Isolation Photo Project, Day 68: Vintage Japanese Car Lust

Beer in glass with chicken on grill
Landing Crew IPA | Friday 29 May, 2020 | Day 68 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

In 2006 after hearing my wife complain that I needed to put “her children” safely inside a more practical family man sedan, I sold my Milano Red 1994 Acura Integra GS-R with about 193,000 miles on it, for $3000. That was the last time I enjoyed driving any car. The 1994 Acura Integra GS-R is now considered a classic car and low mileage Integras sell for a “crap-ton” of money.

My 1994 Acura Integra GS-R | Pentax P3 | Pentax-A SMC 50mm f/2 | 35mm Film

I was born and raised on several small islands in the British West Indies. When I was a young boy, my Uncle Clifford owned a Triumph of some kind and Dad owned a Mini Cooper, which I always think is hilarious because my Dad’s middle name is Cooper. Uncle Clifford enjoyed road trips around St. Vincent. Dad just loved driving his Mini Cooper and Volkswagen anywhere. From an early age, I was in love with roadsters and compact cars.

I have had a 1964 Honda S600 Roadster, a car on my dream car list for several years. One recently sold on “Bring a Trailer” for $27,000. Wowza!!!

But I’m not a car “guy”. I have no idea what a rack-in-pinion steering is, but I know what I like. I want a 1964 Honda S600 Roadster for the weekend drives around the rolling hills of Somerset and Hunterdon counties. I want a 1994 Acura Integra GS-R so I can pretend that I am twenty-six years old again. Sigh.

But more likely is that I will purchase a 2021 Acura TLX Type S to replace my 2006 Honda Accord EX. My kids are adults, at University, and I have no “need” to comfortably transport “kids” in my back seat. I can get a performance car again. My wife has an Acura RDX but the 1994 Acura Integra GS-R was the last Acura that I owned. I want that sense of excitement again. I want to hear the all-new exclusive 3.0-litre V-6 Turbo engine growl.

2021 Acura TLX Type S Exterior Blue
2021 Acura TLX Type S in Apex Blue Pearl.Image © Acura of North America.

I know some will think I’m dumb, but I love the “Fast and The Furious” franchise, especially the first movie, “The Fast and The Furious”. I fell in love with the flawed characters. At some point in the mid-1990s, before kids, I was actually in a car club that met regularly on the roof of the Menlo Park Mall. I quit the club when my wife pointed out that most of the members were too young to drive.

My friend and former colleague from Sarnoff Corporation, Dr Rebecca Mercuri, along with Peter G. Neuman has put together a webinar, Risks to Elections in the COVID-19 Era, on the possible effects that the global pandemic may have on voting and the United States Presidential election. Dr Mercuri is well known for her analysis and criticism of electronic voting machines. She has admitted that when she votes, she personally delivers her absentee voting ballot to her county clerks office.

Now, with fears of COVID-19 in the mix, many municipalities are making plans for all-paper and even all-absentee voting, in the remaining primaries and for the November General Election. Yet, these methods still suffer from age-old forms of fraud and tampering that have never been properly addressed.

Today’s photograph may not qualify as art. Or maybe it does. I think it’s more documentary. Either way, for dinner this evening, I grilled chicken with shawarma seasoning and drank a pint of “Landing Crew IPA” by Flounder Brewing Co.


Submitted as part of the 100DaysToOffload project.

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