Sunday “Sermon”

“There are more things in heaven and earth…than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”

“Life’s but a walking shadow…a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

– Shakespeare


After communicating via phone, email and text for more than 35 years, “Herb Schwartz” and I finally met last week. My wonderful wife and I drove to Palm Desert, California where “Herb” and his wife spend the winter.

“Herb” is a former major league baseball player and has been a sports columnist for a long time. As he used to write “insider” info I occasionally gave him during my many years in baseball (he returned the favor by providing me with info) it is better if his identity is not revealed.

The three of us had a blast over breakfast, which went far too quickly. “Herb” had a tee time at noon and our confab lasted only a little over an hour. Obviously, we can’t wait another 35+ years to meet again. Despite what quantum physicists tell us, it sure seems as though time only goes one way.


As Palm Springs is not far from Palm Desert, my wonderful wife and I drove there one afternoon. In all honesty, I wasn’t that impressed with “Downtown” Palm Springs as it seemed tired to me and too much of one note.

One venue that did impress me was the Palm Springs Air Museum. The sheer size of some of the military aircraft was unknown to me beforehand and I was not able to get many shots where I could show an entire plane up close. Here are some photos; I apologize for their less than sterling quality.



I don’t know if you can tell by the palm trees, but it was extremely windy the day we visited the museum. I think wind gusts were easily in excess of 50 MPH.



I even piloted a C-130; of course, that was on a simulator. A retired Air Force pilot “manning” the museum library was among the many volunteers. We chatted and he casually offered me an opportunity to fly the plane. After takeoff, I basically followed the Thames River over London. It was not easy, but it was fun and I learned a lot. I am also now tempted to buy a flight simulator for my computer.


I attended the monthly Cars And Coffee at the local “event venue” yesterday. I went by myself as I wanted to get there very early to get a premium parking spot and didn’t want to disturb my wonderful wife. Well, I didn’t want to disturb her any more than I usually do.  🙂

The event is scheduled for 7 AM to 10 AM, but when I arrived at 6:20 I was not the first person there. The venue was already open and as it was a tad cold for me–about 40° F–I went inside and had some coffee and donut holes.

Once again, I am amazed at the car culture here. I wouldn’t want to guess the combined value of the cars, but it was easily well into eight figures. Without further ado:



It seemed like fate that I should see a Cadillac XLR yesterday given my growing interest in buying one. I introduced myself to Howard, the owner of the car as well as the owner of the realty office in this business area. He was very nice, but couldn’t offer much insight about this particular car as he has only owned it for one week. He did offer that he knows the XLR has issues, especially for the 2004 and 2005 model years; his is a 2005.

The fact that the car is next to a Ferrari is par for this event and for the Arizona car scene, in general. I have seen a real Ferrari Enzo at this event, of which only 400 were produced from 2002 to 2004.



I did not try to include Ferraris in every photo, but they were quite numerous yesterday as they usually are.


I cannot guarantee a return to my previous blogging schedule, even after we leave the busy month of March. I will try to finish the Cars A To Z series in a timely manner.








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10 thoughts on “Sunday “Sermon”

  1. “even after we leave the busy month of March”

    I have come to the conclusion that there are no longer any “slow” months. I thought life was supposed to slow down as one aged? Sure hasn’t worked out lately for me. Maybe it’s just trying to get caught up from “losing” last year. Perhaps once I get finished dealing with my dads estate, get rid of a couple more “never gonna get to them” projects, finally get High Times finished up (again), thin out some of the excess equipment I have and finish up my withdrawal from the working world, I’ll have some of that “spare time”.

    Probably not though, I haven’t ever tried it before and wouldn’t know how to act.


  2. Love the photos of the Jags. I know I’m in the minority but I like the coupe over the convertible. Although I would not kick either out of my garage for leaking oil on my driveway.


  3. E-Type Jags are rare; with, I believe, the 2+2 coupe being the rarest. I regularly walked past a yellow example when I worked at the corporate HQ building of my public utility employer. The then CEO owned the yellow 2+2 coupe and his exclusive parking space was on the way out of the parking garage into the building. Sweet curves on that beautiful car.


  4. Oh boy, one of my pet peeves is ‘the early crowd’ at the car show. I say that as an organizer.
    I hear it all the time even from our regulars – “I want to get a good spot” “I’m up anyway I figure I’d just head out” etc.
    Trouble is, it interferes with set up. I know that’s not always the case at all venues. Oftentimes venue staff have parked and gone in to get started work, thinking they can come back out and move the car in time. At the long term care homes, we need to coordinate use of the lot with buses and visitors. It can be a real problem when 4 or 5 cars show up an hour early wanting to park together, and ‘civilians’ are showing up to visit their loved ones – especially as we are busy setting up, and don’t have time to deal with the situation.
    I call the show for 10am, that’s when we are ready for you. Wanna roll in half hour early, ok yeah I can deal with that. Earlier than that? Kindly f*ck off, come back when you’re told.


    1. OK, Mark, tell us how you really feel…here in Arizona all of the car events have early birds. At this venue, the cars really have to clear out by 10 AM because that’s when the businesses open. There’s no real set up at this event, though. People use parking spaces for the businesses with no assigned spaces by make/country, etc. Many have been attending this event for years and like to park near their friends.

      At this event if you arrive ten minutes after the “scheduled” opening you will struggle to find a good parking spot. At some of the other events you have maybe a 15-minute grace period before the spaces disappear. The newbies will learn what everyone else already knows.

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      1. So it’s really the same but at the other end. At your venue, the cars have to be out by 10am. In our case like at long term care, staff is really busy with morning routine and breakfast for residents, and the facility tries to keep the parking lot open as long as possible for residents’ visitors etc. We really aren’t able to get in and do what we need – signs, run extension cords for our music set up, prize tables, and block off spaces for our cruisers – until say 9 or 9:15 for a 10am show. That’s why when cruisers show up at 8:50 and want to park, they’re really just in the way and make it difficult for us.
        My frustration of course is, it’s the same people usually, and they’ve been told repeatedly. Usually the answer I get it “I don’t see what the big deal is”… which I take as disrespectful.


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