25 Should Be The New 18

From this article comes this conclusion that is consistent with most published research:


“Under most laws, young people are recognized as adults at age 18. But emerging science about brain development suggests that most people don’t reach full maturity until the age 25.”


I don’t know why the age of 18 has been considered the age of majority. One could guess that, at least in this country, since that’s the age people graduate from high school and since until the 1950s most people didn’t attend college, then people would be considered adults as they entered the working world. However, the only constant in the world is change. Now, two-thirds of high school graduates are in college the academic year after they graduate. More and more research reveals that the human brain does not reach its “adult” ability to assess risk and reward until about the age of 25. My opinion, based on the prevailing research, is that the minimum legal age of purchase and consumption for substances like alcohol and marijuana should be 25.

What does this research mean for driving privileges, for the minimum voting age, for the age of being to able to enlist in the armed forces? Would this mean that the military draft would have to be reinstated, for example? Consider that the age group with the highest rate of fatal crashes per 100,000 drivers is the group aged 20-24. The rate for those aged 25-29, while high, is almost 20% lower than the rate for those aged 20-24. Those who are blinded by ideology are unable and/or unwilling to understand the world is more complex and nuanced than their beliefs. “There are more things in heaven and earth…than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” That Shakespeare could write some truths.


On this day in 1908 General Motors purchased Olds Motor Works, better known as Oldsmobile. It retained its original name until 1942 when it was officially renamed the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors. Oldsmobile was the best-selling make in the US every year from 1903 to 1905, inclusive, selling about 16,000 cars in those three years.

As I have written before, Oldsmobile has/had a long history as an innovator. It introduced “Knee-Action” independent front suspension in 1934, the legendary and revolutionary Hydra-Matic automatic transmission for model year 1940, along with Cadillac the first modern overhead-valve engine in 1949, the first production turbocharged V-8 in 1962 and the first US front-wheel drive vehicle in almost 30 years for model year 1966. Oldsmobile is the only American company that produced automobiles in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

For me, of course, much of my interest in Oldsmobile stems from the fact that it is, sadly, a defunct American make.



Note the Oldsmobile Service sign at the lower left. As for my most desirable Olds car with price not a factor, this might be it:


See the source image


From Barrett-Jackson a picture of a 1957 Oldsmobile 98 hardtop coupe with a wonderful two-tone paint job. I don’t know the hammer price for this car. On Hemmings the list prices of ’57 Olds 98 coupes are all over the place from $34,000 to $85,000. However, even at the lower price, barring an unforeseen financial windfall, this car is out of my price range as a Z06 companion. I have dreams, but I live in the real world.


On an unrelated topic, it is highly likely that before the end of this year I will delete my Twitter account. The only reason I created a Twitter presence was to drive traffic to my blog, but Twitter has been virtually useless for that purpose. After I delete the account, most of the hashtags at the bottom of each post will disappear.









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Throwback Thursday

First, another kind of throwback:

This less than well-composed photo (sorry, photobyjohnbo) shows the bottom half of the nameplate that was on the wall outside of my office in my last full-time baseball job. July 31 will mark the 20th anniversary of my last day as a full-time baseball employee. Because I had 10+ years of service as a full-time, non-uniform baseball operations employee I could start receiving my baseball pension at age 55. (One is vested in that pension at five years of service.) Because I wanted MLB to pay me as many times as possible (I will always be bitter about my divorce from baseball even though I don’t follow it, anymore) I only waited four months after my 55th birthday to start collecting my pension. It’s not a lot of money, but it’s better than nothing and it’s an old-fashioned defined benefit plan, which means I contributed zero to it. The real reason I waited four months was not to increase the nominal amount paid to me, but to collect my first payment on August 1, as close to July 31 as possible.

My baseball career didn’t end when I resigned as Director of Baseball Operations, though. Subsequently, I had a successful baseball operations/player personnel consulting business for more than ten years until “baseball” decided I was obsolete. I vehemently disagree with that categorization, but perception is reality even if it isn’t. During my run as a consultant, 11 of my clients made the playoffs and two of them appeared in the World Series. How could I have 11 clients make the playoffs in ten years? I had as many as four clients at the same time. The only restriction was I could not work for more than one team in a division.


OK, this is what you’re expecting on Throwback Thursday:


From groovecar.com (what a great name for a website) a picture of a 1950 Oldsmobile 88 convertible, of which about 9,000 were sold. In 1949, Olds and Cadillac introduced the first modern, overhead-valve V-8 engine. In calendar year 1939 but as a 1940 model year car, Olds introduced the revolutionary Hydra-Matic automatic transmission that it developed in conjunction with Cadillac. Of course, Oldsmobile is now long gone. It was the only US company that manufactured automobiles in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

As I have written (many times) before I have developed an affinity for cars other than muscle cars and European exotics. Many American cars from 1950-ish through the early 1960s appeal to me a great deal. Although it is a virtual certainty that I will buy a 2016 Z06 Corvette later this year, I would also love to own a car of this vintage.

What say you? Speak up!





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