Yesterday, the 2021 monsoon season made its strongest local statement to date. We received a brief (15-20 minutes), but intense rain squall, complete with tropical storm force wind gusts. Our next-door neighbor to the east lost a big pool float as it launched out of their pool, over the five-foot high fence that separates the lot from the wash, and at least 50 feet to the west through the wash.
I am too much of a chicken to stand outside during such an event, but it grew quite dark. Mountains to our east and east-northeast simply disappeared in the rain. The mountain close to us, which has been shown many times in this blog and is only about a mile or so away, also completely disappeared at one point. Here are two photos from not long before the rain began here.
Sorry for the light artifacts in the photos. The lack of rain here has turned me into a rain watcher. I am almost always studying the forecast looking for decent rain chances and hoping for rain.
Oh, more to the fallibility of all people…at 1 PM on Friday the National Weather Service forecast a 100% chance of rain between 5 and 7 PM. It didn’t rain at all. Yesterday’s forecast did not include a rain probability of higher than 20% until, basically, the rain was right on top of us. Sorry, I don’t believe human beings are capable of accurate weather/climate forecasts that are decades into the future. Thinking that is possible is the ultimate in hubris, in my opinion.
Science is a most noble endeavor, but all human endeavors are flawed because all human beings are flawed. I am not a climate change “denier” but, like with almost all beliefs that reach a status of zealousness among believers, I have some skepticism, particularly in terms of magnitude and progression.
When I tried to break into major league baseball the overwhelming consensus in the industry was that statistics/analytics could never replace subjective human judgment. In the present day, it seems as though the whole world, not just baseball, is about “big data” and analytics. Many fans and media members complain that baseball is now too data-driven. For the nth plus nth time, history is replete with examples of the folly of human beings trying to predict the future.
Regular and welcomed long-time reader and commenter Dirty Dingus McGee has submitted what he calls his “Starter Garage.” For your viewing pleasure:
Many thanks to DDM for submitting this list. (Sorry for the irregular formatting, but a code/codes embedded in the email changed the spacing.) It is interesting that he included an R3 Studebaker Avanti. At the upcoming Mecum auction in Monterey, California a 1963 “R3” Avanti is on the docket. However, it is not one of the nine R3s that came from the factory. It was “upgraded” from R1 spec.
Mecum doesn’t allow online photos of lots from current or recent auctions to be captured, at least not in any way that I have been able to figure out. From their 2017 Monterey auction, a picture of a 1963 Studebaker Avanti:
In my first Ultimate Garage, posted in 2017 on my blog hosted by the Evil Empire (AKA Google/Blogger), I included the Avanti and was so much of a fan at that time that I showed both an original Studebaker Avanti and an Avanti II. I still really like the car, but it has, obviously, fallen out of “Ultimate” status.
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Thanks, DDM. Nice well rounded garage. I especially like the Ford 7Litre 427 choice.
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Thanks for commenting, C/2.
Thanks for posting my “Starter Garage.” As you can tell, none of these are current, or former, occupants of my actual garages. I have in the past owned a 69 Chevelle, which was in itself a pretty rare car. Original owner ordered it with the 300hp 350 cubic inch engine, 4 speed and F41 suspension. Kind of an undercover SS. And I recently purchased a 69 Barracuda “secretary spec” with an eye to a restomod (once I finish healing which is taking far longer than I had hoped).
As I mentioned, there are plenty more that I would welcome to the garage, and will maybe put together a list of some. As for the coding issue; feel free to email me with any changes I could make that would make it easier for you to post.
Many thanks for sharing your “Starter Garage.” I don’t think there’s anything you could do about the embedded codes; it’s just a function of your email program. Hope you don’t mind that I actually showed the photos instead of the links to the photos.
Showing the photos is fine. I was unsure whether photos or links was better for you, so I flipped a coin. I think they were secure links so hopefully that wasn’t an issue.
And C/2, I’m glad someone else likes the 7 Litre.
Thanks for the clarification, DDM.
I’m a fan of the 7-litre Ford also. I still lean to the more rounded 67 car but I really like the 66 also, definitely a styling step up from the more angular 65.
Great starter garage overall!
Thanks, Mark. Another vote of approval for DDM’s starter garage.
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Being part time Arizonans, we are never in town for the monsoon season. It is interesting to see your photos!
Many thanks, JS. Glad to read you like my pics although they pale in comparison to yours.
Thanks to you for the compliment!
Just speaking the truth, sir.
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