T Minus Five Days

Yes, OCD “sufferer”/Numbers Nerd that I am I am counting to my first “damn virus” vaccine. As I write this it’s actually a little less than five days because my appointment is quite early in the morning, earlier than I am writing this today.

I am still quite upset that my wonderful wife does not have an appointment despite much trying by both of us. I know the probability that she will be vaccinated when she accompanies me is not 100%.

While, in all honesty, we have been affected far less by the damn virus than much of the population, the last year has not been great. I would also offer my opinion that life will never go back to exactly the way it was before.

What do you think? How many of you have been partly/fully vaccinated or have an appointment to receive a shot?



Today, our high temperature here will be in the low 80s. It’s hard to believe that only about six weeks ago, this was a view from our house:



I did enjoy the snow, especially since it melted two hours after it stopped snowing, except in the surrounding mountains.


Frustratingly, the issues with writing posts in WordPress using the FireFox browser have not completely gone away. About 1-2 days a week, like today, the issues with the disappearing toolbar and the word count not updating in real time appear.

Hey, WordPress! Can you fix this for good?!


A picture from a place that we will probably never visit again, the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania:



Only about 6,600 GTO convertibles were produced in 1964. Of course, that alone was more than the total number of GTOs Pontiac management expected to produce in the debut year of the GTO option.

One thing I have missed during this last year is attending automotive events and venues. As you may recall, we did attend one outdoor auto show during the first weekend after we moved, but were put off by the low proportion of people wearing masks. Oddly, in a supermarket or big box hardware retailer, virtually every customer wears a mask and all of the staff are masked.

Here’s to hoping the light at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming train.








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10 thoughts on “T Minus Five Days

  1. My husband and I were fortunate to receive the vaccination at our doctor’s office. The appointment was only for my husband because I was not eligible at the time. I went with him and they vaccinated me too. We receive our second doses in 2 weeks. I agree with you…..life will never be the same, but in some ways, maybe that’s a good thing!


  2. Tomorrow is our scheduled 2nd appointment at State Farm Stadium. Early in the AM, so we will be up and about by 4:30 AM. Lots better than the first appointment where we stayed up for our 3 AM appointment some 20 days ago. >grin<


  3. I’m hoping that when this virus is sorted out, there are still auto museums left to visit. Over the past few years there have been many that closed due to declining attendance, and many more closed over the last year. Where ever my travels took me, I would always try to find a museum/collection to visit. Some were small, 6-10 cars, others large like the AACA and the Petersen, or even Don Garlits museum. I missed an opportunity a couple years ago, driving from the west coast to home via I-40. There were signs regularly for small auto museums along the way, mostly where the route was near Route 66. Unfortunately due to time constraints I was only able to stop at a couple or it would have taken 2 extra days (at least) to get home. Perhaps when/if I retire I’ll retrace that trip and stop at all that are left.

    One I wished I had found out about while I was working in Phoenix is this one



    1. Thanks, DDM. Yes, most museums—not just auto museums—were already struggling before the damn virus. I am still donating money to the AACA Museum even though we will probably never visit again.


  4. My ever industrious daughter was able to schedule appointments for my lovely wife and I for this afternoon at 5:45 PM at the University of Arizona public site. She will pick us up in one hour and 45 minutes. She is doing the driving as my cataracts have gotten so bad the eye surgeon has precluded me from driving until the surgeries are complete. This change gets the first shots done three weeks earlier than originally scheduled. I will keep you posted.


    1. Congrats, sir. Yes, please keep me posted.

      My wonderful wife’s efforts to schedule an appointment using 211 Arizona were unsuccessful today. We will keep trying to schedule her and will keep hoping she gets vaccinated when she accompanies me to my appointment.


      1. We went to the scheduled appointments and spent more time driving to and from the appointments than in line getting registered, the vaccination, and in the line for the safety waiting period. They even scheduled us for the second shot of the vaccine three weeks hence. Very efficient and it was so easy in the drive through line.


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