Indeed, this is the 1,500th published post for Disaffected Musings. I think WordPress, the platform that hosts this blog, will send me a badge to commemorate the occasion.
I mentioned yesterday that in the most recent WordPress week this blog received its most views in a week this entire year. I can also tell you that in each of the last three weeks, the number of views has reached a level previously seen only once since February 1. Thanks to all of you who are reading my blog. Of course, I can’t thank those of you who are not reading. 🙂
On Sunday I walked five miles for the first time on my treadmill, although I had reached the five mile mark a few times when I was running/jogging. I must confess that I mixed in a little of the latter on Sunday so I could finish the five miles in under 75 minutes; I made it with a minute to spare.
I also must confess that my feet are really hurting (remember that I have bunions and bone spurs on both big toes), so much so that I might have to skip today’s “scheduled” workout. As only I can do, I have developed a most strange symptom as well. When I take a deep breath, I feel a quick but sharp pain on the bottom of my right foot. It is always in the same place, the “pad” just below the big toe. Maybe it’s the metatarsal-proximal phalanges joint.
When I was very young, in elementary school, I had a similar condition. When I would take a deep breath both of my ankles would hurt, but only briefly. This went away on its own after about a month. I am reluctant to write this, but can’t help myself: No good deed goes unpunished.
These “Hili dialogue” posts from Why Evolution Is True are varied and often interesting. On this very sad day in 1972,
Palestinian terrorists murdered nine Israeli Olympic athletes and a German policeman. The Munich massacre is the primary reason I do not watch the Olympics to this day.
On this day in 1983 the Soviet Union admitted shooting down Korean Air Lines Flight 007 (on September 1), claiming it didn’t know it was a civilian aircraft when it, supposedly, violated Soviet airspace. I don’t know if I am supposed to reveal this, but it was around the same time that I was interviewing for a job with the CIA. At the time I only listened to news stations on the radio, so hearing about this incident on the way down and back from CIA headquarters seemed oddly fitting. I did not get the job. It is a virtual certainty that my life would have traveled down a much different path if I had.
What is this? This is the new 2022 Ford Mustang GT I test drove yesterday. I must say I was most impressed. I wish I had recorded the sound the engine makes under acceleration; it is intoxicating.
The car was loaded with nice features, was very comfortable, braked and steered very well AND was thousands less than any decent low mileage USED Supra in the area. The Mustang even has rear seats, not that anyone over 5-8 would be comfortable in them. The car also looked better to me in person than it does in photos, even the one above. No, I am not considering the GT500 model, 760 HP or not, as that is much more money than I want to spend. I can be happy with 450 HP/410 LB-FT of torque in a car with a curb weight of 3,750 pounds. Those are Ford’s reported figures, by the way. The car felt like it had more power than that and many manufacturers are now under-reporting engine output.
I firmly believe that flexibility and adaptability are keys to being happy and successful. I owed it to myself to test drive a Mustang GT and I must admit it is now the likely choice to replace the Z06. In a way, my car life would come full circle as the first-generation Mustang was one of my favorites when I first became interested in automobiles at the age of 5 or 6.
I would, of course, very much like to read your thoughts. Oh, why am I not considering a Dodge Challenger? They are too long for our garage (the Mustang would barely fit) and I would never park any of my cars outdoors unless we lived in a gated community–we don’t–and I could park them on our lot but out of sight.
Thanks again for reading this blog enough to spur me on to 1,500 posts.
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