Oh man, I had a conference this year where one parent (mom) did 90% of the talking, I did about 5%, kid the other 5%, dad kept looking at me like, "I don't want to be here either" And I can't even remember whose parents they were. Really effective.
@musashi66 Hard to say, the government seems to lump EV and PHEV sales together, and they're sitting at a little over 2% combined, while traditional non-plug in hybrids are also sitting at around 2%. Is it a question of lack of consumer acceptance, or lack of consumer choice? When automakers have offered hybrid options in the past, they seemed to usually be only available as part of a package with lots of extra luxury features that drove the price up, and, even then, they were only offered on certain types of vehicles and not at all on other types
@huzer I'm in a similar boat regarding motocycles and my wife. She's totally fine with me driving a 60 year old 4x4 but a bike is too dangerous. I think it is the same misconception a lot of people have when it comes to SUV's, there is a lot of metal surrounding you so that is safe. Never mind the fact that said metal will most likely direct almost all the kinetic energy of an accident into your body.
Also, I REALLY want a cafe racer. It would make me so happy.
Yeah there is often a big disconnect between what makes someone "feel" safe and what is actually safe.
As for a classic car being unsafe, sure. Lots of things are unsafe. If the kid has an affinity and respect for cars and is an attentive driver, I see no problem with a classic Mustang being that first car. But then I also see nothing wrong with teaching a kid how to ride motorcycles if they're interested.
@bbg2d yeah, for sure. We also have to contend with a 25% lot coverage maximum in our town, so you got to choose between a 10x10 shed or another 100 sqft of house for each level. So you have to make up the loss of storage in the garage. So many bouses in the neighborhood have the garage as a shed and the cars on the driveway.
I can parallel park pretty well, but for whatever reason, However...i dunno if it's the raked, high door sills or the narrowing of the front end, but I just can't back into a parking space straight in that thing. Never used to have this problem in other vehicles, but I can never seem to get it right. No backup camera, btw, or i'd probably be doing much better.
I've stopped baking now that I no longer go to the office to share it, but here's my favorite banana bread recipe.
2 cups (9 oz) AP flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup (4 oz) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup (7.5 oz) tightly packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup (4 oz) sour cream
1 tbsp vanilla extract
12 oz very ripe peeled bananas
Roughly 4 medium bananas, but weigh it
I just folded them in until the coverage looked ok, probably a little less than a cup
Rack center of oven, 350º
Spray 9x5” loaf pan with cooking spray, line with parchment paper leaving 2” overhang on long sides, spray parchment too
I gave up fighting the parchment, think I’d have to slice it to get it to fold inside evenly, so I sprayed and then tried lining it with flour, the trick mentioned on a web page about getting the bread to rise. This, I think, was a bit fortuitous, because I accidentally got some water into the batter at the end as I added blueberries
This left some mildly annoying flour pockets on the outside of the loaf. Next time try to get the parchment paper solution working.
In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt
In large bowl, beat on high the butter and brown sugar until light, fluffy, doubled in volume (this didn’t happen for me with electric beater), using rubber spatula periodically
With beater on low, add eggs one at a time
Switching to hand whisk for rest, add sour cream and vanilla a the same time and combine
Gradually add dry ingredients, beat until just combined
Add bananas a handful at a time (not mashed) and be at until broken into pieces
Fold in blueberries
Pour into pan and smooth top with spatula
Put pan on baking sheet and bake for 60-65 minutes
Check with toothpick
Cool on a wire rack
@exage03040 I have it on fairly good authority that our firm, a national company, would love to mandate it, but we'd lose to many people in small town prarieland/flatganistan that it would cripple us, since our company has a lot of branches.