How do you like your disclosures? Full? Too bad, that’s what you’re getting. It’s 4:35 am here, and I currently have a headache because I foolishly drank too much sake after our Big Day of Business and Planning. The future is looking exciting, though, but the very near future – the one where I should have written a Cold Start before falling asleep – that one I didn’t quite pull off. But I awoke, and am doing it now, so there. Let’s take a look at a very Los Angeles scene here.
Where else are you going to see a Rolls-Royce Wraith parked next to a Honda Fit and a Smart in a grocery store parking lot, just at random? I mean, a few other places maybe, but not many at all. It’s a very LA scene.
This one still had paper dealer plates on it, so it must be a recent purchase, probably because the owner just recently put away the winter beater 2002 Altima they’d been driving, and needed something new. I bet Rolls-Royce of Beverly Hills had a 30-days-same-as-cash deal, too.
These Wraiths are massive two doors, and yeah those are huge reverse-opening doors, too, which I wonder if is harder or easier to deal with in a tight parking spot? I also think these things could use a rear wiper for that vast expanse of nearly-horizontal rear glass. Stop being so cheap, Rolls.
One thing I do like about these is this:
The switch for the lights mimics the old, traditional and oddly clunky big light switch older Rolls-Royces had, something I always thought was idiosyncratic and strange about these cars. The switch looked like a parts-bin thing from a company that made industrial presses or something, oversized and basic in a way that didn’t seem to fit with a hyper-luxury image.
But, I bet it was the best possible switch you could get, so in it went. And I like that its funny look has stuck to this day.
Want to see another very LA scene we happened to notice, in David’s parking garage? This lonely little tableau:
An orange traffic cone sharing a desolate corner with a discarded pack of Tarot cards. When was the last time you saw a discarded pack of Tarot cards? Sure, maybe you’ll see a single Tower or Hanged Man flung down in disgust, but that’s it.
Okay. Ruminate on that. I’m going back to sleep.