COTD: Why We Miss Saab Edition

I know it's been a while, but I still have problems with Saab going away. Yeah, they were never the same after the GM takeover, and it's not like we haven't gotten used to nameplates disappearing, but this one still really bothers me.

What other company of any kind tolerated — even nurtured — its identity as the choice of freethinkers and charming eccentrics? This was a company that maintained legitimate links to its roots as an aircraft maker, not just as a marketing slogan but with effective design solutions. And they were such a refreshing break from the fleet of me-too averagemobiles out there, even as those mainstreamers adopted a lot of Saab's brilliant ideas along the way.

You probably can't say too much about Saab owners, either, a group of people as interesting as their cars. Okay, sometimes the quirk can be a bit overbearing, but in the right amounts (or, again for the right person) the way that someone like Bethany! talking about an uninspiring Fiat ad is just a breath of refreshing, if oddly-punctuated, ranty air:

His hair is just gross. He's just gross, but that hair. If there are two or three or four things I cannot stand, it is is hair like that.

I like em preppy. Give me a haircut with a nice taper in the back, and definitely not that shit. It is just so sloppy looking. I noticed on Celebrity Apprentice that Donald Jr has a terrible cut in the back, all squirrely and such, but looking at his father, a decent haircut cannot be expected. Just cut that shit, gosh!

Or guys who spit. Just ick! WHY DO YOU HAVE TO SPIT? IN PUBLIC? WHERE I AM WALKING? I DO NOT WANT TO WALK IN YOUR BODILY FLUIDS! EWW! I mean really! WHY ARE YOU SPITTING? WHEN WAS THIS EVER COOL? JUNIOR HIGH IS OVER, DUMMIES!

Or visible belt loops with no belt. If I can see belt loops, I damn well better be able to see a belt, and not one fo those braided ones from 1993, either.

Or people who wear inappropriate shoes/jackets with their outfits. YOU DO NOT WEAR FLATS WITH A TRACKSUIT, CHICK FROM WALMART! YOU DO NOT WEAR CROCS WITH ANYTHING, LET ALONE SOCKS AND SHORTS, MAN WHO HAS OBVIOUSLY GIVEN UP ON LIFE THAT I SAW AT SAM'S CLUB THIS WEEKEND!

Or people over the age of 12 that wear anything WWE/TAPOUT/ED HARDY related or of that ilk. BLECH!

Or people who put their BARE FEET on the dashboard when they are a passenger. SO GROSS! I see it in another card and I get pissed! THAT IS SO NASTY!

I do however, like puppies. And fast cars. And red brakes. You know how you look at the wheel and you can see the red brakes under there? I want some of those. Do they make those for Saabs? (Of course I drive a Saab. Would a normal person with no quirkiness rant like this? No. Ergo... Saab.)

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