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@oldshurst442 I'm just starting to see the term Quebecker, like you've used above, more and more.  I would always just insert Quebecois into an English sentence.  I thought other Anglophones did, too.

The Europeans still smoke a lot, but less than before.  I don't know if some people (who have exposure to things European) think that smoking equates with being European.

If she's a stick, and she smokes, I supposed smoking could make her look chic.  Remember how in '70s and '80s movie there was often that "after sex" smoke?  (Sort of like "apres-ski" means doing the hot tub and wine & cheese thing at some resort after a day on the slopes.)

Now, if she looks like she slam dunks Oreos while watching soaps and talk shows, and then flicks her ashes from the open window of a beat up 1999 Grand Prix, then that would not look chic.  It might look more like a wake up call to a casting call for Jerry Springer.

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The term Quebecker as I have learned to use it IS by some AnglophonesAnd I sometimes think that Quebecois hate the term Quebecker when a certain type of Anglophone uses it to describe them.  

I dont hear it as often anymore. On the English media, they now use Quebecois.  

I think they dont like it because it seems like an English description of a person that hails from Quebec.  Just stick an English 'E' and English 'R'  at the end of a very French Province of Quebec and we have an English descriptor to describe a French people in a French Province.  And coming from a colonial English person...its as close to an insult as it can get.  

Anyway, back to cars being spotted in April.  

Going to the bus stop to pick up my son an hour or so ago and I saw a black Pontiac G6 convertible. 

I wasnt going to mention it as I dont think its that interesting of a spotting. But I didnt want to derail the thread with socio-political terminology from a country that most of you arent a part of anyway...   :)  

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, oldshurst442 said:

The term Quebecker as I have learned to use it IS by some AnglophonesAnd I sometimes think that Quebecois hate the term Quebecker when a certain type of Anglophone uses it to describe them.  

I dont hear it as often anymore. On the English media, they now use Quebecois.  

I think they dont like it because it seems like an English description of a person that hails from Quebec.  Just stick an English 'E' and English 'R'  at the end of a very French Province of Quebec and we have an English descriptor to describe a French people in a French Province.  And coming from a colonial English person...its as close to an insult as it can get.  

Anyway, back to cars being spotted in April.  

Going to the bus stop to pick up my son an hour or so ago and I saw a black Pontiac G6 convertible. 

I wasnt going to mention it as I dont think its that interesting of a spotting. But I didnt want to derail the thread with socio-political terminology from a country that most of you arent a part of anyway...   :)  

When someone says Canadian, I think of Ehhhhh. :P 

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17 hours ago, David said:

When someone says Canadian, I think of Ehhhhh. :P 

Which is similar, but different to 'eeeeehhhhh' which is more of a groan, one of my standard catchphrases... 

I can always spot a Canuck in my midst in IT when someone says 'JAAAH-vah' instead of 'Jaa-va'.  

 

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Similarly, the way Canadians say the words "pasta" and "Mazda" surprised me, given the high number of ethnic types living there and who would pronounce it differently in their native tongues.

Back to spotting:

Midweek.  I have a feeling these stickers are going to be on cars for a long time.  It might be parallel to people in the South still thinking they're fighting the Civil War.

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Probably rides well and has a reliable 4.6L V8.  I'm trying to be "glass half full" here.

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Spotted sort of deliberately, by going into the showroom while my car was being serviced.

It's about the rear pillar area ...

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This was on the new 2021 Buick Envision

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POSSIBLY

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This was on a new 2021 Acadia

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I liked the outgoing Envision more.  Regardless, I wouldn't want to be in crowded traffic conditions and with rowdy drivers in a place like Manhattan and be driving the uppermost of these 2 scenarios.

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On 4/17/2021 at 8:07 PM, trinacriabob said:

Spotted sort of deliberately, by going into the showroom while my car was being serviced.

It's about the rear pillar area ...

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NO

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This was on the new 2021 Buick Envision

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POSSIBLY

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This was on a new 2021 Acadia

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I liked the outgoing Envision more.  Regardless, I wouldn't want to be in crowded traffic conditions and with rowdy drivers in a place like Manhattan and be driving the uppermost of these 2 scenarios.

Makes sense on the Acadia as that section is so big, they really need a window there. Agree that the Envision also should have a window too, crazy that we are removing the shoulder checks for the corner of the auto due to lack of windows to ensure roll over protection is there for the roof not crushing down.

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Speaking of GM CUV quarter windows, I recall sitting in a Terrain at the auto show last year, the quarter window was but a small rectangle, reminded me of an opera window on a '70s personal luxury coupe. 

With the thick pillars and small quarter windows on any modern CUV or SUV, a back up camera and large side mirrors are quite useful.   Though in my Jeep, I still find myself doing the over the right shoulder look back when merging on one local freeway where a ramp from another freeway merges from the left and I have to immediately cross 3 lanes to traffic to get to my exit.

 

Terrain:

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Saw an unusual new Silverado today---a dark gray regular cab longbed 4x4, with small wheels and tires...didn't realize they were building regular cabs anymore.   Not sure of the trim level, but it had chrome bumpers, black steel wheels w/ chromey hubcaps.  Had some sort of badging on the front fenders, couldn't see the front end.

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7 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

Speaking of GM CUV quarter windows, I recall sitting in a Terrain at the auto show last year, the quarter window was but a small rectangle, reminded me of an opera window on a '70s personal luxury coupe. 

With the thick pillars and small quarter windows on any modern CUV or SUV, a back up camera and large side mirrors are quite useful.   Though in my Jeep, I still find myself doing the over the right shoulder look back when merging on one local freeway where a ramp from another freeway merges from the left and I have to immediately cross 3 lanes to traffic to get to my exit.

 

Terrain:

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Duly noted.  Yes, on some GM models, the beltline goes up and it narrows the rear quarter window to a mere rectangle, as shown above.  That would not work for me.  

And I was thinking of the opera window thing after I posted my 2 CUV photos.  The thing was that, for some reason, you could see out of the old school opera windows.  Possibly because of the more vertical backlite, the fact that the opera window was taller, I don't know ...  My parents owned two GM colonnades from the '70s and I had no problem seeing out of them.  The GM mid-size coupes were very satisfying cars to drive on so many levels.

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Ran to Home Depot and a very silver haired man was driving this old Studebaker pickup. @balthazarany idea what year?

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On 4/19/2021 at 6:38 PM, Robert Hall said:

Saw an unusual new Silverado today---a dark gray regular cab longbed 4x4, with small wheels and tires...didn't realize they were building regular cabs anymore.

Silverado has 2 tiers; the Custom & the LT. You can get a regular cab/8-ft bed in the Custom series; my GMC dealer has a Sierra in that configuration on the floor.

^ The Studebaker above is a '49-53.

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Just saw a B&W Volvo XC40 next to a MB GLA and Volvo Wins hands down as a far better looking crossover.

Square and straight to the back, not coupe like and not squeezed pinch a load look like MB has on their crossovers.

Really impressed with the Volvo compared to MB which is a styling Fail.

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