June 18, 2011

Conversations with and about Geek Moms

In the car two days ago:

Me: That looks like a Honda Accord.

Ringo: No it doesn't.

Me: An older model Accord.

Ringo: Mom, it's a Mercedes.

Me: I'm aware of what it actually IS, I'm just saying it looks like an Accord.

Ringo: *pause* Mom. *pause* It looks NOTHING like a Honda...

Me: Seriously, if you're going to spend that much money on a car, I'd not get one that looked like a Honda or a Toyota or something...

Ringo: Whatever.

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Last night at dinner:

Ringo: Dad, we're pulling off the interstate and Mom looks at a MERCEDES and says, "That looks like a Honda Accord."

Hunhead: I can't think of a Mercedes that looks like an Accord.

Ringo: That's because it... DIDN'T!

Me: It looked like an older model Accord. And I think it was an older model Mercedes.

Hunhead: I'm thinking... I'm not seeing it.

Ringo: Dad, trust me...

Hunhead: Ringo, you need to understand something about your Mother. This is the woman that mistook an 850 series BMW for a Saturn...

Me: They look the same...

Hunhead: No. They don't.

Ringo: Good grief.

Posted by Boudicca at June 18, 2011 07:00 PM
Comments

Bou, I'm totally with you. My Dad and I talk about this all the time. He's a car guy to the bone, and we both are dumbfounded that some of the new Mercedes and even Jaguars look like any old Toyotas or Hondas. I mean, WTF were those companies thinking.

But I'm sure it has a lot to do with all the reshuffling of who owns what car company. Didn't Volkswagen buy Rolls Royce some years back? And I think Ford owns Jaguar or something like that. Even my "German engineered" BMW was built in Tennessee. (I called the factory once and they answered the phone "B M Dubya!") Cracked me up!

Everything is becoming homogenized and dumbed down in the auto world.Sad. I even saw a Ferrari the other day and wondered if it was a Mitsubishi! Enzo Ferrari must be rolling over in his grave!

Posted by: DogsDontPurr at June 18, 2011 09:46 PM

There are cars, and there are SUVs. If you can look at either and correctly state the make or model of one you see in traffic without noting a logo or name stamped on the side, you have WAY too much time on your hands.

Posted by: George P at June 18, 2011 09:48 PM

I hate Jazz. Sitting through nearly two hours of it being performed made me remember and fully embrace

Posted by: air max 90 at June 19, 2011 02:22 AM

I saw a car the other day that looked like an old mustang to me. Mentioned it to the kids and they pointed out the emblem on the front was different. Turns out it was a camero. I am always mistaking expensive cars for cheap ones. The car shape is the same, boxey, inclined front, and stuff like that. Seriously, it is just slight differences between the expensive and cheap. draw them out on paper...

Posted by: vwbug at June 19, 2011 05:44 AM

My husband and one or two of my boys are REALLY into cars. That's their hobby/thing. So when they drive around, which is a lot, they're always looking at the new cars on the road. My husband gets the car mags and they keep up with new trends. The Miami car show is a ritual since the boys were babies.

I don't go and I don't get it. I'm the odd woMAN out. I don't do the carshow, I don't particularly like cars. To me they are functional tools. Do they get me where I need to get? Do I get good gas mileage? Is it low maintenance?

So it is funny when they get together and talk cars and I just yawn or *blink*. Mostly though, I think I'm observing what they aren't seeing... that they're all starting to look alike.

Posted by: Bou at June 19, 2011 09:13 AM

My Mom: Web I saw a really nice car today, you would have liked it.
Me: Really? What kind was it?
My Mom: Red
Me: THUMP (hand hits head)

Posted by: Web at June 19, 2011 01:09 PM

Hey, at least you got some conversation out of him.

Sometimes that's what you have to do with teens - say something they think is so outrageous and off the wall that they absolutely have to respond to your perceived cluelessness.

Posted by: diamond dave at June 19, 2011 05:35 PM

See now living here in the Great White North, from a very young age, you know the difference in every vehicle, can not only name the maker but the model and approx years.

Not to much time on our hands, just that we grew up living in the auto industry.

But more auto manufacturers are copying off each other so all the cars are starting to look alike. Especially in the headlight and tail light areas oh and grill areas also.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at June 20, 2011 11:03 AM

Funny, I took a whole different meaning from your conversation that everyone else.

I was irked that your opinion about what the car looked like was sluffed off as inconsequential not only by your son but your husband.
So they don't share your views. That doesn't make what you think any less accurate or relevant.

Then again, I escaped a marriage where everything I thought was wrong.

Posted by: Rave at June 20, 2011 08:22 PM

Rave- Not here. It's a big joke that I can't tell cars apart and that I don't know who anyone is since I live under a rock and don't watch TV. It's a running joke with all of them and I have no issues playing into it... although I really did think that Mercedes looked like an Accord!

Posted by: Bou at June 20, 2011 10:48 PM

Bou,
I'm not a car person either. I've bought 7 vehicles in 7 years (including 3 Dodge Intrepids). I had a mechanic that lived 3 miles away. So I'd buy a cheap car and paid the mechanic to keep it going. I usually ended up donating the vehicle in the end. I just don't care. It's a tool, much like a shovel. Do you goo and gaa over one shovel model over another?

We have all makes, models here in Houston. I can't tell them apart and certainly wouldn't pay the difference just to have a Mercedes, Jaguar, or BMW on the hood ornament. I'd rather pay cash for a clunky car than payments on a shiny luxury car.

Posted by: Jerry in Texas at June 22, 2011 01:13 PM