Monday Musings

Once again I am “under the weather.” This time I have some nasty upper respiratory bug that is also leaving me achy, but with no fever.

I was going to rant about what I consider to be the excessive “spicification” and “cilantro-ization” of restaurant cuisine in America. Instead I will just note that not everyone likes spicy food and for some cilantro is the vilest taste in the known universe. “Mouth on fire” is not a flavor to me and cilantro doesn’t remotely taste like anything edible.

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I have muted CNBC in my Twitter feed. Their excessive coverage of the views of a certain freshman member of the House of Representatives makes me ill. Last I checked the House has 435 members, not just one.

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This Automobile Magazine piece is titled, “2019 Lexus LC500: Seven Things that Make It Special.” An excerpt reads, “Don’t let the seductive look of this coupe deceive you into thinking it’s all show and no go, however, as strapped under the hood is a V-8 engine with 471 horsepower and the ability to slingshot the LC from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.”

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From uscarsnews.com a picture of the Lexus LC500. I have read that these cars are not selling well in the US, which I imagine is Lexus’ intended primary market. If this car is not selling I don’t think a more expensive, turbo-charged model (an “F” model, in Lexus parlance) will sell any better.

This car was part of the Ultimate Garage on my first blog and is better than 50-50 to be a part of Ultimate Garage 2.0. As I have written before, my wonderful wife and I have had the good fortune of test driving this car. It’s amazing!

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I’m not any closer to buying a 2016 Z06 today than I was last week. I think it’s prudent to see what we owe the IRS and our state first before plunking down serious money to buy the car. When it comes time for me to pull the trigger I think I will be able to buy something quickly.

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From carrrs.com a picture of a 2016 Z06. My first Corvette, a 2002 model, was Electron Blue Metallic. I don’t like blue as much as I used to (bad rhyme intended) and want one in orange or red, instead (ditto).

Any thoughts?

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Monday Musings

Honest and well-intentioned people can have different opinions on various issues and that doesn’t mean that any of those people are evil. No one, including me, has a monopoly on truth, wisdom, good taste, good judgment or anything else.

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From thedrive.com is this post about this car:

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From caradvice.com.au a picture of the stunning Lexus LC500. (Yes, this is the hybrid, but the non-hybrid looks the same.) The article from thedrive.com states that Lexus is offering a $5,000 cash discount on the car through the end of July. Sales of the LC500 fell from 423 in June, 2017 to just 161 in June, 2018.

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This is a picture of an LC500 my wonderful wife took earlier this year when we satisfied our desire to see one in person and, serendipitously, wound up with test drives. When Kyle Cheromcha of The Drive drove one early in 2018 he called it, “an amazing machine, a triumph of futurism, and a testament to progress.”

We were offered far more than a $5,000 discount to buy one without even making an offer and probably could have purchased one for about $15,000 off MSRP, but are not in the market for a new car right now. Shortly after this experience, my wonderful wife and I paid off our mortgage, instead.

I am a huge fan of the car, though, and it was one of the seven cars listed in my Ultimate Garage on my previous blog. A 600+HP turbocharged version (the LC F) is supposed to be released sometime next year. Whenever I do Ultimate Garage 2.0 I think the probability that the LC500 is on the list is extremely high.

What do you think of this car?