Curbside Classic Outtakes: Shopping Carts

Paul Niedermeyer
by Paul Niedermeyer
curbside classic outtakes shopping carts

Last minute shopping before a trip; where do I head? Walmart, of course, because of the Curbside Classics in the parking lot. No time for a full-on Walmart Concours today, but I do need a cart. Oh here’s a nice one that should do the job. And there’s another…

Two, actually. OK, must not get distracted. But then one has to walk by the handicapped parking on the way in…

I had seen it before, as it drove into the parking lot. The driver looked distinctly unhandicapped, physically anyway. Who am I to judge?

One the way out, I encounter someone who certainly doesn’t want to be judged.

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  • Oregon Sage Oregon Sage on Sep 28, 2010

    There are 2 Wal-Marts in the Eugene area, Redmond has built one abandoned it and now has a bigger one. Ontario has one to draw sales tax free shoppers from Idaho .. There are more..

  • MRF 95 T-Bird MRF 95 T-Bird on Sep 29, 2010

    This must be TTAC cars my family used to own day. 1st it's the Isuzu I-Mark diesel, my mom had a automatic and my dad a 5 speed. He also had a Chevette diesel 2dr 5 speed as a commuter car. The automatic eventually blew it's head gasket and they traded it in for the 1st 91 Saturn SL. My sister owned that same Corolla though a 77 silver 2dr base model 1200cc 4 speed with of all things; a manual choke. It was quite efficient and reliable. She drove it till the rust got to it and sold it. Back in the 70's my dad had that same 68 Valient in yellow w/ 3 on the tree. I learned to drive stick on it.

  • Damon Thomas Adding to the POSITIVES... It's a pretty fun car to mod
  • GregLocock Two adjacent states in Australia have different attitudes to roadworthy inspections. In NSW they are annual. In Victoria they only occur at change of ownership. As you'd expect this leads to many people in Vic keeping their old car.So if the worrywarts are correct Victoria's roads would be full of beaten up cars and so have a high accident rate compared with NSW. Oh well, the stats don't agree.
  • Lorenzo In Massachusetts, they used to require an inspection every 6 months, checking your brake lights, turn signals, horn, and headlight alignment, for two bucks.Now I get an "inspection" every two years in California, and all they check is the smog. MAYBE they notice the tire tread, squeaky brakes, or steering when they drive it into the bay, but all they check is the smog equipment and tailpipe emissions.For all they would know, the headlights, horn, and turn signals might not work, and the car has a "speed wobble" at 45 mph. AFAIK, they don't even check EVs.
  • Not Tire shop mechanic tugging on my wheel after I complained of grinding noise didn’t catch that the ball joint was failing. Subsequently failed to prevent the catastrophic failure of the ball joint and separation of the steering knuckle from the car! I’ve never lived in a state that required annual inspection, but can’t say that having the requirement has any bearing on improving safety given my experience with mechanics…
  • Mike978 Wow 700 days even with the recent car shortages.