I Forgot What To Say Monday

Yesterday I had a long beginning to this post worked out in my head. Of course, I forgot to write it down anywhere so today it is forgotten.

Until I was about 45 I had total recall. (Maybe it was 48; I don’t remember.  😉) It is VERY difficult not to have that facility anymore. My wonderful wife often says to me, “Welcome to the real world.” Well, like many things in the real world, I don’t like not having an almost infallible memory, anymore.

One manifestation of that memory was that if I had seen someone’s birthday somewhere, in a media guide or had researched it for a scouting report I was writing, I never forgot it. The first time I met Bruce Bochy, then the manager of the San Diego Padres, I said, “April 16, 1955.” His reply? “Who the hell is this guy?”

Once while on a team flight one of the players asked me what was Trevor Hoffman’s birthday; Hoffman was walking right behind him. When I answered “October 13, 1967” Hoffman asked, “Where was I born?” When I answered, “Bellflower, California” he just smiled.

I am not bragging about any of this. It was not something I had achieved with hard work and dedication; it was just something I could do. I can’t do it, anymore, and that makes me unhappy like you can’t imagine.


My wonderful wife and I are scheduled to take a short trip beginning tomorrow. I am extremely reluctant to go. The destination is a place that has seen way more than its share of violent crime in recent months.

While (if?) we are gone, I probably will not be posting. I have gotten my wife to agree that if we win the Powerball tonight, even if we win “only” $2 million (yes, I always buy the PowerPlay option), we will skip the trip. As I understand it, a person winning a very large lottery jackpot has to wait at least two weeks to collect as the money to fund that prize has to come from other parts of the country. I would want to lay low until we collected and that would include not going on this trip.

Tonight’s drawing has the largest annuity value of any lottery in US history, almost $2 billion. I don’t know if the estimated cash value, about $929 million, is also the largest. My best guess is that if a sole winning ticket is sold to an Arizona resident, that ticket would net about $530 million after taxes. That is beyond a life-changing amount of money.



Wish us luck. Yes, the OCD/math nerd writes the estimated after-tax amount on the ticket.


I had such a good experience selling the Cascada to Carvana that I thought I’d see if they had any Pontiac Solstice GXPs for sale. My initial search returned only two, both with manual transmissions. Maybe that’s why they both seemed expensive to me given the mileage on each car.

One Solstice GXP is available locally, at least the last time I looked on AutoTrader, but it has an awful hood scoop that I am 99.9% sure isn’t stock. In my research (fill your library before you fill your garage, I didn’t see a hood scoop listed anywhere as a factory option) I have discovered that the Solstice/Sky had trouble with a leaking rear differential prior to the 2008 model year. Not counting the whopping five GXPs produced in calendar year 2009 with a 2010 VIN, that leaves 4,490 GXPs with an automatic transmission. By the way, for 2008-09 automatic transmissions were installed in 55% of GXPs.

The phrase “beggars can’t be choosers” comes to mind. By the way, it’s too bad about the hood scoop because the local GXP has fewer than 15,000 miles, is in a great color (Envious, meaning Green) and has an asking price of under $18,000, about $8,000 less than I paid for the Cascada. Maybe I should ask if the scoop can be easily removed and see if they’ll take a little less…just kidding, hon. I don’t think I am buying a car anytime in the near future. We have bigger fish to fry. Still, it’s nice to dream:


Some Envious Green Pics?? - Pontiac Solstice Forum







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Monday Madness

“Statements” that are too easy to find on the Internet and elsewhere:


“Charity is anti-democratic and should be banned. All decisions about the allocation of money should be made by government.”

“12,000-15,000 homicides by firearm and 20,000+ suicides by firearm annually are just collateral damage in the war to protect gun rights.”

“Bill Gates has made sure that the COVID vaccine has a microchip so he can track you.”

“Making decisions based on merit is the definition of racism.”


I have written this before and will probably write it again, but a madness has descended upon the developed world. I think this madness is growing, fueled by the scourge of social media. (Yes, I am aware of the irony of a blog creator calling social media a scourge.) I just didn’t think it was possible for so many people to need operations to have their heads removed from their rectums.


C/2–or as I call him, C Squared–has made a great suggestion for blog posts: Cars A To Z. As I envision this feature I will probably post two of these a week and use makes and not models to satisfy the alphabetical requirement.

Of course, I could use almost anything automotive to write about for a given letter. I just will enjoy it more if I focus on makes. The great thing about this idea is that it’s defined and freeform at the same time.

I am not ready to start today as I want to do at least a little research first. I am grateful to C Squared for his suggestion and to the fact that the number of automotive books in my possession is in triple digits. 😉


In case you don’t know, or even if you do, no one has matched all of the winning numbers in the Powerball lottery for something like the last 40 drawings. As such, the annuity value of the big jackpot has reached $670 million; the cash value is $475 million.

Powerball is now drawn three days a week with a Monday drawing having been added in August. Yes, my wonderful wife and I have a ticket for tonight’s drawing. If we were the only winner, I could spend an average of $100,000 per car for each letter of the alphabet and still only spend about one percent of the after-tax cash winnings. Of course, something like this would cost way more than 100 grand:



If you don’t have dreams, you have nightmares.







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