Incompetence Everywhere

My wonderful wife and I had a nice time at the resort last week where we celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, the plague of incompetence that is sweeping America has chipped away at that good feeling.

Both of us had massages while we there, our first in years. I was charged twice for mine and despite numerous phone calls and emails, the facility seems unable and/or unwilling to refund one of the charges.

Once again, when people are hired and/or promoted for reasons other than merit situations like this are the result. When employers perceive a massive shortage of available workers so incompetent ones remain on the job, we all suffer. Oh, it’s not my responsibility to take care of people who don’t want to work.


While JS asked that I keep everyone posted about the potential purchase of a Buick Cascada, no one offered an opinion about the car itself. Of course, since last Thursday’s good number of blog views readership has markedly declined.

One of the issues with which I am “struggling” is whether or not a convertible also has to be a grocery car/taxi. Obviously, that would limit the choices.

Once again, my Z06 is actually more than adequate as a grocery car, especially since we order a lot of our groceries from Amazon, and the potential number of annual days where we might need to transport more than two people is in single digits. However, one of the characteristics in favor of a car like the Cascada, apart from having four seats and a decent-sized trunk, is its relative newness.

Yes, I have just had a terrible experience with my “modern” car, but my general experience is that cars built in the last ten years are more reliable than those built before. Obviously, the immutable law of entropy plays a role in that. For example, even apart from model-specific issues (like oil leaks and electrical gremlins), how reliable would a 2006 Cadillac XLR actually be? Of course, I don’t know the answer.

I wish I liked the looks of the Nissan 370Z roadster more, but I just don’t. I actually think the Cascada is a much better looking automobile. For me, styling is a very important consideration in the purchase of a vehicle. Based on styling alone, the XLR would be the obvious choice, though.

As always, I welcome any ideas any of you might have.


I also wish the following car had more power:


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This is the Mazda MX-5 “Miata” RF, which is a retractable hardtop convertible. Ceterus paribus, all other things being equal, I would prefer a hardtop convertible to a soft top.

Even though the car is light at about 2,400 pounds, I don’t know if 181 HP/151 LB-FT is enough power. I guess I could always test drive one and see. For styling, I think these cars are an 8 or 9 on a 1-to-10 scale.

These are not inexpensive; a brief search on AutoTrader found 11 of these within 50 miles of my home zip and they ranged in price from about $27,000 to about $34,000. That’s more than a Cascada is likely to cost although XLRs with low mileage are priced in that range.


At some point I’ll make a decision, I guess. I am beginning to wonder if this “third” car will be one that gets changed out no less frequently than at least every two years. That’s why we need a house with a garage larger than three cars. Maybe somewhere in the not too distant future…






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5 thoughts on “Incompetence Everywhere

  1. So, you’re saying 181 HP in a 2,400 lb. car is inadequate, but 200 HP in a 4,000 car is what you want… ? C’mon, man… do the math…ha, ha… It would be Miata for me, no question, not just the performance, which is adequate, but looks… however, I’m 6′ and I once tried to squeeze into one… it wasn’t pretty…


  2. ” That’s why we need a house with a garage larger than three cars.”

    I’m DDM and I approve this message. 🙂

    However it comes with its own set of problems. The more room you have, the more “stuff” you end up accumulating (ask me how I know). When I put up my first building, I figured it would be impossible to run out of room. Five years later I didn’t have room for a weedeater. So another, larger, building, Result, lean-to added to the building to keep future projects semi covered. I have been “thinning the herd” but it’s hard. And then I do something dumb, like buying another tractor. Do I need it? No. Why did I buy it? Several reasons: price was right (well below market value), it has a bush hog, an auger and a box blade plus an open equipment trailer, which my other tractor doesn’t, and I know the person I bought it from. It’s a good bit bigger than my other tractor and will be useful for opening up some additional land. I might sell the smaller tractor, but it has a backhoe which is quite handy. So now I have TWO tractors. Hopefully as I slow down with my work, I’ll have time to actually use them. But then it would take time away from the racing and working on my projects.

    First world problems (eyes rolling emoji)


    1. “I’m DDM and I approve this message. 🙂”

      This made me and my wonderful wife laugh hard! Thanks for your tremendous contributions to the blog.


  3. We’re on the road again, so I’m behind in my blog reading yet again. In Albuquerque for a few days for a family reunion. I am reading your posts in reverse order, so I know what happened before you’ve told me it’s going to happen. >grin<


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