Saturday Stockpile

I hope readers don’t think pile of sh*t when they see today’s post title…



An update to yesterday’s post…we bottomed out at 29 degrees. I can’t really tell if less pollen was in the air and, for some reason, I didn’t think to check the pollen counts. It’s raining here today, which gives us a temporary reprieve, I think.

Yes, I have tried those nasal steroid sprays. All they do is make me very sick. I guess the immune system response in my nose goes to zero when I use them.



You really have to look at this photo on a screen larger than the one on your smartphone. I think my wonderful wife and I were ascending Camelback Mountain in Phoenix.

The desert motif is not for everyone, nor does it have to be, but I have grown quite fond. NO ONE has a monopoly on good taste or good judgment.



Obviously, a picture from the Mecum Glendale auction conducted last month, probably the last live car event for awhile. This is a 1965 Ford Mustang (duh) fastback or 2+2. The car hammered sold at $33,000 or $36,300 all in.

When I first “got into” cars–when my age was still in single digits or a LONG time ago–I was very fond of these. They occupied a prominent place in that hard-cover, black and white composition notebook of which I have written many times.

Speaking of early Mustangs:



The three photos were taken at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania. My wonderful wife and I are members although it is hardly next door.


Speaking of Arizona automobile auctions:



This is a most impressive 1958 Pontiac Bonneville convertible from the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona in January, 2019. Note that the front of the hood reads “Bonneville” and not “Pontiac.”

In an ideal world where my wonderful wife and I had a higher net worth and/or I was adept at wrenching on cars, something like this would make a great Corvette companion. It certainly would be a nice contrast to a pair of C7 Corvettes.

The coronavirus situation has shut down the monthly car “show” that is sponsored by our local Corvette club, of which my wonderful wife and I are now members. As we live only about two miles from the site of the gathering we attend often. I doubt the May show will happen as it is always held the first Saturday of the month and we live in a state for whom the stay-at-home order has been extended through May 15. We can hope for June…









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Friday Freeze

On Monday (the 13th) I told my wonderful wife that we would have sub-freezing temperatures in our immediate area on Thursday night/Friday morning even though neither AccuWeather nor the National Weather Service forecast lows at or below 32°.



I don’t really tolerate these temperatures well, anymore, but maybe—and any botanists can correct me if I’m wrong—pollen production will diminish for a day or two. Oh, today’s forecast for Scottsdale, Arizona is for mostly sunny weather with a high of 87° and clear tonight with a low of 56°.


From this article comes the news that Italian coachbuilder Touring Superleggera has announced that its limited-edition Touring Sciadipersia model will be offered in the U.S. market as a coupe or cabriolet. Here’s a picture from the article:




Before you start saving your money, only 30 will be built in total, 15 each of the coupe and cabriolet, or as we know it, convertible. These cars have great looks, no doubt, but they are basically re-bodied Maserati Gran Turismos. Here is a picture of the “real thing” from AutoTrader:


Used 2015 Maserati GranTurismo Sport Coupe Plano, TX 75093 - 543686949 - 7


This 2015 Gran Turismo coupe has about 20,000 miles and the seller, a dealer in our old stomping grounds of Plano, Texas, is asking $37,900. Technically, this is not a Frugal Friday post, but that sounds like a good deal to me.

When my wonderful wife and I lived in Plano, we often visited the Ferrari/Lamborghini/Maserati dealer. (Plano is an affluent suburb of Dallas. Not sure how recently this was published, but this CBS News feature ranked Plano as the 5th best city in which to live in the US.) They were very nice to us and as we usually drove there in a nice car (my Corvette or my wife’s Jaguar), I guess they took us seriously as potential buyers. I think I still have a shirt with the official “Maserati” on it that was given to me during one of our visits.

Anyway…I wish Superleggera luck and hope that they will be successful in establishing a foothold in the US. One idea for a post I have long had is that the US car market is really missing a domestic super-luxury make. Duesenberg occupied that role, but has been out of business since 1937. One can buy a Rolls-Royce or similar car here, but none of them are made here. Even with what’s going on at present, which will pass eventually, lots of people in the US have lots of money and some of them might opt to buy a domestic super-luxury car if one were available.

I have a friend who is a talented artist. When we met in the 1980s, she was also a struggling artist. During one visit she said she might have to lower the prices of her paintings. I suggested that, instead, she raise her prices. Some people want to signal they are wealthy by paying more for something. She took my advice. Lo and behold, she started selling her work and soon was given a six-figure sum to create paintings for a famous local university.

I think, and I am repeating myself for effect, that a domestic super-luxury make might sell well. I doubt, though, that we will see anything super-luxury except maybe an SUV. Pas pour moi








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