Chest Nuts roasting by an open fire

Snubtitle : The Clinton legend will live in perpetuity; a 20/20 vision for 2020.

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The high price of access for NBC;

The Clintons’ only daughter came under fire when it was revealed that she earned a whopping $600,000 a year while working on NBC News’ Making A Difference between 2011 and 2014**. The salary was outstanding given that she was a new reporter with no prior experience. She eventually left the role after three years to focus on the Clinton Foundation, although she was on NBC retainer until the time of her mother’s presumptive ascent to the presidency in 2016.  Conflict of interest, you understand.

Chelsea came under fire in September 2016 for using a private jet to travel 330 miles to a clean energy roundtable organized by her mom’s campaign. In fact, the aim of the roundtable was to discuss how to tackle climate change; Chelsea, criticized for using the jet, as her mother had promised a carbon-neutral campaign.

 

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Chelsea’s husband Marc Mezvinsky came under fire in May 2016 for extinguishing $25 million of investors’ money, while he persuaded rich investors to take a risk on the Greek economy. Oops. Matters worse, some of those investors had contributed cash to either Bill or Hillary’s campaigns. Meeting the new in-laws can be awkward, but even more so when your father-in-law is a convicted felon. Indeed, Ed Mezvinsky went to jail for five years after committing fraud; Bill Clinton denied him a presidential pardon for his crimes.   Kudos to Bill, crime fighter.

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The scandal surrounding leaked emails involved daughter Chelsea. Wikileaks dug up 67 emails between Hillary and daughter, in which Chelsea used the alias of Diane Reynolds (who uses an alias to reach her mother). The missives included classified information on the 2012 Benghazi terror attack. Damn that Wiki.

Chelsea Clinton used the Clinton Global Initiative Foundation’s cash to pay for her wedding ($3mil for 400 guests), living expenses, and taxes on gifts of cash from her parents, according to an email made public Sunday, 30Oct2016. ⬇

Doug Band, formerly a top aide to President Bill Clinton, griped about the former first daughter’s spending in a Jan. 4, 2012, email released by WikiLeaks. “The investigation into her getting paid for campaigning, using foundation resources for her wedding and life for a decade, taxes on money from her parents…,” Band wrote to John Podesta, now Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman. “I hope that you will speak to her and end this. Once we go down this road…”      Granted, pure speculation on behalf of this writer; however, define hubris.

The tacit implication, Mom could lose the election to the worst challenger in the history of the Republic.  Trump.  The man seems radically incoherent, almost nutty. What now? Sick of corruption, oligarchs, New York, California, candidates who sell state favors surrounded by serial rapists, goofy-looking pedophiles, hell, in Reaganspeak, let’s Win one for the Groper. Narcissism, grandiosity be damned, his existence, unmolested by humility.

Chelsea also benefits as a board director for Barry Diller’s InteractiveCorp (Nasdaq-IAC), web billionaire owner of Expedia.com, Match.com, et.al.  Salary for Chelsea: $300,000. The board position also pays an annual retainer of $50,000 and a $250,000 grant of restricted stock.  A small price to pay for this savvy young woman’s skill.

Though only graduated with a master’s degree in 2010, Chelsea started teaching graduate level classes two years later at Columbia University’s School of Public Health. Her exact salary is unknown. However, the average salary for a Columbia lecturer is $51,671.
She holds another academic post, salary unknown, as assistant vice provost for the Global Network University at New York University.

Chelsea’s personal fortune is estimated at $15 million, most earned as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and working for Avenue Capital Investment Group as a hedge fund manager. Chelsea, husband Marc, daughter Charlotte, and son Aidan, live in a 4957 sqft condo in Manhattan, overlooking Madison Square Park, with a full-time doorman at the ready. My guess, they are not looking to relocate soon. As their Nicaraguan nanny cursed, “no estoy moviendo a ningún jive Harlem, ni siquiera lo pienso muchacho blanco”

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…roughly translated ” I ain’t (bleep) movin’ to Harlem”

Bari Lurie, formerly chief of staff at Tribeca Enterprises 2008-2011, working on growth strategies and managing the company’s signature partnership with Qatar, is now personal chief of staff for Chelsea since Aug. 2011. Even though the BHCCF is a ‘non-for-profit’, now renamed, The Bill, Hillary, & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, an NGO, ( highly professionalized and relying on paid staff), Ms. Lurie’s salary is not publicly available. Can’t we all assume that the foundation has, deep within the ventricles, a mission statement to do good throughout the world…that it couldn’t possibly be a masquerade ?

Having reached the minimum age requirement (35 y/o) on 27Feb2015 to become president, the former ‘first child’ is poised to enter the 2020 campaign, along side running mate, Michelle Robinson Obama, to return the White House to the oligarchy where it rightfully belongs. The 1st ♀♀ ticket, an historic breakthrough.

Chelsea is only 36 years old and has already accomplished so much. What a bright future lies ahead. She would have been this successful, probably more so, had she not been a Clinton.  Imagine, like her mother, she’ll be working for US.

America, where any child can grow up to someday become president. If it were not for his death on 25Jun1999, you could confirm with Fred Trump.

Is this a fun country or what ?  The Cubs are World Series Champions, at last, Holy Cow. And like the irritating, curly, redhead refrain reminds us, the sun will come up tomorrow.

 

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Wedding photo, © NYTimes, courtesy Vera Wang®

Bill Clinton photo © Christian Science Monitor

Full disclosure: the author maintains a stock position in IAC

All the above have been fact ✓’d by snopes, urban legends, truth&friction, and my dog, Mrs. Wilson. Pleased to answer any inquiry, I work cheap, at ½ the hourly rate of Ms. Clinton for NBC.

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– June 10, NBC Nightly News, on diabetes.

– June 10, Today show, on a car accident in New Jersey.

– June 5, NBC Nightly News, General Motors safety scandal.

– June 4, Today show, missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

– June 4, NBC Nightly News, about people pointing lasers at aircraft.

– June 3, NBC Nightly News, food-borne illnesses.

– June 2, Interviewed the Geico gecko, an animated character who sells insurance.

All told, in her almost three-year tenure at NBC, Chelsea worked on all of 14 stories, to receive $1,800,000 in salary.
What a talent.

Appetite for Solo

 

A 2016 trilogy, Colorado and Bust

Subtitle 1958 M-Benz, 190 SL roadsters on a 3000 mile R/T

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

Mark Twain ~ 1907 

Dateline: Idaho Springs, CO; Tommyknockers Bar

Peeling from the pack, Mapquest indicates I’m 958 miles from Rochester, MN. Reuniting with Lynn at Mayo Clinic in a few days, the open road celebrates both anticipation, random musing and wiggle room in case the roadster breaks down.

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Or should you happen upon a fellow traveler at an Esso station in 1958

 

 

 

1st, convening with the cars became a smorgasbord of personalities, an exceptional travel value, member support, and encouragement to drivers of these little beasts.  Consider it in your future; you’ll never be disappointed.

End of pitch.

Adios Denver, a short stretch of I-70 heading east, a reminder to return to the blue highway soon.  Being followed too closely by a motorist, left rear quarter, he is in that unseen isosceles triangle spread between the two, too small mirrors.  At age 16, learning to drive, the instructor warned us to ‘watch out for Helen Keller‘, when referring to the “blind spot”.  Today, he would be pilloried by the A.D.A. and sacked by the superintendent of schools.  That he was the best teacher, ever, would have not been considered.

I slow, he slows, I accelerate, he velcros, then at last, passes.  His co-pilot is taking pictures of the roadster on her I-phone.  Nearly flattened, I should be flattered, although I feel the victim of a drive-by shooting.  This is new tech…old tech was a thumbs up and a beep.

Old tech is better.

The stark plains landscape provides miles of power lines.  Standing silent sentries, as if marching soldiers at ease, tethered together by an electric umbilicus.  Stoic.  Technology may soon doom them to antiquity, an industrial relic overshadowed by buried lines, fiber optic cable, satellites, wind and solar farms.

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Goodbye REMC, hello wireless.

The desolate agriculture here, grazing land, to feed our addiction for beef, the In & Out Burger, MacD, and 5 guys & fries.

Forget the Druids’ unhinged rocks in Wiltshire, UK ⬇

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No pickle, lettuce, mayo on a sesame seed bun. Face-to-face with rural Kansas’ Route 36, very own Hayhenge ⬇

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As beautiful as Claude Monet’s grainstacks in Chicago’s Art Institute ⬇

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Beauty is in the eye.

I awaken before the rosy fingers of dawn on a new day.  Nearing a town of 600, Pretty Prairie, Kansas, the genesis of the civil sunrise emerges, at 60 mph, the view can best be described by the image;

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The reflection on the roadster bonnet, engulfed in the bosom of the fenders is exhilarating.  I begin to hum the Woody Guthrie refrain,  🎼  his soliloquy on this land is your land;

When the sun came shining, then I was strolling
In wheat fields waving and dust clouds rolling;
The voice was chanting as the fog was lifting:
This land was made for you and me.

The balance of this final day was colorful.  A drive down Johnny Carson Blvd. in Norfolk, NE, Tom Brokaw’s boyhood home in Yankton, SD, and a brief stop in LeMars, IA, ‘ice cream capital of the world’ to taste sample at the home of Blue Bunny.

Blue Earth, MN boasts the statue of the Jolly Green Giant, a very large well-known vegetable, and Austin, MN, not to be confused by vegetarians, home to Hormel Meats and the SPAM museum.

Arriving in Rochester, Lynn welcomes me with a warm embrace after a week apart, knowing I’m refreshed, exhausted, and hungry, and asks “where should we go for dinner”.

“Anywhere I can get a lunchmeat sandwich, steaming dish of green beans in melted butter, and a dish of vanilla ice cream”.

“That’s odd, I was thinking of going to Chipotle”…oh well, welcome home.

 

“In life, don’t wait, the time will never be just right”  Mark Twain 

 

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Being Older than Your Car

A 2016 trilogy, Colorado and Bust

Subtitle 1958 M-Benz, 190 SL roadsters on a 3000 mile R/T

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Age is an issue of mind over matter.  If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

Mark Twain 1912

Others may expand on convention activity, actual events, and please, be assured the cars are the focal point.  However my interest is the character pheromone that attracts people to attend.  It’s true the women are attractive, and too, they smell good, either on the elevator or in the overhead ski lift bucket.

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Kim, a 6′ model from Early, TX allowing an elderly 5’6″ voyeur to fondle her 3½ lb. dog.  So cute, and the pup was a real looker too….

The men, while this may sound peculiar, will not be auditioning to become Chippendale dancers.  They have good taste in both women, cars, and collectively, are a living encyclopedia of all things 190sl. Understand, however, Chanel #5 is not interchangeable with 15W/40, synthetic or not.

On our first climb above 9000′, my 2nd carburetor becomes inoperable. Egads, a deep six tragedy, akin to the century old anthem, “Pike’s Peak or Bust”.  Busted, truly; in a state allowing legal marijuana ?

Able to drive only 5 mph at 500 rpm, or, roar through hairpin turns at 5000 rpm, nothing in-between. In little more than an hour, club gurus, the Two Dons, had it running in fine fettle.

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The doctors make a highway call……Don Drabik does the re-install,
Parts and tools from Don Freese, this is gonna be a breeze.  

Sung as a rap tune       

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The air breather assembly, removed, appears to be a primitive saxophone, cast aside by KennyG

At dinner, with no assigned seating, I always attempt to sit with people I do not know, and have never been disappointed.  At the opening salvo, I land between the Craigs, non-member guests from KennyG’s hometown of Seattle.  Ray to my left, a retired test pilot of the 700 series Boeing jets, and to the right, Jan*, a recent public health nurse retiree, all three of us sticky eating BBQ ribs, while discussing the breakdown of the healthcare system.

At the last luncheon, over salad, soup, and Tommyknocker beer, we were  entertained by aćcented brits, Theresa and Andy Holmes, from Buckingham, UK, 5000 miles from home.  The subject matter was not cars, the distance traveled, nor lunch, but Brexit.

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Reminiscent of the PBS sit-com, “As Time Goes By”, it was like having lunch with Lionel & Jean.

The only member who has attended every 190SL convention (30 plus years) is club statesman, Don Drabik, who takes delight in disregarding warning signs.  We know he can read. We know he can see.  His wife, Kathy, is a knockout.  Literate, he is an accomplished artist, reader, and Studebaker fan, so why is the evidence caught on camera so difficult to interpret…?….⬇

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A planned adventure drive, suitable for glamour photo-ops, takes the parade north to Grand Lake, almost missing this stunning antler array in a Fraser, CO, C-Store parking lot.

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Rudolph the red nose light fixture, price on request

From the Grand Lake Lodge estab. 1920, peering down at the shimmering lake framed by glittering aspens in golden glory, three of our very best absorb the serenity from Colorado’s Favorite Front Porch.  An easy task following a 3000 calorie brunch at 8,769 ft. above sea level.

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Train bust….no…a Brain trust.  Southern statesmen contemplating the good life.
L-R  Kent VanMeter, TX; Walt Puryear, GA; Kip Gibert, LA.

Next, the beauty of the long ride home on the road less traveled.

 

*sister of popular members, Mary Anne Westphal and sidekick Ken Lowman
KennyG photo courtesy, Chapman Baehler©/Kenneth Gorelick

 

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