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Maybe it's like CSI: Miami. Who the hell's got the ... can walk around all dressed up in their designer gear?

The mind wobbles. Not that I've gotten to watch very many episodes of it (it's on past my bedtime), but ... in an urban place, like Miami? And even if there is, a Hummer is not the thing to be driving.

They don't buy the fancy cars. They seize them in drug busts. Not that they would let the CSI people drive them, but a lot of big city Police Departments do have some very fancy cars.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
That's interesting. I've been hearing more and more often of ... collected from restaurants out of their deep fryers and such.

There are two technologies: converting a normal diesel so that it runs on vegetable oil that's been minimally modified (strain ... in addition to his household belongings and several dozen dogs, he also took a few 55-gallon drums filled with biodiesel.

It's good to hear that technology is becomming more common in your area. (New York right?) Out here in the upper mid-west we rarely see anything like that, at least not yet. I've heard of the technology and I even saw a program that explains the process they use to filter the used vegtable oil to make it useable but we rarely see anything that new around here. Seems like the new trend toward "green technology" is focused mainly on the east and west coast where the population is larger and the need is greater. A few more years and it will probably start showing up out here as fuel sources become more readily available.

Les Hilliard & Nikki the Super Shih-Tzu
My first car was a manual, and every car I've bought since then was a manual. I love manual transmissions, but if it weren't for automatics, a lot of people out their couldn't actually drive their car. Or at least the idiots drivers would find they had to pay attention to what they were doing while driving.
That being said, I really am all for automatics for people that like them, it just isn't my type of driving. Cheaper to buy a manual, and cheaper to drive a manual, so I'll stick with my manual.
When I was car hunting, everyone told me I should get a manual,

because they are easier to control. I've only driven a manual once, and it was an awful experience (for reasons ... back. She has pretty significant joint problems and not having to shift gears has been has been a nice by-product.

That is one of the things about having the real dog mobile. It is an automatic and has cruise control. Those two things have made a huge difference in my back and knees. Too bad it doesn't get the gas mileage that my hondas did.
Beth
That is one of the things about having the real dog mobile. It is an automatic and has cruise control. Those two things have made a huge difference in my back and knees.

AAh, cruise control. The PoD is the first car I've had with cruise.
Too bad it doesn't get the gas mileage that my hondas did.

Well, no, few things would*. She wasn't a Honda, but there are times I want to weep, thinking about the mileage the Moonpie of Delight got. Then again, the MPoD didn't have anything like the cargo space I've now got, something that I'm *really appreciating right now. Still, she was a damnfine car. RIP, dear Moonpie.

Shelly (Warning: see label for details)
http://www.cat-sidh.net (the Mother Ship)
http://esther.cat-sidh.net (Letters to Esther)
Is there that much off-roding to be done in an urban place, like

off-roding? What the hell was I smoking?! And how did that get past spell-check?
They don't buy the fancy cars. They seize them in drug busts. Not that they would let the CSI people drive them, but a lot of big city Police Departments do have some very fancy cars.

Ah! I didn't realize that. I new they could seize property, but I assumed they had to sell it and use the proceeds to purchase what they needed. I didn't realize they could just takesies and keepsies.

Shelly (Warning: see label for details)
http://www.cat-sidh.net (the Mother Ship)
http://esther.cat-sidh.net (Letters to Esther)
off-roding? What the hell was I smoking?! And how did that get past spell-check?

Your spell check is trying to embarrass you, obviously. What would usenet be without a few good conspiracy theories. Or bad conspiracy theories. Or something.
They don't buy the fancy cars. They seize them in ... big city Police Departments do have some very fancy cars.

Ah! I didn't realize that. I new they could seize property, but I assumed they had to sell it and use the proceeds to purchase what they needed. I didn't realize they could just takesies and keepsies.

Most of the stuff they seize is sold at auction, but a lot of cars stay. For one thing, it is a lot cheaper to use the hummer you grabbed from some guy now in jail to do undercover work than it is to sell the guy's hummer at auction and then have to buy a car that doesn't look like a cheap cop car when you have to do undercover work. And that's where most of the seized cars that are not sold end up, not in CSI's hands. But in the real world, CSI guys stay in their labs except for the time at the crime scene actually collecting evidence and maybe testifying in court about chain of evidence. So their fake glamour cars go with their fake glamor jobs in the Hollywood version.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
off-roding? What the hell was I smoking?! And how did that get past spell-check?

Your spell check is trying to embarrass you, obviously. What would usenet be without a few good conspiracy theories. Or bad conspiracy theories. Or something.

Its my spell check. Its doing its Pod People thing. I swear. Its out to get us all.
Tara
They don't buy the fancy cars. They seize them in ... big city Police Departments do have some very fancy cars.

Ah! I didn't realize that. I new

(ahem)
they could seize property, but I assumed they had to sell it and use the proceeds to purchase what they needed. I didn't realize they could just takesies and keepsies.

They do here: The photo-radar is set up in the most unlikely vehicles.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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