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Old 08-02-2016, 11:25 AM   #361
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When I see a super car in my town (it's only happened once), my first thought is that they are lost.
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When I see a super car in my town (it's only happened once), my first thought is that they are lost.
Or professional athlete, entertainer, dot com multi-millionaire? Thing about super cars is that most owners have paid cash as opposed to the run-of-the-mill spendthrift who borrows to buy a Vette, BMW, or Benz.
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Show me a young guy (under 60?) who does not lust for a super-car (or even a classic)?

My buddy has a 92 Ferrari and a custom garage to store it. He considers it an investment in ego and never plans to sell it.
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I just think, "I hope that was his first of many $250,000s, not his first and last."


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Or professional athlete, entertainer, dot com multi-millionaire? Thing about super cars is that most owners have paid cash as opposed to the run-of-the-mill spendthrift who borrows to buy a Vette, BMW, or Benz.
At least locally, my Mercedes dealer says that the grubbiest guys will come in, start asking about a $170,000 car, take one for a drive and then plunk down CASH.

He claims the demographic is a lot different from what you'd expect.
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When I see a super car in my town (it's only happened once), my first thought is that they are lost.
Growing up I lived alongside the Dixie Highway. Once when I was about 15 I came home around 1AM and there was a Jaguar roadster, an Xk 140 with Empire State plates on it, idling in a pull-off in front of my house with no one in it. Turns out some locals felt that the driver didn't belong south of the Ohio River, and ran him off the road and took out after him with tire irons.

I went to bed, never found out how this played out. I think cops arrested the northerner for disturbing the peace or something, but at least he lived.

Today, I live 2 blocks from a Ferrari/Maserati dealer, so I see plenty exotic cars. If I had that kind of money, I can tell you that I would have zero interest in a Maserati. The Ferraris are so much better looking

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Show me a young guy (under 60?) who does not lust for a super-car (or even a classic)?

My buddy has a 92 Ferrari and a custom garage to store it. He considers it an investment in ego and never plans to sell it.

I wouldn't call it lust, necessarily; I reserved that for the ladies... 😎

But by the time I reached my peak earning years (high five figures), becoming FI was more important.
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Growing up I lived alongside the Dixie Highway. Once when I was about 15 I came home around 1AM and there was a Jaguar roadster, an Xk 140 with Empire State plates on it, idling in a pull-off in front of my house with no one in it. Turns out some locals felt that the driver didn't belong south of the Ohio River, and ran him off the road and took out after him with tire irons.

I went to bed, never found out how this played out. I think cops arrested the northerner for disturbing the peace or something, but at least he lived...
Good grief! I stopped caring for a fancy car decades ago, but if this "indicator of wealth" can get one in such trouble, darn, I am glad that I will be safe.
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I am going to buy a new car before I die, the first one ever.

It's looking like a Chevy Impala or a Ford Taurus.

But then I'll have some dough for what I really want, that Zero electric motorcycle that does 0 to 60 in 3.3 seconds.
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I am going to buy a new car before I die, the first one ever.

It's looking like a Chevy Impala or a Ford Taurus.

But then I'll have some dough for what I really want, that Zero electric motorcycle that does 0 to 60 in 3.3 seconds.
Come on, Robble,I expected a hot Porsche or a Audi A8 out of you, not a run of the mill Chevy or Ford!
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See, that's what's important to me in this life.

Doing what I want to do, not what anyone else thinks I should do -
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When I see certain super cars my first thought isn't "saved hard for it" but rather "drug kingpin". Especially when I'm in south Florida.
I walk the dog on the beach in La Jolla most mornings. I regularly see Maseratis, bentleys, teslas, jags, and Ferraris. But I also see beater cars... The fancy cars are often the residents of the neighborhood by the beach. The beater cars are folks like me who drive to the beach. The beach is free/public... so being at the beach is not an indicator of wealth.

The fancy cars are probably not drug dealers... but could be CEOs of fortune 500 companies. I walk by the Irwin Jacobs house (founder of Qualcomm)and Paul Jacobs home (executive chair of Qualcom, Irwin's son and next door neighbor) when I walk on the beach. They have nice cars in their garage. They definitely qualify as *very* rich. What strikes me more is they have a guy who works for them full time, who among other things, washes their cars regularly. Nice guy (the worker) and nice cars.
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Show me a young guy (under 60?) who does not lust for a super-car (or even a classic)?

My buddy has a 92 Ferrari and a custom garage to store it. He considers it an investment in ego and never plans to sell it.
Here.

Saw this just now. Yep, I stopped caring about cars, high-performance or classic or otherwise since I was 40. Could be even earlier, but definitely 40.

Cars are just transportation to me, and to my wife. My sister and her husband feel the same way, and they have been FI for a while. They spent a heck of a lot of money on travel though.

I think their stash is larger than mine, but they don't even spend money on housing as I do. They show no visible "indicators of wealth".

PS. And they do not drink. My sister never does, like my wife. My BIL cannot even drink beer now. Gout. So, I am a lot richer in booze than they are.
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Show me a young guy (under 60?) who does not lust for a super-car (or even a classic)?
I'm 66 and if I won the lottery (might help if I bought a ticket once in a while) I'd have a difficult choice: Corvette or 700 hp Dodge Charger? Or both?
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That Aston Martin Vantage look quite fusible....
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I'm 66 and if I won the lottery (might help if I bought a ticket once in a while) I'd have a difficult choice: Corvette or 700 hp Dodge Charger? Or both?

If you won the big one you could buy both... and buy them again and again and again...

If you netted $200 mill, that is $8 mill a year without any trouble... that is over $20K a DAY... so heck, you could just give away the cars when it was time to change the oil without blinking an eye...
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Today, I live 2 blocks from a Ferrari/Maserati dealer, so I see plenty exotic cars. If I had that kind of money, I can tell you that I would have zero interest in a Maserati. The Ferraris are so much better looking

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And I know you like good food. So do I.

This is what makes me happy right now: waiting for my braised lamb shank for dinner. I just finished putting everything into the pot, and lowered the heat to let it simmer for at least 3 hours. The recipe I use comes from Chef John in the following video. The image of the dish is also linked from the Web.



My wife does not eat lamb, so I learned to make this for myself. After dinner, I will pour meself a shot of Cognac, sipping it while surfin' the Web some more.

No "indicator of wealth" needed for my happiness.

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We have a lot in common. My girlfriend will not eat lamb because it's a baby animal.

I like to marinate a frenched rack in garlic, rosemary, olives oil and wine overnite and then smoke it in the egg for 45 minutes. Curl your toes good!



Oh baby baby!

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That's a big rack. One time, I had to finish a rack, perhaps a smaller one, by myself because again, my wife does not eat lamb. Too much of a good thing.

Both of my children do not eat lamb. Same as my wife, they do not like the flavor. However, my son-in-law does, and we have had a few dinners where we feasted on lamb while the rest of the family ate pedestrian steaks or beef stew.
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