Today’s earworm, “Come On Down To My Boat” by Every Mothers’ Son, is sponsored by OCD. The group was a one-hit wonder and the song peaked at #6 on the Billboard chart in 1967. Maybe I just have to stop listening to Sixties on Six on Sirius/XM.
I will be undergoing a “minor” surgical/diagnostic procedure today at the Mayo Clinic. I believe this will be the third time I have had this particular procedure done. Please wish me luck.
You know the old joke about surgery, right? Major surgery is any surgery you’re having while minor surgery is surgery on anyone else.
Should I count the days until we receive our second vaccine shot against the damn virus or until we have “full immunity” about two weeks later? In case you’re curious, [Everyone in unison] or even if you’re not, it’s 11 days until the second shot so about 25 days until we’re “free.”
Today’s installment of “People Vote With Their Feet” is courtesy of this CNBC video about the mass exodus of people and businesses leaving California and moving to Texas. Like everything else, this is not all good or all bad for Texas. From the video summary:
“Oracle moved its headquarters to Austin, Texas late last year. Tesla is also building its new Gigafactory there, and Apple will house its second-largest campus in Texas’ capital city. This Big Tech influx has raised chatter about Texas potentially becoming a business hub that could rival Silicon Valley.”
“CBRE and Charles Schwab relocated their headquarters from California to the Dallas area in recent months, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise is headed to Houston. Texas has also attracted wealthy individuals like Joe Rogan, Elon Musk, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston and Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale.”
In a federal republic like the US, different states can have different laws and regulations. Who knows? One or two really bad earthquakes and perhaps California could become a ghost state. Once again, people want to reap most of the rewards of their labor and not have them confiscated by government. When they can, people vote with their feet so they can enjoy more of those rewards.
How about this as a reward? From this Road and Track article a picture of the Aston Martin Valhalla:
When first announced Aston targeted 2021 as the start of manufacture for this limited production (500 units) automobile. I don’t know if any have been produced or sold. A price bandied about but not confirmed by the company is $1.3 million. Unlike many people, I don’t begrudge wealth as long as it has been acquired or built legally. If you can really afford to buy a car for $1.3 million, then more power to you. Hopefully this link to a picture from Aston Martin’s website won’t break:
The website ad copy is sparse; detailed specs are not shown. Supposedly, the heart of the car will be a turbocharged V-6 developed totally in house by Aston Martin. I think some Aston fans were not happy the car doesn’t have a V-8 or V-12. Welcome to the 21st century…
If you can reward yourself with one of these, go right ahead. Being resentful and envious of people who are wealthier than you is not a sound basis for public policy. The politics of envy are a road to mediocrity.
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2 thoughts on “Monday Musings 64”
“The politics of envy are a road to mediocrity.”
Unfortunately that seems to be human nature in most folks. I don’t consider myself wealthy, even tho my income and assets probably put me in the top 25% of the population (not sure, just guessing). Even tho that number is relatively high, the taxes I pay are eye watering (even using any “loophole” available). In many parts of the country a family of 4 could live fairly comfortable on that figure, typically near $35-40K per year if all are added together. And that’s not adding in the sales tax paid on most of the personal items, food, clothing, car parts, etc., that I buy each year.
And yet there are some segments of society that think I should pay more. To those folks, I extend a rigid middle finger. In the near future, 2-3 years or maybe sooner, my partner and I plan to either sell our business or close it down. That alone will eliminate approx $20-25K of my personal tax bill after the one time tax hit if we sell, not to mention the approximate $6K per year I pay to our accountant for my personal tax preparations. Not sure what I will do, but I look forward to filing my personal federal taxes in less than 75 pages.
Speaking of car parts, I found out over the weekend, I need to change some of my changes on High Times (my gasser). I went Saturday and Sunday to a local, kinda, track for some test and tune. The rear suspension I changed needs some adjustment and different coil overs, I’m gonna have to change the front end geometry also as she now wants to “wander” down the track (not a good thing at 130 and over mph). I MIGHT have made too many changes at once; complete new rear suspension, different trans gearing with the new trans, wider and taller rear tires and about 200 more horsepower (8-71 blower, up from 6-71) and upgraded safety cage (now built to 8.00 second specs). Now all of my “baseline” info is useless. When/if I get it all figured out, car SHOULD be capable of running low 8 seconds at around 155-160 in the 1/4 mile. Should be a fun summer. 🙂
And I hope your surgery goes well.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, DDM. I really liked this passage, “And yet there are some segments of society that think I should pay more. To those folks, I extend a rigid middle finger.”
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