Slim Pickens Saturday

No, today’s post is not about the actor and rodeo performer born Louis Burton Lindley Jr. Instead, it refers to my lack of ideas for the blog.

I don’t have to rehash the reasons why I am out of ideas. Suffice to say I don’t know whether this lull is just temporary or is indicative of a more permanent state.

Below is a picture of Slim Pickens as Major T.J. “King” Kong riding a hydrogen bomb in Dr. Strangelove. (I guess maybe today’s post is about him a little bit, after all.) He credited the movie with turning his career around. Pickens once remarked, “After Dr. Strangelove, the roles, the dressing rooms, and the checks all started gettin’ bigger.”


Plus ca change: Criterion reissues Dr. Strangelove **** - DenOfCinema


I haven’t seen the movie in awhile, but remember it as being funny AND disturbing. I guess that was the idea.


Sorry again, Lyle, but here’s another Arizona scenery photo.



Only automobiles are a more frequent subject of the pictures on my phone than the scenery around here. It was Halloween of 2020 that we arrived in Arizona as residents and not visitors. It’s not been the smoothest of times, but my wonderful wife and I are happy to be here.


The Classic Cars website offers a journal. One feature of this journal is a Pick of the Day. Here is a recent one showing a car that would have been part of the now defunct Hall of Very Good Cars series and below are a couple of photos.


1967 pontiac grand prix convertible, Pick of the Day: 1967 Pontiac Grand Prix convertible, Journal


This is a 1967 Pontiac Grand Prix convertible. According to Classic Cars, 5,854 of these were produced. According to standard catalog of® of American Cars, 1946-1975 that number was 5,856. That is a small discrepancy that reminds me, once again, of an important point: human record keeping is not, never has been and never will be perfect.

In the somewhat likely event that my wonderful wife and I move to a single-story house with a larger lot and more space for cars, it is entirely possible that something like this could be added to the “stable.” It probably would be easier getting one of these serviced than a Studebaker.






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