I'm pauljones, and I'm hoping for the privilege of occasional authorship. I'm a long-time Gawker Media commenter, having started at Jalopnik nearly 10 years ago. I'm a moderator on Oppositelock, the Jalopnik equivalent of Groupthink, along with Gamecat235, Dusty Ventures, $kaycog, and others. » 7/28/14 2:01pm Monday 2:01pm

More than anything else, Hot Wheels has been about the power of imagination. Sure, Matchbox and Johnny Lightning cars were always vastly more realistic and could be found in varieties approximating the cars that you might see on the street on any given day. I like that, and I have an old collection of Johnny Lightning… » 7/23/14 10:35am 7/23/14 10:35am

I would also recommend checking out the Sea Cadets (the Navy equivalent of scouts) or the Civil Air Patrol (the Air Force equivalent of scouts). Both are about teaching discipline and going on fun adventures, and both are Co-ed. » 7/18/14 4:39pm 7/18/14 4:39pm

Strangely, I am a huge fan of the Ford Five Hundred; it was actually a good car. They made the interior and powertrain significantly better when they re-named it the Taurus at the end of its production life, but God did they fuck up the aesthetics. If I could get the the original Five Hundred body with the interior… » 7/18/14 11:07am 7/18/14 11:07am

Kat Callahan, you are a paragon of patience. Nothing that you wrote was in any way unclear or accusatory, but as you've doubtless experienced many a time before, most will automatically assume the worst. Your grace in dealing with those that either do not understand, or choose not to understand, has been stellar. And… » 7/16/14 12:37pm 7/16/14 12:37pm

You are a car enthusiast in much the way that Jimmy Fallon is a comedian - he's actually not funny in the least, despite pretending to be. Similarly, despite pretending to be, you don't seem to show much depth as an enthusiast if all that does it for you are hyper-priced exotics that are rare because they are so… » 7/14/14 11:10am 7/14/14 11:10am