When cars were works of art

Cars as functional tools

In the last 24 hours we traded for a new car,

L realized, at the dealership, that her license expires on Monday,

Former President George H.W. Bush died,

The North Carolina Board of Elections declined to certify Mark Harris, (Rep) over Dan McCready, (Dem) in a congressional race. “Unofficial results show Harris with a 905-vote lead out of nearly 283,000 votes counted.”  The Hill

It seems an unusually large number of absentee, mail-in ballots were cast in Bladen County.  The NCBOE is going to meet to investigate this.

It seems that some cast ballots weren’t counted, and other cast ballots were changed.

“It’s been out there. We were fully aware of it. There are some particularly unsavory people, particularly out in Bladen County, and I didn’t have anything to do with them,” Harris said (to Spectrum News reporter). 



Random thoughts:

Methinks Mark Harris doth protest too much.

The new car cost $5,000 more than our first house.

It looks just like the 5 year old model we traded in except for the color, metallic gray rather than black.

It has a lot of cameras and related safety features to go wrong over time.

It smelled good before the dealership “cleaned it up” and sprayed some pukey air freshener inside.

"L"is another year older on Monday, and drove an hour and half to the D.M.V. to renew her license. It took a few minutes to round up her passport, two receipts (like a utility bill) verifying her Georgia address, her SSN card, and any other proof that she is who she says she is and a Georgia resident. When she got to the D.M.V. office they said they didn’t need all of that.  There was no explanation.  Maybe it was because she was white.  Maybe it was because they know how voter fraud really happens.

George H.W. Bush was not the worst president of all time.

Nor was his son, George W. Bush (no H).

George H.W. Bush lived to 94 and outlived Big Mama, Barbara.

G.H W. Bush will be remembered for saying, “Read my lips.  No new taxes” and then being forced to raise taxes, and then losing to “Slick Willie” Clinton.

The great conveyor belt r of creation keeps moving, new showing up on one end, old dropping off at the other end.

I’m glad L and I are still on the belt.

I mourn the day when cars looked like works of art, when Fischer Body had high school contests to find the most imaginative car design, when cars looked like earth-bound rocket ships instead of teardrops.

I mourn almost any time prior to the era of Trump.

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Comment by koshersalaami on December 1, 2018 at 10:13am

There were unattractive cars in other eras. Seventies was worse than now. 

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 1, 2018 at 10:35am
There were. I think it is the sameness that bothers me. A Honda looks like a Toyota, which looks like a Mazda, which looks like a BMW.... It's done for better fuel efficiency, but it is still boring.
Comment by Rosigami on December 1, 2018 at 10:51am

Your last line says it all.

About vehicles, I would agree, the cars and trucks from days gone by were designed by artists with vision. These days so many look the (boring) same. And many of the exceptions seem goofy !ooking to me. Fuel efficiency is no excuse for ugly.

One of the better designed exceptions, to my eye, is MiniCooper. I got my first one in 2007, traded it for a new one in 2016. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 1, 2018 at 10:59am

The Bush leadership, yes, looks more and more ... normal ... by the minute.

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 1, 2018 at 4:31pm

Rosi, the MiniCooper has style. We only have one driver so we need one all purpose vehicle,e.

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 1, 2018 at 8:45pm

Today's cars, are for the most part, the product of accountants, not designers. That said, my 1997 Oldsmobile LS in't a bad looking vehicle, and it can tote a pretty good size load and six people in relative comfort and still get 25-30 mpg on the highway at 75 mph.

The NCBOE is going to investigate and come to the same conclusion – the Reptile wins.

In one way, both Junior Bush and Warren G. Harding are very glad to have D.T. tRump become Presidnet. I suspect, and I certainly hope and pray, no future president will ever displace Delirium Don from his rightful place at the bottom of the presidential pile

Comment by Theodora L'Engle Knight on December 1, 2018 at 8:46pm

wow, such a stunning car! i'm sure you said what model and such it is. i didn't pick it up.

so much to respond to. i love that about the car being more costly than a house. i was just thinking yesterday about a guy i dated who was very rich and like to talk about it. his family had a calder mobile hanging over their very grand piano and they named it after one of their houses.

that stuff about bladen county -- i know that all this evil shit has been going on all these years but it's like picking up a rock and all these disgusting maggots or whatever are squirming underneath. wow, i'm having trouble spelling this days and i used to be a human spellcheck. all the fears about dementia and such. closing in on 70

anyway, the freaking white supremacists. i'm a jew so it's particulary not fun. and the voter suppression and the gerrymandering. it's all so ugly and evil. thanks for shedding the light on that sad situation.

oh yes, and i had to renew my expired license. had to take a written test. passed it. driving test? failed it miserably. apparenly i weave all over the place and scare people behind me. and so much else. so glad that L doesn't have to have anything to do with that crap.

Comment by Theodora L'Engle Knight on December 1, 2018 at 8:49pm

i know, who knew that we would look back at george w bush with longing? you can't make this shit up.

did anyone ever see that film called being there, i think. peter sellars was an idiot. a gardener who watched tv all the time. bbecause the president. they thought he was called Chauncy gardener and that the things he said were brilliant. they were quotes from ads on tv. shirley maclaine was in it. hope that someone else saw it? talk about prescient. i will post about it.

Comment by koshersalaami on December 1, 2018 at 9:08pm

Missed it but knew of it at the time

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 2, 2018 at 9:38am

Being There is a first-rate movie, and I highly recommend it. It was brilliantly written and acted with warhorses Peter Sellers as the Gardener, Melvin Douglas as the President, and Shirley Maclaine as the First Lady. Note that I capitalized Gardener, because the ending of the movie leaves one to ponder just exactly who Chauncey was, and I won't say more but leave you with that tease.


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