Today Is What?!

I consider today to be the de facto end of the first half of the year even though the “hump day” for the year is July 2nd in a 365-day year. Where is the time going?!

In a lesson I would do well to assimilate, make your time count!


I had a weird and less than pleasant dream last night. I dreamt I was late to a social function of some type involving my neighborhood. I hate to be late; I would rather be 10 minutes early than 1 minute late. In the dream I had to walk down a long flight of stairs to reach the room where the function was being held. I walked into a full room and could sense animosity, perhaps for my being late. Almost no seats were empty so I squeezed myself into a chair at the end of a table, around which many of my neighbors were seated with whom I am usually quite friendly. In the dream, though, no one would speak to me. Almost immediately I began to think that it would be best if I were to leave. In “dream time” it was probably seconds, but it seemed to me to be minute upon minute, but eventually I did decide to leave so I said “Excuse me” and left. The feeling of discomfort while in the room was quite strong. Any amateur psychologists want to interpret that dream?


As what is likely to be the last front-engine Corvette to be built will soon roll off the assembly line, I thought I would note that on this day in 1953 the first Corvette was assembled in Flint, Michigan. For that year only, Corvettes were produced in what was the back of a customer delivery garage.


Sign reads: Chevrolet Corvette No. -1  Chev. Flint Assem. Div. June, 30 - 1953


Sorry about the small picture; it’s from Here’s another picture of a ’53 Vette from


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Most Corvette aficionados know the facts: only 300 were made in the first model year, production was moved to St. Louis for the 1954 model year, many of the 3,600+ produced in 1954 languished unsold on dealer lots, only 700 were made in 1955 and the Corvette was almost discontinued. Thankfully, the 1956 re-style and the 1955 introduction of the legendary Chevy small-block V8 helped to save the car.

I am loathe to write this, but I think if the C8 fails to live up to expectations then the Corvette could be history. Nothing lasts forever…







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Monday Mind Melt

Almost sounds like a sandwich…I’ll have the Monday Mind Melt, hold the pickle. Relax Trekkies, I know the Spock thing was the mind meld.

Last night/this morning I had another anxiety-laced dream. I was attending a high school reunion. The event was incredibly disorganized and being held in a venue in which other events were taking place; in fact, the venue may have been just a very large shopping mall.

The reunion seemed pleasant enough at the beginning, despite the lack of exclusivity, when a bathroom emergency necessitated my leaving the group. After taking care of business, but not before accidentally immersing my coat in the toilet, I realized I had lost track of all of my former classmates. I wandered around the giant building and just as I was about to try to find an exit and leave I stumbled on to some of my compadres. Finding them is not typical of these dreams for me. As I have written before, I have many dreams (too many) about being lost in a giant building or complex of buildings, unable to find my way out or to find anyone I know.


This is a picture of my section in my senior year of high school. The school population was divided into sections, which I believe was copied from the Naval Academy. The section designation was a letter and a number. This section is A1, which means senior year, A-Course curriculum, “top” section.

I wish I could say that I remember everyone’s name, but I don’t. Third from the right in the second “row” is the school brainiac and that is saying something in this company. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics and is on the faculty at the University of Zurich. Oh, he finished the entire senior year material in Calculus by October and our math teacher had to devise a special curriculum for him. He didn’t graduate first in the class because he once refused to do an English assignment, maybe in our junior year. Speaking of Trekkies, the person at the far left of the first row was a major Trekkie.


To those who have heard of Caterham automobiles, this is probably what they think of when they hear the name:

From a picture of a Caterham Seven-620. However, this is also a Caterham:

From Wikipedia a picture of a Caterham 21.

Caterham Cars Limited, a British company, “took over” production of the Lotus Seven in 1973. Caterham later used engines supplied by Ford, Cosworth, Vauxhall and Rover.

The company ceased manufacturing the model 21 in 1999 and now makes only the “open” cars, if I am not mistaken. Incredibly, Caterham now sells cars in the US; don’t ask me how.

Probably for the same reasons that I don’t really like hot rods/street rods I am not a huge fan of the Caterham open cars. However, I think the 21 is quite stunning in appearance; too bad it’s no longer in production. To those of you familiar with the make, what do you think of Caterham?





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