Tuesday Trails

No, the post title is not a reference to Dusty Trails. (That’s an inside joke for Dr. Zal. “Now look here, Trails!”) This will be an even more random post than usual.

This might seem odd and some would even say hypocritical for a blogger to write, but in my opinion the Internet is at least as much a force for bad as it is for good. However, the good manifested itself for me today as I met JS, author of the blog Journeys With Johnbo.

We met at a Dutch Bros coffee shop somewhere between my house and his winter house. We had a very pleasant chat sitting outside and were somewhat awestruck at the volume of business in the drive-thru lanes. He is a very thoughtful and polite person and it is fascinating for me to hear him discuss his life in aviation.

I believe in quality over quantity of friends, but don’t think anyone’s life is so complete that they don’t have room for another friend.


Oh yes they can…as reported here in this CNBC article an employer can fire an employee who refuses to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Rogge Dunn, a Dallas labor and employment attorney said, “Under the law, an employer can force an employee to get vaccinated, and if they don’t take it, fire them.” He also said he has clients who are, indeed, thinking of making the vaccine mandatory for employees.

This issue falls under the category of workplace safety and an employee can be fired if they refuse to adhere to company safety guidelines. One of Dunn’s clients in the restaurant sector thinks a compulsory inoculation requirement could be a game changer for business. “They think it gives them a competitive advantage,” explained Dunn. “They could say to their customers, ‘Hey, our restaurant is safe. All of our employees have been vaccinated.’”

Those who use ideology over empiricism and common sense could, ironically, be bailed out by science. If the vaccines really have an efficacy rate of 90%, then if just 70% of the population is vaccinated herd immunity will be achieved, especially considering all of those who have already been infected.

As a 60+ year old diabetic Ashkenazi Jew, I hope to be vaccinated as soon as possible. In 1900, the life expectancy for someone born in the US was about 40 years. Today, that has doubled despite America’s epidemic of the overweight, despite America’s overuse of guns and drugs, despite America’s lack of exercise. The only two developments that explain the increase in life expectancy are modern sanitation and modern medicine. Oh yes they are.


How much would it cost to buy one of these?



From this article on Classic Cars comes this picture of a 1965 Maserati Sebring. Yes, another Maserati on Disaffected Musings. Sorry…no I am not really sorry.

Actually, the question of how much can be answered. The asking price for this car is $265,000. The car was designed by famed automotive stylist Giovanni Michelotti, who was then working for Vignale. Talk about rolling sculpture…







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8 thoughts on “Tuesday Trails

  1. Your Maserati Sebring from 1965 looks strangely similar to the Volvo P1800 from 1961-1972. Just saying. Roof line, long nose, short rear deck. Just saying.

    Johnbo, have you ever been to the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona? Check it out sometime. They are the custodians for the prints and negatives of Ansel Adams and Eugene Smith and many others.


    1. Thanks, Philip. It is often said that real design innovation is rare in the automobile industry. It is also said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.


    2. And the Volvo is cheaper. In med school, one of the non nerd guys in my class had a Volvo P1800. He was part of the clove cigarettes/punk rock crowd. I remember him giving me a ride home in the days before my $400 stick shift Corolla. I remember feeling “WTF, how can a med student afford such a cool car!” I forget what specialty he went into, but I bet he’s driving something just as flashy today.


  2. Completely out of curiosity, what roles have been played by increased leisure time (which is often translated to exercise), better exercise science (part of modern medicine?), fewer people making their livings in rigorous and hard-on-the-body work, increased productivity through technology, improved nutrition, acceleration of information spread (and thus faster adoption of medical advancement), and technological leaps in food storage, in your opinion? I’m not trying to be pointed. I always enjoy your analysis and just wonder what you think of those factors.


    1. Wow! Lots of stuff there…first thing that jumps out at me is “fewer people making their livings in rigorous and hard-on-the-body work…”

      That huge change means many fewer on the job injuries and deaths, much less stress on joints and soft tissue, but also many fewer calories burned during a work day. Like virtually everything, that change has both good and bad.

      Acceleration of the spread of info is only good if people are rigorous in vetting information sources. Better exercise science would have a better impact if more people exercised.

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment and thanks for reading. Tell your friends…


  3. It was a beautiful Arizona morning when we met for coffee. I truly enjoyed the visit. I am looking forward to having coffee again sometime, maybe at an upcoming car auction… after the vaccinations of the auction staff (not to mention us.) >grin<


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