The Narcissistic States Of America

These are the events which led me to write this post:


We have had about ten showings of our house. On all but two of them the realtor and their clients have been more than 15 minutes late and with no notification of their tardiness, which I believe is “required” in such a situation. Oh, due to COVID-19 all showing windows have been limited to 45 minutes in this state. The straw that broke the camel’s back happened last Thursday. With barely an hour’s notice we received word that someone wanted to see the house at 10:30 AM. My wonderful wife works at home, but she dutifully re-arranged her work schedule to accommodate.

We left the house at 10:25 AM. As of 11:00 AM no one had showed. How did we know? We have cameras everywhere around our house that we can monitor from almost anywhere. I called the company that arranges the showings and explained the situation. The rep was very sympathetic and offered to call the agent. When she returned to the line she said the agent would not arrive until 11:40, 70 minutes late and 25 minutes after the end of the showing window. She confirmed that the agent is supposed to call when they are going to be late. We cancelled the showing.

YOUR life is not the only one that matters. What YOU’RE doing is not the most important thing in the world. The time and feelings of OTHERS matter. You don’t have to like your neighbors, but your behavior CANNOT fail to acknowledge their presence. COVID-19 has left many people more unhinged than normal and exacerbated the epidemic, the plague of narcissism, but that affliction is far more common than any pathogen.

I can’t tell you how many times I see people plow through stop signs without so much as slowing down, but I can tell you that it is happening much more often than ever before. I can’t tell you how many times I see people looking at their phone and not the road while driving. Those are symptoms of narcissism.

People who believe that they and their ideology can’t possibly ever be wrong are narcissists. We are peons or as Jerry Seinfeld said, nothing but raindrops on a windshield. Oh, no one really gives a sh*t what you ate for lunch so don’t post any photos of it on “social media,” which is a primary factor in the narcissism explosion. I am DISGUSTED by the behavior I see in this country and no side is innocent. Liberals are no less guilty than conservatives and vice versa. A plague on both their houses…

I don’t know if people behave the same all over the developed world, but I can’t imagine it’s worse anywhere else.


I am beginning to see 2020 Corvettes “in the wild.” Here is another example:



Given its shape and its color, this car really stood out from the rest of the traffic, even the Bentley driving in the next lane. Do I think the C8 looks as good as a C2 or a C7? No, but I like the way it looks. Remember that a large engine mounted mid-ship dictates many of the design elements of the automobile.

How many of you have seen a C8 Corvette “in the wild?” What do you think of the looks of the car?






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Monday Musings

In my opinion, narcissism is a most deadly sin and it’s rampant in today’s world. “I’m right and you’re not so I can hurt you.” “I can do whatever I want because I’m really the only person that matters.” In my opinion inherent in much awful behavior today are those two thoughts.

Like with many of today’s ills I place much of the blame, especially in the developed world, on bad parenting. I’m serious, but I’ll just leave it at that…


No endeavor of human beings is perfect because no human being is perfect. In my opinion no one should have blind faith in any ideology or even any technology or discipline.

The American Automobile Association, better known as AAA, recently released the results of a survey about American attitudes toward autonomous vehicles. The big take-away is that 71 percent of Americans are afraid to ride in autonomous cars.

I would not ride in such a car without any means for me to take control in some type of emergency.


What do you think of this car?

9k-Mile 1999 Plymouth Prowler

From Bring a Trailer a picture of a 1999 Plymouth Prowler. The current bid is $20,250 and the bidding ends tomorrow.

I am not a fan of street rods/hot rods so I am not really a fan of these cars. However, I appreciate Chrysler’s effort to do something different in the US car market.

All of these cars were powered by a 3.5 liter/215 cubic-inch V6 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. For the first model year, 1997, the engine was rated at 214 HP/221 LB-FT of torque. For 1999 the output was increased to 253 HP/255 LB-FT. The Prowler was made through the 2002 model year, which means at the end it was called a Chrysler Prowler as the Plymouth make was discontinued in 2001.

About 12,000 Prowlers were made and about 8,500 of those were badged as Plymouths. They certainly are distinctive even if they’re not my cup of tea. What American cars today could be called distinctive?





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