A Hiatus

As I have some important personal business to conduct, both individually and with my wonderful wife, after today I will not post for 7-10 days. Wish me/us luck as I/we will need more than our share. Good luck and I have been estranged for a long time.

Please don’t forget this blog; I will return, barring an unforeseen disaster. Here are the three most-read posts so far this year, not including the About page:


Where Is Cristy Lee?

Another Weird Dream…

Monday Mishegas


What is the life span of the average blog? Two blogs I followed regularly have either been discontinued or are not likely to be continued. According to some research, the average blog is “dead” after just 100 days.

Today is day number 979 for Disaffected Musings. I guess I should feel good about that, but people can keep writing a blog even if no one is reading. I am grateful for the boost in readership since April, even though I know much/most of it is due to bad circumstances beyond my control.


This recent article from Classic Cars is titled, “Dreaming of doing a restoration? Read this to avoid a nightmare.” I think the sub-title is quite funny, “Seriously, do not pass Go and do not collect $200 until you’ve considered the time and the cost and the labor involved.”

Here are the two key paragraphs in the piece, IMO:


“However, car restoration is not for the faint hearted and it is never — I repeat — never inexpensive. There are no bargains on restorations, only bad restorations or good restorations. There is also no such thing as a driver-level restoration. There is only one way to restore a car and that is completely. Any car that is described as partially restored is likely to have had a brake job and a fresh coat of paint, and not a bare metal respray just a scuff and a new paint finish over the old one. That is not a restoration.”

“Yes, there are a number of shops that will say you can restore your car inexpensively and will give you a quote for say $25,000. Do not believe what they tell you. If you go this route one of two things will happen, either you will get a bad quality job or you will have the shop owner calling you every few weeks to tell you that again your car’s restoration requires more money. This is what people in the industry call the elevator ride.”


The author advises people who want a driver quality car, and not a concours level automobile, to simply find such a car and buy it without attempting any major work.

I have often written that I do not want to own a de facto museum exhibit in the form of an automobile that is too nice to drive. While I would upgrade an older car with modern systems (such as Electronic Fuel Injection) where possible, I would not attempt a full-blown “restoration.” Even the resto-mod C2 Corvette I thought about having built would have been my daily driver, not that I drive much. (I’ve driven my Z06 about 3,700 miles in 18 months.)

On the other hand, I absolutely do not believe in being penny-wise and pound-foolish when it comes to cars or anything else. Cars need maintenance and maintenance usually costs money. Any used car we buy after (if?) we move will immediately go into a shop for service.

Speaking of my Z06, here’s a recent photo that I am 99% sure has not been displayed here before.



See you on the flip side, I hope. I would still welcome another guest post from a regular reader.








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A Z06 Year

A light year, of course, is not really a unit of time, but instead is a unit of distance. (5.88 trillion miles, to be exact—the distance light travels in a year at its amazing, but finite, speed)

A Z06 year is a year spent with what I think is the most amazing car ever made, dollar for dollar. Today is, indeed, one year since I took delivery of my 2016 Corvette Z06. (That fact is absolutely mind-boggling to me!)

I do wonder, though, why I have not driven the car more. I have put about 2,750 miles on the car in a year, only about 230 miles a month. I drove my 2009 BMW Z4 about 295 miles a month and that car was in the shop a lot.

When I am driving the Z06 sometimes I say out loud to myself, “I love this car.” So, why aren’t I driving it more? My wonderful wife and I do travel some, but I still have plenty of days in which to drive the Z06. In all honesty, I don’t really know why I don’t drive the car more. Perhaps advancing age is playing a role.

I will try to enjoy the car more in the future, but as I have written here before I suspect it won’t be until the move to the desert that the Z06 will get a chance to stretch its legs. Of course, I have to show some pics of the car:







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An Almost Post

56packardman sent me two emails yesterday, the subject line of one of those emails was “Blog Fodder.” However, it was the other email that drew me very close to writing a long post in which I would have stated where and why I disagree with most of the policy ideas of both major parties in the US. Ultimately I decided I don’t really want to risk turning this into a political blog.

I understand why many people feel the need to be politically active and, of course, that is their right. However (and once again), I will not and cannot support or vote for a candidate with whom I disagree on 75% of policy even if I disagree with the other candidate on 80%.


This Hemmings piece is one of many reporting that for the Corvette Racing program Chevrolet/GM have developed a 5.5 liter, 4 valves per cylinder, double overhead cam, flat-plane crank engine (a V-8, obviously) for use in the C8.R. This development lends credence to the rumors that existed even before the official unveiling of the C8 that such an engine was in development and would be available in the new Corvette.

As the rumors go, the new engine would be available in the Z06 variant of the C8 and would be tuned to provide 600-650 HP. Then, a twin-turbo version of the same engine, producing 800-850 HP, would be in the ZR1 model. Ultimately, that twin-turbo engine would be combined with electric motors in the “Zora” version of the C8 and that power setup would produce 1,000+ HP. Such a hybrid concept is not new, of course, as Ferrari and McLaren have already produced such cars. (Yes, the Porsche Hitlermobile Company has also produced such a car.) These hybrid hypercars had seven-figure price tags. What if the Zora sold for around $200,000?

Remember that seven percent of US households have a net worth of $1,000,000 or more and that the number of households with a net worth of $25,000,000 or more has increased something like 70 percent since 2008. A $200,000 hypercar might have quite a market and maybe not just in the US.

What do you think of these possibilities?


Time for another gratuitous picture of my car:



How tempted would I be if a 1,000+ HP Corvette became available? Well, I am not a big fan of hypotheticals so I don’t really know, but I guess I would sniff around such a car.







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Goodbye, Mr. Tudball

My condolences to the family and friends of Tim Conway. He brought so much laughter to so many people he could be considered a national treasure. Not a fan of YouTube as it is part of the Google Evil Empire, but here is a Mr. Tudball/Mrs. Wiggins sketch.


I am, once again, “under the weather.” I have a viral infection in my throat that last night gave me the second worst sore throat I’ve ever experienced, second only to the throat pain I felt when I was stricken with mononucleosis in college. It’s only been two months since I got over the nasty upper respiratory bug that knocked me out for almost a month. Any ideas as to how I can avoid being sick like this?


What was Albert Einstein doing when he wrote the four papers that marked his annus mirabilis? Surely he was a professor at an esteemed institution. Wrong! He was working as a clerk at the Swiss Patent Office.

It was a priest (Giovanni Caselli) who invented the fax machine, not someone with a Ph.D. in a science discipline. By the way, the fax is older than the telephone. Caselli’s fax system used telegraph infrastructure.

As I have written before (including here) America is drowning in credential-ism. I must once again rant against the system. My alma mater bestowed upon me an Alumni Award of Excellence. Despite receiving rave reviews from the students I taught there in a couple of classes, the school could not see its way clear to allow me to teach 1-2 classes a semester of my choosing probably because I don’t have a Ph.D. I have accomplished more in sports than any Ph.D. in Sports Management. I have accomplished more in my field than most Ph.D.s regardless of field.

My recent talk at my alma mater received rave reviews from the education professionals in the audience. How is it that the school cannot find a role for me?

Academic achievement is not the only type of achievement that matters or should matter, even in the venue of academia. Accreditation and other such fiefdom-protection schemes are solely for the purpose of limiting and controlling competition. Institutions of “higher learning” have become ossified structures overcome by political correctness and fiefdom protection. Maybe I’m just howling at the moon, but if I don’t express these thoughts on occasion, I will really go crazy.


To soothe my soul:



The Red Rocket aka my 2016 Corvette Z06.








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My wonderful wife and I were watching an episode of How The Universe Works on the Science Channel. (Sorry, I will not refer to it just as “Science.”) The episode was about the Ice Giants of the Solar System, Uranus and Neptune. As always, I was struck by the sheer appearance of Neptune.





From JPL and NASA a picture of Neptune. Once again refraining from “breaking the butterfly upon a wheel” I will simply note my awe.


As it turns out my recently purchased 2016 Z06 was not exactly treated well by its original owner. How else does one explain tires that needed to be replaced after 4,400 miles? Also, the driver side window weatherstripping/seal was all messed up creating a whooshing sound while driving. I fixed that myself. I should be able to pick the car up today (wow, you must be strong! bad joke…) and looking forward to driving it when the weather warms up. Like I keep writing, Arizona sounds better to me every day.

By the way, I really like this picture. The car looks like it’s shooting laser beams:



Note the light artifacts next to each side view mirror.


No one from the UK has responded to my question(s) about Brexit. It’s a giant cluster f*ck in my opinion. Theresa May’s plan, the only one also approved by the EU, has been defeated three times by Parliament. The Parliament, however, cannot reach a consensus on any other plan that they might approve. The deadline for a decision is ten days away. I will ask again: can’t the EU just say, “the deadline is here and you’re out of the EU?”

Let me quickly add that I am neither for nor against the UK leaving the EU. That is the decision of the UK population. As Americans we resent interference from abroad and I will not assume I know enough to take a position. Unfortunately, I think that most Americans don’t know enough about their own country, let alone assume that they can make judgments about others.


Speaking of the UK:




From smiths-instruments.co.uk a picture of the TVR Cerbera. This car was produced from 1996 to 2003. The Cerbera was not really a refined car as it lacked ABS and traction control. However, it would fly. Unlike previous TVR cars that used engines built by other companies like Rover, the Cerbera was powered by an original TVR V-8. The larger of the two “regular” engines—as opposed to a few for a special edition—displaced 4.5 liters/273 cubic inches and produced 420 HP/380 LB-FT of torque. It was a normally aspirated engine, which makes the specific output very impressive.

In some ways the Cerbera was a British version of an American muscle car, designed more to look good and to go fast in a straight line. In two years the first Cerberas will be legal to import to the US. I won’t be doing that myself, but I really like the car.





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Frugal Friday, Einstein Edition

Yep, that Albert Einstein was a really smart guy. This article from physics-astronomy.org is about an “insane” test of his theory of relativity and that theory passed the test.

The test had to do with measuring gravitational redshifting as a star orbited around Sagittarius A, the black hole at the center of our galaxy. As predicted by Einstein’s theory, new measurements revealed the redshift. According to the article, this result was based on 26 years of observations.

Remember that Einstein had no computers, no calculators. Many of his theories resulted from “thought experiments,” mental exercises without the use of data, but that used deductive reasoning to reach a conclusion.

I wonder what Einstein would have thought about today’s high-tech automobiles. Maybe nothing at all.


Speaking of high-tech automobiles, here are some more pictures of the new member of the family:





Friend and Disaffected Musings reader/commenter C/2 has named the car “The Red Rocket.” I like that name. In all honesty, in my brief time behind the wheel the most impressive feature of the car has been the brakes. The stopping power is phenomenal. Thanks to my amazing niece who helped me get the grime and gunk off the car that it accumulated during its 2-3 days on an open car carrier.

Of course this is my life, though, which means almost nothing goes completely as planned. The car has some issues, even with just 4,400 miles, so I am taking it to the nearest Chevrolet dealer next week to get those issues sorted. Fortunately the car is still under its bumper-to-bumper warranty. Even with the issues I feel very good about the decision to eschew the buying/building of a restomod C2 Corvette and buying a car like this, instead.


OK, for Frugal Friday here’s a car that has been featured before:



From Hemmings a picture of a 1964 Studebaker Gran Turismo (or GT) Hawk. That was the last model year of the three that this final iteration of the Hawk was offered for sale. Of course, the roots of this car go all the way back to 1953 and the revolutionary Studebaker coupes introduced that year.

The ad copy is short and the mileage is not given. Still, for a car of which only 1,767 were made that model year (only 14,789 were made in the truncated three-year run), the dealer is “only” asking $14,950. Studebaker closed its South Bend, Indiana factory in December, 1963 in the middle of 1964 model year production. After that, all Studebakers were manufactured at its Canadian plant; the GT Hawk and Avanti were discontinued.

OK, maybe I’m just a nut about these cars. OK, maybe I’m just a nut and these cars have nothing to do with it. I think this car would be an inexpensive entry into collector cars. Getting the car serviced might be difficult, though. This car just missed making my first Ultimate Garage and is still a contender for Ultimate Garage 2.0. I keep hoping that more readers will submit theirs.


Also from Hemmings a picture of a 1964 Rambler convertible:



Even though not mentioned in the ad this has to be a Rambler American model as that was the only one offered as a convertible that year. Of the roughly 160,000 Rambler Americans built in model year 1964 only about 9,000 were convertibles. The dealer is asking $12,595.

If you had one of these you almost certainly would have the only one within a large radius of your house.

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Throwback Thursday, Birthday Edition

Happy Birthday to my Wonderful Wife! Happy Birthday to my Sweet Sister! Yes, my wife and sister share a birthday and it’s two days after mine.

Thanks to my wonderful wife who made the greatest birthday present ever possible. That’s only fitting because she is the kindest, cutest, sweetest, most wonderful person ever!

Happy Birthday To Me!



Yes, I finally sh*t and didn’t stay on the pot. This is my new car: a 2016 Corvette Z06 in Long Beach Red Metallic over Dark Gray WITH the Z07 performance package. My thanks to Kim of Mercedes-Benz of Oklahoma City who tolerated my being a pain in the ass during the purchase process. My thanks to Mike who delivered the car and was very conscientious about taking care of it.

That is not a picture taken yesterday when the car was delivered. The delivery was late in the day, it was dark and the car is less than clean after being on an open car carrier for 2-3 days. This picture was sent by Kim at the dealer.

What a world! I bought a car sight unseen and without a test drive. However, the car still has four months left on its bumper-to-bumper warranty and 28 months left on the drivetrain warranty.

I am VERY excited about driving this car! Wish me luck; I promise I won’t gush about the car…too much. 🙂




From classiccars.com a picture of a 1953 Corvette. In case you don’t know, or even if you do, 1953 was the first model year for the Corvette. Despite what Mercedes-Benz claims, the Corvette is the longest running automobile model in the world. (Mercedes-Benz claims its own SL model, that it is discontinuing, is the king of longevity because no model year 1983 Corvettes were sold. Corvettes with 1983 VINs were manufactured, but more importantly new Corvettes were sold in the 1983 calendar year. They just happened to have a 1984 model year designation.)

Only 300 Corvettes were made for the 1953 model year and, not surprisingly, the cars are quite valuable. They were all Polo White over Red and powered by a “juiced” Blue Flame inline 6-cylinder engine mated to a 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmission.

It’s not really hard to comprehend the metamorphosis of the Corvette with the benefit of hindsight, but I doubt that many people in 1953 could have imagined a car like the C7 Z06. Never mind Bluetooth, satellite navigation, rear AND front cameras, airbags and the like. In 1953 the Corvette engine produced 150 HP/223 LB-FT of torque; a 2016 Z06 Corvette engine produces 650 HP/650 LB-FT.






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