[ExI] teslas can tow

John Klos john at ziaspace.com
Thu Oct 5 20:29:54 UTC 2023

> But I digress cheerfully.  The Chevette brings back fond memories of bad
> times spent with mostly happy teenagers.  Life sucked but we had fun anyway.
> We were too stupid to realize it I suppose.
> John thanks for the photo.  It brightened my day.


You know, I still have mine. That's the one in the photo. I'm in the 
process of rebuilding the engine, which I suppose was finally due
after 780,000 miles. I should be driving it from New York to California in 
the next week or two.

After seeing stories like these:


I am more convinced than ever that, even though I'm a computer geek, I do 
not want anything computer controlled, or even anything where
electronics are used where mechanical can suffice. There is literally not 
a single integrated circuit anywhere in my Chevette. If the
apocalypse came tomorrow and all electronics stopped working forever, I 
could push start my car and drive it.

I'm all for technology, but when it's used to market things to people to 
make money instead of making things better, I take exception. The
recent news stories about subscription-based "features" illustrate the 
point well.

My Chevette represented freedom when I was a teenager in a very literal 
sense: I could get in it and go whenever and wherever I want. I
never dreamed back then that it'd come to represent a different kind of 
freedom, where I am not at the mercy of for-profit mega
corporations who withhold information and access in an attempt to extract 
as much money as they can.

It's worth remembering this when it comes to other technology.

Oh - plus the fact that my Chevette gets 40 to 50 miles to the gallon 
makes me constantly wonder why it has taken decades to get back to
that kind of efficiency, and why we're not at 100 miles to the gallon now. 
Oh, right - people want to make money.


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