Frugal Friday, EGD Edition

Not that anyone asked, but the EGD (upper GI endoscopy) went well yesterday. Other than a little redness/inflammation in a couple of areas in my stomach lining my excellent GI doc, Dr. M, found nothing out of the ordinary. He did not have to dilate my esophagus as there were no strictures from scar tissue. I was going to post photos of my GI tract, but my name appears on every picture and this is still an anonymous blog. Dr. M did take a couple of tissue samples for biopsies, but seemed totally sure that the pathology would show nothing wrong.

For people with GERD two items that are supposed to be avoided are alcohol and spicy foods. I don’t consume alcohol (unless I take a nighttime cold medicine, which happens maybe a couple of times a year) and I don’t eat spicy foods because I dislike them intensely. Oh well…


For this Frugal Friday I went to and performed the following search: convertibles and coupes nationwide being sold by a dealer, from model years 2000 to 2004 (the first five model years of this century), with V-8, V-10 or V-12 engines and with fewer than 75,000 miles. I then simply sorted by price from lowest to highest.

Many of the cars at the very low end of the price spectrum were damaged and that was clearly shown in the photographs; many of those were going to be auctioned in the near future. So, for my first selection for this Frugal Friday how about this?


Used 2002 Cadillac Eldorado ESC Tucker, GA 30084 - 505506785 - 1


This is a 2002 Cadillac Eldorado ESC. ESC stands for Eldorado Sports Coupe. Why Cadillac developed this affinity for three-character model names is beyond me; I think it’s dumb.

This car is silver over tan and has about 72,000 miles; that’s barely 4,000 miles a year. These cars were front-wheel drive and were powered by a 4.6 liter/279 cubic-inch V-8 rated at 300 HP/295 LB-FT of torque. Cadillac abandoned manual transmissions for a long time and this Eldo is no exception.

The ad copy is sparse, which is suspicious, but the dealer is only asking $5,490. I like the way these cars look and it’s a Cadillac, which means it certainly has many creature comforts.


Car #2 for today:


Used 2000 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Coupe Ansonia, CT 06401 - 486230280 - 7


This is a 2000 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with about 64,000 miles. It’s red over gray. This car has an automatic transmission and is powered by a 5.7 liter/346 cubic-inch engine producing 305 HP/335 LB-FT of torque. My first Corvette (a 2002 model) had this engine, basically, but that was rated 350 HP/375 LB-FT. The dealer is asking $7,500. Once again, the average “transaction price” for a new vehicle in the US is approaching $40,000.


OK, a bonus car today as I wanted to include one car with a V-10 or V-12:


Used 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL 600 Glendale Heights, IL 60139 - 491174922 - 2


Obviously from Greater Chicago Motors comes this 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL600. The “600” designation means the car has a V-12 engine. The color combo is not listed in the ad, but from the pictures it’s a dark blue over gray.

This car has about 71,000 miles and the copy is sparse, but the dealer is asking $21,995 for a V-12 powered Mercedes-Benz. Let’s see, for that price you could buy a new Honda Civic. Hmm…no guessing as to which car I would prefer, German or not. Did I mention this car’s engine is a twin-turbo? The engine output is 493 HP/590 LB-FT of torque from 5.5 liters/337 cubic inches. It has a 5-speed automatic transmission.

I welcome comments about these cars or any other topic.





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Throwback Thursday

I am going to have EGD number 17 or 18 later today. C’mon, you don’t know what an EGD is? That is a procedure when a fiber-optic tube is put into your esophagus, stomach and small intestine, pictures are taken, the esophagus is dilated (if necessary) and biopsies are performed.

As I have written before I have GERD, Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease. (Hey, WordPress, you might want to update your dictionary as I’m pretty sure the word “Reflux” is in common use.) I remember getting heartburn in kindergarten. Why do I have this? I have a hiatal hernia, which means not all of my stomach is below my diaphragm. As a result, the valve between my stomach and esophagus doesn’t always work properly. A surgical treatment does exist, but it’s not really effective.


Anyone besides me remember Rocky and Bullwinkle? Supposedly, the show had many titles while it was being produced and first-run episodes were aired, but everyone I knew just called it Rocky and Bullwinkle. Can I show a picture without it being a copyright violation?


From a picture of Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle the Moose. The show originally aired from 1959 to 1964, but ran in reruns for quite awhile after that.

Honestly, I remember very little about actual episodes, just that I loved the show when I was young. Much later, in my late 20s or early 30s, I purchased some VHS tapes of the show and found that I no longer enjoyed watching it. I guess one can outgrow certain things. (Of course I now loathe and despise squirrels.) One reason for whatever popularity the show enjoyed is that it included humor aimed at both children and adults.


OK, I guess I’ll also show a car for Throwback Thursday…


From a picture of a 1959 Chrysler 300-E, to honor the year Rocky and Bullwinkle first aired. Of course this car was part of the “letter series” cars Chrysler built from 1955 to 1965. The first Chrysler 300 was just called the 300 (or C-300), but subsequent model names were followed by a letter. The 1956 was the 300-B, the 1957 was the 300-C and so on. The letter “I” was not used for 1963.

This was not a high production car. For example, in 1959 Chrysler only produced 140 300-E convertibles and 550 hardtops. The first generation Chrysler hemi was discontinued for 1959 and the 300-E was powered by the new wedge-head engine. This engine, displacing 413 cubic inches, was rated at 380 HP/450 LB-FT of torque only for the 300-E. For the New Yorker the engine had less HP (350), but more torque (470 LB-FT). For the Saratoga and Windsor the engine was of smaller displacement (383 cubic inches).

By the way, this is already the 22nd Throwback Thursday post. Does anyone want to see it discontinued or not offered every week?





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