“Caesar” | Weekly Photo Challenge – Spring

Anole on petunia plant


Springtime is about renewal. New plants and flowers bloom in a rainbow of color. Not to be outdone, the animal kingdom is just as colorful. For my interpretation of last week’s photo challenge, meet Caesar, a fun loving little anole that worked very hard to prevent me from getting this picture.


My girlfriend bought me a collared shirt for my birthday, mainly so I don’t get too far ahead of her when she takes me for a walk.~Jarod Kintz

“Super Sport” | Photo Challenge – Letters

1970 Chevelle SS-396
1970 Chevelle SS-396

For this week’s photo challenge, I chose one letter, used twice. In the photo you see the letters “SS.” If you look hard, there are also a couple of numbers visible under the right headlights. They don’t count. Of course, there is an historical connotation for these two letters, the infamous “SS” from World War II, but in this case, they represent something much pleasanter.

The picture is of the 1970 Chevelle SS-396 I owned from 1973 to 1975. To anyone my age, at least any American male my age, these two letters represent performance, horsepower and speed – they represent the heyday of American muscle cars. This one was rated at 350 horsepower – and yes, I drove it very fast on occasion. I think the statute of limitations on speeding charges has expired, so I can confess this. The 1970 Chevelle SS also came in a 454 cubic inch, 450 horsepower variant. Both versions are highly desired collectibles. The latest offerings on Hemmings.com include a rare 454 convertible listing for $350,000.

For a little historical context about “SS” badged vehicles produced by Chevrolet, here is some information plagiarized from Wikipedia:

Super Sport, or SS, is the signature performance option package offered by Chevrolet on a limited number of its vehicles. All SS models come with distinctive “SS” markings on their exterior. The package was first made available for the 1961 Impala. Some of the other models bearing the SS badge include the Camaro, Chevelle, El Camino, Monte Carlo, and Nova.

In 1961, the SS “kit” was offered on any Impala for just $53.80. The package included Super Sport trim for both the interior and exterior, chassis reinforcements, stronger springs and shocks, power brakes, spinner wheel covers, and narrow-band whitewall tires. The car’s dashboard received a Corvette style passenger hand bar and a steering column mounted 7000-rpm tachometer. Chevrolet built 491,000 Impalas that year and 453 had the SS package, of which 311 received the 348 cid and 142 received the 409 cid. Since 1994, the SS package has been used on a variety of GM vehicles, including pickup trucks, four-door sedans, and front wheel drive cars.~Wikipedia

Chevy is still producing “SS” badged automobiles. Their latest is the 415-horsepower rear wheel drive performance sedan seen here.

I loved this car. Wish I still had it! If you own, owned or just like muscle cars and you enjoyed reading this, or not, how about taking a minute to vote in the poll I published on Friday. Here’s the link. You’ll feel special if you do.

Productivity Recognizes No Time Barriers | DP – Because the Night

Countdown to the Reaper
Countdown to the Reaper

The first thing that came to mind when I saw the topic of today’s DP was rock and roll. Specifically, this hard rocking, hard driving number from Patti Smith. Released in 1978, and co-written with Bruce Springsteen, it’s titled, appropriately enough, Because The Night. If I hadn’t already, I’m showing may age here, which led me to wonder; does WordPress have any accurate statistics of the age breakdown of people who read and write here? If I had to guess, it would be more younger folks than people my age. Anyone know? It would be interesting to see the numbers if they are available.

Now, as far as productivity goes, which is the actual question being asked by the DP. It varies. My health issues and the meds that go with them wreak hellish havoc on my sleep. Some days I manage a few hours of uninterrupted sleep. Other days end up as all night marathons of television, snacking, and some writing every now and then. These are the nights when the Java Fueled Journaling articles show here. Depending on how the meds are affecting my mind, I have long periods of clear thought at night just as easily as in the morning or afternoon. Like I said, it just depends.

Besides, productivity is not a big deal for me right now. Getting well is.

Enjoy Patti Smith, but just a little warning, it ain’t bluegrass.