Tragedy and Comedy: Oh, So very close

In high school, my daughter Ginger was cast in a theatrical presentation of the Sound of Music. She threw herself into the two roles she played, greatly enjoying all the rehearsals and tasks associated with getting the production ready for an audience.  After opening night, she had issues with her… Continue reading

A quick story of shared humanity

My friend, Rich Marin, posts a blog every day.  I greatly admire his discipline.  Reacting to riots in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing, on Monday he wrote about his brush with riots as a Cornell college student and drew parallels with those going on around his family members. … Continue reading

Dakar Tune-up Ride and Lessons Learned

Late in 2010, my plans to travel to South America for the 2011 Dakar Rally across Argentina and Chile had been finalized.  While I felt mostly ready, I decided one more challenging tune-up test ride was in order to ensure my riding skills were suitably sharp. This is the story… Continue reading

Martinis and smoke – one magical mixture

Dr. Ed Banner gave me a glimpse into a part of the world of which I was mostly unaware, but in a way that made me feel there was nothing I couldn’t accomplish.  We were vastly different in age and light-years apart in economic and social status, but he treated… Continue reading

Yeah, this is roughing it!

In the early 1970s, after purchasing my Lotus Elan, I was working at Schaak Electronics in Rochester Minnesota. We were suffering yet another long and exceptionally cold winter.  Little did I know, the following spring I was going to experience one of those self-realizations and experiences that would forever change… Continue reading

Longest Letter-to-the-Editor, Ever

Keith Martin’s Sports Car Market Magazine is the most respected publication for the collector car market.  Period. In the July 2020 issue, they published my letter to the editor, in which I commented on an article appearing in their June 2020 issue.  Readers of my newsletters know I’ll  always use… Continue reading

Falling in Love: with a Tesla

Okay, no surprise, I’m a car guy.  Everyone knows it.  I’ll not clog this newsletter with information on my collection of three of the most iconic cars of all time:  a 1969 Lotus Elan, a 2002 Acura NSX and a 2014 McLaren MP4-12C, although the McLaren makes an appearance later… Continue reading

Copper Canyon: There was more to the story

On March 29, you got a newsletter about my motorcycle trip to Mexico’s Copper Canyon. If you need a reminder, it is here.  While helpful to know some of the details of the trip, it’s not a requirement for appreciating the story in this newsletter, about something incredible and truly… Continue reading