The Blank Stare At The End

Maybe I’m referring to the end of 2022, maybe not.


Originally I was going to write about a friend of mine in junior high and high school who, because he was born on this day in 1959, did not have to register for the military draft when it was re-instated in 1980. I did have to, however, and receiving official notification of such caused one of the worst days of my life because my marvelous mom thought I had actually been drafted.


After feeling better for a few days I feel much worse today. I am peeved beyond words that I cannot have imaging I need until the second week of February. When this appointment was made I asked the person on the phone, “What if I have something serious, something for which time is of the essence?” She had no answer.

I am convinced that many people are taking advantage of the situation caused by the damn virus and are doing as little at work as they can. Employers, it seems, don’t think they can hire replacements so they tolerate poor job performance. In a related vein, it seems as though fewer people want to work than ever before. Almost all of us suffer from these maladies as a result. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


Via Hagerty comes this KPMG survey of automotive executives. One of the main findings was, “Expectations of global electric vehicle (EV) sales in 2030 are becoming more realistic. In 2021, executives predicted that EVs would capture between 20 percent and 70 percent of the market by 2030. Now they are taking a more cautious view of the challenges of shifting to battery power, with forecasts varying from 10 percent to around 40 percent of sales by 2030. Specifically, executives have greatly tempered their expectations about EV sales growth in India (poor infrastructure), Brazil (biofuels as an alternative) and Japan (a focus on hybrid and energy sources other than batteries).

Of course, the Hagerty story only mentioned 40 percent versus 70 percent and not the entire range. Don’t kid yourselves: the government and mainstream media are engaged in a propaganda war to brainwash us that we HAVE to drive electric vehicles in the near future.

Adrian Clarke of Hagerty wrote this piece titled, “Vision Thing: The best-designed vehicles on the market today.” His favorite car new car for sale is “probably” this one:


2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible side profile shadow light at yacht club


This is a Lexus LC 500 convertible. Its sibling, the LC 500 coupe, has been listed in all three iterations of my Ultimate Garage. I’m not sure that I don’t like the convertible just as much.

At one point before I bought the Mustang GT I thought about trying to trade my Z06 and Buick Cascada in one transaction in order to acquire an LC 500 convertible. The ragtop is more expensive than the coupe–good used ones are still six-figure cars–but this is Arizona and I think a convertible with more power than the Cascada would be a great idea. In the end, however, I decided that simpler is almost always better than complex and I also didn’t want to have shell out many thousands more on top of what I would have received in trade for the two cars.

In the back of my mind–well, maybe not too far back–I think that I will own an LC 500 at some point in the future. Maybe that’s just wishful thinking. Who knows what the future holds or how long it will be?







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4 thoughts on “The Blank Stare At The End

  1. “Employers, it seems, don’t think they can hire replacements so they tolerate poor job performance.”

    It IS tough to find competent employees these days. Actually for several years now, but it’s getting worse. In our field, machinery installation, we can’t survive long term incompetence from employees. Everyone makes mistakes, but when most of someone’s work is not up to standards, we can’t survive. That employee will have to be replaced. Unfortunately, often times the replacement is worse than former employee. Overall work ethic seems to have gone out the window. Tardiness, “stretching” break and lunch periods, starting end of day clean up well before it’s time to and just overall lack of caring. It seems that everyone wants a paycheck, but not everyone is ready to earn it.

    My partner and I have decided to cut back on our work load. We won’t be bidding as many jobs as we have, won’t be hiring more employees, just getting enough work to keep our current employees busy. Towards the end of next year we will be looking at various options for the company, close it down, sell it to our employees or maybe sell it to a competitor. Either way, both of us are tired of the long days, lots of travel, and all the headaches of keeping the doors open. Both of us are in our mid 60’s, I’m on my 66th trip around the sun, 64th for him and it’s time to slow up. We both have outside interests and have decided it’s time to fully indulge them, while we still can.


    1. “It seems that everyone wants a paycheck, but not everyone is ready to earn it.”

      As you wrote and know from firsthand experience, finding good employees is more difficult now than ever. I have no tolerance for those who think they are owed a comfortable life by mere virtue of their existence.


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