Improvisation

Usually I have some idea about the day’s blog topic before I sit down to write it. On some days, though, I have no idea…like today.

Let’s see…if you’re reading this blog please read the comments.

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That line appears at the bottom of every post and the comments can be read simply by clicking on the link. I omitted the item showing the number of minutes, which I have learned is the WordPress estimate for how long it should take someone to read the post. On average it takes me 30-45 minutes to write a post including research.

The comments are an important part of a blog, in my opinion. No comment is published without being moderated by me so the comments should not degenerate into a series of spam/ads or a flame war.

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Speaking of a flame war…I have toyed with the idea of sending tweets to celebrities in which I strongly disagree with their views. I would be respectful and certainly not use any profanity, but in the end I think the only reason I want to engage in such activity is in the hope it will drive viewers to Disaffected Musings. What do you think of the idea?

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Another picture from the Classic Auto Mall in Morgantown, PA. This is a 1988 Avanti convertible. At the Barrett-Jackson auction at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut in 2016 I almost purchased a 1988 Avanti (not a convertible). However, the auction was only about a month after I had purchased the Z4 so I couldn’t really justify staying in the bidding until the end.

The 1988 cars were based on the Chevrolet Monte Carlo chassis. Obviously, they used a Chevrolet engine: a 305 cubic-inch V-8 that produced 170 HP/250 LB-FT of torque.

I have been a fan of the Avanti ever since I saw this:

This is from The Golden Guide To Sports Cars, which I purchased while in elementary school through a school book-buying program. I told you I’ve had the car bug for a long time. The first copyright date for this book is 1966. (By the way, I apologize for all of the extraneous material in the photo, but I am still getting used to my new scanner. I also suspect that, technically, posting this page from the book is a copyright violation. Oh well…)

I believe a “picture” of a Maserati in the same book is what started Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear and The Grand Tour on his lifelong love of cars. I did not destroy the book in order to scan the page; the book was already destroyed. I am overjoyed that I have any of it, at all, and I have purchased a pristine example that just sits on a shelf to protect the flimsy binding.

An Avanti is a strong contender for my Ultimate Garage, but I’m not sure which version of the car I would choose. In my previous blog I wimped out and showed an original Studebaker Avanti in addition to a more modern version. When Ultimate Garage 2.0 is revealed I will pick only one if an Avanti is selected.

What started your love of cars? I would very much like to read your story.

 

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