Misselwood Councours d’Elegance

Concours

I took my wife and younger son to the Misselwood Concours d’Elegance. It’s an antique car show, held as a fund raiser for Endicott College. The show is held on the grounds of the college, which rests along the craggy coastline of Beverly, Massachusetts.

I was on sight for only a few hours, if even that. I took 199 pictures: quarter views, interior shots, rear views, engine shots. It’s too overwhelming to do a complete overview in an afternoon. Here is a sampling of some examples that were presented.

Morgan

This is Morgan in the foreground with a Packard looking over it'shoulder, and a Stanley Steamer in back.

Kaiser Darrin

This is a Kaiser Darrin. The driver side is open, notice how the door slides into the front fender.

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MG

and a lovely MG

Vette & Mingo

Corvette with Mingo Beach in view

Packard Comorant

Hood Ornament from a Packard.

Aqua Bel Air

59 - 60 Chevrolet Bel Air front

Took a little trip to Newburyport, Mass with family and friends. There I tripped over this exquisite Bel Air (1959-1960).

59 - 60 Chevrolet Bel Air Rear Fins

Fortune Cookies

Irresistable

kiss you

Don't stand up

For Concerned Blippers

InnerRythm & Hawknoise

Thanks for the concern.

I’m just spelling this out here, because explaining stuff over blips is too difficult. I was diagnosed with a heart murmur when I was 25. I just turned 48.

The murmur was later diagnosed as aortic insufficiency. It’s not an uncommon condition. Aaron Boone or the NY Yankees had an aortic valve replaced. It means I have a heart valve that leaks, and it’s the valve that controls blood leaving the left ventricle. The left ventricle pumps blood back to the entire body.

In short, the leak allows blood to backtrack into the heart, putting extra pressure on the left ventricle (the chamber). The heart has to compensate and work a little harder to keep the blood flowing through the body. Over time, the chamber starts to expand and get tired. Over time it doesn’t pump as efficiently. That’s the point I’m at.

At the same time, I don’t have symptoms of heart disease. I don’t get dizzy. I don’t have shortness of breath, and I don’t get chest pains. I lead a rather normal life. I work in the yard, and go for walks. I went for a short kayak trip just recently.

It’s not a matter of do I need surgery. It’s a matter of when. The way my cardiologist was talking, I thought I would be having surgery this summer 2013. As of this writing, my dr’s believe I can hold off.

Hat

HAT

Got a new computer, and an upgrade of my graphics program. Also trying out new colors, and slightly new methods. I think I’m going to tweak stuff more than I have been.

Magnolia

Magnolia01

Magnolia02

Magnolia03

Fenway Kanji

Fenway Kanji

Chevrolet Bel Air

1950's Bel Air

1950's Bel Air paid the neighborhood a visit.

Tennis

Tennis Test

View of Vermont

Where we stayed

Where we stay is a family cabin near Bethel

It needed to be dug out a little.

It needed to be dug out a little.

Cozy

It's cozy and warm inside. Christmas had already passed, but we turned the candles on anyway.

Do Nothing

Nice place to stay and do nothing.

One of the neighbors.

One of the neighbors.

Then in the distance...

Then in the distance...

... are the mountains

... are the mountains

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