A couple of old Mercedes Benz diesel vehicles for the garage?

Posted By on August 15, 2018

ClassicGermanMBpickupAs much as I enjoy working on, owning and driving my inexpensive W123  diesel 300D project car (swapped junk for it in May of 2013), I’d love to have a Mercedes Benz diesel of the same 1970s-80s era with a little more collectability? I spotted a couple cool MBs this week, although I am not really looking.

First is the "unknown" to most in the U.S. and is called the "LaPickup" – it was product between 1972 and 1976 in South America. They were built in Argentina for the "local market" and based on the W115 sedan (68-76). According to a New Zealand automotive "Stuff" article, the "Ute" as it was was known, was a 220D and called "LaPickup." It was Mercedes answer to General Motor’s El Camino and Ford’s Ranchero and was perfect for the heavily agricultural based Argentinian economy.


Second is one that is actually coming up for sale on September 1st … and isn’t too far away at the Worldwide Auctioneers event in Auburn, Indiana … hm? The downside is that it will probably generate a premium just because it was the last car purchased by the late John Lennon of Beatles fame.


John Lennon’s last car was a first.

By late 1978, the singer had settled into a relatively low-profile, post-Beatlemania life with his family in New York City and was riding around in a green 1972 Chrysler Town and Country station wagon that had seen better days.

According to the History Channel’s “Lost and Found” show, Lennon’s chauffer suggested that it was time to buy a new car and Lennon and Yoko decided on a diesel Mercedes-Benz 300 TD Wagon. The problem was that it hadn’t yet been released in the United States.

That never stopped a rock star, of course, even one spending a lot of time as a peace activist. So Lennon had his assistant send Mercedes-Benz a check for $30,000, which is the equivalent of $90,000 today, and the automaker fast-tracked one across the Atlantic for him.

Lennon’s would be the first of the cars delivered, and the last he ever purchased. It was reportedly parked in the garage of his apartment building when he was shot by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980.

The car stayed in the family until it was sold in 1986 and has changed hands several times since. It may soon again as it is scheduled to cross the block at the Worldwide Auctioneers event in Auburn, Ind., on September 1, where it is being offered without reserve or a pre-sale estimate.

A normal 300 TD Wagon like it might be worth as much as $25,000, but with two claims to fame this one could be a double fantasy car for a Benz and Beatles fan.


The NFL is losing my support and viewership again in 2018

Posted By on August 14, 2018

It is so frustrating to see a handful of NFL players once again willing to offend A WHOLE BUNCH of patriotic fans —  including me — for another seasonNFLrules with their kneeing or holding a fist during the playing of our National Anthem. I blame a handful of players, their union, the NFL commissioner and owners … the same ones who had little problem setting and enforcing  "rules of conduct" over the years (see newspaper clipping from a friend of mine on Facebook);  for some reason they can’t seem to grow a spine when it comes to showing respect our flag, our country and those who defend and sacrifice for it. A pitiful display by the players and leadership of the NFL.

Once again I’ll be flipping the channel to enjoy late season Major League Baseball and perhaps more college football than usual. It is a small price to pay in order to make my tiny voice heard — although I suspect I’m not alone in being offended enough to tune out. Good luck to the those working in NFL related jobs who will be suffering revenue loss … I’m sure they are even more frustrated then me?

We all surprised Brenda to celebrate her 60th birthday

Posted By on August 13, 2018


We had a great family time this weekend that start when "just the two of us" decided to have lunch at an area hibachi restaurant … when "surprise" … Katelyn, Drew, Annalyn, Taylor and Megan surprised Brenda for her 60th birthday. We had a great time together.

The four original Corbetts (plus Annalyn) and Annalyn helped Rich figure out the tip … after helping grandma eat her cheesecake (video below)!


Distracted driving and a step closer to finishing the condo update

Posted By on August 11, 2018


Likely I’m not the best driver when it comes to not glancing at my phone in the car, but I am improving and in recent years am trying not to "read" or "text anything." Unfortunately we still have drivers Condo1718FridgeSidedoors180805who are "comfortable" (leg up???) with DeebotSweepsScrewsmulti-tasking while driving. Ugh.

I spent a few more days in Florida this past week to put the finishing touches on the kitchen update started back in the spring. The kitchen is finished, except for some caulking, cleaning and putting pots, pans, dishes, etc back in the cabinets. Speaking of cleaning, the new Deebot robot tile floor vacuum is pretty impressive. Besides getting tangled up in a cord, it sweeps the floors impressively well for a rechargeable battery powered device. It even sucked up a screw it found on the floor. Wow!

Repairing old blinds until we replace windows & the impressive Palm tree "root ball"

Project two … is the bathroom … and it is coming along slowly. I finished the baseboard tile, grouted the shower and the floor tiles, sealed all of the tiles and sanded/painted the shower floor with a better matching color. Only time will tell how well the polyurethane "topside" boat paint holds up for a shower basin?


Always great to see this view after a long drive back home

Posted By on August 10, 2018


It doesn’t matter if driving or flying (CVG), it is great to see the the Cincinnati city view when driving north on I-75/71 down the "cut-in-the-hill" and know that I’m almost home. What a great welcome … it almost has me singing this song – LINK.

The growing right-to-work trend was stopped in Missouri

Posted By on August 9, 2018


Unions have slowly been losing their grip on "laws" in each state over the years as workers want to be able to choose whether or not they want to belong to a union (and pay the dues). Several states have passed "right-to-work" laws giving those workers that freedom … but others have not adopted "independent choice."

In elections on Tuesday, voters in Missouri push back against "right-to-work" in their state.

Unions notch win in deep-red Missouri with rejection of right-to-work law

Tuesday’s referendum in the state gave voters the chance to strike down a law the state Legislature passed last year that would prohibit employees from being forced to join a union or to otherwise pay "fair share" fees to a given workplace’s union. Rules like this are commonly referred to as "right-to-work" laws, and by prohibiting requirements for employees to join a union or pay fees to a union negotiating on their behalf, they are generally understood to weaken labor organizations in places where they are enacted.


Personally I understand the value unions once played in our country and establishing them gave some power to workers who were often taken advantage of when it came to abusive management. Most of the old is in the past and companies nowadays wanting to retain good workers must offer competitive compensation and benefits that align with their peers.

I’d prefer individuals have the option to be part of a union or not. If employers get too haughty, unions will grow again and workers will want to join. Unfortunately now unions have become just a political arm and lobbyist (and waste dues)we should not be forcing individuals to participate and pay dues.

Do you appreciate modern dentistry?

Posted By on August 8, 2018

history-of-dentistry-painitWith a niece a new dentist and both a late father-in-law and brother-in-law who were dentists, the #70 Mike Rowe "The Way I Heard It Podcast" was interesting – You Might Feel A Little Pinch.

I’m thankful for modern dentistry … although may look at my dentist with a little more scrutiny.

Check out mikeroweWorks or his SKILLSUSA Foundation while you are listening.

  You Might Feel A Little Pinch
      Mike Rowe

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.