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post #141 of 194 (permalink) Old 10-24-2018, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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In the mid-70s, my cousin and I were renting the worst house in the upscale town of HoHoKus, NJ. It was all we could afford.

Living there also meant we could use the town pond in neighboring and also high-end Ridgewood.

One hot day, we went there to cool off. I noticed an incredibly gorgeous young brunette girl there.

I pointed her out to my cousin. She was truly beautiful.

Then, we heard a woman’s voice telling us “…and she’s only 14!” I found this a bit odd, but waded into the water.

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A few years later, I was in a restaurant in Cliffside Park, also in Bergen County.

I saw the owner, who I knew a tiny bit, talking to this tall brunette who was just breathtaking.

An involuntary moan came from somewhere inside me. Luckily, my wife hadn’t heard it.

When the brunette left, the owner came over to greet us. And, to tell us to whom he’d been talking.

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And that, boys and girls, is the story of how I never met Brooke Shields.
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Patient cashes in on a hip break


Jeff Goldman For The Star-Ledger

An 87-year-old Camden County man who fell and broke his hip while walking to buy lottery tickets for Tuesday’s massive Mega Millions game ended up a winner thanks to the kindness of a hospital employee.

Earl Livingston, of the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township, told staff at Jefferson Stratford Hospital that he was disappointed about not getting a ticket, according to NBCPhiladelphia. com.

A physician’s assistant invited him to join the hospital’s lottery poll with 141 other people, the report said.

As luck would have it, one of the tickets purchased by the group at Quick Food Store in Lindenwold matched five numbers and is worth $1 million, the hospital announced. That works out to about $7,042.25 before taxes for each of the 142 participants.

Livingston will need hip replacement surgery, his niece told the television station.

There was also a $1 million ticket bought in Deptford.

Someone who purchased a ticket in South Carolina won the $1.537 billion prize, though their identify remains unknown.




Jefferson Stratford Hospital employees won $1 million in a $1.5 billion Mega Millions drawing Tuesday. They’ll share the prize with a patient who broke his hip on his way to buy lottery tickets.

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Great stuff here:

Whisky Fortune and F1's Most Successful Privateer

The Rob Walker Racing Team was the first to win an F1 race with a rear-engined car, and the only to win it with a four-wheel drive one. But that's not all.






Like most stories about Rob Walker, grandprixhistory.org's excellent biography starts with the note that under 'occupation,' Mr. Walker had 'Gentleman' on his passport. Yet, from his first visit to a Grand Prix at the age of seven, everything led up to Walker's crucial handshake with Stirling Moss in 1958. At ten, he got a car as a Christmas present from his mother, and the racing began.

Between getting a license for a Morgan 3 Wheeler and his 21st birthday, Walker owned 21 cars. His first major win came driving a Delahaye, at Brooklands in 1938. The following season, Walker's team finished the 24 Hours of Le Mans 3rd in class, 8th overall. His pace got slowed down for the war, but after Formula 1 started in 1950, Walker was sure to continue with single-seaters.



1959’s prototype was a collaboration between Walker and industrialist AGB Owen, built on a Cooper chassis with a BRM engine. Designed for Stirling Moss.


After starting out with Connaughts, Rob Walker Racing moved to Coopers in 1956. Two years later, he got wind that Alf Francis, Stirling Moss' racing engineer was for hire, while Moss was looking for more seat time. A few handshakes later, Walker scored his first racing win, with the rear-engined Cooper against the front-engined opposition. Cooper was happy with the score, yet decided to limit Walker's parts supply later on to give a fighting chance for its own works team.

To show them what's what, Rob Walker Racing started working on its Walker Climax Tech Mec Tipo 10. Unfortunately, Colin Chapman also came up with the revolutionary Lotus 18 for the 1960 season, and since Walker switched to that, the self-developed car never got to race. In 1961, the world's most famous privateer added another unique victory to its belt, leading Ferguson Research's four-wheel drive, ABS-equipped P99 to the top.

At the same time, Moss got busy in Walker's pair of Ferrari 250 SWBs as well.



Stirling Moss with Rob Walker after winning the R.A.C Tourist Trophy race for the seventh time at Goodwood.


After battling it out with the likes of Phil Hill, Moss crashed at Goodwood in 1962. Without him, Walker's team hit a wall.

Five years later, Rob Walker became a Road & Track contributor, continuing to write for almost three decades. His racing team's final P1 came at the 1968 British Grand Prix.

This year at the Revival, Goodwood organized the largest ever gathering of Rob Walker vehicles. The late team principal's son was there, and so were his cars, from the Delahaye to the Walker prototype, from Ferguson to Lotus, and from 250 SWBs to his personal Facel Vega.

All blue, some with a white stripe.


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I am running for President in 2 years.



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1) Vehicles cannot be called coupes when they are patently not. E.g. Can’t have 4 doors.


2) When any car is shown drifting, this crawl will be required:
“Note: This is an unstable and slow way to corner!”


3) Anyone posting photos without permission: 60 days jail.


4) Anyone posting fake photos of celebrities: 150 days jail.


5) All paginated periodicals must show page numbers on every page.

a) Lists of articles and other sections must be within the first 5 pages.

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And that, boys and girls, is the story of how I never met Brooke Shields.
Cut forward a decade or so. My girlfriend was staying in the guesthouse of an older, wealthy couple from her mom's social circle, on the north side of Santa Fe. I had just started dating her and as we pulled into the driveway one night, there was a green Mercedes wagon sitting outside the front door. She said, "Oh, Sam and Jessie are here. Do you want to meet them?" As a somewhat shy 20-year old and eager to hit the hay, I said no, let's just go to the guesthouse.

The next morning the Mercedes was gone. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how I did not spend an evening with Jessica Lange (and her husband Sam Shephard).
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Oh. That is a good one. Thx.

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CR printed some of its automobile survey from its very large reader base.

Unless you love visiting dealers repair centers, you still should not buy:


(GOOD GRIEF!)

Any Fiats

Jaguars (XE almost neared “average”)

Alfas

Tesla Model X

Any Rover products (saved from being last in each of its categories by the Maserati Levante)

Just to make us feel at home, Jeep was terrible yet again, in every category of vehicles.




I like the new Volvos, but that group was last of 29. Geely?? Geely???

Also at or near bottom:

Cadillac, Tesla, Ram GMC, Chrysler

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Cut forward a decade or so. My girlfriend was staying in the guesthouse of an older, wealthy couple from her mom's social circle, on the north side of Santa Fe. I had just started dating her and as we pulled into the driveway one night, there was a green Mercedes wagon sitting outside the front door. She said, "Oh, Sam and Jessie are here. Do you want to meet them?" As a somewhat shy 20-year old and eager to hit the hay, I said no, let's just go to the guesthouse.

The next morning the Mercedes was gone. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how I did not spend an evening with Jessica Lange (and her husband Sam Shephard).
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I do really like this story.

Here's one with a different slant:


In the 1980s, Lorraine and I lived in (ritzy) Short Hills, NJ. Our first house.

Next door were Helen and Jack, who were both in their 80s. That was about twice as old as we were.

Helen, a former teacher, was an extremely bright woman and an amazing cook and square foot gardener. She grew award-winning orchids. She was a joy to us.

Jack was a world-famous electrical engineer at Bell Labs, then the center of much research and invention. Jack couldn’t tell me what he did during WWII until enough time had passed.

They were so smart, funny and interesting and we loved them. We went surfcasting in Nantucket together. Note: there is no recipe to make bluefish palatable to me.

After a time, Jack wanted me to meet this other couple. The husband and Jack were in high school together.

I wasn’t sure how many friends of that age I wanted, but one day Jack could see we were home. He called us to come over.

I would never insult Jack, so we popped over.

What a terrific couple, also very bright and interesting.

The husband and I discussed American vs. Japanese manufacturing techniques. (I’d read a book or two.)

He was super smart and even a good listener.

The four of them decided it was time to have some drinks. We don’t drink during daytime, but I went into the kitchen to talk with Jack.

“Jack, your friends are wonderful. What did John do before he retired?”

With an almost dismissive wave of his hand, Jack said, “Oh, him? He was president of AT&T.”

----

John died a few months later. I became his wife’s aide whenever she needed help buying a car or had trouble with a service department.

She was appreciative and I was quite happy to help.

Within a few more years, Jack and Helen began to have lots of health issues. So, we’d make them dinner and clean up.

Jack couldn’t get up the stairs then, so I converted the dining room into his bedroom.

They decided to move to a managed care place in CT, nearer their children.

We visited once or twice, but neither lasted even a year there.

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Fernando Alonso Wraps Up a Long, Stellar Career

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Fernando Alonso has slowly fallen out of love with Formula One. After 17 seasons, the last few with the uncompetitive McLaren team, he will finally have the opportunity to devote his attention to the important things in life.

“Formula One requires total dedication of your life,” he said. “All other things are not important: Family is not important, friendships are not important, love is not important. If you want to succeed in Formula One, you need to dedicate your life, so I think it has been enough.”

On Sunday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Alonso, 37, widely regarded as one of the sport’s best drivers, will start a grand prix for the 312th and final time as he leaves a sport he entered in 2001. His career has yielded two world titles, 97 podium finishes, which include 32 wins, the last of which came in 2013 in his home country, Spain.

“To be honest, what I have achieved was unexpected because if I look back to when I was a kid in go-karts, I never thought I’d become a Formula One driver,” he said in an interview. “Formula One was just a wild dream for a Spanish kid like me.
“The day I then made my debut in Australia, I never thought I would have a single podium. Starting with Minardi, and seeing the likes of Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen, David Coulthard, I was in an environment that seemed too big for me. With the championships and grand prix wins, it has been better than in my best dreams of 17 years ago.”

But now is the time to say goodbye to Formula One, which he describes as “a bubble, something that is not real,” and in which he has often had to put on a performance.

“You need to be a character, someone that you build over the years,” Alonso said. “Sometimes you can be a little more humble, sometimes a little more rude, sometimes a little more arrogant.

“You have to send messages to your opponents as to who you are and who they should be afraid of when they meet you in turn one.”

Next year, Alonso will still be racing, competing in three rounds of the World Endurance Championship, and he will make a second attempt to win the Indianapolis 500 and complete a version of motorsport’s triple crown — the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix are the other events — previously achieved only Graham Hill.

So Alonso still has a need for speed, but not the effort required to remain in Formula One.

“I will miss the cars, the technology, the race approach, just searching for perfection on a timed lap in a car that goes beyond physics at times because all other categories are of a lower level,” he said. “So that kind of feeling, that perfection, is something I will definitely miss.”

Alonso knows it was luck that enabled him to climb the motorsport ladder, from his early karting days, into single-seaters and eventually Formula One. “Right time, right opportunities, and then delivering on those,” he said.

His two world titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006 are the obvious highs. Trying to put them into context, he said: “They are moments that are difficult to explain with words. What comes to your mind are all the sacrifices, the traveling, the study, the difficulties.

“In go-karts or single-seaters, you need to give up a lot of school time. You find yourself studying in the back of the car, coming up with a different way of living because when you are at home you don’t go out to play football with your friends or to a bar on a Friday night.

“In that particular moment, when you become world champion, you look back to when you were a young boy in karting and recognize that every single day of your life from then was a total dedication to motorsport, that you’ve lived a life that was preparation for that moment.”

In his attempts to add a third championship, there were painful near misses: by a point in 2007, four points in 2010 and three in 2012.

After racing for Ferrari from 2010 to 2014, he rejoined McLaren for 2015 in a bid to revive the team’s fortunes, but the last four years have been frustrating because he had to retire from about 30 percent of his races over mechanical problems, draining his enthusiasm.

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, the five-time drivers’ champion, said that Alonso’s persistence to not give up was a great example to others. “I really respect how he has handled himself at a difficult time with McLaren,” Hamilton said in an interview.

“It’s been tough for him, to continue pushing, to keep driving, to having that will to keep turning up, even though he would know the car wasn’t there. And then he’s had the guts to take on other challenges in IndyCar and W.E.C., to utilize his ability elsewhere. That has been really cool.

“It is sad he leaves as only a two-time world champion, but I don’t view him like that. I see him as a multiple world champion, with his pure talent the highest I’ve experienced of all those I’ve raced against.”

Carlos Sainz, a fellow Spaniard who drives for Renault, said Formula One would miss Alonso.

“His talent is unquestionable, one of the best in the history of our sport,” he said. “For the pinnacle of motorsport to be without its most complete driver is a big loss.

“I hope one day he falls in love again with Formula One and he comes back, that he will find it a bit more attractive, a sport where a driver can make a big difference, which is what we all want.”

For the last three years, Alonso also has been running a karting school for children in his home region of Asturias in Spain.

Asked what he would say to his younger self who first competed in Formula One at the age of 20, and to those who attend his school, he said, “You learn things from the journey, and the biggest thing is to enjoy every moment.

“We are privileged people, doing what we love to do. We drive these amazing cars for amazing teams full of talented people.

“Probably, in the middle of all these years, when you are deeply involved in the job, you don’t realize and are not able to enjoy those details and the privileged life because you were too busy, too focused, too frustrated and too ambitious at times. You only realize with time, and at the end of your career.”




Alonso, shown here at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona in May, opened a karting school for children in his home province of Asturias in northern Spain.

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"Grand Tour" begins on Amazon January 19

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Season Three of The Grand Tour Will Be a Cacophony of Car-Related Fun
Clarkson, Hammond, and May are back for the third round of their Amazon Prime series this January. Here's your first look at the new season
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The Grand Tour, the Amazon Prime car show starring ex-Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, is back for season three. The first trailer for the new season just dropped, and it looks more fun than ever.

The video starts out with Hammond inching over what looks to be an extremely unsafe wooden bridge in a truck that almost certainly exceeds the bridge's weight limit, when the truck dies. As he begins screaming for help, we're treated to a flurry of different scenes involving collections of cars, both new and old. There's a clip featuring some of today's hottest American muscle cars, and another with a trio of European classics, which includes at least one Lancia, if not three. There's also an ice racing battle between a Lamborghini Urus and a Porsche 911 Turbo around an, uh, interestingly shaped track, and a clip of Clarkson driving the McLaren Senna. Throughout the video we're treated to lots of stunning landscape shots, and, as always, there are a bunch of strange and unique challenges the hosts have to perform, like knocking over cardboard cutouts and pulling down statues of Clarkson's head with a new Mercedes X-Class truck. Honestly, it looks like a lot of fun. We can't wait.

While some believe The Grand Tour got off to a rocky start with season one, season two made some real improvements. Who knows? Maybe season three will be when it finally hits its stride. Come January 18th, 2019, Amazon Prime members will get to find out for themselves.

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Howard Stern raved about this fellow.

I saw the video below and it is terrific!



Magician/actor Ricky Jay dies at 72

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Ricky Jay, a magician, historian of oddball entertainers and actor who appeared in “Boogie Nights” and other films, has died. He was 72.

Jay died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, according to his manager Winston Simone.

Jay died Saturday.

Jay appeared in several films and television series, including as a cameraman in “Boogie Nights”; in “Magnolia” and “Tomorrow Never Dies”; and in HBO’s “Deadwood.” He consulted on “Ocean’s Thirteen” and “Forrest Gump” and collected rare books on unusual entertainers and performers dating back hundreds of years.

His one-man shows played to packed audiences, where his sleight-of-hand artistry impressed even fellow magicians. In one famous trick, he would pierce a watermelon with a card flung through the air.

He also wrote several books on games, magic and magicians, including “Dice: Deception, Fate and Rotten Luck.”

Richard Jay Potash was born in Brooklyn on June 26, 1946, and guarded the details of his early life as fiercely as the secrets of his tricks.

He grew up in Elizabeth, and in 2013 told writer Stephen Whitty for Inside Jersey magazine, “Growing up in Jersey was just as crazy and as much fun as you’d expect — I’ve never been embarrassed by Elizabeth at all — but I went into Manhattan every chance I got.”

Jay was fond of stories of oddball characters, gamblers and con men in history, and wrote a book celebrating the artistry of Matthias Buchinger, an 18th-century German magician born without legs and hands.

Buchinger artifacts collected by Jay were featured in a 2015 exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. “The breadth of his knowledge and appreciation for magic and the allied arts was truly remarkable,” fellow actor and magician Neil Patrick Harris tweeted. “Such sad news, such a profound loss.”

Jay frequently worked with the playwright David Mamet, who produced his one-man show “Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants.” That sold out all its New York City performances and won an Obie Award for off-Broadway theater productions.

A later Mamet-produced off-Broadway show, “Ricky Jay: On the Stem,” played to packed houses for six months. The Associated Press called it a “whirlwind, rollicking journey through forgotten New York history — with specific attention paid to the oddball characters who thrived decades ago on Broadway.”

Jay also appeared in Mamet films such as “House of Games,” “State and Main” and “Heist.”

Survivors include Jay’s wife, Chrisann Verges.



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At the UN

We were visiting the United Nations. We were able to look in at the (empty) General Assembly room.

Our guide, a nice young woman from France opened the door and pointed out how each table had two chairs, which meant that two nations shared each table.

I asked, “What about Trinidad and Tobago? Are there two people in the chair?”

She didn’t want to laugh, but couldn’t help herself…..

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I really don’t like Liberty Mutual Insurance TV ads.

This is not the first time they’ve pulled this stunt:

Guy on screen is angry because his almost brand new car was damaged and LMI will not pay out enough to get him another new car.

He says the company stated it was because of “depreciation”, as if he’d never heard of that.

LMI, according to the ad would have covered the replacement cost.

That, sadly, is NOT TRUE.

The ad’s fine print points out that this is merely an option and surely at an extra cost. Moreover, an option that isn’t even available in certain states.

Such bullshot.



PS: I wrote about this on my other thread, so it might seem familiar and you probably aren’t losing your mind.

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from my other thread

Cars are a great hobby.


You need at least one anyway.

You can, unlike planes, hang-gliders and boats, take them almost anywhere (assuming one doesn’t live on an island).

For me, it’s fun to install some modifications. A modified car is more your own, and different from the other cars.

We’ve discussed how working with our hands is good for mind and soul.

If you like to show off a bit, you get to take the thing out in public.

I like some trips alone. I get good ideas and always have a note pad (mechanical).

If you can fix your car, you can save significant money.

Your friends always seek your advice, which they then happily ignore.

To me, all sedans are too similar. But, a sports car is a special drive. And, even better with a removable top.

(My LOG caravan friends were surprised that I drove all the way to AL with the top off. It went on only when parked at night.)

(They also have a strong penchant for getting up way too early. When they were planning out the next day, this caused me to ask them: “Am I traveling with Lotus owners or ROOSTERS??!!?”)

You make great friends because of our hobby. I imagine that we could be plunked almost anywhere in mainland US and have some new, good friends in a matter of weeks.

If you are a good (amateur) mechanic, you know the tasks are done very nicely and don’t have to take the car somewhere else.

Fix it right, corner it well, shift smoothly, heel-and-toe and you get a sense of accomplishment. About every time.

Some cars attract the opposite sex. OK, this is hearsay….

(Uh, this actually worked for me about 3 times; even last month.)[/QUOTE]

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In Praise of Mediocrity

The pursuit of excellence has infiltrated and corrupted the world of leisure.

I’m a little surprised by how many people tell me they have no hobbies. It may seem a small thing, but — at the risk of sounding grandiose — I see it as a sign of a civilization in decline. The idea of leisure, after all, is a hard-won achievement; it presupposes that we have overcome the exigencies of brute survival. Yet here in the United States, the wealthiest country in history, we seem to have forgotten the importance of doing things solely because we enjoy them.

Yes, I know: We are all so very busy. Between work and family and social obligations, where are we supposed to find the time?

But there’s a deeper reason, I’ve come to think, that so many people don’t have hobbies: We’re afraid of being bad at them. Or rather, we are intimidated by the expectation — itself a hallmark of our intensely public, performative age — that we must actually be skilled at what we do in our free time. Our “hobbies,” if that’s even the word for them anymore, have become too serious, too demanding, too much an occasion to become anxious about whether you are really the person you claim to be.

If you’re a jogger, it is no longer enough to cruise around the block; you’re training for the next marathon. If you’re a painter, you are no longer passing a pleasant afternoon, just you, your watercolors and your water lilies; you are trying to land a gallery show or at least garner a respectable social media following. When your identity is linked to your hobby — you’re a yogi, a surfer, a rock climber — you’d better be good at it, or else who are you?

Lost here is the gentle pursuit of a modest competence, the doing of something just because you enjoy it, not because you are good at it. Hobbies, let me remind you, are supposed to be something different from work. But alien values like “the pursuit of excellence” have crept into and corrupted what was once the realm of leisure, leaving little room for the true amateur. The population of our country now seems divided between the semipro hobbyists (some as devoted as Olympic athletes) and those who retreat into the passive, screeny leisure that is the signature of our technological moment.

I don’t deny that you can derive a lot of meaning from pursuing an activity at the highest level. I would never begrudge someone a lifetime devotion to a passion or an inborn talent. There are depths of experience that come with mastery. But there is also a real and pure joy, a sweet, childlike delight, that comes from just learning and trying to get better. Looking back, you will find that the best years of, say, scuba-diving or doing carpentry were those you spent on the learning curve, when there was exaltation in the mere act of doing.

In a way that we rarely appreciate, the demands of excellence are at war with what we call freedom. For to permit yourself to do only that which you are good at is to be trapped in a cage whose bars are not steel but self-judgment. Especially when it comes to physical pursuits, but also with many other endeavors, most of us will be truly excellent only at whatever we started doing in our teens. What if you decide in your 40s, as I have, that you want to learn to surf? What if you decide in your 60s that you want to learn to speak Italian? The expectation of excellence can be stultifying.

Liberty and equality are supposed to make possible the pursuit of happiness. It would be unfortunate if we were to protect the means only to neglect the end. A democracy, when it is working correctly, allows men and women to develop into free people; but it falls to us as individuals to use that opportunity to find purpose, joy and contentment.

Lest this sound suspiciously like an elaborate plea for people to take more time off from work — well, yes. Though I’d like to put the suggestion more grandly: The promise of our civilization, the point of all our labor and technological progress, is to free us from the struggle for survival and to make room for higher pursuits. But demanding excellence in all that we do can undermine that; it can threaten and even destroy freedom. It steals from us one of life’s greatest rewards — the simple pleasure of doing something you merely, but truly, enjoy.

Tim Wu (@superwuster) is a law professor at Columbia, the author of “The Attention Merchants: The Epic Struggle to Get Inside Our Heads” and a contributing opinion writer.

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Watch Ellen DeGeneres Explain How She Drives Fast and Never Gets Speeding Tickets


She told fellow talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel how she always gets out of fines



Comedian and TV star Ellen DeGeneres appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday to promote her upcoming Netflix standup-comedy special, titled Relatable. At the beginning of the interview, Kimmel plays a clip from the special in which she talks about passing slower drivers, only to end up next to them at a stoplight—a dreaded and relatable situation.

Kimmel then asks if people are surprised that she likes driving herself around, given her caliber of celebrity, with DeGeneres responding that she loves to drive and hates being driven around. She goes on to confirm that she's a fast driver, saying that she drives "a little bit above the suggested limit," complaining that some speed limits are just too low.


[VIDEO]https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=45&v=ayOZa2zINEM[/VIDEO]


[VIDEO]https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=45&v=ayOZa2zINEM[/VIDEO]


The comedian tells a tale of getting pulled over for doing 35 in a 30-mph zone, saying that the cop didn't realize who she was until she handed him her driver's license. Instead of a ticket, she received a thank you for doing a lot of good for the world. She then starts another story of getting pulled over with "I really don't speed that much, but I was speeding another time," saying that this time she was going "fast." But before the officer could get a full sentence out, he recognized her, and she again got off scot-free—but not before agreeing to a selfie. DeGeneres ends by saying that, now that she has admitted on television to speeding all the time without getting tickets, the next time she is pulled over the police will likely be out to get her.

Ellen is a known car enthusiast whose penchant for Porsches was known even before she married Portia de Rossi. She once visited the Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles with her executive producer for a segment on her talk show, which you can watch below. Earlier this year she appeared on Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, in which Seinfeld drove her around in a 1977 FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser.

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Benita's Nay-Nays

Michael and I built a cabin in PA, northwest of Scranton. My wife Lorraine and his wife Benita were there with us. We were doing a bit of sunbathing. Benita was lying on her stomach, her bathing suit top undone.

Benita is a gorgeous woman, with enormous breasts….which, of course, I’d never seen.

A bee flew by and seemed to be attracted to her. This made Benita jump up, topless.

Yes, those babies were magnificent!

She looked at me and smiled, said something about “enjoying the show”.

I said, “You know, Benita, it took me 2 months to train that bee.”

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Starz has a documentary: "Ferrari - Race to Immortality"

Pretty OK.

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New Porsche 911 Uses Microphones to Save You From Hydroplaning

When the 2020 Porsche 911 hears the splashing of deep puddles, it will automatically recommend that you switch to Wet Mode.





t's one of the trickiest aspects of sports car engineering: The things you do to improve grip on dry pavement often reduce a car's traction in wet weather. A lightweight chassis and wide tires with minimal tread can all increase a car's tendency to hydroplane. That's a huge problem for buyers, who might not expect their fast, grippy, surefooted performance vehicles to be so compromised by damp pavement.

Porsche has a potential solution that's coming to the 992-generation 2020 911, and it involves having the car listen for the sound of wet pavement.

We've briefly explained this system before, and spoken with the engineers who designed and implemented it, but it's worth a closer look on its own. Sensors tucked into the front wheel wells analyze the intensity of the sound of water being splashed up by the tires. Think of the sensors as something between a conventional microphone and a parking sensor. By inferring the amount of water on the road, and comparing that information with vehicle speed, the car can decide to suggest that the driver engage "Wet Mode."

"We found out during pre-development investigations that the noise of the road and the surface causes different frequencies in the wheelhouse," August Achleitner, chief engineer for the new 911, told us in November 2018. "We can detect very well how much water is on the road."

When selected, Wet Mode softens throttle response, keeps automatic-transmission-equipped vehicles in a higher gear, reduces engine torque and limited-slip differential lockup, and makes the stability control and ABS more sensitive. All-wheel drive models will send more torque to the (narrower) front tires, and the new, wider spoiler will deploy to increase rear-axle downforce.

Of course, the 911 will still allow drivers to turn off Wet Mode and deactivate stability and traction control in pursuit of the kind of wet-pavement sliding antics you see at the top of this page. The 911 is still a sports car, even if it's been given new tools to help save youfrom oversteer on your daily commute.

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