Fried Chicken

In one of his books Bill James wrote something like, “It’s hard to compare the pizza you’re eating now to the fried chicken you ate three weeks ago.” He was trying to illustrate the importance of temporal proximity to judgment.

In A List For Saturday I showed a list of my favorite songs with lyrics. Even though I wrote that it was probably an incomplete list, one omission was quite glaring: “Riders On The Storm” by The Doors, of course.

I have the 45, but don’t think I have a digital copy (at least not as I write this) so I just don’t hear it when I listen to music from my iPhone. What reminded me of how much I like the song was hearing it today on the way back from a breakfast run to Chick-Fil-A.

Maybe I just need to stop worrying about lists, about trying to make order out of chaos. (Yes, I should just ignore my OCD. Why haven’t I thought of that before? [sarcasm]) One of the reasons I haven’t published my Ultimate Garage 3.0 is I am agonizing over the Cadillac XLR and Saturn Sky.

In Ultimate Garage 2.0 I left both cars out because familiarity with them had left me a little sour. I had a friend who bought two XLRs new and both had to be repurchased by Cadillac under our state’s lemon law while my wonderful wife and I had test-driven a Sky and were put off by the interior.

I have not driven most of the cars that are likely to be a part of 3.0 if it is published. Is it fair to exclude the XLR and Sky because I am more familiar with them? This reminds me of the obstacle that caused my Masters Thesis to be completed much later than I had hoped.

I was trying to figure out a way to apply the significant cost of player development in baseball to a player’s Marginal Revenue Product (MRP) in the hopes of being the first to calculate a net MRP. I just couldn’t get my head around how to apply player development costs to each player, in large part because much, sometimes even most, of a team’s major league roster was originally in another team’s organization.

One of my former professors finally told me that I was worrying too much about nothing, that any reasonable solution would suffice. That pushed me to an idea that had been percolating for awhile and I used it in my thesis, “Pay and Performance in Major League Baseball, The Early Free Agency Era.”

So, what should I do about the XLR and the Sky? I’m all eyes; I can’t be all ears because I can’t hear you.


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I found each of these pieces to be interesting reads, Article 1 and Article 2. It might be difficult for those of you reading to realize they were written by a Democrat. I suspect he would be labeled a traitor by the lunatic component of the party, a group that–in my opinion–grows larger all the time. One of these pieces addresses my pet theory of increasing temporal arrogance.


It’s only about a month until I take my Z06 in for the “bolt-on” application that will increase horsepower, torque and decibels. Of course, one of the cool things about the NPP exhaust option for C7 Corvettes (standard on the Z06) is that with a couple of touches on the screen I can quiet the exhaust. The cost is 5-10 HP.



Will that be the end of the performance upgrades? If you ask me now I would say yes. If you ask me in a year, I don’t know what I would say.









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PS, this post about the disturbing trend of ideology being injected into science is also worth reading. I will note, though, that since science is an endeavor of human beings it can never be purely objective.



10 thoughts on “Fried Chicken

  1. I vote for the Saturn Sky Redline. The weight balance 50/50 should make for a thrilling ride. Also it fits in the orphan car category.


  2. Following the old hot rod adage that there is no replacement for displacement, I vote for the XLR as it has a larger engine displacement.


  3. I have to say that I love the looks of that XLR. I just wish they would go back to using cool names for their cars like Eldorado and de Ville. Of course, since they are now no longer thinking about sedans, I guess I don’t care what they call them. >grin<


    1. Yes, JS, the XLR just looks fabulous. I agree that the three-character naming convention Cadillac has used for almost two decades has outlived its usefulness, if it ever had any in the first place. The make’s new EV will have a “real” name, the Lyriq.

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  4. I’d guess it depends on whether the Ultimate Garage leans towards “if there were few or no restrictions” or to “a fantasy constrained by certain real factors”.
    For the XLR, would the idea repairs might be costly and frequent override having it in the stable? Would you know another car out to have an XLR?
    The Sky, maybe you could forgive the flaws of the interior.
    I mean I’d guess it’s true for many of what would end up in our garages… finicky 3×2 carb set ups, lack of new parts for orphan cars, etc. Which compromises are worth it, or rather what level of enjoyment is needed to make the compromise palatable?


    1. Thanks, Mark. There aren’t any real restrictions. My last Ultimate Garage, 11 cars, would have cost less than $1.5 million in total at the time. The question remains: is more information always better than less?

      As I ponder this incessantly, it is becoming more likely that Ultimate Garage 3.0, if it is published at all, will only consist of the Crème de la Crème, all shown in one post, and a post containing maybe a dozen cars that get “Honorable Mention.” Looks like the Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk will get left out again…


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