P.T. Barnum famously said that there’s a sucker born every minute. I would only doubt the veracity of that claim because globally, there’s reportedly 4.3 people born every second which amounts to 258 per minute. This leaves a lot of upside for potential suckerdom. It seems nearly inconceivable to me that only 1 in 258 individuals is a sucker, given that the downloadable gaming app Candy Crush Saga has 2.7 billion – that’s with a B – downloads.
Given that there are 7.73 billion people on the planet, you can get a sense of the scale of how many users there are for this app. Now I’m not saying (out loud anyway) that Candy Crush Saga and the hundreds of thousands of other downloadable gaming app users are all suckers, but I suspect an heroic argument could be made in favor of that position. Especially by old codgers like me who amuse themselves by watching what other people do and spend money on.
OK, here come the protestations such as “Jacster, Candy Crush Saga is free!!!” Well, sorta. It’s free until it’s not. I’m talking in-app purchases; purchases that really no reasonable person would buy at first glance, or even the first dozen times it’s played. Then for some, it suckers them in and they end up spending cold hard cash amidst the hundreds of levels of moving, blinking lights. There’s that word, “suckers”. Enough suckers in fact that at one point the company was making a million bucks – ahem – per day.
I don’t mean to be coming down hard on players of CCS or other games. Hey, there’s lots of ways to sucker people into things. Flashing lights and lots of movement are very popular ways to do that. That’s what Barnum figured out: Lots of lights and colors and strangeness and exotic things and cotton candy and people flying through the air and heads in lions mouths and lots of this sort of thing going on all at once. Perhaps old P.T. was just being modest, or otherwise deliberately deceptive so that he wouldn’t be chased out of every town he showed up with his zebras, camels, and assorted oddities.
Okay I admit it, I’ve been suckered into things also. Off the top of my head, I can recall the time I bought some certain sandal-like shoes on impulse. I don’t even like sandals. So we’ll call them summer shoes. They had a covered toe, alright? Anyway, there was this particular summer shoe I liked and I got suckered into buying 3 pairs: 2 in black and one in brown. I don’t think I ever wore the 2ndset of black ones and the 1stset of brown. They’re in boxes in the bottom of my closet.
I got suckered. You have too at some point. You know how I know that? Because there’s a sucker born 257 times a minute. Thank you and yes, I do remember that there are 258 people born every minute but I just wanted to show that I have hope for humanity. Let’s not talk math anymore.
Let’s talk shoes.
So despite the fact that I have more sanda – er “summer” shoes than I will ever wear, you have to appreciate a good quality shoe. P.T. Barnum had certain garishly made up and costumed individuals wear quality shoes too. Although the main quality these shoes possess are kind of a peculiar shape in a “look at me” sort of way…such as this one:
They are shoes that only one sort of individual can pull off wearing. That sort of individual would naturally be a clown. And these shoes are clown shoes.
Naturally this is the perfect shape for a sports car. Said no one ever. At least the Germans who designed the Z3 thought so. Hey, everyone knows that the Germans have a sense of whimsy about their car designs and it shows in this particular – wait what? It had a Japanese designer? Well, regardless of who designed it, it was put into production by the whimsical German company BMW.
Ahem. What was I talking about? Oh yes, pistachio ice cream. Got it. Right. Never mind. Thingy!
Actually as you probably know this car has become a minor classic amongst enthusiasts; and for good reason. It’s got all the performance of the convertible with the stiffened chassis offered by the “shoe”. While its looks kept sales low during its years in production, with under 18,000 produced, low milage survivors are now fairly rare and are increasing in price. Not to mention they are a total hoot to drive and have a place to put your dog.
To be sure this is an enthusiast’s sub-specialty car. It’s a sports car that’s more specifically of the shooting brake variety, and yes it’s a type of shooting brake that takes the unique form of a rear-wheel-drive clown’s shoe.
This particular Z3 Coupe is said by the seller to have 83,000 miles and is wearing a very rare and new coat of Montreal Blue paint. Of course any self-respecting hooner would want to row their own with the manual 5-speed which as it turns out, this little bugger mates it’s engine to the wheels with. Seller states that it has never been tracked and that it is well maintained, having replaced the serpentine belt and tensioners along with the clutch slave cylinder.
Given my history it is easy to understand how I could easily be suckered into buying this summer shoe. Or a pair of them even. And they wouldn’t be relegated to sitting in a box in the bottom of my closet. Asking price for this one is $17,700 and is located in the San Francisco Bay area. You can contact the seller HERE for more information including more photos…of the car not the shoes.