Last night (or was it two nights ago?), I had a very uncharacteristic dream. I dreamt I was driving off-road, not in mud or sand, but on concrete like in a parking garage only it was a more wide-open space although it was under cover. The feeling of sheer happiness, of euphoria I felt during this dream is difficult to describe in words. I didn’t have to stay in any lanes or signal or brake unless I wanted to. I didn’t have to obey any speed limits. I could just drive without constraints.
I don’t think I was driving my Z06, but I can’t identify the vehicle. It’s possible it was some type of Jeep-like machine, but with great power. I am grateful for a respite from the nightmares, but wish I had dreams like that far more often.
Without prodding from me, my wonderful wife has given me the cars she would buy in a Million-Dollar Challenge. Oh, she REALLY likes convertibles.
2020 Aston Martin DB 11 $210,000
2017 Ferrari California T $140,000
Maserati Gran Turismo Convertible MC $175,000
2021 Jaguar F-Type convertible $75,000
2020 Corvette convertible $80,000
Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder $310,000
Yes, that’s five convertibles out of six cars. From FC Kerbeck, a picture of the aforementioned Maserati:
She picked the cars without really adding up the cost and still managed to get in under the wire at $990,000. Once again, I did not ask her for the list so her inclusion of a 2020 Corvette convertible is somewhat revealing, in my opinion.
From Ambrose Bierce, “Politics is a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.” He also wrote, “A conservative is a statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from a liberal who wishes to replace them with other evils.”
Bierce was a renowned writer/poet and a journalist who served in the Union Army for virtually the entire Civil War. In late 1913 he traveled to Mexico in an attempt to experience the Mexican Revolution first-hand. He was never seen again.
I could not describe my feelings about politics anywhere near as eloquently and succinctly as Bierce. I want to add one belief, though. A political ideologue is someone who refuses to acknowledge the positions they advocate come with real costs. EVERYTHING is a trade-off.
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