It's tempting to pigeonhole someone who'd drive a $300,000+, 4,000 lb, bright Orange Audi-era Lamborghini as a person who might deserve a little of this treatment, but hey, you never know. Aside from that, I can't help but feel a little offended when people mistreat nice things, even when it isn't a nice thing that I happen to own or even covet.
So... I went and found this:
Anyways, I'm with the waiter here... Damn it, Portland, don't ride your bicycles on some retired guitar nerd's Lamborghini.
You put way more effort than I did into this submission.
I'm definitely surprised the owner was chill about it. I'm used to getting death threats and incoherent obscenities for tapping a hood or trunk with my finger.
The same impulse drove both the purchase of the car and the jump over it.
Also: this is a dupe, I am pretty sure.
The only people who covet their transportation machines more than car people are bikers, except maybe motorcycle guys. I'm sure if a rich guy stepped on this dudes BMX he'd want to kill him.
@JF - Yeah... I did the Googling because I've seen an orange Murcielago here and I wanted to see what this dude looked like because I was curious if it was the same guy (was not).
@Zest - I'd seen this video before, but I didn't realize it was a dupe. Dagnabbit! Also, hey, come to Movie Night one of these times!
@OZ - I had never heard the term "blues lawyer" but I like it. I have no idea if this guy qualifies... what are the criteria as you see them? Reselling stuff at a big markup? Cornering a niche market on something? Once I found he and his wife ran an independent music store for 40 years, it was good enough for me to feel like he deserved his nice car. I know you're not advocating for messing with his Lambo or anything of that nature, I'm just curious about your perspective on the "blues lawyer" designation because I like slang.
@BVS - Totally agree. I have a somewhat flashy car that I've worked on, off and on, for over 15 years now, as time and money has permitted. It's not worth much to anyone other than me and it isn't bright orange, but it isn't exactly inconspicuous, either. That said, I'd feel so disappointed with the human race if I saw someone ride a bicycle on it. =(
As sort of an aside, because I was thinking about it: As someone who loves cars and motorcycles, this is something I've thought about over the years. Once a person has worked hard to maintain, build or earn a thing they love, the desire to do shit like, for instance, ride bicycles on things other people prize kinda goes away. I guess that's kind of a cliche, it isn't some kinda revelation. But hey, youth, right? About a hundred years ago, I was an angry, disrespectful, property destroying, piece of shit teenager, too. It likely shouldn't have to be said, but there is satisfaction and joy to be had in creating or curating a material object that you care about and to which you've grown attached. If someone mistreats that object, it can feel pretty personal.... Hell, TOO personal a lot of times. There's a line somewhere between being careless about things you own ("it's just an object") and caring too much ("if you touch my car, I'll kill you"), especially with cars or anything you intend to use, rather than simply look at. Being too far to either end of the spectrum takes a lot of the enjoyment out of it. That said, some asshole hit my car in a parking lot a few years ago, leaving a long streak of their white paint on my black quarter panel. My car doesn't have a nice paint job, but it's passable and I've spent lots of hours working on it to get it to the relatively mediocre state it's in. It felt like kind of a slap in the face for them to not have left a note or anything.
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yeah, you never know. It could be some middle-class retiree's dream car that he's been saving up his whole life for. Nice of the owner to be cool about it though.
Yeah movie night is awesome! I only participated in one, the Showgirls TV Cut, but I think I was having sync probelms or something.. it was a while ago. My schedule's also changed and I don't work nights as much these days. I'll make sure to come to the next one if I can :)
I didn't come up with the term "blues lawyer," a lot of people I know use it around here.
It's the people who will spend tens of thousands of dollars to get "perfect tone" in their living room. To me it's not so much about having the means and interest to collect expensive antiques or other nice stuff, it's about a certain kind of middlebrow snobbery. It's the guitar equivalent of being one of those audiophiles who will spend $3000 on hand braided speaker cables because they think it makes their system sound better when they listen to psytrance.
I actually mostly use the term "cork sniffer" because it's more universal.
I'm not sure if this guy qualifies, but the fact that he sits in a cafe and watches people admiring his car says something.
Oh hey, I Googled it and it turns out it's even more common than I thought.
Other than being a slow worker and spending too much of my time MAKING music, blues lawyers are part of the reason I haven't seriously pursued guitar building as a possible career move. I'd need a few years of practice but it comes easily to me, the thing is it doesn't take many trips to the sort of trade shows and conventions where the blues lawyers are (because if you're going to make a living hand building guitars that take months to complete you really want to be able to get at least $5k each for them, preferably 2-3 times that, and that means cozying up to the blues lawyers) to know I would be miserable in that world even though I like actually making them.
Anyhow, here's a whole thread about them:
And the OP in that thread is right, it doesn't mean they're necessarily bad or unlikable people at all, it's just that after talking to them about guitars or music for more than a couple minutes it starts feeling like huffing a stranger's farts.
"The term "blues lawyer" has a connotation that the player can't really play, but can buy expensive gear. The reason it's pejorative is that they're basically posers, buying $5000 guitars and barely being able to string together some notes. "
Now you don't have to wade through a page an a half of posts about Rory Gallagher.
Thanks for delivering OZ, that's actually pretty interesting. I know a couple people who are into collecting and building pedals and stuff, and I think they average less than two guitars per person. Also, I can think of a couple examples of that phenomenon within other hobbies, but I didn't know of any good slang to describe the "rich guys who can't [insert integral thing here] pricing out the average enthusiast" routine.
Jake's, where they were eating, is a few blocks away from one of our many city-sanctioned Psychotic Hoovervilles. So, I'd probably park my Lamborghini where I could see it, too. For what it's worth, it's pretty much the only part of town where I always bother to lock up my helmet.
That's an impressive first jump.
Minus one star for not squatting in front of it.
A Lamborghini is like foie gras pigeon. Still not cool, biker.
Eh, as far as I'm concerned the wealth class should be happy that they're getting this treatment instead of the guillotine like they deserve.
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