QOTD: So Now What Do You Do?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
qotd so em now em what do you do

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.

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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.

  • ToolGuy VW (marque not group) and Tesla very nearly switched positions on a YTD basis.
  • RHD Inexpensive gasoline appears to be a thing of the past. ILO is correct - we have enough sunlight, wind and emerging ocean wave energy to power the entire country and then some. Clean air is nice, and being free of the whims of OPEC, geopolitics and hugely profitable oil companies will do all of us a world of good.
  • Raymond Segura Can you tell me where I can get the rear bumper for 69 impala?
  • Art Vandelay some of the crazy numbers I get. Percentages look bigger with any fluctuations with low volume makes and brands leaving the market will see massive month over month changes. But what’s with Buick? I still see the occasional ad on TV and yet the drop is disproportionate even compared to all the other GM brands.
  • Master Baiter "There is no mandate for consumers to buy EVs, not in any country or state. That’s made up."Right. And you are not mandated to purchase a toilet that only uses 1.6 gallons/flush. You could choose to not have a toilet--just go in the woods, like the bears do.