Farewell Cascada, We Hardly Knew Thee

Yes, I sold the 2019 Buick Cascada I bought in late June. Here is one last picture:

 

 

While I don’t believe in excessive distillation of reality, I do believe that K.I.S.S. is usually the best approach to life. I didn’t want a convertible as much as I thought and since acquiring the Mustang I was not driving the Cascada that much.

I sold the Cascada to Carvana. They paid me 40% more (yes, 4-0) than the offer from a local dealer that buys cars and the process was very easy. Again, simpler is almost always better than complicated. My wonderful wife and I were at the Carvana “dealership” no more than 10 minutes as I had completed all of the “paperwork” online and simply had to sign a few documents.

I would imagine buying a car from them is not much more complicated than selling one. Too bad they don’t have cars like this in their inventory.

 

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Let’s see…defending national champion, Number One ranked and (obviously) undefeated Georgia escaped with a 26-22 win at unranked Missouri, a team whose two wins are against Louisiana Tech and Abilene Christian. Number 17 ranked Texas A&M lost to unranked Mississippi State 42-24 (the Bulldogs will now almost certainly be ranked; Update: Mississippi State and TCU are now ranked). Number 18 ranked Oklahoma was destroyed by unranked TCU 55-24. OK, maybe Oklahoma was never quite that good.

Number 21 ranked Minnesota lost at home to unranked Purdue. Once again, life is a Monte Carlo simulation. Only one event has a 100% probability. I don’t want to say that any college team can beat any other college team, but within a conference, almost anything can happen. The three upsets about which I wrote, as well as Georgia’s narrow win, were all intra-conference games.

Until the official College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings start being released every week, the other rankings only exist to add excitement to college football. I remember when only 20 teams were ranked every week. Why do you think it’s now 25? These rankings are not created by a “higher power.” Once again, unranked teams beat ranked teams all the time.

I did enjoy watching Georgia-Missouri and, again, did not really have a dog in the fight. I turned the game on in the first quarter with Missouri ahead 3-0. I did not think Georgia would come back to win, but they made some adjustments in their run scheme and offensive line blocking, in addition to just stepping up their game. I think they outgained Missouri 300-100 in the second half.

I really can’t wait for the CFP to expand to 12 teams, even though one of the motivating factors is just to get Notre Dame in every year. (In case you can’t tell, I am not exactly a fan of Notre Dame football.) I think the national championship will end up being the second highest rated TV program every year behind only the Super Bowl.

 

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5 thoughts on “Farewell Cascada, We Hardly Knew Thee

  1. Hooray for your successful discharge of the Z06.

    For those who follow college football, this season is one to not bet against Mississippi State. They played very well against my Arizona Wildcats, beating us 39-17. My Wildcats beat the winless Colorado Buffaloes last night 43-20. Our quarterback tied a long standing school record by throwing six touchdown passes in a single game. Our real test comes in the next series of conference games against Oregon, at Washington, USC, at Utah, at UCLA, Washington State and the hapless ASU Sundevils who recently fired their head coach. None of them will be easy except maybe ASU considering their head coaching situation. ASU is never a gimme because of the intense rivalry.

    DDM, you had to go post a link to Bring a Trailer, now I have another permanent link on my browser.

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    1. Thanks, Philip.

      “DDM, you had to go post a link to Bring a Trailer, now I have another permanent link on my browser.”

      LOL…more people clicked on that Bring a Trailer link than on 99% of the links I embed in the blog.

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      1. “you had to go post a link to Bring a Trailer, now I have another permanent link on my browser.”
        I’m sorry. πŸ™‚

        “more people clicked on that Bring a Trailer link than on 99% of the links I embed in the blog.”

        See above comment. πŸ™‚

        BaT is not as interesting, to me, as it was a few years ago. Once it was bought by Hearst it went even further into “high dollar” autos. Too many Porsche/Mercedes/BMW/Ferrari etc for me. There still some lust worthy vehicles, again to me, just not as many. And some of the auction results have been eye watering in the prices paid, several being make/model records. But I DO visit the site daily, just to see what out there.

        And yes, I’m still watching Chevy II.

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  2. So now that you’re down to only 2 cars, are you spending time checking Hemmings, Classic Cars dot com, etc? I’m not sure how it feels to be a “2 car family” as it’s been a while. πŸ™‚

    I took a couple cars up to a local show in the town I live in. They brought it back, finally, after missing the last couple years. It’s a fund raiser for cancer research, so a cause worth supporting. A friend of mine drove my 86 Shelby Charger, I took my Belvedere long roof. I wanted to take my 84 Shelby Charger, but my knee is still not up to working a clutch just yet so I had to bring something with an automatic. I had a chuckle as there were 5 different cars in the show that have been worked on in my shop. I might have to make up a small grille badge for them for the next show. πŸ™‚

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    1. “So now that you’re down to only 2 cars, are you spending time checking Hemmings, Classic Cars dot com, etc?”

      Astute question, sir. I will say, though, it’s HIGHLY UNLIKELY I will buy another car until we live in a house with space to park more cars AND longer cars. A Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk, for example, would not fit in our current garage.

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