Housekeeping: Once, Twice, Three Times A Million

Thirty-four months to the first million reads, twenty months to the second, under thirteen months to the third. Not bad for a site that doesn’t offer much beyond a few “get off my lawn” rants and, of course, the tireless excellence of our classic curbside chronicler, Tom Klockau. As I did at the two million mark and the one million milestone, I will answer a few Infrequently Asked Questions after the jump.

Obviously, you’re not releasing a book or an EP any time soon… I’m afraid not. With that said, I did contribute three chapters to an anthology about motoring that is currently stuck in some sort of post-production but which will, I hope, eventually become available. They already paid me so it’s just a matter of ego at this point.

How are you physically? I tore my rotator cuff this year at a skatepark — twice. It’s been almost five years since I slept through the night. With that said, I feel pretty decent overall. I put almost 800 miles on my road bike this summer according to Strava, usually at a pace between 16 and 17mph. Next year I’m aiming for 1,250. So no complaints other than the fact that I’m not getting any better-looking as I age. At least I have my hair, which at 47 is an accomplishment all by itself.

And your passenger? No surgeries in 2018, a few successes in her career, maiden wins in both an SCCA enduro and a NASA sprint race. She remains considerably younger than I am and not fat, which is both gratifying to me and exceptionally rare in the world of automotive-journalism spouses. Hard to believe we have known each other for more than five years now. Time really does fly when you’re having fun.

And the boy? He asked if he could focus on BMX instead of karting this year. I didn’t necessarily approve of that choice but it turned out to be the right one. He had five wins in thirteen starts this year, including the last four in a row, and finished third in his class at the Gold Cup Championship for the northeastern quarter of the United States. He’d have likely racked up more but he broke his hand and lost six weeks in the fall. He plays the upright bass in his school band and a Taylor GS Mini Bass for fun. Good kid. I have no complaints.

What about Bark? I think he had a pretty good year and if you watch his Instagram he is certainly out there living the high life. He may have some really good news coming up, and I mean the kind that will have his critics contemplating suicide. We’ll see.

What are your racing plans? After ten wins and a regional championship in 2018, I am going to significantly reduce my race program for the upcoming year, limiting myself to 2 SCCA and 3 NASA weekends at the most. Mrs. Baruth, on the other hand, will be vigorously contesting a regional and perhaps national championship with NASA.

Anything else? Not at the moment. I have my fingers crossed for a new career opportunity that may or may not happen. Either way I’m going to spend 2019 the way I spent 2018 — on two wheels or four, trying to enjoy myself. As always, thanks for reading!

22 Replies to “Housekeeping: Once, Twice, Three Times A Million”

  1. Dirty Dingus McGee

    Congrats on the growth of the site. Hopefully that sweet sweet ad revenue has increased from a steady drip to decent trickle.

    Any reason in particular you’re cutting back on your racing schedule?

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      This year was majestically expensive. I prepped three cars for 16 total days on track and entered a World Challenge event. I couldn’t do it two years in a row if I tried.

      More importantly, however, I want to get my son to more races and there are only so many weekends in the year.

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      • Dirty Dingus McGee

        “This year was majestically expensive”

        I’m familiar with that. I think a coke habit is slightly less expensive.

        ” I want to get my son to more races”

        I’m sure he will be appreciative of that. Hoping that he has continued success.

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        • -Nate

          “More importantly, however, I want to get my son to more races and there are only so many weekends in the year.”

          Glad to see your priorities are in proper order Jack .

          John’s going to be a secure Man in whatever life endevours he chooses .

          -Nate

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  2. -Nate

    Gotta love these old timey end of year family letters .

    Wait ’till you in your 50’s jack, the pains will get worse .

    Buy a good recliner, one you seriously test sit/lie before choosing, I’ve not slept in my own bed in some time, I occasionally skip sleeping in SWMBO’s for the pain….

    Keep up the good works .

    -Nate

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  3. Josh Howard

    Careful with the “Get off my lawn” rants. That didn’t work out too well for Gavin McInnes.

    It has been a wonderful year full of wonderful memories. Here’s to more fun and more family next year.

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  4. scotten

    As for Bark… does that mean he’s going to take a high level position with the Democratic Party? Seems to be the best way to avoid being criticized!

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        • DougD

          I predict he’s been tapped for WH Chief of Staff, since he already seems to know about how to hire good people in this market.

          Bass is a good choice for your son. My boy plays bass, I told him “look, if you want to be in house band at summer camp they always have too many guitar players and singers, nobody plays bass”. Totally worked. Now my wife has picked it up too. She practiced for a month on our beater Yamaha RBX-170. Then I took her to the store and showed her a Squier Jaguar short scale, she practically ripped it off the wall and bought it on the spot. I had planned to spring for the MIM Mustang SS instead of the Indonesian Squier, but she loves it and the black is so slimming!

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  5. dejal

    “….the kind that will have his critics contemplating suicide”.

    I can only think of 2 or 3 but pretty sure it’s only one that could be on a suicide watch list.

    Haven’t seen him around for awhile. Pretty smart guy, but wound too tight.

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    • Dirty Dingus McGee

      If you are referencing DW, he got whomped upside the computer with the ban hammer a few months back.

      I did scroll down to the comments on an article over at TTAC a couple weeks ago (I needed a decent laugh) and there he was with one of his semi coherent rants.

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      • dejal

        Yeah, him. The sad part is, he is probably correct on a lot of his assumptions. He’s just too wrapped up in it. He’d be the guy with greasy hair and beard standing on the street corner wearing a signboard screaming “The End is NEAR!!!!” who was also a grad from an Ivy League college.

        So obnoxious you ignore the message. I tried to tell him here to lighten up a bit. Contrarian is one thing, dick is another.

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  6. Eric L.

    Additional questions:
    0. Does The Boy read this site?
    1. How many unique visitors did you bring in? I’m curious to the count of lurkers who are harshly judging quietly skimming my inane comments on here.
    3. Thank you for continuing to locally colocate, instead of pumping more money to Amazon.

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      0. He’s not all that interested in his crazy Dad and said dad’s perorations, so I’d say no… he will read my race results, that’s as far as he goes.

      1. I don’t have the ability to see that, because we don’t register users. However, Jetpack, our stats engine, does some rough discrimination on a short-term basis. It counts each session-by-IP as a “view”, more or less.

      3. In my professional life I find it very frustrating how many people want to hand their business model over to the most predatory company in history. Luckily for me, here at Riverside Green I need answer to no one.

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      • Ronnie Schreiber

        “Most predatory”. That’s a pretty high bar to vault. I’m not excusing their behavior but do you think Amazon is more predatory than Edison or Rockefeller were?

        I wonder what would happen if a state, let’s say Michigan, were to eliminate all taxes on businesses. Would that attract more investment than the kinds of subsidies and incentives currently used to attract employers?

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