Monday Mud

The mud to which I refer is the virtual mud clogging my brain and not real “of the ground” mud.

 

I had a very disturbing dream last week that still haunts me. I don’t know if I was engaging in this conversation or simply watching and listening, but a woman was talking to someone. While she was talking her entire body was changing almost constantly and at times appeared to be fading in and out. The last “morph” before I was shocked out of my sleep was that the skin on most of her head disappeared and yet she continued to talk as, basically, a skull. I can still see–in my head–her mouth moving but just bone above her mouth to the top of her head. That image gave me goosebumps for at least a half hour after I woke up.

I don’t believe in dream as prophecy and I understand that most/much of the time a dream is just the conscious mind’s way of trying interpret something that was actually never meant to be interpreted. Still, what the hell causes a dream like that one?!

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This Archon’s Den post was funny to me (as was this one). Here are a few one-liners from the first post:

 

I’m addicted to seaweed….
….I must seek kelp.

I love the idea of shutting up….
….I just don’t think it’s for me.

Always give 100%….
….unless you’re donating blood.

Just baked a synonym bun….
….just like the ones grammar used to bake.

Want to hear a joke?  Sleep….
….Yeah, I don’t get it either.

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While driving around here the last few days I have seen quite a number of these cars.

 

2006 Cadillac XLR Review - Top Speed

 

Of course, I have seen far more Ferraris and Porsches, but seeing a Cadillac XLR has not been a common sight here until the past few days, even in this area of affluence manifesting itself in owning uncommon and expensive cars.

An episode of Everyday Driver is titled “Blue Cars.” The episode is a comparison of three sports sedans, but it turned out that all of the cars tested were blue. At one point early in the show Todd Deeken remarked, “Maybe you’ve heard of the Blue Car Syndrome. The concept is that you never see blue cars until you buy one and then all you see is blue cars.” Since I recently watched that episode (for the 6th or 8th time) I guess I had to find a blue XLR. (Oh, you want to know what the cars were. A BMW 330i, a Genesis G70 and an Alfa Romeo Giulia. Paul Schmucker, the German-phile, picked the BMW as his favorite; Deeken picked the Genesis with the BMW third.)

It didn’t strike me until very recently that for what I paid for the Cascada I could have purchased an XLR if I were willing to buy one sight unseen from another part of the country. Because of this area’s affluence and affinity for nice cars, local XLRs are thousands more than those elsewhere in the US. Would shipping eat up that difference? I don’t know, I never got that far.

Right now, I like the fact that the savings account (no longer at Capital One) dedicated for automobile expenses actually has some real money in it. Also, as long as we are in this house (who knows how long that will be), I almost certainly will not be buying another car. Still, I will always love the looks of the XLR. When they were first introduced I seriously considered buying a new one, but they seemed too expensive to me so I wound up buying my second Corvette instead.

I know I have written before that I would not have to have the XLR in V spec. In fact, I would not buy a V-spec because they are significantly more expensive, even now.

 

As always, I welcome thoughtful comments. Many thanks.

 

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4 thoughts on “Monday Mud

  1. If I were to buy an XLR, one change I would make would be to change out the brakes for the 2005 Corvette Z51 brakes and 19 inch wheels. These brakes and wheels were installed on your XLR-V series. You can never have too much braking capacity. I would also want the 6-speed automatic transmission. My choice of color would be whatever was on the car I purchased, but my preference would be silver.

    The puns were funny. I have a cousin who is a great lover of puns. Me not so much, as sarcasm is my preferred method of reply. My daughter inherited sarcasm from me.

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    1. Thanks, Philip. I like Silver for the XLR, but also like Burgundy. I also wouldn’t buy a 2004 or 2005 model. That narrows the field a bit; only 5,887 non V-spec XLRs were built from 2006 to 2009.

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  2. General Motors has been going above and beyond for decades trying to make Cadillac look cool, and I believe the XLR was the pinnacle of this mission. The first time I saw one on the street I went, “WOW”, it is a Cadillac!!!!
    All that effort seams to be working, Cadilac is holding tight in the middle of the pack:
    Registrations* in the US – Q1 2022:

    Tesla: 113,882 (up 59%) and 21.8% share
    BMW: 80,482 (down 3%)
    Lexus: 66,907 (down 17%)
    Mercedes-Benz: 60,632 (down 21%)
    Audi: 37,566 (down 37%)
    Cadillac: 29,840 (down %)
    Acura: 29,260 (down 26%)
    Volvo: 23,513 (down 20%)
    Lincoln: 19,977 (down 29%)
    Land Rover: 15,581 (down 39%)
    Porsche: 13,262 (down 24%)
    Genesis: 12,549 (up 53%)
    Infiniti: 11,740 (down 43%)
    Alfa Romeo: 3,542 (down 32%)
    Jaguar: 2,610 (down 36%)

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    1. Thanks very much for the comment and for the info. Thirty-five years ago, though, Cadillac substantially outsold BMW and Mercedes-Benz. For the entire 1987 model year, M-B sold about 89,000 cars in the US, BMW sold about 88,000; Cadillac sold about 283,000.

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