Observations For Hump Day

In a TV commercial for an online university the institution’s President says that talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not. In my opinion, that is sheer, unadulterated bullsh*t. Neither talent nor opportunity is equally distributed. I have written this before: people may have equal rights under the law, but not all people are created equally. Oh, work ethic isn’t equally distributed, either.

I know people who intuitively understand Einstein’s theory of relativity and others who wouldn’t understand it if they spent every day for five years in a classroom being taught about Einstein. I know people who are innately superb athletes and others who couldn’t make a layup more than once in every ten attempts no matter how much they practiced.

I think we all start out unequal and those who succeed figure out what they can do well. Some people have more options than others. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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Well, I wasn’t wrong after all. It was not a glitch that prevented me from accessing the classic editor in WordPress, but a permanent change in the path that I had previously used. The classic editor is still available, but not from the path I had used for almost three years. Oh, I still can’t stand the new block editor.

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According to 365 Days Of Motoring, it was on this day in 1899 that Literary Digest printed, “The ordinary horseless carriage is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle.” Here are some more bad predictions from this:

 

“Lee DeForest has said in many newspapers and over his signature that it would be possible to transmit the human voice across the Atlantic before many years. Based on these absurd and deliberately misleading statements, the misguided public has been persuaded to purchase stock in his company.” – a U.S. District Attorney, prosecuting American inventor Lee DeForest for selling stock fraudulently through the mail for his Radio Telephone Company in 1913.

“There is practically no chance communications space satellites will be used to provide better telephone, telegraph, television, or radio service inside the United States.” – T. Craven, FCC Commissioner, in 1961 (the first commercial communications satellite went into service in 1965).

“X-rays will prove to be a hoax.” – Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society, 1883.

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.” – Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899

“Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.” – Marshall Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superiure de Guerre

In the prologue to The Population Bomb Paul Ehrlich wrote, “In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate…” Yet, never has food been more abundant on a world-wide basis than today. Starvation that exists is largely due to political causes and wars, not overpopulation.

 

Repeat after me: history is replete with examples of the folly of human beings trying to predict the future.

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From Hagerty via Classic Cars comes this piece titled, “Millennials and Zs eager to enter collector car community.” Here is the most interesting passage in the article, in my opinion:

 

“Much of the ‘death of driving’ handwringing by the media in the wake of the Great Recession was based on data showing younger generations were getting their licenses later, buying their first vehicle later, and buying fewer vehicles compared to previous generations at the same age,” Ryan Tandler, survey lead [for Hagerty], is quoted.

“This conflated buying power with demand. The recession hit younger generations harder and delayed a host of major purchases and life milestones. As Millennials aged into greater buying power and started families, their purchase behavior looked more and more like other generations.”

“The lag was due to the disproportionate blow the generation took in the recession and the unique burden of student debt. It took them longer to recover their buying power, but not as long as it has taken the myth of car-hating young people to die.”

 

At a local Cars and Coffee event my wonderful wife and I used to attend before COVID-19, I would estimate that at least half of the participants were under 40. We saw a lot of Japanese cars and cars from the 1990s and first decade of the 2000s, but this event usually had at least 300 cars from all eras and countries.

As long as I have any degree of mental acuity [what mental acuity? 🙂 ], I will almost certainly have an interest in automobiles. I believe that attraction will exist for many people of subsequent generations, but I could be wrong, of course. I can’t predict the future with absolute certainty, either.

 

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From Motoring Research a picture of a car with a timeless appeal, in my opinion: an Aston Martin DB11.

 

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6 thoughts on “Observations For Hump Day

  1. I haven’t seen a lack of younger folks at either open shows or at the race track. Difference is only in the cars they like. I think for most of us, what we like automotive wise is formed as teenagers and young adults.. These days it’s not unusual to see a restored 1969 Charger R/T parked next to 90’s vintage Toyota Supra. I know when I bring out one of my 80’s vintage Shelby Chargers it’s a much younger crowd that is looking them over. And please don’t look down your nose at the young guy in the clapped out Honda with a “fart can” exhaust, it might well have a serious motor in it that will embarrass a much larger V-8. A few years back there was a younger guy that would show up at the dragstrip with a Honda Accord that looked like it belonged in a junkyard, until you looked a little closer; full cage, 4′ exhaust, giant intercooler, etc. Car ran consistent low 10 second-high 9 second passes in the quarter mile, same range as my gasser with a blown 472″ Hemi. Granted his engine is a hand grenade with a very short fuse compared to mine, but still impressive for an engine that was at least 300 cubic inches smaller than mine.

    TL,DR; younger folks like cars, just different cars than what most of us boomers like.

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    1. Thanks, DDM.

      I think some of those who report on “car-hating” youth have an agenda. Others are just not knowledgeable. As you commented once before, people used to want the Ford Model A and now, sadly, very few of those people are still around. I wholeheartedly agree that the core of interest in those with an interest in automobiles is in those cars of their youth, however one defines “youth.”

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      1. “however one defines “youth.”

        I have been accused of having never “grown up” due to my still playing with cars and bikes, even though I’m now on my 64th trip around the sun. And I hope to never grow up if thats the case. 🙂

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  2. Thou art only as young as you think thou art. Age, in my case, is an unlisted number. I grew up learning about cars in the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s, ’10’s,…. Need I go on? I have learned to appreciate cars for their…. beauty and performance potential. With enough ingenuity and forethought, you can make just about anything perform well. You learn to appreciate the effort and thought and ingenuity put into the vehicle by the owner, no matter his age and/or background. Some of my generation look down on Low Riders. Not I, as there are some beautiful, well built machines in that group. The “youngsters” building the low-cost Japanese cars with the “fart” cans are doing quite well with what they started with. Besides those younger folks will be the ones taking care of us “older” folks as we age. I remember, the lessons I learned from the old folks I took care of in the rest home where I worked as a teenager. I am STILL learning at my age and as far as growing up. Why? I’m still growing up and my grand children, challenge me to keep thinking to stay ahead of them in order to teach them from my base of experience. Be like Peter Pan: NEVER grow up!

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