Thursday, November 15, 2012

Flint Photos: Livin' Large

You may remember this Buick Century wagon from an earlier post in mid August. At one time, it seemed like half the families in Flint owned this impressive ride. Now it appears to be following me around the streets of San Francisco. Or I'm following it, and its two owners, who just might be living in the car.


  1. If you're going to live in your car, an old Buick is a good choice.

  2. Pop Music Historian ApproximatelyNovember 16, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    That line about the Buick sounds like a line right out of "Desiderata", or perhaps "Deteriorata", Sable Pelt.

    Just when you think that Flint is the worst place in the world, reflect on this verse from "Deteriorata" by Max Ehrmann.

    "And reflect that whatever fortune may be your lot,
    It could only be worse in Milwaukee."

  3. Though...except for style, where the Buick of course would have an insurmountable lead...probably not as good a choice as a pop-up VW Microbus Westphalia.

  4. With today's gas prices it's a status symbol to even be able to drive this relic.

  5. tried livin in a chevette once in monteray your ride seems down right spacious by comparison now sharing it with two others might seem cozy till you get to cramped have fun till then but seriously i've learned realistate development can be so much more than my parking space


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