my car attacked at Met Life Stadium
I've been going to New York Giants football games since my dad took my brother and me to the Polo Grounds to watch the Giants lose the NFL Championship game to the Green Bay Packers 14-7 in 1944. I've seen every championship game the team has played - some in person, others on TV - since then except the 47-7 win over the Chicago Bears at Yankee Stadium (oh, the ignominy!) in 1956. Although I was in New York City at that time, I missed that one because Captain Forsyth Massey, commander of my ship, U.S.S. Intrepid, then in Brooklyn Navy Yard undergoing six month overhaul, declined to give me liberty for the day, the wretch (only kidding Captain, you were a truly outstanding commander. And I've been a Giants season ticket-holder since 1961.
Two weeks ago I took my life-mate Judith, born in Prague, arrived in NYC age 17 with her mom, a Holocaust survivor, with $25. in their pockets, not a word of English, and made it on her own, to her second American football game. Giants lost miserably to Philadelphia Eagles. We are in the car, a Cadillac CTS, creeping out of the parking lot and I toot lightly the horn to suggest that a bunch of 20 or 30 something year-old guys and girls make a hole, when one completely drunken lout turns upon the car, face contorted in anger (clearly not happy with the outcome of the game) and bangs his fists on the driver's window. I try to open the door to restrain him and he slams the door back on me, hurling me back into the seat, then moves back and literally starts punching the rear quarter panel of the car with his fists. I get out and say to a stadium attendant - I want this guy's ID; attendant says the guy is so far gone he doesn't even know his name. I say he had to have ID to get the beer that got him this drunk. By which time the guy and his friends had fled.
Just got the repair estimate: $2,578.51 + the cost of a rental car at $60./day till repair complete. Both are covered by my insurance but can you imagine such a world?
Leads me to the second point: insurance covers rental of a 4 wheel drive BMW 328i . I've owned two BMWs, a 1965 1800ti bought at the factory and a 1970 2800, ditto. Both were excellent cars. I've been enormously impressed by this little 328. Very well made, excellent handling and steering turn-in when in sport mode and startlingly good acceleration when one hits the loud button. And it's a twin-turbo four!!!
I said to Judith, as happy as I've been with our Cadillacs, the STS-V and the CTS, I could easily live with this BMW as an everyday car. Since I'm devoted to the Cadillac brand, I've got to drive a new ATS for comparison.
575M F1, Maserati Spyder, Cadillac STS-V & CTS
past: 330/365GTC speciale, F355b, 412GT, 400iA, 308GT4 2+2, 330GT 2+2, Porsche 356b Super 90, BMW 1800ti
what do I know? I drive blue Ferraris