Monday Monday

Today is probably not a happy day in America. This CNBC article is titled, “Job unhappiness is at a staggering all-time high, according to Gallup.”

Obviously, when I worked in baseball I didn’t mind Mondays. Besides, the job was often seven days a week, anyway. In my non-baseball jobs I loathed Mondays.

Here are some specific findings from the recent Gallup poll:


“Sixty percent of people reported being emotionally detached at work and 19% as being miserable. Only 33% reported feeling engaged ­­— and that is even lower than 2020. In the U.S. specifically, 50% of workers reported feeling stressed at their jobs on a daily basis, 41% as being worried, 22% as sad, and 18% angry.”


Frankly, some of those percentages seem a bit low to me, especially since the title of the piece says job unhappiness is at a staggering all-time high. Maybe the title is just clickbait.

Here is an interesting tidbit: “Gallup found that the manager or team leader alone accounts for 70% of the variance in team engagement. Thus, an essential part of the solution for the concerning number of workers that express job dissatisfaction, disengagement, and burnout, is better leaders in the workplace.”

I wish I could remember the source, but I distinctly remember reading that while the percentage of people with sociopathic tendencies in society is about 1%, about 4% of middle managers in US companies displayed such behavior. My dissatisfaction with my two post-baseball full-time jobs was probably about 70% due to the managers I had.

I suspect that the percentage of people who regularly read Disaffected Musings and are retired, self-employed or otherwise occupationally independent is higher, much higher, than the population at large. Still, I suspect most of you can relate to the Monday blues stemming from having to return to the office after the weekend.


I was originally going to title today’s post “Monday Morph.” Much of what I had intended to write would have been how the blog is changing, or morphing, into something less focused on cars.

Of course, it is entirely possible that the blog will cease to be active at the end of the year. No word has been forthcoming from WordPress about whether they intend to continue to offer the Classic Editor as an option for composing posts. It is true, though, that WordPress didn’t announce it would continue to support the Classic Editor through 2022 until late 2021.

Some of you who read this blog are also WordPress bloggers and I suspect some of you have made the switch to the new editor. Different strokes for different folks. I don’t know much about operating a large Internet platform, but I can’t imagine supporting two editors simultaneously is that difficult.

While this data is a year old, a 2021 WordPress survey of its professional users (those who use WordPress to design and to maintain websites for customers) found that more than half of them were still using the Classic Editor even though the new one is not that new. I think that fact says all you need to know about the Block(head) editor that WordPress has pretentiously named Gutenberg.


One car that I briefly considered as a replacement for the Z06 (it is a virtual certainty I will not keep the car after the repairs are completed, whenever that is) is the new Nissan Z.


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The homage to the Z cars of the past is obvious, but I think the exterior design is quite appealing. What has turned me off to the car are the reports of obscene price markups by dealers. I saw one sticker where the car had an MSRP of about $54,000, but the dealer added a $74,000 markup to the price. Yes, the “S” in MSRP stands for Suggested, but such an action is unconscionable. I think the dealer should lose all of its Z allocation permanently, maybe even receive a stiff fine from Nissan.

Anyway, the new Z–notice no number–is powered by a 3-liter, twin-turbo V-6 engine rated at 400 HP/350 LB-FT of torque. The 370Z motor, normally aspirated, produced 332 HP/270 LB-FT. The new Z is available with a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic.

As most of you know, the numbers associated with the previous Z cars were a function of the engine displacement. The 240Z had a 2.4-liter engine, the 280Z had a 2.8-liter engine, and so forth. Nissan could have called the new car the 400Z and said that referred to the horsepower. The fact that no number is used has led some automotive journalists, such as Todd Deeken, to opine that this is the last Z car, certainly the last ICE-powered Z car.

However, this piece from Wheels quotes Adam Paterson, managing director at Nissan, as saying the future of another ICE-powered Z car depends on regulatory environments in the car’s three main markets: Japan, the US and Australia. Of course, he could just be passing the buck in an effort to appease the market that buys cars such as this. Most of them do not want to buy an electric sports car, at least not yet.

If I thought I could buy a new Nissan Z for less than something else, like a low-mileage used Toyota Supra, I would have considered it. I just don’t think that’s possible, though, given the stories like the one mentioned above.


Hope your Monday is better than most of your fellow citizens in the US. Carpe Diem!









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Sunday Substance

I have been meaning to share this for quite some time, but it has slipped through the cracks until now. Regular readers of this blog know of my extreme distaste for the new editor that WordPress (the platform that hosts this blog and many, many others) is trying to force on its users. Recently, they announced they would extend support for the Classic Editor (not the new Block[head] editor) at least through the end of next year.

What I have been meaning to share are the results of a recent survey conducted by WordPress itself, primarily to gather information about professional users; that is, people who use WordPress to design and to maintain websites for customers. More than half of professional users are still using the Classic Editor. I suspect that is the reason WordPress is supporting it through the end of next year.

To me, that is very damning evidence about the new editor. The people for whom this new system has allegedly been devised are not adopting it anywhere near as quickly or completely as WordPress thought. The “new” editor is actually not that new, anymore, as it has been available and pushed by WordPress for years.

The lesson and message should be obvious, but I’ll state it, anyway: WordPress, Keep The Classic Editor!


The title of this piece is Einstein Wins Again. Here is the beginning:


“An international team of researchers from ten countries led by Michael Kramer from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, has conducted a 16-year long experiment to challenge Einstein’s theory of general relativity with some of the most rigorous tests yet. Their study of a unique pair of extreme stars, so called pulsars, involved seven radio telescopes across the globe and revealed new relativistic effects that were expected and have now been observed for the first time. Einstein’s theory, which was conceived when neither these types of extreme stars nor the techniques used to study them could be imagined, agrees with the observation at a level of at least 99.99%.” [emphasis mine]


Not only is it difficult for most people to understand Einstein’s genius, it is difficult to attempt to describe it in words. I fear we have reached a point where people like him are suppressed in the interest of “equality.” People may have equal rights under the law, but all people are not created equally. Einstein was sui generis, which is just a fancy way of saying unique, or one of a kind.


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This recent piece from Hagerty reveals their Bull Market list for 2022. Imagine my delight when this car was listed:


1966 Pontiac GTO front action


Although the specifics are about the 1966 Pontiac GTO, the heading reads 1966-67 Pontiac GTO. Of course, and for the nth plus nth time, my first car was a 1967 Pontiac GTO:


Maybe I shouldn’t be so delighted to see the car included in the list since I haven’t owned it for 40 years. The Hagerty piece lists Highs and Lows for each of the ten cars. The last “High” for the GTO is quite humorous:


Highs: The definitive ’60s muscle car; paperwork available from Pontiac Historic Services makes documentation easy; several body styles and drivetrains; only slightly less rugged than an anvil.


I recommend that those of you with an interest in cars, which is most of you reading this, should read the Hagerty piece.









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