A Blog About Cars ... And Much, Much More
Wednesday July 1, 2015
British Flair; Japanese Reliability: Road & Track's Peter Egan reminisced about old British iron while riding in a friend's Mazda Miata. "As we hummed along the four-lane highway at 75 mph or so, I looked around myself at the Miata and said, "This thing is really running nice. Still feels like a new car. How many miles do you have on it?""
"Just turned 140,000," Chris said.
"Any trouble with it?"
"After a while I started chuckling to myself, and Chris asked what was so funny."
"I was thinking about my first TR-3 ..." I told him.
"Then Chris started to grin, and pretty soon we were both chuckling. The concept of 140,000 miles without trouble is always a source of mirth to British car guys."
Hello, Sunshine: As I mentioned a few days ago, we're having a heat wave in these parts with daytime highs in the 90s to low triple-digits.
Did I mention it's sunny, too?
At 10:30 am yesterday, I fired up my '39 Plymouth coupe and took a pleasant drive along Clark County's back roads. There wasn't a cloud in the pale summer sky.
The car ran perfectly; I hope to get some more drives in soon.
I Hope This Won't Be America Twenty Years From Now: Greece is offering free public transit service this week because no one has money. The country's debt to GDP ratio is 170%.
Think of Greece as Atlantic City but with the Parthenon instead of the Boardwalk.
As a result of Greece's banks shutting their doors and ATMs for the entire week in order to prevent potential bank runs at the expense of their customers, transportation minister Christos Spirtzis declared transit service in Athens would be free to all until next week.
What's next - free gyros?
The United States' own debt-to-GDP ratio is now more than 100%. We can maintain (and increase) that ratio only because dollars have become the world currency. But what happens when creditors decide we are no longer good for it?
Book Review: '17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis and the Biggest Cover-Up in History' by Andrew Morton
This book is about Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor and once king of Great Britain, until he abdicated the throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, the Nazi plot to make him a puppet king after the invasion of Britain and the attempted cover-up of the duke's pro-German inclinations and possible collaboration with Hitler and his minions.
The claim to 'biggest cover-up'? I think not. Most of the book is a ... (more >>>)
Questions Worth Considering: Recently, Kathy Shaidle asked, "If streets named after Confederate generals inspire violence, what's causing all the crime on MLK Boulevard?"
Comedian Chris Rock once said, "If a friend calls you on the telephone and says they're lost on Martin Luther King Boulevard and they want to know what they should do, the best response is 'Run'. You know what's so sad? Martin Luther King stood for non-violence. And I don't care where you are in America, if you're on Martin Luther King Boulevard, there's some violence going down."
Let me raise another question: If we're going to ban Confederate flags because they "incite violence," why didn't we ban Korans and prayer mats after 9-11?
And here's another question: If a deeply-religious black Christian couple own a bakery and they refuse to bake a wedding cake with stars and bars icing and a Confederate flag on top for an engaged gay Klu Klux Klan couple, should the bakery be driven out of business?
Finally, Tom McMahon asked, "How about Confederate flags sewn by breast cancer survivors - would those be OK?"
No Longer Funny: Jack Carter, a motor-mouthed comedian who became one of television's first stars in the late 1940s and continued working, as both a comic and an actor, well into the 21st century, has died at age 93.
Carter was a frequent guest on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' during the 1960s and early '70s and was known for his impression of Ed Sullivan. Carter also made guest appearances in many television series and sitcoms. And he did movies.
He's probably the only person who appeared in both 'Viva Las Vegas' and 'History of the World, Part I'. RIP.
Unintended Consequences. From the always-interesting Gerard Van der Leuen: "I can't wait until Granny, on her death bed, marries her favorite granddaughter, and the IRS watches all that Estate Tax money just drifting away into the sunset - instead of into the IRS coffers."
"Two same-sex anyones even when not sexually connected can marry and same thing - there goes all that Estate Tax money. Same with SS spousal benefits, health care insurance, military pension spousal benefits, and I'm sure we can all think of other scams that will now become perfectly legal. Oh, the divorce lawyers and the tax lawyers are going to have a field day!"
Quote Of The Day is from Terry Pratchett: "I once absent-mindedly ordered Three Mile Island dressing in a restaurant and, with great presence of mind, they brought Thousand Island Dressing and a bottle of chili sauce."
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