It’s Indianapolis 500 Race Weekend here in central Indiana and the checkered-flag decorations are everywhere. But for me my main thought is that on Race Weekend 30 years ago I graduated from college.
While all that sinks in, or doesn’t, please enjoy this week’s best blog posts.
💻 You know I love the National Road! Richard Simpson tells its early history in Indiana. Read National Road in Indiana, Revisited
💻 The people in your life — which are energy sources, and which are energy sinks? Jeffrey Minch, writing as The Big Red Car, writes mostly about the workplace, but if you think about this you can apply it to your whole life. Read The Energy Source v The Energy Sink Theory of Life
💻 My first car was a Ford Pinto and I loved that crappy car beyond all reason. So they have a special place in my heart. Paul Niedermeyer found an early Pinto wagon on the street, and it sparked him to not only tell the Pinto wagon’s story, but why too-low cars like this pushed us all to like the modern CUV. Read Curbside Classic: 1973 Ford Pinto Wagon; The Lowest Wagon Ever and the Best Selling Wagon in the World
💻 M. B. Henry tells the story of the Doolittle Raiders, who bombed Tokyo during World War II. It was a crazy mission by a group of men who always felt they were just doing their job. The last of the Doolittle Raiders died in April. Read The Doolittle Raiders
📷 I’ve always wanted to try one of these in-between Pentax SLRs: after the metal/mechanical era and before the auto-everything era. William Le, writing for 35mmc, puts a Pentax P30t through its paces. Read The Middle Child: The Pentax P30t