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GP TEAM MANAGEMENT IN DAYS OF YORE

THE CONTROLLED FURY of Grand Prix racing has always been laced with team shenanigans. Here’s an example that occurred in the 1953 Swiss Grand Prix, with striking contrasts as well … Continue reading

October 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

RULERS—BEFUDDLED, MAD, AND DRUG-ADDLED

HISTORY IS RIDDLED with rulers who have different rules from the rest of us. Here are several examples, including one about whom it was said, “Do not turn your back … Continue reading

October 9, 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

THINGS I LEARNED FROM THE MOST RECENT BBC HISTORY

I’VE JUST READ about a real scoundrel, an exceedingly incapable restorer, a thoughtful Nazi, an ex-slave named Washington, and a guy known as the Candy Bomber. All in the same … Continue reading

October 6, 2020 · 3 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

FCEVS—TODAY AND TOMORROW PART 1

I HADN’T DRIVEN a fuel cell electric vehicle since the introduction of the TOYOTA MIRAI back in June of 2015. Recent news of a GEN V hydrogen refueling station being … Continue reading

October 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

DESERT-DWELLING FAIRY SHRIMP

SHRIMP HAVE BEEN subjects here at SimanaitisSays a total of six times, five of their appearances being culinary. The exception occurred four days after this website’s inauguration, in SHRIMP WALLOP … Continue reading

October 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

1939 GOLDEN GATE INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION—A TREASURE OF AN ISLAND

INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITIONS OFTEN have special features that remain after the expo itself has ended. Seattle’s Space Needle, built for that city’s 1962 World’s Fair, is such an icon. Brussels’ Atomium, … Continue reading

October 1, 2020 · 3 Comments