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2003/09/19 13:32:31 (permalink)

So what did you get there in?

"I was the guy in the Green Tercel in the left lane of I-44 passing all the semi's."

After reading this reply from Bushie in another forum,I got to wondering what all you folks were driving IN,on your trips to the food! I know that I have three "cars" and each of them takes me to different areas of culinary adventure. I'm building a house so just got a little SR5 pickup for the million shopping trips! Food wise, it takes me to lunch and snacks--usually fast,reasonably priced and GOOD---ie BBQ--fried chicken--donuts--and shakes. When my wife and I are doing every day chores and close to home travel or airport trips to get the visiting kids,we drive a late model Ford Escort SW. This is the one that take us to dinner--Chinese,Italian,steaks--and county fairfoods! When I'm traveling,or working on the road,I've got a Dodge Conversion van--this is the one with a custom made guide--using Tripticks and my notes from here-sitting on the dashboard! The one that takes me to places that I may have read about LONG ago but havent got here yet--and to places that I manage to find on my own--and too old friends and favorite local feasts!

So---what gets you to the feast?
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    Mayhaw Man
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/19 13:54:07 (permalink)
    Soccer Mom drives 2002 Explorer

    Working Dad Drives 1990 Oldsmobile (I keep explaining to my kids that this unstylish box of a 4 cylinder car represents private school, tennis tournaments, soccer, cello lessons, paintball and all the other rediculous stuff modern, indulgent parents pay for these days)

    Mayhaw Man drives....1967 Chrysler New Yorker equipped with every power device known to man in 1967 and a 440 Cubic Inches of Mopar's finest iron under the hood. I get to all road food in style, comfort, and at top speed" />
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/19 14:09:03 (permalink)
    I drive to all my Roadfood excursions in a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder Convertible. This covers work, my constant drives on Pacific Coast Highway, taking my daughter to school everyday, and trips to see the SO. She, by the way, drives a Honda CRV-----so we have our family car and our fun car choices for the weekend. This is my third convertible-----------hard to beat driving out here down the coast with the top down, on my way to In-n-Out Burger or Neptune's Net on PCH.
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    Lucky Bishop
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/19 14:14:21 (permalink)
    I don't own a car, because 1) parking in Allston is a nightmare, 2) Boston drivers are frickin' insane, 3) why pay for insurance and upkeep when you have Zipcar (www.zipcar.com), and 4) 95% of the time, it's easier to take the T.

    However, there's a Budget location about three blocks from my house, and we rent cars there for out of town trips about 8 to 10 times a year. If it's just me and Mrs. Bishop, we'll usually end up with a Hyundai Sonata or a Chevy Malibu, though we occasionally go for the convertible if it's a nice day. (We had a Sebring during our honeymoon in Niagara Falls and Toronto, which was just utterly delightful.) We have to rent at least the full-size, because I'm 6'6" and small cars are not my friend. However, if her parents and/or her sister and her husband are joining us, as they do sometimes, we go for the Caravan mini-van.

    If I did own a car, I'd probably go for the new Beetle.

    Best car I ever owned: 1965 Galaxie 500
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/19 15:47:35 (permalink)
    2003 Gold Chevrolet Suburban *sigh*. I am so tired of driving boxes, but with three teens, softball,basketball and football equipment it is my fate for now. On our recent trip to the Frio river, with a total of 5 teens and two adults, even with an extra basket on the back, we looked like the Joad family.

    I am dreaming of the day when I can have a zippy little car like Edsails, or my bosses new Infinity coupe.
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/19 15:53:14 (permalink)
    As Jane and I have grown larger, our cars have gotten smaller. We started with a Chevy Suburban and now shoehorn ourselves into a Subaru. A while ago we saw this vehicle by the side of the road, and thought it might just make the perfect Roadfoodmobile :

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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/19 16:30:51 (permalink)
    We bought a new Toyota Avalon in 1996 with the thought in mind that we would run it for a generation. Now, 7 years later we are doing just that...It is the best 'sedan' I have ever owned. We used it for roadtrips up to my retirement time in 2000 and it served that function well. It is now my brides 'work' car with 160,000 miles on it and nothing needed except brakes.
    The workhorse of this family now is a 2001 Ford F150 Supercrew...for non-truck owners, thats the Ford pickup with the 4 doors and the full-sized back seat. As mentioned in someones post above size is important!! The truck 'fits' my 6'1" 300+lb frame very well. We traded our '95 Explorer for this truck and have found it to be a more than satisfactory machine for our triple-themed roadtrips...(Roadfood-Railroad Following- and Flea Market, Auction shopping). The only change I would make in it's qualities would be to swap a few of the flimsy cupholders for a couple more cig.lighter outlets---I need places to plug in 1. Radar detector 2.Radio-scanner for listening to 'train chatter' 3. digital camera recharging 4.cell-fone recharging 5. Outlet for new navigation-Mapping system to Keep Up with the Stern's! 6. coffee-cup warmer for wife

    I wanted to comment on Lucky's post. As a born and raised SoCal boy I couldn't conceive of a place in the U S A where people would "choose" not to have their own automobile. Then I went to college in Salem Mass, and served as an intern in the State House in Boston for a couple of years. Your comments about renting a vehicle when needed seem almost "UnAmerican", but I acknowledge the wisdom of doing that for economic as well as 'Mental Health' reasons in the urban areas of the NEC.
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/19 16:31:02 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by tiki

    "I was the guy in the Green Tercel in the left lane of I-44 passing all the semi's."

    After reading this reply from Bushie ...

    Actually, tiki, that was wanderingjew who said that, although it was in response to one of my posts.

    Back then, I was driving the same thing I'm driving today; a '96 Mazda B4000 LE CabPlus 4x4. Sucker's got 185,000 miles on it and still going strong. (And I just gave it a "birthday" present; a brand new set of big ole' Goodyear Wrangler AT's.)

    Michael, I LOVE that "Roadfoodmobile". The guy who put that together has got some talent!

    And Mayhaw, I'm envious of that '67 Chrysler. I'll bet that's a fun machine to drive.
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/19 16:54:44 (permalink)
    2000 Volvo S40 with the requisite air freshener. "The Man" (my flatulent bulldog) loves to ride shotgun with me!
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/19 16:58:57 (permalink)
    Mayhaw Man---nice ride--have had a few classics that i wish i had kept---had a 57 Chevy for a long time and a fully restored 51 Ford with a mohair headliner,overdrive, and that wonderful flathead! But i think my favorite was a 56 Lincoln Continental---pink and white inside and out---foot operated radio seek button---VERY high tech in 56!!!!--leather interior and continental kit on back,of course!Great car to cruise the coast and catch the Wolfman Jack show in!!My "burger,fries and a shake" car!

    Lucky Bishop---i understand completly about Boston's insane drivers--but then i have been accused of being one of the worst of them--you see, i occasionally drove cab for a family friends cab company in the burbs-specialized in airport delivery and pickups!My Dad did it too and once told me about driving in the city.especially the tunnel trip to Logan-when i first started---"Stare directly at where you want to go---aim the car for it --and go---NEVER make eye contact--they will move---they see "taxi" on the side of your car and assume you are crazy and get out of the way"---It worked

    Thinking about a BMW with a sidecar now that im "semi-retired and not supportting kids anymore!!
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/19 17:12:38 (permalink)
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    Actually, tiki, that was wanderingjew who said that, although it was in response to one of my posts.

    Back then, I was driving the same thing I'm driving today; a '96 Mazda B4000 LE CabPlus 4x4. Sucker's got 185,000 miles on it and still going strong.


    I stand corrected...and wonder if wanderingjew is still driving the Toyota?
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/19 17:51:01 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by tiki
    Lucky Bishop---i understand completly about Boston's insane drivers--but then i have been accused of being one of the worst of them--you see, i occasionally drove cab for a family friends cab company in the burbs-specialized in airport delivery and pickups!My Dad did it too and once told me about driving in the city.especially the tunnel trip to Logan-when i first started---"Stare directly at where you want to go---aim the car for it --and go---NEVER make eye contact--they will move---they see "taxi" on the side of your car and assume you are crazy and get out of the way"---It worked


    Are you still in the area, Tiki? If not, you might be surprised to know that with the Big Dig currently about half-open, the trip from my house in Allston to Logan via the Pike extension is now, no kidding, about 8 minutes. That's at like 8 p.m., too.

    I swear I think the thing about Boston drivers is self-perpetuating. People move here and they think "Oh, yay! Boston drivers are supposed to be nuts! That means I can do whatever I want now!" It's infuriating. Especially the double-parking. I have seen people double park when there were three open spaces halfway down the block! wtf?
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    tiki
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/19 21:19:39 (permalink)
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    Are you still in the area, Tiki? If not, you might be surprised to know that with the Big Dig currently about half-open, the trip from my house in Allston to Logan via the Pike extension is now, no kidding, about 8 minutes. That's at like 8 p.m., too.

    I swear I think the thing about Boston drivers is self-perpetuating.


    Nope, i am in Oklahoma as of this May---California before that.I am looking forward to seeing the results of the Big Dig--been following it online--Wont it take out that "Freeway" through the city that tore the waterfront off the rest of the city??? That could do a whole lot to revitalize the city.
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/19 22:03:56 (permalink)
    I have an early 90's Escort SW, love it to death. It has been to St Lou & back as well as numerous trips to Maryland's Eastern Shore. Long distance trips I now fly to my destination simply because I don't always have the time to drive.
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/19 23:26:58 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by tiki
    And Mayhaw, I'm envious of that '67 Chrysler. I'll bet that's a fun machine to drive.


    Actually, you don't exactly drive a car that size. It is more like steering a container ship. When you get ready to slow down you call the engine room and order "all back 2/3"
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/20 00:58:20 (permalink)
    quote:
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    I am looking forward to seeing the results of the Big Dig--been following it online--Wont it take out that "Freeway" through the city that tore the waterfront off the rest of the city??? That could do a whole lot to revitalize the city.


    Yeah, the Central Artery is being torn down. There are, however, several different competing plans as to what's going to happen to that space, and I'll believe any of them when I see 'em.
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/20 02:15:50 (permalink)
    Vehicle up here in AK is 95 Dodge Dakota 4x4 with the essential pop-up Skamper so we can roadfood wherever we want, even along the 414-mile Dalton Hiway (gravel road to the Arctic Ocean). We also have an '81 Firebird Formula (I call it the ghetto car) that SO built the engine as a winter project. Only thing that works on the dash is the fuel guage......you have to guess how fast you're going " />. Have a friend up here that drove his wife and 4 kids in the 60's to AK from Colorado in a small school bus and later buried it in his back yard as a septic tank . Vehicle of choice during 15 years in Boston: beat-up Saturn, you can double- or triple-park it very nicely. Mayhaw, that '67 sounds SWEEEEEETTTT!!!
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/20 15:57:15 (permalink)
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    That big Jetstream behemoth reminds me of SKINNY LEGS AND ALL by Tom Robbins. One of the characters welds 2 giant metal drumsticks to and Airstream, turning it into a giant roast turkey.

    Wow. Haven't thought of that guy in years. I loved "Another Roadside Attraction" (I still think of the talking watermelon; I have no idea why.) Absolutely loved "Even Cowgirls Get The Blues". Thanks for the memory Elise.
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/20 16:21:07 (permalink)
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    [

    I stand corrected...and wonder if wanderingjew is still driving the Toyota?


    Almost 148,000 miles and counting. If I'm heading on a long distance road trip (350 miles or more each way) I usually rent a car now. My car has worked hard over the last 8 1/2 years and deserves a break. I plan on keeping it another two years. At that time I'll probably go for a Camry.
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/20 17:36:13 (permalink)
    Wandering, with your having a Toyota and only 148,000 miles on it, I'm sure you'll be able to keep it another two years with no major problems. Two best vehicles I ever owned were Toyotas. Last one was a Previa minivan (which though never really a commercial success for Toyota, was a great vehicle). After 8 1/2 years and a bit over 180,000 miles on it I finally got rid of it, not because of any problems with it but rather because I'd never had any problems with it, and knowing nothing, not even a Toyota, can last forever, decided maybe I'd better go on and get rid of it, even tho realizing 180,000+ is relatiavely low mileage for lots of Toyotas. Had it had to have had various repairs/new parts installed along during its life, I'd probably have kept it even longer. Finally at over 100,000 miles I changed belts & hoses for fear they might fail. Then at that 180,000 + miles only repair it had ever had other than routine maintenance was spark plug wires replaced. Also got a new vehicle at that time in order to prevent expiration/loss of lots of credits I'd accumulated toward purchase of a Ford product. While thankfully this '99 Ford Windstar has been much better, more reliable, than I ever expected it to be; it will never be the long lived product that Toyota Previa was. In fact, I've got to take it to shop Monday due to some new noise (suspension or exhaust system?, can't figure out for sure) coming from beneath it for first time this morn at 80,000 miles. As for your future Camry, I'm sure you will enjoy that. It is such a pleasure to see my next door neighbor, an unmarried lady in her mid-70's, so excited and pleased with the new Camry she bought couple of months ago. Says she likes it much better (and know she's much more excited about it) than any of the Chevys, Olds, or Buicks she ever previously owned. Enjoy that Tercel for remainder of its life and then get into the Camry. I'll be going back to a Toyota next time. PS - Its amazing to see in this small town the number of people who have always previously owned Lincolns, Mercurys, Volvos, Buicks, etc. who in the past 2 years have switched to Toyota Camrys. And I ain't in any manner on Toyota payroll and don't have any connection with Toyota other than as a former very satisfied customer.
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    seafarer john
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/21 15:51:13 (permalink)
    Had an MG, 1950. Tried to love it, but it spent 90% of its time off the road in need of expensive repairs. Same with a monster Jaguar of similar vintage - owned it for three weeks- wanted to love it , but ate gas like a Sherman tank, and always needed service. Loved my 1954 Raymond Lowey design Studebaker coupe.
    In 1960 was driving on Conn turnpike near Mystic when the engine blew up, rolled down an exit ramp into a junkyard right at the end of the ramp and sold it on the spot for $50.

    Since then we have been thru all kinds of cars from a "Jolly Green Gremlin" to a big blue Pontiac convertable, and for the last 15 years nothing but Ford leases.
    We have learned to not get attached to cars. They are less likely than cats to return any sentiment. We get a new lease every three years, never need any kind of repair, keep it oiled and gassed and it gets us from here to whereever
    with great reliability - and as far as we are concerned it could be any kind of car- no sentiment or feeling whatever!
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/21 17:04:43 (permalink)
    John,
    We have considered leasing, but we log on way too many miles each year to do it without running out of miles by June of each year!!
    All kidding aside, a good lease is a great way to avoid a lot of extra costs, if you can hold your mileage to less than the quota...usually 12 or 15,000 per year. In N Y that may be easier than the high desert of SoCal. My neighbors there commuted to LAX from our desert community. That is a110 mile commute (EACH WAY). They spent an average of 5-6 hours a day in the car going and coming. Luckily they worked at the same location (She a dispatcher and He a delivery driver for an airfreight company). With an average monthly mileage of close to or over 5000 miles they would have gone under with a lease. But even when buying a car they went thru them so fast there was no time for emotional ties to develop!! They did this for 10 years while we were neighbors, and are still doing it today (3 years later). Not my choice for a life-style...but common enough in the car-crazed SoCal community.
    Here in Hoosierland we are slowing the mileage down, but still exceed 40,000 a year on the two vehicles, so leasing is still not for us...but it will be in the future!
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/21 17:10:43 (permalink)
    I'm currently tooling around in a 1991 Buick Century. I deliver pizza for a living so the Century is covered in a melody of hot wing sauce stains and constantly smells of pepperoni and cheese. But, as I am a broke college student, it'll do for now.

    If I had the money, I would buy the 1965 Triumph motorcycle that someone is trying to sell my boss. Hard to deliver pizza on a motorcycle (maybe with a sidecar), but one must make sacrifices for cool.
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/21 21:00:17 (permalink)
    Mr Mayor: Please explain to me why anyone would choose to live in a desert and then commute to a job is smog bound Los Angeles spending five hours a day in an automobile that they probably have learned to hate...
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/21 21:38:48 (permalink)
    John..
    There is no sane answer...but the one I used to hear most often was the cost of housing out our way was less than half of what they could find in any decent area in the L A basin. I guestimate the combined wage of the couple at about $65-70 k a year..and they had a 2 acre lot with about 2000 sq ft of thirty yr old ranch house on it.They bought the house in 1989 for about $90K
    I lived and worked in the community...the same one I had grown-up in in the 50's, and enjoyed some of the benefits of the climate etc...but they had 4 kids, and left home at 5am to return at 8pm daily. the kids took care of themselves and weekends were pretty busy around the house for the whole family. That type of lifestyle is not unusual in many SoCal communities.. Remember the metro-area is over 150 miles N/S and 100 miles E/W. The further "OUT" you go the cheaper it gets to buy a house (in most cases).
    It is a very different world from the NY commuter, thats for sure.
    To return to the auto-lease thing...It was common to read ads for cars in the paper that said for a year or two year old car...$300 and takeover low lease payments on a 4 year lease. This would usually be a car that the leasee has run the limits of miles on in a year or two and will get stuck with a 15 or 20 cent a mile charge for the overage when he turns it in at the end of the lease. I don't want to tell you how many of my H S students would come into school bragging about his "new" Prelude or Mustang etc that he was paying only $150 a month for 2 years by finishing out the guys lease...not understanding that the limit on miles for 4 years had been reached in the first year and the kid was going to get nailed for big bucks everytime he went "cruising"
    SoCal is/was an interesting place to live...but the sedate HoosierLand is more my style now, Thank You.
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/22 06:40:29 (permalink)
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    Mr Mayor: Please explain to me why anyone would choose to live in a desert and then commute to a job is smog bound Los Angeles spending five hours a day in an automobile that they probably have learned to hate...


    John
    you have to realize that these folks are already crazy--after all,they LIVE in SOUTHERN California!!Down there,its illegal to NOT own a car and drive too far to work everyday.
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/22 06:48:14 (permalink)
    I drive a '99 Saab 9-3 Convertible. It's a bit small for my 6'3" 300+lbs. frame, but it's loads of fun. We took our roadfood honeymoon in it and were able to keep the top down 99% of the trip.
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/22 07:41:45 (permalink)
    quote:
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    Mr Mayor: Please explain to me why anyone would choose to live in a desert and then commute to a job is smog bound Los Angeles spending five hours a day in an automobile that they probably have learned to hate...


    Seafarer,
    I don't know about commuting from the desert into LA but I work with a woman who lives in Ocean City & commutes to Baltimore every day! That's 150 miles one way and she gets into work by 7AM the latest so she can get on the road home by 4:30 the latest. I also used to know this man who commuted to NYC from Baltimore. He kept a small apartment in NYC & only came home on weekends, but I understand that there are others that do this commute daily on the train.
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/23 01:31:53 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by seafarer john

    Mr Mayor: Please explain to me why anyone would choose to live in a desert and then commute to a job is smog bound Los Angeles spending five hours a day in an automobile that they probably have learned to hate...


    John
    you have to realize that these folks are already crazy--after all,they LIVE in SOUTHERN California!!Down there,its illegal to NOT own a car and drive too far to work everyday.


    Now, now, many of us have gotten steady jobs and relocated as near as possible. You have noticed we stopped shooting at eachother on the freeways, haven't you?
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    RE: So what did you get there in? 2003/09/23 06:48:27 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by tiki

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    Originally posted by seafarer john

    Mr Mayor: Please explain to me why anyone would choose to live in a desert and then commute to a job is smog bound Los Angeles spending five hours a day in an automobile that they probably have learned to hate...


    John
    you have to realize that these folks are already crazy--after all,they LIVE in SOUTHERN California!!Down there,its illegal to NOT own a car and drive too far to work everyday.


    Now, now, many of us have gotten steady jobs and relocated as near as possible. You have noticed we stopped shooting at eachother on the freeways, haven't you?


    Actually, i noticed that they stopped writing news stories about it,but i just put that down to needing room for all those Arnold article
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