No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Today’s post title was sent to me this morning by David Banner (not his real name, my thanks to him for letting me write about this) as a coda to a dream he had. He dreamt that he and I had befriended a man who was down on his luck and living in a “fleabag motel.” We went to visit him to take him to dinner only to find that he had ordered fried chicken and pizza, but only enough for him.

Are dreams contagious? Although the dream sounds like one more of frustration than of anxiety, which is my dream specialty, that could have been a dream of mine. Of course, I can have dreams of extreme frustration that reach the level of rage.


Not surprisingly, Caleb Williams, quarterback/magician for USC, was officially announced as the Heisman Trophy winner yesterday. I watched some of the broadcast including the first part of Williams’ acceptance speech. One cannot really judge someone based on hearing him speak for five minutes, but he seems like a person who understands where he is and “that nothing, in this sport or life, is done alone.”

Williams also saluted his fellow Heisman finalists by noting, “I may be standing up here today, but y’all get to go to the College Football Playoff. Guess you can’t win them all.” The other three finalists were the starting quarterbacks for three of the four teams in this year’s CFP.

Of course, at this way too early point in time Williams is a co-favorite (along with sensational North Carolina QB Drake Maye) to win next year’s Heisman as well as for being the first pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, also as a co-favorite with Maye. It was just 14 months ago that Williams came off the bench as a true freshman at the University of Oklahoma–he transferred to USC after former Sooner head coach Lincoln Riley took the job at USC at last season’s end–and led Oklahoma to an amazing comeback win against arch-rival Texas.


My wonderful wife and I have purchased tickets for the Arizona Concours d’Elegance to be held in Scottsdale next month. We have only attended one other such event, at Hershey, Pennsylvania in June, 2019. Here are some photos from there:



We really enjoyed the event, which is no longer being held, sadly. I think it was cancelled before the outbreak of the damn virus. These events need sponsors and, perhaps, the group that organized the Elegance at Hershey ran out of sponsors.

As I have no interest in what seemingly is the future of the automobile, I look back to a time of interesting cars. If the Arizona event is back to stay (it was halted due to said virus), then I suspect we will attend for as long as we can.







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