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[#] Wed May 26 2021 12:34:32 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

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Just got my 15-seater van back from the shop again. Hopefully the starting problem is fixed now that 80% of parts governing ignition have been replaced in the last 8 months, lol. It's wonderful to have room for my kids not to be crowded on rosd trips and also have accessible room for luggage. Trailers are cool, but not having to get out to get supplies is a dream come true.

It has a V-10. Very beefy. 6-ton towing package, iirc. Its 0-60 is like 11 seconds, lmao



[#] Wed May 26 2021 12:57:20 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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I'm pretty sure the LDS, the Mennonites, and the Amish are directly responsible for 80% of the sales of these Ford and GMC vans in the United States. I used to love watching a bunch of women and girls in home-made dresses, little white bonnets, black tights, and off brand sneakers pile out of one of these at the mall in Ohio. Watching the teenage girls shopping at a Macy's or Hot Topic was always an intriguing insight into how alluring the decadent society of mass consumerism is and how far the reach of commercial advertising reaches. 

Now, if it is a windowless white panel van in the desert Southwest - it is *still* probably still *people* inside it - but of a slightly different cultural, ethnic and religious background. ;) 

I always wanted one of those, a 2500 series - for camping. Couldn't convince my wife to do it. All that storage potential, secure from bears and thieves, and huge torque and towing capacity. Of course, you end up with an engine shroud because it is a cabover design... but hell, a majority of C-Classes used the HD 2500/3500 vans as the conversion for a *reason*. Why waste that space with HOOD and and engine compartment? 

 

Wed May 26 2021 12:34:32 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

Just got my 15-seater van back from the shop again. Hopefully the starting problem is fixed now that 80% of parts governing ignition have been replaced in the last 8 months, lol. It's wonderful to have room for my kids not to be crowded on rosd trips and also have accessible room for luggage. Trailers are cool, but not having to get out to get supplies is a dream come true.

It has a V-10. Very beefy. 6-ton towing package, iirc. Its 0-60 is like 11 seconds, lmao



 



[#] Thu May 27 2021 14:04:28 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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https://insurify.com/insights/car-models-most-duis-2020/

Statistical science verifies my intuition that Dodge truck drivers are more insufferable prick than BMW drivers. 

The white Dodge Ram is the worst. 

 



[#] Tue Jun 01 2021 13:27:21 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

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"directly responsible for 80% of the sales of these Ford and GMC vans in the United States" And Catholics. Basically all the big-family people.

I knew a Catholic car salesman who adopted like ten kids. He drove one of these behemoths. He could have any car he wanted, so he would just upgrade every few years to the most recent used 15-seater.

Anyway, we're putting old Bessie down. The van has had it. We could get a couple grand out of it, but my wife is sick of the sight of it. So it's going to scrapper for maybe $500. It'll be nice to be rid of it, of course. And out Expedition still fits all eight of us, but with no room to spare. Eh, we'll find something. We always do. The Lord will provide, as father Abraham said. ;)



[#] Wed Jun 02 2021 18:16:47 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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So, in my experience, the Catholics have fallen off to somewhere between WASPS and the "Breeder" denominations - especially among Whiter, Westerner-er Catholics. Most of them are a reach for 3 kids... which is high compared to us WASPs with our 1.5... but nowhere near the boatload of 7-15 kids that they used to churn out. There is probably a bit of R/K selection going on there, too. Affluence tends to make you go, "I don't care what the Pope says, I'm using birth control." 

Maybe they've changed their stance on this too. Most of the Catholic boom is in 3rd world countries with brown people. 

So, the interesting thing is... my dad had 1 and done, my grandmother had 2, lost one, and called it done... her sister had 1. We're all WASPs. My mother is Irish Catholic. I have 5 half siblings, and whole ARMIES of Cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relations. Her sister had 15 kids, and has like, 75 grandkids. Mary O'Mally - I shit you not. An a top o' tha mornin' ta ya, if it suits ya fine... 

Expeditions are a high demand car. Is it Diesel? Or is it the Excursion that is the 2500 frame? They're both very desirable. Dunno why Ford discontinued them. 




Tue Jun 01 2021 13:27:21 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

"directly responsible for 80% of the sales of these Ford and GMC vans in the United States" And Catholics. Basically all the big-family people.

I knew a Catholic car salesman who adopted like ten kids. He drove one of these behemoths. He could have any car he wanted, so he would just upgrade every few years to the most recent used 15-seater.

Anyway, we're putting old Bessie down. The van has had it. We could get a couple grand out of it, but my wife is sick of the sight of it. So it's going to scrapper for maybe $500. It'll be nice to be rid of it, of course. And out Expedition still fits all eight of us, but with no room to spare. Eh, we'll find something. We always do. The Lord will provide, as father Abraham said. ;)



 



[#] Sun Jun 06 2021 15:59:54 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

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I think there was a gas crunch that caused Ford to back off for a while and then new leadership liked the look of the Ford Focus, thinking it was the way of the future. Now if you want a $1000 beater, America is absolutely littered with Ford Foci. They all look like dated futurism. Personally, I can't stand the sight of them. 

I think there's an ancient instinct that causes humans to throttle back reproduction when it looks like we're stable and in danger of overpopulation. It seems related to but separate from r/K. I used to assume it was memetic, but now I think it's both: a instinct with a memetic manifestation. Humans across the globe talk about the end of the world (eschaton). That's another related human instinct we have a name for. When something is in literally every human culture, such as fathers being protectors and providers, it's folly to call it a meme, even though you can articulate and cite the meme. It's a human instinct that can't help but find verbal articulation, like Mother or Food.

I realize it's redundant to say "ancient instinct" but somehow it drives the point into a higher percentage of minds. 

Anyway, I'm glad my memetic bundle BIOS has an override. The commandment to multiply is still in force in my subculture, so my wife was prepared to give me plenty of children. Finding someone to make all those babies must be an absolute ordeal for secular Americans with procreative ambition. 

 



[#] Sun Jun 06 2021 16:19:07 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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My wife would have probably given me 3 if I had... let her. She started talking about how we needed 4 door cars shortly after we got married - and we bought a Saturn to scratch that itch for her. 

But... I was not ready, and as a Protestant, that is absolutely a cultural thing for us. We do not tend to breed prolifically. Traditionally, we're the 2.5 American baby demographic... when everyone else considered that a very low number. 

Our churches have a problem with dying membership. 

But... I think her career has been *very* rewarding to her, and her personality type - not to mention a great hedge against the decimation of *my* industry by outsourcing that made it a particularly tough industry to remain consistently employed in since 2000. I think a lot of people would say that I denied a lot of the memetic manifestations that are manifest parts of global human nature. I encouraged her to pursue career and education goals far beyond mine, I took over the role as primary caregiver of our single child during the most critical periods of her youth, I sacrificed my career, in a certain sense, to make those things happen. 

And while I certainly took a lot of social criticism for those decisions - most of the people who did so don't have a single late model M series BMW convertible in their garage, let alone two... 

I mean, at one point, a lot of the criticism I got revolved around "relying on your wife's career to provide for the family," and it wasn't so much of a criticism of *my* ability or inability to do so - it was more focused on a kind of "how can you expect a woman to ever show the dedication or skill or professional commitment to be able to cope in the role of primary bread-winner? It is irresponsible to trust your wife with the financial security of your family's future." 

It wasn't articulated that way - but that was part of it. I am also glad my memetic bundle BIOS has an override. That is part of the reason I think maybe I had to go out and buy my own, less expensive BMW. I think I needed to show some that SHE was the one capable of purchasing the expensive one as much as I had to show that I was capable of purchasing my own ride.  I mean, initially I think it was a little bit of jealousy and insecurity and irritation that drove me toward this - but ultimately, once I decided on how I was going to resolve those feelings, and made the decision - those went away and I was left with... 


"Why does society have to make it a fucking "Her Car/His Car" thing? Whatever. She makes all the big money, her car cost more than twice what I make in a year. Let that be HER car. I'll get my own and be happy with what I can afford." 

And I am. Super... I love the little M240i. But this morning, picking up breakfast for her, hung over, I raced a Camaro SS while driving HER car and blew the doors off that fucker with *ease*. :) 

 


Sun Jun 06 2021 15:59:54 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

I think there was a gas crunch that caused Ford to back off for a while and then new leadership liked the look of the Ford Focus, thinking it was the way of the future. Now if you want a $1000 beater, America is absolutely littered with Ford Foci. They all look like dated futurism. Personally, I can't stand the sight of them. 

I think there's an ancient instinct that causes humans to throttle back reproduction when it looks like we're stable and in danger of overpopulation. It seems related to but separate from r/K. I used to assume it was memetic, but now I think it's both: a instinct with a memetic manifestation. Humans across the globe talk about the end of the world (eschaton). That's another related human instinct we have a name for. When something is in literally every human culture, such as fathers being protectors and providers, it's folly to call it a meme, even though you can articulate and cite the meme. It's a human instinct that can't help but find verbal articulation, like Mother or Food.

I realize it's redundant to say "ancient instinct" but somehow it drives the point into a higher percentage of minds. 

Anyway, I'm glad my memetic bundle BIOS has an override. The commandment to multiply is still in force in my subculture, so my wife was prepared to give me plenty of children. Finding someone to make all those babies must be an absolute ordeal for secular Americans with procreative ambition. 

 



 



[#] Fri Jun 11 2021 22:28:15 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

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That is awesome. I'm very happy for you. 



[#] Sun Jun 13 2021 11:56:07 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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Hah! Since I wrote that post, I found that despite *knowing* about BMW "gotchas" and researching heavily, it is *always* only *after* you've bought the car that you discover the big caveat that BMW has hidden in their specs. 

I loathe aftermarket tuning of factory specs - as a Californian, it just means endless hassles every year at registration/smog time - and even if you're in a fairly "free" State, you never know when California is going to extend their will into your life from afar in this regard. We already have smogcheck - although it is more of a token effort - in Maricopa county. But - my experience is that this is the slippery slope to getting society to accept ever more restrictive policies. 

Anyhow... there are some things about the specific M235i that I got - that are silly and stupid - that the only way to fix is an aftermarket tune. So I'm looking into that and it is almost certainly going to happen. 


In a nutshell, if the original owner purchases the M235i with the standard staggered summer tires package - its top limit is 160mph. But if they opt for the optional, free 225r18 squared all season run-flat package because they live in a place with rain and snow, the top speed is limited to 130mph (which is slower than my 91 e30 325i top speed was). This "locks in" as non-reprogrammable in the ECU after a certain number of engine hours - and even a BMW dealer can't change it. BMW *could* change it - but they won't. Even if you buy the factor staggered tires from them - they won't remove the original equipped 130mph top end. So, while there are thousands of 235i BMWs out there with aftermarket wheels and tires that aren't OEM equipment that will always be able to do 160mph top end, there are some, that no matter what, are electronically limited to 130mph and that can't be changed. Which is stupid. BMW should absolutely have to offer if you get the tires that would have originally unlocked the higher top end, to perform the service for free to remove that limiter. 

Of course, hackers figured out how to unlock that. So basically, you have to do a jailbreak ROM unlock of your fucking CAR - with the same risks that entails on any other jailbreak ROM hack.  Yeah, I'm going to have to get root access to my car's OS and change things - and then a dealer performing service might brick my car with an update that overwrites the hack. 

It is totally a "Right to Repair" issue - and one of the things that I hate about the Tech Industry and its hubris today. 

Not that I will ever GO 160mph. But if it is factory configuration of the vehicle - some other guy's stupid options selections in 2015 shouldn't lock me out from that option in perpetuity. It is the principle. 

I'll have to get new summer rubber and find the staggered 245s in the back matching the design and finish of the front wheels, too... so, it won't be *cheap*. 

I'm going to be broke AF for a while - do not expect upgrades to The Sanitarium any time soon. :)