Happy 99!

On this day in 1922 my marvelous mom was born. For those of you who don’t know me, you will now have an idea what I look like.

 

 

I wasn’t going to show this photo until next July 15th, but who knows what will be happening then.

I used to call her Mamaleh, Yiddish for “Little Mother.” Some pronounce it Mamalah.

She used to call me Tataleh, Yiddish for “Little Father.” She often said I reminded her of her father, my grandfather. Americans take relationships with their grandparents for granted, but I never knew any of mine. They all died during World War II.

In fact, my existence is a very low probability event. My mother and her parents fled their Polish village (shtetl) mere days before the Nazis burned it to the ground. My mother said her father’s intelligence saved their lives as he knew what was happening and what would happen if they had stayed.

Of course, my father watched his family murdered by Nazi troops. You don’t want to know how he survived. Like I wrote, it’s basically a fluke that I am even here.

This is the 18th birthday that my mother has missed. Sad and most sobering is the reality that she will miss every birthday for the rest of time. Not to put too fine a point on it, but that will be everyone’s fate, eventually.

I am sometimes guilty of wallowing in self-pity as my life lacks the level of engagement I enjoyed for many years. We are all products of expectations and the status quo. In comparison to what my parents experienced, many of the “problems” faced by Americans are not problems, at all. I guess that applies to me, too.

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In 1922, American car production rose sharply from less than 1.5 million in 1921 to almost 2.3 million. A brief, but severe recession affected most of the world from 1920 through mid-1921. I won’t bore you with economic data.

Of course, the Ford Model T was the most popular car in the US in 1922 with more than 1.1 million units sold. Obviously, that means the Model T accounted for about half of all cars sold in America.

What was the number two make? It was Dodge, which edged out Chevrolet. At this point, Dodge was not part of Chrysler Corporation. At this point, Walter Chrysler had just acquired a controlling interest in the Maxwell Motor Company and the business that still bears his name was still a few years in the future.

According to the great work, standard catalog of® of American Cars, 1805-1942, Dodge had two series of cars in 1922 and no separate production breakout exists by model. The best laid plans of mice and men…I had intended to show a photograph of the best-selling Dodge model for 1922. So, from Old Cars Weekly a picture of a 1922 Dodge roadster:

 

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For 1922 Dodge automobiles were powered by an L-head inline 4-cylinder engine displacing 212 cubic inches and producing…wait for it…24 horsepower. Bumpers, both front and rear, were optional. The cars had two-wheel mechanical brakes. The Series 1 roadster was priced at $935, the Series 2 at $850. In 1921 Dodge priced its roadster at $1,235 and the reduction in price for 1922 was caused by the severe recession, which was quite deflationary. The Series 1 price for 1922 “converts” to about $15,000 in 2021 dollars.

 

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Remembering

 

I didn’t show the item pictured above, or buy it in the first place, because I am a fan of the French Grand Prix in particular or Grand Prix racing in general. The date is the key: July 15, 1922. That was the day my marvelous mom was born.

This is the 17th birthday she has missed. I still think about her every day, in no small way due to the picture of her that sits on a bookcase shelf within sight of where I write the blog. Perhaps if I am still writing this blog in two years I will show that picture in honor of her 100th birthday.

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I want to give a shout-out to markcars2014. His work obligations prevent him from reading Disaffected Musings daily (or from posting to his own blog often, which is linked in his “name”), but when he finds time to do so he very actively comments and “Likes” posts. Honestly, I wish more readers would “Like” posts.

WordPress, the platform that hosts this blog, has never sent me a message about number of comments or even about reaching a certain number of views. I have, however, received messages about reaching certain numbers of “Likes.” If you can without inconveniencing yourself too much, please consider “Liking” posts. Thanks.

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Some facts that are ignored, but as Huxley wrote, still exist:

Between 2005 and 2016 (I couldn’t find more recent data in my brief search), US carbon dioxide emissions declined by 14% and per capita emissions declined by 21%. The data comes from this webpage.

In the same time period (and from the same source), China carbon dioxide emissions increased by 68% and per capita emissions increased by 59%. I could have picked a longer time frame and the Chinese trend would have looked even worse, but I wanted to compare apples to apples.

Too many people in this country are barking up the wrong tree. Yes, I have written about this topic and used that phrase once before. “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” – Aldous Huxley  Oh, I don’t think the Chinese Communists are all-knowing and I don’t think China is an ally of the US.

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Somewhat related to the previous topic, from the Wikipedia article about fuel injection systems:

 

“Benefits of fuel injection include smoother and more consistent transient throttle response, such as during quick throttle transitions, easier cold starting, more accurate adjustment to account for extremes of ambient temperatures and changes in air pressure, more stable idling, decreased maintenance needs, and better fuel efficiency.”

“…Fuel injection generally increases engine fuel efficiency. With the improved cylinder-to-cylinder fuel distribution of multi-point fuel injection, less fuel is needed for the same power output…Exhaust emissions are cleaner because the more precise and accurate fuel metering reduces the concentration of toxic combustion byproducts leaving the engine. The more consistent and predictable composition of the exhaust makes emissions control devices such as catalytic converters more effective and easier to design.”

 

I do not want to own a car with a carburetor ever again. However, my feeling comes more from my own desire for efficiency than for any other reason. When I was thinking about buying a car like a 1962-64 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk or a 1963-65 Buick Riviera, one of the first things I would have done is to have an EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) conversion kit installed because I want a more reliable, better performing car than the original carburetors could have provided. Maybe somewhere down the road I will be able to buy one of those cars and have EFI installed.

 

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From smclassiccars a picture of a 1963 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk and from the Volo Auto Museum a picture of a 1963 Buick Riviera. If you don’t have dreams, you have nightmares.

 

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