Tuesday Tidbits

No, I don’t mean these although I wish they were still available:


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This CNBC article reports on the recovery of much of the Bitcoin paid to the Colonial Pipeline hackers. With a court order, US government officials were able to identify a virtual currency wallet used by the hackers and retrieve the “funds.” This morning, the price of Bitcoin is declining sharply. Let’s see: the bad guys suffered and now Bitcoin is “suffering.” I think there’s a message in that…

The main reason that Bitcoin has become the favored payoff for modern digital criminals is that it is supposed to be untraceable after the transaction. Well, I guess it isn’t.


This piece reports on how “wokeness” and “cancel culture” threaten real freedom of speech in the publishing industry. It’s not written by a person of conservative ideology, by the way. While the author maintains that freedom of speech doesn’t really apply to publishing companies, here is the last sentence of the post: “It would be sad if senior editors started capitulating to their offended or woke staff, for that would lead to the homogenization of literature (most publishing staff are liberals).” By literature, he means all books and not just fiction.


Ultimate Garage 3.0 is getting out of control. My list is up to 17-18 cars. While that represents an infinitesimal fraction of all cars ever made, of course, it sure is a case of “garage inflation” when one considers the first Ultimate Garage I published had 7 cars.

Does that increase stem from learning more about cars, about being more immersed in the automotive world than ever before? Am I just getting more indecisive as I age? I guess I’m supposed to show a car photo here. Let’s see…



This is a picture of a 1967 Corvette restomod I took at the 2019 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. (I wonder where that is? Yes, that is sarcasm…) I had hoped to bid on the car, but the bidding took off and the car hammered for $192,500 all in.

The prices of C2 Corvette restomods at that auction, in addition to the cost and time of having one built, were major factors in my decision to buy a C7 Z06. Of course, I actually bid on two C7 Corvettes at that auction, but had the next-to-last bid both times and each of those bids was $71,500 all in, a long way from $192,500.

While I don’t think I will ever be in a position to acquire a C2 Corvette convertible restomod, at least not without parting with my Z06, I still very much would like to have one. If Ultimate Garage 3.0 is published, it will come as no shock that one of these will be included.









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12 thoughts on “Tuesday Tidbits

      1. I could leave a sarcastic response about Earnest being a character in a silly Christmas movie, titled “Earnest Saves Christmas”, with Jim Varney, but I shall restrain myself……………NOT. We do enjoy the movie and have it on DVD. Everyone needs a healthy dose of nonesense every once in a while to maintain their sanity (?).


      2. I had never heard of that movie before your comment. I absolutely do not claim to have much knowledge about movies at all. I do agree that sometimes it’s OK to be silly.


  1. Our collection of Christmas movies is pretty large since Christmas is pretty important at our house. I love “Christmas With the Kranks” and yes I do have an extra large Frosty for my front porch since I channel Luther Krank. IMDB will help you learn about these movies. Being silly “sometimes” is not enough for sanity maintenance.


  2. Those 1960s era Corvettes are the Corvettes of my youth and I much prefer their styling over the 21st century models… not that I wouldn’t take a 2000 or newer model if someone were to give me a great deal. >grin<


    1. The C2 (1963-1967) are the best-looking Corvettes, in my opinion, but the C1 (1953-1962) are the worst-looking, also IMO. In particular, I find the 1953-1955 Corvettes to be very dated in appearance. I appreciate the significance of those first model years, but I would never purchase one, probably even if it were a restomod.

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  3. I have trouble with putting together a ā€˜reasonableā€™ Ultimate Garage due to being a bit of a completist.
    When I collected comics I read Batman and Detective Comics. Made sense, often the story started in one title continued in the other. But then, sometimes thereā€™d be a reference to some earlier issue, causing me to seek out that issue, and often fill in the issues between.
    Of course Batman being a main character, I couldnā€™t ignore mini series like Crisis on Infinite Earths or Legends. And he was a major player in Justice League. And then there were the graphic novelsā€¦
    Luckily I realized I had neither the money to spend nor the time to read all of these comics I was telling myself I needed. I managed to flip them for a number of unopened wax packs of 1971-72 O-Pee-Chee hockey cards which yielded some stars like Bobby Orr, Jacques Plante and Gordie Howe.
    If I can figure out how to limit myself, Iā€™ll sit down and try to sketch out my garageā€¦


    1. I first heard the word ā€œcompletistā€ during an episode of American Pickers. The pickers, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, were doing their thing at the home of a man whom I would call a hoarderā€”he had to rent a house to store some of his possessionsā€”but he called himself a completist in that once he began collecting Xā€”like lunch boxes from the 1960sā€”he had to collect them all. He would only sell items for which he had 2 or 3 of the same thing.

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      1. Thankfully Iā€™m nowhere near that much of a completist. In practice I like the idea but itā€™s hardly practical.


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