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From Yesterday to Tomorrow

1971 280 SE 3.52013 SLS

No surprise that my two favorite attractions at San Francisco’s auto show this year carry the same emblem.  While the flawless 1971 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet steers nostalgia, the striking 2013 SLS dictates an exciting future.  From yesterday to tomorrow, the remarkable timelessness of Mercedes-Benz automobiles deserves a nod once more.  At the same time, Sammy Davis Jr.’s 1963 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III isn’t too shabby either, another “star” to grace the Moscone Center this time around.  Altogether, here’s to another good show!

1963 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2012 in Cars, San Francisco, Transportation

 

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A Way + A Will = One Great Life

There’s a big difference between involvement and commitment, and J.R. Ewing once spelled it out.  “Like ham and eggs.  The chicken who laid the egg is involved, but the pig the ham came from is committed.”

And now, the eldest Ewing brother has died.  I learned this late last night.  Upon awaking this morning, unlike for Pam with Bobby, I realized to my dismay that what has just occurred is not a dream.

How fitting that Larry Hagman passed yesterday not only in the city of Dallas, but during a time of reprising his legendary character so many people know and even more of us love.  In the final year of his life he had the rare yet celebrated privilege of resurrecting his iconic TV role, that which secured his unmatched place in the world while leaving diehard fans yearning for more of their favorite mischievous-yet-endearing schemer.

In 2012 he was back.  Now in the same year he’s left us.  This ironic timing seems the most comforting and appropriate way for him to make his long-in-coming exit.  Hagman died on Friday, November 23, much to our collective sadness, taking with him of course the one and only J.R. Ewing.

When he lived to see his 80th birthday in September 2011, I was delighted.  In fact I breathed a sigh of congratulatory relief, mindful that his serious health challenges over the years rendered this milestone quite a feat.  Then when the new “Dallas” finally premiered last summer, seeing Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing once again after so many years was no less than amazing.  Who’d have predicted that a longtime smoker and hard drinker a few breaths from death upon his 1995 liver transplant would live to reprise his infamous role in 2012?

Of course Larry Hagman had aged, almost sadly so.  While his tongue continued to lash out those fantastic “J.R.-isms” in this year’s “Dallas” episodes, his body clearly was not keeping pace with his revered wit.  Though trying not to admit it, I had a sneaking suspicion he was not long for this world.  Like all his fans, I was thankful he had made it this far and managed not just the involvement, but commitment, to give it another go.

And one more round– the now-certain last round– is yet to come.  Again, Larry Hagman died in Dallas while bringing J.R. back to season two of the new “Dallas” series.  Exactly how prepared for his death the writers and producers of the show were– and just how smoothly and acceptably J.R. will make his final exit— remains to be seen once the series returns in January.  Perhaps an appropriate contingency plan was already in place.  Maybe J.R.– and Larry– thought ahead to this inevitable moment.  After all, while I’m far from the only fan to mourn his death, I certainly can’t be the only one unsurprised.

No doubt he will be missed terribly while remembered wonderfully.  Personally, I will always cherish my good fortune of meeting Mr. Hagman professionally in 2003.  No other individual figure holds a candle to him, decorated bon vivant that he was, realistically and fictitiously speaking.  Likely no one ever will.

More than involved, Hagman remained committed to his work, his role and his unsurpassed persona, leaving us a timeless gift under his mantra, “Vita Celebratio Est.”  For this we celebrate one great life.  After all, like J.R.’s daddy used to say:  “Where there’s a way, there’s a will.”  Larry Hagman found and mastered both.

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2012 in Dallas, Famous People, Media, News

 

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Always A Winner

For attentive, efficient and confident service, along with delightfully tasteful live music, an elegantly stunning bar display, and one of the most scrumptious filet mignons in town, Mastro’s Steakhouse is always a winner.  Ambiance, tone and overall presentation remained unmatched in my book, not to mention the large martini shaker remains on the table for your own copious second pour!   While I’ve yet to be hit with a less-than-thoroughly satisfying experience at Mastro’s, it’s a safe bet to say I never will, thankfully enough.

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2012 in And That's My Opinion, Drink, Food, Restaurants, Reviews

 

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Still.

After all these years, she still turns heads.  The now-classic grand coupe continues to grab my attention every increasingly rare time she crosses my path.  Nothing else quite competes with the Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC in terms of overall style and simple elegance.  This beauty remains a strong number two on my MBZ wish list!

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2012 in And That's My Opinion, Cars, History, Mercedes-Benz

 

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Another One Falls

A large, rugged and distinctive off-road SUV has been reduced to an over-sized station wagon– again– whose unimpressive styling could easily be mistaken for any number of competitors already on the road.  If it wasn’t enough to lose the truck-based Ford Explorer, now too the Nissan Pathfinder has fallen, sadly enough.

If gas mileage is your priority while never leaving pavement, the all-new lighter unibody V-6 Pathfinder might present some appeal.  However, if you enjoy navigating eight cylinders through snow, sand and other sorts of challenging terrain– and don’t mind paying for it– you just might miss what’s no longer.  I know I do.

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2012 in And That's My Opinion, Cars, Reviews

 

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The More Things Change…

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In the immediate aftermath of the 2012 presidential election, how the Electoral College has changed over the past decade, and how it has not, remains a complex yet interesting study.  Click here to examine Politico’s 2012 interactive results map, breaking down the red and blue landscape across every state and county.  To borrow the line yet again, “the more things change, the more they remain the same.”

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2012 in Current Events, News, Politics, Presidential

 

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From Another Point of View

There’s always another viewpoint, as true for San Francisco as anything!  Do you see the Golden Gate?

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2012 in Daily Activities, San Francisco

 

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