Meniere’s Monday

I don’t know if my Meniere’s Disease has become more active because of stress due to the fact that the house situation is still not quite resolved. I have been told just to accept whatever happens. That is most decidedly not in my nature.

I don’t think the San Francisco 49ers can accept that their chances of going to the Super Bowl disappeared when their starting quarterback, and the third QB they’d played this season, suffered a severe elbow injury on their sixth offensive play. I don’t think the Cincinnati Bengals can accept the “do-over” when a clock operator mistakenly started the clock on a Kansas City play or the unnecessary roughness penalty that put the Chiefs in position to kick the game-winning field goal to send them to the Super Bowl. By the way, the latter call was correct, IMO, although I’ve seen officials swallow their whistles on plays like that in crunch time.

The 49ers were also the “victim” when what appeared to be a great catch by the Eagles’ DeVonta Smith that enabled Philadelphia to convert on a fourth down was not really a catch. Wisely, the Eagles hustled to the line after the play, the 49ers didn’t challenge the call and the NFL’s new replay system failed to notice the mistake in time.

Life gives all of us things that are unfair. Whether or not we have any recourse it is only human nature to be angry and for that anger to manifest itself in protest. Hopefully, the protest does not cause more harm. For the nth time:


“If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, do we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that.”

– Shakespeare


That’s probably more football than many of you want to read. I will add that, unlike the apparent opinion of the commentators, Jalen Hurts, Eagles QB, did not look anywhere near 100%. Some of his throws fluttered to the ground short of their target and he could not really complete passes down the field. Hurts only threw for 121 yards on 25 attempts. Also, apart from too many defensive penalties (seven of the Eagles’ 25 first downs came via penalty), the 49ers vaunted defense played well, holding Philadelphia to 3.8 yards per play, compared to their season average of 6.1.


It’s still hard to believe so many people think cryptocurrency is a legitimate asset or investment. This CNBC article is titled, “North Korea-linked hackers behind $100 million crypto heist, FBI says.” Yes, hackers can steal “real money” online. Still, we have been told that blockchain, the technology that makes crypto possible, is inviolable. Obviously, that is false. Once again, while sovereign fiat currency is not foolproof, at least it is backed by government’s ability to tax and to borrow. What backs crypto? Nothing except people’s faith in it.


Time compression due to aging is very real. The Arizona Concours my wonderful wife and I attended seems like it was yesterday, not eight days ago. Below is a picture of the car named Best In Show.



The car is a 1947 Talbot with coachwork by Fagoni and Falaschi. My favorite car, the 1961 Ghia L 6.4 coupe shown below, was given a Best In Class award.



While the reasons are not that important, because I do accept that I can’t change them, my interest in cars has definitely waned in the last year. I did not watch a single minute of the TV broadcast of the recently completed Barrett-Jackson auction and we did not watch any of the car auction live. We only attended three days of the nine the event was held.

While the recent announcement that General Motors is investing a nine-figure sum in a new generation of gasoline-powered small-block V8 engines might, might, be a sign that US automakers know they will have to manufacture ICE-powered vehicles for the foreseeable future, the severely misguided EV propaganda coming from governments and car companies is just too much for me to stomach.








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2 thoughts on “Meniere’s Monday

  1. Everybody felt terrible about the Ossai late hit in the Chiefs’ game; it is definitely not the way you want to win a game, to have a guy who has played a sensational game make a mistake.  But.. .related to your comment about the referees sometimes swallowing their whistle rather than making a call that basically decides the game. . .the Chiefs actually LOST a game on an almost identical call either last season or the one before. . .star player hit the ball carrier out of bounds.  It was a correct call, but. . .  And then this year, the Chiefs’ loss to Indianapolis absolutely would not have happened except that Chris Jones ran his mouth after sacking the quarterback very late in the game, got called for unsportsmanlike conduct (taunting).  That one was in a sense worse than this one, because (without the late hit call) it was still a 50/50 game, whereas the Indianapolis game was absolutely a Chiefs’ victory without the taunting call.  The sack had essentially ended the game; the call gave Indianapolis not only another chance, but another chance in great position.  Bill 


    1. Very good to “hear” from you, sparkyelias/Bill. Many Baltimore Ravens fans still complain vociferously about a call they claim was not made in the 2011 AFC Championship Game at New England. In between the play when Lee Evans dropped a potential game-winning pass in the end zone (the Ravens were trailing 23-20 with under a minute left) and the easy field goal (32 yards) missed by Billy Cundiff that would have tied the game, Dennis Pitta appeared to have be interfered with by not one, but two Patriots defenders in the end zone. No call was made. It’s this kind of no-call that leads some fans to think NFL games are rigged. I am not among them because I recognize that no one is perfect. Oh, Evans could/should have caught that pass and Cundiff should have made a 32-yard field goal. I think almost no games are actually decided by one referees call or no-call.


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