Threadless Thursday

Sadly, book “burning” is alive and well.

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Yesterday, we received some much needed rain. I don’t know if forecasting in the desert is especially difficult, but the forecasts here seem to be wrong quite a bit.

On Tuesday morning, the probability of precipitation for Wednesday was pegged at only about 20 percent. Even at 5 AM on Wednesday, it was only shown at about 30 percent. Well, it rained for most of the period between 7 AM and 2 PM. It was the best type of rain we could have received in that it was steady, but never really heavy. Let’s see if this works:

 

 

Another weather prediction that was incorrect was the daytime high, not surprising given the miss in terms of precipitation. Forecast to be in the mid-90s, this is where temperatures sat for most of yesterday afternoon:

 

 

That picture was taken at about 2 PM on our way back from a lunch run. When the rain ended and the sun returned, the temperature did break into the 80s, but never close to the 90s. Here is a more scenic photo:

 

 

The evening provided this view that I thought was amazing:

 

 

Obviously, the lack of tall trees makes capturing scenes like this easier, but I also think they are more common here than in the mid-Atlantic.

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The car collector market has taken off as the damn virus has receded in many, but not all, places. (Vaccines work!) This article reports on the RM Sotheby’s automobile auction held in Italy last week. Yes, Sotheby’s is a high-end auctioneer, but the results from recent Barrett-Jackson and Mecum auctions in the US tell the same tale: people want to buy collector cars, maybe more now than ever before.

The Sotheby’s auction offered only 19 lots, but the average sale–converted to US dollars from Euros–was over $1,000,000. The median sale was about $660,000. I wish I could show pictures of the lots offered, but the blog author, apparently, is not at liberty to share them anywhere but his site. From Hagerty’s comes a picture of a car like one offered in Italy, a 1950 Cisitalia 202 SC Cabriolet:

 

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The Sotheby’s lot sold for about $370,000 all in including commission. A Cisitalia 202 (although I think it is a coupe) is still part of the collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York. In my opinion, the design is timeless and still fresh.

Italian automotive design is just in a league of its own. I won’t show the Alfa Romeo 4C again, but a car like that would not and could not have come from anywhere else.

 

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Wednesday Weird

You can’t fix stupid.

From the looks of things, I’d say it isn’t broken.

 

From ranker.com a couple of supposedly true stories about (very) stupid criminals.

 

Chastity Eugina Hopson was so worried about her possibly-tainted meth that she actually contacted the police about it. Officers at the Granite Shoals Police Department in Texas were trying to catch the county’s dumbest drug users when they posted a fake Facebook story about Ebola-tainted meth. The post said, “If you have recently purchased meth or heroin in Central Texas, please take it to the local police or sheriff department so it can be screened with a special device. DO NOT use it until it has been properly checked for possible Ebola contamination!”

Hopson, 29, saw the post and was understandably afraid that her meth could be… wait for it… dangerous. She responded to the department’s post on Facebook, and they gladly took her sample in for “testing.” Hobson was charged with possession of less than one gram of a controlled substance.

 

Amateur criminal and professional dumb dumb Christopher Kron made every mistake possible in robbery history when he tried to rob a restaurant after it closed one night. Not only did he trip the silent alarm, but when ADT called the restaurant after being notified, Kron answered the phone and gave them his REAL NAME. He returned to the restaurant the next day and was recognized by an employee who had seen the surveillance video. Kron was arrested on the spot.

 

I often remark to anyone who’ll listen that it’s a good thing most criminals are stupid. I will leave extrapolation of that remark to others.

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From Everybody Loves Raymond:

Debra: Do you know what I think?

Ray: If I say yes do you still have to tell me?

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This less than fresh article (from 2017) is titled, “20 Modern Cars That Will Almost Definitely Be Future Classics.” (Of course, the URL reads “12-modern-cars.”)

Obviously, this piece is just opinion, but everyone is entitled to their opinion, right? I mean, the old saw about opinions being like a certain part of the human anatomy in that (almost) everyone has one and almost all of them stink shouldn’t apply, right? Anyway…

From the article is one of my favorites:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, it’s a Honda S2000. Even though all 110,000 of these were equipped with a manual transmission, and I don’t drive sticks, I would still like to have this car. By the way, the piece claims that a good example of this car could be purchased for $6,000. Yes, that was 2017, but I think the author was smoking something.

A quick look on AutoTrader for an S2000 within 100 miles of my home zip found four available, with the least expensive listed at just under $30,000. OK, maybe I should give the writer some credit for identifying this as a future classic, but I don’t think he meant just four years down the road. Maybe he did…

The Alfa Romeo 4C, which I recently mentioned, was also listed. From the same piece:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So many cars just one life, indeed.

 

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The End Of The Charade

If you’re not interested in sports you should probably skip the first part of this post…

 

Yesterday, the US Supreme Court, in the words of Andrew Brandt, “took a torch to the NCAA’s stance on amateurism and the ‘way things have always been done.'” In a unanimous ruling, the Court said that limits on education-related benefits for student-athletes were a violation of antitrust law. Paul Finebaum, king of the SEC airwaves and a very intelligent person, said, “This is the end of the NCAA as we know it. The funeral hasn’t happened yet…but it’s OVER for the NCAA.”

Yes, the ruling was unanimous. Whatever happened to the misguided wailing about a Supreme Court that would forever be ideologically divided and the bullsh*t plan to add justices? Most things said by people who are blinded by ideology are wrong. Actually, the history of the Supreme Court tells us that justices often do not vote the way in which they were expected when appointed.

Here is an excerpt from the opinion written by Justice Kavanaugh,

 

“Nowhere else in America can businesses get away with agreeing to not pay their workers a fair market rate on their theory that their product is defined by not paying their workers a fair market rate. The NCAA is not above the law. [emphasis mine]”

 

Sounds to me like he is almost begging someone to sue the NCAA for compensation for student-athletes and signaling how he would likely vote. If head football coaches can be paid $9 million a year, like Alabama’s Nick Saban and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, then players can and should be paid.

Some have criticized the idea of paying players in the sports that bring in all of the revenue because that would mean the end of other collegiate sports. My answer is, so?! If mens cross country or womens field hockey are no longer offered at the intercollegiate level, so what? No one has a right, constitutional or otherwise, that their sport must be offered in college.

I think it’s inevitable that college football and basketball players will be paid. In my opinion, the bulk of those earnings should be held in escrow until the player uses up his eligibility or otherwise leaves the school. Perhaps the amount would increase depending on how long the player stays. Players should also receive financial education.

When free agency came to baseball the owners said that would be the end of the sport. Well, the ruling that paved the way for free agency was made in December, 1975. As far as I can tell, major league baseball is still being played. College sports will survive paying players. The proposed expansion of the College Football Playoff will literally add billions of dollars in revenue every year. I think some of that can be shared with the players who make it possible. The charade of amateurism in an endeavor that generates billions in revenue will and should come to an end.

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This is my kind of Fiero.

 

LS4-Powered 1987 Pontiac Fiero GT

 

This picture link will probably break shortly, but this is a 1987 Pontiac Fiero fitted with a 5.3 liter LS4 V-8 engine. The engine is mated to a four-speed automatic transaxle. While I think the wheels are a tad too large for the size of the car, I think the car looks sharp.

The car was bid to $15,500 on Bring A Trailer on June 20, but didn’t sell. Since Fieros like this are very rare, this car will not appear in my Ultimate Garage 3.0, if it is published. I sure like it, though.

 

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Monday Blues

When I worked in office jobs that were not in baseball, I–like many people, I suspect–really disliked Mondays. (Remember that only about 30% of Americans like their job.) Not that I know what it’s like to be in prison, but it felt like I was incarcerated in those places while I was at work.

I’m not working in or out of an office, but I have the Monday Blues today. Why? It’s probably a combination of events, some of which I cannot discuss here.

I did suffer acid reflux last night, which woke me up and kept me up for about an hour before I fell asleep, rather uncomfortably, in my chair in the bonus room.

I am also tired of the ineptitude of American business…on Saturday my wonderful wife and I ate lunch at a place highly recommended by locals. It took the “establishment” three tries to get her burrito right. My first glass of iced coffee tasted like iced tea and I suspect it was.

We ordered solar screens for the windows on the south side of the house. When the company arrived more than a month ago to install them, the one we ordered for a half-moon window was not installed as, apparently, they had forgotten to order it. We are still waiting for it to be installed even though we have completely paid for the job and all of the screens.

I ordered an expensive item almost three weeks ago, something I have wanted for awhile, and was told it would arrive last Friday. It did not arrive and neither a phone call nor an email to the company were returned.

My strong belief is that when people are hired and/or promoted for reasons other than genuine merit, everything goes to sh*t. The damn virus has really scrambled logistical and work systems, as well.

I think it’s a sad sign, and a bad sign, when a company CEO makes a public statement about the importance of merit in hiring and promoting employees and is immediately subjected to vitriolic criticism. Frank Slootman, CEO of cloud software maker Snowflake (an ironic name, no?), said earlier this month, “We’re actually highly sympathetic to diversity but we just don’t want that to override merit. If I start doing that, I start compromising the company’s mission literally.” Slootman also said other CEOs feel the same way about the need to reach a more “moderated” approach to diversity, but are reluctant to say so publicly.

He was immediately criticized by dozens of US executives and was forced to backtrack somewhat from his comments. The world is messed up when a CEO can’t say that merit matters most. When merit doesn’t matter most, the result is the wrong item served at a restaurant, a missing solar screen, an expensive item not delivered when promised.

Perhaps it’s a good thing I’m not working in an office job. I would not be happy if I were passed up for a promotion based on criteria other than merit. What goes around comes around…

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Do any of you really care about my Ultimate Garage 3.0? I have been ruminating on the topic and much in the same way something a college professor said to me gave me the kick start I needed to finish my Masters Thesis, just setting a limit, arbitrary or not, to the number of cars has helped me complete the list, more or less.

As I have written before, if I publish the list it will not be one car at a time. Given the limit I imposed on myself, I can show the garage in two posts. (Contestant: I can show that garage in two posts. Host: Show that garage! Is the Name That Tune reference lost on most of you?)

Not having anything to do with 3.0, but with a model that will be represented…on this day in 1996 the last C4 Corvette was built and sold to Mike Yager of Mid-America Motorworks. From this Corvette Blogger article a picture of the car:

 

Last C4 Corvette

 

Even many Corvette enthusiasts don’t realize that the C4 was really a very different car from the C3. The latter still used the chassis, more or less, developed for the C2, which means at the end of the run for the C3, the chassis was 20 years old. From The Genuine Corvette Black Book:

 

“The 1984 Corvette was a complete redesign in almost every aspect. Handling considerations dominated and the result was praised by the motoring press as the world’s best cornering automobile.”

 

The full redesign wasn’t complete until the 1985 model year as the Cross Fire Injection system that was introduced in 1982, the last year of the C3, wasn’t replaced until ’85. Once again, from The Black Book:

 

“Design criteria specified that the 1984 Corvette have more ground clearance but less overall height, a lower center of gravity, and better front-to-rear weight distribution. In order to achieve these goals, engineers located the engine more rearward, then routed the exhaust system through a larger transmission tunnel. The effects on handling were dramatic, but a penalty was paid in interior room, especially in the footwell area.”

 

I will write that the C4 Corvette is not a part of my Ultimate Garage 3.0, but I have still grown to really like the car, especially from model years 1992 and later or, more particularly, from 1995 and 1996. About 359,000 C4 Corvettes were produced during the 13 model year run. Of those, about 109,000 were produced from 1992 through 1996. As the hashtag reads, so many cars just one life.

 

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Pictures For A Sunday

Believe it or not, I was going to include a picture of my feet among the photos shown today. Why? Is it because I am becoming even more mentally unhinged? Probably not…I think I just wanted to offer proof of my immensely painful bunions that sometimes make every step very painful. In the end, I decided that showing such a picture was not a good idea. I hope you enjoy the ones I am showing.

 

 

One of these days I will get a great photo from this area, even without a drone.

 

 

You know I like an Orange Corvette…

 

 

Happy Astronomical Summer! Today is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. (Oh, don’t want to forget to wish a Happy Father’s Day to those fathers reading this.) Of course, summer has already arrived where we live as we have had daytime highs of 100° or higher virtually every day for about 18 days. I suspect we will have little or no respite until after Labor Day. Today, our “sunrise” was at 5:16 AM and our “sunset” will be at 7:41 PM. Remember, Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

As is my ADD fashion, I have decided to count the days of Meteorological Summer as a way to get through the summer. Meteorological Summer begins June 1 and ends August 31; that’s 92 days. Today is Day 20 so we will be about 22% done at the end of the day. Oh, July 17 begins the second half of Meteorological Summer, which will make it a significant day for me and my countdown. Like I keep writing, it is hell to live inside my brain or what’s left of it.

 

That’s all for today, kind folks.

 

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12 Teams

First…Tuesday evening I had a disturbing medical “event.” I got up from my chair in the bonus room to look through the window to get a better view of the amazing and indescribable colors of an Arizona sunset. While standing at the window, I think I may have moved my head just 20 degrees or so to get a different view and, all of a sudden, I felt as if I took even one step I would fall down.

My wonderful wife helped me back to my chair. I did not feel even close to normal, whatever that is, until Thursday. (Of course, today I am dealing with another physical issue. I know it is said that it beats the alternative, but growing older can be most unpleasant.)

I have Meniere’s Disease, a poorly-understood condition of the inner ear that affects balance and hearing. While the acute stage of the “illness”–with full-blown “Code Red” vertigo attacks, intense ringing in the ear (enough so that the musical note C doesn’t sound like a C in that ear) and an intense feeling of fullness in the ear–has, thankfully, passed, the condition never goes away. Add that to the normal changes that occur with aging and I guess that can be an explanation for what happened Tuesday. It was a most frightening experience in the moment, however.

Second…the days of almost daily posting may be over. Readership has dropped dramatically in June, even accounting for no posts on 5 of the first 17 days of the month. I realize that posting less will cost me even more readers, but I think it’s time to begin to transition to the day when WordPress removes the Classic Editor option altogether and I stop posting, period.

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OK, the post title “12 Teams” refers to the revelation that the NCAA, less than ten years after adopting it, is seriously considering expanding the College Football Playoff (CFP) for Division I schools (sorry, I’m never going to call them FBS) from 4 to 12 teams.

This is the same organization that dragged its heels for years before instituting a playoff, foisting the ill-conceived BCS “system” on college football fans for 16 seasons from 1998 through 2013, inclusive. In my book on the greatest NFL teams of all time, the one The Wall Street Journal called without a doubt the best book of its kind ever written, I wrote that BCS stood for Bullshit Concoction System. I have also heard the humorous line that NCAA stands for Never Concede Authority Anytime. Just wait until the 12-team playoff brings billions in additional revenue to college football and players will have to get paid, finally.

I am serious when I write that I am convinced part of the motivation for expanding the playoffs is to make sure Notre Dame is in virtually every year, whether they deserve it or not. By the way, when was the last time “The Fighting Irish” actually won the “National Championship?” To me, Notre Dame is/are the Dallas Cowboys of NCAA football, incessantly hyped for no reason. By the way, the answer to the question is 1988, I believe. Oh, the Dallas Cowpokes have not won a Super Bowl since the 1995 NFL season and have also not even appeared in a conference championship game since then. America’s Team, my ass!

Even now, many college athletic directors are still worried about bowl games. I think the bowls are an anachronism and that will be even more true with a 12-team playoff. Only in this country, motivated by greed on one hand and political correctness on the other, can a 6-6 team be rewarded with a bowl game. One year, my “favorite” college team, Nebraska, was invited to play in a bowl despite a 5-7 record. They won their bowl, so they were a bowl-winning team with a losing record of 6-7.

I like the idea of playoff expansion and it seems as though it will really happen before too much longer. (Now if they would only get rid of their AWFUL overtime system.) Of course, I have neglected to mention that the numbing sameness of Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State having appeared in the four-team CFP virtually every season since its inception is very bad for interest in the sport, even if mini-dynasties have almost always been a part of college football. I am not exaggerating, by the way. Alabama has been in the playoff six of seven years and so has Clemson. Ohio State has been in four of seven years.

Notre Dame has been in the CFP twice although last year’s appearance was a result of “Golden Dome Blindness.” How have they done? After the 2018 season they lost to Clemson 30-3; after last season they lost to Alabama 31-14, a game in which Alabama averaged eight yards per play compared to 4.7 for Notre Dame. By the way, in this century the Golden Domers have played in six major bowls or BCS/CFP games. What is their record? 0-6 and the average score of these games was 37-15 with no margin smaller than 14 points.

If any of you are still reading and are college football fans I would like to read your views on playoff expansion.

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One good thing about an irregular posting schedule is that the post length can vary, also…

 

This Road and Track article titled, “Why Does Every New Car Look Like Every Other New Car?” really spoke to me. I highly recommend it; here is the Readers Digest version:

 

Global Consolidation

Fuel Economy

Packaging

People’s Thirst For Giant, Stupid Grilles

You, meaning the consumer who insists on the features that lead to the sameness

 

Here is a picture of a car, that of course is no longer being produced, that didn’t look like anything else on the road.

 

See the source image

 

From newcars.com a picture of an Alfa Romeo 4C, produced from 2013 to 2020. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but at least your eye would notice this car. From the aforementioned article,

 

“Maybe it’s a Bimmer,” I said to the dog. “It kinda looks like one.”

It wasn’t. It was a Hyundai Santa Fe, which kinda resembles the Acura RDX, which kinda resembles the Volvo XC60, which kinda resembles the BMW X3.

 

Maybe one benefit of the eventual move to EVs is that styling can become more varied, maybe not…Have a good weekend.

 

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Fried Chicken

In one of his books Bill James wrote something like, “It’s hard to compare the pizza you’re eating now to the fried chicken you ate three weeks ago.” He was trying to illustrate the importance of temporal proximity to judgment.

In A List For Saturday I showed a list of my favorite songs with lyrics. Even though I wrote that it was probably an incomplete list, one omission was quite glaring: “Riders On The Storm” by The Doors, of course.

I have the 45, but don’t think I have a digital copy (at least not as I write this) so I just don’t hear it when I listen to music from my iPhone. What reminded me of how much I like the song was hearing it today on the way back from a breakfast run to Chick-Fil-A.

Maybe I just need to stop worrying about lists, about trying to make order out of chaos. (Yes, I should just ignore my OCD. Why haven’t I thought of that before? [sarcasm]) One of the reasons I haven’t published my Ultimate Garage 3.0 is I am agonizing over the Cadillac XLR and Saturn Sky.

In Ultimate Garage 2.0 I left both cars out because familiarity with them had left me a little sour. I had a friend who bought two XLRs new and both had to be repurchased by Cadillac under our state’s lemon law while my wonderful wife and I had test-driven a Sky and were put off by the interior.

I have not driven most of the cars that are likely to be a part of 3.0 if it is published. Is it fair to exclude the XLR and Sky because I am more familiar with them? This reminds me of the obstacle that caused my Masters Thesis to be completed much later than I had hoped.

I was trying to figure out a way to apply the significant cost of player development in baseball to a player’s Marginal Revenue Product (MRP) in the hopes of being the first to calculate a net MRP. I just couldn’t get my head around how to apply player development costs to each player, in large part because much, sometimes even most, of a team’s major league roster was originally in another team’s organization.

One of my former professors finally told me that I was worrying too much about nothing, that any reasonable solution would suffice. That pushed me to an idea that had been percolating for awhile and I used it in my thesis, “Pay and Performance in Major League Baseball, The Early Free Agency Era.”

So, what should I do about the XLR and the Sky? I’m all eyes; I can’t be all ears because I can’t hear you.

 

See the source image

See the source image

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I found each of these pieces to be interesting reads, Article 1 and Article 2. It might be difficult for those of you reading to realize they were written by a Democrat. I suspect he would be labeled a traitor by the lunatic component of the party, a group that–in my opinion–grows larger all the time. One of these pieces addresses my pet theory of increasing temporal arrogance.

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It’s only about a month until I take my Z06 in for the “bolt-on” application that will increase horsepower, torque and decibels. Of course, one of the cool things about the NPP exhaust option for C7 Corvettes (standard on the Z06) is that with a couple of touches on the screen I can quiet the exhaust. The cost is 5-10 HP.

 

 

Will that be the end of the performance upgrades? If you ask me now I would say yes. If you ask me in a year, I don’t know what I would say.

 

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PS, this post about the disturbing trend of ideology being injected into science is also worth reading. I will note, though, that since science is an endeavor of human beings it can never be purely objective.

 

Monday Musings 72

I must admit that I often have the feeling, “What good does any of this do?” I often feel as if I am spending too much time preaching to the choir. I actually think it’s almost impossible to do anything else these days.

Due in large part to the scourge of “social media” too much of the world’s population is firmly entrenched in bubbles of thought, never considering that their “favorite” ideology is filled with dangerous inconsistencies and is woefully inadequate in dealing with real-world complexities.

In the current debate over infrastructure one truth that is being left out is simply how difficult it has become to actually get such projects completed in a timely manner. Consider that it took four years to build the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in the 1930s whereas it took two decades to repair one-third of it after the 1989 Bay Area earthquake. Here are some words of wisdom, IMO, from George Will:

 

“Can today’s nation — divided by the politics of envy and race-mongering; with “leaders” too timid to ask 98.2 percent of Americans (those earning less than $400,000) to pay for the gusher of new government benefactions — perform great feats?

Last month was the 60th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s speech summoning the nation to send astronauts to the moon in the 1960s. Ben Domenech, publisher of the Federalist, says of the speech: “It seems like it comes not just from a different time but from a different country.” Kennedy’s challenge required accomplishing 2 million tasks, a million of which involved then-uninvented technologies. He did not stoke racial or class divisions; he spoke of a national identity receptive to great and uncertain exertions. He did not pander to particular constituencies, promising union jobs and racial “equity” throughout the space program. Instead, he asked the nation to take gigantic risks for the nation’s, and humanity’s, benefit.

Whereas “Kennedy called the nation to dare,” today, Domenech writes, America is where “schools can’t fail kids for giving the wrong answers, where teachers refuse to teach even with precautions and vaccinations, and where local authorities won’t put down riots.” A different country.” (My question: would Kennedy be considered a traitor by today’s Democratic party? He also played a major role in a large tax cut.)

 

The US is headed for dissolution, which is not surprising when such a large segment of the population does nothing except harp on differences. Whatever happened to “first earn, then receive?” Yes, I suspect I am preaching to the choir as people who think differently from me don’t read this blog. However, just as the rest of the world laughed at me in the 1980s–and was wrong–when I said baseball teams eventually would use data as the linchpin of their decision-making processes, I am more certain than ever that the US as we know it will not exist in 50 years. Unfortunately (maybe not), unlike in baseball where I lived to see my predictions come to fruition, I will not live 50 more years.

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Yesterday marked 31 weeks that we moved into this house. We decided to make a real dent in the mess in the room that is supposed to be, eventually, our guest bedroom.

Let me repeat my belief that the interstate moving business is a racket. Anyway…many of the items in this room were packed pictures. Opening one of them made my heart sink. The glass for a framed picture of Secretariat had broken and one of the shards had left a six-inch long scratch on the picture.

We have already “settled” on our damage claims, so we cannot be reimbursed for this. It’s not as if this piece is worth hundreds or thousands of dollars, but it has/had tremendous value to me.

While I am happy to be in Arizona, this move was even more stressful than my first cross-country move when I left the area in which I was born and raised. Not only does the financial bill seem to increase without end–you cannot imagine how much money we have had to spend on this house already–but it seems as though I am suffering from sort of a delayed stress syndrome.

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OK, I had another strange dream. Yes, I know that dreams often don’t mean anything, that they are–supposedly–the brain filtering and sorting information without the intent of that information being interpreted. However, I think dreams are often an expression of fears and wishes. Anyway…I had an appointment at the Mayo Clinic. My appointment was in room S151; yes, the room number was very prominent.

After a long and angst-inducing search, I finally found room S151 and its large sign that read “Room S151.” However, I heard people calling my name and after another stress-inducing interval I saw three people, each sitting in a separate chair with plexiglass partitions, on the other side of the wide hall. They were the ones calling my name. I then woke from this dream. All I can write is WTF?!

Sorry, no cars today.

 

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Pictures For A Saturday

Without further ado:

 

 

Partially obscured by the C5 on the left is my wonderful wife’s 2018 Corvette in Z51 spec and 3LT trim. The beautiful exterior color is Watkins Glen Gray Metallic.

 

 

IF I were to acquire a C6 Corvette, which is highly unlikely, I would get one in this color, Atomic Orange.

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the pictures.

 

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Power Corrupts

This CNBC article reports on the second UAW (United Auto Workers) president to be sentenced as part of a multiyear corruption probe into the well-known American labor union. Power corrupts, whether it’s a high-ranking labor union official, CEO of a large company or a high-ranking government official. Of course, I have opined that many/most people seeking these posts are already corrupt and achieving their goal is “positive” reinforcement for their behavior, which worsens their corruption.

In general, I believe it is best for a country, for a society for power to be diffuse and not concentrated. When exceptions should be made is, of course, a very tricky matter, indeed.

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From this article titled “How Software Is Eating The Car” comes this estimate from Deloitte Touche: as of 2017, some 40% of the cost of a new car could be attributed to semiconductor-based electronic systems, a cost doubling since 2007. Obviously, a shortage of those semiconductors, like the world has been experiencing, makes it difficult to manufacture cars, whether they are ICE-powered, EVs or hybrids. From the piece is this tidbit:

 

“Today, high-end cars like the BMW 7-series with advanced technology like advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS) may contain 150 ECUs [Electronic Control Units] or more, while pick-up trucks like Ford’s F-150 top 150 million lines of code. Even low-end vehicles are quickly approaching 100 ECUs and 100 million of lines of code as more features that were once considered luxury options, such as adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking, are becoming standard.”

 

One can certainly understand the preference for non-computerized cars by many of those in the hobby. One should also understand that many of these systems are the result of ever increasing government standards. Some of those, of course, result in safer cars, but worse drivers. Much of the explosion in ECUs and lines of code, though, comes from customer expectations regarding comfort and performance. It is the automobile business, after all.

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It seems as though inventory is thin right now at the local luxury make complex. Nevertheless, here are some pictures I took yesterday:

 

 

I am still hoping for a real-world look at a Maserati MC20, but haven’t seen any, yet. The Maserati dealer in the complex was allocated eight MC20s, all of which were sold within days of availability. From Wallpaper Cave a picture of said vehicle:

 

See the source image

 

Can I put this car in Ultimate Garage 3.0? Can I include three different generations of Corvettes? Yes, it’s my blog and I guess I can do what I want. Sometimes, though, what we want to do is not what we should do.

Enjoy the weekend!

 

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