Short-Term Pain…

For Long-Term Gain. Specifically, I am referring to the current disruption in our lives as we are having the original tile replaced with porcelain tile that is much lighter in color, larger and more “modern.” Here is a current photo from our kitchen:



Of course, swapping Short-Term Pain for Long-Term Gain has many applications beyond home remodeling. That trade-off, however, seems to be one that fewer and fewer people are willing to make. We seem to live in a country (I suspect this is true of the entire developed world, but I don’t live elsewhere) where too many people think they are entitled to whatever they want just because they want it, they want it yesterday and they want someone else to pay for it. That attitude is a recipe for disaster. Yes, it is.


Along the lines of what I have just written is this CNBC article. Whole Foods CEO John Mackey (an eerie name for this native of Baltimore who watched Hall Of Fame tight end John Mackey play) told Freakonomics radio host Stephen Dubner, “I mean, honestly, we talk about health care. The best solution is not to need health care. The best solution is to change the way people eat, the way they live, the lifestyle, and diet.”



Here is a story told by former practicing physician David Banner (not his real name):


“I had a patient who had a major heart attack and was in the ICU getting clot busting meds. When I got there, he had oxygen on and was eating a fried fish sandwich that he bullied his wife into bringing him, and berated the nurses who tried to get him to stop. He died on his couch nine months later.”


If the US has a lower life expectancy than other developed countries that has very little to do with delivery of health care and much more to do with, for example, the fact that US citizens walk far less than people in the rest of the developed world. This country has developed a dangerous streak of lazy and ignorant. Yes, it has.

I don’t know who Dani Shugart is, but this is what she wrote in this piece:


“Everybody who’s in shape fights for it in some way. It’s not given to us. We all have personal disadvantages and challenges to overcome. So unless you’re among the very few genetically gifted and environmentally blessed, you can’t get lean without a struggle. You can’t build muscle without a struggle. And you certainly won’t maintain either without struggling in some way.”


Short-Term Pain for Long-Term Gain (Obviously, this applies to the “pain” of wearing masks and curtailing social activities until the vaccines have been widely distributed; I’m being more than a little facetious. Wearing a mask is a very small sacrifice, if any.)…The truth is often painful, but as Huxley wrote, “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”


Here is a picture I took on New Years Day:



I know that’s a C4 Corvette convertible, although I don’t know the year, and I think those are C5 wheels, but I just like the looks of this car. As I have written (many times) before, it is only in the past few years that I have developed an affinity for C4 Corvettes. Before that, I thought they were plain-looking and under powered, at least until 1992. (I’m not counting the ZR-1 variant.)

Without question C4 Corvettes are an inexpensive gateway to Corvette ownership. It is still possible to find such cars with fewer than 75,000 miles listed at under $10,000.

I know C/2 has a Corvette, but how about the rest of you? Do any of you currently own one or have ever owned one?






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