Random Is As Random Does

Cristy Lee must have been a popular search topic yesterday as this blog had a relatively high number of views from people looking for information about her. This post was their first stop, but I put a link to this post in the first one and that drew views as well. From showbizpost.com a picture of Cristy Lee:


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I don’t like cars that are bagged and slammed with giant wheels, which I call clown cars. To me, that “look” has no balance and shows no finesse, nuance or even thought. Oh, try driving a car with air suspension hard in a corner. Can you say body roll?!

Yes, different strokes for different folks. I am not going to retell the Waylon Jennings story, but no one’s view on what makes a car look good is universal. I don’t have to like bagged, slammed cars with giant wheels no matter how many other people like them.


From Coco Chanel via The Muscleheaded Blog:


“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”


Here are some posts from photobyjohnbo that have some great pictures of Arizona, IMO:


Cellpic Sunday-5 April 2020

But I Digress…

Cellpic Sunday-16 February 2020


I fervently hope that my wonderful wife and I will be living in Arizona by this time next year. I would be okay if that sentence were amended to read this time next month.


Automobile-Catalog is a great source of information. When I show the torque rating for the engine of an older car, the odds are the value came from Automobile-Catalog.

That site also shows interior dimensions including trunk capacity. My wonderful wife has shown some interest in the search for a “cool” grocery getter that we would acquire after we move to the desert. Given my wife’s interest I guess it would be more accurate to describe this “new” car as a Corvette companion and not a Z06 companion, per se. I am absolutely fine with that.

What do you think of this car?



From this Hemmings ad and, obviously, GarageKeptMotors is a picture of a 1969 AMC Javelin in Bittersweet Orange with a two-tone White and Red interior. OK, a photo of the interior:



The car has what I assume is the original 290 cubic-inch V-8 with, unfortunately for performance, just a 2-barrel carburetor with the “Shift-Command” three-speed automatic with floor shift. An odd thing about the carburetion in the ad is that in standard catalog of® American Cars, 1946-1975 by John Gunnell the “Base” V-8 for 1969 AMC cars is shown as having a four-barrel carb. However, that engine is shown as having 225 HP, BUT there are numerous references to the 200 HP Javelin V-8. From what I can gather, the higher HP engine in that displacement was only available with a manual transmission. Oh…according to Automobile-Catalog the 1969 Javelin has a trunk capacity of 10.2 cubic feet. Is that a big enough trunk for groceries given the car does have two rear seats?

The Javelin was part of my wonderful wife’s Ultimate Garage, was among the list of the cars that just missed the cut for my Ultimate Garage 2.0, and is a product of a defunct American car company. That checks a lot of boxes. Oh, the asking price is “just” $19,900 although I think the car is worth closer to $10,000-$11,000 especially given it’s not the high-performance V-8. What do you think?









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Frugal Friday Friday Funny

56packardman posts a weekly feature called Friday Funnies, like this. It is usually very funny.

People often tell me I’m very funny, to which I usually reply, “Looks aren’t everything.” My wonderful wife sent me this picture that I think is quite funny:



I am not making light of diabetes; I am a Type 2 diabetic although my sugars are very much under control. I just thought this was hysterical.


What is not hysterical is the disgusting smell of the compost used to grow mushrooms. We live in a mushroom growing region; in fact, we are not far from the self-proclaimed “Mushroom Capital Of The World” although we live in a different state. My wonderful wife and I went out for breakfast this morning and were greeted by the revolting smell of the aforementioned compost. Another reason Arizona sounds (and smells) better to me all the time.


My wonderful wife gave me the idea for this week’s Frugal Friday.



From this Hemmings ad a picture of a 1969 AMC Javelin. According to the ad copy the car only has 10,000 miles and has always been garage-kept.

I’m not crazy about the wheels and also not crazy that the seller claims the price is “firm” at $20,000. One item that is suspicious is that the ad states the car comes with a 401 cubic-inch engine, but in 1969 the largest displacement offered by AMC was 390 cubic inches. The 401 engine wasn’t offered until 1971. Advice to would-be car collectors: fill your library before you fill your garage.

Still, it’s a great-looking car, IMO. I wouldn’t pay $20,000 for it, but I would pay $15,000-ish. According to Hagerty, the “average” value for a 1969 Javelin (given the appraisal is for a car with the 343 V-8) is less than $14,000. Once again, do your research before buying a car.

Even at somewhere between $14,000 and the asking price of $20,000 I think this Javelin qualifies as a Frugal Friday car. What do you think?







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