Compulsion Wins

I wasn’t going to post today. I had one of the worst reflux “episodes” of my life last night. What’s worse is that I have no idea what triggered it. Usually, when I experience what the doctors call “breakthrough reflux” I know why.

Anyway, since I don’t have to talk to write this post (I can barely speak this morning, stomach acid is not good for your vocal cords) and I have OCD, here is an effort at a post.


Brevity is the soul of wit. People who use superfluous words don’t seem to know that. For example, if a house is listed for $x, why do so many realtors say, “That’s a good price point?” How about, “That’s a good price.” The word “point” is unnecessary AND it does not make you seem more intelligent, at least not to me.

Of course, some might say that anything I write is superfluous. People are entitled to their opinions, even if they’re wrong.


After a long moratorium on book purchases, this arrived yesterday.



As I have written before, I am not as big a fan of the C1 Corvette as most Vette aficionados, but if I were to pick a year it would be a 1961 model like this one. Of course, these are not inexpensive, anymore. Of the 21 1961 Corvettes currently listed for sale on Hemmings, the least expensive has an asking price of $48,500. The most expensive is $225,000 for, supposedly, a car whose VIN ends 00002.

I like ’61 Vettes, but I don’t love them and many cars are ahead of them in line.


Remember this photo?



In the post I mentioned that we would be replacing that “awful tile” in January. Here is a picture:



What I didn’t write is that both times my wonderful wife and I saw this house before purchasing it, we told the listing agent, “Oh, the tile looks better in person than it does in the photos.” That was a crock; we were just being nice.

If the company we hired could have been here sooner, then we would have replaced the tile in early December, not early January. No behavioral paradigm is always appropriate. I think that sometimes, especially when the consequences are benign, it’s OK not to always tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Sometimes, manners matter more. Of course, making that call isn’t always easy.


OK, my head is still pounding so I’m going to call it quits for the day. Stay safe and be well.








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Sunday Supplement

From Webster’s Dictionary, “the section of a Sunday newspaper consisting of material other than news and usually including pictures, comic strips, and light often sensational reading matter.”

A shout-out to my best friend, Dr. Zal, who graced us with his presence this weekend. His being here made the Ravens’ win over the Chargers even more enjoyable.


On this day in 1987, I was formally offered my first full-time job in baseball. The offer was delivered via telephone by the Assistant General Manager, who began to tell me where he could be reached over the holiday so I could give him my response. I cut him off with, “Are you kidding? I accept the offer right now.”

I was in employment limbo having lost a job in July, 1987 and I had no idea what I was going to do next. I had been working for this team as a consultant since October of 1986 and actually gave them an ultimatum telling them that if they didn’t offer me a full-time job by the end of the year (1987) then I would no longer work for them in any capacity. Of course it was a giant bluff, but it worked. What would I have done if they had called my bluff? I guess we’ll never know.

The best part of the day was calling my marvelous mom to give her the news. When I told her I heard the phone drop and I heard her crying with joy. She was the only other person in the world who believed I could get a job in baseball and with the hometown team, no less. It is a GREAT feeling to be right when virtually the rest of the world is wrong.

While I lament my current state of affairs, I will have the memory of that day for the rest of my life.


From more news about the (alleged) C8 Corvette. Supposedly pictures of a couple of prototypes that don’t look the same as those “seen” earlier this year were posted on Instagram. More from the article: “Powertrain specs remain unclear at this point, but we’ve heard it could offer 4.2-liter and 5.5-liter dual-overhead-cam V-8 engines. Forced induction could also be in the cards. Citing unnamed sources, GM Authority reports that the mid-engine Corvette will likely debut this coming summer. The new report also claims Chevy will unveil the car at a standalone event rather than a major auto show. Reportedly, electrical issues have delayed the car’s debut.”

Despite my occasional protestations to the contrary, as a car nut and a Corvette nut I do care a lot about the C8. (Of course I am probably just a nut and cars and Corvettes have nothing to do with it.) I think GM/Chevrolet have A LOT riding on this car.


From a picture of what I think is the best-looking C1 Corvette, the 1961 model. I like the more modern rear deck of the ’61 and ’62; I also like the cleaner grille. I like the ’61 better than the ’62 because I like the chrome around the cove and the potential for a two-tone paint job. In general, though, I am not a big fan of C1 Corvettes. To each his own…





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Tuesday Tangle

I told this story on my previous blog…

In my first full-time baseball job one of my responsibilities was to help the accounting department assign the amortization of signing bonuses for players no longer in the organization. A player selected in the amateur draft is paid a bonus to sign. Actually, undrafted players are also paid a bonus, but it is tiny compared to bonuses paid to players drafted in the first round, for example.

The signing bonuses are amortized over x number of years so if a player is traded or released before that time period then his bonus has to be amortized in some other way. The person in the accounting department with whom I would interact about this issue was someone I knew in college, albeit not well.

One day this person came to me in a panic. We had traded a high-round draft pick who was a huge bust and the accounting department couldn’t find the player for whom he had been traded and to whom the remainder of the signing bonus would be assigned for purposes of amortization. The name of the acquired player was, according to the Accounting Department records, Avisa Slot.

I explained that we had actually traded this former high-round draft pick for a visa slot, not a player named Avisa Slot. Foreign-born players who are not naturalized US citizens, of whom there are many in professional baseball, need a visa to come to the US for the season. Each organization receives an allotment of visa slots and the one we received in exchange for this player was only good for the rest of the season.

My friend in Accounting howled with laughter when I explained who “Avisa Slot” really was. It was funny, in a way, but it was also an admission of a huge mistake by the scouting department.


What do you think of this car?

From (a website to which I subscribe, surprise surprise…not) a picture of a 1961 Corvette. The 1961 model was the next to last year of the first generation Corvette or C1. In all honesty I am not a huge fan of the styling of this generation. While the 1961 and 1962 are cleaner and better looking than the rest, in my opinion, because of the more modern rear deck (which was a preview of the C2) and cleaner front grill, in general I think the C1 design is dated. FWIW, I also think the C3 design (derived from the Mako Shark concept car, the C3 was produced from 1968 to 1982) is dated.

In general I like designs that are timeless and not an obvious manifestation of a particular time period. However, exceptions exist. I like the styling of some pre-war cars (meaning before World War II) and those are definitely “of the period.” A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.


I know what 56packardman thinks, but what do the rest of you think about Facebook and Google and my message that both companies are evil? I am mystified how people just seem to accept how those companies behave.





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