Boys, and girls, this is why I drive old trucks.
From a half-page Mercedes Benz advertisement that ran on the back page, first section, of yesterday's Wall Street Journal:
"290 dealerships have been restyled to offer an expanded range of amenities, including courtesy vehicles, full-service coffee bars and nail stations"
In Europe I met a service manager and engineer with a prominent car 'brand' who told me how the dealerships take advantage of owners' disassociation from their wheels to sell ludicrously expensive 'servicing' and 'maintenance' packages, I guess while the owners' nails are being painted? polished? sharpened?--whatever happens to nails at a nail station.
This is my idea of a Benz:
- Brooklin, Maine, United States
- We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at www.peterbehrens.org I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.