This woman, whose name is Joan, is a delightful eccentric with a bold print blouse and bold scarf and lots of rings and bracelets and a Texas accent. She wants to own a ‘61 Chevy someday. … More Film fest rule number one: Don’t show the Norwegian director your script!
In charge of a backhoe crew repairing a broken water pipe beneath the plaza’s parking lot, he would have been convincing, but he was the big spiritual cheese in the room. … More The Pastor from Elmo Hollow, or how it worked to pick at random for my annual church visit
Here are the good and bad from 2017: Toughest Good-bye to a Canine: Molly, shown above in September of 2016, lived with Susan in St. George, Utah, but was an occasional visitor to my house, as in this backyard photo. She lived a long life, was always ravenous but otherwise contented, and showed friendliness to … More A tough good-bye, weather extremes, best movie and books, and other 2017 highlights
Finishing up work early gave me the excuse to go hiking in Joshua Tree National Park on a December afternoon, one more admittance on my annual pass. I threw together a knapsack with insulated vest, 2 QT water, and camera—forgetting food whatsoever—and raced off. I wanted to go in through the obscure entrance at Black Rock Campground … More The Panorama Loop trail leads through a unique corner of Joshua Tree National Park
On the first green flag lap of the session, Walt barreled too hot into Turn One, looped around high in the groove, and nearly caused a big collision. … More Good-bye to Walt Ahrens, my father, one-time racing star and Ford guy to the end
A few days in South Korea leave me with some observations. This was my first trip to eastern Asia, so everything was new. I stayed at the Signiel Hotel, which occupies upper floors in the 123-story Lotte World Tower–one of the world’s five tallest buildings. What a view of Seoul town! Way down below, the … More Seoul is a city of spotless cleanliness, nondescript residential towers, and well-dressed people
A friend whose collection nears 10 cars has just bought his first with carburetors. It’s a 1971 MGB converted to Webers. The other cars have fuel-injected engines. This MGB was a deal-sweetener in the exchange of two midengine boondoggles, one from Italy for one from England. He reports a pleasant surprise: “Really a nice driver. … More Getting to the point of buying a car with carbs and hearing that clickety fuel pump