Tuesday Trails

No, the post title is not a reference to Dusty Trails. (That’s an inside joke for Dr. Zal. “Now look here, Trails!”) This will be an even more random post than usual.

This might seem odd and some would even say hypocritical for a blogger to write, but in my opinion the Internet is at least as much a force for bad as it is for good. However, the good manifested itself for me today as I met JS, author of the blog Journeys With Johnbo.

We met at a Dutch Bros coffee shop somewhere between my house and his winter house. We had a very pleasant chat sitting outside and were somewhat awestruck at the volume of business in the drive-thru lanes. He is a very thoughtful and polite person and it is fascinating for me to hear him discuss his life in aviation.

I believe in quality over quantity of friends, but don’t think anyone’s life is so complete that they don’t have room for another friend.


Oh yes they can…as reported here in this CNBC article an employer can fire an employee who refuses to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Rogge Dunn, a Dallas labor and employment attorney said, “Under the law, an employer can force an employee to get vaccinated, and if they don’t take it, fire them.” He also said he has clients who are, indeed, thinking of making the vaccine mandatory for employees.

This issue falls under the category of workplace safety and an employee can be fired if they refuse to adhere to company safety guidelines. One of Dunn’s clients in the restaurant sector thinks a compulsory inoculation requirement could be a game changer for business. “They think it gives them a competitive advantage,” explained Dunn. “They could say to their customers, ‘Hey, our restaurant is safe. All of our employees have been vaccinated.’”

Those who use ideology over empiricism and common sense could, ironically, be bailed out by science. If the vaccines really have an efficacy rate of 90%, then if just 70% of the population is vaccinated herd immunity will be achieved, especially considering all of those who have already been infected.

As a 60+ year old diabetic Ashkenazi Jew, I hope to be vaccinated as soon as possible. In 1900, the life expectancy for someone born in the US was about 40 years. Today, that has doubled despite America’s epidemic of the overweight, despite America’s overuse of guns and drugs, despite America’s lack of exercise. The only two developments that explain the increase in life expectancy are modern sanitation and modern medicine. Oh yes they are.


How much would it cost to buy one of these?



From this article on Classic Cars comes this picture of a 1965 Maserati Sebring. Yes, another Maserati on Disaffected Musings. Sorry…no I am not really sorry.

Actually, the question of how much can be answered. The asking price for this car is $265,000. The car was designed by famed automotive stylist Giovanni Michelotti, who was then working for Vignale. Talk about rolling sculpture…







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