Infinity Upright

What does this represent?



This is the symbol for infinity. If the symbol is rotated 90° either left or right it becomes the number 8, which I call Infinity Upright. In my OCD, math-addled brain that gives the number 8 a special status. How does that manifest itself for me? If you must know, one manifestation is that when I am drinking G Zero (Gatorade’s zero sugar product) I much prefer to take eight sips instead of seven or nine. I have written many times that it is hell to live with my brain, or what’s left of it.


By the end of the day the insurance company that royally screwed up by informing Arizona MVD that we had cancelled our auto insurance policy–we didn’t–which led to our registrations being suspended will be our former insurance company. We already have policies with another company that became effective yesterday, but I wanted to wait at least a day to cancel the other policies.

That last over-the-top screw-up was just the straw that broke the camel’s back, although in this case it was also the heaviest straw. Ever since the outbreak of the damn virus our very soon-to-be former insurance company’s customer service has just been awful. Our only recourse as a consumer was to change vendors.

When people are incentivized not to work and when people are hired and promoted for reasons other than merit, the results are awful. I know I am preaching to the choir for some and that my words would reach blind eyes for others, but I am sure I am right; well, as sure as a human being can be about anything.


Obviously, the 1953 installment of Threes And Sevens received enough views so the 1957 post was published. The latter also received a fair number of views.

I know the posts are longer than most, but I enjoy the research and the writing. I also became aware yesterday that Threes And Sevens is the name of a song recorded by Queens Of The Stone Age, a group that had previously been unknown to me.

Back to 1957…I realized that I did not show Ford’s best-selling car for that model year. (Ford led all American makes in sales in 1957.) By a very slim margin, the Custom 300 4-door sedan led the way for the Blue Oval. Hopefully, below is a picture of that car.

Ford produced 194,877 of these compared to 193,162 Fairlane 500 4-door Town Sedans. I also didn’t mention that, of course, 1957 was the last year for the first-generation Thunderbird, the “Baby Bird.” I didn’t want the post to exceed 1,000 words, which I think is the upper limit for readability and a threshold I have crossed just a handful of times.







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6 thoughts on “Infinity Upright

  1. Is your love of 8 attaches to the great Andy Etchebarren? I wonder if Andy was a Yogi fan. I’m guessing you won’t be going with Liberty Mutual due to it’s Emu campaign. Although based on that approach, you should do Progressive. The turning into your parents Dr. Rick are the all time best. “If you used printed directions to get here, you are in the right place.”


    1. Thanks, “BB.” Nope, my attachment to the number 8 is just as I have written, Infinity Upright.

      We went with an insurance company that doesn’t spend much on TV ads. The one we dropped would be a better company if it spent less on ads and more on customer service.


  2. Continuing on the 1957 thread: A good friend (like me, class of 57) is building 2 of his “bucket list” vehicles, a 57 Fairlane and 57 1/2 ton Chevy pickup. Both are restomods, the Fairlane with a Coyote engine and the pickup with a 350 crate motor. I helped him acquire the Coyote engine, which it turns out the best way to do is to buy a wrecked late model F-150. You get the engine, trans, ECM, pedal setup and wiring harness, for about the same cost as an engine alone. Sell off the rest of the wreck and there is your money to bring the engine to full Coyote standards.

    I am NOT a fan of insurance companies, ANY of them. My DD insurance is thru a company that also “flies under the radar” but is still (to my mind) overly expensive for the coverage I have. My collector car insurance is thru Hagerty, with declared values, and is pretty reasonable. My bikes and home are insured thru “Flo’s people” and have been for near 40 years. Our business insurance costs would stagger most folks. We carry full coverage on our vehicles and trailers with 1 million in coverage on 5 vehicles at a cost of $40K per year, our workmans comp insurance policy cost is right at $6K per month due to our work being considered “high risk”, even though we have only had one claim in the past 15 years (settled for $10K). Our general liability insurance, $8 million coverage, is right at $3500 per month.

    Many folks could live pretty comfortably on what I, and our company, pay for insurance each year.


    1. Thanks for sharing, DDM. I know that insurance companies want to make a profit (and are entitled to do so), but what my wonderful wife’s father has had to go through to get paid on his “Platinum” long-term care policy for his late wife’s care is just appalling.


  3. WRT insurance companies and any other “woke” company as well as the Federal government, beware their “equity” policies. These campaigns are nothing more than discrimination made to look like they are being “fair” to everybody. I shall descend from my soap box and rant no further except to say they are destroying our fair country.

    Keep up the car talk as it is much more enjoyable.


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