"I Drive a Mercedes" GUYS WHO USE MONEY AS AN INCENTIVE TO MEET

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    Nov 10, 2014 1:06 AM GMT
    Cash saidWhat color was the Mercedes???


    The 6.9 was Milan brown, and the 600 was a deeper non- metallic brown. If I recall correctly, Mexico brown. The radio in the 6.9 was a Becker Mexico so I could easily get this mixed up after all these years.
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    Nov 10, 2014 1:21 AM GMT
    And frankly, you shouldn't do it as just an investment. You do because you love these old pieces of iron. But it's good to know it well enough not to buy, for example, what's my favorite Mopar ever ... a 60 300F and instead buy a 60 Polara.

    Want to see why?

    http://www.hagerty.com/valuationtools/HVT/VehicleSearch/Report?vc=95700

    versus

    http://www.hagerty.com/valuationtools/HVT/VehicleSearch/Report?vc=1137910

    And I think the next to really come on strong will be a 60 Adventurer.
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    Nov 10, 2014 1:26 AM GMT
    Money is meant to be fun.

    If it is used as a weapon, yer missing the point.

    Kind of the way good manners are meant to make people more comfortable, not to make them feel inferior.



    My second ex Husband was from a family of huge wealth.

    I had no idea when We met.

    When He and I moved in together My Mother flew out to give Her stamp of approval.

    First meeting was lunch at a VERY trendy (at the time) restaurant.

    I bring this up because when ever She comes to NYC She has a driver with a Mercedes.

    But I digress...

    She walks in in Her usual style.

    The "good" sable. 800 Grand worth of "discreet" jewelry.

    Ex number two walks in. Wearing His favorite orange t-shirt with denim overalls and a black bandana wrapped around His head and those mirrored aviator glasses he always wore.

    Mother's hand FLEW to Her emerald choker and I am pretty sure Her eyes rolled to the back of Her skull.

    We were seated at a prime table.

    He excused Himself to the Men's room.

    Mother leans into Me and says, " that is quite an outfit He chose. I am surprised they even seated Us here..."

    I leaned in and said, " they have no choice Mother. He owns the place."

    She never said anything again about Him....until We split.

    Never date poor. That is a state of mind.

    Broke is merely a financial condition.

    Some of the great Loves of My Life have been broke.

    Some of the wealthiest homes I have ever been in were worth less than the car I was driving.

    But there was no doubt as to the vast wealth that was inside.


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    Nov 10, 2014 1:35 AM GMT
    Cash saidMoney is meant to be fun.



    There you go. And I'm going to start having fun again after many difficult years.
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    Nov 10, 2014 1:42 AM GMT
    If a guy has nice stuff, I may be impressed, if it is really nice stuff and well collected. Taste matters and how he inhabits the space matters. Money won't impress but a good guy with good taste is impressive. Nothing wrong with a successful guy living well. Doesn't mean he's a dick. Doesn't mean he's not.
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    Nov 10, 2014 1:42 AM GMT
    C_Dezi saidgood, leave the rich ones for the rest of us. i hope you're happy with the short ugly poor boyfriend you're going to end up with.


    What was the point of that?
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    Nov 10, 2014 2:01 AM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    Cash saidMoney is meant to be fun.



    There you go. And I'm going to start having fun again after many difficult years.


    I am currently single....
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    Nov 10, 2014 2:51 AM GMT

    It's not just about the car, it's about the attitude and what's important.

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    Nov 10, 2014 2:56 AM GMT
    Why is this a topic?

    Judge People by what COUNTS.

    Their shoes.
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    Nov 10, 2014 3:53 AM GMT
    Depends if he's trying to project an image of wealth, or if he can genuinely appreciate the engineering and driving experience. Easily determined if he can say anything about the car outside of HP/torque.
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    Nov 10, 2014 4:04 AM GMT
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tGuJ34062s

    Janis Joplin – Mercedes Benz Lyrics

    Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
    My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
    Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
    So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
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    Nov 10, 2014 4:18 AM GMT
    paracosm saidDepends if he's trying to project an image of wealth, or if he can genuinely appreciate the engineering and driving experience. Easily determined if he can say anything about the car outside of HP/torque.



    I can't rag on the cars too much because I used a regular job to pay living expenses, but I bought and sold my way through school paying tuition doing this.

    I had a good friend who was a high line used car dealer and in exchange for driving his cars or an 18 wheeler back and forth to Mannheim he would let me buy a car using his dealer's license, which I drove and enjoyed for a while and then sold to make some bucks and on to the next.

    I did well with it until I started buying merchandise that was both troublesome and too high end to sell in Columbus in those days.
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    Nov 10, 2014 5:41 AM GMT
    If they use their car thinking it will entice me to go on a date with them I would be insulted that they thought I was so shallow as to be impressed with things. I would tell them I was insulted and refuse to meet them for all the tea in China.

    A twentysomething friend of mine briefly dated a banker that bragged about his money. They never had sex. I'd call him Diamond Dick - always flaunted his diamonds but never showed his dick. I think he was short changed.
  • metta

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    Nov 10, 2014 5:43 AM GMT
    It is not just a gay guys thing. I have known straight people who feel the need to flaunt what they are driving. It sounds silly when people say, 'I took the Mercedes to the store' instead of 'I went to the store.'
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    Nov 10, 2014 5:53 AM GMT
    I drive a ten year old Toyota Corolla. I hope that doesn't entice anyone into thinking I've got money.
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    Nov 10, 2014 6:00 AM GMT
    metta8 saidIt is not just a gay guys thing. I have known straight people who feel the need to flaunt what they are driving. It sounds silly when people say, 'I took the Mercedes to the store' instead of 'I went to the store.'


    Hope they got there AND back.
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    Nov 10, 2014 6:53 AM GMT
    BTBruce saidI drive a ten year old Toyota Corolla. I hope that doesn't entice anyone into thinking I've got money.


    You could not have a car and still be enticing.. icon_biggrin.gif
  • AMoonHawk

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    Nov 10, 2014 6:59 AM GMT
    I'm more impressed if they say they drive a old truck :-)
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    Nov 10, 2014 7:15 AM GMT
    it's all about the execution. I'm much more liable to be interested in a guy wearing a Longines than one wearing a Rolex. Reason? The average schmo has never heard of the former whereas the latter is one of the most oft-copied designs ever.

    Similarly, if someone pulls up in a rotisserie-restored '57 Chevy I'd be more impressed than if he pulled up in a brand-new Mercedes SL Roadster (the cost can easily be the same there).

    There's a median between being a gold-digger and being a King of Industry that a lot of people dismiss these days and that's the role of a housewife/husband. There seems to be some shame or stigma applied to this role and to be honest it annoys the crap out of me. If you enjoy taking care of someone, throwing parties, entertaining, etc. (in other words, literally being their "better half") then why not? If a handsome, monied man were to sweep me off my feet and were okay with me assuming that role I would be all over it in an instant. Some folks might see that as some sort of personal weakness or other negativity but I just see it as following your heart and what makes you happy.
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    Nov 10, 2014 7:16 AM GMT
    uombroca saidI had a date, when met through OkCupid. He is a real estate agent. We met at my condo first for a glass of wine, chatting before heading to the restaurant. When I decided to drive since I knew the area, we were heading to the garage to get my car and said "Oh you drive a Chevrolet"...I said yes. I said what do you drive. "Oh a BMW 4 series only the best car"...I knew then it would be a rough night of a date...sure enough he turned out to be a bad date. He obviously was judging on what I drove as a means of measuring someone. Suffice to say we never contacted each other, which was great do not need that kind of mentality.


    BMW 4 series is hardly the best car - in Johannesburg even it was quite a common vehicle
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    Nov 10, 2014 7:31 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan said
    freedomisntfree said
    FRE0 saidHaving an extremely expensive car would be a negative for me. I would see it as a status symbol and I don't think much of people who rely on status symbols to boost their image. Many people who have expensive cars are in debt up to their ears and can barely afford to lease their cars, yet alone buy them. It's not only expensive cars; I'd feel the same way about a Rolex watch.

    A neighbor of a cöworker of mine announced that he had just got a better job and that within a couple weeks, he'd be getting a Mercedes. Obviously he couldn't save enough money that quickly to by a Mercedes. If people cannot afford cash to buy a car, then they should get an inexpensive car.

    There are many wealthy people who downplay their wealth and are careful not to show it off. On the other hand, some people of very modest means do all they can to appear wealthy, often to their detriment.


    I got the Mercrudes thing out of my system when I was in my 20s with a 72 600 and a 78 6.9. Bought a few years old at the Mannheim high line sale and lost money on both. The 600 was a fearsomely complex car with pneumatic everything ... even seats and windows.

    Now, I will admit, I love to pick up a date in this, and I am looking for a big bruiser of a cruiser just like this 61 PIMPerial.

    photo RR61LeBaron02.jpg



    Being conservative fiscally means an evaluation of all expenditures and eliminating those that are wasteful and unnecessary! I'm stunned!


    That car is stunning. When I lived in San Diego, in addition to my Chevette which was no more than basic transportation, I had a 1953 Packard Cavalier and a 1955 Packard Caribbean convertible.

    http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2011/06/05/hemmings-find-of-the-day-1953-packard-cavalier/

    http://silodrome.com/packard-caribbean-convertible/

    My convertible was red, black, and white.
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    Nov 10, 2014 7:39 AM GMT
    metta8 saidIt is not just a gay guys thing. I have known straight people who feel the need to flaunt what they are driving. It sounds silly when people say, 'I took the Mercedes to the store' instead of 'I went to the store.'


    I had a married non-gay neighbor who made a point of mentioning his Rolex.
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    Nov 10, 2014 7:40 AM GMT
    BTBruce saidI drive a ten year old Toyota Corolla. I hope that doesn't entice anyone into thinking I've got money.


    I have a 10 year old Mazda 3.
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    Nov 10, 2014 7:42 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidI'm more impressed if they say they drive a old truck :-)


    Right. By doing so, they are showing that they are not much concerned with what others think. I have a friend who drives a 20 year old truck, but I think the reason he drives it is that with it he doesn't have to be worried about being stopped for driving while black.
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    Nov 10, 2014 8:43 AM GMT
    I know a guy who does something similar. He states his high exec job as a way to meet guys and then proceeds to invite them to his home and show them the stuff he has. Example....his marble bathroom with a bidet.

    He continues to be single and I want to know his thoughts on why he can't find a relationship.