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  3. Me too! And plenty of “oldies”....
  4. Nothing beats taking yourself places, period. Something I plan to keep doing.....
  5. ^ It was a rough time, that's for sure.
  6. I like FLW's work, but I still think a LOT of it is overrated. A LOT. This is his Arizona retreat- the masonry work is terrible and frankly- the whole thing (I've looked thru an extensive pictorial on it) is heavy-handed.
  7. Yeah, growing up w/ Baby Boomer siblings and MTV through the 80s I got exposed to a lot of classic rock at an early age...
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  9. I learned about Led Zeppelin relatively late in my life. As compared to other music artists that I learned about and listened to before my time. I was in my mid 20s when I discovered them. As you could see, the Honeydrippers had come and gone a loooong time before I could make that connection. And I never saw the movie. Probably the only movie with Al Pacino in it that I did not see.(False Claim...Ive seen many of his films, but he made a lot of films) I remember the commercials for it on TV, but I never got the chance to rent it on VHS. Strangely enough, I dont ever recall seeing it at any video rental shelf that I was a member at. I would have rented it otherwise. I heard that Led Zeppelin gave awesome concerts back in the day. Yeah...he would as a solo artist too. I dont know Ship of Fools. 1st time I hear it. And I like it!!! His vocals are awesome. Love the guitar work in the song. Strong drums too. Good song! Im more familiar with the Stray Cats and The Brian Setzer Orchestra though. That would be during my time. Not popular with my circle of friends, but I was a fan.
  10. My statement what you have in bold states my belief that Cadillac is currently losing sales to Mercedes and others that have high performance SUVs. They easily lose 500 units just by not offering the product and I think Cadillac can get 500 people that were going to buy an Escalade anyway to pay an extra $60,000 for a V-series. They could sell 1,000 Escalde-V a year I think, 100 a month on average for a vehicle that has about 2,000 units a month volume I think is doable.
  11. There has been a prevailing thought about the likes of Uber and Lyft that once they switch from human drivers to self-driving vehicles, they would stand to see a significant reduction in overall operating costs. This possibly means consumers could see these services as an alternative to owning a vehicle. But a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) disputes that claim. Researchers Ashley Nunes and Kristen D. Hernandez examined the San Francisco market on the per-mile cost of an automated taxi service to owning a vehicle. They found an automated taxi would range between $1.58 and $6.01 per mile, while the conventional vehicle would be at $0.72 per mile. "When we started going into this work, we found there's a lot of hand-waving. There was a notion that 'All we have to do is remove the driver, assume a reduction in insurance, and there's our great number.' We said, 'Let's hold it up to scrutiny.' It didn't hold up," explained Nunes to Automotive News. The massive disparity gap isn't due to ownership or maintenance, rather a fundamental issue about the taxi market in general. Nunes said taxi operators drive too many miles without a paying customer - hence their higher costs. In San Francisco, the MIT researchers found a 52 percent utilization rate for ride-hailing. Even if they were able to reach 100 percent utilization, Nunes said they would still be "unable to provide a fare that's comparable to car ownership." "Their approach with the investment folks has been, 'Trust us, we'll figure this out and it'll be this great utopia where everyone is jumping from an Uber to a scooter to an air taxi.The future may well be all those things. But you need to demonstrate you can offer the service at a price point that consumers are willing and able to pay. Thus far, they are unable to do so," said Nunes. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article
  12. There has been a prevailing thought about the likes of Uber and Lyft that once they switch from human drivers to self-driving vehicles, they would stand to see a significant reduction in overall operating costs. This possibly means consumers could see these services as an alternative to owning a vehicle. But a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) disputes that claim. Researchers Ashley Nunes and Kristen D. Hernandez examined the San Francisco market on the per-mile cost of an automated taxi service to owning a vehicle. They found an automated taxi would range between $1.58 and $6.01 per mile, while the conventional vehicle would be at $0.72 per mile. "When we started going into this work, we found there's a lot of hand-waving. There was a notion that 'All we have to do is remove the driver, assume a reduction in insurance, and there's our great number.' We said, 'Let's hold it up to scrutiny.' It didn't hold up," explained Nunes to Automotive News. The massive disparity gap isn't due to ownership or maintenance, rather a fundamental issue about the taxi market in general. Nunes said taxi operators drive too many miles without a paying customer - hence their higher costs. In San Francisco, the MIT researchers found a 52 percent utilization rate for ride-hailing. Even if they were able to reach 100 percent utilization, Nunes said they would still be "unable to provide a fare that's comparable to car ownership." "Their approach with the investment folks has been, 'Trust us, we'll figure this out and it'll be this great utopia where everyone is jumping from an Uber to a scooter to an air taxi.The future may well be all those things. But you need to demonstrate you can offer the service at a price point that consumers are willing and able to pay. Thus far, they are unable to do so," said Nunes. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  13. It was a beautiful Sunday for a Sunday drive...went out this afternoon up to Lake County and it was Pontiac Sunday..saw a sharp black w/ gold trim '77-78 Trans Am, and 2 min later a sharp gold '77/78 Trans Am. In a small town at a garage/resto business there was a black '63 Grand Prix sitting on flat tires w/ 8 lug wheels, parked next to a primered '66 Tempest 2dr. Saw a sharp mid 80s Trans Am in a driveway, a dark red '05-06 GTO, a silver Solstice top down, and a sharp two-tone green '77 Bonneville Brougham 4dr. Also saw a clean red '68 Camaro and a gold '65 Dodge Monaco 2dr ht.
  14. Was out for a Sunday drive up in Lake County and going to open houses and happened to turn a corner and see this Frank Lloyd Wright beauty... needs a '50s car in the carport. The Karl Staley House in N. Madison, Oh
  15. Um no. This is what you said. “And they might be able to move 1,000 per year. But also the 500 they sell are not 500 sales lost to Mercedes or Bentley or someone else” I.e. even if Cadillac put out a hi-po Escalade it wouldn’t steal sales from Mercedes. Now you are, once again, trying to move the bar and backpedal on your literal words. Let me make myself clear on this. A hi-po Escalade will absolutely steal sales from Mercedes. There is no maybe or anything else for that matter that would change that fact. Cadillac started stealing sales from Benz the moment the Escalade hit its stride in 2007 and a 700 HP one would steal even more.
  16. Mercedes could lose sales if there was a 700 hp Escalade. That could eat into GLS63 or G63 sales. The performance SUV market is growing thankfully, I am sure Mercedes has lost sales the the Bentayga and Urus because the AMG SUVs, Cayenne Turbo and X5 M weren't the only game in town anymore. But there is more and more demand for this sort of thing. My point before was Cadillac is losing out on sales opportunity by not offering an Escalade-V or a CT6-V based crossover because all these other guys have ultra SUVs now. For some odd reason there is demand for sub 4 second 0-60 SUVs that can do 190 mph and get around the Nurburgring in under 8 minutes all while offering top end luxury.
  17. Wait - isn't a mere 500 units equal to "no one buys them" ??
  18. How do you figure that Benz would not lose sales when that kind of Escalade would directly compete with high performance Benz SUVs? I just love how you sidestep anything that might reflect negatively on Benz. The statement above is a perfect example.
  19. 500 a year which at a $60k premium for an engine swap, and beefed up brakes and suspension seems like a way to get an extra $40k profit per unit which is $20 million in extra profit. And they might be able to move 1,000 per year. But also the 500 they sell are not 500 sales lost to Mercedes or Bentley or someone else.
  20. Just curious; how many do you think would sell, when you continually claim "no one" bought the ATS and CTS??
  21. They must be working 24/7 on that!!!!!
  22. Yeah, great voice...he was also in another band you may have heard of, 'Led Zeppelin'. A solo song of his I really like is 'Ship of Fools' from '88. The song 'Sea of Love' was also used in the film 'Sea of Love' IIRC...a murder mystery w/ Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin. I saw Robert Plant on a solo tour about 10 years ago, he's great live. And the Stray Cats guy later formed a band called 'The Brian Setzer Orchestra'.
  23. Welllll, isn't that just ducky?
  24. Last I heard this version of this song was when this song was a hit. Whenever that was. If memory serves me well, 1984. I just knew of this group as the Honeydrippers. This song was everywhere. It played non stop. It was a cool song. Great song! Great vocals! The Stray Cats were popular then too. I knew that Sea of Love was a cover back then, and I knew that Rock This Town was a tribute to 1950s Rock, and this tune made me think of Bill Haley...thanks in part to Happy Days. And then, well, both tunes faded into memory as the 1980s marched on with more awesome music. So...Im in my car today, and the Honeydrippers Sea of Love is playing on the radio. So I listen to it with nostalgia. But then, that voice. Oh sure...I remembered that voice from 1984: "Do you remember, when we met...I want to tell you, how much I love you...come with me, to the sea..." I remembered just how awesome those vocals are. But THIS time, Im also identifying that voice with other stuff...I cant put my finger on it....I am positive that I know that voice. It escapes me and then the song is over. Honeydrippers rushes to the front of my memory banks. So I google. ROBERT PLANT???!!! "Waaaaaay down inside...Woooman! Yoouuuu need! Loooooove!" MIND PHOQUING BLOWN!!!!
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