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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

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS TIDBITS—THE LIGHT SIDE

I GAIN LOTS of industry insights from Automotive News, even though this is often peripheral to whatever I feel like writing about these days. Nevertheless, it’s fun to encounter the … Continue reading

September 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

BEATING TRUMP IN DEBATE

NICHOLAS KRISTOF AND Richard A. Friedman offer advice to Joe Biden in advance of tonight’s presidential debate, September 29, 2020. Kristof and Friedman recommend humor, ridicule, and mockery.  Nicholas Kristof, … Continue reading

September 29, 2020 · Leave a comment