Monday Musings 45

From Carbonhans Blog an article about how GM and Ford have laid out plans to restart their US factories. Steps to protect workers will be a major part of these plans.


“Both companies detailed how they would thoroughly clean facilities and allot extra time between work shifts to do so. The automakers said they will also screen employees with questionnaires before they leave for work and temperature checks as they enter a plant or other facilities.”

“Employees who have recently been exposed to someone with the coronavirus or exhibit a high temperature or other Covid-19-related symptoms will be sent to local clinics for testing before they are allowed to return to work.”

“While in factories, employees will work at least six feet apart from one another whenever possible, the companies said. Employee workstations will be separated by clear plastic panels. Workers will also wear surgical-style face masks and clear plastic face shields whenever they’re required to work close to one another.”


One question I have is what proportion of these practices will remain in place even after the crisis ends? It actually might be a good idea if most, even all, of the procedures become standard.


Some humor for this Monday courtesy of this post from Archon’s Den:


OMG, I’m rich! Silver in the hair, gold in the teeth, crystals in the kidneys, sugar in the blood, lead in the butt, iron in the arteries, and an inexhaustible supply of natural gas.

I can’t remember how to write 1, 1000, 51, 6, and 500 in Roman numerals.

A man went into the library, and asked for a book on Probability.
The librarian replied, “Possibly it’s on that shelf over there.”

I went on a job interview the other day.
The interviewer said, “It says on your resume that you are a man of mystery.”
I replied, “That’s correct.”
He asked, “Would you care to elaborate?”
I said, “No.”


Many of you are probably tired of reading about the search for a Corvette companion/grocery car after the move to the desert. Well, given the timetable for the move may have been sped up a bit, the search has become a little more real and a little less theoretical.

From Curbside Classic a picture of the car that has at least moved into a tie with the 2006-07 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS as the leading contender:


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This is a 1995 Jaguar XJS convertible. Other than the somewhat unsightly “roof remnant” with the top down (not shown here), the car has a great look.

My wonderful wife likes these cars and she doesn’t care which engine; the inline-6 or V-12 are both fine for her. Part of me wants the V-12, but most of me would be fine with the six.

The XJS (or XJ-S) is one of the least respected successful cars in history. Over 115,000 were sold in its 20-plus year production run. However, because it followed the legendary E-Type this was the car that could not win. (Yes, I have written that before. Doesn’t mean it’s any less true.)

These cars are not expensive to acquire. The one shown above was sold for $13,000 ($13,650 all in on Bring A Trailer) in March, 2018. Maintenance? Well, we have some experience as my wonderful wife owned a 2001 Jaguar XK-8 convertible. Once the warranty expired the car seemed to want to fall apart. Our experience, by the way, might “argue” in favor of the less complicated six-cylinder engine.

We are a little wiser, hopefully, and a little more secure financially, hopefully. We could put an amount equal to 50% of the purchase price in an account to cover maintenance that, hopefully, would last more than a few months.

In general, the search has moved to more modern cars. We want a car for which disc brakes and fuel injection were standard, a car that had at least two airbags. I have dreams, but I live in the real world.


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I Have Dreams, But I Live In The Real World

The post title has been written often in this blog. Some would accuse me of not reaching far enough, of settling. I disagree, obviously.

I had a dream to work in major league baseball and either through naiveté or effort or ability (probably a combination of all three) I made it happen. I do believe, however, that the number of “magic tricks” a person has up their sleeve is finite.

I had a dream to buy or to build a restomod C2 Corvette. After seeing how much one costs to build and after seeing the prices at auction in Scottsdale for such cars, I have called an audible. I have also shifted my plan because I cannot have airbags, ABS or traction control in a restomod and there are simply too many awful and distracted drivers to drive a car lacking modern safety systems. Regular reader and commenter Steve Dallas, who builds cars for a living, deserves much credit for “showing me the way.”

Why do I so badly want to buy a car I don’t really need? At the end of my life I do not want to be in the position of lamenting the things I didn’t do. A life spent only doing the things one needs to do is not a life well spent, in my opinion.

Speaking of Scottsdale, despite a slightly sour final day in Arizona (details unnecessary) we all had a great time. I bid on two C7 Vettes, one stock and one custom. Each time my high bid was $65,000 and the car hammered at $70,000. Maybe that will turn out to be a blessing.

This is the custom 2014 Corvette on which I made a bid. It has a custom widebody kit, upgraded lighting and a supercharged engine. Supercharged engines were not available for the 2014 model year. If I had purchased the car I probably would have had it repainted.


From Barrett-Jackson’s website a photo of the stock 2015 Corvette Z06 on which I bid. My focus on restomods and the last-minute decision to buy a C7 instead led to me not even noticing this car in the catalog. I literally turned to the page in the catalog where the car was listed as it was being put on the block and decided right then and there to bid. That’s probably not a wise move, but I figured on a 2015 car with fewer than 4,000 miles how much could be wrong with the car?


Sometimes a person’s depth of feelings about something or someone is not known until they experience a change in situation. One time before my wonderful wife and I were married or even engaged she picked me up from the airport. I was overwhelmed and, frankly, surprised by how happy I was to see her and realized I must really love her.

Conversely, I was not prepared for the overwhelming feeling of sadness that hit me as I walked out of the auction arena at the end of Sunday’s docket. (Sunday was the last day of the auction.) Not even running into the beautiful Kayla (sp?) from Barrett-Jackson and her adorable daughter could shake the sadness.

The aforementioned Kayla. Hey, I’m just a guy after all, pictures of hot cars and beautiful women. More of both will follow in the upcoming days.

I’m glad to be posting again, but I am still not sure about my posting schedule.




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