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  1. Thanks, 'Dodge. I have been busy beyond the usual over the past six-months or so, 'retired' in name only. I hope that things are going well for you in your life. I'll make an effort to stop by, especially on weekends though weekends have been busy too.
  2. The shape of the 'V' Coupe , the high back, the twin center exhaust, has grown on me over the past several months. Regardless, the power of this machine presents a daunting challenge. I've driven a 'V' sedan and I admire the proportions of it as well though I did not put the hammer down on it fully. To do so seemed to be inviting something as-yet unnamed. Whoosh. That's about it. The 'V' moves out smartly and accelerates [we took it out on The Garden State Parkway for a 45 mile round-trip away from; back-to the dealership] as though one were being ushered down the highway by something with the strength of a fallen angel. The Nav and Bluetooth are gee-whiz synchronicity and the interior's well thought out from my point of view. Everything seems to work in concert with the theme of the vehicle. The vehicle, while amazing, does not seem "practical". [that's the feedback which I typically receive when the subject of buying one comes up] The Cadillac CTS-V, in any form, is what Bob Lutz was fond of calling a "gotta have it" item. So true. I guess that I am just putting myself up to it in print while soliciting feedback.
  3. The motivating, curdled, psychology behind it all and actions such as this is gives me pause. It is the physical manifestation of ugliness which is most frightening.
  4. Perception über alles. And it's this silly-ass f*cking Internet which perpetuates this. No one, no single person, has ever been so capable of having this much 'reach' before.(okay, perhaps Oprah!) Never even mind posessing the grasp. We, collectively, are all so very much in love with our cherished little opinions. It has all become a 'virtual' dick-waving contest. Even those of this author. Happy Black Friday. I hope that all enjoyed yesterday's run-up to this year's consumer (how many'll just stay home?) driven folly/spectacle. I've got a lunch-date and then we're going shopping too. Good grief.
  5. Mark Reuss: Authentic Road Warrior. Hope he's passionate enough.
  6. Hat's off to you. Fine work then for a talented amateur. I think that you captured the spirit of that beautiful day as well.
  7. I know that they are. Divulging more triangulates who I be, PCS. One good welder I know is already 'in'. I hope they've the sense to pick the best-of-the-best former GM engineers, still in their relative youth at age 67 or so. Hope you have a good evening.
  8. We've always been plagued with predators in various forms. 10% unemployment, the figure that the media will allow to be bandied about, will bring much more of this type of victim-preying-upon-victim behavior. It doesn't seem to pay to have anything nice. It seems that all we're doing is taking care of something for an anonymous someone who'll choose the time and place to relieve one of their property. The Police? (shrug) They'll do what they do best: Swap head-shaving tips, buy Creatine in-bulk and show-up after-the-fact festooned with all of that swell gear clipped to their utility belts. Unless you're set on joining a commune with other like-minded individuals; you're on your own.
  9. Big 'do at the Borgata in Atlantic City with approx. 20 couples we're acquainted with. I swear that they 'import' those rowdy folks yelling at the craps tables. And leggy Russian cocktail waitresses.
  10. I don't believe that you can go wrong with the Neros (or Neroes as the case may be). I bought a set for the Seville back in June and found them to be stellar performers especially when caught in some of those thundershowers which were prevalent for the first half of the Summer. Very quiet on the road at speed and having excellent lateral grip as well. Best wishes with your vehicle.
  11. Looks stately, capable and purposeful, the Terrain. I buzzed right past Perrine on 130 earlier this morning en route to Princeton, Chadds Ford, PA and didn't even swivel my head. Very nice camera-work on your part, 'Guy.
  12. I can't say. I'm looking into a beefed-up version to reasonably put any concerns with the original unit to rest. I picked up a low-mileage-turn-key '97 Z28 in near-mint cond. recently to suppress some pangs of nostalgia. To see what's said re: OptiSpark you can Google-up about 35,000 hits to see what is out there. It pays replace the water pump at the same time as the units (pump & opti-spark) are cheek-by-jowl in their positioning.
  13. Not a big deal. Just need to be aware of it and there're proactive steps to take to thwart any problems. Don't go through a car-wash with one that's failing though. ;-)
  14. Your efforts always exude enthusiasm and panache.
  15. Have had a GXP since April. Sleeper hit of the millennium. (?) It embodies the fluid application of torque and does it with aplomb.
  16. Like a train wreck, gruesome, and yet I'm compelled to look.
  17. Excellent work, as always, on !!!TED's!!! part. Looks Range Rover-ish. Not a flattering design in terms of sheer beauty. imo Manages to consolidate clunky & box-like in one unassuming package.
  18. Hyper'; the only instance of my having been in a B-52 was at an airshow in Reading, PA in '94 but since they were idling a C-5B Galaxy about 600 yards away, preparatory to a demo, the rich smell of jet fuel pervaded everything and I was too 'gee-whizzed' at how cramped everything seemed. Not to mention the sun having 'baked' us for a few hours. I did test drive a CTS-V recently in consideration of buying and I contrasted the raw power of it with my G8 and my Aunt's '07 XLR-V. Each vehicle has it's own virtues to recommend it but were I to pursue that Judge 'dream' I would want it to be brought up to the taught specs of what I have come to expect from a muscle or sports car given present day technology. The idea of a CTS-V being a turn-key hot rod right out of the box is very appealing and I'll look at the coupe when it debuts next year for sure.
  19. Were I rationally thinking of doing that, I'd expend the time and energy tracking down the real deal for substantially less than what's quoted here then spend the next several years upgrading it to 'better than new' condition as the Air Force has done with the 55-plus-year old B-52 bomber and along the lines of Year One's Burt Reynolds Edition Trans Am. It's an undertaking that a 50-something seems compelled to do at least once in his life; i.e .: Reconnect with a simpler, perceptibly happier time. When I was 22 in 1978, when the Trans Am phenomena was still cresting, I was light years away from affording one. I did indulge the impulse in buying an '02 Firehawk and that was the perfect salve for awhile. The GTO Judge, preferably a 1970 model in either Verdoro Green or Orbit Orange would be the way to go for me but not when I'm 70. At any rate it's a matter of taste.
  20. But it's a dry heat. Some "neighborhood" to be in as you put it earlier.

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