Tuesday Tumble

My wonderful wife gave both of us quite the scare this morning. I woke up before 3 AM, which is not that unusual for me, but my wife also woke up around 3. We decided to go for a 4 AM breakfast drive-thru run to Starbucks.

After we returned, as we walked through the family room to the kitchen, my wife tripped and fell on the three stairs leading up from the family room. I didn’t see the fall, only heard her utter a profanity. She is okay; I think her pride is hurt more than anything else although she may have a bruise tomorrow on her leg above her knee. Oh, her Strawberry Açai drink spilled all over the kitchen floor.

While our house is not a split-level, technically, the kitchen and dining room sit on a “platform” three steps above the family room on one end and the living room on the other. Like I keep writing, it was the best house we could find in the 3-4 days we had to look last September. I think a move to a single-level house is in our future.


Given today’s post title I will simply remind everyone that Black Tuesday, the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost almost 12% of its value, was October 29, 1929. The first General Manager for whom I worked in baseball was born days before Black Tuesday. As far as I know, he’s still alive. My best friend in our previous neighborhood was born months before Black Tuesday and I am 99.999% sure he’s still alive as we spoke last week.


Although the Facel Vega was “booted” out of Ultimate Garage 3.0 after being a part of 2.0, I am still a big fan of the car. This piece from the Facel Vega Car Club is about “a lot of action in the Facel market at the moment.” From the article, a picture of a rare Facel FV-1 cabriolet, or convertible:



Although famous people like Tony Curtis and Ringo Starr owned a Facel Vega, not enough were sold to keep Facel afloat. In case you don’t know, or even if you do, these were hybrids in the original use of the word in an automotive context as they had European coachwork, but an American engine–in this case a Chrysler Corporation V-8.






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2 thoughts on “Tuesday Tumble

  1. Ha! V Squared tumble isn’t the only one to happen today. The market is down today. Why? Why not. So much to chew on.
    I don’t remember Black Tuesday-can you “remember” something you were not around for-but I do remember Black Monday, Oct. 19, 1987. It was two days after my sister in law went into labor and her baby shower turned into my first engagement announcement party. I was a resident on rounds and almost all the TVs in patients rooms were blaring news about the drop. My nephew was born on Black Friday, and both he and the markets have grown exponentially since then. Sometimes we need tumbles to remind us we are alive, or just to prevent us from drinking questionable Starbucks drinks.


    1. “or just to prevent us from drinking questionable Starbucks drinks”

      LOL, although I am a fan of Starbucks and probably eat/drink there 2-3 times a month. Some “experts” think an equities selloff was inevitable given the length of time since one last occurred, the surge in inflation that is not transitory and has not been seen in decades, the policy gridlock in DC, etc. Remember the words of Buffett: “Be fearful when others are greedy and be greedy when others are fearful.”


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