October 28, 2010 – Tour Corvette Assembly plant and Diamond Caverns – Rolling Shoe Box
Trees are not the only piece of nature that contains growth rings, but so do Stalagmites. Since Diamond Caverns is not a national park, they cut a stalagmite in two so that one can view its growth characteristics. It is nice that we have the park service to preserve artifacts, but it is also nice that some artifacts can be destroyed so that we can all learn about how they form, and what they look like on the inside. Like everything we have to have a balance between use and preservation. This morning, we toured the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green. (I wonder if they bowl on the golf course here in Kentucky?) The plant tour was interesting, we found out that like many things, the Corvette comes in models, which I have forgotten the names of. What I do remember is they start at $60K if you want to get from 0 – 60 in 4 seconds and top out at 195mph, they cost about $108K if you want to go from 0 – 60 in 3.2 seconds and top out at 205mph. Since none of those speeds are legal on US freeways I assume the real reason to buy a Corvette is status and flash. Since if your break calipers are not dark gray, you do not have 20 spoke wheels and no fin on the back, you must be a wanna be. With that thought in mind, one should never buy a Corvette unless he has at least $108K as it will just not deliver the message. One can’t afford anything but the best especially if status is his statement. Our Neighbor in the park here had his RV custom built and it only set him back $850K he could not see how people could possibly afford the 1.5 to 2 million dollars other RV’s here cost. Status, is a matter of perspective, and someone will always have more status and flash. All that being said, I would love a day on the track Driving the $108K Corvette just to see what 205 miles per hour and 0 – 60 in 3.2 seconds feels like behind the wheel.
Good Evening and Good Night.
10282010 – Diamond Caverns Tour – Family of 4 in a Rolling Shoe Box