Martin’s Automobile Museum.

This is probably one of the biggest automobile museums I have ever been to. It’s near Phoenix. There is a $10 donation you pay but the trip is worth it.

The museum has quite a collection of vehicles from different eras and a few from famous TV shows and movies. Let’s take a look below

The 1961 Chevrolet Corvette

A very beautiful ride. I even got to get inside or attempt to. It’s quite clear that this vehicle wasn’t made for guys that are 6’2 and almost 190 lbs. Whoops

The next ride isn’t even a brand vehicle. This vehicle was specifically made for the 1977 movie “The Late Show’ starring the late Art Carney and Lily Tomlin. A funny movie that I recommend you watch.

The next vehicle on display was from the famous TV show “Hogan’s Heroes”

This one is from one of the Transformer Movies. We all know and love Bumblebee

Below are a few more pictures that I took down there. If you are ever in Arizona, I highly recommend you go to this place.

Inflation, a brief overview and what was done.

Inflation is defined as “Inflation is the decline of purchasing power of a given currency over time. A quantitative estimate of the rate at which the decline in purchasing power occurs can be reflected in the increase of an average price level of a basket of selected goods and services in an economy over some period of time. The rise in the general level of prices, often expressed as a percentage, means that a unit of currency effectively buys less than it did in prior periods.” Source’s link is at the bottom

Inflation is covered by 5 takeaways that determine what is the cause

  • Inflation is the rate at which the value of a currency is falling and, consequently, the general level of prices for goods and services is rising.
  • Inflation is sometimes classified into three types: Demand-Pull inflation, Cost-Push inflation, and Built-In inflation.
  • The most commonly used inflation indexes are the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the Wholesale Price Index (WPI).
  • Inflation can be viewed positively or negatively depending on the individual viewpoint and rate of change.
  • Those with tangible assets, like property or stocked commodities, may like to see some inflation as that raises the value of their assets.

    While we have been lucky up to this point in not having to deal with it. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t been free riding the entire time. One particular time when Inflation was an issue was in the 70s, and it is something that I suggest people study up on. It can help educate on what is going on today because there are some parallels I feel.

When Pres. Nixon came into office in 1969, one issue that was beginning to grab attention was inflation. At the time the country was in Vietnam, and there was expansion of Lyndon Johnson’s “The Great Society” policies. These two pivotal issues were a contribution to early signs of inflation. Also, another factor was the Fed’s attempt at monetary tightening (raising interest rates) which most times have cause economic recessions and in fact did cause a brief recession in 1969-1970.

Nixon attempted to address Inflation around 1971 when it rose to 5.84%. His first policy to address the issue was in 1970 actually when he signed on Executive Order 11615 which would impose a 90-day freeze on wages and prices in order to counter inflation. It was the first time since World War II that this was done.

These 3 items are what I mentioned that were executed by Nixon on Aug 13th 1971

  1. Nixon directed Treasury Secretary Connally to suspend, with certain exceptions, the convertibility of the dollar into gold or other reserve assets, ordering the gold window to be closed such that foreign governments could no longer exchange their dollars for gold.
  2. Nixon issued Executive Order 11615 (pursuant to the Economic Stabilization Act of 1970), imposing a 90-day freeze on wages and prices in order to counter inflation. This was the first time the U.S. government had enacted wage and price controls since World War II.
  3. An import surcharge of 10 percent was set to ensure that American products would not be at a disadvantage because of the expected fluctuation in exchange rates

As for the Gold standard and Brettin woods system, I will address much deeper at a later date. Right now, I just want to explain inflation

Below is Nixon’s speech on the items above in his address to the nation in 1971

Initially it seemed like Nixon had succeeded. The stock market made a 33 point jump the following days and the New York Times editorial even credited the President with, “We unhesitatingly applaud the boldness with which the President has moved.”

Sadly however, it would be short lived as inflation would continue to jump and by 1973 it was 6.22%, and would skyrocket to 11.4%. It would also create a period that is known as “Stagflation”. Meaning, low economic growth, and high unemployment. Other factors would hamper Nixon, budget tightening, the energy crisis, and of course Watergate which would sink his Presidency.

Skipping Ford’s administration since his only attack was a pin that said WHIP (Whip Inflation Now), it would be inherited by Jimmy Carter.

Carter would not be able to do much either as he and his administration realized that it would only be fixed at the Fed Chair. To do that Carter would need to find a person to be able to address it. Arthur Burns who was Nixon’s pick would retire in shame. Burns showed a mass of incompetence and unprepared for this situation. His successor fared no better. Carter would pick Paul Volker. Volker had been in Washington for several years and had worked with the Nixon Administration during what was called later the “Nixon Shock”. I forgot to mention that earlier. My apologies.

Volker was approved by congress and would assume the head chairman position. He would realize that the best way to address this high inflation would be to raise the interest rates. Rates had been raised before, but not even high enough to address the inflation that it would reach. By 1980 it would reach 13.5%.

To counter it Volker would raise the interest rate to 11% in 1979 and 20% in 1980. While it would drive inflation down it would also trigger a brief recession for the incoming Reagan administration. Inflation would drop to 10% in 1981, and then even lower to 3.21% by 1983

Which brings us too today. While the country and the world are suffering a somewhat supply chain issue. We are also suffering from the need to continue printing money which can help contribute to inflation. Our massive government spending and ending of the stimuluses are also main contributing factors to our dilemma.

While Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is planning on raising the interest rates which is basically 0 at this point. While it may seem great, the levels he wants to raise it to may have no effect on the inflation number at all. The fear is that if he raises it very high, that it will cause a recession. That may be true, but it may also help in the long term for Americans who are going to suffer more during this inflation issue. The question still remains. Will the Fed chairman actually do what is necessary, or just puss out?

Below I have links and additional sources if you care to read. Any feedback is welcome. Nothing like learning something new every day.

Sources

https://www.federalreservehistory.org/essays/gold-convertibility-ends

https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/address-the-nation-outlining-new-economic-policy-the-challenge-peace

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/commandingheights/shared/minitextlo/ess_nixongold.html

https://www.wsj.com/articles/nixon-fight-inflation-price-controls-stagflation-gas-shortages-biden-democrats-reconciliation-bill-federal-reserve-11628885071

https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424053111904007304576494073418802358

https://www.cato.org/commentary/remembering-nixons-wage-price-controls

https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/111314/what-methods-can-government-use-control-inflation.asp#:~:text=Governments%20can%20use%20wage%20and,prices%20and%20increased%20interest%20rates.

https://www.cnbc.com/select/where-to-put-your-money-during-inflation-surge/

Been away. I am sorry

I didn’t realize how much time has gone since my last post and I would like to apologize. I just got busy and lost track of time.

I assure you that I will begin to post and provide some hopefully good blogs for you all.

What have been doing? Well, traveling for the most part. From Hawaii to Virginia. Seeing both family and friends along the way.


Will post more this weekend

Arizona struggles in a horrible loss to Washington State

Arizona State’s basketball team probably put on the worst performance I ever seen in the 4 years I have been following them.

The Sun Devils put up a paltry 29 points in two halves of play, and some are starting to wonder what the hell is Coach Bobby Hurley doing. The Devils shot a horrible 21% from the floor and a hysterical 11% from 3. The team fell to 2-5 but did recover to beat Oregon last night. However, this team is such a mess and I highly doubt that coach Hurley will be able to lead this team to any type of tournament contention come March.

Regardless, I did get some good shots before I walked out in disgust.

Canon Eos Rebel T6

The settings were sporadic because I was using the sports movement setting on my Camera. So, there was no consistency on the settings for the shots

A live look Of Bobby Hurley realizing it was going to be a long night

4 Balls, 4 pockets. Where did the shot come from?

The origin of this is something that I have been unable to find. The first time I had heard of this shot was when I was reading Willie Mosconi’s “Winning Pocket Billiards”. Written in 1965 Mosconi gives us a beginner’s guide to learn how the basics of pool and how to make some simple trick shots.

The 4 balls and 4 pockets shot isn’t that hard really. The key to where to hit the ball.

Hit the ball 3rd from the left in the setup with a draw stroke on the cue ball. This will keep the cue ball out of the way of the balls.

Below is a video of the shot and how to hit it. Do it enough times and it becomes a piece of cake


More videos to come of some of these shots and how they are done

Arizona State basketball’s home opener win over Portland

Arizona State’s basketball team got off to a shaky start last Tuesday when they played a small school from Portland, Oregon. ASU won 76-60 but the game wasn’t the blowout I hoped.

Bobby Hurley clearly has his work cut out for him. After losing some of his talent to graduation and transfers last year, It was hoped that the team would rebound back. Sadly, I don’t see it happening very soon.
ASU certainly has talent and it showed in glimpses that night, but to win the Pac 12 it will take a lot more than talent. The team was flat on defense, allowing Portland open shots and second chance points. There was minimal ball movement on offense and a lot stupid shots that weren’t needed.

The team has the talent skill. From Kimni Lawrence, Alanzo Gaffney, and Marcus Bagley (Younger brother of NBA’s Marvin Bagley).

Like I said they have the talent but it’s clear the chemistry and strategy needs a little work.

Below I posted some pics from the game. I did some edits. Trying to saturate and provide some clarity to the pictures. Their home uniforms caused issues in the pictures.

Happy Birthday to the Marines

Today is the 245th birthday to the United States Marine Corps. Though I am retired Air Force I will always have an admiration and respect for those who chose to go to the Corps

The Marine Corp was established on this day in 1775 during the build up to the Revolutionary War. They were originally the Colonial Marines. However, on 11 July 1798 they became the Marine Corps that we know today.

Their mission is to;

  • Seizure or defense of advanced naval bases and other land operations to support naval campaigns;
  • Development of tactics, technique, and equipment used by amphibious landing forces in coordination with the Army and Air Force; and
  • Such other duties as the President or Department of Defense may direct.

While the Marines work closely to the Navy, they very much in every way their own military branch. The numbers of current active and reserve who are on duty is over 200,000.

Also, for some history buffs, I recommend looking up some of the following names that were leaders in the Marine Corps. Lets just say that when the time came, America sent their best.

Lt. Gen. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller

Sgt. Maj. Daniel J. Daly

Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler

Col. John Glenn ( Nasa Astronaut and first American to orbit the earth)

Below I have posted a link from Business Insider that covers more on the these 4 and 7 more legends of the Corp. I also posted a link from Wiki just offers a brief history on the Marines.

Happy Birthday and SEMPER FI!!

Sources

https://www.businessinsider.com/11-legendary-heroes-of-the-us-marine-corps-2016-1#5-col-john-glenn-5

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Marine_Corps

Arizona State vs USC highlights and pictures

Arizona State rebounded last Saturday to beat USC 34-16. Despite an early struggle, the Sun Devils were able to bounce back from that ass whipping they took to Washington State a week ago. Still some need some work but a much better game to watch this time.

Took some pictures from the game. I feel like they came out pretty good all things considered.

ASU’s Quarterback throwing down the field

Highlights and more information on the game are in the link below

https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/college/asu/2021/11/06/usc-arizona-state-football-score-live-updates-pac-12-game/6303376001/

Pool/Billiards. A renewed hobby & trip down memory lane (Part II)

Part II from my last post of Pool pictures and videos of shots. I didn’t realize just how many videos. However, it’s not surprising considering how much time I spent at home.

Enjoy

2 balls, 1 pocket

Quarter in a cup shot

Here are a few more

The Railroad Shot
Random.
Hit the ball right and put the 9 in
2 balls, 2 pockets
The Jump the Rack Shot

Pool/Billiards. An idiot learning to be tricky Haha!! Jk

During the Pandemic last year, I relearned how to do some trick shots on my pool table. Of course being home all day because of a stay at home order for our state kind of allowed me the time to do these shots.

I grew up around pool tables my whole life. My father played it a lot and very good. Good enough to a point where did some hustling when he was very young. I was always intrigued by how he did those shots and tried to learn. However, I was little hard headed and my father wasn’t the most patient person when trying to teach them something.

Through the years though I began to play and learn as best as I can and would play my dad on occasions when I came to visit him.

Now, many years later. I find myself with my own pool table and enjoying the time I played with him as well. I reeducated myself on how to make certain shots. Through that I began to learn some trick shots along the ways. Below I post some videos for some enjoyment this weekend.

I hope everyone has a good week.

I will post more videos tomorrow. I didn’t realize I had a lot

A couple of shots as promised in these videos

4 Balls, 4 pockets shot
6 Balls, 2 pockets shot
Simple bounce off ball into the corner