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we will survive

June 29, 2020 /// issue no. 136

Dear Readers,

Issue 135 of carsthencoffee was published nearly a month ago. In that time many things have happened. We all became accustomed to adjusting our lifestyles because of COVID-19. Hundreds of thousands of people lost work. The entirety of the United States became divided and painfully aware of the deep pain that has been caused by social injustice and systemic racism in the country I call home.

I haven’t written anything in this space for 29 days rather intentionally. The automobile, though it has been a coping mechanism for me, seems rather insignificant compared to the conversations I have had about race in America. It became difficult to think I should be writing about something that is fun when people are dying just for the color of their skin.

This space was always a side attraction for me. In the same 29 days my day job has demanded my time in ways that I never thought possible of a public company. This was meant to be a hobby and at the end of the day, as a steward of my time, I am always giving the best of me to the avenue that supports my family.

carsthencoffee will continue to be a thing. At some point in the future I will be able to reconcile the demands of the world in comparison with content that barely has a reason to exist.

A couple of things are clear. This newsletter will cease to be a daily effort. I am not a journalist. This is not my lifeline. I am a “tech guy” with an interest in cars and the frequency of this letter will reflect that balance. I don’t want to add to the noise of the internet. Anything published in this space should add to the conversation. RIght now that value looks like in depth dives in to data. All of that data takes real time to gather and analyze. I look forward to all of those data-driven insights.

So those are a bunch of words with excuses as to why my daily newsletter went silent. At the end of the day, I hope that you as a human being, that your loved ones, and those you call friends are all safe in the insanity that is 2020. Be safe. I will survive. We will survive. Don’t be a racist and put a mask on so we can all care about frivolous things like which half-ton diesel truck is the best buy.

Quad shot time,
Steven


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