Early Greetings

Although it’s still a week from Thanksgiving, in case the seasonal exigencies of life intrude and I am unable to post as often as usual, I want to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays. January 1, 2023 is six weeks from this upcoming Sunday.


Not too much to report here about which I am at liberty to discuss. We have not purchased a house nor made an offer on one. I suspect we will be in our current house longer, even much longer, than I had thought just a couple of months ago. If that proves to be correct then any car purchase(s) will have to wait. We have seen houses with “real” garages and space for 1-3 cars to be parked safely on the lot, though, so I am encouraged that when the day comes and we actually pull the trigger on a new house, at some point after that both my wonderful wife and I can do a little car shopping.

This house–with its nearly 9,000 square feet under roof, 3.5 acre lot and garage space for at least six cars–is, sadly, out of our price range. What the hell, here’s a photo:


Aerial view featured at 8292 E Black Mountain Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85266


Even though the house is priced far beyond what we can prudently spend, for its age and amenities its price per square foot is actually a “bargain” for this market. It’s even about 300 feet higher in elevation (therefore, about 1°-2° cooler) than where we currently live.

Even in the 1-in-300,000,000 chance that my wonderful wife and I win a big lottery jackpot I don’t think we would spend $8-$10 million on a house. Why should we when something like this could be available for far less?


I’m out of topics for today. Take care.






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No, I am not going to write about a nightmare or even a good dream I had while sleeping. I am talking about daydreaming.

I have often written in this blog such passages as “What is life without dreams?” and from the movie Diner, “If you don’t have dreams, you have nightmares.” Daydreaming about experiences you’d like to have or things you’d like to own is a great escape from the often mundane existence most of us experience. Hey, we all can’t be Elon Musk.

Many of my daydreams are about cars, of course, but not all of them. I know that dreams can become reality as I dreamt about working in major league baseball and wound up with a 20+ year career doing so.

Sadly though, as I grow older my world seems to narrow and my view of life becomes less aspirational. However, I have never been a person who is happy for long with the status quo.

I have to admit that the vast majority of my “dreams” are local and not global. I don’t daydream about world peace and harmony. Since I believe that human beings are tribal, I don’t think total peace and harmony are possible.

I used to dream of books I would write, of places I might visit. Well, I’ve had three books published and just don’t know if I have another one in me, especially if I have to write it by myself. As for travel, of course we are not going to travel until we’re fully vaccinated against the damn virus and who knows when that will happen.

One of the reasons we buy lottery tickets is that they allow us to daydream about what we would do if we won. We are under no illusions that we are actually going to win, but as I have written before, if we don’t play then our odds of winning are zero and if we play our odds asymptotically approach zero.

I have to admit that much of the lottery daydreaming is, indeed, about cars I would buy and a house in which to put all of those cars. Maybe a house like this:


Pool featured at 41917 N 101st Pl, Scottsdale, AZ 85262


This house is almost 9,000 square feet on an acre lot, has public water and public sewer access, and has garage space for 10 cars. Of course, the asking price is almost $11,000,000. Might as well dream big, right? Oh, it’s still under construction. One of the things I really like about this house is that it’s about 3,200 feet above sea level, more than a thousand feet higher than where we currently live. You’re talking double-digit degrees cooler than the “official” Phoenix readings from Sky Harbor Airport. How about this (simulated) view?


Laundry room featured at 41917 N 101st Pl, Scottsdale, AZ 85262


So, what are your daydreams about? We would like to read about them.






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