Wednesday Wackadoodle

Once again, it’s Wednesday and once again, I’m a Wackadoodle. I think I first heard that word in an episode of The Big Bang Theory. Penny says something like, “I love Sheldon, but man he is a wackadoodle.”


Blog views started out slowly yesterday, but didn’t stay that way all day.



Although I cannot explain the surge in views, it was enough for WordPress to send me a notification, an all too rare event. What’s unusual is that almost all of the views were of the main blog link and the number of referrals from sites like search engines was, if anything, smaller than normal. Yeah, yeah, I know: don’t look a gift horse in the mouth or don’t break a butterfly upon a wheel or whatever. Thanks for reading.


David Banner (not his real name) sent me this:



For the nth time, the infrastructure does NOT exist in the US, and won’t for decades, to support many millions of electric vehicles. The eco-mentalists, as Jeremy Clarkson calls them, are conveniently ignoring that fact as well as the environmental toll of lithium mining. I guess I’m talking to a wall, but that doesn’t deter me. This country and much of the world have lost their way.


On this day in 1781 British forces under General Charles Cornwallis signed terms of surrender to George Washington and Comte de Rochambeau at Yorktown at 2 pm, ending the US Revolutionary War. I must admit I know next to nothing about the conflict from which an independent United States emerged. It’s sad and ironic that the country will dissolve due to an internal conflict. I see no other “solution.”


This recent Hagerty UK article is about a car that has been mentioned in at least two posts, the (modern) Alpine A110. From the piece, titled, “Future Classic: Alpine A110“:


Future Classic: Alpine A110


Here is a paragraph from the Hagerty UK article:


“Indeed among the self-appointed cognoscenti of the automotive world, few cars have made a greater impression in the last five years, and none with just a humble 1.8-litre engine and less power than many a warmed-over hatchback. If I may consider myself among their number and if it is of interest, I [Andrew Frankel] am the co-founder of The Intercooler, which has been reviewing cars for four years and, to date, has given just one a ten out of ten rating. The Alpine really is that good.”


The first post where I mentioned the A110 (in August, 2020!) was titled “Why Can’t I Buy This Car?!” From that post:


What cracks me up is that many Americans think that Europe is a place where people have no freedom and the government micromanages everyone’s life. Still, the A110 is available there, but not here.

Don’t kid yourself; a lot of these rules and regulations were simply adopted after lobbying by American car companies in order to reduce foreign competition. I also think that after Americans showed an inclination to buy SUVs, the car companies pushed their marketing in that direction because SUVs have a higher profit margin than cars.


It is beyond stupid that a vehicle that can be legally sold in modern, industrialized countries cannot be legally sold to a US citizen for import into the US. Many of the people who would like to drive the car can’t wait another 20+ years until the 25-year rule for imported cars kicks in. Besides, who knows if that rule will still be in effect? Sadly, common sense isn’t common enough.


My stomach is beyond growling so I am going to get some breakfast for my wonderful wife and me. Enjoy your day and please keep reading.







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