Last Call: Cup Holder? Edition

I think from this day forward we should rename “cup holder” to “burrito bearer.” I mean, who doesn’t love a good burrito?
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  1. Jofes2 Avatar

    I just found the answer to a Craigslist Crapshoot that is yet to be done. What on earth is this thing?

  2. Jofes2 Avatar

    Last Friday I found out about the 60th anniversary celebration of the Swedish Alfa Romeo owners club taking place on the following day through a printed newspaper ad of all places. Of course I had to go and it was great. It’s really something in the French and Italian part of car culture here that is sort of protected from all the macho-complexes and cockiness often associated with it.
    What I’m trying to say is that they handed out free cinnamon buns and had a pink bouncing castle for the kids and everyone felt welcome as long as they didn’t bring up who was going to tow who home at an all-Alfa meetup etc. If this would have been an equivalent BMW-meeting they would just have thrown some raw tobacco at you and in best case have a punching bag filled with wheel nuts if “the little snot trolls” needed distraction. One weird thing was that Alfa Romeo themselves were nowhere to be seen. With the Giulia being launched and all, it seems like a missed opportunity. Anyway, pics:

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      Excellent! Civilization: 1, BMW Clubs: 0
      As pretty as the cars are in your pictures, the Atomic Toaster in me got all curious about that big assed tower in the background. Is it the Kaknästornet?

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        Wow. An Alfa 6. Alfa’s worst car?

        1. Jofes2 Avatar

          Now this is Hooniverse, we say “good” or “different”.

        2. Alff Avatar

          I want it.

        3. Vairship Avatar

          Can you say Arna? 😉

    2. nanoop Avatar

      Cinnamon buns, the glue of Scandinavian society.

  3. roguetoaster Avatar

    Cup holder, sounds like the worst job in Rio right now.

  4. Sjalabais Avatar

    Economics! I’m partially an economist and I think it is mind blowing how such a messy discipline rules so much of politics and, thus, every day life. Even more surprising that it all seems to work somehow. Now the #1 public paper of the profession had a nice reminder of an article that I know many here have read, but that could also be of interest to even more people: George Akerlof’s “The market for lemons”.
    Mr Akerlof’s idea, eventually published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics in 1970, was at once simple and revolutionary. Suppose buyers in the used-car market value good cars—“peaches”—at $1,000, and sellers at slightly less. A malfunctioning used car—a “lemon”—is worth only $500 to buyers (and, again, slightly less to sellers). If buyers can tell lemons and peaches apart, trade in both will flourish. In reality, buyers might struggle to tell the difference: scratches can be touched up, engine problems left undisclosed, even odometers tampered with.
    To account for the risk that a car is a lemon, buyers cut their offers. They might be willing to pay, say, $750 for a car they perceive as having an even chance of being a lemon or a peach. But dealers who know for sure they have a peach will reject such an offer. As a result, the buyers face “adverse selection”: the only sellers who will be prepared to accept $750 will be those who know they are offloading a lemon.
    Smart buyers can foresee this problem. Knowing they will only ever be sold a lemon, they offer only $500. Sellers of lemons end up with the same price as they would have done were there no ambiguity. But peaches stay in the garage. This is a tragedy: there are buyers who would happily pay the asking-price for a peach, if only they could be sure of the car’s quality. This “information asymmetry” between buyers and sellers kills the market.

    ..aptly illustrated, too:

    1. kogashiwa Avatar

      So true. I would like to think this is why our Manitoba car shoppers are in the habit of offering half the offering price (and then being firm on it!). But I’m afraid the reality is they’re simply skinflints.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        It’s always nice to have an impressive theoretical building to plant on a flimsy assumption about groundwork. Imagine that economists found out in the 70s that information is not always perfect; philosophers had long been through everything and engineers were flying us to the moon at that point in time.
        When it comes to haggling, I excel as a buyer. The worst thing that could happen is you could p*ss someone off (by offering half the price, say). As a seller, I want to be everyone’s friend, and I suck. Only once have I not given an unnecessary discount below my “firm” lowest price – that was when I sold my beloved ’71 Volvo 145, a decision I regret to this day.

  5. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    This has nothing to do with cup-holders or burritos but worth posting anyway for the 2CV fans.

    1. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      Well, that made up for my Alfa 6 comment above.

  6. elan Avatar

    I have only been frequenting this website for a few years now (I found out about it through Nathan Wratislaw aka. CerealMarshmallows aka. 1ownercarguy) and I have never had explanined to me the origin nor meaning of the term “olelongrooffan”. Does anyone care to tell me the ways in which this word can be used also. Thank you in advance.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      My interpretation is “nostalgic guy who prefers vehicles with long roofs”, i.e. wagons, cubic SUVs and busses. Empiric evidence supports this.

    2. Lokki Avatar

      olelongrooffan: Ole- slang for ‘old’ but a affectionate country boy slang term meaning ‘good, old, and experienced’. EX: “Ole Joe is a helluva good fisherman”.
      Longroof- long roof. A slang term for ‘station wagon’
      Fan – exactly that
      Thus: olelongrooffan is an older guy who really likes station wagons.

      1. Tanshanomi Avatar

        A bit of trivia some may not have noticed: When the Hooniverse guys set up his author account, they accidentally misspelled it “LongRoofian” with an “i” instead of the second “f.” So his byline has never quite matched his name, which adds to the confusion.

        1. elan Avatar

          Thank you Sjalabais, Lokki and Tanshanomi.

        2. Lokki Avatar

          Let’s see: -‘Ian’ as a suffix generally means something like ‘One who is of, or from’ such as a Bostonian or a Washingtonian. So, in that case it sort of ‘elder of the long roofs’

          1. Rover 1 Avatar
            Rover 1


          2. Sean McMillan Avatar
            Sean McMillan

            I initially read that as a play on ruffian, somewhat synonymous with hooligan which leads us back to hoon so it sorta made sense.

  7. Tanshanomi Avatar

    I know it’s rude to go off on long, involved rants, so I’ll just distill this down to its most concise form:

    1. Vairship Avatar

      What else is a car thief to do?

  8. Rudy™ Avatar

    I think what’s sad about this picture is that I know which car it is. (’01-’05 Civic.) And no it’s not ours. I can tell by the burritos.