OT: What do you do for a living? What do you drive? Social pressure?

Submitted by dupont circle on March 10th, 2015 at 8:20 PM
Although my dad was in management for the Big 3, and we always had new nice cars, I've never been a car guy. Having lived in two major cities thus far after college, it seems like even my peers who said they'd never buy a car, period, let alone anything flashy, are caving. (Where did all these Audis and Land Rovers come from?) Mid to late 20s the el and Metro have officially stopped being acceptable, I guess. Amongst friends and especially at work there is this weird undercurrent to fit in or fit out, with regard to buying a luxury car or SUV. Also projecting a certain image.

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Bo Nederlander

March 11th, 2015 at 12:41 AM ^

First of all, I have to admit to answering this question, is DIRECTLY adjacent to the reads I hope to get. One; there is MASSIVE history behind WHY quality (the lack of emphasis) hurt us and why the Japanese made us look ridiculous. The reason might surprise you. It was an American....ignored by AMERICANS. His name was William Edwards Deming. Seriously...this dude was versed in the area of 5-6 serious disciplines. And we BASTARDIZED the guy. Result? Japan taking lead on QUALITY throughout the 1970s-1990s. I don't expect n argument. I will destroy you anyway. 

ottomatic

March 11th, 2015 at 5:39 PM ^

There's an ideological basis behind the early rejection of Deming's work. This is anecdotal from a Brit who worked on the BS 5750 (a precursor to ISO 9000) who told me that the Reagan administration thoroughly rejected the whole notion of Deming's work. They were operating from a ideological view that saw leadership as a type of strong man virtue that couldn't be reduced to processes and formulas.

Bo Nederlander

March 11th, 2015 at 11:35 PM ^

As much of a fervent supporter of capitalism that I am, capitalism (and Reagan) got that entirely wrong. A prime reason that Toyota is killing GM and Chrysler. Ford seems to be (sort of ) catching on. Deming was right. Quality will always triumph. Tell me this...if I can be crued for a moment. Would ANYONE here rather have sex with ten ugly women, or one woman of their dreams? I'm betting the latter. 

jdon

March 10th, 2015 at 8:26 PM ^

I am a spanish teacher.

I drive a rendevous...

I think your car should be clean, beyond that I don't give a shit.

 

 

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RockinLoud

March 10th, 2015 at 8:26 PM ^

I'm sure there's a point in there that I'm missing, but for the life of me I can't figure it out.

I stopped caring a long time what people think of me insofar as my career, car, social status, whatever. Who gives a flying F??  Just be yourself, do what you want, what makes you happy, because it's your life. If you have to buy a certain kind of car or clothes or house to "fit in", I'd say you and/or your peers might have some growing up to do.

M-Dog

March 10th, 2015 at 8:36 PM ^

Agreed.  My money is where my mouth is on this . . . I drive a 1995 Honda Accord with 200,000+ miles on it.  And it wasn't even new when I got it.  It's 20 years old and if it wants to make it to 30, that's fine by me.  I have not had a car payment in 20 years.

Oddly enough, it's considered a cool car by the hispanic guys in the DC area.  I can't get gas in some parts of town without somebody offering to buy it.  Happens every time.  Who knew? 

Nacho Man

March 10th, 2015 at 8:33 PM ^

1. Finance

2. 2013 BMW

3. Not really social pressure, but the demands of my job forced me to buy something reliable and newish. And because I put up with driving a piece of crap throughout college and the first 4ish years of working, I decided to get something nice. Will likely drive this until it's out of warranty and buy something more practical.

TheDirtyD

March 10th, 2015 at 8:28 PM ^

1.) Airline Pilot 

2.) Fusion Hybrid and Lincoln MkC ( I buy on the A plan ) I also have an Envoy for the boat I have but that was given to me.

3.) None what so ever. Pilots are generally thrifty 

Canadian

March 10th, 2015 at 8:27 PM ^

Work in automotive industry. Don't own a car (carpool to work saves me that money) for now. In a couple months when I return from a long layoff I will be purchasing a Wrangler

ijohnb

March 10th, 2015 at 8:27 PM ^

Honda CRV 2013. Point A to Point B, reliable and outstanding gas mileage. Looks pretty damn sharp too. Don't get the need for a $45,000 vehicle. I really don't even pay attention to it. I actually envy those that are driving a decent ride with no car payment. Wish I would have thought that far ahead.

James Burrill Angell

March 10th, 2015 at 8:28 PM ^

1) lawyer
2) Jeep Grand Cherokee
3) I sort of do. I'm getting over the hillish. Most of my contemporaries drive things like Cadillacs or Jaguars or Lincolns but I'm a pretty big dude and cars don't feel great to step down into. I also find myself lugging tons of crap around for and related to my kids so an SUV is practical.

NFG

March 10th, 2015 at 8:31 PM ^

I work for GE and the best bosses and leaders at our company who make 200k+ all drive shitty cars. I'm jumping on board with this mindset.

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Ike613

March 10th, 2015 at 10:15 PM ^

I spent the first 10 years of my career with GE, about 7 of those with Lighting, and 3 of those at Nela Park.  Always thought there seemed to be plenty of $45k cars parked in front of the executive bldg or in the garage.

But, to your point, as far as leadership, some of those I most admired drove expensive cars in part because the company paid for them, but not all.

Monkey House

March 10th, 2015 at 8:34 PM ^

water filtration operator. SUV. no.

I have never been a car guy but I can see why some would want a $50,000 truck or classic muscle car, but me personally I'll never buy a brand new car again. I just don't think paying $20,000 for something that 5-10 years later is worth maybe half of that. but I wouldn't belittle someone for paying a crazy amount for a car if that's what they want.

kb

March 10th, 2015 at 8:35 PM ^

a luxury car is making a big money mistake. At least that's how I look at it. You need solid transportation from A to B for your self, stuff, and kids when applicable. I make a good bit of coin, but I drive around in a 2000 Grand Prix with 150k miles (until recently when a rat made a nest under the hood , which set my engine on fire). I could drive whatever car I want, but I would rather invest that money instead.