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  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,676

    Just wanted to give all of you and yours a very merry Christmas and a great new year.

    The sign said "No shoes, no shirt, no service", it didn't say anything about no pants.

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,271

    @snakeweasel said: Just wanted to give all of you and yours a very merry Christmas and a great new year.

    Ditto!!!

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,460
    @abacomike ... Follow-up after dinner.

    Well, it happened again - won $150 on the slots - enough for valet parking and the tip, and enough left over for gas for a couple of weeks. I guess Dad brings me luck - just enough to make a few bucks. For Christmas Eve, the casino and the restaurants were jammed. Must be loads of lonely people down here that they would rather spin the slots than stay home all alone.

    What can I say - MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,666

    @abacomike said: driver...how is hour dad doing on the holidays? So he just sits with me and roots me on.

    A nice post and glad to hear your Dad is enjoying his time with you. You are a great son, and you are giving your Dad a very nice quality of life at this time in his life.
    Thanks for the update, that is a nice story for this time of year.


    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,666

    @isellhondas said:

    Stores can and will make blanket policies not to sell items that give them and their customers trouble.

    In thinking it over I think you do have a good point. I started thinking about the fact you have to give a warranty with risky cars and it may cost more to repair them than any profit you may realize. Not to mention the dealers reputation and you may prefer to lose one sale but have happy repeat customers.

    I am sure some cars still could be risky to sell as a used car...my BIL hates his 2008 Impala, and yet I heard someone else say he loves his 08 Impala. But, most cars are pretty reliable these days, and some people really want a particular car..like a Jetta or Jaguar. Though, I suppose it is best if they buy it from the parent dealer of that make...they'll have a much better chance of doing the repairs.

    About getting from A to B in the most reliable car possible........there was a time in my life when I would go along with that. If the 535 or the A4 start acting up then I would probably think that way again, but, for now, I prefer some zest in my driving. I have owned some pretty crappy cars in my time, and for now, I want to drive something I can really enjoy for as long as I can. If the 535 or A4 start acting up, I'll look at a Lexus, Accura or Infinity next time around.

    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,676

    @abacomike said: abacomike ... Follow-up after dinner.
    Well, it happened again - won $150 on the slots -

    Last time I won that much on slots it was on a whim. I was walking past the dollar slots and one just seemed to call my name so I plugged a buck in it and hit the button. That one buck netted me somewhere in the neighborhood of $150. :)

    Enjoy your time with your dad, some of my favorite memories are times spent with my dad. I do miss him.

    The sign said "No shoes, no shirt, no service", it didn't say anything about no pants.

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,676

    @driver100 said: I have owned some pretty crappy cars in my time, and for now, I want to drive something I can really enjoy for as long as I can.

    So have I, but at times what may seem to some to be a crappy car can be fun. Back in the 80's I had a Dodge Omni GLH (GLH means Goes Like Hell). It had a 2.2 liter turbo making somewhere around 150 HP, that may not seem like a lot but the car weighed in under 2,500 pounds giving it a power to weight ratio that is impressive even today. That car was a blast to drive.

    The sign said "No shoes, no shirt, no service", it didn't say anything about no pants.

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,676

    It's Christmas eve, She who Must Be Obeyed has fallen asleep on the sofa next to me and the fire in the fireplace is slowly dying. NORAD is tracking Santa over the North Atlantic (it's nice to know we have spent billions of tax payer dollars to track Santa) I cooked lobster tail for Christmas eve dinner and it went well. I sit here with a glass of Wisconsin wine (Hey don't knock it, it's very good and the winery is an award winning winery) with Christmas music and the crackling of the fire as background music thinking does it really get better than this?

    Here is hoping your holidays are as good.

    The sign said "No shoes, no shirt, no service", it didn't say anything about no pants.

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,666
    edited December 2013

    @snakeweasel said: Enjoy your time with your dad, some of my favorite memories are times spent with my dad. I do miss him.

    I miss that there are things I wish I could have told my Dad, such as;

    • Once I was managing a retail store. He told me it would be better to get a job in sales, you don't work holidays, evenings, and weekends and if you are in sales you have a better chance of earning more. This was life altering information.

    • He had words of wisdom....once I had a terrible job, I hated it from day one, but I needed the money. He said, if you enjoyed the job they wouldn't pay you to do it. That got me through that job and others.

    • He taught me how to drive and gave me an interest in cars. He loved his cars and he was a traveling salesman, and bought a new car every 2 years.

    • He had common sense ideas about saving money and not needing extravagant things. He was very practical minded, which has served me well.

    • He was honest and ethical....and I admire those qualities and live by them as best I can. Unfortunately, I have come across people who don't have those virtues - and I try to avoid them.

    Though my father died at 92 it happened fairly quickly. It was too hard for me to thank him for all the things he did for me, and he would be happy for me and the way things turned out. If your Dad is still here, then think about telling him how grateful you are for what he has done for you.... you can't do it after.

    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,092

    Want to thanks all of my friends here.....well...for being who you are.....and listening to my meanderings over the years.

    Regardless of faith or creed, I wish everyone the peace and hope.

  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,860

    Very busy, fun day. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone here !! ;)

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460 2002 Tacoma 4x4

  • mako1amako1a VirginiaPosts: 1,647

    Driver, did you ever figure out how to post a picture yet?

    2013 Mustang GT, 2006 Silverado 2500 LT HD, 2001 GMC Yukon Denali

  • mako1amako1a VirginiaPosts: 1,647

    I always liked the Mopar Pistol Grip Shifter

    2013 Mustang GT, 2006 Silverado 2500 LT HD, 2001 GMC Yukon Denali

  • mako1amako1a VirginiaPosts: 1,647

    These were always a guess. Could be a 318...could be a 426 Hemi.

    2013 Mustang GT, 2006 Silverado 2500 LT HD, 2001 GMC Yukon Denali

  • mako1amako1a VirginiaPosts: 1,647

    These were made for SCCA events but with that hi rev 302 could go fast too.

    2013 Mustang GT, 2006 Silverado 2500 LT HD, 2001 GMC Yukon Denali

  • mako1amako1a VirginiaPosts: 1,647

    Freds double wishbone suspension gave great feel of the road.

    2013 Mustang GT, 2006 Silverado 2500 LT HD, 2001 GMC Yukon Denali

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,271

    @mako1a said: These were made for SCCA events but with that hi rev 302 could go fast too.

    The 1969-1970 Boss 302 was a screamer once you wound it up, but in the original musclecar era cubic inches ruled and the ability to stop and turn was not a priority. Car Life magazine tested a 1968 427 Cougar GT that understeered to such an extent that the FRONT tires smoked. The Boss 302, Z/28, and-surprisingly-the Olds 442 were the best cars to drive when the road threw some curves at you.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 1,737

    @roadburner said: The 1969-1970 Boss 302 was a screamer once you wound it up, but in the original musclecar era cubic inches ruled and the ability to stop and turn was not a priority. Car Life magazine tested a 1968 427 Cougar GT that understeered to such an extent that the FRONT tires smoked.

    I remember that test! I also remember the magazines general dissatisfaction with the Ford muscle cars of that era with that big heavy iron lump of a 390 in the engine bay and later the 428. It really challenged those cars ability to handle the curves.

    2011 Buick Regal Turbo, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,460
    CAR BUYING SERVICES

    One of the neighbors asked me if I was familiar with the membership buying services from Costco. I am not since the only experience I had with them was many years ago when I was looking at buying my 2008 Mercedes E350. If memory serves me right, the price I got from the participating dealer was thousands more than I actually paid. He is looking to buy a Cadillac ATS which he showed me in one of their emails yesterday.

    Does anyone know anything about this or have any experience with them? What can I tell him that would be helpful?

    I always felt that if you deal directly with the dealers, you make out better. Any thoughts?

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,666
    edited December 2013

    @mako1a said: Driver, did you ever figure out how to post a picture yet?

    ** > Mako.....NO....I need help, in easy step form please. **

    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

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