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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

It's not a big deal, really. I just talk to these people. The mistake a lot of fans make is putting "stars" on a pedestal, when you should just talk with them like regular folks. Out of the blue I dropped James a line asking about the McLaren 12C Spider, trying to decide if I should order one, and since then we chat back and forth about all sorts of stuff, sometimes for quite a while.

+1. Not that I'm talking to James May, but the pedestal thing. They're people who are famous, not famous people. Remember that. smily_headphones1.gif

Also, in light of warren's comment, and the pedestal comment, all I could think of is the poker scene in 40 Year Old Virgin "you're putting it on a pedestal!" "man you can't do that!" "do what?!" - tongue.gif
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We'll I think we should be quite safe here ;). Just took me a second to figure out what you meant with that last comment and found it funny it actually had two possible meanings :P.

 

Wait, wut's the other meaning?  Oh right, the more obvious one.  biggrin.gif  This is where we talk about stuff that we don't talk about elsewhere.

 

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Also, in light of warren's comment, and the pedestal comment, all I could think of is the poker scene in 40 Year Old Virgin "you're putting it on a pedestal!" "man you can't do that!" "do what?!" - tongue.gif

 

See, that's what I'm sayin'!  Well, with the earlier comment about not recognizing the eyes I mean.  That is one piece of - um, felinity - that is reserved for Magick's pedestal and no one else's.


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Wait, wut's the other meaning?  Oh right, the more obvious one.  biggrin.gif  This is where we talk about stuff that we don't talk about elsewhere.

 

 

See, that's what I'm sayin'!  Well, with the earlier comment about not recognizing the eyes I mean.  That is one piece of - um, felinity - that is reserved for Magick's pedestal and no one else's.


Either that or the "Queen of hearts" will say "OFF WITH HIS HEAD!!!!" lol ;).

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Either that or the "Queen of hearts" will say "OFF WITH HIS HEAD!!!!" lol ;).

 

OT:  That would only happen if he said Asian women couldn't drive... biggrin.gif  Okay anyway, back to fun stuff.


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She and X-23 are her favorite Marvel characters. I tried to get her to go as the latter, but she figured no one would recognize the reference.

The best description of X-23 that I have read went something like this: The publishers at Marvel noticed that if they wanted to sell a million of anything, they just needed to put Wolverine on the cover. So, some bright nerd at Marvel then said: "Hey, you know what would be better than Wolverine? A really sexy FEMALE Wolverine with huge breasts and a tiny, skin-tight costume!" Voila! X-23 is born... tongue.gif
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The best description of X-23 that I have read went something like this: The publishers at Marvel noticed that if they wanted to sell a million of anything, they just needed to put Wolverine on the cover. So, some bright nerd at Marvel then said: "Hey, you know what would be better than Wolverine? A really sexy FEMALE Wolverine with huge breasts and a tiny, skin-tight costume!" Voila! X-23 is born... tongue.gif

That's all correct, except she doesn't have huge breasts, well not for a Marvel character, anyway. smily_headphones1.gif
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I just saw this on Engadget. I'm really not a big EV fan, and the only thing I know about the Tesla is that TopGear didn't like it - but I applaud them for being committed and really trying to make a go of it.
http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/05/tesla-q3-2012-earnings/
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Warning, the following two videos have abso-*******-lutely nothing to do with audiophila, cars, or domestic tranquilty... and yet somehow they seem to fit in here.  Enjoy!

 

 

And his older brother from a few years back...

 


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Warning, the following two videos have abso-*******-lutely nothing to do with audiophila, cars, or domestic tranquilty... and yet somehow they seem to fit in here.  Enjoy!


Bah, talk about whatever, I'm not fussy. wink.gif

Love the Dragon Baby. cool.gif
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Not sure what it is about the dude, but Iron Baby reminds me of you... in a good way.


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I could have definitely been Iron Baby! As soon as I was big enough to reach the drawer where the tools were kept, I took all my toys apart - and I also took apart the dining room table and the kitchen cabinets.I popped the circuit breakers a few times trying to send 120v AC power through my battery operated toys. If I had access to a voice operated intelligent computer and a fully automated fabricator, I would have been unstoppable!
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Right up until the moment you needed something simple like a drill... kidding.  wink.gif
 


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I could have definitely been Iron Baby! As soon as I was big enough to reach the drawer where the tools were kept, I took all my toys apart - and I also took apart the dining room table and the kitchen cabinets.I popped the circuit breakers a few times trying to send 120v AC power through my battery operated toys. If I had access to a voice operated intelligent computer and a fully automated fabricator, I would have been unstoppable!

I'm just remembering as a child, the one time I dropped a knife on the dining room table, and how much hell I caught for that (we're talking like multi-generational hell here). I can't even imagine disassembling the thing.

As far as playing with AC - I did the smart thing: I learned through friends, in their houses. So the fires were never domestic, and I never got in trouble for them! biggrin.gif
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I caught he11 for the table - it was a big wood table and what I did was crawl underneath and take all the bolts out that were holding the top to the pedestal. Later, my Mom came in, leaned against the table, and the whole thing shifted away from her. It almost crashed in a heap on top of her. As I recall, I was pretending the table was a race car that was up on lift.

You will notice that all of my stories are about DIS-assembly - not about making things that actually worked. So, yeah, I probably couldn't have been Tony Stark - but I could have been Sid from Toy Story...


Edited by billybob_jcv - 11/6/12 at 6:38am
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At least my life isn't too boring...



That's a 2006 Aston Martin Vanquish S.

It isn't the same as the one I was checking out nearby, no. That one had been wrecked. Twice. A fact that the shady used car dealer was trying to cover up. Luckily, I had my trusty CarFax app, I put in the VIN and it told me a different story than the sheet they had posted up on the car window. In fact, looking closer at the sheet, it wasn't even the correct VIN listed on it, though the numbers were very similar. confused_face_2.gif I ask them about it. They look dumb-founded, in shock. eek.gif <-- like that. I asked the guys "Is someone trying to rip us off?" They claim it must be a mistake, they put the wrong printout on the wrong car. On closer inspection, this page had been from a look-up done in 2010! This car was a recent trade-in. Can you say con-artists? By this time, hearing the ruckus, the lot owner had walked over. So, it's him, the sales manager, the floor manager, Chip the sales guy (his name really is Chip), my wife, and me. I told the owner everything and showed him the paper and the CarFax I'd pulled up. Now, I'm not sure if he was aware of what was going on, but if he was then his acting skills are better than anyone Hollywood has ever seen. He looked like he'd just swallowed a lemon, whole. He yells at the SM, the SM claimed he knew nothing, he turned to the FM, the FM said the same, and it went all the way down to Chip, who just looked confused and stood with his mouth open.

The managers try to push it off on Chip, my wife looks at them, "Bullsh**, he's not even sure what's going on". She was right, the poor guy was clueless. The sales manager then told me to hand him the paper, and I said, "no, it's my evidence". "Evidence for what?" I reply, "evidence for when I call the authorities". Now the managers' faces get red and the owner's face turns pale. He says, "you guys shut your mouths" to them. Then looks at us, "please, could you come with me?" We follow him outside. "What can I do to make this right?" So we talk it over. He tells me he has a 2006 Vanquish S at his other lot in a neighboring state, it's a darker silver and has 4000 more miles on it, but if we want it he'll sell it at his cost. I tell him that I need to check the car out before I decide anything, he agrees and said he'd have the car brought over the next day (which was this morning).

So, we get there fairly early, and the car isn't there yet. We notice something else too, the owner was in the manager's office, because he'd been sacked. In fact, all the management was fired. The only other person we recognized was Chip. He told us the car will be there soon, so we wander around the lot. We turn the corner, however, and I hear, "Ooooooo". Uh-oh. There, all red and shiny was this:




It really is the brightest red I've ever seen on a car. It's a 2002 Ferrari 360 Modena coupe. RMR, 3.6L V8, 400bhp, 6-speed manual (non-gated, thank God), Recaro leather seats, with 10k miles, and a clean CarFax/service record. It's a beauty, well taken care of. She said, "Well Jer, what do you think?" and I told her it was completely up to her. So she did the whole thing, beginning to end. She spotted it, talked with the salesperson, test drove it (without killing the transmission), inspected it (I helped there), negotiated (vigorously, and got a great deal, especially due to extenuating circumstances). It was all her, I wasn't involved much at all. While this was going on the other car arrived, so we looked at it next. The color is prefect, and it's handsome, but not pretty. It's a brutal thing, it's harder to control and very aggressive, and fast. It boldly shouts "I'm a man's car!" (Uh-oh, gonna get scowled at for that one, but it does take some brute force to control it):



I'd seen on Top Gear where Jeremy says that it shifts too aggressively, but I don't think that's the case at all, it just has more "gusto" than most other gearboxes. In fact, the 2006 was better than the non-S 2004 in that area, and all areas, really. It's a more solid, more refined, faster car all-around, and it's a 2+2, which I prefer, where the first one was a 2+0 (it had a shelf in the back). I like it a lot. It cleared the CarFax too, and had all the service receipts and records included. At the end, there was no drama, no dickering. He showed me what they had in it, which was on the low end of wholesale, included 2yr/24k mile insurance on both cars for free, and that was it. Of course, we told him we'd not take criminal or civil action.

No, I don't believe he knew what his managers were doing, he seems like a sincerely straight-up no-nonsense guy. Talking with him afterwards, waiting for a friend to come by and help us get the cars home, we all discussed it, and he said that they'd likely done it to boost commissions for the holidays. He'd given them more freedoms in taking care of the place and had been spending more time at the other location, because it does more volume. "When the cat's away", and that kind of thing. It was sheer coincidence that he'd been there the day before due to a system problem, there's no telling what could have happened. After we left the day before he'd had all the CarFax sheets pulled and found 2 more that were wrong, so they printed up the correct ones. When it came down to it, he went out of his way to make things right, and says he'll investigate to see if other sales might have been under false pretenses. I'm not sure how he'll manage that, he has his work cut out for him. Ironically, all things considered, I'd definitely do business there again. Maybe Chip will become a manager, though I kinda doubt it.

More eye candy:




She was so happy that she cried (Awwww). smily_headphones1.gif Then after getting home, we spent 4 hours scrubbing, scraping, washing, stripping, polishing, waxing, vacuuming, Simonizing, and conditioning. It looks brand-new and right off the showroom floor, now.
Edited by Magick Man - 11/7/12 at 10:01pm
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