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  1. Why the hell not? The era of the Cutlass Supreme, Greg Brady and Marcia Brady hair, and this! "Satisfaction ... ... came in a chain reaction"
  2. @dfelt Love that convertible GTO you posted. There is still a group of dealerships named DOUG up in Lynnwood? Haha. Does he have a last name or is this like a Cher joke? Even Cal Worthington could do better than that. Never mind Cal Worthington. I have been seeing a lot of base Dodge Chargers in black/black. You can only get black cloth seats on the base model. The black makes them look more trim though I have not owned dark colored cars and prefer not to. The white/black Charger conundrum is analogous to "do this outfit make me look fat?" You wouldn't believe the discounts on current non-specialty Chargers. Wow.
  3. This was the engine I had in my '84 Cutlass Supreme Brougham coupe ... the 3.8 V6 with a 2 bbl. carburetor. It was a great little engine that eventually leaked oil. It didn't consume it. The only thing that happened to it was that I lost the timing chain at close to 170,000 miles. Fortunately, it was a non-interference engine, meaning the valves should go through that event unscathed. The timing chain was replaced and I remember how quiet and rhythmic the purr of that engine continued to be ... up until I sold it, about a year later. It was the Light Royal Blue Metallic with rally wheels and had the darker blue Brougham cloth seats inside, as well as every option except a sunroof. It was a hand me down. It was the most comfortable car I've ever owned. When the trans. failed at 130,000 miles, I had the Turbo Hydramatic 200 swapped out for a Turbo Hydramatic 350 (same clearance and perfect fit) ... best thing I ever did. I will always miss that car. I nicknamed it "the little Cutlass that could."
  4. Those were funky as coupes but I agree. It was a great platform. In fact, the 94-96ish Caprice may have been a salute of sorts to that platform. If you're talking 220K, then it must have been an Olds Rocket gas engine such as the 5.0 (307) ... I doubt any Olds diesel V8 made it to 100,000 miles. It's so sad that they did a half-ass job by not beefing up the blocks and heads of the 350 they used. This was a black eye for Olds ... a big one. From having their Rocket 350 V8 (modified with TBI instead of a carburetor) hand picked to power the first Seville, which turned out to be popular, well received, and dependable, to turning out V8 diesels that tarnished their reputation inside of a decade. Haha. Tufted red interior in Florida would probably fade some if the windows weren't heavily tinted. Was this on the "mainland" or on the keys? What were the unfixable issues in your '84 Supreme (which engine did you have)? - - - - - I really like the video. Was that prefab building a shop or his house? That looked very Texas small town! As for the car, it's very majestic looking. Still looking quite large considering Olds full sizes were downsized in 1977. I love it when he opens the door and shows that incredible interior. And that gauge package should have been standard on all their cars. Then, when he fires it up, it makes the classic diesel gargling sound. With the trademark twin vertical tail lamps that all 98s had back in the day that looked like Gothic church spires, I nicknamed the Olds 98 "la cathedrale roulante," courtesy of 3 years of high school French.
  5. On the plus side, after decades, it looks like a completely different car yet still identifiable enough as a domestic and a Corvette. It would be nice to see a cut-away showing the placement of the engine and how it meshes with the transmission.
  6. "Laptop left open" look ... nah. And the ridge segregating the only other passenger in the car is too much. I can only hope that the "laptop left open" look does not appear on the 2021 Charger. It's everywhere these days.
  7. Twizzlers are "dangerous." Twizzlers on sale are even more so.
  8. For my parents and relatives, comparatively speaking, that would be early. I only did it to know if I had much in the way of input from countries and regions other than the one my parents come from ... and I don't. I most definitely did not do it to trace relatives. For the last 4 generations, I know they all came from within a very tight geographic radius and knowing that is good enough for me.
  9. First, considering Tacoma WA has been a much maligned city that has only recently been looked at for a renaissance because Seattle has become so congested and expensive, I have to snicker when I see a Toyota Tacoma and that Toyota named a truck that. Meh. It sounds good. It's an alliteration. I wouldn't say I'm ashamed of liking this car, but if I had to putt around in an econobox, I'd putt around in a Hyundai Accent. When I did rent one, I was surprised how much I liked it. I got in synch with it right away. Anytime I think of an old Mercedes, I think of the ones my first-gen German-American childhood friends' parents hung onto for eternity and kept in mint condition ... or Irma Bunt.
  10. I always look for this type of information when I read biographies about interesting or important people. In the U.S., only people in the most ethnic and diverse metro areas or who are well traveled tend to tune into this. I'm sure it's much more prevalent in Canada, especially in Toronto and Montreal. There, it's almost reflexive to do it. I think it's good. In most of America, it's considered weird ... and maybe even in Canada's prairie provinces. Anyone who thinks it's weird is probably a hick in my book. Then, why are people interested in Ancestry-dot-com and 23 and Me all of a sudden? It's because people want to know "what they're made of."
  11. @oldshurst442 I hope you're not a fan of Montrealer Gino Vannelli. Haha ... as '80s as they came! Actually, he's a McGill grad, as is William Shatner. That's impressive. I found it! Summer of '96 and putting around in a rented Peugeot econobox in Portugal's Algarve ... (I believe it's Alex Natale and not Bob Marley)
  12. trinacriabob


    @dfelt Thank you ... thank you. I love it. So, then, Snohomish and Pierce Counties are in on the deal. Good to see it might eventually reach Everett and Tacoma, respectively. I'm having trouble envisioning light rail to Issaquah, to the base of the "Issaquah Alps." You'd think NIMBY. I remember misty, foggy mornings having breakfast when there were empty fields near the Bob's Big Boy that was once there. It was amazing to ride it from Downtown (Westlake station) to the new University of Washington station in all of about 6 minutes. In gridlock, driving that can take 36 ... or 46 minutes. Also, Fife is a great name for a dog!
  13. We are. One person gets offended and that gets the ball rolling. Then, statues have to come down and streets need to be renamed. It sucks. And the thin skinned a-holes suck, too. Life was better before the New Millennium ... in my mind.
  14. Not sure if the 2007-ish DTS was available with buckets (or 40-40 seats) but I'm almost sure it was. At that point, the flagship Cadillac became a boulevardier that anyone would have been proud to drive. All the weird and exaggerated angles had been worked out of it and it had become an attractive full size vehicle. I was pawing one at a closed Cadillac dealership in the Florida panhandle one evening when on vacation there back around that time. I hate this: you are driving along stretches of roadway where no one tends to walk ... or bike ... and someone is walking or cycling right in front of where you plan to turn. When it rains, it pours. Last month, this happened so many times that it was almost surreal. Once, it occurred in a very spread out and blistering desert city. SMH.
  15. There are many Midwests, it seems. The area (great photos, btw) is too close to the Pennsylvania line to feel that Midwestern. It ain't Kansas or Nebraska, that's for sure. South Dakota, though, would be a Midwestern state and the scenery in the Badlands is stunning and much more aligned with that of Colorado and Wyoming. It's weird to drive over the Continental Divide in Wyoming in the summer and find that it's snowing very lightly at over 8,000 feet. Was this done because the brand is gone, the image is no longer that relevant to way younger people, and/or due to political correctness? I know that the Univ. of Illinois mother campus had to shelve the imagery of Chief Illiniwek in logos, sportswear, and communications because people are tightly wound and have to look for the worst in things.
  16. trinacriabob


    Thank God. Just like the double decked freeway at the Embarcadero in San Francisco was taken down, the Seattle waterfront ought to look way better with the viaduct down. When did the tunnel become operative and how many lanes does it have in each direction? I was amazed at how long the light rail from the airport to downtown takes because it veers over to the southeast side of the city (Rainier Beach, etc.) before angling back up to downtown. I'm not complaining since I used to take the articulated bus to and from the airport from the east side and it meandered along I-405 and through Renton streets, all to be civic minded and save money. When is the light rail supposed to cross over to the east side and up to Northgate? It needs to go even further north but neither county north and south of King Co. has funds going toward the light rail, IIRC. All these shoehorned cities like San Francisco and Seattle decide to upgrade infrastructure WAY AFTER the growth and gridlock has occurred. Better late than never.
  17. Saw a mid '70s base Chevy Nova in near perfect condition at a fast food place this afternoon. Base! No wheel covers, no mouldings, and no air conditioning. With all its bare bones, it was probably a 250 c.i. L6 ... which means it will run forever. I'll put up some photos when I sort them.
  18. I saw a new Lacrosse driving home last night. It was white. I like it better than the chunky 2010-2016 rendition. It had 2 exhaust rectangles. You could sort of see the suspension's wishbone arms at the rear of the car when it pulled away. The big demerits, for me, are the seating position, console height, etc. I ain't 6'-2". If one were to get it with the new entry-level 2.5 L4, would they still get 2 exhaust outlets … or one? Ah, yes, summer in Seattle … about 2 months of it … but outstanding nonetheless.
  19. Ghetto looking Grand Prix. I see the graphic even tells you which part of the Bronx it's in. Doesn't seem too close to the Westchester County line! If this is a GT, I'm wondering which engine it ran with. I'd say the GP was the best looking RWD downsize from 1978-1980 but then the Cutlass Supreme overtook it from 1981-1987 when it shovel nosed the grille and narrowed its tail lamps. The sleeker lines on the GP when the quadruplets all got refreshed in 1981 looked better. Too bad they also got CCC (Computer Command Control) that same year and had to work through teething issues. There was a term I saw used for the unique back lite treatment on these cars. Perhaps it was finned rear back lite. I think they were only featured on GM midsizes from '66 to '68, +/-. And they definitely looked better when on a Pontiac.
  20. Did you go medium-haul or long-haul on the Dreamliner? JAL and ANA use them nonstop from Tokyo to Boston, probably bringing brainy folks to and from MIT and other brain trusts. I believe they now fly them on the nonstop LAX to AUK/SYD/MEL route. That's some 14 hours. This route had always been a mainstay for 747-400s and A380s. When I was a kid, the flights to Oceania would go LAX-Honolulu-Down Under, so 5 +9. Yes, I really liked my flight. However, I probably prefer the 2 (window side) in the back of the '47 where it narrows more so than 3 (window side), which is everywhere in the '87, though.
  21. trinacriabob


    Congrats. What a cool place! Is there an implied or stated dress code? I looked at the link and saw that piece of salmon. It may be good but, like most fine dining, the portions are small and I'm always hungry.
  22. I did it! I finally rode on a Boeing 787(-9 version) "Dreamliner" on a medium-haul flight. It gets a "thumbs up." It looks small but feels much larger once you're inside. Their selling points are all there: much quieter, better overhead bins with a design that gives more headroom, larger windows, windows that don't require shades because you control the dimming with a small imperceptible button, a beautiful raked wing that eliminates the need for winglets, and, best of all, higher humidity inside the cabin. The lack of humidity inside the cabins of yesteryear really messed with my sinuses and I'd get headaches. That high level of dryness also makes for more fatigue on a longer flight. This ride on the 787 was quiet and comfortable. However, they'll get the passenger revenue they need. It is set up as 3-3-3. The outgoing 767 was set up as 2-3-2 which made it easier for everyone to get a good seat. Of all the 767s, I'd sure like to fly on the rare 767-400, of which U.S. carries only ordered about 36. I'll say that the proper humidity issue cannot be underestimated. The latest Boeing 747-8i was built with a lot of the same features: noise baffling, better bins, the raked wing, and higher humidity. Flying over the pond back to the U.S. on this latest 747 showed the difference humidity control makes - you stumble off the plane and into customs feeling a lot better and more together as opposed to feeling like a wet rag. This one belongs to United ... beautiful! Many European and Asian carriers (Air France, Japan Air Lines, etc.) now operate them.
  23. trinacriabob


    Cool. Yep ... very 1970's with those get ups. Was this in WA state? Your relative reminds me of some movie star from the 40s or 50s but a name doesn't come to mind. So, then, you're the youngest kid in your family?

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