I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being a really, really, ridiculously good writer. And I plan on finding out what that is.

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There was a moment last night, when this comment by PotBellyJoe was sandwiched between the two Finnish dwarves and the Maori tribesmen, where I thought, “Wow, I could really spend the rest of my life with this post”:

But, PotBellyJoe, do you understand that the world does not revolve around you and your do whatever it takes, ruin as many people’s lives, so long as you can make a name for yourself as an investigatory journalist, no matter how many friends you lose or people you leave dead and bloodied along the way, just so long so you can make a name for yourself as an investigatory journalist, no matter how many friends you lose or people you leave dead and bloodied and dying along the way?

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And that’s the first rule of being one of los Jalops – writing words good, and wanting to do investigative automotive journalist things good! I wanted to do that from day one.

I wasn’t like every other kid, you know, who dreams about being an automotive writer, I was always more interested in what bark was made out of on a tree. Patrick George’s a real hero of mine. Raphael Orlove. Raphael Orlove would be another person who’s a hero. The words he’s created over the years, I don’t really read them, but the fact that he’s making it, I respect that. I care desperately about what I do. Do I know what car I’m writing about? No. Do I know what I’m doing today? No. But I’m here, and I’m gonna give it my best shot.

So join now, ‘cause at the The Jalopnik School For Kids That Can’t Read or Math Good And Want To Do Investigative Automotive Journalist Things Good Too, we teach you that there’s more to life than just being a really, really, really good automotive writer. Right kids?

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Congratulations once again, PotBellyJoe, on your COTD win. If there is anything that this wonderful comment can teach us, it’s that an automotive writer’s life is a precious, precious commodity. Just because we have chiseled abs and stunning features, it doesn’t mean that we too can’t not die in a freak gasoline fight accident.


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