Friday, November 02, 2007

The Randomness of Friday

Welcome to The Randomness of Friday. A random collection of thoughts, observations, and other time-wasters to fill out the work week. Enjoy.

Last 5 tunes to come up in my WMP library shuffle (IT won't install iTunes on our laptops, the bastards):

The Aquabats - Super Rad! (one of my favorite Friday tunes, and the reason why Ska is cool)
Authority Zero - Mexican Radio (killer remake of the Wall of Voodoo original, pimped by Alcanthang like a year ago or something)
Bone Thugs 'N Harmony - Fuck tha Police (another killer remake of the original, that I first heard featured in the Getaway in Stockholm street racing video)
DJ Helixx - These Days (this is a house mix Helixx did for Maigrey. It can be downloaded from Helixx's Mix Depot page)
The Propellerheads - Take California (Decksanddrumsandrockandroll. Just a killer electro-rock groove)

Last 5 websites I visited (blogger and sites I needed to copy links don't count)

Wil Wheaton
KGTV Channel 10 (as if the fires weren't enough, a bomb scare closed down the freeway I take to get home)
Jalopnik
Autoblog
Icanhascheezburger.com

And the original plan for this post, the Car of the Week. This feature will randomly appear when I find something worth posting. Basically, if I come across an "interesting" vehicle (which can mean insanely cool, insanely ugly, insanely expensive, or whatever), I'll post it for your viewing pleasure. And now the vehicle that inspired the concept. I'm sure most of you are aware of the trend of cars having huge wheels (20 inches or larger, generally referred to as Dubs and variants on that). The latest trend is to lift a car, much like a tricked out four wheel drive truck, and put even larger wheels on. The largest currently are 30 inch rims, referred to logically as Treys. And the cars that started the trend are called Donks, Boxes, and Bubbles. Donks refer to pre-1976 Chevy Caprices and Impalas. Boxes are 1977-90 Caprices and Impalas, called Boxes because of their, well, boxy shape.And then the Bubbles. These are 1991-96 Impalas and Caprices that are, well, bubble-shaped.Other cars can receive this type of treatment, among them the 80's vintage Monte Carlos, Lincoln Town Cars, older Cadillac Fleetwoods, etc., but to be truly called a Donk, Box or Bubble by a purist, it's got to be an Impala or Caprice. The one consistency with the majority of cars rolling Dub4s, 6s and higher is that to achieve the suspension lift, it's got to be a body-on-frame car. Think older American cars, pick up trucks, SUVs like the Tahoe, Explorer and Durango. By having the body mounted on the frame, as opposed to a unibody car where the body and frame (and thus suspension mountings) are an integral unit (any modern front drive car like an Accord, Taurus or Jetta, minivans except the Chevy Astro and Ford Aerostar, and crossover utility vehicles like the Toyota Highlander, Nissan Murano, and Ford Edge). Today's COTW is none of these. It's an early 90s Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, a front drive unibody mid-size sedan, and truly the first one I have ever seen pimped out at all.This was spotted on the 805 Freeway in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego. I'm not sure what appeals to me more. The huge rims, the pristine beige paint, or the fact that it's for sale. Judging by the license plate, the current owner just registered it, too, so the tags should be good until probably August 2008. I can't possibly imagine how this thing rides or drives. Being a unibody front drive, the steering has got to be heavy and probably not all that smooth. But the suspension! It's not like anybody makes a lift kit for this, like they do for most trucks. So that means that it's homemade. There's a recipe for disaster. Anyway, I just had to share. And call now, before somebody else buys it.

Have a great weekend!

4 comments:

CarmenSinCity said...

I like the cars feature!

Happy Friday!

River Driver said...

OK, and the funniest thing about all those cars is, I swear I've seen all of them driving around Memphis. And all those different types of tricked-out, pimped-out vehicles falls under the umbrella of "Hooptie".

BrainMc said...

You've been tagged.

http://brianandstacie.blogspot.com/2007/11/tagged-for-7-random-things.html

supermaine said...

Wow! a pimped vehicle with a unique looking suspension lift kit.