Hey, guys, don't get me wrong here.
Most of the cars I'm referring to just 'happen' to be made in Japan. Big deal.
The kids driving 'em are all shapes and colors.
It ain't about ethnicity, it'* about the car.
Just like the 'olden days'.
Chev vs. Ford vs. Mopar. AMC'* didn't count...!
I drive a Bus for a living. I've seen most of the neighborhoods and kinds/styles of people/cars/food around this area. It'* one of the things I like the best about my job.
How to tie it all together into this thread can only be that it'* all Life and what makes it Fun.
I told a story like this over on AR15.com, starting with the humorous name of 'ricers' and moving into how it seems every town has a Chinatown. The evolution of a conversation, seemingly unrelated comments, culminating with me telling this on the Forum.
Hearing the word 'ricers', my daughter asked me, 'ricers? you mean like Chinatown?'
She didn't have any idea of tying the two together in a negative way. 7 year-olds just don't know what bigotry is. They're so innocent.
It has nothing to do with that train of thought. It was just how the conversation with my wife started and the kids hearing it, and here we are.
Anyway, she wants to go to Chinatown and I told her we'd all go there for some fun and food. We'll check out the cars, too!
Hell, I live a neighborhood that has its roots in Scandinavia! You don't think there'* a lot of 'EuroScandahoovian' stuff around here? Yet another culture? Think we haven't tried the food tied to the Old Country? We're talkin' little old ladies with the turn signal on and the seat belt hangin' out the door kinda jokes and cars.
How 'bout some good ole Southern Fried Chicken? BBQ ribs? How 'bout some catfish? You can bet there'* a neighborhood where you can find that! The cars look different there, too.
Being an AMERICAN is all about having ancestors from somewhere else! People forget that and when you start to talk about the different cultures - WHAM! - it'* as if you're not supposed to!
That'* the irony. We are AMERICANS. We HAVE to recognize the differences. It'* what makes us unique!
The differences in the cars, though...it'* just fun as hell to me.
I love to see the different styles and the people who drive them.
The idea of the American car has always been to be bigger, heavier, faster and more powerful.
It'* a style. Our style.
I appreciate the 'ricers' and I have no idea what the affectionate reverse term is for 'Yankeemobiles'. What is it? I wanna know what I'm drivin' here!
Now, the American cars are using several components made elsewhere in the world.
Just the way it is.
Still, when I get the 'look', it'* a BLAST from the PAST.
It'* a 'challenge'!!!
I hope I exonerated myself...and maybe gave some of you something to think positively about
I didn't know this soapbox had 20" wheels!