Wacko Wednesday

Talk about a strange dream…I dreamt that my wonderful wife and I watched in horror as elephants walked across our roof. (Of course, we can actually see very little of the roof from inside the house, but this was a dream.) The sound was horrific and we were sure our house would collapse and that we would die. However, the parade of elephants ended and the house was still standing.

Does anyone know if elephants could walk on the roof of a modern house without destroying anything?

Wacko Wednesday, indeed!


Although Astronomical Spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere on Saturday, our “Spring Equinox” was yesterday. Our “sunrise” was 6:36 AM and “sunset” was 6:36 PM. As I write this a few minutes before 6 AM today, there is a little light in the sky.

I am looking forward to early morning drives in the Z06. With “full immunity” in sight, I am also looking forward to getting more work done on the car. The shop I am likely to use is booked about 8-10 weeks out and, chronic worrier that I am, I will probably schedule the work for after the expiration of the powertrain warranty in late July. I think May 23rd is 70 days before August 1st although the latter day is a Sunday. OK, I’ll make the appointment on May 25th for August 2nd, if possible. I guess, of course, I could make the appointment now for early August.

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing? Before my automobile “renaissance” around 2014 or so, I never would have considered having my car modified in any meaningful way, except perhaps for a paint job. I had my last car–a 2009 BMW Z4–modified and, of course, have already had work done on the Z06. Hey, maybe I have to buy a Nissan Z car next!



It’s almost impossible for me to comprehend that in 10 days I will have had the Z06 for two years and that it has been almost 2 1/2 years since I sold the Z4.


While driving last week my wonderful wife and I saw a beautiful older car, 1940s vintage I thought. I also thought the car was an early ’40s Cadillac, but after looking at the grill on this ’41 (picture from HymanLtd) I don’t think it was a Caddy.


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This is a 1941 Cadillac Series 62 coupe. Ever since seeing one at a Mecum auction I have been thinking about acquiring one of these as a basis for a restomod. Yes, it’s a sickness, but I don’t want to be cured. For the nth plus nth time, what is life without dreams?

I would want the car to retain as much of its original look as possible, but be a 21st-century car underneath. I don’t envision that this car would have to have 500+ HP, just enough power to cruise easily on a highway.

We would like to read about your “restomod dreams.”










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Following Up A Dream

After we completed assembling a chest of drawers, my wonderful wife and I decided to see the house of which I wrote yesterday. Fortunately for us, the house is in a development that has an open house most Saturday afternoons. It is a gated community and, previously unbeknownst to me, perhaps the most prestigious in the city in which we live. None of the houses can be purchased for less than seven figures and many of them, like the one I wrote about yesterday, would cost eight figures.

It turns out that the house does not yet exist. Although the lot is marked with many stakes, no other construction has begun. The pictures in the online listing are of another house from the same builder. It was still well worth the drive to see this community up close and personal. Here are two photos:



The house I wrote about yesterday was on a lot about 3,200 feet above sea level. It was far from the highest lot in the development. I would not be surprised if the homes built into the sides of mountains were 4,000 feet in elevation. Our house is about 2,100 feet above sea level; Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is about 1,100 feet in elevation.

One of the amazing aspects of this place to me is that even though some of the houses are on lots as large as three acres, every house in the development has public water and public sewer services. Normally, once lots exceed an acre they will have well water and/or a septic tank. I guess that is a perk of having money in that most people prefer public water/sewer and in this development those services have been provided.

My wonderful wife and I began talking about winning the lottery and buying a house in this development. We imagined what the reaction would be if we called our realtor (Hi, K Squared!) and told her we wanted to buy a house up here. Of course, we didn’t win the Powerball drawing yesterday. Still and once again, what is life without dreams?


So, if we won tens (or hundreds) of millions in the lottery what car would I buy first? I have talked about a 1967 Corvette restomod convertible, a DeTomaso Longchamp and having a replica made of the amazing Rondine concept car. However, all three of those would take some time to acquire, maybe years in the cases of the Corvette and the Rondine. For instant gratification, what car would I buy? It might be this one:


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Of course, this is a picture of a 1965 Buick Riviera GS. Of course, this car was part of Ultimate Garage 2.0 and if I had to trim that list from the 11 cars that were in it to, say, five cars, this car would easily make the grade.

Not that many years ago when I still had daydreams of starting my own car company, the company portfolio included a 21st-century version of this car. Since I have no artistic talent whatsoever, I cannot put the ideas in my head on paper or computer screen. The design would need just a bit of freshening, and certainly the drivetrain would be modern, but this car is just a classic.

I think daydreams are a harmless diversion from everyday life as long as one doesn’t spend all of their waking hours daydreaming.








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