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Category Archives: Driving it Today

DOUBLE-NICKEL TIDBITS

“THE DOUBLE-NICKEL,” grandpa explains, as he and the grandkids travel a pandemic-emptied freeway at 80, “was once the National Maximum Speed Limit, 55 mph.” A grandkid says, “55? I drive … Continue reading

April 2, 2021 · 3 Comments

MAESTRO OF THE PIAZZA

THE PIAZZA VENEZIA is as central a location as you might imagine in Rome: The Colosseum is 0.3 miles to its southeast. The Pantheon is 0.5 mile to its northwest. … Continue reading

March 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

HOCKNEY’S DRIVE

I’M IN GOOD company indeed with my “Wagner’s Norns and PCH.” Famed artist David Hockney has framed a southern California road trip with the music of Richard Wagner. Alex Ross … Continue reading

January 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD—BUT THEN WHAT?

“WHY WERE SALMON Dying?” asked Science, December 4, 2020. This weekly magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science responded, “The Answer Washed Off the Road.” The culprit, … Continue reading

January 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

COMMUTING, DINING AL FRESCO, AND COVID-19

THESE, OF COURSE, ARE evolving times. Here are recent pandemic-related tidbits on everything from buses, to al fresco dining, to pedestrian-only zones.  Automotive News occasionally includes a Shift supplement to … Continue reading

January 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

AUTOMOBILING—BY THE DECADES

IHS MARKIT SPECIALIZES in information and analytics of many categories, including the automobile industry. A recent Automotive News includes a 14-page insert from IHS Markit that identifies key elements in … Continue reading

October 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

WAGNER’S NORNS AND PCH MEMORIES PART 2

YESTERDAY, A TOYOTA Mirai fuel cell car and I began a drive up Southern California’s Pacific Coast Highway, accompanied by Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. Here in Part 2, we continue north to … Continue reading

October 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

WAGNER’S NORNS AND PCH MEMORIES PART 1

THIS ADVENTURE BEGAN as an errand to drop off letters at the post office drive-through a couple miles from home.  To make the errand more interesting, I took the Mirai … Continue reading

October 7, 2020 · 2 Comments

FCEVS—TODAY AND TOMORROW PART 3

IN THE PAST two days here at SimanaitisSays, we’ve talked about the “classic” Toyota Mirai, its 2021 second-generation version, and four generations of its hydrogen refueling at the University of … Continue reading

October 5, 2020 · 2 Comments

FCEVS—TODAY AND TOMORROW PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1 we began reporting on experience with the first-generation Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle that’s briefly residing in the SimanaitisSays fleet. This car is about to … Continue reading

October 4, 2020 · 4 Comments