Remembering…

Based on this guesstimate, about 57 million people have served in the US military. Based on this Wikipedia article, about 1.4 million of them died while serving. Yes, this is Veterans Day and not Memorial Day, but I don’t think one can honor veterans and their service without remembering those who did not survive.

Of course, this day was originally called Armistice Day (and still is in many countries) to commemorate the end of The Great War or World War I as it is now known. An armistice is a truce that ends fighting in a conflict as opposed to a treaty or other more formal agreement that ends all hostilities. On November 11, 1918 an armistice was signed to end the fighting between the Allied forces and Germany.

 

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Today would have been Kevin Towers’ 59th birthday. Unfortunately, the former General Manager of the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks died in January, 2018.

I have recounted my association with him in several posts, but don’t ever want to forget how, even though I was foisted on him, he always treated me with respect and that we developed a real sense of camaraderie. This is a picture I have shown more than once in Disaffected Musings.

 

 

This photo was taken in the visiting clubhouse in Dodger Stadium after the San Diego Padres clinched the National League Western Division title in 1996. Kevin is the one kneeling in front. I am one of the other three people.

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From Corvette Blogger comes the news that the Corvette finished first in its category (Midsize Premium Sporty Car) in terms of 2020 resale value. The “awards” are determined by JD Power’s assessment of how much vehicles decrease in value over the first three years of their lives; the 2017 Corvette emerged with the lowest level of depreciation in the Midsize Premium Sporty Car, beating out runners-up Nissan GT-R and the Porsche 911.

Whether these cars will continue to hold their value as more C8 Corvettes are sold is an unknown. My wonderful wife and I remain very happy with our C7 Vettes.

 

 

I guess we need to take some photos of our cars in our new venue, but that is way down on the priority list right now as dozens, maybe hundreds, of boxes remain unopened. I don’t know if moving is really a bigger stressor than divorce or the death of a spouse as some websites claim, but it is certainly very stressful.

I once moved 14 times in a 25-year period, including some cross-country moves, but this move was among the most stress-inducing. My first cross-country move, in 1995 to take a job with the Padres, is the only other one that was as stressful.

 

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Tuesday Trial And Error

 

Can you read this chart? This is from the sales brochure my wonderful wife was given when…well, I am actually not sure if she received this during a trip to our closest Chevrolet dealer when she tried to buy a Corvette there or if it was given to her at the dealer from whom she actually purchased her new Corvette. In any event it’s actually a 2019 brochure and she bought a 2018 model, albeit still brand new.

Note the 0-60 and quarter-mile times in the chart for the Z06: 2.95 seconds 0-60 and 10.95 seconds for the quarter-mile. OK, so it’s really three seconds and eleven seconds; still, those are insane times. Also note the skidpad g rating: 1.2g with the Z07 package. Top speed isn’t listed on the chart, but the speedometer in my 2016 Z06 tops out at 220. You know, I think it’s time for another picture of my Z06:

 

 

Since this car has the Z07 package it has the larger brake rotors that are also made of carbon-ceramic. How large? At over 15 inches in diameter both front and rear it would seem that they are bigger than the wheels for the C3 Corvette, which were 15 inches. Maybe someone can tell me if I am comparing apples to apples.

Of course it is now just nine days until the official reveal of the C8 Corvette. I think Chevrolet/GM are taking a gamble introducing a mid-engine design for a car with such iconic history, but I wish them well.

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In the idiom of “the more things change, the more they stay the same” here is the intro to this post titled “Voices from 1900-1914.”

 

Below are a few dozen voices from the early twentieth century, culled from Philipp Blom’s The Vertigo Years: Europe, 1900-1914. In an almost uncanny way their concerns aren’t much different than ours: there’s worry over the spread of new technology and its invasion into and cheapening of everyday life; a deep paranoia over changes in previously stable gender roles, with a resulting exaggeration of masculinity and a lashing out at even the hint of homosexuality; a faith in progress and the harnessing and collation of data, whether in science or culture, which leads either down the rabbit hole of racial theories and eugenics, or just in rigid artistic theories and groups. And there is a feeling of utter powerlessness in the face of science, culture, and rapid change, and our perpetual fear of civilization’s collapse. They are all right here, a hundred years ago:”

 

I have commented in this blog that young people today seem to have total faith in “the new” unmindful of the past and of the fact that since human beings aren’t perfect neither are their inventions or institutions. Maybe all of us suffer from temporal arrogance to some degree.

What do you think?

 

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Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary, V Squared! From the dedication of one of my books: you are my love, my life, my angel, my salvation.

This is my wonderful wife’s 2015 Corvette, photographed on the day of purchase. For many years, I owned Corvettes and my wife owned convertibles. Now, the opposite is true as I have a BMW Z4 (which regular readers know all about). Here is a car like one of the convertibles my wife used to own:

A picture of a Jaguar XK-8 (a 2000 model, I believe, although it’s very difficult to tell what year an XK-8 was built) that I took at a Barrett-Jackson auction. I like to arrive at the auction site a day or two early so we can go to the garage where the cars are kept and have an unencumbered look at them. In all honesty, that might be my favorite part of attending these events.

Despite her love for convertibles I am fairly certain that my wife considers the Corvette to be the best car she has ever owned. The C7 is an amazing vehicle. Why didn’t she buy a Corvette convertible? I think it’s my aversion to soft top convertibles. As the child of Holocaust survivors I always imagine the worst thing that can happen and my imagination goes to someone cutting through the soft top with a knife. (I don’t really know how easy that might be.) Two of the three convertibles my wife has owned were hardtops.

Please feel free to post about your favorite cars and car memories. Be well.