You Can Take The Lads Out of Europe, But You Can’t Take The Europe Out of The Lads

10 Feb

When I visited Dick last year, I left with an addiction.

No, I’m not talking about the midget porn and building three-piston asshammers for fun and profit.  Those aren’t addictions, they’re hobbies.

DON’T YOU JUDGE ME!!!

No, what was more insidious was the Top Gear addiction I left the Dallas area with.  Take three middle-aged British guys, who all hate each other, and let them drive outrageously overpriced supercars with names like Ferrari, Maserati, and Aston Martin.  Throw in some less expensive “driver’s cars”, ridiculous challenges, world travel, and some of the funniest  D-I-Y projects with cars ever devised, toss in some juvenile behavior and cruelly inspired smartassery, and you have one of the best damn shows ever made.

One of my favorite episodes so far:

And then there is this:

77 Responses to “You Can Take The Lads Out of Europe, But You Can’t Take The Europe Out of The Lads”

  1. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere February 10, 2011 at 12:23 am #

    I want their gig. I’d LOVE going to work every day.

  2. Car in February 10, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    Never watched it.

    DON’T YOU JUDGE ME.

    I don’t watch lots of things.

    I really want to see this “Justified” everyone’s talking about.

  3. Car in February 10, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    dick – about that home in previous thread. The house is nice, but I dun’t see any trees.

    I’m a tree person. The way they took the picture of the house – makes me wonder if it’s one of those homes built on what was not too long ago a farm field.

  4. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    Stelvio Pass….

    I drove it. In a minivan. In winter. I should get enourmous respect for that.

    The gent in the Lamborghini didn’t look comfortable in it, size-wise. I’m sure he was having fun, but he looked cramped. This looks like a great show, surpassing many other reality shows.

  5. Car in February 10, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    heh he hee … she said minivan ….

  6. PattyAnn February 10, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    It’s always fucking something. Need a new refrigerator/freezer. And stove. And dishwasher.

    Don’t trust any of the brands anymore. What brands have you had luck with?

  7. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    Good morning, PattyAnn!

    I have a Whirlpool side-by-side fridge with ice and water dispenser I got four years ago, still working great.

    A GE Profile stove that works fine, but I want to get rid of everything GE in my house.

    A new Samsung over the stove microwave, because the GE profile nuker went out twice, and it was cheaper to replace the microwave then to repair the nuking mechanism.

    And I’m replacing the dishwasher, which is a GE, because it leaks.

    Actually, all the GE appliances are at least 7 years old, and even though the stove works, the oven is too cool for the temp gauge, and the coils get on my nerves.

    Fuck GE.

  8. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere February 10, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    I really want to see this “Justified” everyone’s talking about.

    Yes, you really do.
    Last night, that was the best hour and three minutes of my life since last season.

  9. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere February 10, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    I needed a cigarette when it was done.

  10. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    It was that good huh?

  11. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere February 10, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    The gent in the Lamborghini didn’t look comfortable in it, size-wise.

    Jeremy and I are about the same height. I’m sure that he was cramped.

    On the other hand, he gets to drive cars that I wouldn’t be allowed to breathe on, so I’m betting that he doesn’t really care.

    And he has a Ford GT500, so I hate him for that, too.

  12. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    It’s an “I love to hate you” thing with Jeremy, then?

    I bet if it were a convertible you both would be very comfy in it. Personally, I think these cars, like the “Lambo”, Masseratti, Porsche, etc, are…. not very attractive.

    I think and reason like a man, but not when it comes to high-priced joyrides that looked like squashed frogs 😉

  13. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere February 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Aggs, its funny you should say that.

    Here’s one that he loved that looks like a metric assload of fun to me, too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaWoo82zNUA

    And more of the crazy stuff they do:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eiJkQzpzRc&feature=relmfu

  14. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere February 10, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    And I think the new Astons and Maserati Quatroporte are very nice looking cars.

  15. Jazz February 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    “The Lads” evokes memories of Magnum P.I. and Higgins’ dogs. And images of gay porn.

    WTF?

  16. Jazz February 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    I don’t know if Aston Martin has ever made an aesthetically challenged car.

  17. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere February 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    What would you know about gay porn?

  18. Dick February 10, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    Carin, I could put fast growing trees in without much problem. Plus, since I’m living in a house surrounded by trees now, I’ve kinda been turned off by all the accompanying problems that seem to come along with them.
    And just so you know, you’d absolutely love Top Gear, car person or not.

  19. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    His jowls flapping in the wind… HAHAHAHAHA!!!

    That Atom was pretty awesome, though. I liked the use of the chassis on the outside as the skeleton. I don’t think I could drive it. I would kill myself twenty feet out.

    And WTF happened to the guy who plunged off the carrier in the Jag????

  20. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    And good morning, Jazz and Dick!!

  21. Dick February 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Aggie, the guy shooting off the carrier was the old black stig. The killed him off so they could have a new white stig.

  22. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    While stationed overseas, Hubby almost bought a Lotus Elise (sp?). It was a putrid lime green-yellow and black, and screamed “LOOK AT ME!!! I’M A BOND CAR!!!”

    I told him he could get whatever car he wanted, seeing as he had saved up for a decade to purchase his midlife crisis antidote. But frankly, I was appalled at the look of the car. More than that, it was soooo damn uncomfortable for the passenger, and getting in and out, even for my 5’2″ frame was a hassle. But it was his car, and that was all that mattered.

    However, when he realized the amenities consisted of a steering wheel and a gas pedal (brakes were optional), he decided he was better suited to a BMW Z4. That car still makes him smile every day 🙂

    Me, I’m better suited to a minivan. My inner goddess is better suited to a BMW 750 Li, but that’s never going to happen!!

  23. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    The killed him off so they could have a new white stig.

    What, like Mad’s Spy vs Spy??

  24. PattyAnn February 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Thanks for the appliance guide, Aggie. Our GE fridge is 6 years old and just had icemaker/water dispenser fixed last year (+$200)
    The stove microwave/venthood and dishwasher are more than 20 years old so replacing them doesn’t burn so much. Stove must be gas. And dishwasher must clean dishes (not trying to be funny, but ours doesn’t).

  25. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    PattyAnn, I want the dishwasher that has DRAWERS!!!

    Just sliiiiiiiiide it open, and take out the dishes. Also, some come with either one drawer (like a half sized dishwasher), or two. The ones with two drawers have the option to run only ONE drawer.

    The single drawer models allow you to install or build a shelf or cabinet drawer underneath it.

    Oh, and fuck GE.

  26. PattyAnn February 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    Yannow, Aggie, a dishwasher drawer would be perfect for us. The two of us don’t tend to use that many dishes everyday. Thanks for the idea.

  27. PattyAnn February 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    Anybody have one of the new gas stoves that has 5 burners? One long burner in the middle and four smaller ones along the sides?

  28. PattyAnn February 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    How’s the weather. Anybody have any recipes?

  29. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    PattyAnn, I have electric, much to my annoyance, but my mom had gas in El Paso, and she had a stove like the one you describe. She could grill indoors, too.

    My gran is 88 years old, and has the stove to end all stoves. Has six gas burners and two ovens. And is the most awesome thing outside of Aga.

  30. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere February 10, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    How’s the weather. Anybody have any recipes?

    I didn’t have any fresh tomatoes for may salad last night, so I drained some canned diced ones, and with the simple garlic wine vinegar, dill, and sea salt vinegrette I made, it was damn tasty.

  31. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    The weather: freakin’ cold, but sun is shining.

    The recipe: beer braised beef for tonight.

  32. Dick February 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    PA, I installed the Frigidaire Elite series of appliances in the kitchen I built for Kelly. She loves them all.

  33. Car in February 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Carin, I could put fast growing trees in without much problem. Plus, since I’m living in a house surrounded by trees now, I’ve kinda been turned off by all the accompanying problems that seem to come along with them.

    I just brought it up in case it was an issue for you. Obviously, plenty don’t care – my husband’s employees HATES trees.

    I love trees. We’ve got a fair amount, but a significant amount of dead wood that needs to be replaced.

  34. Car in February 10, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    I’ve got five burners.

    and two ovens.

    YES.

  35. Car in February 10, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Me, I’m better suited to a minivan.

    He hee hee …

  36. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    Carin, I musta missed the joke….

    *taps foot waiting for explanation*

  37. Car in February 10, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    Carin, I musta missed the joke….

    *taps foot waiting for explanation*

    Two in the front, 3 in the back?

    any of this ringing a bell?

  38. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    Hm….no, can’t say it does. But then again, I tend to be a naive n00b around here 😉

  39. PattyAnn February 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    Thanks, Dick! Will check that out.

  40. Car in February 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    Someone’s gonna have to show Aggie the minivan

  41. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    I don’t think I want to know.

    From now on, I will call it a Domestic Delivery Vehicle.

  42. Dick February 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    PA, I lied. They’re called the Professional Series, not Elite.

  43. Car in February 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    chicken

  44. roamingfirehydrant February 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    I’m keeping my hair long in case my next car is a convertible. I can dream, can’t I?

  45. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    Big time, Carin. Though I do not want your cock.

  46. roamingfirehydrant February 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    PattyAnn, you mentioned your dishwasher isn’t cleaning. Are you sure it’s not the dishwasher detergent? They took out all the phosphates and replaced them with stuff that makes the glassware foggy and anything aluminum turn gray. I bought industrial dishwashing detergent off a website and am MUCH happier with the results.

  47. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Roamy, I have long hair, and it is a bother when I drive hubby’s car. I have to tie it up, and pin it, and still I get a bunch of tangles.

  48. roamingfirehydrant February 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    hang on, I’ve got the minivan pic

  49. roamingfirehydrant February 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Think “shocker”

  50. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    O…M…G…

    I am soooooo getting another car.

  51. Dick February 10, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Heh… A durtyzzzz scientist.
    How hawt be that?

  52. PattyAnn February 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    I’ll try that, Roamy. The only thing I put in my dishwasher are glasses, plates and the s/s flatware.

    Dick, those are gorgeous and I know I’d love them, but no way an we afford those.

    Aggie, I like how MCPO calls his the “SUV of Doom”.

  53. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    “SUV of Doom”… HAHAHAHAHA!!!

  54. roamingfirehydrant February 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    PA, this is what I bought.
    http://www.restockit.com/phosphate-detergent.html

    I have *really* hard water here, and having the phosphates makes a huge difference with the dishwasher. It was that or buy a water softener for the whole house.

  55. roamingfirehydrant February 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    A durtyzzzz scientist. How hawt be that?

    As BiW would say, hawter with pearls.

  56. Dick February 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    Roamy, I’ll have to give that detergent a whirl.
    We have the same water here in D/FW as you guys have.

  57. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    If I recall when I lived in Irving, the water was hard, but it wasn’t as weird as the water in Ft. Worth. The water there had a stench, and was tinted tan when it came out of the faucet. That was back in early 90’s though.

  58. Dick February 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    Aggie, we get our water from Ft Worth and it’s fine. Always has been.
    Brown and smelly sounds exactly like a pipe failure that’s allowing stuff to enter the system at the house or street level. Did the other neighbors have the problem too?

  59. PattyAnn February 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    Thanks, Roamy. Hard water here, too.

  60. roamingfirehydrant February 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    If it doesn’t work for you, I’ll buy whatever you have left over. I hate washing dishes by hand.

  61. Dick February 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    PA, how’re the taste buds holding up?
    Roamy, same question for your heart.

  62. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    Everywhere we went in the city had that problem. I asked the waiter at a restaurant if there was something wrong with the water, and he said, “There’s a reason we ask if you want ice in your soda.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    Like I said, this was around 92 or so. I went back for a Rott Fest two summers ago and the water was fine.

  63. roamingfirehydrant February 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    Dick, I rested most of the day. Heartrate is 108. Tried to nap earlier and failed.

  64. PattyAnn February 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    Thanks for asking, Dick. They’re still not working but I’m not going to stress about it anymore. I eat what I can when I can.

  65. roamingfirehydrant February 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    And, Dick, you’re very sweet for asking. Thanks.

  66. Dick February 10, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    I wish I needed a cane.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130484165212

  67. Dick February 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    Aww shucks…

  68. LC Aggie Sith February 10, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    Get the cane anyway, Dick. It makes a statement 😉

  69. PattyAnn February 10, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    I love that cane. Looks like a poor man’s 3=piston asshammer.

  70. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere February 10, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    Nothing more fun then cruising Craig’s List and finding your job posted.

    *******

    I guess we might be threatening my wife’s (soon-to-be ex?) employer.

  71. PattyAnn February 10, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    BiW! Your wife’s boss posted on CL for her job? What an asshole.

  72. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere February 10, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

    Best part? She called the CFO and asked what was going on and why they were looking to fill her position.

    He told her that it wasn’t her job, and that she had nothing to worry about.

    She said than why does it specifically name my title (and the job duties that her boss is aware of) (and there is only one person with her title).

    All of a sudden, he didn’t want to talk about it and told her to come in tomorrow and they’d discuss it then.

    She wanted to know why she needed to come in if they are advertising for her position. “Come in tomorrow, and we’ll talk about it.”

    After all the shit and extra hours she’s put in during the last year, the only thing they better be discussing is 6 months pay plus the company making the COBRA payments for the same period of time, along with a really swell letter of recommendation (which they will copy us on) and a promise not to call and bother her when a whole lot of things are not getting done and it finally dawns on them how much she really does for the company.

  73. Dick February 10, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    All of a sudden, he didn’t want to talk about it and told her to come in tomorrow and they’d discuss it then.

    He’s launching her tomorrow. It’s a Friday, and makes sense.
    Get the suit fired up

  74. PattyAnn February 10, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    Sorry, T. Hope BiW kicks their collective ass.

  75. roamingfirehydrant February 10, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    BiW, her employer needs either an ass-chewing or a 2×4 up side the head. Dayum.

  76. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere February 10, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    It isn’t like I don’t have enough to deal with right now.

  77. pajama momma February 11, 2011 at 1:16 am #

    awwwwwww, I just read. That sucks BiW. I’m sorry. 😦

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