The Well Is Still (Almost) Dry

The state in which we live, Arizona, is described as a “Purple” state politically because of the distribution of party followers. I would describe it as a state of very uneasy coexistence, where “Red” and “Blue” live side-by-side, but not in harmony.

One side has candidates who seem beyond zealous in the pursuit of extreme ideology. Sadly, in my opinion, Orange Drump (my name for the previous President) has much influence among his party’s followers here.

The other side has candidates who want to dismantle policies designed to make this a productive society with some semblance of rewarding work and not sloth. This group has no respect for the economic rights of individuals and without economic freedom a country has no real freedom.

My conversation with LB, a long-time friend and former colleague, got me thinking about this topic. More than ever, I think the only solution is dissolution.


Supposedly, on this day in 1966, Jensen Motors first showed the Interceptor and its four-wheel drive stablemate, the FF, at the Earls Court Motor Show in England. Interceptor was a name previously used by Jensen and FF stands for Ferguson Formula, after the name of the company that developed the the four-wheel drive system.

Not only was the FF/Interceptor a hybrid in the original meaning of the word in an automotive context, the FF was the first “non all-terrain” production car available with four-wheel drive as well the first car with anti-lock brakes. (The use of the word “hybrid” refers to the fact that the car was designed by a British company with an American drivetrain–Chrysler–and a body designed by an Italian company, Carrozzeria Touring.)

When I was a teenager, I LOVED the way these cars looked. I don’t have quite the same feeling about these cars anymore, but I appreciate their significance.


The Jensen Interceptor: A Classic AWD European Muscle Car


Despite its looks, performance and innovations, the Interceptor/FF was not a commercial success. Including the FF variant, fewer than 7,000 were produced from 1966 to 1976. The fact that Jensen Motors was struggling in the aftermath of the recession spurred by the OPEC oil embargo, as well as the problems with the Jensen-Healey sports roadster, obviously didn’t help. Jensen was placed in receivership in 1975 and the receivers allowed production to continue until the available cache of parts was exhausted, which turned out to be the next year.

I have often written that I do not believe the axiom “If you build a better mousetrap the world will beat a path to your door” is often, or even usually, right. Perception is reality, even if it isn’t.








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Time Or Money?

I will gladly acknowledge that the beginning of today’s post is my opinion…

Perhaps without realizing it, some people are so obsessed with saving money that they engage in behavior that, de facto, places little or no value on their time.  Driving around for 20-30 minutes to save 1-2 cents a gallon on gasoline is an example. (Not to mention the gas, which costs money, wasted in the effort.) Yes, I realize that today with the existence of gas “apps” that behavior almost certainly happens much less than in the past.

Spending 15-25 hours a week preparing meals, not because a person enjoys it, but because they think that dining out is too expensive is another example. OK, before you write that some people cannot afford to dine out, I grant that the bottom quintile or bottom third in income/wealth lives in a different context. Still, remember the old saying, “Time Is Money.”

I believe that saving time is at least as important as saving money. Our time is finite.

I did not grow up in a well-to-do family. Still, one of the reasons I liked dining out is that it spared my mother from having to prepare the meal. She could use her time for something else, like something as “mundane” reading the newspaper, which she enjoyed very much.

Once again (more than half the time I type “agaib” before I get it right and type “again”), I think many people obsessed with saving money are valuing their time at next-to-nothing or nothing. Time is very valuable, often more valuable than money.


I wish Dr. Zal the best of luck as today marks his last day (hopefully) in the working world. He did retire once before, but through a combination of circumstances returned for a 15-month gig with a big pharmaceutical company.

By retiring in his early 60s, Dr. Zal is valuing time over money. As someone with a Ph.D. STEM degree, he can work as long as he wants. He has decided that spending time with his family, including his two grandchildren, and taking time for himself take precedence.


For Dirty Dingus McGee (and for the rest of you, too) I offer a link to this story called “Myths and Legends of the 1934-37 Chrysler Airflow.” This car was part of his Ultimate Garage and was a significant car in automotive history, even if it was not a commercial success.



The Airflow was the first mass-production car where aerodynamic considerations were foremost in body design. This in-depth piece from Ate Up With Motor provides much insight.

Chrysler Corporation produced about 55,000 Airflows from 1934 to 1937–about 29,000 Chryslers and 26,000 DeSotos. (This does not count production of chassis only or of Imperial Airflow models.) DeSoto only offered an Airflow model for 1934; make sales dropped by half compared to 1933. I don’t know if that was the impetus to offer the Airstream for 1935 and later, but Airstream production was more than 20,000 units for 1935 compared to about 14,000 Airflow units for 1934 and only about 7,000 for 1935.

I have often disagreed with the old saw that if you build a better mousetrap the world will beat a path to your door. Perception is reality, even if it isn’t.

Have a great weekend.







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