Chai, September

No, the post is not about Chai Tea. Yes, it is a play on “Hi, September” as it is my first post of the month.

The post title also refers to the fact that the product of the month and the day is 18 (nine times two). In Hebrew, every letter has a numerical value. The sum of that value for the letters in the word “Chai”–the Hebrew word for “life” (חיים, in עִבְרִית; the toast “L’Chaim” means “to life”)–is 18. Many Jews, even those of us who are not religious but are solely of Jewish ancestry and are OCD math nerds, believe that 18 is almost a holy number because of its association with the Hebrew word for life.

One manifestation of my OCD is to use the number 18 as a basis for making decisions. (Avoiding the number 13 is also part of my behavior.) When I had multiple clients in my baseball operations/player personnel consulting business I ordered uniform tops for each team with my name and the number 18. I would like to show you one of those jerseys, but this blog is still anonymous, technically.

That’s more information than you want or need about me. Oh, count the number of stars used as a divider in my blog posts.


Yesterday, Disaffected Musings received more views on a day without a post than the average number of views for all days from February 1 to July 31 of this year. The average number of views for the last two weeks of August was 68 percent higher than the February-July average. I grant that the six-month average is a bit misleading because March and May did not have a normal number of posts. Still, 68 percent is a very significant increase.

The average for the end of August basically equaled that of the best six-month stretch in the history of the blog, October, 2020 through March, 2021. I will not break a butterfly upon a wheel or look a gift horse in the mouth; I will just say Thanks.


From a recent tweet in my Twitter feed:


August 24: California bans sale of new gasoline-powered cars

August 30: California asks Californians to avoid charging electric vehicles due to electricity shortage


Truth is stranger than fiction, indeed. EVs are not the answer and are certainly not the only answer.

In that vein, here is a funny photo sent to me by David Banner (not his real name):



OK, Tesla doesn’t manufacture vans. The picture is still funny.


Speaking of Tesla, this piece is one of many reporting that some Tesla owners in Norway–land of the EV–have “begun a hunger strike in the hopes of bringing attention to a long list of alleged quality issues with their luxury vehicles.” Truth and fiction…


I am thinking about writing a few posts called If I Had To…These would be what vehicle I would pick if I were forced to select from a group that I would normally not consider, like Porsches or 4-door sedans.

I hesitate to call this a series as I might publish only two or three such posts. I also will NOT pick from among SUVs or pickup trucks. Sorry, pickup truck fans, but they have always had zero interest to me. They all look like a small box on top of a big box on top of wheels.

These posts would only show modern vehicles, say from this century, so the following would be out. This would have been the subject of a Hall of Very Good Cars post if I were continuing the series.


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This is a Rover P5B; this version of the P5 was built from 1967 to 1973. By the way, Rover called the car a coupé. I’m sure I have written this before, but I believe that the original distinction between coupes and sedans was the amount of interior volume, not the number of doors. BMW currently sells a 4-door car called a Gran Coupe.

I have been fond of the looks of the P5B ever since seeing one as the featured car on an episode of Wheeler Dealers. Mike Brewer described the car as having “rakish lines.”

The cars were powered by the 3.5-liter V-8 for which Rover acquired the rights to produce from Buick in 1965 and used until the 1990s. This motor had gross output ratings–how such metrics were reported until the change to net ratings in the early 1970s–of 181 HP/226 LB-FT of torque.

The heart wants what it wants.


I probably care less than you do about the status of the repairs to the Z06. Some parts were delivered on August 29th, but not all of them. The last of the necessary parts are scheduled to be delivered in a window from September 8th to……….September 22nd.

An irony in all of this is by the time I actually dispose of the Z06, I will have been a Corvette owner for more than ten years, but a Corvette driver for less than ten. I am so done with that car.









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8 thoughts on “Chai, September

      1. OMGosh, banter like on the old Citizen Band radios! What next, C.W McCall and Chip Davis starting up a convoy? After that will happen is you’ll be playing Mannheim Steamroller. Breaker, Breaker 1-9.


  1. Hate to hear about the lack of parts delivery for your Z06. What REALLY sucks is your at a standstill for trading it until you get it back.

    I had similar issues when the trans in my truck went out a couple months ago. There was a delay getting a new valve so it sat for 2 1/2 weeks. If it had been as long as you have been waiting, I probably would have gone postal by now. I had JUST got it back before my crash in High Times. In theory, I had trucks available from our company, but after getting my pee pee whacked by the IRS for using company vehicles for personal use (and not keeping records) I won’t bother with that again.


    1. Thanks, DDM. It is VERY frustrating to be at the mercy of others. There’s a lesson in there about those who want government to control everything, but I’ll just let it slide, sort of.

      I’m sure you can understand why I have lost all patience with the Z06 and why I want to trade it in for a car that has at least some warranty coverage remaining. Besides, my car pattern suggests I like to change things up. I had my first two Corvettes for a total of 79 months, I had the Infiniti G37x for 35 months, the Z4 for 29 months and the Z06, so far, for 41.


      1. Having bought/sold/traded as many as 6 vehicles in a year’s time, I can well understand it. I AM slowing up, I haven’t bought anything in a year, just been selling. There are mainly the ones left that I have a strong attachment to, my first new car (1986 Shelby Charger) or others with a strong sentimental value (Slimeball, my Valiant). I’m hoping that by the end of the month my leg will be healed enough so I can get back into my shop and get going on my Barracuda hot rod. I have also been watching some online auctions with an eye towards maybe picking up something, nothing specific. When I see the one I want, I’ll know it.

        As an aside, I had a chance to pull the data logger from High Times. Found some interesting info there. As I was still in the process of tuning the chassis, I had speed sensors on all 4 wheels, to check for chassis “flex.” It shows that there was a sudden drop off of speed from the left rear, which would indicate an axle problem. If the speed of the wheel had INCREASED, it would have been a loss of traction. It also shows that .9 seconds later the left front wheel went to almost a dead stop, as a result (my guess) from the impact with the wall. My speed at the time of impact was 112 mph and the G load at impact was 11 G’s. If it had been a head on hit, it would have been much higher, probably around 20.

        In a general look over the remains, it’s about as bad as I figured. The chassis is trash, the engine has suffered serious damage to the outside, even the supercharger is broken. The transmission case is leaking and the rear end was partially torn loose from the chassis. As for the body, the trunk lid MIGHT still be straight. So overall, pretty much a pile of scrap metal. 😦


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