Mission accomplished. I met up with Zach and took a gander at the amazing car collection in San Francisco. I'll post more pictures later. Matthew, one of the caretakers there, showed us around and even let us peek underneath the hoods of some rare cars.
Here are four Duesenbergs (one is a "replica").
I saw this Bentley on the way back home near the bridge. That color combo is very Audi/German. The license plate translates into: "My doctor's prescription". The driver was smoking a cigar. I can't imagine the mileage he was getting in the stop-and-go traffic.
F1Outsider brought up a point about Massa and Williams. Even though the car looks very fast, it is still the pre-season. If Williams is able to turn it around and win, it will be akin to what happened with Button and Brawn in 2009.
It's clear that Renault-engined cars are struggling, but will they have their act together by mid-season? Or sooner? The following is a meaningless exercise, but I've listed the winners of the first three GPs in the seasons that Vettel ultimately won the championship. At the beginning of those seasons, did we think that Vettel was going to win it all?
In my almost daily Craigslist search for the manual V50, the default had been to look for cars for sale by owner. I didn't want to deal with used car dealers. And of course, I missed out on this one.
It was for sale in San Jose, about an hour south of me. It had 120,000 miles, which was on the high side, but this was exactly what I wanted. I called the dealership today and they said it was sold a month and a half ago. Why the hell is it still listed on Craigslist then?!
This video shows unarmed Ukrainian soldiers marching to retake their own base. You can see and hear the Russians firing in the air and aiming an RPG and machine guns at the Ukrainians. The commanders negotiated and basically agreed to disagree. No one was injured and the Ukrainians went back to their barracks.
I think those Ukrainians really had nothing to lose. If the Russians mowed them down, it would be in front of the eyes of the world, a war would have started, and they would be immortalized as being martyrs. I think if we were in their position, we would do the same. We would be crapping in our pants, sure, but we would do the same.
And here is the badass commander, Colonel Yuri Mamchur: