Last Sunday

Before I even write this post today and before this WordPress week ends at the close of this Sunday, Disaffected Musings has had more blog views and unique visitors this week than in any other week in its history. This month, which is not yet over, has had more unique visitors than any other month. (Thanks.)

Of course, many of the views/visitors came from people trying to find out why Cristy Lee was not on the Barrett-Jackson telecast that ended yesterday. I am a little surprised that so many of her “fans” didn’t realize that the Barrett-Jackson auctions were no longer televised on Motor Trend and that contractual arrangements probably prevented her from continuing, assuming that she even wanted to.

However, more views were of the main page of this blog than of Where Is Cristy Lee? so it’s possible other events also drove blog traffic. For more than a week before the Barrett-Jackson broadcast began, the number of views referred from search engines had increased dramatically. Maybe the news that Belly Biane (intentional misspelling) is probably leaving the Oakland A’s and baseball led people to search for “Moneyball Pioneer” and that led them to find this blog.

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This is the last Sunday my wonderful wife and I will be living in this great house. In addition, this is the last Sunday I will post for awhile. I cannot say with certainty exactly how long.

My strong belief that nothing in life is all good or all bad, that everything is a trade-off is being reinforced by this move. I was very sad after leaving Wegmans for the last time. I have made a point to walk around the house and to take photos, some of which I will show on the blog after the move. I am not happy about many aspects of this change, such as leaving our wonderful neighbors. However, my wonderful wife graciously agreed to two major moves at my request so I cannot deny her wish to move to the desert.

I am hoping that a new venue is a fresh start for my life, which in many ways has become a rut. I hope that “post-virus” we will both find new friends at the numerous car events held in the desert, which has a car culture far beyond that of the mid-Atlantic.

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I was originally going to title today’s post “Lexus A or Lexus B.” I can still proceed with that idea, though.

At the recently concluded Barrett-Jackson auction, one of these was offered and sold for $440,000 all in.

 

 

This picture is of the actual auction car and is, obviously, from Barrett-Jackson’s website. Oh, this is the amazing Lexus LFA. Jeremy Clarkson, famous co-host of Top Gear and The Grand Tour, said this is the best car he’s ever driven, or at least that’s what he said after he drove one for the first time.

The LFA had to be fitted with a digital tachometer because no analog tach could keep up with its amazing ability to rev. The LFA can rev from 0 to 9000 RPM in less than one second!

The LFA’s naturally aspirated 4.8 liter/293 cubic inch V-10 engine produces 553 HP/354 LB-FT of torque. In that way, it’s like a traditional Italian “supercar” engine in that the emphasis is on high RPM horsepower and not low-end torque. (Yes, I know the Lexus is Japanese in origin, not Italian.)

OK, the LFA is Lexus A; you can probably guess the identity of Lexus B.

 

See the source image

 

From carmagazine.co.uk a picture of a Lexus LC (500). The LC is more of a GT car than the LFA, which is more of a “pure” sports car.

At present, the LC is powered by a 5 liter/303 cubic inch V-8 with output of 471 HP/398 LB-FT of torque in its non-hybrid version. A twin-turbo V-8 of smaller displacement but more power has been rumored to be in development for this car, but those rumors have faded recently.

OK, which of these cars do you prefer? Neither is inexpensive although the LFA is in another league in terms of rarity and price than the LC. Which do I prefer? Believe me, if I could afford it I would have both. I think the LFA is a marvel of automotive engineering and it’s far from ugly. The LC is one of the most handsome cars I have ever seen. Remember that it has been named to both editions of my Ultimate Garage.

I look forward to reading your thoughts.

 

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8 thoughts on “Last Sunday

  1. Happy wife, happy life? Not that I know that, having been divorced for 40 years. Life on the road has a tendency to keep you single. Don’t know if that’s good or bad, it just is what it is.

    Good luck with the move. As grand daddy used to say; write if you find work. 🙂

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    1. Many thanks, DDM. Your tremendous contributions to this blog are a genuine source of happiness.

      Barring a horrible turn of events I will resume posting on a regular basis after the dust settles. I just don’t know when that will be as this move has a lot of moving parts. (See what I did there. 🙂 )

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  2. Take care and stay safe in your travels, my friend. I look forward to Arizona soon, as well.
    Regarding the cars, both show their heritage in their designs, but my favorite is the LC (part of that given to the striking color of the model in the photo. 🙂 )

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    1. Thanks, sir. I was 100% serious when I wrote that if I could afford both I would have both, on the assumption that if I could afford both then I would also be able afford a house with a big enough garage for them and other “toys.”

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  3. Couple of things:
    First, social media, email, and texting has made the world a smaller place, and as a result friends more available. What has not happened is making those who are not friends more likely to stay in touch. So often I feel as if my “friends” can only receive texts and emails…except when they are in need. It is what it is.

    Second, life is what you make it. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Vujicic

    Third, I was at Costco getting gas last week as we returned from celebrating our anniversary. The place was packed when a woman drove up in your favorite Lexus. She pulled in like a boss, and EVERY head turned to look at her and her car. If I were a single man I would have pumped her…gas.

    Fourth, mediocracy is rampant today, more than at any other time in my lifetime. Those of us who abhor it suffer greatly. I had a colleague complain to me about pointing out his crappy presentation, rather than apologize for wasting my and our colleagues time by being ill prepared. Yesterday the delivery person could not be bothered to travel two extra feet and left my packages on my hedge in front of my door. It looks like the Red Sox will have a new curse, the curse of the “Bettsbino“.

    Good luck and Godspeed John Glenn.

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    1. Many thanks, sir. The “John Glenn” reference is an inside joke, one that need not be explained here.

      Yes, mediocracy/mediocrity is rampant today. When the powers that be think they need to promote people based on their ethnic group or gender and not on merit, mediocre rises to the top instead of the cream. Sorry, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. No offense intended to you, sir, nor is my comment based on your life in any way, shape or form.

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  4. Since you desire me to choose, I prefer B the LC, and not because it is red, my favorite color for a car/truck. A very nice shade of red I might add. No, I choose it because it is more of a GT road car and probably more mannerly than the super high revving other selection.

    We are looking forward to your arrival to your new home here in our desert. Please stay safe and take your time getting settled. We are, as always, available to help in any way.

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    1. Many thanks, Philip. You could have not chosen; that can sometimes be a choice, as well.

      As I have written in the blog, for part of me this move is surreal. Let’s hope we can get through the next 2-3 weeks and the winter. I offer sincere wishes that the coming of Spring, 2021 will really be a rebirth of sorts.

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