Three Years!

On this day in 2018 I wrote the first post for this blog, Disaffected Musings. I didn’t really want to include the link to the first post, as I think it is not worth reading, but decided that for the vast majority of readers who have not been following this blog since the beginning, it might be amusing to see.

I was literally in shock after the Evil Empire (aka Google) deleted my first blog and its 600+ posts because I had the “nerve” to appeal their decision to remove ads from the blog. America, Google and Facebook are evil. I do not understand how that has seemingly glanced off the collective skull of this country.

It is likely that later this month I will write the 1,000th post for this blog. I think WordPress will send me the code to display a badge acknowledging that “milestone.”

What does the future hold? This morning, during a text exchange with our good friend Eileen–whose birthday is today–I recounted a Vin Scully story. Do I have to tell you who Vin Scully is? How sad…he is an acclaimed sportscaster who called games for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers from 1950 to 2016. That is the longest tenure of any broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history.

During a broadcast, he was talking about an injury to a Dodgers player quoting the team line that the player was day-to-day. Scully then said, “Aren’t we all?” We are all here one day, gone the next; we just don’t know when that transition will happen. I don’t mean to be morbid; what I am actually trying to do is to exhort all of you (and me) to take advantage of every day. Life is not about doing as little as possible. The path of least resistance is often a path to nowhere. Carpe Diem!

Thanks for reading.


I have written about taking pictures of our Corvettes in our new venue. I had the opportunity to do so yesterday, although the picture displayed is merely the best of a bad lot. We had to wash our cars as they were covered in dust, probably exacerbated by the tile work which was completed on Saturday. Anyway…



The photo was taken post-wash. Actually, the wash simply consisted of hosing down the cars and then wiping them dry with a microfiber towel. The cars were not really dirty, per se, they were just dusty. I will get better photos and share them with you.

I have already begun a dialogue with a well-known “speed shop” in the area about more engine mods to my car. Here is one excerpt (Edgar!) from one of the emails I received from the owner of the shop, “…these cars are extremely reliable even with more power.”

The question is always “How much for how much?” I could get my Z06 close to 1,000 HP at the crank for about a third of what I paid for the car, but that’s more than I want to spend. If I am not willing to spend five figures, I can still get the car to well above 800 HP at the crank and about 700 at the rear wheels. Barring something awful and unforeseen, that’s probably the path I will take. The work will even include a dyno run, which makes me anxious and excited at the same time.

Carpe Diem! Life is what happens after you leave your comfort zone.







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10 thoughts on “Three Years!

  1. Vin Scully ended his tenure as the “Voice of the Dodgers” after 67 years in 2016. I grew up listening to him announce the Dodger play-by-play. His voice is immediately recognizable to me, and whenever I hear it, I have memories of listening to those 1960s era ball games on the radio.


  2. An old saying that has been around the racing world for a long time;

    Speed costs. How fast can you afford?

    In 1990 I started work on a high horsepower 4 cylinder 2.2 Dodge engine. Before I was done it had been “poked and stroked” to 2.8, built to handle 20psi of boost, programmable injectors and timing and boost via a laptop computer, etc. I ended up with an estimated 450-475 hp from a motor that started life at 175 hp. My cost, just in the engine, was nearly $10,000, in 1990 dollars. Most everything had to be custom built as there was little for internal engine parts that was “off the shelf.” At the time I built it, there was no NHRA class it would fit into, so I just bracket raced it for 3 years. It was fairly competitive but only fairly due to being front wheel drive.

    Side info on the car; I ended up selling it to someone who foolishly went street racing with it. Predictably he wrecked it. The only thing that saved him from being killed (it was estimated he went into the woods at around 100mph), was the safety cage that I built to NHRA specs for an 8 second car (I ran low 10 second quarter mile times).


    1. Thanks for sharing, DDM.

      As I wrote today, I can get to 800+ HP (probably 825-835) at the crank for less than $10k. I think that’s a good deal. Of course, YMMV…


      1. With the technology available today, I’m certain it’s achievable. And probably will cost less, depending on the shop. But due diligence comes in there. It’s best to talk to past customers to find out about their experience. I know of too many folks that have paid serious money to a “reputable” shop and gotten screwed over. It’s even happened to me on work that I’m not equipped to do 3 times over the years. I hate having to pay someone to correct someone else’s shoddy work.

        I forgot to mention earlier; congrats on three years.


      2. The fact that this shop was recommended by the owner of the mid-Atlantic shop that worked on my car is a strong piece of evidence on the quality of the “new” shop, but I appreciate your advice. I also greatly appreciate your loyalty to and participation in my blog. Many thanks, DDM.

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