College Football and the Morons at GMAC6 January, 2009
My father had a couple of sayings which I heard again and again while growing up: “The key to happiness in life is to find something you enjoy, and then find someone stupid enough to pay you for doing it,” was one. Another was, “Take responsibility for your life.” And, of course, “Attention to detail is the key to success in life.”
That said, I think I may have gained an understanding of just why the American automotive industry is in the tank. And watching college football showed me the problem.
I am watching the GMAC Bowl. If features Ball State (12-1) versus Tulsa (10-3) (yeah, I really am that desperate to watch a football game).
On the middle of the field is a large X. Above it, “10th ANNIVERSARY”. Across the X, “GMAC Bowl”. Under the X, “1999 – 2009”.
Does anyone see the problem here? If 1999 was the 1st, then 2000 was the 2nd, 2001 was the 3rd, 2002 – 4th, 2003 – 5th, 2004 – 6th, 2005 – 7th, 2006 – 8th, 2007 – 9th, and 2008 was the 10th GMAC Bowl. This is the 11th GMAC Bowl. Which explains the 10th anniversary logo on the field.
Now, I’ll freely admit that just becaue GMAC is a bank (owned by General Motors) doesn’t mean that they are good with numbers. But come on, folks. I majored in freakin’ history andcan figure this one out. Had I any money, investments, or loans with GMAC, I guarantee you I would be changing to a different banking institution as quickly as possible.
This is a rather picayune observation. So they screwed up a detail. Big Fucking Deal. It is, though.
(((Wife))) and I have two vehicles. She has a Ford minivan. I have a Mitsubishi sedan. We have had numerous vehicles over the years, many of them Fords. Two have been Mitsubishis, one Honda, one Oldsmobile, a Toyota, and a couple of Subarus.
Overall quality has been about the same for every vehicle. None have been perfect. The American cars, though, seem to always have niggling little problems (with Fords it is the electrical system). Problems that seem to show a lack of appreciation for details. None of the Japanese cars (or the VWs I had before (((Wife)))) have had these detail problems.
“Attention to detail is the key to success in life!” Calling the 11th GMAC Bowl game the 10th Anniversary just shows a continuation of the same theme. GMAC, you need to pay attention to the details.