yourself, I USED to buy only American cars, and only GM cars. I
guess it started with me, like with most people that grew up in the
50's and 60's, that usually bought the cars their fathers drove. I
learned to drive in a 1947 Chevrolet convertible, and since then it I
have owned everything GM made, except for an Oldsmobile and Saturn.
I was the perfect GM customer, as I started with buying a Chevy,
moved up the product ladder, skipping over Oldsmobile, and ending up
buying Cadillacs, every couple of years, and buying the best Cadillac
had to offer in 1985, a Cadillac Eldorado Eldorado, which I still
own. Starting in 1991, both me and my wife starting leasing cars,
all GM products. I alternated between Chevy and GMC SUV's, and she
went from Pontiac Bonnevilles to Buick Rendezvous. We were leasing a
new car every year and a half. I might mention that one of her
Bonneville’s was my favorite. Loaded down with most options, I
would put back the sunroof, and cruise down the AC Xway, and felt
like I was 18 again, but I digress. I was really part of the GM
family, buying GM cars, making money with GM stock, and owning a GM
credit card for the rebates. This relationship started to crumple,
when GM stock started to crumple. I broke the #1 rule, and somewhat
“fell in love with a stock”. I should have listed to Kenny
Rodgers, when he sang about “Knowing when to hold and when to
fold!” I couldn't believe how the stock was tumbling downward.
The only good thing that happened out of it for me, was that I still
am writing off losses some 3-4 years later. The last straw in my
relationship with GM, was when we went out to lease our last vehicle.
Like a good soldier, I marched over to a couple of GM dealers. I
first went to the Chevy dealer, where I leased my last truck, a
Silverado, which I loved. They had almost the same model as I was
turning in, but at much higher deposit and payment. Next up was the
GMC dealer. I guess its my age and as McCluskey frisks Michael in
the film “The Godfather” says “Ah, I guess I'm getting too old
for my job. Too Grouchy --- can't stand the aggravation. You know
how it is”. Although GM has gotten their act together, and
producing better quality and great looking cars, they still do
business like they did in the past, with all the haggling! I never
thought I would ever buy anything American, but I was lured to a
Mazda dealer with their great deal they advertised on leasing. I
caught a young salesman in the parking lot, and asked him about the
deal, and if there were any “hidden” fees, he said no, plus they
make the first payment! I was hooked, they had me! I made the deal
in the parking lot in 7 minutes! We love the vehicle and the service
after the sale. I also feel , its my little part in making
reparation to Japan, as most Mazda's are made in Hiroshima.
Yuengling is one of my favorite beers, in fact we just bought a case
of their Black and Tan. You might be interested to know that
Yuengling has a brewery down here in Tampa, and a tour of the brewery
is on list of “things to do”.
Johnny Fleming on the front fender of the family 1947 Chevy
Convertible, that I would learn to drive on 10 years later.