Second, thanks to Mark who writes autobookblog, which every car fan should read. His most recent post about The Genuine Corvette Black Book was the push I needed to finally order a new copy. (Mark, unlike me, has a real job so he doesn’t post every day.)
Now I can update my Corvette data spreadsheet all the way through the first year of the C8. I can also discover that C7 production peaked in 2016, the year of my car, with 40,689 units including 13,275 Z06 models.
The book underneath the Black Book and the book shown below are the two most valuable books I have. I don’t mean in monetary value, but in how much I value them.
While The American Auto (shown in the top photo) has been updated in the past five years or so, the bottom book has not been updated for almost 15 years. Sadly, I suspect it will never be updated again.
Of course, 20 years ago I would have considered these two books to be my most valuable.
The 1983 Abstract was the book that planted the seed–hell, it planted a whole tree–that I could make a living in baseball statistics. The Historical Abstract might still be the book with which I have spent the most time.
Some people in my life still cannot comprehend the extent to which I have disengaged from baseball. While I think that peoples’ basic nature doesn’t change too much, if at all, after about the age of 25, I do think that a person’s priorities and interests can change.
I really do not follow baseball at all, anymore. The only thing I care about the sport/industry is that my pension is deposited in the correct account once a month. If one were to show me the boxscores for a typical day in the majors, I would probably only be able to recognize 5%-10% of the players. What’s more, I don’t care.
In general, I have less interest in sports than at any time since I “discovered” them at age 8 or 9. It’s what the people close to me do that matters now, not what some strangers do just because they’re wearing a certain uniform.
Have a great weekend.
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