QOTD: So Now What Do You Do?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

You had to expect it. This QOTD, that is, not the reason for it.

As yours truly basks in the smugness of having stocked up on at least a month’s worth of food, toilet paper, and disinfectant two and a half weeks ago, thus sidestepping the panic-buying hordes picking supermarket shelves bare like buzzards on still-fresh roadkill, his self-satisfaction is nonetheless tempered with an edge of dread.

Frankly, I’m freaked out. Prepared and informed, yes, but worried all the same. For many of us, there could be plenty of days — and maybe even weeks — ahead where we’re not allowed to leave our homes. Your author’s prime minister already finds himself in just such a situation.

How would you pass that time?

Let’s be clear: many of you will have kids and family to take care of, but there’ll surely still be plenty of personal downtime when under quarantine (or self-isolation). Passing two weeks or maybe more locked inside means there’ll be plenty of time to touch up the grout in your shower or catch up on light reading.

Maybe a bender is in order.

Yes, as we prepare to distance ourselves from humanity, entertainment will be key. Many of you won’t have a project car to work on, nor will there be anything in the backyard shed or even the basement to tinker with. There might not be a garage, shed, or basement. After the events of Thursday, professional sports is out. That leaves TV and film, and maybe (very) brief forays into the more artistic side of electronic media.

So, that all said, what are the top three (a good number, I feel) car-centric or car-adjacent movies/TV shows you’ll watch — or would like to watch — to while away those long, pensive hours? If you can’t think of three, pare the list down.

You author’s personal list, as always, starts with Duel, a move I’ve seen maybe 15 times and could watch every week without getting bored. Imagine that Dennis Weaver and his six-cylinder Plymouth Valiant are me and you, and the menacing Peterbilt is the coronavirus. Next up is The French Connection — hardly a car movie, per se, but a great flick with an exciting chase that I normally watch on Christmas. This past December it didn’t happen. Third place is a toss-up. I’ll probably forgo a specific film and tune in to some 1950s, ’60s, or ’70s cop show, where sidewalls are tall, drum brakes abound, and right and wrong fall on either side of a crystal-clear demarcation line.

Comforting, predictable.

Have at it in the comments.

[Image: Murilee Martin/TTAC]

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  • -Nate -Nate on Mar 16, 2020

    Sunday evening . I'm not so sure the folks here who refuse to accept reality are stupid nor dumb . Frightened and scared witless yes, obviously so . Remember, the noraml steps of dealing with a serious problem begin with denial . Try to show some compassion, even to those who don't return it . -Nate

  • Best and brightest. Take a gander ^. Its like herding a group of low IQ people into a room with the promise of candy and then making them think about stuff real hard. The resulting stupidity and hilarity is epic.

  • Dave M. The Outback alternates between decent design and goofy design every generation. 2005 was attractive, 2010 goofy. 2015 decent. 2020 good, but the ‘23 refresh hideous.Looking forward to the Outback hybrid in ‘26…..
  • Lorenzo Subaru had the ideal wagon - in 1995. The Legacy Outback was a straight two-box design with rear quarter and back windows you could see out of, and was available in brown with a 5-speed manual, as God and TTAC commenters intended. It's nice they're not raising prices, but when you've lost the plot, does it matter?
  • Bkojote Remember a month a go when Cleveland wanted to create a more walkable Cleveland and TTAC's 'BIG GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM' dumbest and dullest all collectively crapped their diapers? Here's the thing- look on any American highway and it's littered with people who don't /want/ to be driving or shouldn't be. Look at every Becky on her phone during the morning commute in her Tucson, look at every Brad aggro driving his 84 month loan GMC. Hell look how many drivers nowadays can't even operate a headlight switch. You expect these people to understand a stoplight? In my neighborhood alone 4 people have been rear ended at lights from someone on their phone. Distracted driving over the past 10 years has spiked, and it's only going to get worse unless Becky has an alternative, because no judge is going to pull her license when 'she needs it to get to work!' but heaven forbid she not check fb/tiktok for 40 minutes a day.
  • Scott Shouldn't the The Italian Minister for Business be criticizing The Milano for being too ugly to be Italian?Better use of resources doing that....
  • Steve Biro Frankly, while I can do without Eyesight and automatic start-stop, there is generally less B-S with Subarus in terms of design, utility and off-road chops than with many other brands. I just hope that when they adopt Toyota’s hybrid system, they’ll also use Toyota’s eCVT.