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(1) I'd rather have my face eaten off by an angeldust-high badger.OR(2) I'd rather be straight.AND(3)
My folks had a Datsun just after they got married as their first car. Yes, one would never imagine based on that experience that they were the same company today making cars people are really EXCITED to buy. Overall, I think the story of the Japanese automakers is one of the most fascinating in business. It's pretty old by now, but Halberstam's "The Reckoning" is a pretty neat read (about Ford and Nissan in the late...
It's interesting psychologically to gauge one's reactions; to me too my first thought was to balk at $50k for a Hyundai. BUT, I'm old enough to remember the days when a Toyota and a Honda were cheap cars you bought because of gas or because you couldn't afford a better one, and Subarus were about as sexy and cool as a wheelbarrow (and about the same size). My neighbor's son growing up had a "Justy," a car that is just as ugly as its name.ps my favorite still is the Mazda...
And here I am complaining at $2.80 for premium (93 octane) here in the Southern USA. Fuel economy is also pretty good on my V8; I average about 24mpg on the highway.I wish we had access to the Daimlers and some of the alternative engines/options here in the USA that Britain and Europe have, especially on the XJ40 (like those pictured below). They tended only to put the premium options here (leather, wood, all the electronic crap, and the biggest/newest engines). I'd...
Thanks! And you are correct; it's the X308 with the 4.0/V8. Doing some research, she was one of the last to roll off the line before they switched over to the X350 platform... actually built on the very last day of production (July 19, 2002).The "thinner" the cigar the better, in my book (haha). Not that I could afford one, but even still the newer XJs do little for me stylewise (even though feel/drive/quality apparently is excellent). I was in college for the last of...
Never posted in this thread (AFAIK). For my daily driver, we have a safe and economical Subaru... but during good weather I have Edith ('03 Sovereign). She's the only woman in my life; beware the mollusk.
^Agreed. The Valextra printed/textured leather isn't my favorite of all leather types out there, but it's not bad. I've had several pieces in it over the years. I've noticed no major difference in quality from them, either, with their increased distribution/popularity, so at that price it's well worth it.
No good recs for the above, but for my own summer use I like interesting textile prints and materials. Soft, slouchy, relaxed fabric, canvas, straw, thin suedes or woven patterns, etc. Etro, BV, Marni (hello DesignerValet!) and Missoni do really wonderful Spring/Summer bags that are great for the beach, for travel, or for the Mediterranean. The older Vukmirovic-designed Trussardi 1911 are also fun.
Yes, I wouldn't recommend buying a used bag online from a major brand unless you had some experience; it could be a disaster given how many fakes are out there. This is especially true of Hermes; even used you'll be well north of $1000 for virtually any bag and so wouldn't want to risk getting a fake.Bottega Veneta is very nice; I love the styling and the quality (at least in my experience) has been very good. It tends to be a softer, more "relaxed" aesthetic than Hermes...
I didn't mean to sound snarky; I actually totally agree with you overall. I don't think these days that the prices of Hermes (at retail) can be justified by use or longevity or ANY reason except (1) you get it as a gift (2) you have so much money you don't care and (3) you REALLY want something that says "HERMES!" on it. However, you are correct, I have no issue with the quality AS SUCH; you'll find few cut corners on their bags and only the best materials. Pretty much...
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