Tuesday Tumble

My wonderful wife gave both of us quite the scare this morning. I woke up before 3 AM, which is not that unusual for me, but my wife also woke up around 3. We decided to go for a 4 AM breakfast drive-thru run to Starbucks.

After we returned, as we walked through the family room to the kitchen, my wife tripped and fell on the three stairs leading up from the family room. I didn’t see the fall, only heard her utter a profanity. She is okay; I think her pride is hurt more than anything else although she may have a bruise tomorrow on her leg above her knee. Oh, her Strawberry Açai drink spilled all over the kitchen floor.

While our house is not a split-level, technically, the kitchen and dining room sit on a “platform” three steps above the family room on one end and the living room on the other. Like I keep writing, it was the best house we could find in the 3-4 days we had to look last September. I think a move to a single-level house is in our future.


Given today’s post title I will simply remind everyone that Black Tuesday, the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost almost 12% of its value, was October 29, 1929. The first General Manager for whom I worked in baseball was born days before Black Tuesday. As far as I know, he’s still alive. My best friend in our previous neighborhood was born months before Black Tuesday and I am 99.999% sure he’s still alive as we spoke last week.


Although the Facel Vega was “booted” out of Ultimate Garage 3.0 after being a part of 2.0, I am still a big fan of the car. This piece from the Facel Vega Car Club is about “a lot of action in the Facel market at the moment.” From the article, a picture of a rare Facel FV-1 cabriolet, or convertible:



Although famous people like Tony Curtis and Ringo Starr owned a Facel Vega, not enough were sold to keep Facel afloat. In case you don’t know, or even if you do, these were hybrids in the original use of the word in an automotive context as they had European coachwork, but an American engine–in this case a Chrysler Corporation V-8.






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Peace, Please

As this is a day celebrated by many…

I fervently wish for a calmer, quieter and more peaceful future.

All of this is my opinion, my 2¢:

I think much of the dissonance in the world is due to arrogance and to narcissism. It is fine to believe strongly in something; it is not fine to automatically assign the label of “evil” to someone who disagrees with you. No one has a monopoly on truth, wisdom, good taste, or good judgment. As Shakespeare wrote, “There are more things in heaven and earth…than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”



From carsaddiction.com the picture of the De Tomaso Longchamp that appears on the “About” page on Disaffected Musings.


From me, I think, a picture of an Iso Grifo.



From automotiveviews.wordpress.com a picture of a Facel Vega.


These are three of my all-time favorite cars and they are all “original” hybrids. For not the first time I will explain that in this context a “hybrid” is a car with European looks and perhaps suspension/chassis, but with an American engine, at least, and maybe an entire American drivetrain.

If you have been reading Disaffected Musings for a long time then you know that the Longchamp is one of my absolute two favorite cars ever with the other being the C2 Corvette. On an unlimited budget I would probably acquire all three of these cars. One can always hope, I guess.





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Sunday French

A Francophile is not someone who admires Julio Franco or John Franco or Generalissimo Franco. A Francophile is a person who admires France and/or the French.

Why did I start today’s post with Francophile? Well, a lot of views for Disaffected Musings this morning are from France, which is unusual for this blog. In my previous blog that was hosted by the Evil Empire (aka Google) France vied with Poland and Portugal for the most number of views behind the US. For Disaffected Musings, though, Canada is clearly the #2 country for page views. Not that anyone cares except me, but in this blog only about 5% of views are from outside the US whereas for my previous blog that number was about 15%.

My favorite French car of all time is almost certainly this:

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From automotiveviews.wordpress.com a picture of a Facel Vega. The Facel Vega was produced by the French company Facel (no kidding!). It was an original hybrid meaning that it combined European styling with an American engine, in this case from Chrysler Corporation. The famous French writer/philosopher Albert Camus, who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957, died as a passenger in a crash of a Facel Vega in 1960.

In its various iterations the Facel Vega was produced from 1954 to 1961, inclusive. Like many European cars of this idiom despite a fairly lengthy production run not many were actually made, just 886. An additional point of allure for me, as if the car itself isn’t beautiful enough, is that the first engines used in the Facel Vega were DeSoto Firedome hemi V-8s. For the nth time I have an obsession with defunct American makes.

In my opinion the Facel Vega is a no-brainer (if the shoe fits!) for being among the ten best-looking cars ever made. Do you think that the cars in an Ultimate Garage need to be constrained by a budget? From Hemmings comes this picture from a listing of a Facel Vega for sale:

This is the most expensive of the five non-auction Facel Vegas currently listed for sale on Hemmings. What’s the asking price? $345,000…

I would very much like to read your thoughts about your Ultimate Garage, what rules you think should apply (if any) to compiling such a list, etc.


Well, the Nebraska Cornhuskers finally won a game in 2018. Despite the final score (53-28) it was a game not without its nervous moments. Nebraska took a 28-0 lead late in the first half only to see Minnesota cut the lead to 28-22 in the third quarter. The Huskers responded, though, with some explosive plays on offense to salt away the game. Nebraska had three players rush for 100+ yards including their true freshman quarterback, Adrian Martinez. As I have written before I have been a fan of Nebraska football longer than I have been a fan of any other team in any other sport, since I was 10 years old.


Last Wednesday the World Economic Forum (WEF) released its annual Global Competitiveness Report that ranks 140 countries. The WEF sponsors the annual Davos economic forum in, of course, Davos, Switzerland. For the report, they base their results on their assessment of 98 different indicators. Here are the ten most competitive economies in the world in 2018 according to the WEF:

1. U.S.

2. Singapore

3. Germany

4. Switzerland

5. Japan

6. Netherlands

7. Hong Kong

8. U.K.

9. Sweden

10. Denmark

This is the first time in ten years that the U.S. ranks at the top of the list. China was ranked 28th.

The WEF warned that many countries are not prepared for what they call the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which is the rise of digital technologies.

What do you think of this list and of assessments like this, in general?