Freeform Friday

Hope all of you that celebrated the day had a very Happy Thanksgiving.


From this Corvette Blogger piece comes the data on final 2020 Corvette production. Oh, please feel free to click on the blue hyperlink as I only link to secure sites whose URLs begin with https.

The fact that the data is available obviously means that 2020 production has ended and 2021 production has begun. I hope “Professor” John Kraman has received his new 2020 Corvette.

The final production figure was 20,368 2020 Corvettes, about half of the expected total before the damn virus and UAW strike. Coupes were 82.4% of the cars built meaning that convertibles were 17.6%. The Z51 performance package was very popular as 76.0% of 2020 Corvettes were equipped with it.

Torch Red was the most popular color at 25.2% with Arctic White second at 15.2%. My favorite color, Sebring Orange, was fourth at 6.8%. From the famous Corvette Mike, a picture of a 2020 Corvette in Sebring Orange:


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I hope Chevrolet/GM can sell 40,000+ 2021 Corvettes. The car does seem to be very popular so the hand-wringing by “purists” (otherwise known as sticks in the mud) over the change to a mid-engine layout seems to have been much ado about nothing. (Sorry, Mr. Shakespeare.)


If I have interpreted and extrapolated from this chart correctly, then the air pressure at our home in the desert is 6.7% less than it was at our previous home. I guess that means for a given volume of “air” there’s actually 6.7% “less” air.

I have been struggling with my running on the treadmill since the move. (Yes, I was able to get it fixed by an excellent electrician who jerry-rigged a connection.) David Banner (not his real name), a former physician, replied to a text that the change in altitude/air pressure can certainly affect exercise. No one has been able to tell me when or if my body will adjust.

I had never had any difficulty running 30-40 minutes or even longer, but in my last workout I ran out of gas at about 26 minutes, pushed myself to 27 and then had to spend 10 minutes on the floor catching my breath. My wonderful wife and I have been here about four weeks. I hope my body will adjust and soon. By the way, although it wasn’t the same calendar day, we met on the day after Thanksgiving 23 years ago. Happy Anniversary, V Squared!


Our Simplisafe security system seems to be working just fine with one exception: one of the motion sensors won’t stay on the wall. The flat part at the back of the sensor doesn’t fit into the wall corner so the two adhesive strips are not adhering to anything. Here are some pictures:



We think the sensor has to be perpendicular to the corner (if that makes sense) so the beam covers the most area. The other motion sensors in the house are mounted that way and, at least so far, they’re still on the wall. I know the textured surface is somewhat of an issue.

Anyway, any suggestions will be appreciated. I have ordered what is supposed to be “super sticky” double-sided tape and it will be delivered this weekend.

Have a great weekend.







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8 thoughts on “Freeform Friday

  1. Thanksgiving day was pretty quiet around Casa McGee, which in truth was not unexpected. I passed on invites to various others homes, no real interest in interacting with others “odd” relatives. I did spend part of the day on yard work and then a bit of time tinkering on my gasser.

    Never did end up with that pizza. I have too much trouble processing cheese these days so I ended up with a baked chicken instead. Hey, it’s like a turkey, right?


    1. Actually, I would much prefer baked chicken to turkey, of which I am not a fan.

      For years when I would could cook the Thanksgiving meal I would prepare a hearty pasta dish that would take hours of prep, but was so worth it come eating time. Yesterday, my wonderful wife’s parents treated us to a splendid meal at a Fairmont-affiliated hotel. I had filet mignon, medium-well. It was excellent as were my appetizer, sides and dessert.


  2. Your breathing problem is due to elevation. The approximate elevation of your house is 2123 feet above Mean Sea Level. I determined this from the USGS The National Map. and searching to your house address.and then using the elevation feature found the elevation. Your old address was close to sea level, I assume, so you just need to acclimate yourself to the new elevation. Link to The National Map is here:

    I deleted your old address from my address book so I cannot determine the elevation there. If you want me to determine the elevation, just email me the old address. The National Map features can be a little tricky to figure out. Try if for yourself if you want.

    Our turkey turned out very well. I should have taken a picture.


    1. Thanks, Philip. I assumed that my breathing difficulties are a result of the change in elevation from 184 feet above sea level to 2,123 feet. What no one has been able to tell me is how long it will take to adjust or if my body will adjust.

      This link works just as well, I think, and is much easier to use.


  3. I expect that you will adjust as you condition. Your exertion duration should improve steadily as you gain in lung capacity to compensate. I am unqualified to suggest a timeline, but regular exercise will ultimately solve the issue.

    We picked up a turkey dinner from the local Dennys. We usually have a houseful, but this year, we opted to be alone, gathering with family on Zoom. In fact, it’s the first time in many years we were “with” both our son and daughter and their families on Thanksgiving.


    1. Thanks, sir. I am hopeful that the adjustment process will end soon. Yesterday, I simply “backed off” in terms of speed and duration and was able to finish my run without gasping for air, but felt as though I had cheated myself.

      Hopefully, this will be the only Thanksgiving marred by this damn virus.

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