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Just saw an immaculate Pontiac Grand Prix, 2004 (had trunk lock), in "Light Urine Sample Gold" metallic with FL plates w(h)izzing by me on the freeway in the fast lane.

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My buddy’s ‘stanger : 

No need to worry in the PNW, we are all a little weird and different. This is a very common style up here. There is no right or wrong, wear what is comfortable and you like.

Spotted August 26 on yet another trip through Arby's drive through, this time to get a Reuben sandwich: Looks ominous - don't know what it is, what year it is, or what engine it might have

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I don’t report modern stuff simply because it is everywhere (unless its only weeks old or extremely uncommon). This is neither; my son was upgraded to a Camaro at Enterprise. I strong-armed my way behind the wheel to gas it before returning. V6, 275 HP. Yes; it scoots! 

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On 8/5/2020 at 11:01 AM, balthazar said:

I don’t report modern stuff simply because it is everywhere (unless its only weeks old or extremely uncommon). This is neither; my son was upgraded to a Camaro at Enterprise. I strong-armed my way behind the wheel to gas it before returning. V6, 275 HP. Yes; it scoots! 

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Woohoo.  West Virginia plates.  That's where the fictitious Clarice Starling from "Silence of the Lambs" hailed from.   Hannibal tried to put her down for her lineage.

These two like to park next to each other ... two generations of Dodge Charger, in black.

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"Fraternal twins" having a heart to heart conversation (on August 2)

 

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(IMO, the two best colors for either of these Mopars)

 

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Here's an early August sighting in the subtropics.  He knew I took this photo.  He told me it was a 2005 with about 160,000 original miles.

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Those tires and wheels are a MUST.  LOL. 

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28 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

Here's an early August sighting in the subtropics.  He knew I took this photo.  He told me it was a 2005 with about 160,000 original miles.

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Those tires and wheels are a MUST.  LOL. 

🤔 Is this what they call Mini Donked? 🤔

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30 minutes ago, David said:

🤔 Is this what they call Mini Donked? 🤔

Mostly, I get a kick of this newer vernacular of soccer slides and white socks.  You can't be a white person and pull it off.

When I was growing up, you wore white socks ... and maybe - BIG maybe - white ankle socks with tennis shoes, most of which were mainly white.  If you wore dark socks with tennis shoes, you were out of style, nerdy, or possibly a German or Scandinavian tourist.

Now, and especially in Europe, you wear dark socks with tennis shoes, which tend to be of many colors, and that includes dark ankle socks.

I wish I could "get the memo" on these things on a timely basis.  Therefore, it's easier to wear flip flops and avoid socks altogether when the weather is good.  You won't be making any "mistakes" that way.

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1 hour ago, trinacriabob said:

Mostly, I get a kick of this newer vernacular of soccer slides and white socks.  You can't be a white person and pull it off.

When I was growing up, you wore white socks ... and maybe - BIG maybe - white ankle socks with tennis shoes, most of which were mainly white.  If you wore dark socks with tennis shoes, you were out of style, nerdy, or possibly a German or Scandinavian tourist.

Now, and especially in Europe, you wear dark socks with tennis shoes, which tend to be of many colors, and that includes dark ankle socks.

I wish I could "get the memo" on these things on a timely basis.  Therefore, it's easier to wear flip flops and avoid socks altogether when the weather is good.  You won't be making any "mistakes" that way.

No need to worry in the PNW, we are all a little weird and different. This is a very common style up here. There is no right or wrong, wear what is comfortable and you like.

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Took a drive yesterday afternoon...had to get out of the house.  Went on about a 20 mile loop down through the nearby national park, saw a really clean medium green w/ white roof  '60 Thunderbird, the dark blue '69/70 Grand Prix I've seen a few times, and a white '20 C8 Corvette.  Was beautiful but hot and humid out.

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25 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

and a white '20 C8 Corvette. 

I saw another one a few days ago.  I'm liking this car.  The mid-engine look is interesting and makes it look "balanced."  Some article was released and it was considered one of the best 10 cars of 2020.  They went as far as to say that, in base form, it's a bargain for what it is.

I know the base engine is a 6.2 L V8.  I've seen that engine on specs every now and then.  I believe it's about 368 c.i.  I'm wondering why they couldn't have kept the venerable 5.7 L.  Maybe the 5.7 label is too long in the tooth and signals no innovation.

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During the first week of August, I was at a gas station in FL and saw an immaculate mid-90s Cutlass Supreme (SL trim) coupe in white with burgundy buckets and alloy wheels.  As the guy was gassing up, I learned it was a '95 (which I had guessed), it had a 3.1 V6 (which I had guessed), and had about 160,000 miles.  He couldn't believe I knew so much about it. The guy was originally from England (looked like he could have been related to Australian Paul Hogan) and said he loved the car - its reliability, comfort, and mostly how economical it was in using fuel.  This car was 25 years old and it must have been tight!  Would have taken a photo but the situation just wasn't right for that.

It's like being put into a time tunnel when you see something with burgundy cloth bucket seats. 

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10 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

I saw another one a few days ago.  I'm liking this car.  The mid-engine look is interesting and makes it look "balanced."  Some article was released and it was considered one of the best 10 cars of 2020.  They went as far as to say that, in base form, it's a bargain for what it is.

I know the base engine is a 6.2 L V8.  I've seen that engine on specs every now and then.  I believe it's about 368 c.i.  I'm wondering why they couldn't have kept the venerable 5.7 L.  Maybe the 5.7 label is too long in the tooth and signals no innovation.

 

There hasn't been a 5.7 V8 in a Corvette since the C5, over 15 years ago.   With the C6, they first had a 6.0 V8, with a 6.2 and 7.0 in some variations..

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Re: socks and sandals.  I’ve avoided that, not a fan of the look.  I tend to wear sandals/flippy floppies without socks around the house and yard all summer, but I don’t like driving in them.  I usually wear deck shoes (Rockports) without socks when I go out in the summer.  

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3 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Re: socks and sandals.  I’ve avoided that, not a fan of the look.  I tend to wear sandals/flippy floppies without socks around the house and yard all summer, but I don’t like driving in them.  I usually wear deck shoes (Rockports) without socks when I go out in the summer.  

Only problem I see with the no socks on sandals or shoes is the sweat from the feet make a very unpleasant smell. For me, the wife has stopped the crazy sock look by getting me booties. I have white, black and grey, so this way it tends to match my flip flops, sandals or shoes.

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I have a poor sense of smell, can't tell if my feet smell or not (though I shower everyday and the dogs lick my feet).. heh heh.  I do have some of those shorty socks, though...wear those sometimes w/ low cut shoes.

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33 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

I tend to wear sandals/flippy floppies without socks around the house and yard all summer, but I don’t like driving in them.  

Yes.  Please don't drive in them.  At the most, 2 or 3 blocks at lower speeds to pick up some groceries at the market.  Some countries, and possibly some states, have laws about driving while wearing footwear that is not held in place with a strap.  Not completely sure.  And, if they don't, these sorts of laws might be a good idea, though hard to enforce. 

Not at all a "don't tread on me" issue but a public safety issue.

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7 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

I have a poor sense of smell, can't tell if my feet smell or not (though I shower everyday and the dogs lick my feet).. heh heh.  I do have some of those shorty socks, though...wear those sometimes w/ low cut shoes.

Dogs are good for getting that salt we leave behind. Doggy Massage with the tongue. :D 

3 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

Yes.  Please don't drive in them.  At the most, 2 or 3 blocks at lower speeds to pick up some groceries at the market.  Some countries, and possibly some states, have laws about driving while wearing footwear that is not held in place with a strap.  Not completely sure.  And, if they don't, these sorts of laws might be a good idea, though hard to enforce. 

Not at all a "don't tread on me" issue but a public safety issue.

Here in Washington, you cannot wear flip flops while driving a car, motorcycle or bike. Must have secure footwear.

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Going up and down stairs with flip flops is hard enough, I wouldn't want to drive in them...and most of them aren't good orthopedically. 

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2 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Going up and down stairs with flip flops is hard enough, I wouldn't want to drive in them...and most of them aren't good orthopedically. 

I have inserts in all my shoes and was prescribed orthopedic flip flops to wear in the house so that I have something solid on my arch's at all times.

A bit pricy, but when done via insurance, these are amazing to wear around the house and even outside. I have two pairs, one for outside wear and one for inside wear.

If you have ever had Plantar Fasciitis, these are the sandals for you. Even if you have never had foot issues, these are worth the money. Molded to support your feet.

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5 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Interesting...I could probably use those...I've pronated my whole life...

Honestly Robert, they will change your life. I was shocked at how comfy they are and how better my legs and back felt when I started wearing them in the house. During winter time, feet are never cold wearing them. Better posture, over all better Health I believe.

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Back on topic, I got a delivery from one of my favorite local places tonight, Door Dash delivery driver was driving a sharp dark red '19-20 CT6..

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The only auto's I have seen in the last 5 days that are not my own are the Amazon Prime Delivery vans. :P So much Grey with a little bit of blue.

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3 hours ago, David said:

Here in Washington, you cannot wear flip flops while driving a car, motorcycle or bike. Must have secure footwear.

I did not know that.  And I once lived there.  (One or two communities over from you!)  Any idea when this law was enacted ... more or less?

Not a good idea to be driving up and down a stop and go I-5 or I-405 with flip flops, sandals, or the like.

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