Gut Rumbles

February 01, 2006

dinah shore

Just Damn! I wonder how many of my readers ever even HEARD of Dinah Shore, let alone remember her. I'll never forget hearing her sing, "See the USA--- in your Chevrolet." I'll bet she sold a lot of cars.

I've owned a total of 11 cars in my life and seven of those were Chevrolets. (The others were two Fords, one Chrystler and one American Motors.) The only Chevrolet vehicle I've ever had chronic mechanical problems with was a 1974 Vega, and EVERY 1974 Vega had chronic mechanical problems, piece of crap that it was. Other than that lemon, I've always been happy with a Chevy.

That's why reading this makes me feel bad. If General Motors goes tits-up, another one of my American Icons will have vanished from the scene, like when Johnny Unitas retired from professional football. Like when drive-in movie theaters disappeared. Like when Elvis died.

I heard a radio commercial for a local GMC dealership the other day. In the commercial, a pitch-man boasted that $1,500 of the cost of every GM vehicle went "into the American health-care system." The gist of the message was that you might wind up dying for lack of medical care on the sidewalk outside a hospital if you bought a foreign car.

I thought that the commercial was pathetic. I knew that the $1,500 per car wasn't a donation to the American health care system, unless the UAW has a lot of doctors on its membership roll. I also knew that any company forced to BRAG about how roughly 10% of the cost of a typical GM vehicle went for ONE employee benefit, the company wasn't about to stand up to the union. I also knew that nobody can stay in business that way.

I think the GM Golden Goose has been slaughtered, plucked, seasoned and stuck in the oven. It ain't done yet, but it's only a matter of time now.


Yep. I've been a Chevy man all my life. Can't imagine going without them. That just goes to show you what labor unions are good for. Do you know of any union shops that are not on the verge of bankruptcy? We don't have to wait for the towel-heads to ruin America. The labor unions will take care of it long before the towel-heads do.

Posted by: assrot on February 1, 2006 08:04 PM

I remember Dinah Shore. I also remember her banging Burt Reynolds. (but I'll bet Sally Fields was more fun)

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on February 1, 2006 08:49 PM

I remember Dinah Shore really well. I used to sing Que sera, que sera with her record. It was a 45. I remember she used to sing it on her variety show once in a while too. What was the other one she did, Rings and things and Buttons and bows...
Loved that movie with Rock Hudson too. Was that Pillow Talk?
I forgot about her fling with Burt though until I saw Ralph's comment. As I recall they had a really good relationship.

Posted by: Libby on February 1, 2006 08:58 PM

I have her Cocktail Hour collection. My favorite? Shoofly Pie and Apple Pandowdy. Gets my toes tapping every time...

Posted by: Omnibus Driver on February 1, 2006 09:04 PM

The UAW may be a thing f the past before long. A lot of the outsiders looking in figure that the only way GM and Ford will be able to pull out is to take bankruptcy and bust the unions and reorganize using non union labor or at least at a lot cheaper labor. It is not the $27 bucks ahour that is hurting-it is paying it to people in the job banks plus the other high priced bennies that UAW demanded and got.

Posted by: GUYK on February 1, 2006 09:22 PM

Heh, >>> Finally, another man with the balls to admit he owned one of those Vega rust buckets, same as me. It was my first car. I've never known a car to rust in such unusual places! I used to keep an extra driver's side door for when the one I had rusted through (and it did)!

Posted by: Cappy on February 1, 2006 09:25 PM

Stupid HTML: used pointy brackets for the first of the above post:

Heh, {BURN!!!!}

Posted by: Capy on February 1, 2006 09:27 PM

It's not the $27/hr UAW workers that everyone says is the blame dow GMs downfall, it's the $510/hr GM CEO's who needs the pay cuts.

Posted by: Sam on February 1, 2006 09:35 PM

Cappy here, again, already. Must give tribute to Dinah Shore, and to that great 60's School Bus Parody Song,
See the U.S.S.R
See the U.S.S.R, in your armored car,
Khruschev is asing you to call,
Bring your tommy gun,
We'll have lot's of fun,
Shooting West Berliners on the run!

Posted by: Cappy on February 1, 2006 09:36 PM

I remember her well. At the end of the "See the USA" song, she always blew a bit kiss "Mmmmmmwah!"

Posted by: Jim - PRS on February 1, 2006 10:01 PM

GM got itself into the situation it's in via poor management & becoming involved in too many foreign entanglements. That, and producing products that have poor value attatched. That's not the fault of the UAW.

GM is unable to extricate itself from it's current situation because of it's inability to cut costs with a broad blade. That is the fault of the UAW.

Two of GM's largest suppliers will likely strike at the end of Feb: Delphi corp & Tower Automotive. This will idle GM's production & break it's financial back.

I give them 18 months and then Toyota moves in to pick up the pieces at auction.

Toyota has lots of money to spend right now.

Posted by: Richthofen on February 1, 2006 10:34 PM

Hi Libby ... Glad to make your aquaintance. I do believe it's Doris Day you are refering to, who appeared in Pillow Talk with Rock Hudson (and Tony Randall) and sang Que Sera Sera in Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (with Jimmy Stewart).

Posted by: erica on February 1, 2006 11:46 PM

I think you have gotten much funnier since rehab. Sometimes I laugh until I cry reading your posts. Keep it up - the sobriety, that is.

Posted by: Janice Denison on February 1, 2006 11:51 PM

I drive rice-burners, lately, but if GM would get smart enough to make me a 57 Chevy Bellaire, I'd sell a child and get one. In salmon and turquoise, maybe.

Hey, Acidman, glad you're doing well.

Posted by: Bruce on February 2, 2006 12:53 AM

Geez, dude, only 11 cars? You have me beat by - what, 11 years? - and I have owned... (listing will help me count)
Chevy Nova, Datsun pickup, Chevette, Chevette, Chevy Luv with a Toyota engine, Dodge Dart, Dodge Dart, Plymouth Champ, Plymouth Champ, Ford Escort, Hyundai, Ford Pinto Wagon, Nissan Sentra, Plymouth Voyager, and Deb's Chevy S10 pickup. I think that comes to 15 that I can remember.

I used to watch Dinah Shore's talk show with my mother when I was little. I mostly remember it as boring.

Posted by: Jay on February 2, 2006 01:21 AM

Ye gods. Mentioning that $1500 would make me not want to buy anything, least of all the vehicle that pointed it out.

When I go looking for a car, I usually want to pay for labor and materials, not other people's self-righteousness.


Posted by: kate q on February 2, 2006 01:25 AM

Yep, I remember her, too! I was reallllllly young...... : D

Posted by: A Different Kim on February 2, 2006 01:34 AM

Just a simple question

Rob--would you pay anyone $27 an hour plus the best medical plan in the world--for anything?

Of course not.

The idiots at GM DID JUST THAT.

I worked for Buick for a year and am proud to have told the Flint UAW stewards to their face that they were leeches.

But the truth is--GM paid the UAW whore willingly, and now that their house is falling down, they want to blame the whore.

Sorry, that bullshit doesn't wash. Had GM had the testicles of Walmart, this would be a non-issue.

GM fucked themselves, plain and simple. The UAW, whore that it is, only did what comes natural.

Go to Flint and ask around . . . :-)

Posted by: jb on February 2, 2006 02:29 AM

Geez, my first GM was a Corvair. After I worked and worked, totally rebuilt oversized engine, headers, it would smoke corvettes across the intersection, ya just didn't want to turn real sharp ha ha. Murry

Posted by: Murry on February 2, 2006 05:13 AM

Vegas -
if GM management hadn't had their collective heads deeply shoved up each other's assholes by then, it would have been a great little car. If you knew what to do you could easily pull 200hp out of that little 4 cylinder, and of course as long as you didn't mind the body rusting out from under your butt (due to GM being too cheap to properly treat the metal being used in the stamping plant) it was a fun thing. I always thought the first year station wagons were the best looking ones. Oh, and I once saw a wagon that some guy had gutted and stuffed the rear end full of the drive train from a Toronado. THAT was an interesting "vehicle".

Posted by: emdfl on February 2, 2006 07:30 AM

I had a 73 Vega and the running joke was every time I stopped into a gas station, the guy would say "Shall I fill it up with oil and check the gas for you?"

Posted by: Ruth on February 2, 2006 08:14 AM

Hey Erica. You're right it was Doris Day in Pillow Talk. They do kind of look alike. But I thought for sure Dinah did Que Sera. I was never good at remembering stuff like this though so no doubt you're right about it. I loved them both in any event, along with the Lennon SIsters on Lawrence Welk.

Posted by: Libby on February 2, 2006 08:21 AM

Ford will follow. Dumb shits unions bargained themselves right out of a job. GM made on the average $15,000 profit on each of the large SUVs it produced. They still managed to pay the unions their blood money. Now all of the sudden I am suppose to have sympathy for GM and its workers? Listen real close,, go fuck yourselve you greedy lazy bastards.

Posted by: jamesoldguy on February 2, 2006 09:26 AM

I just deleted a rant here. Not my place, but as far as GM goes, they just don't make the cars people want.

I drive a lot of rental cars, mostly Pontiacs and Chevy's. These things are typically brand-new, but they look cheap, drive bad and rattle around like a wagon full of gravel.

If people wanted to buy GM cars, GM wouldn't be in this pickle.

Posted by: Terry on February 2, 2006 10:30 AM

First they killed the Caprice. Got out of police fleet sales entirely, even though the vast majority of cops preferred the Chevys (well, once they got rid of the idiotic pillar-mounted seat belts that would often fling occupants OUT of the car in a frontal crash).

Hand that market over to Ford.

Then they killed the Camaro. The freakin' Camaro, the j-body they introduced to compete with the Mustang. Gone.

And... the Mustang is still going strong.

Hell, the only thing I'll miss when GM goes under is the Corvette.

Posted by: Jay G on February 2, 2006 11:55 AM

Ok here are mine:

1966 Opel Kadett
1971 Simca 1204
1972 Toyota Corolla
1975 VW Rabbitt (a piece of shit)
1977 Pontiac Phoenix
1982 Mazda GLC
1990 Dodge Shadow
2001 Honda Civic (still driving w 83,000 miles)

Posted by: JPC on February 2, 2006 01:48 PM

The problem is their cars are overpriced because of the pension requirements they have and foreign companies don't. You can get more car for your money if you're not paying for tens of thousands of retired GM workers.

Harsh reality.

Posted by: TallDave on February 2, 2006 03:26 PM

Oh, that said, I have a 2000 Grand Prix, and I'll probably get another when this one dies.

Posted by: TallDave on February 2, 2006 03:27 PM

I just realized my mom just bought her Corvette, sounds like she got it in the nick of time.

Posted by: Kim on February 2, 2006 03:28 PM
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