It’s All About Perspective

First…my sympathies to the families of those murdered while leaving a Jerusalem synagogue in a barbarous act of evil by a Palestinian terrorist.

 

On this day in 2001 the Baltimore Ravens defeated the New York Giants to win Super Bowl XXXV, or 35 for those of you who can’t read Roman numerals. At the time, I considered it to be the second greatest day of my life, only behind the day after my wonderful wife and I married, which was the day we arrived in Nevada for our honeymoon.

I was still working in professional sports and was much more vested in the outcomes than I am now. I have written this before, but after the Ravens won the game I made so much noise that one of our neighbors thought I was abusing my wife. We did not live in a townhouse.

However, and even though he is still a big Ravens fan and season-ticket holder, my long-time friend Dr. Hoss does not remember that day fondly. That was the day of his sister’s funeral. She died of complications from anorexia.

Just like five honest people can give five different accounts of the same incident, even people with similar backgrounds and abilities can have different perspectives on life events. Those who think their way is the only way are beyond misguided.

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A couple of links to posts from Why Evolution Is True:

 

From this post:

 

“Here’s a dilemma I face constantly. A lot of material on this site is devoted to opposing “progressive liberal” (i.e., “woke”) initiatives, particularly in science. And I’m pretty much of an absolutist when it comes to freedom of speech on campus, which isn’t exactly an attitude that’s au courant or ubiquitous among progressives.

…Like all people who take my point of view, I have of course been called “alt-right,” “racist”, and even a white supremacist. I brush off those names because they’re just slurs that progressives who lack arguments use to tar their opponents.”

 

Remember that Jerry Coyne, author of this blog, self-identifies as a liberal. Woke is a cult and its adherents are beyond misguided.

Here is a fact from The kerfuffle over “Latinx”Three percent of US adults who identify as Latino or Hispanic refer to themselves as Latinx while 40 percent find the term irksome or offensive. Here’s another excerpt from the piece, “As you may know, “Latinx” was a term developed by academics and promulgated mainly by the self-styled “in the know” progressive Democrats as the plural for people of Latin-American extraction.”

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I found this article on the promise of gene therapy to be very interesting. Here is the beginning of the piece:

 

“When Rylae-Ann Poulin was a year old, she didn’t crawl or babble like other kids her age. A rare genetic disorder kept her from even lifting her head. Her parents took turns holding her upright at night just so she could breathe comfortably and sleep.

Then, months later, doctors delivered gene therapy directly to her brain.

Now the 4-year-old is walking, running, swimming, reading and riding horses — “just doing so many amazing things that doctors once said were impossible,” said her mother, Judy Wei.”

 

This is one of many areas where I part company with those on the Ridiculous Right. Science has brought unmeasurable progress to our lives. When it comes to matters of science, I defer to scientists and not to politicians or entertainers.

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OK, if you insist; here are a few more pictures of cars consigned to the current Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

 

When I was a teenager I loved the looks of the Jensen Interceptor. I still like the car, but the rear doesn’t look that great to me, anymore.

 

 

I thought this 2008 Aston Martin Vantage convertible was just stunning. I told my wonderful wife, who is a huge fan of the make, that she could have bought this car for many thousands less than she paid for her 2018 Corvette convertible. The Aston sold, all in, for $44,000. Of course, if the deal for the “Goose Bumps” house is consummated, then she can have both.

Here are pictures of two idiosyncratic favorites of mine:

 

 

No, I do not suffer from multiple personality disorder. (At least I don’t think so. 😉) Yes, I like the 1977 Pontiac Can-Am and the Nissan Figaro. Even though many segments of the collector vehicle market do not appeal to me, I think I have eclectic tastes in cars.

 

We will not be attending the auction any more this year. I have become averse to large crowds, so today is out, and I do want to watch the NFL conference championship games live on Sunday.

 

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#DTTPSHPOS

#GeneTherapy

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Never Forget! Never Again!

I don’t have anything profound to write for today, which is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. As the child of Jewish Holocaust survivors, this day resonates with me more than for the vast majority of the population. As I have written, my father was the only survivor in his immediate family and had to watch the rest of them be murdered by Nazi troops.

I can write that my contempt and outright hatred for anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers burns with the heat of a million suns.

 

“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

 

 

#NeverForget!NeverAgain!

#InternationalHolocaustRemembranceDay

 

 

Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted

Not everything that can be counted counts. The post title and first sentence of today’s missive are a somewhat famous remark often attributed to Albert Einstein, but actually of unclear origin.

I think that some people who rely heavily on data analysis to make decisions–for example, like some football coaches–are actually doing so in order to absolve themselves of responsibility. “Well, the analytics said if we did X we had a 71% chance of winning, but if we did Y our chance was only 69%.”

Not all nominal differences in data are statistically significant. In addition, the underlying relationships between variables and outcomes can change as behaviors change, even if they modify only slightly, often before we realize they have changed. Such shifts render “old” data far less meaningful.

Not sure why I was compelled to write about this today. Yes, I see the irony of someone who was a pioneer in sports analytics and a “father” of Moneyball writing about the limitations of data.

Despite the fact some people believe that “machine learning” and “deep learning” will provide the answers to almost everything, I think that even when we have computer chips planted in our brains that can spit out the history of the universe at a billion words a second, we will still fail to correctly predict everything that happens.

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My wonderful wife and I had important business to attend to yesterday that prevented us from attending the Barrett-Jackson auction. I think we will go today, but that is not a certainty.

Here are just a few photos from the auction.

 

 

While they are not affordable for me at present, these C7 ZR1s are becoming more appealing. I could have a 700+ HP/700+ LB-FT of torque car without the risks inherent in after-market tuning.

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We’ll see how this turns out. Below is a picture of most of the letter I received from the GI practice against whom I decided to file a complaint when I arrived late for an appointment and the receptionist refused to do anything to help me.

 

 

Am I just a typical self-entitled American? I don’t think so. A medical practice exists to help patients. Yes, I was late to an appointment (an honest mistake as I thought the appointment was an hour later than actually scheduled), but the receptionist made absolutely no effort to help me. The more I thought about it, the angrier I became. I didn’t file the complaint until six days had passed. I was hoping I might cool off, but I didn’t.

I doubt that anything substantive will result from this, but I had to express myself, nevertheless. Have any of you ever filed a formal complaint against a company? If you don’t mind sharing, I think most of us would like to read about the details. Of course, I once sued a very large American firm, but that’s another story for another day.

 

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Automobile Events Are Good For You

OK, today’s post title is a little tongue-in-cheek and some people wouldn’t be caught dead at any type of car show. That’s their prerogative. However, I do have a small amount of empirical evidence to back the claim made in the post title.

Not counting my treadmill workouts I average between 5,000 and 6,000 steps a day walking, according to my iPhone. (My phone is not on my person while I’m on the treadmill.) For example, in 2022 I averaged about 5,300 steps a day.

My wonderful wife and I have attended automobile events the last three days: Sunday at the Arizona Concours and Monday-Tuesday at the Barrett-Jackson auction. I averaged 9,300 steps a day for those three days, despite the fact that I did not feel well on Sunday. Yes, I did also workout on Monday and plan to do so today starting in about 90 minutes.

On average, adult Americans walk only about half as much as citizens of other developed nations. It’s not a coincidence that the US also has the highest rate of overweight and obese adults in that group of countries.

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Before I show some pictures from the past three days, it’s time to show some links to Why Evolution Is True.

 

Matthew Yglesias: Woke [my mark] language isn’t meant to improve society, but to increase inequality.

Ira Glasser: Why we need free speech, even if it’s offensive and hateful

From the second post: “Glasser has just published a very good piece in Spiked that I highlighted above (naturally it’s on a right-leaning site, for the Progressive Left is not so keen on free speech because it can include “hate speech”). It’s hard to get a defense of free speech published in a liberal place.” Oh, Glasser was head of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for more than two decades. The ACLU has become among the worst offenders in trying to suppress free speech when it doesn’t adhere to the idiocy of woke.

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My wonderful wife sent me this picture:

 

 

OK, the source is not objective, but Buffett did say this, perhaps a little tongue-in-cheek, to CNBC’s Becky Quick in 2011. Of course, Congress would never pass such a law and I do think that on very rare occasions, the federal government may have to incur a deficit of more than three percent of GDP. From 1942 through 1945, inclusive, the US government deficit was about 11 percent of GDP. Since we were fighting in World War II I think that was OK, right? <end sarcasm>

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Time for (mainly) car photos:

 

 

The photo immediately above is a 1967 Corvette restomod. Everything about this car just looked right to me. Oh, I saw a person (but only one) wearing a “Save The Manuals” T-shirt. Like the vast majority of restomods for sale here, the Corvette above has an automatic transmission. Just like devotees of stick shifts are probably tired of seeing me write about the demise of the standard manual, I am tired of hearing people like Steve Magnante and even Bill Stephens drone on about how we need to save manual transmissions. In the US, the standard manual transmission is already dead, but no one has the decency to knock it over and give it a proper burial. The market share of new vehicles sold in the US with a traditional manual transmission is now less than one percent.

 

 

I have no idea if the item above, for sale by one of the many vendors in the Exhibitors Hall, is really an old radio or a reproduction. However, I have always been fascinated by very old electronic devices and we were very loyal to the Zenith brand in our house when I was young. “The quality goes in before the name goes on.”

One of the delights in attending car events is the experience of seeing and learning about cars that were previously unknown to me, such as the car shown below.

 

 

As shown on the car card, this is a 1989 Nissan Silvia convertible. Other than what’s on the card, I know nothing about this automobile and had never heard of it prior to yesterday. Like the title of a book by the late, great Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver read, it’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.

 

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More For Monday

Apparently, I have used this post title once before.

 

Because my wonderful wife and I plan to leave early tomorrow to head to Barrett-Jackson for our second day I have decided to write another post tonight in lieu of one tomorrow. First, this is not the same weather radar I posted this morning.

 

 

We are expecting snow and/or a wintry mix beginning just about as I write this and lasting for a few hours. Seems appropriate given that during our return trip from Barrett-Jackson early this afternoon we briefly received a wintry mix that included some snow.

Second, we were gobsmacked at the size of the crowd today. We never imagined the Monday of Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale would be so crowded.

This post will be more car pictures and less text. Stop the cheering; I can hear it from here. 🙂

First, three pictures of two cars from Lexus, neither of which would be kicked out of my garage for leaking oil. Of course, I can’t really afford the first one.

 

 

The top car in the photo is a Lexus LFA and is a car that will be auctioned this week. I love the LFA and don’t really know why I left it out of Ultimate Garage 3.0. Of course, barring a lottery win I will never own one.

The bottom two photos are a Lexus LC convertible that was shown as part of the Lexus display in the exhibitors hall at the main entrance. If I pushed myself, I could afford one of these, but will probably never own one, either.

The next car is one seen fairly often at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, especially given only 547 were made.

 

 

This is one of two Buick GNXs offered at the auction. Once again, it is sad for me to realize that Buick once made the fastest American car, and not that long ago really, and now only sells SUVs.

I don’t think a picture will do this car justice, but here goes.

 

 

This is a 1926 Packard Phaeton. The car card read model 443, which–I think–would mean the car has an inline 8-cylinder engine. This same car was auctioned here three years ago.

OK, just one more picture and then I’ll go.

 

 

This picture doesn’t do the car justice, either. This is a 1992 Aston Martin Virage. The car cost $250,000 when new and fewer than 100 were sold in the US.

I have to admit not feeling as much enthusiasm about this event as I have in years past. Whether or not this lack of excitement is due to this being the first time we have attended any Barrett-Jackson auction not as bidders and not with VIP credentials, I can’t say.

 

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One Two Three Two Three

Of course, today’s post title refers to today’s date. I’m still an OCD-afflicted math nerd.

 

Welcome to cold and snowy Arizona. It’s not snowing at our house, but not too far away.

 

 

The blue patches represent radar-indicated snow. Our forecast high temperature today is just 44° and the area is under a Freeze Warning for tonight. The average high here for this date, remember that we do not live at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport, is 65°.

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I was originally going to title today’s post “Arizona Concours,” but OCD. My wonderful wife and I attended that event yesterday in the cold, but clear, Arizona morning. We splurged for VIP tickets, which meant we could be admitted 90 minutes before the general public. As such, we were actually able to see the cars arrive at the venue. (The VIP tickets also entitled us to lunch “on the house,” but we didn’t stay for lunch. More on that later.)

It was an awesome field of cars, everything from a 1901 Duryea to a 2020 Ford GT. Another highlight was meeting and briefly chatting with Donald Osborne, probably best known for the “Assess and Caress” segment on Jay Leno’s Garage, but someone with impeccable automotive credentials. He is currently the CEO of the renowned Audrain Automobile Museum in Newport, Rhode Island.

I’m sure you want to see some pictures. I could have taken many more photos than I did and published 50 in today’s post. I always have an informal limit to the number of pictures I’m going to show in a post. Anyway, let me start with what was probably my favorite car in the field, a 1961 Ghia L 6.4 coupe.

 

 

Like most such events, the cars were grouped by category. This year’s theme was aerodynamics. I must confess I know nothing about this car other than its looks just blew me away.

A quick Internet search revealed that just 25 of these were produced from 1960 to 1962. Like the Dual-Ghia and the Chrysler Ghia ST Special, these were powered by a Chrysler V-8 engine, although since the first-generation Hemi was no longer being produced, these had a 383 cubic-inch wedge head motor. The output was rated 335 HP/410 LB-FT of torque.

One car literally stood apart from the rest of the field, behind ropes. It was a 1953 Alfa Romeo BAT coupe, number 5 to be specific.

 

 

I hesitate to call the Alfa Romeo BAT cars sui generis because more than one of them were built, but they are certainly very different.

Here are just a few more assorted photos.

 

 

Although it was not the first time I had seen a modern Alfa Romeo 8C, I was almost overwhelmed by the beautiful proportions. I think the move to a mid-engine design has ruined the look of the Corvette. I almost always prefer the long hood, short deck layout.

The way the cars were parked often made it difficult to get a full side shot or even a decent three-quarter view. For example:

 

 

I don’t know what car was named Best In Show; we didn’t stay long enough. Remember, we didn’t even stay for lunch. Yesterday’s event was marred by the fact that I just did not feel well. I know my labs are normal, except for a slightly elevated lipase level, but I do not feel well. I still have to wait 17 days for more imaging. I know I am not an innate optimist, but in the back of my mind, maybe not that far back, I have a nagging feeling that something is seriously wrong. The fact that I have lost 10+ pounds in the last month cannot be entirely attributed to cutting out fried foods, cheese and egg yolks. Wish me good luck because I have a strong feeling I am going to need it.

 

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#ColdAndSnowyArizona

#ArizonaConcoursd’Elegance

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Is General Motors Hedging Its Bet On Electric Vehicles?

First…even with outdoor temperatures in the 30s and house thermostats set in the 60s (those are Fahrenheit temps in case those of you in countries that use Celsius are confused), I woke up about 2 AM completely drenched in sweat, so much so that I had to change my T-shirt. I can only surmise I had a hell of a nightmare. Fortunately, I don’t remember any of the details.

 

As reported in this CNBC article and elsewhere, General Motors has announced that it will be investing nearly $1 billion in four production plants to support production of components for electric vehicles and its next generation of V-8 engines. Would any company, even as one as large as GM, invest a nine-figure sum in a technology it will discard in a little more than a decade? The author of the CNBC piece (or his editor) writes, “It’s a signal that the company will keep relying on gas-powered vehicles for the foreseeable future.”

Of course, GM and all automakers (except Tesla) will have to rely on gas-powered vehicles to sell in the US. Despite the years of hype, the excessive propaganda from governments and media about the alleged need for all of us to drive electric vehicles, in 2022 pure EVs accounted for only 6 percent of new vehicle sales in the US.

In this post I wrote about a Hagerty story on a KPMG survey about automobile executives becoming more realistic about how quickly EV adoption would occur. Akio Toyoda has been very outspoken, and very brave to do so, about how EV mandates by governments are completely unrealistic.

I will believe this for the rest of my life. EVs are not the answer; synthetic fuels are.

 

 

Yes, the car shown above is not a GM product. It is, of course, my 2022 Mustang GT.

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Speaking of synthetic fuels, this CNBC article by the same writer is about Porsche’s beginning production of e-Fuels (a politically correct way to say synthetic fuels) at a plant in Chile. From the piece:

 

“Company officials say e-fuels can act like gasoline, allowing vehicle owners a more environmentally friendly way to drive. They could also use the same fueling infrastructure as gas, compared with the billions of dollars in investments needed to build a network of charging stations for electric vehicles.” [emphasis mine]

 

The zealot lemmings simply assume the money to build EV infrastructure just exists. Synthetic fuels will require NO infrastructure spending and will achieve the same result. As I keep writing, the push to “go green” is not really about the environment, but about smug, self-righteous and arrogant ideologues’ quest for control and punishment. I become more sure of that every day.

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Let’s see if I can display this image:

 

 

The recently concluded Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida surpassed $200 million in sales for the second consecutive year. Prior to last January, no automobile auction had ever exceeded $180 million in sales.

Of course, part of the reason for the record-setting sales volume at Mecum Kissimmee 2023 was the record size of the docket, about 4,200 vehicles. That is an average of about $56,000 per vehicle.

My favorite car from the auction, and a car that Mecum has previously offered for sale, was probably this one.

 

See the source image

 

This is a 1955 Chrysler Ghia ST Special, of which four were built. Unlike at least one previous Mecum auction where the car did not sell (I believe at a high bid of $450,000), the car sold at Mecum Kissimmee, all in, for $770,000. If I could afford it, which I cannot, I would spend a million dollars on this car.

In general, and as I have previously written, American cars from the 1950s are really starting to appeal to me. IF we are successful in buying the “Goose Bumps” house (and we should know much more about that in the next 2-3 days), then I might just buy such a car at some time in the future. While the bodywork for this car is Italian, the drivetrain is American and the car doesn’t look that different from Chrysler products of the same time period, just a bit more streamlined.

 

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#EVsAreNotTheAnswer

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PS, for the first 20 days of this month, the average number of daily blog views and visitors reached a level not seen since last January. Of course, part of the reason is that I have posted every day this month except one. I’ll keep writing as long as you keep reading. Is that a deal?

 

 

I Can’t Remember What I Forgot

First and before I forget any more of these details…I had another unpleasant dream last evening/this morning. I dreamt I was by myself in a coffee shop and had, uncharacteristically for me, brought along more than my share of personal items, so I sat at a large table and against the wall. My current medical situation figured into this as I fretted that I could not find any non-dairy creamer in the little serving bowl. However, I did buy some type of pastry to go with my coffee.

I walked up to the cashier kiosk and started rummaging around in the small serving bowl there. With no luck I walked back to my table only to find that my coffee and personal items had been moved to another seat at that table and that my pastry was nowhere to be found. Someone else was sitting against the wall.

I confronted this person and he admitted to moving my things, but not to eating my pastry. I simply called him an asshole. He replied, “What language.” To which I remarked, “You deserve worse, schmuck” and then grabbed my items and left the coffee shop.

I wonder if this dream is my brain’s way of processing something that recently happened to my wonderful wife and me. We went to one of our favorite places for breakfast and were seated next to a man, woman and small child. The man was engaged in a loud conversation over a mobile device, which had loud music playing on it as well. The woman and child had their noses buried in mobile devices of their own.

I quickly went to the hostess station and asked if we could be moved to another table. We were seated far away from the inconsiderate man and his family. Manners and even rudimentary concern for others have gone out the window. Other people don’t want to hear your conversations while eating, shopping, or anything else.

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How appropriate is it given the post title that I have forgotten what I wanted to write about after this. Anyway…I had total recall until I was in my mid-40s. (Maybe it was my late 40s. I can’t remember. 😉)

That ability has gone out the window along with societal manners. I often can’t even remember the context of something that I wanted to remember. I will be reading or watching TV and think of something to look up later, for example. Even just minutes later, it doesn’t have to be days, I can’t even remember the subject matter or context of what I wanted to research, just that I wanted to remember something for later.

Contrast that to this story from my first year in college. Someone who lived in the same dorm was an education major. He wanted to do research on how recall waned over a short period of time. He asked if I would participate in a study.

People, I don’t know how many, were asked to read a short article. A 20-question quiz would be given right after reading. A week later, and without any chance to review the material, another 20-question quiz would be given on the same material.

Everyone in the sample had a much lower score on the quiz a week later than right after reading the material. Well, everyone except me. I answered all of the questions correctly a week after reading the article.

My friend/dorm mate was actually quite mad at me. “You’ve ruined my study!” I replied that I was just one out of however many people had participated and that next time he should try to get a bigger sample.

My significant decline in memory (yes, this is well-worn territory in this blog) is actually terrifying to me. I have no frame of reference to know if this is a normal decline due to aging or to some more serious physical process.

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Hallelujah, I remembered what else I wanted to write about. I got 26 hours into my fast yesterday before I had to “cheat.” I had subsisted solely on water and G-Zero and had not even taken my prescription meds.

After taking 12 1/2 mg of melatonin (more than twice the recommended dosage; melatonin is a substance produced by the human body, anyway) and falling asleep on the chair in front of the TV in the bonus room, I woke up and walked to the bedroom to go back to sleep. However, my head was pounding and after 15 or 20 minutes I had to get up.

Reluctantly, I decided to take two ibuprofen (I usually take three at a time) and eat two saltine-type crackers. Eventually, I did go back to sleep and slept fairly well.

My GI physician, not one of the NPs in the practice, sent me a prompt and thorough reply to a message I sent yesterday. He told me that, given all of the imaging I have had done in the last year–including last month, it is highly unlikely that I have pancreatic cancer. He also wrote that while my lipase levels are elevated, they are only mildly so and that might not even be indicative of pancreatitis. He added that the upcoming imaging was to rule out chronic pancreatitis, which is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer.

My fast was an attempt to give my pancreas a day off. I guess, technically, I did but I had intended to get two nights of sleep in between the last pre-fast and first post-fast meals. The best laid plans of mice and men…

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On this day in 1949, the Buick Roadmaster Riviera made its debut. Its significance is that the Riviera spec of the Roadmaster was part of General Motors’ introduction of the pillarless, hardtop body style. No visible B-pillar existed so that with the windows rolled down the car had an open look and open airflow throughout the passenger cabin. From The American Auto by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide® are two pictures showing the difference between a pillarless body and what had been the traditional use of a B-pillar.

 

 

By the way, if you are an automobile aficionado I highly recommend The American Auto. It has even been updated fairly recently (2015). Anyway…while the 1949-51 Fords are not ugly by any means, the GM hardtops are just beautiful.

OK, the word counter at the lower left is displaying that it’s time for me to stop. Have a great weekend.

 

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Wise Words From Dirty Dingus McGee

I suspect only a small percentage of readers reads the comments. That’s their loss. Dirty Dingus McGee submitted a comment that I think is worthy of being shared with all readers.

 

“In the headlong rush to make EVERYTHING electric, there quite a few things that are flat out ignored.

First: there is NOTHING “green” about an electric vehicle. They use more resources to manufacture than an ICE vehicle. They require a supply of power, a battery stores electricity it does not generate any, and roughly 2/3 of that power comes from coal power. When that battery reaches the end of its life, they are currently not recyclable. Probably 90% of my ICE vehicles are recyclable. In my current fleet there are molecules of steel that were once my grandmother’s refrigerator, my neighbors wore out backhoe and even my great grandfathers hand saw.

Second: there is an element of control involved I think. It’s easier to control a population that is less mobile. If I can only get 2-300 miles on a charge, then have to wait to recharge for a couple hours due to a line in front of me, then spend 1 hour charging, how far from home can I afford to go? And there is also the reality of blackouts. Remember all the way back to last summer in California? “We have to have rolling blackouts due to excessive load on the grid. Oh yeah, we’re also gonna make you buy only electric vehicles.” But you’ll be able to take a bus to get where you want to go. Ever take a bus? I would almost rather hitch hike.

Third: Most all of the promises for the future are just that, promises. Based mostly on hopeium and unobtanium, with dashes of pixie dust and unicorn farts. And these promises are made by politicians, the most honest and trustworthy folks around. Who are also, strangely, exempt from the policies they force us to live by. So please forgive me for not believing it’s raining, when I can see you pissing on my back.”

 

Bravo, DDM, Bravo!

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Here’s a video from a tweet that read, “Why Bob Barker quit The Price Is Right.” Sorry, but all I can think when I see this is we have WAY too many stupid people in this country.

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My wonderful wife took this pic and sent it to me. It almost doesn’t look real, but it is.

 

 

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If it hadn’t been for DDM’s comment, I wasn’t going to post today. With the disappointing lipase result, the process of filing a grievance against the GI practice that refused to do anything to help me because I was late for an appointment–only time I have ever been late for a medical appointment, the uncertainty surrounding the potential sale of our current home and potential purchase of the “Goose Bumps” house, I am just frazzled beyond hope.

I am going to try to fast today to give my pancreas a day off. When I was in the ER in early December, even though my lipase level was only slightly above the normal range, the ER physician suggested I spend 1-3 days in the hospital on IV fluids and probably partially sedated. I chose not to stay, but have come to regret that decision in the past two days. I wonder if 10mg of melatonin will make me sleepy enough so I can spend part of the day napping.

 

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Hell In A Handbasket Wednesday

After many calls and online messages sent via the “patient portal” I was able to get follow-up bloodwork. I almost wish I hadn’t. While all other relevant values remained normal, my lipase level was even worse (higher) than before. I am hoping that this is simply a stress reaction and when the house situation is resolved, one way or another, my lipase level will return to normal. Of course, who knows how long it will actually take and how many hoops I will have to jump through to get another round of bloodwork.

 

Here are some links to posts in Why Evolution Is True. I will try to present them with as little comment as possible, other than to say that some of them show the world is becoming unhinged.

 

From this post, commentary by Jerry Coyne–the blog author–and Fareed Zakaria:

 

“It’s the Democrats, particularly the “progressive” wing, who see no distinction between legal immigration, based on persecution, and illegal immigration based on a search for more well being. And every prospective immigrant knows that if they’re in the latter class, it’s best to lie and say you fear persecution. The Left has ignored that palpable truth, and that’s why we’re in a crisis.” – Coyne

“The Democratic Party remains committed to immigration and immigrants, but it does not make enough of a distinction between immigrants who come into the country following laws and those who come in by crossing the border illegally. Everyone should be treated humanely, but those who follow the law and those who break it cannot be treated alike.” – Zakaria

Remember that Coyne and Zakaria self-identify as liberals.

 

Evidence for evolution: Hairless animals have dead genes for a full coat of hair.

Ideology stomps all over chemistry in a new paper.

College students afraid of speaking out about controversial issues: the U.S. versus New Zealand.

 

I almost wish I would live long enough to see the dissolution of the US.

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OK, maybe you think I should write about the official debut of the Corvette E-Ray, the first hybrid Corvette and the first available with all-wheel drive. Obviously, it was not a coincidence that the car premiered yesterday on the 70th anniversary of the first unveiling of the Corvette.

As I have written previously, the E-Ray was pegged more to the modern Acura NSX hybrid than to hypercars like the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari. Apparently, that role will be played by the upcoming Zora variant of the Corvette, which will probably be available beginning with the 2026 model year.

I am more convinced than ever that, barring everyone coming to their senses, the C8 will be the last Corvette generation available with any type of internal combustion engine AND that the C8 Corvette will be GM’s last such vehicle, period. By the way, here is Chevrolet’s webpage devoted to the E-Ray Corvette. From Forbes a picture:

 

 

The rear is still ungainly to me. Combined with the electric motors that power the front wheels, the E-Ray is supposed to have 655 HP and be able to accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 2.5-2.6 seconds. The MSRP for the base coupe is $102,900; I’m sure no one will actually be able to buy that car from a dealer at that price.

Sorry, but I’m not going down this road. I will drive my ICE-powered cars until I’m not driving any more.

 

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