Sunday Miscellaneous

I had another weird dream last night, a dream that a tree had fallen in our front yard. The tree had come completely out of the ground and the root system was visible. The only hitch was that the way the tree was laying in the yard, it could not have come from our lot. Explaining why that is so is unnecessary, only the point needs to be made.

In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias, many trees were downed in this area. Many of those had come completely out of the ground and their root systems were visible. The storm even spawned two tornadoes in this state including the one with the longest recorded tornado path in state history.

 

 

In our almost 13 years of living in the mid-Atlantic, we have experienced blizzards and severe tropical weather. Where we are going we are very unlikely to experience any of those events. That sounds OK to me; I’ll take four months of heat as the “price” to pay.

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I will probably post every day until I can’t. Yes, that sounds like a tautology. What I mean is that in the near future I will be unable to post for 10-15 days while we move and get settled into our new house, get set up with utilities there and so forth.

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I wonder how long it will be before we see one of these in the desert…

 

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From formulamotors a picture of a 2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast. As I wrote here, we saw more interesting cars in 3-4 days in the Phoenix area than we would see in a year here in the mid-Atlantic. Given the automotive stimuli overload, it’s possible we saw one of these and it was “lost” amidst all the automobile eye candy.

Yes, if you have to ask then you almost certainly can’t afford it. OK…the base MSRP is about $340,000. As handsome as the car is, I see a distinct resemblance to the C7 Corvette, side “scallops” aside.

IF I could afford one and had a place to park it, I would probably own a Ferrari. Yes, if I could afford one then it is likely I would have a place to park it. The Portofino was included in my Ultimate Garage 2.0 and the California, the Portofino’s predecessor and the best-selling Ferrari in history, was part of my first Ultimate Garage.

I admire and respect the engineering and performance of current Lamborghini models, but the company is part of VolkswagenAudi. I just don’t think I could get past that association and buy a Lambo, assuming I could afford one. Frank Sinatra supposedly remarked, “People who want to be somebody buy a Ferrari. People who are somebody buy a Lamborghini.” Of course, he said that a long time ago, well before Lamborghini’s integration into the Shitlermobile company.

What sayeth thee? Would you buy a Ferrari if you could afford it? Would you make a cross-country move if you really wanted to do so?

 

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7 thoughts on “Sunday Miscellaneous

  1. As my “play money” is insufficient to afford a Ferrari, I would have to sell most, if not all of my current fleet to afford one. I would prefer to keep the variety I have, and the trading of some for others each year. There are still many cars that I would like to own, even if briefly, ahead of a Ferrari on my list.

    However if I were to hit the Powerball…….. (I’m still waiting for them lottery people to call and tell me I won. What, I need to buy a ticket? Nobody told me that part. Might explain my lack of success in winning)

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    1. Thanks for commenting, sir.

      As I have written before, I understand the math and very long odds against winning the Powerball or Mega Millions. That being said, I would rather have a 1-in-300 million chance of winning a life-changing amount of money than a 0-in-300 million chance. My wonderful wife and I buy lottery tickets, but not for every drawing and not even every week. Yes, we are more likely to buy a ticket the bigger the jackpot. The odds are the same, but the potential payout is bigger. That makes the “expected value” better even though it’s still negative.

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      1. Contrary to what I posted, with tongue firmly in cheek, I do on occasion buy a lottery ticket. I usually don’t go inside the store where they are mainly sold and AFAIK they are cash only. As I’m usually putting my purchase on a card, it’s a decision to add one to my purchase.

        A second factor; I’m not much of a gambler. In games of chance, I have found that for the most part I have no chance. My only exception was my participation in a weekly low stakes (nickel, dime, quarter, 2 raise max) poker game some 40 years ago. I have been in a casino exactly 4 times in my life (airport in Vegas doesn’t count), spent $100 and left twice, won a small amount (once $17 and once $280) and left. Yes, I’m ahead by $97 and I hope to keep it as such.

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  2. At my age I would not buy a Ferrari even if I had the money. Too difficult to fit my old stiff body into one. If I had the money, I might buy one for my Ferrari fascinated grand daughter. She watches Formula 1 races with her Dad and loves the little red cars. Her Mom even went on eBay and bought her a Ferrari Barbie, they are collector items.

    On rare occasions, we buy a lottery ticket. I let the machine pick the numbers, my wife chooses to pick them herself. On the chance we won I would take the lump sum payout as I prefer to invest the $$$ myself and at my age we’d end up with more to leave the kids. I have toyed with the idea of claiming that the kids and we shared the ticket and then they get their money now and don’t have to wait for me to kick off. I have never been to Las Vegas. Yep, true enough nor have I been in any of the Arizona Native American casinos.

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    1. Thanks again, Philip.

      My wonderful wife and I have been to Las Vegas many times. We averaged one trip there every 9-10 months while we lived in Texas. I doubt we’ll frequent it as often even after the move, but a trip or two is likely.

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  3. I remember in the mid 1980s, visiting family in Mesa and Phoenix, and marvelling at how many great cars there were. I almost came home with a 1971 Dodge Super Bee off a used car lot.
    It’s always great seeing different cars on the road. It’s that time here now. Sunny day, mid-50s out, and it’s Thanksgiving weekend. We passed a rat rod, a late 30s Chevy hot rod, a stock Model A, a couple muscle cars, a Honda S2000, multiple Miatas and a C8 Vette. Likely everyone’s last cruise until next year.
    As far as Ferraris, I love them but I’m not built for them. If I were to consider one, it’d be older, probably a 328 or 288 GTO, maybe a 365 Daytona.

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