Simanaitis Says

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Monthly Archives: December, 2021

ELIZABETHAN NOIR

THE WORDS “SHAMUS,” “gumshoe,” and “P.I.” didn’t exist in Elizabethan England, but it did have “watchmen,” men on the streets of London to counter suspicious activity from nightfall to sunrise.  … Continue reading

December 4, 2021 · 2 Comments

THOUGHTS ON CONTAINER SHIPS 

I WAS ADMIRING a southern California sunset—and stopped counting when I reached 35 giant container ships in view. A recent White House statement, November 10, 2021, said that fully 40 … Continue reading

December 3, 2021 · 7 Comments

RINOIMBY?

RECENTLY I READ the other meaning for “WEIRD,” namely describing us as “Western Educated Industrialized Rich Democratic.” I do not apologize for this designation; we earned it fair and square. … Continue reading

December 2, 2021 · 6 Comments

THE DUESENBERG W-24—GO COMPLEX OR STAY HOME

I LIKE COMPLEX POWERPLANTS. The W-12 Napier Lion, for instance, is a trio of four cylinders arranged broad-arrow fashion and powering the Napier-Railton. Another is even more elaborate: the Duesenberg … Continue reading

December 1, 2021 · Leave a comment