Wandering Wednesday

Shame on the United Nations! Maybe it’s time to defund them.

 

“But of course time after time the UN issues resolutions against Israel while ignoring countries that have much worse human rights and war-crimes records: North Korea, Syria, Yemen, Iran, Belarus, China, and Saudi Arabia, to name a few.”

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How about these photos?!

 

 

I can assure these pictures were not Photoshopped as I don’t even know how to do that. The desert scenery still amazes me.

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In this post I asked why ignition interlock systems designed to prevent drunk people from driving weren’t mandatory. Well, in this Hagerty piece I’ve been meaning to share for awhile, but that has slipped through the cracks, it is reported that “automobile manufacturers will be required, as early as 2026, to equip all new vehicles with monitoring systems designed to keep intoxicated persons from driving. Among the considerations are breathalyzer devices that prevent a vehicle from starting if the driver’s blood-alcohol level exceeds the legal limit, and infrared cameras (which GM and others already use for driver monitoring related to driver-assistance features like SuperCruise) that monitor driver behavior and look for signs of inattentiveness.”

You think that’s an unwarranted intrusion into your lives? Well, I think 10,000+ deaths every year in this country due to drunk drivers supersede your “freedom” to drive drunk.

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Look what’s finally come home!

 

 

Almost three months after we took our 2015 Cadillac ATS to the body shop–and more than four months since the accident–we picked up the car yesterday. While we had a slightly unpleasant surprise in the guise of an extra $800 on the bill, for which the at-fault driver’s insurance company has supposedly already sent us a check, it is nice to have the car back. In all honesty, it looks better than when we purchased it almost a year ago (!) and my wonderful wife said it drove well.

Without “before” photos you have no frame of reference, but the repairs seem to be A-Plus. The rear of the car was severely damaged and it is almost impossible to detect any hint of that damage now. Of course, given the amount of the bill (>$18,000) the work should be very good. Actually, given the cost of the repairs I am very surprised the insurance company didn’t just total the car.

 

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10 thoughts on “Wandering Wednesday

  1. You want to drive a Cadillac, learn how to drive. You want to get eben with someone, you picked the wrong guy to get eben with.

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  2. Beautiful rainbow and beautiful car! We went pseudo-shopping for an ATS in the last couple of weeks. We saw none for sale at the Scottsdale dealer we visited, but we did see a couple of models in Albuquerque at a CarMax.
    Unfortunately, the car will be kept in North Dakota so we will need a model with all-wheel drive since the standard ATS is a rear-wheel drive car that would be pretty squirrelly to drive in the winter. Neither vehicle we saw was AWD-equipped.

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      1. We won’t really start shopping in earnest until we get back to Fargo in the spring. Our goal was to give Lynn a look at the styling and size of the vehicle since it is a bit larger than what she has been driving.

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  3. I’m starting to think the stories of the lack of supply of used cars is overblown. I again was looking at a used Lexus-after my wife traded in her convertible for an SUV and is still getting calls from dealers trying to sell her a car. Somehow a dealer got my phone number and called me at 9:01 am. There are TEN used Lexuses for sale with no accidents and less than 60,000 within five miles of me. One car that I looked at three weeks ago is still on the lot; it has a Mark Levinson sound system but is $3K more expensive than this morning’s dealer’s car. Of course, I’ve been offered $2K over what’s owed on my current car, so maybe there is an issue. I think all the “prime” borrowers who want a used car have bought them. My wife got 1.9% on her car. So all the cars bought by dealers in the past are now a drag on their bottom line.

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    1. Thanks, Doc. I don’t think the supply of used cars is seriously constrained. However, with the supply of new cars being constrained that moves the demand curve out for used cars, which raises the price.

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