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One and one and one is three…

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It should not come as much of a surprise that houses in America have become larger over the years. From this article by Michael Batnick on The Irrelevant Investor comes this chart with data from the US Census Bureau:

 

 

Is the decline in median square feet since 2015 meaningful? Batnick doesn’t address this in the piece, but writes “Houses are getting bigger, and thanks to HGTV, they’re definitely getting nicer.” He also writes:

 

“Houses today are bigger and nicer than the ones we grew up in. I’m not going to get into interest rates in this post, but obviously, this is a critical part of the story.

It seems like there is an island in every kitchen and granite on every counter. These things did not exist when I was growing up. What I remember were old wooden counters and walls all over the place. Open concept is the thing these days. There are no more walls.

Crown molding is now standard. Bathtubs are separate from the shower. Houses are turning into hotels.”

 

Of course, as the population ages the median square footage for houses could decline as people often downsize as they grow older. Our Arizona house is 2,000 square feet smaller than our house in the mid-Atlantic. That fact is due primarily to the housing market here and what we wanted to spend and not necessarily due to a strong desire to downsize, though. Yes, Batnick is talking about new homes, but wealthier, elderly Americans could have new homes built that are smaller.

I grew up in a rowhouse–they weren’t called townhouses in those days–in Baltimore. I can’t find the square footage on the Baltimore City website, but I can tell you the lot is just 18 feet wide. Zillow to the rescue…according to them the house is 1,152 square feet. I’m guessing that counts the finished part of the basement, but I could be wrong. That house was built in the 1950s. From the Maryland Historical Trust a less than stellar picture of a rowhouse block:

 

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For most of us, our house is the single most significant purchase we make. It is where memories are made. I have been remiss in not writing about this topic more often.

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From Hemmings is this article about automobile restoration dos and don’ts. Here are most of the don’ts:

 

DON’T: Be afraid to ask questions

What kind and/or brand of paint does the shop typically use? Is it going to media blast the body or chemically strip it? If it doesn’t do its own engine work, who does it typically use? Get into the weeds of your restoration, so you’re clear about hows and whys of the work.

DON’T: Hover over the restoration shop

Let the shop do its work. Helicoptering over the project, because you live nearby, invites stress on your part and the craftspeople doing the work. A few in-person visits to track progress is fine, but don’t make the shop your weekly haunt. You’ll annoy the staff and interrupt the shop’s workflow.

DON’T: Change course midstream

It happens often: A simple repaint turns into a full-blown restoration, or standard resto turns into a concours-ribbon-chasing project. Changing course midway through the project inevitably requires the shop to backtrack and redo work. That adds time and money. Make your plan before the shop starts and stick with it.

DON’T: Expect to make money

Only a fraction of cars are worth more than what it costs for a full restoration. If you’re committing to the project, do it for the love of the car and thrill of the project itself. If it’s because you’re harboring notions of turning a profit after the color sanding is completed, don’t bother. For the vast majority of vehicles, it ain’t going to happen.

 

Of course, most of these tips do not apply to people doing the work themselves. The last “don’t” is something about which I have written before. I don’t believe in buying a car as a financial investment, but as an investment in the enjoyment of life. Some people think they can make money buying, restoring and flipping cars (of course, that’s similar to what many people do, or try to do, with houses…I am not writing about car dealers). I think if you can afford it and you want to restore a “classic” car, then you should do it “for the love of the car and thrill of the project itself.”

What I am doing with my Z06 is not a restoration in the traditional sense, but it is an investment in the enjoyment of my life. I will quote “Ferris Bueller,” “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

 

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Hope all of you that celebrated the day had a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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From this Corvette Blogger piece comes the data on final 2020 Corvette production. Oh, please feel free to click on the blue hyperlink as I only link to secure sites whose URLs begin with https.

The fact that the data is available obviously means that 2020 production has ended and 2021 production has begun. I hope “Professor” John Kraman has received his new 2020 Corvette.

The final production figure was 20,368 2020 Corvettes, about half of the expected total before the damn virus and UAW strike. Coupes were 82.4% of the cars built meaning that convertibles were 17.6%. The Z51 performance package was very popular as 76.0% of 2020 Corvettes were equipped with it.

Torch Red was the most popular color at 25.2% with Arctic White second at 15.2%. My favorite color, Sebring Orange, was fourth at 6.8%. From the famous Corvette Mike, a picture of a 2020 Corvette in Sebring Orange:

 

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I hope Chevrolet/GM can sell 40,000+ 2021 Corvettes. The car does seem to be very popular so the hand-wringing by “purists” (otherwise known as sticks in the mud) over the change to a mid-engine layout seems to have been much ado about nothing. (Sorry, Mr. Shakespeare.)

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If I have interpreted and extrapolated from this chart correctly, then the air pressure at our home in the desert is 6.7% less than it was at our previous home. I guess that means for a given volume of “air” there’s actually 6.7% “less” air.

I have been struggling with my running on the treadmill since the move. (Yes, I was able to get it fixed by an excellent electrician who jerry-rigged a connection.) David Banner (not his real name), a former physician, replied to a text that the change in altitude/air pressure can certainly affect exercise. No one has been able to tell me when or if my body will adjust.

I had never had any difficulty running 30-40 minutes or even longer, but in my last workout I ran out of gas at about 26 minutes, pushed myself to 27 and then had to spend 10 minutes on the floor catching my breath. My wonderful wife and I have been here about four weeks. I hope my body will adjust and soon. By the way, although it wasn’t the same calendar day, we met on the day after Thanksgiving 23 years ago. Happy Anniversary, V Squared!

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Our Simplisafe security system seems to be working just fine with one exception: one of the motion sensors won’t stay on the wall. The flat part at the back of the sensor doesn’t fit into the wall corner so the two adhesive strips are not adhering to anything. Here are some pictures:

 

 

We think the sensor has to be perpendicular to the corner (if that makes sense) so the beam covers the most area. The other motion sensors in the house are mounted that way and, at least so far, they’re still on the wall. I know the textured surface is somewhat of an issue.

Anyway, any suggestions will be appreciated. I have ordered what is supposed to be “super sticky” double-sided tape and it will be delivered this weekend.

Have a great weekend.

 

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