Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Odds and Ends.

Patti Page died this month, my memories of her are not good! When "Old Cape Cod" was a hit record we were at the lake cabin. It was raining almost everyday and the radio was on from morning to night. I must of heard the damned song 100's of times, maybe thousands. It was torture to a Jr High boy's ears. In Centerville, MA on Cape Cod there is a street named Patti Page Way. Ms Page had never been to Cape Cod when she recorded the song, finally visited and fell in love with it! Add "Old Cape Cod" to "How Much is That Doggie in the Window" and "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte" you have three songs that probably play back to back on the Muszak System in Hell!

The summer before Patti Page drove me crazy, the same radio in the cabin fascinated me with the news reports of the sinking of the Andrea Doria off Nantucket after she collided with the Stockholm.

The Prius is the best selling car in California. In the rest of the country it's the Ford F-150. Oddly enough if you own a Prius in California, you get a sticker that let's you drive in the High Occupancy Vehicle Lane with only one person in the car. Prius owners speed by the slow moving traffic at speeds that deliver its worst gas mileage! When I had my Corvette, The Cakes and I were rolling along Highway 10 out in the desert. The Corvette was doing just under 85mph at 1850 rpm in 6th gear and was delivering gas mileage in the low 30's. We were passed by a Prius like we were standing still. I told The Cakes, we were probably getting 10 more miles to the gallon than he was! BTW, the new C-7 Corvette should get even better mileage since they have added 8-6-4 technology! Our little Chevy training car gets 22 mpg with students driving it, when I drove it for a couple of months before the school opened I averaged 28 mpg, technique counts!

While we are on cars for a moment, one morning last week the local Model A Club gathered in our parking lot before heading off to do a fund raiser for The Many Mansions charity group. (Many Mansions does housing for abused and battered women and their children) there were Model As of all shapes and configurations, in fact Ford built 34 different models. It was strange to be so old and remembering a few of them being used for daily transportaion when I was a kid in the 50's. The Larson's who lived across the street from us on Lincoln Drive had two cars, a newer Plymouth and Mr. Larson drove a '30 Model A to work everyday. 30 hp and a top speed of 65! Mileage in the mid 20's at best, but better than the Model T's 15 mpg or lower. A base Model A sold for $385.00 when they came out in 1927. Model As in decent original condition are worth from 15 to 25k today depending on the body style and considering Ford built close to 5 million there are plenty of survivors.

One of our student's father runs the syndication company that distributes Delilah. he told me last week that Delilah told him I was one of the best guys she ever worked for and she had a ton of respect for me. Nice to hear. Delilah and I worked together before she was famous. She recently told CBS TV that she was crazy and had been since she was 15, in the beginning she did all bad crazy things and now she only does crazy good things. Like Point Hope.

I haven't been posting much lately, busy at work and bummed out about the dog. Cakes and I are going out on a date this weekend, first time in months we can leave home without worrying about our boy!


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