Brisk coming to the Beanery this morning, foggy and twenty six degrees. Random thoughts from on my way in.
1. Novel - this scene is taking a while. It's like drilling for oil, getting through miles to reach the black gold. I've set it up, fleshed it out, added detail, re-arranged details, wordsmithed, polished...but it's a critical scene. Almost done.
2. The Corvette Daytona Prototype does have quite a resemblance to the actual Corvette. you can see it in the fender rakes, front fascia, headlights and splitter, and tail-lights and the quasi kamm back rear end.
3. Mike Mularky has signed on as head coach Jacksonville. I like him so I hope he does better than his previous stint, in Buffalo, as head coach.
4. So the Falcons have lost both their offensive and defensive co-ordinators. Next year will be interesting with them.
5. Wish the Steelers would pick up a new offensive coordinator. Just not fond of Arians' calling. Or is that Tomlin's fault?
6. Think it's smart for Jay Gruden to stay with the Bengals for now. One quarterback, one year, one time is not enough as a foundation.
7. There are those two young deer again, I'm sure they're the fawns from last year hanging around this intersection...and there's momma. Funny how they seem to almost know me, I could reach out and touch that one's nose without stretching too much.
8. Formula 1 should not race in Bahrain for the same reason as last year - the human rights situation. Surreal how oblivious the FIA management is about this, how they're trying to make their series more relevant by making it 'greener' while ignoring the human aspects. Of course, Bernie has long been about the dough and their determination to run there will do little to dissuade people that F1 is a rich person sport for wealthy spectators. Sad. Which brings us to....
9. Korea and Valencia are talking about not running their F1 races this year because they're not making money, and a large part of that is the FIA license fee, rumored to be 25 - 50 million a year. Meanwhile, France is trying to return to the schedule. While I love F1 and want to see it back in France, it doesn't make sense, given how expensive and irrelevant the sport has become. Which takes me to....
10. The US Grand Prix, the first in years, scheduled for Austin, Texas, on a track yet to be built, and they've fallen behind because of the organizer's disagreements. Will that come to be? I bet it will but I don't think it will be very profitable. There's a reason why Indy gave it up when its license expired. As for the other --
11. The Grand Prix of America, in New Jersey, was a surprise announcement after years of rumors. Which will do better - Austin or NJ? Many say that NJ has the advantage because of New York's proximity. You have to wonder, though, how well it will do, given how expensive it will be, and how few diehard F1 fans seem to exist in the US.
12. And how will Kimi R do on his return? He was never a hugely motivated driver. He didn't seem to like testing. It will be interesting.
13. Wong Li Ming's post about other publishing avenues was interesting. Can't help but think about what Stockett went through to get "The Help" published. The agents do seem capricious...perhaps they've overstayed their welcome. Sure is hard submitting to them, as they so often dictate different requirements. Last year's conference most were emphatic that agents were needed, along with the 'traditional, accepted route', but is that their resistance to change? Cory was blogging about that...think I'll go review what he said.
14. It's like Toyota heard my complaints about hybrid/electric styling, with their new concept, the NS4 they showed at Detroit. Again, a front end that 'resembles' an F1's high nose, low wing setup. It's the latest rage.
15. Can it be that it's because we have a new CEO that we got all the monies requested, and then same? Sam's 'vision' was always about the earnings and the share price. Not much of a vision. Lot of changes happening.
16. Lot of police officers killed last year and already this year. 'They' report violent crime is down - but then came that report that all crimes aren't being reported. Of course, they were talking about lesser crimes and complaints not being recorded and investigated, to keep stats down. Seems like that would be a two-edged sword...why would you need more officers and training if crime is down? Makes you wonder, though...are police being more targeted or our situations growing more confrontational?
17. I'm hungry. That's the problem with getting here so late, almost lunch time, and my stomach knows it. Just hold out.
18. K has book club tonight, at seven, I have beer club tonight at five, have the last meeting tonight at 4;30, they're coming for that furniture at 2...do I want to try to add those parts today? I'm not rushing into it, as it took them over a month to get me the transfer prices. We've blown the deadline. Of course, that was self-imposed by our team....
19. The WSO and warehouse are going to have serious issues thinking through all the permutations of ROHS, non-ROHS, FIPS, non-FIPS, legacy and V2. How many possible combinations are there, eight for each part? Man, is that messy.
Time to write.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com