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DOTS and Mugs

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I like to collect things, and since I don’t have the time or money or skill or knowledge to collect cars, I stick with something much simpler: mugs. A lot of them are Disney mugs because 1.) Disney is right next door (and currently a petri dish) and 2.) I have an annual pass so it’s a bit cheaper to buy from the mouse. That being said, they’re all different. Some of them are very old, some are sentimental, some I don’t even like but have because why not. Maybe I’ll do a “Mug of the Day” or “Mug of the Week” thing, that’d last for about a month/year respectively.

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Regardless, I just inherited another mug from our good pal i86hotdogs with a design he commissioned and I executed. It’s funny, I’ve never seen a mug with a design parallel to the handle, but hey, it’s still there and it’s still radical!

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The DOTS comes in because I had to get the mug from my apartment complex’s mailbox. These are just some cool cars I spot anytime I leave the house, there are plenty more I didn’t capture on this one walk to the mailbox.

NOTE: I think I know what models these are, but please correct/ridicule me if I’m totally wrong.

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First up to bat is my roommate’s 2014 Chevy Cruze. I wouldn’t have put this on here if it were just a regular Cruze, but this bad boy is a 2.0L diesel... and my roommate hates it. Every part for this car is just as uncommon, if not more uncommon than mine. The local Firestone that I go to to get my routine maintenance done (since, again, I don’t have the time or skill or resources or knowledge to do so... mock me all you want) won’t even change his oil, and the place he does get it done is forcing him to buy his own oil filter since they don’t carry it or know where to find it. Either that or they’re robbing him.

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If anyone has any advice as to how my roommate could go about making his life easier with this car feel free to let me know and I’ll relay it to him.

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This is my neighbors Acura CL (I believe) parked right next to my Acura TSX (I know).

By the way, apologies for the pictures being bad, I didn’t want anyone thinking I was suspicious or trying to steal their plates, so I basically took the picture without moving my phone around too much. Call me superstitious, mock me, I get it.

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I’m actually not sure what this one is, but I know it’s not a Durango. It’s too big. The badges on the back were taken off to show off more of the paintjob. It’s kind of hard to see, but this Dodge rocks a really nice, deep teal paint job, with a beige pinstripe thing along the side. Paired with the black rims it’s honestly not that terrible to look at, and the car itself is about as close you can get to a minivan without it looking like a minivan. It’s cool.

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Here’s a slightly rusty RX8 with some sweet rims. This guy goes to my school, I remember seeing this car here and on campus (back when it was actually open). Regardless, it’s really low, but also pretty long. The Mini Cooper parked next to it makes for a half decent comparison.

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Then I spotted two cars I hadn’t seen in my neighborhood before: a Ford Ranger with fat, mud tires and a neat light rack on the grille parked next to a BMW X1... they’re the two most opposite cars, beat up, big truck versus posh, contemporary SUV. There are more polar opposites out there, but I found this one to be particularly funny.

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I would’ve kept going... but...

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Florida rains are fast, swift, and unforgiving. Needless to say I got a bit wet.

I’ll definitely go on another walk like this in the future, there are some other awesome rides in my complex I want to show you, see if any of them tickle your fancy or are really cool, or if beauty lies only in the eye of the beholder.

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By the way, big thanks to everyone showing their concern over my COVID ordeal. I actually found a testing center yesterday about 2 hours away backed by a reliable organization in a small, low population area. I went ahead and made the trip down interstate 4 and got tested. Crowds were at a minimum, everyone took it seriously but made sure to keep us relaxed, it was wonderful. So in 5 to 7 days I’ll find out if I’m dead or not.

Till then, stay frosty.

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