Tuesday Truth

“We’re churning out a generation of poorly educated people with no skill, no ambition, no guidance, and no realistic expectations of what it means to go to work.”

– Mike Rowe

Truer words have never been spoken. Here is the link to the Mike Rowe Works Foundation.


As I have recounted ad nauseum, I am not blessed with good health. I have chronic conditions for which I must take prescription medications every day. I also have other conditions that flare up from time to time and that also must be treated with prescription medications.

I am currently suffering from one of the latter conditions. I spoke with someone in the office of the relevant health care provider yesterday morning and was told a prescription would be sent to the nearest pharmacy. I am still waiting for my script.

This condition almost proved fatal in 2004. I had surgery, ultimately unsuccessful, in an attempt to remedy the situation in 2013. I suspect allergies and stress as a trigger for the relapse, but the prescription meds have always worked. They can’t work, though, if I can’t take them because the practitioner neglected to send the script to the pharmacy.

I know almost everyone is very stressed right now, but people should still do their jobs.


Mundua gorroto dut eta sentimendua elkarrekikoa da.


From a reply to a comment by markcars2014:


Although I used to change the oil and lube the fittings on my first car—a 1967 GTO, my father was also a mechanic and ran an Amoco station—my interest has always been more in design, engine output and market evolution.

When I was in college I used to dream of starting my own car company. I would “make up” specs and write ad copy. As I lack any artistic talent I didn’t draw any cars. I am getting a little misty-eyed thinking of my younger days when almost anything seemed possible. Youth IS really wasted on the young.


Oh, you should read the comments…one of the reasons I so badly want to move to a new area is the slight possibility the move could open some doors for me to have a more productive and more fulfilling life. Remember that I wrote a book The Wall Street Journal called without a doubt the best book of its kind ever written. The fact that this country is drowning in credential-ism, political correctness and age discrimination doesn’t change the fact that I have a lot to offer.


OK, something calming and wonderful…


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From The Drive a picture of the new Lexus LC Convertible. The coupe is stunning and so is this convertible.

The convertible is powered by the same 5-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 used in the non-hybrid version of the coupe and uses the same 10-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 471 HP/398 LB-FT of torque and that enables the convertible to accelerate from 0-60 MPH in 4.6 seconds. The MSRP for the base version is $101,000.

I guess the twin-turbo V-8 that had been rumored will not be produced, but this convertible is something else, in my opinion.

I know David Banner (not his real name) is a big fan of this car. What about the rest of you?







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Tuesday Truth

Truth: I love my wonderful wife, who is supposed to finally return today from her long trip.

Truth: Her absence has laid bare just how much I dislike the rest of my life.

My feelings of boredom, disappointment and even anger are so profound that I can taste them. Remember that you can’t understand or judge someone else until you’ve “walked a mile in their shoes.” DO NOT project your life on to me or on to anyone else. Except perhaps for identical twins or triplets, no two people are exactly alike.

I am not even asking for advice; I am just venting. I don’t want to hear that I should just volunteer my time or I should just take any job. In my hierarchy, doing nothing slightly outranks doing something I don’t want to do. The longest I’ve ever stayed in a non-baseball office job is one year. At this stage of my life, working in any full-time job where I would have to work in an office would be detrimental to my mental and physical health.

My last full-time job, as a “stockbroker” for a firm that no longer exists, lasted two weeks. Every day in the office I had severe headaches and diarrhea. Amazingly, on the weekends I felt fine <end sarcasm>; I resigned after two weeks. Obviously, I used to hold Series 7 and Series 63 FINRA licenses.

Speaking of those licenses, explain to me (not really because no rational explanation exists) how someone who, in his 50s, made two of the highest scores in the nation can’t find a meaningful and fulfilling work situation. Explain to me how someone who earned those scores AND finished the tests in possible record time can’t find a good job. The time limit on the Series 7 was six hours; I finished in an hour and 40 minutes. The time limit for the Series 63 was an hour and 45 minutes; I finished in 20 minutes.

Life is not always a meritocracy; it never has been and it never will be.


I think almost everyone needs to vent now and then…

This article lists the ten cars the new C8 Corvette “defeated” in a Figure-8 track test. Those cars are:


2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT-S

2013 Dodge SRT Viper

2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8

2006 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo

2010 Corvette ZR1

2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

2010 Ferrari 458 Italia

2012 Lexus LFA


I grant that the comparison to some cars that are almost ten years old or older is a little specious. Hey, I didn’t do these tests or write this article. However, the fact that the C8 outperformed the Porsche 911 GT3 RS or the Lexus LFA is very impressive. How do I get my hands on a C8 so I can test one for an article?! From the carbonhans.blog article a picture of a C8 Corvette:




I wish Chevrolet and GM nothing but the best of luck with the C8. I think the future of the Corvette is riding on it.







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