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  1. trinacriabob

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Remember when you were a kid or a teenager and there were those 1-800 infomercials for "Hooked on Phonics?" One of my friends remarked that there should be a product called "Hooked on Ebonics." Just saying.
  2. trinacriabob

    Random Thoughts Thread

    I only say this because when I'd take my dad's 10+ year old, indestructible Pontiac Le Mans coupe with the 250 c.i. inline 6 out right after it had rained in SoCal, it sometimes got a little dicey and stops weren't as responsive. That was always a problem in SoCal, though. Since it's dry for so long, the first rains always affect the oils and such that have accumulated on the road surface. It could have partly been the tires. They weren't as good as today's tires. However, both the '76 Cutlass Supreme and the '76 Regal coupes, both with front disc brakes, performed reliably well in wet weather and during the first heavy rainfalls, like they're having now. I'm just wondering how sweet that simple Pontiac Le Mans coupe could have been had it had front disc brakes. Throw in bucket seats, cloth seating surfaces, a console, and some gauges ... but it was the entry level model and you couldn't have asked for a more reliable car.
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    Random Thoughts Thread

    I've written way too many work memos that would have never flown if I had used shortcuts and colloquialisms so I tend not to write that way. I probably don't speak that way, either, but, every now and then, it's cathartic to be crude and crass. It's also a good idea to put forth another persona if you choose to ride public transit, which can be eye opening and entertaining. I recommend some of those YouTubes featuring altercations on public transit ... highly politically incorrect, too. Colorado plates point to a dry cold, hence no rust that I can see. Nice sled. The big downside can be that it might have front drum brakes, which just don't shed the water that well.
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    Random Thoughts Thread

    Past recessions have come at about 8 to 10 year intervals, looking like rhythmic oscillations if plotted out over the long haul. "The Great Recession" was largely based on ridiculous home prices and easy money. Thinking back to 2008 or 2009, I would have never expected Washington Mutual to go under. I really liked them back in the day. We have ridiculous home prices again. However, I think that now we have overpriced equities for entities that are all about stupid premises and nothing substantial. Also, so big box retail is suffering.
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    Random Thoughts Thread

    I don't know what to do here. I assumed that, at any given time in my life, GM would sell sedans, coupes, and pony cars that were relevant to the times and have at least one or two vehicles that matched my taste in a set of wheels. Things are very different from a decade ago. It used to be that there were usually 2 to 3 cars that I couldn't decide between. If only I had that problem today ...
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    Computer and hardware purchase question - help

    Thanks for the help, folks. My old HP desktop Pavilion and HP monitor have been unplugged. After many years, my HP Office Jet printer gave up the ghost a few months ago. In their place is a new HP desktop Pavilion (12 GB RAM and Intel processor) and a bigger HP monitor. So far, they have been great. I also was able to buy them at a very good price. The price of the desktop computer went up quite a bit ... supply and demand. So, they sat there for a couple of months before I hooked them up, but it was smart to make the move and buy them a couple of months ago. This time, the printer is an Epson. I'm learning how to operate it, meaning the range of its capabilities. This one also has the 11x17 paper feature, which I wanted for this machine.
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    Random Thoughts Thread

    Have yet to see "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" ... that theme works in "Midnight Run." For those who saw the latter, Las Vegas to Los Angeles is a short flight. The transition from a manufacturing economy to a service/information economy is in evidence in these photos ...
  8. trinacriabob

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Albertson Oldsmobile, corner of Sepulveda and Washington, on L.A.'s West Side. Drove past it daily when commuting to college. My parents also bought 2 new cars here. Before we were ever customers of Albertson, Dolores's had the corner. Eventually the dealership modernized and took over Dolores's property at the corner. Dolores had modernized in the meantime, too. Normal people lived in this neighborhood. People could purchase their homes. Per the funky thing at the right, the Albertson license plate placard said "Home of the famous Red Rocket" until you were sent your license plates by the DMV. This was after we moved away. I found this. And I did know they went from Oldsmobile, to Oldsmobile-Chevrolet, and then to just Chevrolet. And then they closed altogether. However, the foreign brand dealerships in the area remained. That's why it's hard to go back to my old neighborhood and look around. So many of the institutions I grew up with aren't there anymore. Frank Sanders Oldsmobile - corner of Wilshire and La Brea (yes, think "tar pits"). Look at their billboard with the floodlights hearkening to 20th Century Fox! Too funny. That was on the placard until you got your plates. Our next door neighbors bought their Cutlass Supreme here. We weren't keeping up with the Joneses ... my parents just wanted a Cutlass Supreme as well, as did everyone else. This photo was taken in 1976. Check out the Regal of the same year by the curb and the massive Ninety Eight Regency coupe in silver/burgundy in their service drive. Look beyond in the distance and see Carnation. Yes, that was their headquarters until they were acquired or merged. On a different note, I watched "Midnight Run" for the first time last night. It was insanely funny. One of my friends who is mad about gangster movies brought it over. I will have to watch it again.
  9. So many GM vehicles detract from CAFE that I think the Cruze will stick around. They've gotten rid of the Sonic and maybe even the little one (Spark?). It's hard to imagine Chevrolet with just 2 bread and butter cars. I agree. Cadillac would seem ridiculous without a flagship sedan. Considering America is getting grayer, there will be more people who could opt for a Cadillac. I don't understand where these people are going. It might be people who bought their first Toyota in their 30s and are now Lexus customers. Even though there are younger buyers of the CT6 compared to the days of the Devilles and the DTSs, I still see more seniors driving them. I hope the CT6 lives on. I can't believe the hit this would take on Oshawa, Ontario. That plant has the largest number of workers. Michigan doesn't need any more hits. But, hey, maybe they'll build more Hyundais and Kias in the South to satiate Americans. I remember when Meg Whitman was running for Governor of California and, with her coming from business and not from politics, she proposed slashing the state's workforce by 30 percent. The impact on metro Sacramento's economy would have been disastrous, with so many well paid state employees living there. She didn't get elected. The reality is that the state's workforce could have been cut by 30 percent. I have a friend with a technical degree in a high paying job at the state and it seemed like he worked 5 hours out of every 8. I can't believe some of the goings-on with people I know in the state's employ. Some people there are also married to their hourly smoke breaks. I'm sure there are some hard workers in the fold. I've given up. I just hope I can buy a regular car with 4 or 2 doors and a fuel efficient gasoline engine when I'm ready to replace my current one. Evidently Hyundai is able to make a buck with the Accent, priced at under $20,000 and with few option boxes that need to be checked. That car is full of content. The Cruze is a now a great little car. The packaging and pricing leave a lot to be desired. And, yes, the Verano, coming in at a higher price point, would have had more margin for profit since it's on the same platform, save for the better build quality of the interior trim and additional sound dampening material.
  10. trinacriabob

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Since balthazar likes his Pontiacs, I thought I'd post an image of one I like and found on the web: I remember that the first cars I liked were the 1975 "Rockford" Firebird, a pony car, (even they started to slope the front end in '74) and the Cutlass Supreme coupe with a landau roof and the stock rally wheels from about the same time. The above was really the only full-size car I liked when I was a kid. I've already described the one I saw in Yosemite when there with my parents one cool and comfortable November, mid-week. Back then, California wasn't as populated so it was actually possible to be in Yosemite and not have people crawling all over you. One of these Bonnie coupes with Pontiac alloys was confidently taking on the roads of the otherwise silent valley floor in Yosemite Valley. As the French say, "Je me souviens."
  11. trinacriabob

    First Impressions: 2020 Toyota Corolla: Comments

    The price of the Cruze can indeed go too high. Again, the LT upgrade and no leather wrapped steering wheel? Come on.
  12. trinacriabob

    First Impressions: 2020 Toyota Corolla: Comments

    In defense of the Corolla, they last forever. I know some folks who have gotten more than their money's worth. Now, a timing chain has replaced a timing belt. It's a boring car, indeed. However, I'd rather have a Corolla given to me as a mid-size when renting rather than getting a Camry as a full-size when renting. Of the Japanese full-sizes (in today's terms), the Camry has the vaguest road manners. The instrument panel on them is also too fussy for short-term "ownership." I'd much rather have a Chevy Cruze or a Ford Focus than a Corolla. The Cruze has kept getting better and better from its Cavalier and Cobalt heritage. I am very saddened by changing consumer preferences in automotive purchases. I like my coupes and sedans.
  13. trinacriabob

    November Car Spotters

    I saw an early to mid '90s Buick Roadmaster wagon at a supermarket parking lot at about lunchtime. It was in perfect condition. It did not have the wood paneling and, IIRC, that was offered, since I was driving a smaller Buick product at that time and had the brochures. It was white with a tan interior, had the alloy wheels, and, badda bing, whitewalls. (If you're going to put whitewalls together with alloy wheels, make sure they're the thin stripe ones by Michelin that people have on Cadillacs and Lincolns; otherwise, fail.) I'm guessing it had a 5.7 liter V8 and, at that stage, it was probably a Chevy version and not an Olds version. Not sure if the 5.0 (307 c.i.) was still around in the early to mid '90s. Memory lane sighting! Damn, those sleds were big.
  14. trinacriabob

    Random Thoughts Thread

    Chief Pontiac crowning a spire on that Pontiac dealership on Long Island is very cool. I'll take their old logo or their new logo. When I was a kid, one of my friend's parents had a full size Bonneville convertible. Commanding presence and over 400 cubic inches guzzling fuel under the hood. The last American car in their family was an Oldsmobile Aurora. Now, all the cars in their driveway are Japanese. As for that dealership in Hot Springs, AR, that has become a destination for retirees and/or people looking to stretch their equity dollars. A friend knows a retired municipal employee from California who moved there and got herself a custom built home amidst the pines.
  15. trinacriabob

    November Car Spotters

    I saw a car identical to mine yesterday. I tapped on my horn in acknowledgment. It was a beehive church type lady who didn't respond. Most of the time, people nod and/or smile when I drive by a car that's identical to mine. I then saw a chick barreling down the fast lane of the freeway in a newer Corolla in which one of the rear lights was out. The bigger problem was what looked to be a small black Maltese dog in her lap. Did she sleep during driver's ed in high school?

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