ITEM A. Mind Over Matter
This is a great title and I am going to have to go into a stream of consciousness thing to develop it...
We all know...what is really important. What we should do next. What can't wait to be done. You have an inner voice that speaks to you.. and another that throws out excuses why you can't do this or that.
Get a hold of yourself!! These arguments go on consciously and subconsciously every minute of the day! Every minute.
Yes, you are blocking out perhaps what is most important to you without realizing it! Because you HAVE been blocking out the important, the necessary for too long a time.
So for 2019 you MUST address the gnawing principal issue that you know must be accomplished without putting it off any longer.
What if a pitcher took a windup ... and never threw the ball??
Is that a good analogy??
ITEM B. The Love has Gone: New Car Design
What the hey with modern auto design!! I have a friend who loves classic cars and I do too. He is going to the Mecum auction next week in Orlando and basically to drool over the classics. Check out the '58 Buick Limited Convertible. WOWWWW!! And above: 1963 220 SE Benz. Dad had one of those.
Just look at the chrome!! Real metal. The front of these cars made a STATEMENT. They still turn heads. They are inspiring. They evoke EMOTION. When has that happened of late with any current auto design?? When Ford reintroduced the TBird they made a mistake. It was not like the original. If manufacturers are going to reintroduce something, make it look EXACTLY like the original. The Jag XKE is going to be that.
Every car has had the aero treatment so that they all have a tendency to follow each other's lines. And one copies another. Bottom line: who cares??
If I have to drive 55 most of the time wind has nothing to do with it. I will pay more for gas in a bigger car with shiny stuff that looks cool!! I want big lounge chair seating in front. A dash that doesn't look like a Nintendo console. I want chrome inside too! I want an engine bay that I can open and get to things that need attention. I want to fit a dozen people inside, I want white walls, I want FLASH.
Nothing has grabbed me of late other than perhaps the newest Benz SL and the higher end Bentleys. PLEASE: we need the spark back that made us tremble when one of these gorgeous cars rolled by!!
Architecturally speaking: Classical architecture has something that newer stuff doesn't, and for a variety of reasons: hand worked stone and plaster, natural materials throughout, thick walls, symmetry, human scale, Greco Roman temple themes that have been reworked through the years, etc. Ah well...
ITEM C: The Future!!
I have been listening to all sorts of people trying to predict the housing market and its ramifications. Some parts of the country are doing better than others, millennials have a hard time qualifying for housing, interest rates are going up and down, trade talk is affecting the stock market, we are going to go into a recession -- no we're not!!
I think we have to be in tune to what is going on. Aware. (See Michael Jacobs' recent blog.) Be aware of local economic trends. Be aware of national social trends. Be aware of worldwide technology trends. And then do what you do best.
It used to be that you had to have 6 months' wages stored up in order to weather a downturn. The last recession went on for 5-8 years!! So, I am hypersensitive about things. Before that, I was starting fresh in Austin and an energy recession hit Texas and 5-8 other oil producing/refining states! That little blip affected only part of the country and the rest thrived! The downturn affected real estate big time and clobbered those states fo 8-9 years. I moved here to Orlando to escape the carnage.
I believe too many are 'leveraged' to the hilt and this is not a good sign.
If you know how the future is going to pan out for 2019 PLEASE leave a comment!!
Until the next time, I will continue to ponder -- as Michael does, and report my stray thoughts... Thanks for tuning in!!