Precast: Hydrogen Hype (Still), Panda Laid Bare, I Sing the Auto Electric
As you will hear in today's precast, my first forray into Ferrari ownership brought me face-to-face with the studied indifference that is England's erstwhile service culture. Not only did the dealership treat me with all the contempt of a deranged six-year-old frying worms with a magnifying glass, but they charged me huge, towering heaps of money for the privilege. And gave me a FIAT Panda loaner car. Frequently. In fact, Maranello's mean machine was a constant source of mechanical malfunction and bodywork gone bad (including rust on the flying butresses)– to the point where I started calling myself a Ferrari "visitor" rather than a Ferrari "owner." The moral of the story? Be careful what you wish for. Or is that "the engine mapping program is not the territory"?
I'd like to say I was thinking of those plucky Swordfish, but, um, I wasn't. It was KAL 007. As I recall (from secondhand accounts), the first Russian fighter sent to shadow the errant pre-Mulally Boeing (or was it?) "overflew" the jet and lost it. Amazing tale that, including the fact that Larry McDonald, America's most rabid anti-communist legislator ("conservative to a psychopathic degree" according to the none-too-liberal Flagpole Magazine) was on board. Talk about vindication...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_Air_007 that should help. I think.
For anyone interested in the Panda 4x4 http://www.7digital.com/stores/productDetail.aspx?shop=54&sid=218620.0 http://uk.cars.yahoo.com/car-reviews/car-and-driving/fiat-panda-4x4-1004484.html It actually held its own in that quarry battle with the Range Rover
I liked your done on time-ed-ness. Nicely done!