I had quite the fall yesterday, caused simply by trying to get out of my jeans so I could put on my “night clothes.” It is a VERY good thing that the floor of the master bedroom is now covered in carpet instead of hard wood, but I am still quite sore this morning.
The combination of Meniere’s Disease and advancing age is wreaking havoc on my balance. While living in a one-story house usually accelerates the decline in bone density and cardiovascular health, I know that if I had had a similar fall at the top of the stairs, I wouldn’t be writing this post now. EVERYTHING is a trade-off.
Some more pictures from the desert:
With a little research I have figured out why the smudged picture of Venus turned out that way. In low light an iPhone camera slows the shudder speed (to allow more light) so almost any movement will make the picture blurry. I cannot hold the phone still enough to get good photos in low light with my phone. Is that another manifestation of advancing age and/or Meniere’s? I don’t know.
From this CNBC article comes a list of the states to which people are moving and from which they are leaving, according to U-Haul. OK, people using U-Haul to move may not be representative of the entire population, but it’s still interesting to see. Here are the top five growth states in 2020:
California ranked last in 2020, behind Illinois and New Jersey. California has been in the bottom three states since 2016 and Illinois has been in the bottom two since 2015, when U-Haul began ranking states. Everyone repeat after me: People Vote With Their Feet.
From this US News article comes this list of the top and bottom states in population growth since 2010:
2 (tied). Idaho (16.3%)
2 (tied). Texas (16.3%)
4. Nevada (16.1%)
5. Arizona (15.8%)
6. Florida (15.3%)
7. Colorado (15.1%)
8. Washington (14.1%)
9. North Dakota (13.4%)
10. South Carolina (12.6%)
41 (tied). Michigan (0.9%)
41 (tied). New Jersey (0.9%)
43. Pennsylvania (0.6%)
44. Rhode Island (0.3%)
45. Mississippi (-0.1%)
46. New York (-0.3%)
47. Vermont (-0.4%)
48. Connecticut (-0.6%)
49. Illinois (-2.0%)
50. West Virginia (-3.7%)
The first list is just a 2020 measure while the second list uses a ten-year period so I am not calling this an apples-to-apples comparison. By the way, I had to deliberately leave out the space between 1. and Utah or otherwise the WordPress editor would have indented the list. WHY does WordPress assume that every numbered or bulleted list has to be indented?! I had to copy the list to Microsoft Word and paste it from there, but WordPress still wanted to indent the list unless I left out the space.
Eight of the ten fastest growing states are west of the Mississippi River and all ten of the slowest growing states are east of the Mississippi. Most of the latter group are also in the Rust Belt and/or Northeast. More from the article:
“Of the 10 most populous states, eight have seen population growth decline since 2010, while California, once touted for its population growth that boomed between 2000 and 2010, has seen stark declines in growth, losing population between 2019 and 2020 for the first time since 1990. Illinois and New York also saw population losses in the last few years, with both states’ 2019-2020 population loss marking their highest such decrease in the last 30 years.”
With the purchase of the 2015 Cadillac ATS, all of the ruminating over what to buy has ceased. With it, a large source of blogging material has disappeared as well.
As the vehicle world seems to be moving ever faster towards electric and SUVs/pickup trucks, I wonder just how much material I will have for writing about cars. I open the floor to suggestions about what to use as a source for automotive content. In the interim, a picture of the only car in my “inner sanctum” among Ultimate cars that could be acquired for a five-figure sum:
Remember that the quest for a car to accompany our Corvettes began with a car like this 1965 Buick Riviera GS. At this moment in time, such an acquisition will simply not happen. Oh well…
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10 thoughts on “Getting Old Tuesday”
I would venture to say that the California population growth between 2000 and 2010 may have been from illegal Immigration considering their local policies.
You could resolve the lack of space for additional cars for your Ultimate Garage by leasing garage space at some nearby commercial property. Just sayin’.
And yes, I do get up this early actually earlier.
Thanks, Philip. Right now, leasing garage space is not an option, but who knows what the future holds? The short-term future, anyway.
I don’t own an iPhone, but depending upon model, I’m pretty sure you can run it in manual mode. If you’re interested in how that might be helpful, I can send you a few links via email. The short answer is to set a faster shutter speed, raise the ISO, and use a larger f/stop. Those changes will affect the photo in other ways, but if there is enough light, it will stop the blurring.
Let me know via email if you’d like more info on the process.
Thanks, sir. Feel free to email me the info at your earliest convenience.
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As a physician I may have a solution to your problem of losing your balance when you change into your night clothes… stay in your pajamas all day. Pay the receptionist on the way out.
Patient: Doctor, doctor, it hurts when I go like this. [makes arm motion]
Doctor: So don’t go like that.
It has been reported that Ford has renewed the registration on the Thunderbird name. That does not mean that a new vehicle with that name is in the works, they are just preserving the name for themselves.
Thanks for sharing the info, Philip. I have written in the blog that I think Ford should bring back the Thunderbird as an electric/hybrid sports car.
I was sorry to learn you fell, hope you’re better and will get even better than that soon.
I also love your photos 🙂
Thanks for the kind thoughts and kind words about the photos. Stay safe and be well.
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