Emptying out my notebook on the last real weekend of summer:
• Elon Musk did it again.
The billionaire entrepreneur recently unveiled his “Hyperloop” system – a car-sized capsule that will someday send you from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes. He estimates he could complete it within a decade, with travelers hitting 700 mph.
Sound familiar? It should, because you read it here first.
Sure, he’s got money and engineers involved. But it was just two months ago that I pitched the idea of combining the Delta twin tunnels and high-speed rail into one project: A high-speed water tube from the Bay Area to Southern California.
Tubes. Fast. From Northern California to Southern California. Sound familiar now?
Elon Musk is stealing my ideas. It’s not the first time.
In the 1970s, I thought it would be cool if there was a way to magically pay for things. Two decades later, PayPal came.
The inventor? Elon Musk.
In the 1980s, I suggested that space exploration shouldn’t be limited to astronauts. Two decades later, SpaceX arrived, pushing forward the idea of civilian space flight.
The founder? Elon Musk.
As a child, I thought an electric car made sense – although I couldn’t figure out how to avoid tangling electrical cords. Fast-forward a few decades and Tesla emerges as an electric sports car.
Who runs Tesla? Elon Musk.
It’s almost like he steals everything from me. But I won’t complain.
Let me make that clear: Me no sulk.
Wait a second, rearrange those letters and it spells “Elon Musk!”
He’s done it again!
On to today’s topics:
• I usually avoid politics in this space, but I’d like to issue a call for someone named Ali – first or last name, doesn’t really matter – to run for the state Assembly in District 11 next year.
I just know this: Jim Frazier is our incumbent, so if an Ali decided to run, we’d have Ali vs. Frazier.
Wouldn’t that be awesome? That would get national attention from baby boomer boxing fans!
• When convicted leaker Bradley Manning announced that he wanted to be a woman known as “Chelsea,” I heartily approved.
One less Bradley in the world is fine with me – and it moves me up to No. 71 on the “Most Powerful Brads” list that I keep hidden in a notebook at my house.
Next up? Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal and Swedish pornographic actor Brad Patton.
Doesn’t everyone keep a list of famous people with their first name?
• A curious, ongoing question from Mrs. Brad: Why don’t we call countries what they call themselves?
In other words, why don’t we say “Italia,” “Tchad” and “Deutschland” instead of Italy, Chad and Germany?
This comes up during every Olympics, when the names on uniforms don’t match what we call people.
It makes sense with countries that don’t use English letters – I get that we shouldn’t need to write العراق for “Iraq” – but doesn’t it make sense for those that do?
• I bet if that idea goes through, Elon Musk will try to take credit for it!
Reach Brad Stanhope at 427-6958 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bradstanhope.