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Old 08-05-15, 05:56 PM
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Wrong minivan

We go to the drive-in movies; the baby will usually fall asleep before the movie starts. We recently purchased a Honda Odyssey. My wife had been looking forward to using it at the movies because the rear seats can be folded into a rear facing bench. Last night we went to see Mission Impossible (which have filled the niche James Bond movies since James Bond movies started being Jason Bourne movies... I digress). Baby did not fall asleep per plan and so I was carrying him around the lot/theater until he knocked out. He was nodding off so I went to open the side door of the minivan and opened it to find a tan, not gray interior and an astonished 6yo looking up at me... his parents were startled as hell too. I apologized profusely and left as fast as I could, went to meet my wife two rows back and two cars over.
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Old 08-05-15, 06:09 PM
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Getting in any minivan is wrong.
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Getting in any minivan is wrong.
I was two minutes too late!!!!
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Old 08-05-15, 06:12 PM
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But, in fairness to the OP, the are great vehicles functionally. And, we had one for a few years when all four boys were still in the house.
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Old 08-05-15, 07:58 PM
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Ours is now over 11 years old. Had planned to replace it by now, but with the rear seat down I can simply roll my bike in the back and in between the two mid row captains chairs, close the hatch and go. Real convenient, fully depreciated - and paid for!
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Old 08-05-15, 08:15 PM
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Try owning a 2009 CR-V. There are only a zillion of them on the road.
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Old 08-05-15, 08:57 PM
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We had a silver Mazda Protege 5 at one point. It turns out there are more than a few of them out there. One time, I exit the grocery store, get in the car, shove the key in the ignition and it doesn't turn. WTF?!? Seat is adjusted wrong, too... and those don't look like my hair ties around the stick shift (I don't own hair ties and wife doesn't use scrunchies)...

Wrong car. Hasty exit, quick scan, and there's our car, two spaces down...

I played it off legit.
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Old 08-06-15, 01:43 AM
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It's amazing you still have a drive-in near you. Do you listen to the movie over FM or does your theater still have the speaker boxes that hang on the windows?
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Old 08-06-15, 04:55 AM
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Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
Try owning a 2009 CR-V. There are only a zillion of them on the road.
I recently bought a 2007. I guess I never noticed how many there are running around until I owned one. It's amazing how many you see. Also, like the OP, I own an Odyssey mini-van. I've walked up to other Odyssyes in parking lots multiple times through the years.
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Old 08-06-15, 05:23 AM
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I could see how anyone whom prefers seeing Tom Cruise over Daniel Craig could easily lose their car.
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Until I bought one for the wife I never paid attention to how many Honda Pilots were in the area. All the same color.
Must have gotten a heck of a deal on paint.
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Old 08-06-15, 06:58 AM
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That's why we put a Zombie hunting license sticker on the back of my wife's Odyssey. Makes it a little easier to identify.

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Old 08-06-15, 08:36 AM
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I miss my 1968 Dodge A100.
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Old 08-06-15, 04:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
It's amazing you still have a drive-in near you. Do you listen to the movie over FM or does your theater still have the speaker boxes that hang on the windows?
FM, digital projectors, first-run movies
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Old 08-06-15, 08:26 PM
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Thankfully, our CR-V has a roof rack (very handy), steel wheels, and California-legal tinted windows (rear doors, rear quarter windows, and hatch only), which is enough to set it apart in most cases. Oh, and I yanked off the front plate holder once we got our NC plate.
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My brother-in-law was waiting in line at his wife's work and watched her jump in the passenger side of a car similar to theirs that was 3 or 4 ahead of him in the line. Unbeknownst to him at the time, she had plopped down in the passenger seat of that car, sighed a big sigh of post-work relief and promptly unbuttoned her pants for a little physical relief before she realized her error. I can't remember if it was a man or a woman driver in that car, but I'm sure that's not what they were expecting. It's absolutely hilarious to hear the two of them tell the story.
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Old 08-07-15, 07:18 AM
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Originally Posted by kknh3 View Post
My brother-in-law was waiting in line at his wife's work and watched her jump in the passenger side of a car similar to theirs that was 3 or 4 ahead of him in the line. Unbeknownst to him at the time, she had plopped down in the passenger seat of that car, sighed a big sigh of post-work relief and promptly unbuttoned her pants for a little physical relief before she realized her error. I can't remember if it was a man or a woman driver in that car, but I'm sure that's not what they were expecting. It's absolutely hilarious to hear the two of them tell the story.
Dear Penthouse, I'm an average looking guy, no Tom Cruise, but anyways I was waiting in a line of cars when a strange woman jumped in the passenger seat. She let out a big sigh and unbuttoned her pants for a little physical relief...
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Wow....that could have been really funny if the folks in the car were doing what we did at a drive-in back in the day. Thunderbird 11 Screen Drive-In, Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Best part is it exists to this day........great place, terrible movies. Last one was "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes."
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I have considered buying a minivan, with rear-wheel drive. I don't want the repair bills of a truck with front-wheel drive. That's death by wallet wounds.
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Visiting my grandmother as a kid I walked into her next door neighbors home by mistake one night after returning from the movies. I think it scared me more than them.
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I have considered buying a minivan, with rear-wheel drive. I don't want the repair bills of a truck with front-wheel drive. That's death by wallet wounds.
Surely you have these reversed. Short of a VW Bus, Ford Aerostar or Toyota Previa, most if not all minivans have been FWD and the majority of trucks have been RWD.
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The weak point on VW buses was their transaxle.
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Surely you have these reversed. Short of a VW Bus, Ford Aerostar or Toyota Previa, most if not all minivans have been FWD and the majority of trucks have been RWD.
My minivan list was the Chevy Astro and Toyota Previa. I drove an Astro once and didn't like the high center of gravity, but it was still on the list by lack of competition.
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If you're going to drive a minivan the Odyssey is the one.
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We own 2 Town & Country vans. There seems to be a blue million of them as well. Having them common colors (Dark Blue and Grandpa Gold) makes it fun too. My Hightailers and RTT stickers help with mine, but I just use the fob to beep the horn on hers. With 4 kids going multiple directions, it's nice to be able to grab any number of them at any given moment. Of course, the rear seats in mine are usually in the stowed position with at least 1 bike in there (2 this morning) and my riding gear

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It's amazing you still have a drive-in near you. Do you listen to the movie over FM or does your theater still have the speaker boxes that hang on the windows?
Memphis isn't too far from Little Rock... We still have a 4-screen drive-in that plays a 1st run followed by a 2nd run and the price is not bad at all. Oh, All digital & FM here as well.
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