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Sit Back And Hear A Tale Of A Fateful Trip Inside A Nissan Leaf: COTD

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For whatever reason, someone convinced Matt Hardigree to drive David’s terrible $2,000 Nissan Leaf from his Studio City apartment to Galpin in Van Nuys. It’s just 11 miles, but the car’s barely better than a golf cart, packing an assumed 12 miles of range from its 12-year-old degraded battery pack. I mean, the battery took just 4.5 kWh from the charger. I’ve written about motorcycles with better capacity.

Yet, our resident New Yorker managed to really stretch that battery pack. Not only did Matt make it to Galpin, but then he went to a parts store, back to Galpin, then around the block, covering nearly 25 miles along the way. There’s gotta be something about how those city slickers drive, I tell ya.

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Anyway, Matt’s ill-advised journey needs a song. COTD winner Data has just the thing:

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from an apartment
Inside this Nissan Leaf.

The boss was a mighty editor,
The driver brave and sure.
Hardigree set out that day
For a three hour tour, a three hour tour.

The traffic started getting rough,
The tiny battery was toast,
If not for the courage of the fearless Matt
The Nissan would be lost, the Nissan would be lost.

The Leaf parked in the parking lot of the Galpin dealership
With Hardigree,
Mercedes too,
Hollywood Dave and his cats,
Torchinsky,
Adrian Clarke and Beau Boeckmann,
Here on Autopian Isle.

If you, like me, can’t figure out what those lyrics are a play on, here you go:

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I admit, I’ve never seen Gilligan’s Island before. Anyway, A. Barth also got me with this line:

I’m at 21. I might have gained a mile from just being an excellent driver…

Thank you, Rain Man. ????

Thank you for the tear I just shed laughing. Have a great weekend!

(Top Photo: David Tracy/CBS)

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A. Barth
A. Barth
7 months ago

Thank you for the tear I just shed laughing

I’m here to help. 🙂 Cheers!

Dodsworth
Dodsworth
7 months ago

My favorite Gilligan’s Island joke came from Bob Denver in the movie, “Back to the Beach.” Something like, “Let me tell you about the smartest man I ever knew. He could make a nuclear reactor from coconuts and sea shells. Couldn’t fix a hole in a boat.”

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
8 months ago

WHAAAAAT? NEVER SAW GILLIGAN’S ISLAND? And DT gets branded as the unenlightened neophyte of media? Oh Mercedes child you need a dep dive saturated viewing of GILLIGAN’S ISLAND.

Jonathan Green
Jonathan Green
7 months ago
Reply to  Mr Sarcastic

There is a generation out there that has not seen the Brady Bunch or Gilligan’s Island. My son is 19, and hasn’t seen either.

For folks born after 1964, if these shows have been seen, it was most likely on local UHF stations in syndication. And I’d say that since at least the late 1990’s, they haven’t been shown at all. Now, the shows are so far down the list, that they are only shown on substations of local affilliates, like MeTV, etc. Nothing that a kid would seek out…

Phuzz
Phuzz
7 months ago
Reply to  Mr Sarcastic

I’m pretty sure it never made it outside the US either, my only knowledge of it is through memes.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
7 months ago
Reply to  Phuzz

And I am stuck with years of useless knowledge I know the plots the lines the. Songs.
Calgon take me away!
Something else you probably don’t know.
Anybody?
Buehler? Bueller?

TOSSABL
TOSSABL
8 months ago

Hours later, I still have that damn earworm.
-and the memory of an episode of The Tonight Show in which a guest led the audience in an impromptu singing of that theme song—basically wrestling control of the show away from the host. Johnny Carson was not amused

Dodsworth
Dodsworth
7 months ago
Reply to  TOSSABL

Did you ever hear the Stairway to Gilligan’s Island? Earworm worthy.

Last edited 7 months ago by Dodsworth
TOSSABL
TOSSABL
7 months ago
Reply to  Dodsworth

Thanks for that: I’m still grinning
Horrible recording: reminds me of taping The King Biscuit Flower Hour. Amazing how well the lyrics fit the song—and no surprise that it was pulled for fear of lawyerly action!

Last edited 7 months ago by TOSSABL
Dodsworth
Dodsworth
7 months ago
Reply to  TOSSABL

King Biscuit Flower Hour? Holy crap on a cracker! Thanks for the memory, Pal. Sometimes I wonder if half my recollections are made up.

Balloondoggle
Balloondoggle
7 months ago
Reply to  Dodsworth

That was awesome, thank you. Great start to a Monday morning.

Millermatic
Millermatic
8 months ago

“I admit, I’ve never seen Gilligan’s Island before.”

Oh, Mercedes… you’ve got to fix that.

While we are on the subject…. There’s also MASH, The Three Stooges, Charlie’s Angels, The A-Team, Three’s Company, Land of the Lost…

Last edited 8 months ago by Millermatic
Ben
Ben
7 months ago
Reply to  Millermatic

I’m going to throw in Hogan’s Heroes as well.

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
8 months ago

The ole Gilligan’s Island trope eh…
Who do you choose?

I’d eat The Skipper first.

Last edited 8 months ago by Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Lokki
Lokki
8 months ago

Define “Eat”.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
8 months ago

I’d eat Marianne and Ginger day after day. But OK you do Skipper, Alan Hale, Honus Grimby.

Last edited 8 months ago by Mr Sarcastic
Jb996
Jb996
7 months ago
Reply to  Mr Sarcastic

Marianne.

StillNotATony
StillNotATony
8 months ago

David has never seen any of the movies we reference. Mercedes has never seen Gilligan’s Island. Are they just out of touch, or are we, the commentariat, just – dare I say it? – old?

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
8 months ago
Reply to  StillNotATony

I’m about the same age as them, but, unlike them, I am familiar with the concept of “reruns”

Rollin Hand
Rollin Hand
8 months ago
Reply to  StillNotATony

What was that, young feller? I couln’t quite hear you over the crunching of my joints.

Jb996
Jb996
7 months ago
Reply to  StillNotATony

I’m in my 40s and surprised by the age of some references from the comments.
Fortunately I grew up on a healthy dose of old reruns during the day on our 3 TV stations. As a kid I remember watching reruns of Gilligan’s Island and many popular shows from the 60s and later, but even got a healthy dose of I Love Lucy (50s) mixed in.

/Kids these days.

Vetatur Fumare
Vetatur Fumare
7 months ago
Reply to  StillNotATony

I am that age (maybe older), but I haven’t seen any of these. I also have two small(ish) kids, so there is zero time to watch anything at all. Of course, I only moved to the US in 1994, so that may have something to do with it.

Hondaimpbmw 12
Hondaimpbmw 12
7 months ago
Reply to  StillNotATony

Hey, I resemble that remar!

Last edited 7 months ago by Hondaimpbmw 12
Here4thecars
Here4thecars
8 months ago

Perhaps David should give the Leaf a name. Say, “The S.S. Minnow”?

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
8 months ago
Reply to  Here4thecars

Gilligan.

Rollin Hand
Rollin Hand
8 months ago
Reply to  Cheap Bastard

Galpigin?

Brandon Forbes
Brandon Forbes
8 months ago
Reply to  Here4thecars

No! Then the range would suddenly become undefined and it would leave him stranded every time just because it’s cursed!

Highland Green Miata
Highland Green Miata
8 months ago
Reply to  Here4thecars

Mrs. Howell, aka “Lovey”. The least useful person on the island.

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