“About 40. It’s a two-stroke, so not all that miserly.”
I noticed his vehicle contained no passengers. Typical.
What we need is a mass importation of something like the Citroen 2CV. Oh wait, it won’t pass government safety regs. But wait, it gets 50 miles to the gallon. But wait, it won’t travel more than the minimum speed limit (55). But wait, it’s small and easy to park and maintain. But wait, it’s rust-prone bucket of bolts. But wait, it’s small and efficient and designed with comfort and minimum environmental impact in mind. But wait, any American car would wipe it off the road.
I guess it’s wrong to presume that when the going gets tough, the Americans will get going. A whole new market has long existed in Europe- Smart cars, people movers, which exist because they have to, there is a need. Limited parking due to an over-abundance of vehicles, old cities, narrow streets. $5 per gallon petrol.
Deux Chevaux, Gogo Mobile, Messerschmitt, Isettas, Vespa and Lambretta, Fiat 500, Mini. Consider decontenting and lightening, using technology to make them run clean and sip fuel. Making them infinitely recyclable along the way- and fun. People would take more care when driving- they would more in touch with the road than now- and those big behemoths will get left behind in the garage until eventually getting recycled back into several smaller, lighter, more economical and more fun automobiles or autocycles.
The retro Beetle and Mini now being produced are good place to start the revolution. With modern technology manufacturing techniques, we could make a wonderful modern quality replacement for, say, the Crosley Hotshot. Or a Morgan three-wheeler.
More I’m noticing these big behemothic mechanized dinosaurs tailgating me on the freeway, and in my small sedan’s rear view mirror all I can see is this big grill you could broil a side of beef on.Maybe they’re after my hide?
Big intimdating cars with their big intimidating drivers. Oh wait a min, I think I see a …
As they change lanes and pass me (I”m already over the speed limit, and possessing a CDL means I could get a big fine if I am pulled) or I fall in to the other lane, again I note, it’s a woman at the wheel. More often than not behind the wheel is a middle aged, soccer mom type.
What gives? What’s put the demon spirit of the road-incident-enraged driver into supportive care givers? Have moms always been vile, wretched, malevolent creatures- or is it the power and pseudo prestige of being behind a 6,000 pound vehicle? Outa my way, you gas sipping parasitic maggot.
Apparently it takes a real man to drive a small car. A small sporty coupe or sedan (or sports car) is really living on the edge now in this era of large and deadly road going ego machines. I can kill the weight of your car and insects and wildlife on one cross country trip, ya commie.
While the public at large maintains a lottery mentality (misunderstanding laws of probability seems to be a national epidemic) and keeps twisting the teat of government largess to get their wall (everyone has their hand out), the facts will remain, well, facts.
Yes we have undocumented workers and families working at jobs on American soil. Yes everyone turned a blind eye until it was tenuously identified as a possible security breech. Yes there is a potential security risk, though that’s somewhat a fantasy given facts about how those held responsible for the 911 attacks actually arrived here (does anyone think all of the airport security American citizens are subject to will ever catch a real terrorist?). Yes the executive branch failed in their duty to enforce certain laws that might have curtailed illegal immigration in it’s early stages. Yes… well, I could go on.
Sending mixed messages is a sign of neurosis. Ignoring reality is a sign of Howard Hughes. Perhaps there’s is a leader behind this with long hair and fingernails and jars of urine lining his vault in chronological order. I dunno. I scratch my head and wonder, when we have people who deliberately lie and obfuscate their intentions, is it possible they might get what they want, but never really know it?
Anyway, today I was called and told that my sample was insufficient. Hot damn!
So lucky me I get to trot back over there again, and do it all over again. Will it take another week? I don’t know, they couldn’t say.
Meanwhile there’s a tiny respite from the daily grind. Expect I’ll be working there and telling y’all (anonymously of course) what life is like in another dysfunctional work place. Dilbert I am not, yet. But give it time. I’m sure I can give it a funny spin worthy of the absurdity.
Meanwhile SWMBO makes life even more difficult for not just me, but herself as well. Not only has she simply given up on me (I was asked to move out for I believe the fifth time this year) but she’s on the edge of cracking. Not really cracking, but pretend cracking, in order to get what she wants. She wants what she wants, and really does not want to hear what I have to say in the matter. It’s taken me this long to learn she’s not the empathic person she claimed to be, nor the person I thought she was (I was blinded by desire, and should have queried three friends for their honest opinions). Discussion is fine as long as she wins, and I don’t go on too long, and in the end she gets what she wants.
She’s looking for an out, quitting her job, and taking some time off, maybe forever. I didn’t sign up to be someone else’s sugar daddy. And yet it’s happening.
Hey, I can hear you say, if you’re going to write a blog, your supposed to give the answers, not pose the questions. In that case, I say: you’re dead wrong.
This story, as well as others in recent days following the assassination of Al Zarqawi have a suspicious ring.
Some have questioned if Al Zarqawi indeed existed. Was he just a straw man propped up to be knocked down, and the US president can get an easy win to up his poll numbers when needed?
What makes one suspicious are a couple of recent events that just don’t ring true.
- Why did Al Qaeda publicly name a ‘successor’ rather than remain schtum? To tell the US and the world who to start looking for so they can start the manhunt all over again is pretty stupid¹… wouldn’t it be smarter to keep the US guessing? After all, this is Qaeda, not a sovereign national power with a hierarchy and bureaucracy to support and be recognized. They are a guerilla force, and play by different rules.
- The letter that is reported as being found in one of the Zarqawi safe houses (not the one in which he died) reportedly contains text which acknowledges that the US is winning. This is fortuitous if it’s true.
That these events coincide when the US president is unpopular because the war has been going so bad could simply be dumb luck (and maybe in Chimpface’s case it is). Applying Ocham’s razor to the recent events leaves one with the suggestion neither event can possibly be authentic. Wishful thinking perhaps, something made up in the inner sanctum by old hands perhaps. As a long time fan of the study of war time propaganda, this certainly smells vintage. An old tactic, planting the enemies ‘secret musings’ to bring a naive and trusting public back into the fold.
I guess we’ll know if #2 is an authentic report when the bombings stop or even slow down over the proceeding weeks and months, and the poor Iraqi souls and American occupying forces stop dying so needlessly.
1. To keep bombing until you hit the target you’ve been searching for, akin to aiming for the needle in a haystack, isn’t not the way to spend tax dollars, son.