Last Call: Bear With Me Edition

A little known fact is that long before his career as an advocate for forest fire prevention, Smokey the Bear worked as a seeing-eye bear for blind long-distance truck drivers.
Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.
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19 responses to “Last Call: Bear With Me Edition”

  1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    Let me just state this now. Pompoms are crazy. That’s one with a bear cut. They are mean, manipulative, and do whatever the hell they want to. I got mine from a humane society because it looked so pathetic and I felt sorry for it. I was there for a pit bull because nobody wants them. When I took it to to the vet I found it MG (yes I named him after my cars) was between four and eight. That was in 2013. The humane society told me that they found a collar on him and called the owners five times and nobody answered. This should have been a clue.
    Oh but he is adorable. Oh and this is not a picture of MG. It’s the relaxed face of a normal Pomeranian when you wake them up.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      Just the other day I was asking myself, “Where the hell is Pomerania, anyway?” Turns out it’s on the south shore of the Baltic, where Germany and Poland meet.
      Here’s a thing, New World strains of European dogs are sometimes so inbred they’re unbearable. I know one lady who acquired a Scotty from Europe and it was the mellowest, most laid back, patient and affectionate Scottish Terrier I ever met. (Unless it heard a rat, but that was not a detriment.)
      Next time I’m in Gdansk, I’ll see how the native population behaves.

      1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
        Wayne Moyer

        The inbred thing is a weird problem in some of the purebreds. I also have a mutt. He’s a German Shepherd/Basset Hound/Something so that’s not an issue with him. Mutts are usually healthier but their personalities are harder to determine.

        1. Vairship Avatar

          Huh, I have a suspected German Shepherd/Basset Hound and/or Corgi mix running around here. He’s made up of German Shepherd watchdog mentality, ears, body, and tail, Corgi head and rear paws, with Basset Hound-like front paws. He’s physically the least strong of our dogs, but by far the smartest and loves showing that to them.

    2. outback_ute Avatar

      Family has had 3 Pomeranians, great dogs. Who knows what yours had been through previously? I will say though that they don’t seem to consider that they are small dogs!
      Our cat was bigger than the last one, plus about 6 years older, which was quite entertaining at times.

  2. Fuhrman16 Avatar

    I did a thing today. Expect to see it on a race track later this year.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Forward arrows add 50 hp?

    2. outback_ute Avatar

      Is that a giant can of beer sitting on the roof?

      1. CraigSu Avatar

        Looks more like a standard can of Foster’s.

        1. outback_ute Avatar

          Definitely pegs the photo as not being in Australia then…
          Although here is a Darwin Stubby next to a ‘standard’ one… 2 litres or over half of a US gallon of beer!

        1. outback_ute Avatar

          Not quite the same thing really!

    3. Vairship Avatar

      Looks like you made an Excel-lent decision!

  3. Manxman Avatar

    Check the mirrors. Side of your eye…side of your eye…

  4. Sjalabais Avatar

    Odd discussion with random woman on the train: She owns an older S80 and wants to replace it with a smaller, new Mercedes. Her Volvo had one unscheduled garage session per year for three years, and she’s sick of it. But colleagues and family have warned her of the perceived and experienced reliability shortcomings of new Mercedes cars. She was visibly annoyed of that, having thought that the car world was simple: You pay more for better quality.
    Imagine how much this has fuelled discussion just in this forum: The value of history and the price of broken promises and expectations.
    I tried to tell her that there a good deals to be made with brand new, well-made, conservatively designed Kia. She actually thought Kia was Russian, but there was not enough relief in learning they’re from Korea that I’d expect my advice to be followed in any way…

    1. nanoop Avatar

      Kия, sure why not. Us here on Xyнивэpc are tolerant folks, I guess.

  5. nanoop Avatar

    The local P-dealer has a social get-together in a couple of weeks, and I’m invited.
    It’s at a venue two hours from here, with food, games, and “test-driving our products”.
    I wonder how to keep a straight face: I’d certainly love me 10min in a Panamera (~1 of my house) or Boxster (~1/3 of my house), but I’m showing up in a car that clearly speaks lack of love on the outside, and won’t buy even a used Panamera (yet, maybe in 10 years). They are friendly folks though, and they know my car, so maybe they accepted me because I’m rolling in on something “historic” (oil coolers are kept inside until April here: air won’t heat).

  6. JayP Avatar

    Is that Ed Begly Jr?

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      I was thinking of a more literal BJ and the Bear