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I got my new zed 2 days ago. For the first time in 11 years I got behind the wheel of a sweet ride and took her out for a spin. Now that I cannot drive my Rabbit anymore, as it is simply impossible to even consider getting behind that wheel again, I find myself filled with complete satisfaction. Big grins for the other zed drivers out there and for the other performance drivers too. There are so many minivans, Lexus, Honda, Mercedes, etc sedan drivers out there. How can they stand it?

My stereo was getting no power and so I managed to figure out the issue and fix it - my first maintenance success. The issue was a fried fuse on the back of the stereo. I had to pull the center console and bang, there it was. Of course, I forgot to make sure the A/C duct was properly fitted to the center console vent when I put it back together...doh! Heading out to correct that situation right now.

Cheers from a very satisfied zed driver.
 

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The Cadillac comercial where Windy Maluk asks: "When you turn on your car - does it return the favor?"

Yep! Z's sure do!
 

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That's totally it and she totally does (my zed and the caddie chick)! Thanks for reminding me. It looks like it was Kate Walsh who did that commercial though.

I took my ride out for an evening spin last night and traffic had thinned a bit. Still a lot though. I was thinking about all the sedan drivers out here - I am in the Dulles corridor in Northern Virginia - and I started thinking of myself as a rancher, herding cattle! The hubris!

I miss the etiquette of the German Autobahn, since US drivers don't pay anything for a public school course on driving and basically don't know how to drive - myself included, whereas Germans have to pay upwards of $2000 in private drivers education. One of the things the Germans teach their drivers and expect drivers to follow on the autobahn is that slower drivers stay right. If you need to pass, go left to pass, then back to the right. In fact, it is illegal to pass on the right. I try to follow these rules, back in the US, and it does rub off on some people - when they see you get back to the right sometimes they will do the same. Still rush hour is completely FUBAR.
 

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Autobahn driving is definitely more orderly and efficient than here. Don't see many wrecks. Saw on one in which a Porsche was strewn for about 1/8 mile. Orderly and efficient works well until you combine snow with fog. Germans still don't slow much and then you get 150 cars piled up outside Munich, Franfurt...

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Yeah, I really dug the autobahn flow. If you are hoggin the left lane, the porsches and mercedes start flashing lights at you and ride 10 feet from your rear bumper, while turning their turn signal on as if you didn't know what they wanted.

Staus (dead stop traffic on the autobahn) and bang-ups were massive. I got caught in the middle of one of those 150 car pile ups, but they missed me - a crap load of cars banged up in front of me and behind me.

I had a crappy Audi 200 that I rebuilt the 4 banger and the tranny. It had 2 speeds: stop and go, where go was tickling 180 kph. I had a spare head and gasket in my trunk and sure enough I blew the head gasket heading from Innsbruck, Austria to the Bodensee, at 2 am on an early Monday morning. I had formation at 5:30 in Ettlingen. I got her done by the side of the road!

My two favorite autobahn experiences:

1) driving my M578 in formation with the rest of the motor pool up the 5 past Heidelberg, on our way to Baumholder or something. SFC dipshit, who claimed to be in the Special Forces, can't read a fucking map. So he's mother goose and we all follow him off the 5, right into downtown Mannheim. Idiot. The M578 is over 3 meters wide and the tracks don't tend to ride up a curb like a tire. It does have 2 reverse gears, however. There was a trail of concrete debris behind us as we drove around lost for 30 minutes, trying to find our way back onto the autobahn. I was widening the turn lanes. Yes, Germany, you can thank America for protecting you! Zum Vohl!

2) driving my pathetic Audi south to Basil, Switzerland on the 5, in moderate traffic. Finally noticed that the Porsche 944 in front of me was waving a baton out the window and then I caught the Polizei sign in the rear window. WTF? I pulled over. Two casual Deutschers slinked out and we started chatting in German. I only learned all my German in the Kneipers and so I didn't speak proper German. I speak pure Baden-Wurtemburgish dialect, laced with all sorts of profanities! They were amused. The one guy said the other guys name was Schwanz...I laughed my ASS OFF! They were cool. They brought me up to their Porsche and opened the glove box. There was a tv camera in it, connected to a digital VCR and a camera between the seats. We reviewed my driving habits, by counting the number of dashed lines that passed in a given time between me and the guy in front of me. You mean it is illegal to drive 10 feet from the guy in front of you at 170 kph, all the while flashing your brights and with your turn signal on? They gave me a 500 mark ticket, but I never saw it again. Viel gluck, Herr Schwanz!
 

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The "DOTS" is a distance idea they use in Thailand. "Two Dots between you and the car in front of you" and they have these big DOTS painted on the road. It's pretty neat, and easy way to judge distances. It works well with the variable traffic you see...you find yourself further than you think you should be from larger vehicles, and closer than you think to the lowly TukTuk or other microcar.

Of the things I've seen in Asia, I think that is the best idea they have had which would translate well to the interstate system here in the USA. It really works effectively in helping you judge the following distance correctly!

I'm sure you could do it with the dashed lines...and Germans would know the distance... But those BIG DOTS were easy to count. And almost everybody on the road in the USA can count to TWO...
 

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Yeah, I really dug the autobahn flow. If you are hoggin the left lane, the porsches and mercedes start flashing lights at you and ride 10 feet from your rear bumper, while turning their turn signal on as if you didn't know what they wanted.

Staus (dead stop traffic on the autobahn) and bang-ups were massive. I got caught in the middle of one of those 150 car pile ups, but they missed me - a crap load of cars banged up in front of me and behind me.

I had a crappy Audi 200 that I rebuilt the 4 banger and the tranny. It had 2 speeds: stop and go, where go was tickling 180 kph. I had a spare head and gasket in my trunk and sure enough I blew the head gasket heading from Innsbruck, Austria to the Bodensee, at 2 am on an early Monday morning. I had formation at 5:30 in Ettlingen. I got her done by the side of the road!

My two favorite autobahn experiences:

1) driving my M578 in formation with the rest of the motor pool up the 5 past Heidelberg, on our way to Baumholder or something. SFC dipshit, who claimed to be in the Special Forces, can't read a fucking map. So he's mother goose and we all follow him off the 5, right into downtown Mannheim. Idiot. The M578 is over 3 meters wide and the tracks don't tend to ride up a curb like a tire. It does have 2 reverse gears, however. There was a trail of concrete debris behind us as we drove around lost for 30 minutes, trying to find our way back onto the autobahn. I was widening the turn lanes. Yes, Germany, you can thank America for protecting you! Zum Vohl!

2) driving my pathetic Audi south to Basil, Switzerland on the 5, in moderate traffic. Finally noticed that the Porsche 944 in front of me was waving a baton out the window and then I caught the Polizei sign in the rear window. WTF? I pulled over. Two casual Deutschers slinked out and we started chatting in German. I only learned all my German in the Kneipers and so I didn't speak proper German. I speak pure Baden-Wurtemburgish dialect, laced with all sorts of profanities! They were amused. The one guy said the other guys name was Schwanz...I laughed my *** OFF! They were cool. They brought me up to their Porsche and opened the glove box. There was a tv camera in it, connected to a digital VCR and a camera between the seats. We reviewed my driving habits, by counting the number of dashed lines that passed in a given time between me and the guy in front of me. You mean it is illegal to drive 10 feet from the guy in front of you at 170 kph, all the while flashing your brights and with your turn signal on? They gave me a 500 mark ticket, but I never saw it again. Viel gluck, Herr Schwanz!
Heck yeah, fussganger zone in Heidelberg. Not many sober moments there.
 

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Heck yeah, fussganger zone in Heidelberg. Not many sober moments there.
Absolutely! Heidelberg was beautiful. I lived in Ettlingen, in the black forest just outside of Karlsruhe, 30 minutes south. I liked the Red Star bar on the second street off the central platz to the left (of course). My past time was arguing politics in German with socialists! And then the wall fell down...our side WON! LOL!
 

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Lived in Grafenwoehr. Father was stationed there. Rothenberg, Nurnberg, Bertchesgaden, Munchen, Wurzberg. Beautiful country. Would love to go back.
 

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Was it Graf or Hohenfels that was a mud pit? I slept under the stars in both exercise areas.

Nurnberg Rock in the Park was the BOMB! I saw Metallica there. Best show I went too was Pink Floyd, Mannheim, open air, 150,000 people, Delicate Sound of Thunder Tour. I almost got busted for smoking black bubble-gum in the open by a couple of MPs, but I spoke German accented English to them and convinced them I was in the Deutsches Bundeswehr, a Fallshirmsjaeger in the Black Forest (I had several German friends who were in that unit).

You ski Bertchesgarten? Awesome! My favorite spot was Innsbruck. They had a great hostel I always stayed at (49 times!) and I used to ski Mutters or the glacier.

My sister went to the Lisa Meitner Gymnasium in Boeblingen, by Stuttgart, for 5 years. She can speak Hoch-Deutsche! Ich kann nur Plattdeutsche reden.

I would love to go back, too.
 

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The one thing you can say for American military involvement in the world - it gives our youngsters a chance to travel and see the world. And others in the world have some better ideas than we do.

"The right turn on red - America's only contribution to civilization!" - Jeremy Clarkson
 

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I am not quite sure how I want to respond. I LOVE a good geoplitical discusion, but the thread to date has been about my driving my new Z and sharing German experiences with 1986zxt.

I could always emphasize my firm belief that we ought to end prohibition, since I brought up my personal drug use. Since smoking marijuana does not violate the Harm Principle, as espoused by John Stuart Mill, there is no moral foundation for it being a criminal offense and ending prohibition would stop the conditions that give rise to cartels and organized crime, a cost-benefit analysis that should be undertaken.

Regarding American contributions to the world, there may be one or two others things we have done. ARPAnet comes to mind, as does the popsicle and Coca Cola.

Given that we are the global security guarantor, in the wake of the colonial collapse of European empires post-WWII, our defense expenditures in Europe allowed for their skimping on their defense expenditures in order to provide a social democracy and social safety net worth bragging about, at least until the next European country wants a bail-out from the German central bank. Combined with our unique ability to project strategic power by way of our blue water navy, means the we own the ME security and all shipping lanes to deliver oil to all industrialized countries.

It seems to me that our boys and girls in service have a real affect on global security by moving to a foreign land for 3 years. It really is too bad that most of our people in Germany would prefer to NOT learn German, befriend Germans, go anywhere but the American bars where all the slutty German teenagers go, and drink friggen Budweiser. Can you imagine??? You are stationed in Germany and you prefer your Bud? I know what "bud" I prefer! ;-)
 

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I am not quite sure how I want to respond. I LOVE a good geoplitical discusion, but the thread to date has been about my driving my new Z and sharing German experiences with 1986zxt.

I could always emphasize my firm belief that we ought to end prohibition, since I brought up my personal drug use. Since smoking marijuana does not violate the Harm Principle, as espoused by John Stuart Mill, there is no moral foundation for it being a criminal offense and ending prohibition would stop the conditions that give rise to cartels and organized crime, a cost-benefit analysis that should be undertaken.

Regarding American contributions to the world, there may be one or two others things we have done. ARPAnet comes to mind, as does the popsicle and Coca Cola.

Given that we are the global security guarantor, in the wake of the colonial collapse of European empires post-WWII, our defense expenditures in Europe allowed for their skimping on their defense expenditures in order to provide a social democracy and social safety net worth bragging about, at least until the next European country wants a bail-out from the German central bank. Combined with our unique ability to project strategic power by way of our blue water navy, means the we own the ME security and all shipping lanes to deliver oil to all industrialized countries.

It seems to me that our boys and girls in service have a real affect on global security by moving to a foreign land for 3 years. It really is too bad that most of our people in Germany would prefer to NOT learn German, befriend Germans, go anywhere but the American bars where all the slutty German teenagers go, and drink friggen Budweiser. Can you imagine??? You are stationed in Germany and you prefer your Bud? I know what "bud" I prefer! ;-)
...and amen, brother. I myself spent way too much time in the local bahnhof... Let's not give away too much. Indeed, hanging out at the base NCO club was certainly not the way to go but, as you said, way too many chose this route as opposed to enjoying the local flavors. The shame was I only had 7 months there.

BTW, Graf was certainly a mud put.
 

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reefedjib said:
I am not quite sure how I want to respond. I LOVE a good geoplitical discusion, but the thread to date has been about my driving my new Z and sharing German experiences with 1986zxt.

I could always emphasize my firm belief that we ought to end prohibition, since I brought up my personal drug use. Since smoking marijuana does not violate the Harm Principle, as espoused by John Stuart Mill, there is no moral foundation for it being a criminal offense and ending prohibition would stop the conditions that give rise to cartels and organized crime, a cost-benefit analysis that should be undertaken.

Regarding American contributions to the world, there may be one or two others things we have done. ARPAnet comes to mind, as does the popsicle and Coca Cola.

Given that we are the global security guarantor, in the wake of the colonial collapse of European empires post-WWII, our defense expenditures in Europe allowed for their skimping on their defense expenditures in order to provide a social democracy and social safety net worth bragging about, at least until the next European country wants a bail-out from the German central bank. Combined with our unique ability to project strategic power by way of our blue water navy, means the we own the ME security and all shipping lanes to deliver oil to all industrialized countries.

It seems to me that our boys and girls in service have a real affect on global security by moving to a foreign land for 3 years. It really is too bad that most of our people in Germany would prefer to NOT learn German, befriend Germans, go anywhere but the American bars where all the slutty German teenagers go, and drink friggen Budweiser. Can you imagine??? You are stationed in Germany and you prefer your Bud? I know what "bud" I prefer! ;-)
...and amen, brother. I myself spent way too much time in the local bahnhof... Let's not give away too much. Indeed, hanging out at the base NCO club was certainly not the way to go but, as you said, way too many chose this route as opposed to enjoying the local flavors. The shame was I only had 7 months there.

BTW, Graf was certainly a mud put.
****, how much does it cost to ship a Z over and back to Europe? (30 days one way? That's the schedule we used for cargo ship logistics on JWARS). We could always organize a European Rally. :)

*edit - just imagine being in a convoy of 10 Zs cruising down the Autobahn at 190 kph...my car wouldn't be eligible, but some of the Zs out there could be on the strike team to teach the Porsches and Beemers a little humility! We would have to go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nürburgring#Nordschleife_public_access :D
 

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Now that would definitely be one for the bucket list ;D
 
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