Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ferrari in Beverly Hills

Hey everybodeee!

Ferrari was in full effect today in Beverly Hills.  They had over a handful of blocks closed all day for this particular event.  This Ferrari anniversary party was about a new Ferrari F-60 America.  Only a lucky 10 will be available in the US of A.

Lots of people!

Jermain Jackson was in the house with people lining up to take pictures of him.

This is a 1953 340 Mexico

Say hello to the 1950 250 Berlinetta

1965 250 LM

This is a super nice 10
1960 250 TR.  

275 GTS Spyder.  Similar to the Ferris Bueller's Day Off car.

1966 275 GTB

1958 250 TR.

1996 F50- GT only one in existence.
They didn't even drive this car to the trailer... they had to push it!

This 1956 410 SuperAmerica and was one of the few white Ferraris...

The actual model of this is called "La Ferrari"

Here is the back of it.


Funny thing about F-40s, is that they technically are not rare... 
they made "only 1,350" as opposed to the other cars that have less than a handful in existence.  I still like them though... first car to go 200mph!

This is the Miami Vice 1985  Ferrari Testarossa!  Funny thing was that the first Ferrari in the tv show was actually a FAKE.  Yup... they used a fake red Ferrari Daytona.  Nice car but it was fake.  Apparently Ferrari found out about it and GAVE them this car to use and they "killed off' the fake one.

This is the actual vehicle used in the TV series.  Note the single driver sided mirror.  They added the other side in 1987. You can see the chips from the wear and tear.

Check out those "cheese grater" vents!

Rear view.

365 GTB/4 
The unofficial name is "Daytona" because that year Ferrari kicked ass at the Daytona race.  At the time this was the fastest car you could buy.  Brock Yates drove this one in a race across the US in 1971 and won!

1967 330 P4.  Wow, this car really looked amazing.

  This car is remarkable.

The joke was that people were saying that the cars were hybrids or electric because they had to push some of them and they were super quiet compared to all the other cars.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

LV 2k14

Whatup everbodee!  I went to the Encore hotel in Fabulous Las Vegas!

Here is a picture I took from the 21 and over pool.  You know you are not supposed to take pictures at this pool.  They actually have a sign saying that it is VERBOTTEN.
If you carefully look at the bottom part of the first "N" there is some dude fixing the lights!

I zoomed in with my fabulous HTC One phone.  The camera is dam good for a phone!  I wonder how much this guy gets paid.  Does he have medical coverage?

Here is the picture from my room.  The 21 and over is at the top left.  The "Family" pool is at the bottom.

They have a cafe at the Wynn called the Drugstore Cafe for some reason.  You can starup your day with some booze in your cup of joe here.  This place seriously has one of the most expensive coffees I have ever paid for in the US of A.  Come to think of it, when I traveled in Europe, this is the kind of prices you pay for when the Euro is like nearly $2 when I was there.

This is like Manhattan like prices.

Not all was expensive though,  we got some free buffet passes!!!!

So I started things out with some king crab legs, grilled octopus, and ahi poke stack.  They let you douse your legs with clarified butter.  Awesome.

And here we go... I ate at least a dozen shrimps at the buffet, there are some ribs there and a pork bun.  To the right was a duck in a bun.  That was really super delicious.  Even as I write this weeks afterwards my mouth waters thinking about it.  It was that good.

This was the meat dish.  
Medium rare prime rib, and 2 kinds of sausage. 
You know what goes with meat?? Meat and meat.

Yup, I had room for dessert.  Technically I didn't but you know at these places, mind over matter!!!

Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch

Here is the front gate to Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch.  I was doing some wine tasting less than 5 minutes away and decided to check this one off the list.

There is some security there and lots of people etched messages on the stones.  
Very strange.  It is on the google maps here.  

2014 Lexus IS250

2014 Lexus IS250

So I took my car for service and I got this car for 24 hours so I was able to come up with a definitive conclusion and compare it to my car (2006 IS350).  Right off, I didn't like the look of the front and when I had it for a day, it didn't grow on me.  It reminded me of Darth Vader's mouth.

The front lower bumper scraped often going in and out of driveways.  More so than my car.

Here is the side view.  It looks ok with this side.

My personal opinion is that the backside looks best.

Here is the interior picture.  I wanted to point out some things.  In the lower left there is a huge knob to change the car settings and a huge button for snow.  I was actually impressed and wondered who thought that this button deserved to be this big.  I was thinking to myself that it was very unlikely anyone drives this in the snow.  Above that button was the traction control off button.  This car did not have enough power to scratch the tires so traction was never a problem in dry weather.  The controller above basically controlled how slow the car goes.  This was really dumb because it was definitely more prominent than the radio knob.

Yup they actually had a SPORT SNOW Setting.

Can you think of an occasion where you are in the Eco Snow mode with the traction control off?

Immediately to the right of that stupid knob is an EXCELLENT spot for my HTC One phone.  It was like a perfect size for my phone.  Remarkable.  Above that are the menu controls (navigation, HVAC, and all kinds of other shit).  The screen is not a touch screen.  The cabin seemed smaller than my car.

I thought that it was super neat that they had not one but two usb slots!  You could get a USB stick and fill it with mp3s and play music.  I tried it out and the armrest wouldn't close all the way.  So you would need a smaller one presumably.  That was a real buzz kill.  

This was pretty neat controls for the temperature control.  You swipe your finger up and down on the metal and the temperature goes hot or cold.  It kind of reminded me of those cheese lamps that turned on or off when you touched the metal parts.

So here is my verdict.  The car definitely handled better than my car.  That was indisputable.  As for the interior, it felt cheaper than mine.  They used cheaper plastics and had fake stitching on the dash.  I just didn't like being inside it or looking at it.  Driving it was fun but that alone at this pricepoint was not doing it for me.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Arizona 2014!

So I just got back from Arizona and it was really interesting.  It exceeded my expectations (of which were very low).  It didn't help that the state was in the news with proposing some controversial laws.  I just found out that there was something with Arizona and MLK.  So lets start this out by my revelation that for whatever reason, they rent tons of cars in Arizona or Phoenix for that matter.  They have a mall-like building with over a dozen car rental companies and a massive parking structure.  On top of that the fuckers tax you an incredible 50% in fees.  Whoa.  So we got our white Chevy Cruise.  I didn't like it enough to take a photo of it.
I racked up 800 miles in the Chevy and it got 28mpg.  
It was not a fast car by any means but it had an mp3 playing cd player!  
Thankfully I was prepared with my totally 80's jams and didn't hear any commercials!  

So a couple of hours later we got into Sedona from Phoenix.  
It is a trip that the mountains are vertical and red!  

So we are on the way to our hotel.  Funny name of it.  
It sounded more of like a Disneyland ride or something.

We got some lunch and we had a kickass view.  You can see people walking up there like ants.  This hotel was right in the rocks.  For better or worse there is ZERO cell phone signal.  There was wifi though.  

I was wanted to rent Anchorman 2 but the asshole hotel wanted to charge $17 plus tax?  WTF?

There are tons of trails at the hotel and you can see from this one.  The hotel really blends into the scenery.  Actually all of the buildings in the entire city blend into the scenery with the southwest theme.

Even the McDonalds went Southwest.  No golden arches but turquoise instead?  
Sorry for the blurred photo.  

Here is a picture of Sedona.  It is really a small town.  No Costco here!

Next day, the Grand Canyon!

Here is a cool panoramic picture of the Grand Canyon!

This place really does look nothing of this Earth.  It looks like you are on a different planet.

Here is a cool artistic picture.

Coins kill?  I don't know about that....

Check out the people at the top right.

So when you are in Arizona you see these signs on lots of stores.  I started wondering what the deal was and apparently you can take your weapon ANYWHERE there is no sign.  Period.  And this includes BARS.