Change Is Constant

Yes, I write about this topic a lot…


For years I lived for sports, especially Baltimore sports. I did not watch last night’s Ravens game, preferring instead to do a little reading, watch some of the Mecum broadcast from Las Vegas I recorded and an episode of Transplant I’d already seen more than once. Apparently, though, I missed quite a game as the Ravens rallied from a 19-point deficit late in the third quarter to win the game in overtime. If I had been watching, I probably would have turned the game off late in the third quarter.

While watching the Mecum telecast I was suddenly reminded how much I enjoyed things when I was younger like a new toy or new record. I would sometimes play the same song 10 or 15 times in a row the day I bought it. (Yeah, yeah, OCD…) For the most part, I bought 45s not albums. If it was the school year, during the school day I would think about going home so I could play my new record some more.

Sorry to say that very little excites me like that anymore and certainly not sports. Change is constant.

I do very much enjoy spending time with my wonderful wife, but after 22 years of marriage the enjoyment is more comfort than anything else. I enjoy watching car auctions and some automotive programming, but I can’t say that a new episode of Flipping Bangers excites me to the same degree as a new 45 did when I was 12 years old.

I don’t think my experience is unique, but still illustrates the inevitability of change. Bad changes can’t be avoided by trying to avoid all change. Change is constant.


While this is not the Cars A To Z “B” post, I can say that I will not use Bentley, BMW or Buick. I have to say that the “A” post, about British automaker Alvis, was not met with the level of interest I had hoped.

My goal is to focus on makes that are not well-known although not all 26 posts will feature obscure companies. Actually, if you lived in the UK then Alvis wouldn’t be obscure to you.


In his most recent post, Mark featured this book:



Actually, the cover photo in his post was different as he used the edition published in 2010 and this version was published in 2015. I am especially fond of the car shown in the lower right. I wonder why? Yes, that was a joke…

While I can’t say that perusing this book “excites” me, I can say I enjoy quite a bit. It was this book that has the picture that was the inspiration for my writing about cars:



I don’t think this picture excites me as much as it satisfies and calms me, which is also a good state of mind.

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6 thoughts on “Change Is Constant

  1. The green Cadillac is calming as the eye is most sensitive to the yellow-green light spectrum. Green is also nature’s color of plants. On a side note, they put police officers in yellow rain slickers because you are more likely to see the yellow in the rain.

    I like the idea of the A-Z car postings. The uncommon car brands are more interesting. I await the “B” post.


  2. I was looking forward to watching the Ravens game all day Monday. The hated Colts took an early lead as the Ravens went 3 and out the first few times. The Colts marched down the field like there was no defense. It was a rare game where I didn’t think the Ravens would pull it out. I usually think they will. A commercial came in the beginning of the fourth quarter and I fell asleep. I woke up, looked at the screen where the game was going to a commercial. I saw one second of 25-25 on the TV. I sat up in amazement. The game came back and I watched the OT TD (we’ll all be on KP) drive on the first possession. My mood is not altered like it once was by the wins and losses of my teams. But the three times this season the Ravens have rescued victory from the jaws of defeat have really put a smile on my face.


    1. Thanks, “BB.”

      “My mood is not altered like it once was by the wins and losses of my teams.” Sounds like your view of sports has also changed. Most of my friends feel that way. The fate of strangers playing a game, regardless of the uniform they wear, just doesn’t resonate like it used to.


  3. It just hit me that the Ravens vs the Colts in another era would have caused a rabid reaction in me; alas the hurt caused by the Irsay family has been blunted by death, drug addiction, and two SB wins. It was an entertaining game, and here’s hoping Harbaugh and Martindale can shore up the defense.


    1. Very interesting, sir. From the time of the move in 1984 through the “birth” of the Ravens in 1995-96, I rooted harder against the Colts than against the Cowboys or Soviet Olympic teams. After Baltimore regained its rightful place in the NFL, and certainly after the Ravens won a Super Bowl before the Indianapolis Colts, the latter became just another team to me.


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