TTAC Wishes You All A Very Merry And Joyful ...

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
ttac wishes you all a very merry and joyful

It’s beginning to look at lot like than unmentionable holiday period, except where I am at the moment. But even in heathen China, the restaurant was full with cute waitresses with even cuter Santa hats today. Air China treated me to the full panoply of You-Know-What carols, from “O Come All Ye Faithful” all the way to “Silent Night”. It’s a strange world where one must fly to a communist country to hear “O Christmas Tree” without recrimination.

This being an international site, with readers and editors in all corners of the world, we celebrate this occasion in our traditional nondenominational style.

The editors of Thetruthaboutcars wish our readers a joyous Constitution Day in Micronesia, a roaring Santuranticuy in Peru, a happy Stedry den in the Czech Republic, we wish you cheerful Las Posadas in Mexico, a red, white, and blue Washington’s Birthday in the US, and a red-on-white Emperor’s Birthday in Japan. Happy Fete des Membres to our friends in Haiti, a crackling Constitution Day in Taiwan, and whatever you do on Family Day in Angola. We celebrate Jinnah’s Birthday with our friends in Pakistan and Annual Sports Day with our two readers in the Falkland Islands. Our gloves come off for Boxing Day, and back on for the Day of Goodwill in South Africa. We wish a rowdy Junkanoo to our island buddies. Y’all have a splendid St. Stephen’s Day, and may you enjoy whatever one does on a Zartusht – No – Diso.

We also wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Over and between the holidays, our usual high volume reporting will slow to a festive trickle. There isn’t much news anyway at that time. If there are monstrous news, we’ll set down the eggnog and write about it. Our friends in Germany and elsewhere in Europe are already enjoying the perfect present from the calendar: Two weeks of holidays by taking just five days off.

After we have recovered, we will hit the new year with verve. I will convince Frau Schmitto-san that it is still way too iffy for a Japanese National to be in China, and we will go back to Tokyo to cover the insanities of the Tokyo Auto Salon. Think SEMA Dekotora-style, and you will be halfway there. Derek will trade frigid Toronto with longjohn Detroit and cover the Detroit Auto Show.

And before we forget: This month is Stress Free Family Holiday Month, along with Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month: We want you all back, safe, sound, and witty as ever in the new year.

Join the conversation
3 of 37 comments
  • Daveainchina Daveainchina on Dec 24, 2012

    Merry Christmas (and since I'm currently in Thailand I gotta say, this is a strange place to spend Christmas.)

  • Oldyak Oldyak on Dec 24, 2012

    Merry Christmas From Memphis! have a nananna/peanut butter samwich in homage to the King.... I KNOW!!!! Wrong King !!! (but a great samwich)

    • Lumbergh21 Lumbergh21 on Dec 24, 2012

      Just so long as you're not having a peanut butter and bacon sandwich in homage to the King. That would be truly weird.

  • SPPPP The little boosters work way better than you would expect. I am a little nervous about carrying one more lithium battery around in the car (because of fire risk). But I have used the booster more than once on trips, and it has done the job. Also, it seems to hold charge for a very long time - months at least - when you don't use it. (I guess I could start packing it for trips, but leaving it out of the car on normal days, to minimize the fire risk.)
  • Bader Hi I want the driver side lights including the bazl and signal
  • Theflyersfan One positive: doesn't appear to have a sunroof. So you won't need to keep paper towels in the car.But there's a serious question to ask this seller - he has less than 40,000 miles on some major engine work, and the transmission and clutch work and mods are less than 2 months old...why are you selling? That's some serious money in upgrades and repairs, knowing that the odds of getting it back at the time of sale is going to be close to nil. This applies to most cars and it needs to be broadcasted - these kinds of upgrades and mods are really just for the current owner. At the time of sale, a lot of buyers will hit pause or just won't pay for the work you've done. Something just doesn't sit well with me and this car. It could be a snowbelt beast and help save the manuals and all that, but a six year old VW with over 100,000 miles normally equals gremlins and electrical issues too numerous to list. Plus rust in New England. I like it, but I'd have to look for a crack pipe somewhere if the seller thinks he's selling at that price.
  • 2ACL I can't help feeling that baby is a gross misnomer for a vehicle which the owner's use necessitated a (manual!) transmission rebuild at 80,000 miles. An expensive lesson in diminishing returns I wouldn't recommend to anyone I know.
  • El scotto Rumbling through my pantry and looking for the box of sheets of aluminum foil. More alt right comments than actual comments on international trade policy. Also a great deal of ignorance about the global oil industry. I'm a geophysicist and I pay attention such things. Best of all we got to watch Tassos go FULL BOT on us.