Thursday, August 27, 2009

cadillac ranch

Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure.
Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) economist and sociologist

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight. . . The truly wise person is colorblind.
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) physician, theologian, musician and philosopher

He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson of statecraft.
James Russell Lowell (1819-1981)poet, editor and diplomat

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
Oprah Winfrey (b. 1954)multi-media personality, producer, philanthropist

Inside his slimy limousine
that slips about the slimy scene
he guzzles a glass of gasoline
and licks his slimy lips.
With rings on either slimy hand
he's a monster glorious, great and grand,
the wealthiest in monster land,
the slithery slimy Slitch.

from "The Slithery Slitch" in The Baby Uggs are Hatching
by Jack Prelutsky, pictures by James Stevenson (1982)

notes about photos:
  1. in college I majored in sociology and economics where I read veblen's the theory of the leisure class (1899). the book, which is probably veblen's best known work, is full of wonderful insights, the least of which is his introducing the concept of conspicuous consumption. veblen deplored the consequences of conspicuous consumption, he believed it triggered greater inequality and conspicuous waste - as a product of frugal norwegian stock, he really despised the waste. it is unfortunate that veblen died a few months before black tuesday, the day considered the beginning of the great depression; undoubtedly he would have added much to the deconstruction of the great depression. this photo is of a 1929 minerva limousine, the minerva was a luxury automobile manufactured from 1902 to 1938. this car is part of the crawford auto-aviation museum . at least it was when I took this picture. unfortunately, the museum is currently auctioning off some of its automotive collection in order to try and stay afloat. hard times, hard times. this particular model limousine is reputed to be one of the largest automobiles ever made and is described as "a palace on wheels" - conspicous indeed! wrhs, cleveland, january 2008
  2. one of the most interesting limousines I've ever scene. clearly it's a chevy, but year perhaps a 57 or 58. nyc march 2009.
  3. I wonder what one calls a bunch of limos - we call a group of boats, a flotilla: a group of crows, a murder; a group of lions, a pride; a group of quail, a bevy; and, my personal favorite a mischief of mice. perhaps a group of limos could be considered 'a nuisance of limousines' - after all they are often waiting around for some fat cats. for those who like musing about such thing, check out this site. washington, dc 20 january 2009
  4. c&s leaving the church after their wedding. cleveland december 2002
  5. the first thing that popped into my head thinking about this week's theme was prelutsky's hilarious poem from one of my all time favorite children's books, the baby uggs are hatching. it has been almost two years since I mentioned this book on the mouse, about time to plug it again! ms t graciously agreed to pose with the book - by the way, the outfit is yesterday's arts and crafts project on avenue c - designed by none other than ms t herself - but she did not run the sewing machine - although she desperately wants to, I told her she has to wait until she's at least six.

the boss (aka bruce springsteen) seems to have something about cadillacs. in 1980 bruce and the e street band released cadillac ranch and a few years later bruce wrote and released his rockabilly quasi-ode to elvis pink cadillac. I like bruce's version, however I really like natalie cole's r&b version which she released in 1988.


ArtSparker said...

I like Jack Prelutsky very much.

Megan said...

I know the Slitch. Most excellent!

I did NOT know that Veblen was the conspicuous consumption guy. As the daughter of an economics major, I certainly should have!

I haven't visited any of the other posts yet, but I'm already giving this one the palm.

Ron Eklof said...

Perhaps a largess of limos.
Good post as always.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

The quote on being color-blind...the truly non-prejudging set. -Jayne

Anonymous said...

kimy, niiiice!( wipes drool )-LOL! And why didn't i think of Cadillac Ranch; d'oh! Ms.T looks so into reading that book! Happy TT :)

Roy said...

Hmmm... The Slithery Slitch sounds like any number of pop music stars trying to lure groupies into the back seat. Limos seem to invite that kind of activity!

Good choice with The Boss. I almost picked that one, too, but I was sticking to songs specifically about limos (well, except for one, heh, heh).

mouse (aka kimy) said...

happy to read there are more prelutsky fans among the mouse's readers!! birds of a feather, eh!!

megan - a book in offspring's library, perhaps? and a daughter of an econ major, I knew there were times you remind me of my em! tee

ron - like the suggestion!! and thanks!

jayne - it is a good one, more words to live by

subby - after pulling out the book we had to read it cover to cover twice ...which is cool with me as I adore the word play....I know there will be some future post when I can share the grubby grebbles poem.... should have used it when we did rock for tt!

speaking of tt - off to do some nibbling and check out what is goingon in the bloggyhood on limos!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

roy missed you as you posted your comment while I was writing....can't wait to see what songs you found!! and of course your pics!!

mum said...

It's raining pigs and noodles?

Sorry, I was looking at the Jack Prelutsky website. Must visit again.

Gorgeous cars and quotes and Ms T looks both enchanting - and unimpressed by Slimy Slithery Slitch.

Great song selections, as always.

cheers from Graulhet.

Anonymous said...

kimy, "grubby grebbles"? sounds like an alt rock band or an off-shoot of "The Rutles", wot?-LOL! Oh, now I have to go see if my library has this....

Brian Miller said...

ha. loved it. i think i like the oprah quote the best...

Unknown said...

Hey, so glad to see Thorstein Veblen! That is one great book.

Tom said...

i don't have much reason to read kiddy books these days, but might have to check this one out...why not? Bruce always knew how to rock! Great TT post.

37paddington said...

Great photos and quotes and I especially love the one of Ms. T. Her art project outfit bespeaks a future designer!

Baino said...

Great quotes and gorgeous pics of course. Love the Slitch he sounds like a gangsta!~

e said...

Awesome autos, Mouse! I hope you are well and happy TT...

Nancy said...

That was so great. What does it say that I can remember many of those cars when they first came out?

I'm hoping conspicuous consumption is going to go the way of that place on wheels. What happens when no one cares what you have?

Kris McCracken said...

Veblen is always fun.

Merle Sneed said...

I wound not want to won a bunch s stuff, but I do like looking at stuff.

Candie said...

Nice collection!

lettuce said...

i like the first 2 - vintage cars are always my faves.

California Girl said...

You know, I had no interest in writing about the subject, limousine but you have managed to make it topical and interesting.