Cult Of The New

First things first…after today I will be posting sporadically or not at all for awhile. I will also not be in a position to “Like” posts on the many blogs I read.

Here are links to the three most-read posts so far this year:

Monday Mishegas

Ultimate Garage 2.0: Honorable Mention & Car Number One

Where Is Cristy Lee?

Here is the link to 2019’s most-read post:

Saturday Salary Arbitration


I have used the expression “Cult Of The New” many times in Disaffected Musings. That is actually the title of Chapter 9 in David Maraniss’ outstanding biography of Vince Lombardi, When Pride Still Mattered. The chapter begins with the closing stanza of a poem written by legendary sportswriter Grantland Rice a month before his death in July of 1954:


Far off I hear the rolling, roaring cheers.

They come to me from many yesterdays,

From record deeds that cross the fading years,

And light the landscape with their brilliant plays,

Great stars that knew their days in fame’s bright sun.

I hear them trampling to oblivion.


Even though the main subject of the book is Vince Lombardi, obviously, and the main theme is football, Maraniss uses the first two pages of the chapter to discuss the “Cult Of The New” and, whether it’s intentional or not, his discussion is a critique of blindly following any trend. What seems like progress can have a very dark side. If you’re a football fan I highly recommend the book.


This blog has become very C8 Corvette “heavy” in recent weeks. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the first 2020 C8 Corvettes have been shipped from Bowling Green, Kentucky and some have been delivered to customers. I assume I will see one “in the wild” in a matter of weeks.



So, what else should I write about given this will probably be the last “full” post for awhile? I often daydream about checking the number of blog views on my computer or on my phone and instead of seeing a few dozen views for the day I see a few hundred or a few thousand, instead. Yes, I am still obsessed with blog views and why this blog doesn’t receive more of them. I know without using Fack Fucebook my readership will never approach my daydreams, but I still think I should have more readers. If any of you have suggestions, please feel free to pass them on. If you are a regular reader, please be an advocate and spread the word. Thanks.


This Hemmings ad is for a car I might consider as a Z06 companion even though I have not mentioned it previously. Here is a picture:



In addition to the fact that the car comes from a defunct American make, this 1963 Oldsmobile Starfire currently resides in our old stomping grounds of the Metroplex, the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The car probably is not as good as its pictures, but its pictures are very good.

The ad copy claims that the engine, transmission, suspension and brakes have all been rebuilt. If true that mitigates the nearly 90,000 miles on the clock although no time frame for the rebuilds is mentioned. The car is powered by the Olds 394 cubic-inch V8 that produced 345 HP/440 LB-FT of torque and is coupled to a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission.

This Starfire would more than qualify as a grocery car. In fact, it might be “overqualified” in that it is 214 inches long (17′, 10″), which could make it tough to fit in a garage. My wonderful wife and I used to live in a house with a “two-car” garage that was only 19 x 19.

So, what’s the price? The seller is asking what seems to me to be a reasonable $16,900. I have seen Oldsmobiles of this vintage sell for a lot more. As this is just a theoretical exercise for now (and perhaps always) no harm in looking at ads and dreaming. If you don’t have dreams, you have nightmares.

Hope your dreams are good ones. See you on the flip side.








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Sunday Selection

Not to be confused with Selection Sunday, speaking of which…

I used to be a huge fan of college basketball and the Maryland Terrapins team. Growing up in Baltimore in the 1970s, Dr. Zal and I lived and died (not literally, of course) with the fortunes of the Terps.

After I moved to California in the mid-1990s I didn’t follow college basketball or the Terps as closely. However, I must have still retained a strong connection to the program. How do I know? When Maryland finally won the NCAA basketball championship in 2002, I fainted with about a minute left in the championship game. I regained consciousness with about 20 seconds left and made an unbelievable ruckus after the game, so much so that our next-door neighbors called and said, “I guess Maryland must have won, huh.” We lived in a detached, single-family house. Not that it matters, but by this time we were living in Texas.

Ironically, Maryland’s championship seems to have taken away my interest in college basketball and the Terrapins as I have not really followed either since then. Dr. Zal still follows the sport and the team, but not anywhere near as much as he did when we were younger.


Thanks to Dirty Dingus McGee the tie has been broken between the 1956 Packard 400 and the 1987 Buick Grand National for the third and final spot in the “Z06 Companion Contest.” Here is his comment:


Guess I’ll take a stab at breaking the tie.

Hard choice as I, like you, am partial to orphans.

That said, the Grand National. Why? It was a trend setter in the direction modern performance cars would go. We now take forced induction high horsepower small displacement engines for granted. In 1987 the only other contender was Dodges 2.2 Turbo II engine (175 hp).


Oh, once again a reminder to read the comments AND to submit thoughtful comments. So, I ask you to choose from among three cars:


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The car in the top photo is a 1963 Studebaker Avanti. The middle photo shows a 1965 Buick Riviera and the bottom photo shows the aforementioned 1987 Grand National.

I don’t HAVE to have a ’63 Avanti or a ’65 Riviera or an ’87 Grand National. However, if it’s a Riviera it has to come from model years 1963 through 1965. Which of these cars do you prefer?

I REALLY want to read your votes and, if possible, your rationale like Dirty Dingus McGee in his selection of the Grand National. I guess I’ll close the voting on February 17th.







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