.

I know almost everyone is very stressed right now, but people should still do their jobs.


Mundua gorroto dut eta sentimendua elkarrekikoa da.


From a reply to a comment by markcars2014:


Although I used to change the oil and lube the fittings on my first car—a 1967 GTO, my father was also a mechanic and ran an Amoco station—my interest has always been more in design, engine output and market evolution.

When I was in college I used to dream of starting my own car company. I would “make up” specs and write ad copy. As I lack any artistic talent I didn’t draw any cars. I am getting a little misty-eyed thinking of my younger days when almost anything seemed possible. Youth IS really wasted on the young.


Oh, you should read the comments…one of the reasons I so badly want to move to a new area is the slight possibility the move could open some doors for me to have a more productive and more fulfilling life. Remember that I wrote a book The Wall Street Journal called without a doubt the best book of its kind ever written. The fact that this country is drowning in credential-ism, political correctness and age discrimination doesn’t change the fact that I have a lot to offer.


OK, something calming and wonderful…


See the source image


From The Drive a picture of the new Lexus LC Convertible. The coupe is stunning and so is this convertible.

The convertible is powered by the same 5-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 used in the non-hybrid version of the coupe and uses the same 10-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 471 HP/398 LB-FT of torque and that enables the convertible to accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 4.6 seconds. The MSRP for the base version is $101,000.

I guess the twin-turbo V-8 that had been rumored will not be produced, but this convertible is something else, in my opinion.

I know David Banner (not his real name) is a big fan of this car. What about the rest of you?







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14 thoughts on “Tuesday Truth

  1. Re the Lexus…yes,yes, and yes!!! I do think that their interior color combinations could be better. My wife loves her Volvo convertible. Even though a recent study suggests that driving with your windows down is bad for you due to pollution, my wife has to be to work by 6 am, so she is exposed to less of it.
    Consider asking your doctor to give you a 35 day versus a 30 day supply, or a pack of samples you can have in case of emergency. I had a similar issue this weekend. Now that I have my refill, I am going to stash a few pills in the guest bathroom.

    Regarding opportunities, your day will come. I have been trying for four years to get the medical world to see the possible connection between a drug and a neurohormone. Now with COVID, more and more people are acknowledging the connection. Remember you are the guy that a certain baseball owner probably felt should have had his picture next to the word persistent in the dictionary!


    1. Thanks, Eileen. Yes, the LC convertible is the epitome of style; the coupe also looks amazing.

      You’re a successful person. What can I do to get a part-time or consulting gig that will let me use my chops?


  2. Feeling not well is always a bummer. You know what we will do on our end.

    I have followed Mike Rowe and his efforts to promote the work ethic and the working trades for many a year. I support him and encourage him at every opportunity.


    1. Thanks, Philip.

      Rowe has been criticized by some as being a racist or an elitist, which is quite odd for someone who thinks too many kids are in college, of all races.


  3. Mike Rowe speaks volumes of truth. As someone who has been a tradesman, even as a business owner, I have watched the skills diminish over the years. I’m wishing that more schools would bring back vocational classes. Over half of the college graduates have problem finding employment in their field of study, not a lot of call for intersectional gender studies majors out in the working world.In an apprenticeship program, you are getting paid WHILE you are learning that trade.When you’re done with the apprenticeship, thats when you can make some good money. I have 4 millwright foremen that have a base salary of $60,000 per year. With overtime they average around 90,000 a year. You won’t be getting a new Corvette each year, but you aren’t going to be living on potted meat and ramen noodles.

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  4. As you know, we went to a school that forced you to use your hands as well as your mind. I think my mom still had her “son made” knife holder when she passed. I am not sure what skills I still retain such as spot welding/metal casting, but I am at least not afraid to pick up a tool or two. We had a janky shower door handle that I couldn’t unscrew to replace. Off to the neighborhood Lowe’s for a Dremel, and I ground down the bolt head, popped it out, replaced the handle, and voilá, good as new! It’s not a rebuilt hemi, but no handyman needed thanks to a good basic high school education.


    1. Thanks. I really liked metal shop, just wish our curriculum had offered a course on working on cars. Of course (see what I did there), I don’t remember anything from metal shop and almost nothing from the rest of high school.


  5. As I have commented before, I earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mechanical Engineering. In Military parlance BS is short for Bravo Sierra and we all know what that is. I may be able to design the piping systems but I can also build them like I am currently doing to replace a cracked PVC valve body in the swimming pool piping on our pool.

    Mike Rowe is neither a racist nor an elitist. If you were on the Book of Face you would see his videos of how he gives back to little people who are out, on their own, helping their neighbors, Returning the Favor. I think those who call him those names are jealous of his success which comes from a lot of hard work to help other people, most of which are little guys, small business owners and/or self-started charities. We should all be as humble as he and the little people he showcases.


    1. Thanks, Philip.

      I am a fan of Rowe and his efforts. In the poisonous culture of political correctness, the go-to response is to call someone a racist if you don’t agree with them.


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