Short-Term Pain…

For Long-Term Gain. Specifically, I am referring to the current disruption in our lives as we are having the original tile replaced with porcelain tile that is much lighter in color, larger and more “modern.” Here is a current photo from our kitchen:



Of course, swapping Short-Term Pain for Long-Term Gain has many applications beyond home remodeling. That trade-off, however, seems to be one that fewer and fewer people are willing to make. We seem to live in a country (I suspect this is true of the entire developed world, but I don’t live elsewhere) where too many people think they are entitled to whatever they want just because they want it, they want it yesterday and they want someone else to pay for it. That attitude is a recipe for disaster. Yes, it is.


Along the lines of what I have just written is this CNBC article. Whole Foods CEO John Mackey (an eerie name for this native of Baltimore who watched Hall Of Fame tight end John Mackey play) told Freakonomics radio host Stephen Dubner, “I mean, honestly, we talk about health care. The best solution is not to need health care. The best solution is to change the way people eat, the way they live, the lifestyle, and diet.”



Here is a story told by former practicing physician David Banner (not his real name):


“I had a patient who had a major heart attack and was in the ICU getting clot busting meds. When I got there, he had oxygen on and was eating a fried fish sandwich that he bullied his wife into bringing him, and berated the nurses who tried to get him to stop. He died on his couch nine months later.”


If the US has a lower life expectancy than other developed countries that has very little to do with delivery of health care and much more to do with, for example, the fact that US citizens walk far less than people in the rest of the developed world. This country has developed a dangerous streak of lazy and ignorant. Yes, it has.

I don’t know who Dani Shugart is, but this is what she wrote in this piece:


“Everybody who’s in shape fights for it in some way. It’s not given to us. We all have personal disadvantages and challenges to overcome. So unless you’re among the very few genetically gifted and environmentally blessed, you can’t get lean without a struggle. You can’t build muscle without a struggle. And you certainly won’t maintain either without struggling in some way.”


Short-Term Pain for Long-Term Gain (Obviously, this applies to the “pain” of wearing masks and curtailing social activities until the vaccines have been widely distributed; I’m being more than a little facetious. Wearing a mask is a very small sacrifice, if any.)…The truth is often painful, but as Huxley wrote, “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”


Here is a picture I took on New Years Day:



I know that’s a C4 Corvette convertible, although I don’t know the year, and I think those are C5 wheels, but I just like the looks of this car. As I have written (many times) before, it is only in the past few years that I have developed an affinity for C4 Corvettes. Before that, I thought they were plain-looking and under powered, at least until 1992. (I’m not counting the ZR-1 variant.)

Without question C4 Corvettes are an inexpensive gateway to Corvette ownership. It is still possible to find such cars with fewer than 75,000 miles listed at under $10,000.

I know C/2 has a Corvette, but how about the rest of you? Do any of you currently own one or have ever owned one?






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14 thoughts on “Short-Term Pain…

  1. Thanks for the shout out. Here’s a new story. An old friend reached out to me yesterday which resulted in a two hour call. She told me she has to be obsessive in her diet and exercise to keep from being the overweight teen she was once. Her brother is the opposite and now has Stage 4 kidney disease and hypertension, and recently had access for dialysis placed in his arm. She notes over the years he has been non compliant with diet and exercise, and she is not sure how well he follows his medication regimen.
    Now he is asking for her to commit to being a “chain kidney donor”, one who may not be compatible with her brother but by putting a kidney in the pool increases the shot at getting a compatible kidney. She feels-and I agree-that he’s likely not to change his behaviors and is highly likely to lose the transplant. She does not want to donate her kidney.
    My counsel? No kidney. At best, set up a contract where if her brother shows three months of improvement in compliance with diet, exercise, and taking meds, then she would consider the donation. Short term pain for long term gain.


    1. Thanks for sharing the story, Doc.

      I have been reading about some doctors who refuse to treat families where the parents refuse to vaccinate their children. What do you think of that stance? Is that a violation of medical ethics or the Hippocratic oath?


      1. In a non emergency situation it’s fine. For pediatricians, having an unvaccinated patient could be a threat to other patients. If a patient doesn’t want to follow the advice you provide, as a physician you can discharge the patient ethically. The relationship is a two way street.


  2. I haven’t owned a Corvette. Yet. As for the C4, it hasn’t grown on me quite yet. What has however is the so called “disco era” C3, 1975 and up to the C4. Those can be bought for serious low money (not counting the pace car and “collector” editions). Reason being the low HP rating. Given the technology available today, EFI, high flow cat’s, O2 feedback, you can buy/build a 400-500 HP 350 CI engine for less than the cost of the car. An additional benefit is that even at that HP, it will have a far cleaner exhaust than it did when new. Providing you do most of the work yourself, you can have a Corvette that will be the equal of many new cars, AND still have money to buy another car.

    Win, win in my book.


    1. Thanks for offering for your perspective, DDM. Yes, IF you can do the work yourself you can build a car that has some sweat equity.

      When I see the low-powered C3s and C4s on the auction block I almost always think that they would be a nice platform for modern performance upgrades. However, since I can’t do the work myself I don’t think they would be good financial investments although they would be good investments in the enjoyment of life.


      1. If you’re not in a position to do the work yourself to build an engine;

        A decent shop should be able to swap out the engine and accessories for around $1200-1500, another $2000 for exhaust and other small parts.

        Having been brought up building my own, I prefer homegrown to store bought. I know a lot of folks are not in the same position and that’s what keeps shops open.

        As always, YMMV


  3. I know that I am a little late to the party. Yes the C4 Corvette is a great entry level ride. My C5 is a very popular and economical option. It is a very good driver. I choose to use mine as an occasional vehicle.


  4. My only references to Corvette owners are yourself and a friend (and former colleague) who owns a 1994 (IIRC) model. I’ve always loved the styling, etc, but have always figured they were out of my price range.
    Since I’m not a real performance aficionado, my Mustang V6 is plenty of power for me. After all, my “grocery car” is a hybrid.
    My wife grudgingly drives the Mustang when it’s the only vehicle available. It’s “too much power” for her. >gringrin<)


    1. Many thanks, sir. No, Corvettes are not practical, but only engaging in “needs” and never in “wants” is no way to live life, in my opinion. As I have written many times, Corvettes can be quite affordable and are very easily serviced.


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