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WHEN I started SimanatisSays.com back in August 2012, I envisioned mini-essays—not tiny “blogs”—whenever the spirit hit me on one topic or another.
Well, it turns out this is my first day off in writing a mini-essay since that start. I haven’t run out of things to say—no luck, there, folks. But I feel the need for a hiatus, maybe of a few days, maybe through the Holidays.
Those of you who recently joined in the fun at SimanaitisSays.com are encouraged to dig back into “The Archives.” In retrospect, early favorites of mine include my disillusionment with Tonto, the Wright demonstration at Le Mans, my day with Daffy, recurring studies of Sherlock Holmes and my Baltic tour.
I’m especially appreciative of long-time readers, whose comments have been so kind.
When you begin a daily task of composing mini-essays, you always worry that the well may one day run dry.
Happily, that doesn’t happen.
For example, I’ve never told you the story of the Author Portrait I’ve been using for a while.
Before long, I will return and do so. ds
© Dennis Simanaitis, SimanaitisSays.com, 2013
Enjoy the break. I look forward to reading the latest when your batteries are recharged (or should I say nowadays, “When your fuel cells are repressurized!”)
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Dennis– A paid vacation, I hope!! Enjoy, and hope to see you soon. RB
Enjoy your time off. Will see you when you get back.
Dennis, richly deserved. Thanks for all the hard work so far . . . will be watching for your return.
Although I understand the need for a rest now and then, I also am afflicted with the compulsion to put my thoughts into words, so I suspect whatever you have in mind will end up shorter than you plan. One cannot just turn it off.
Appropos to that, I am off to write another column for the “Pit Stop” at the Petersen Museum. They have a Jaguar retrospective there that starts on the 7th. They’ll have Mel Torme’s SS-100, an XK-120, Steve McQueen’s XK-SS, a gorgeous crimson XK-E FHC, and the current XK-F. I’m planning a re-write of the 50th anniversary XK-E piece you helped me with. (the Henry Manney misquote)
Enjoy your time off-you deserve it. retirement is a time to relax and do whatever you want , WHEN you want. So, WHENEVER that WHEN happens , I’m sure your fans will be there. I know I will, just as I was when I searched each new edition of Road & Track for your latest article or your monthly Tech Correspondence. A weekly , or wherever periodical will still be appreciated by your fans. Enjoy!!
Wow, I just found your blog.
I Googled “Tom McCahill’ and came up with your piece on “The Modern Sports Car” A book my Dad had (I er, borrowed it) that brought me into the sports car world that preceded my birth.
But the big bonus is your blog.
I had given up on R&T a while ago and wondered what happened to you.
Enjoy your break, come back and bring Peter Egan on board!
There is an engineering question that’s bothered me for some years now.
I thought “If anyone knows it would be Dennis Simanaitis”.
Why do the Germans/Europeans use bolts to secure their wheels instead of studs/nuts?
Have a good break, I will check back in a few weeks. I love your off beat articles on aviation history. I would love to see you write about ships as well if it happens to be a passion of yours. I am fascinated by the dreadnaught era and the insane naval arms race that occured at the time.
Have a Happy New Year, Dennis. However long you are on hiatus, it will be worth the wait. – Bill
If you follow R&T anymore, you may notice in “Your Turn” on Page 8 of the 2/14 issue, a letter re the omission of the E-Type Jaguar from their list of Beautiful Cars. The Editors replied with the same misquote of Henry N. Manney III that you so gently corrected in my blog celebrating the car’s 50th.