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Scenes on Sunday ~ Mt. San Jacinto

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway & Mt. San Jacinto

just a time being you and me

cool at the top of the mountain

that’s where we both want to be

long way to the top of the mountain

at the top the air is crystal clear to see

a far piece from the top of the mountain

the majestic view of land and town still free

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better if a cool guy isn’t afraid of heights

words and pictures by jack collier and the girl riding shotgun

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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Scenes on Sunday # 21

I like the desert.  I also like Palm Springs, mountains, and cable cars ~ although this one near Palm Springs is called an Aerial Tramway.  If you want to look like a manly man don’t be scared of cable cars.

All these shots were taken with a LUMIX Panasonic DMC-X53 pocket camera, which is far better to cart up a mountain that my old 35mm SLR with all its attendant lenses.  My days of carrying around a heavy SLR are done and gone.

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 Camperpictures by jack collier

and the girl riding shotgun

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Money ~ making it work

CamperIt’s one o’clock in the morning, summer in England, night in Palm Springs, and wherever it’s getting light already, and the rain is probably hammering down.  Not when you’d want to think about money, unless you are flat broke.  However, if you are lucky and sensible you have a little money put aside for a rainy day.

What should we do if we have some spare cash?  Given that we are not going to rush out and buy a Porsche.  But why not buy a sports car?  Why put your money in the bank at all?

Take it from a man who has worked in banking and finance since God was a boy, the last thing you should do with your hard-earned is give it to a bank to look after.  Basically banks, financial advisors, and money managers are parasites, living off the cash you have legitimately earned and offering fuck all not very much in return.

Right now any money sitting in a bank account is just wasting away.  The $1,000 you put in a bank today will, in real terms, be worth a lot less than $700 when you come to take it out again in ten years time  It’s all down to inflation, which is the biggest confidence trick Governments and the Finance Industry have up their incestuous sleeves.

There are a few things we can do to make our money work for us.

  1. Pay off every single debt you have.
  2. Add to your pension fund.
  3. Property / real estate.
  4. The stock market.
  5. Start a business.
  6. Have fun.

I have no ambition to be the richest corpse in the cemetery, which means I ignore rules 1 and 2 above, (sort of, but then I know what I’m doing).  However, making your money really work for you means that you have to take over responsibility from the blood-sucking banks and financial advisors.

So, do not sit with debts to your name, work at a company with a good pension plan, do not rent where your live, buy your own home.  Over time, done wisely, buying your home is the best investment you can make.  However, realtors, estate agents, property firms are another bunch of useless parasites, but I’ll go into that in a week or so.

Never, ever, pay anyone for doing something you can do for yourself.  And do you know what?  Over the years I have discovered that most folks can do anything they put their minds to, including financial management.

Buying into the stock market is a big issue.  And I will cover that next week.  In the mean time, you worked damn hard to earn your money, don’t neglect it now.

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Jaguar XJ

When it was introduced in 1968 the Jaguar XJ6 was probably the finest car a gentleman with taste and refinement could buy.  Outstandingly beautiful, quiet, comfortable, fast ~ fitted with the glorious, iconic, versatile, powerful, dohc straight six 4.2 litre, (258 cu in), XK engine the big Jaguar saloon could top 120 mph, (which was very quick in 1968), and made the classic Jaguar E-Type look jaded in comparison.

 

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Jaguar and Rolls Royce for sale in Palm Springs

The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, (seen in a dull colour in the background here), was not even in the same league as the Jaguar, being slower, heavier, and with handling like a barge in comparison.  The Rolls-Royce was also almost three times the price of the XJ6.

From its launch this was a car for crossing continents in comfort.  When the Daimler Double Six came along, Jaguar had produced the most elegant car in the world.

The big downside for Jaguar was that the XJ saloon was just too good.  In one form or another the XJ remained in production from 1968 to 1992, after which it was replaced by other Jaguar saloons which were, more or less, the same as the 1968 XJ.  All in all, Jaguar made versions of this great car from 1968 until 2009, (in a bewildering number of variants), until it was finally replaced by the Eurobox that is the current XJ, (known by Jaguar as the X351).

Along the way the big Jag came in short and long wheelbase, two and four door, Jaguar and Daimler versions with straight six, V12, V6, and V8 engines of various ilks.

Probably the most desirable of all these magnificent cars is the Daimler Double Six Coupe, of which only 407 were made between 1975 1nd 1977.  Fitted with the 5.3 litre, (323 cu in), V12 engine this gorgeous car could do almost 150 mph and sprint to 60 mph in about seven and a half seconds ~ and this in 1975.  Even by today’s standards, this is a very fast car.  (Daimler is the even more upmarket version of the luxury Jaguar brand.)

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Daimler Double Six Coupe

How much should you pay for one of these cars?  How much have you got?  A friend of mine almost bought a beautiful example of a long wheelbase XK engined XJ6 in Palm Springs which had a sticker price of $9,500 ~ stupidly I talked her out of it, and I don’t think she’s yet forgiven me.  If it comes to that, I haven’t yet forgiven me!  Want one of these cars?  Just you peruse the advertisements on the internet, and don’t even think about anything that needs a lot of work.

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Long Wheelbase Jaguar XJ6

These cars are mechanically complex, (your local garage won’t have a clue), and some versions are very prone to rust.  The luxury interior would cost you a fortune to restore, and in a Californian summer it will overheat.  The V12 will really overheat.  The answer is, buy the best you can afford because you will need a mortgage for any repairs or restoration work.  Also, it’s a good idea if you know / can find someone who will spend a few hours a week fettling your XJ.

Unless you don’t have to worry about money, you can’t really afford to run a classic version of the XJ, not without scrimping on other things.  The V12 will usually only give you somewhere between 5 and 15 mpg, (depending on how you drive and the size of your gallon of petrol / gasoline).  The Jaguar independent rear suspension, with its inboard disk brakes, will have the average American mechanic in disbelief and needing therapy.  And, even the XK engine, (introduced in 1949 remember), is complex and difficult to maintain and rebuild.  (Trust me, I have rebuilt an XK, and I still have the grey hairs).  But properly looked after, the big Jaguars / Daimlers are totally bombproof.  (The XK engine was so strong it was even used in a tank.)

jaguar-xj-s-v12-convertibleYou know what?  I am seriously thinking of driving from Chicago to Santa Monica this year, following the line of the old Route 66.  A Jaguar XJ6 would be a great car for that road trip, a v12 coupe even more so.  The big Daimler Double Six is Californian spiritual sex on wheels.  The downside is the XJ didn’t come as a convertible.  Perhaps a Jaguar XJS would be a better choice for my next road trip.

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Palm Desert Art

Drive south-east from central Palm Springs on Route 111 and you come across the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert.  This is in a seriously upscale area, and the museum is full of very expensive, contemporary pieces.

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Outside, the gardens are filled with quirky sculpture, like these long faces.

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Outside, its garden is a peaceful, spiritual place.  The Renaissance Man should have an interest in art and gardening.

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As an antidote for the constant excitement of Palm Canyon Drive, spend a while wandering the gardens.  If you’re looking for a million dollar home in the Palm Springs area, you can’t really afford Palm Desert.

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But, if you want some landscaping ideas for your desert home, you should really check out the museum’s gardens.

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Keep heading south-west on Route 74 and you are into some cool scenery.  And, on a road trip, cool scenery is one of the prerequisites.  This is the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Park.  And, if this part of California looks familiar, it’s because I’ve seen it countless times in westerns, at the movies and on TV….

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jack collier and

the girl riding shotgun

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

 

Pictures Through Glass

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blacktop ribbon counting miles attractions

long grey mountains abstract shadows

motors monotonous private human illusions

watching peaks and valleys passing risings

desert glamour temptations fascination

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jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

San Jacinto Peak

If you like mountains and cable cars

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Etherial views in crisp clear air

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Look west from Palm Canyon Drive

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If you like mountains and cable cars

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Etherial views in crisp clear air

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jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Palm Canyon Drive

How does endless sunshine, stylish bars and restaurants, great shopping, fantastic attractions, and a totally cool, (weird), nightlife sound to you?  For someone brought up in a North of England coal mining town it sounds fabulous.

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From the Pacific coast find the Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway, (aka Interstate 10), and before you get to Whitewater look for route 111 and head south-east into Palm Springs.

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(Picture by the girl riding shotgun)

Palm Springs is a one street town.  Almost everything cool is either on or just off Palm Canyon Drive.  Baristo Road is east west and crosses Palm Canyon Drive, (for those who don’t know how street signs work in the USA).

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To be more truthful, central Palm Springs is a two street town, because Palm Canyon Drive is one-way, heading south.  To double back on oneself, take Indian Canyon Drive, heading North.  If you’re searching for a classic car for your next road trip, then check out the auction lots on Indian Canyon Drive.  But, take my advice, don’t buy an Edsel.

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If you are in Southern California, Palm Springs is a place which just oozes sexual energy, of whatever flavour you like.  Don’t forget, this town is both close enough and far enough away from Hollywood to have made it one of the illicit meeting places of choice for the stars of the silver screen.  The restaurant in the picture is called Lulu.

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pictures by jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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