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Old 22 June 2017, 02:33 PM
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I once had a prof right on one my papers "you are comma-tose". Cured me of inserting random commas but for awhile I went to the other extreme and barely used commas at all.
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Old 22 June 2017, 02:44 PM
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One look at comma use:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business...s5J/story.html
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Old 22 June 2017, 02:49 PM
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But, what if you, speak like, William Shatner? What, then?

We used to have a poster who used a ***lot*** of commas, and I used to hear his posts that way in my head.
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Old 22 June 2017, 03:18 PM
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But here's a tip for comma usage: Insert a comma where you'd put a pause if you were speaking the sentence. It's not foolproof, but it will help you eliminate some of the extras.
Also, to set off subordinate clauses. If, when you're writing something, like this, if you could take out the words ("like this") and still have a complete sentence, then that phrase should be set off by commas. Someone told me, however, that this usage was frowned upon by his teachers (it made me wonder how old the teachers were).

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Old 22 June 2017, 03:22 PM
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I wouldn't have used the comma before "like this." FWIW, I'm 55.
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Old 22 June 2017, 03:26 PM
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It wasn't a very good example. Think of the kind of statement, related to the subject at issue, that people usually put in parentheses, or set off with dashes.

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Old 23 June 2017, 12:24 AM
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But, what if you, speak like, William Shatner? What, then?
I was kind of wondering if that was how this person spoke in real life. Like if he was saying it out loud he'd be like "Your story was witty and delightful. Some grammatical errors throughout but... [dramatic pause]... nothing big."

LTTAM: I like to look up TV cars that interest me. This is a minor annoyance, but it annoys me when a movie or TV show that's set in the past uses a car that's technically correct for the period, but portrays it as old and beat up when it really wouldn't have been that old at the time the show is set. Some examples:

  • The Wonder Years: In the episode where Kevin's dad decides to buy a new car because the family's old car is supposedly on its last legs. Their "old" car in the episode is a 1967 Dodge Polara. The episode was set in 1969 -- it would have only been 2 years old.
  • In Freaks and Geeks, Daniel drives a faded, beat up late 1970s or early 1980s Firebird (1979, according to this). The series was set in 1980-81; that car would have been almost new at the time.
  • In Better Call Saul, Jimmy drives a beat up late 1990s Suzuki Esteem throughout the series. I think the show is set in the early 2000s. Maybe not as bad as the other examples, but I still find it hard to believe that would have been maybe 5 years old would look that rough.
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Old 23 June 2017, 12:29 AM
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I can't speak to the other shows, but the Wonder years car was 1968 playing a 1963. The for sale sign listed it as a 1963.
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Old 23 June 2017, 01:06 AM
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Also, nobody ever owned a new Firebird. They came used.
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Old 23 June 2017, 01:09 AM
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.... but I still find it hard to believe that would have been maybe 5 years old would look that rough.
It all depends on the owner and how it was used. I've seen some pretty rough looking 5 year old pickups in the area where my BIL farms. They're tough on their vehicles.
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Old 23 June 2017, 03:08 PM
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Having lived through the era when a five year-old car was old, and an eight year-old car was ancient, I'm not surprised by how they're portrayed on TV. My truck is 18, and doesn't look a day over 12.

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Old 23 June 2017, 03:31 PM
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It wasn't a very good example. Think of the kind of statement, related to the subject at issue, that people usually put in parentheses, or set off with dashes.

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Gotcha. Yes, I agree with that.
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Old 24 June 2017, 12:25 AM
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Having lived through the era when a five year-old car was old....
I remember when people were really impressed if your car made it to 100,000 miles.


LTTAM: My favorite motorsports forum, of which I've been a longtime member (Longer than here, even.) has mysteriously "expired" with no explanation. I have the email addys for a couple of members, and have contacted them. They're as mystified as I am.


Kind of bummed about it. It, and this forum, are the only ones I check in with on a daily basis.
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Old 25 June 2017, 06:04 AM
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I've yet to have a car that made it to 100,000 miles. 88,000 is as far as I've pushed it. But said car was 14 years old when I traded it in.
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Old 25 June 2017, 12:23 PM
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My pickup has 428 000 km (~266 000 miles) and my wife's car has 280 000 km (~174 000 miles).

The truck I inherited when my Dad passed, but the car we bought new.

Most of the miles on the car and truck are highway miles, so that might contribute to the longevity. But then again, we are also on top of the maintenance and have logged some decent repairs in the past couple of years. But neither one is at the stage where the repairs are costing more than the payment of a new vehicle.
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Old 25 June 2017, 02:06 PM
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The Wonder Years: In the episode where Kevin's dad decides to buy a new car because the family's old car is supposedly on its last legs. Their "old" car in the episode is a 1967 Dodge Polara. The episode was set in 1969 -- it would have only been 2 years old.
Perhaps this was a subtle commentary on the poor quality of American-made autos prior to strong foreign, particularly Japanese, competition forcing them to take customer satisfaction and quality control seriously?

You know how the song goes? If it wasn't for the [Japanese] being so good at building [cars], the [auto assembly lines] would still be open [in Flint]. But it can't be much fun for them, beneath the rising sun, with all their kids committing suicide...
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Should we shout? Should we scream? What happened to the post-war dream?
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I've yet to have a car that made it to 100,000 miles. 88,000 is as far as I've pushed it. But said car was 14 years old when I traded it in.
My last two cars already had over 100,000 miles on the odometer when I obtained them. But at the time I barely drove 3000 miles per year, so it didn't seem worth it to get a newer car. With the longer commute I have now my current car may not last me as long as I expected.

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Perhaps this was a subtle commentary on the poor quality of American-made autos prior to strong foreign, particularly Japanese, competition forcing them to take customer satisfaction and quality control seriously?
I don't think so. Like Beachlife mentioned, they showed an earlier year on the for sale sign. I think they just used a random 1960s car and figured the audience would accept it as an older car than it actually was, but if you knew anything about cars the styling was more late 1960s than early 1960s (which was what made me go look up exactly what kind of car it was).
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Old 25 June 2017, 06:20 PM
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Of the three cars I own, My Camry is over 350K, the Lexus is over 200K and my Jag is just at 100K.
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Old 25 June 2017, 06:55 PM
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I have a 2006 Ford Focus @ 100K and I'm not sweatin' it either! Just sayin'...
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