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The stout sand rigged four door Ford truck is bright red as is the little Volkswagen Safari also provided by Rich for dune use, In keeping with the color of his equipment and the visual nature of the film industry, Rich calls his outfit, 'Big Red Production Cars." 'So far this all seems pretty reasonable. An old Ford Bronco has graced Rich's driveway for the past ten years. Faithful, though it may be, age has crept up on the elderly Ford. It was decided that a replacement was due and that a large American built 4 door four wheel drive unit would not only be an upscale replacement, but that it could also earn its keep transporting folks around the back country. Naturally to fit in with the other company rigs of Big Red Production Cars, the new rig should be red. The literature was consulted. Prices were checked in the consumer magazines. A few of the new rigs were actually driven as rental sports utilities came to town on various jobs. The decision of what vehicle to buy was narrowed down to an expensive few. It was decided that only three cars would fill the bill. A Ford Expedition (think four door Bronco), a Chevrolet Suburban or a Chevrolet Tahoe (a shorter suburban). It was time to go to town and spend a dollar. A side note here for Nevada readers. Only cars specially built to be sold in California can be registered in California. (Smog stuff, you know.) Therefore, we Californians can not buy a new car in Las Vegas or St. George and license it in California. First stop was at a Ford agency in Fontana where I bought Shirley' s little Escort. Several Expeditions, but none of them red. A very aggressive sales manager who promised to make us an In The Thermometer's Shadow ,, !y Mike Dougherty . ... Awesome deal if we would forego :::::iii!fii!: the color requirement. We spent a good i !::=*-: ': bit of time here trying to convince the sales staff that white ain't red. Down the street at a monstrous California Chevy dealer. No red Suburbans. Totally no Tahoes in stock at any color. We are starting to get an uncomfortable feeling. No longer are we looking to deal on a car, we're in the position of having to plead for a car. This is 20th century California? Ontario, Fontana, Upland, Corona, Claremont. Auto shop- ping centers, Automobile malls. Nothing, nada, zip. A few occasional two wheel drive Suburbans and a couple of funny colored Expeditions, but no red cars. Lots of salesman stories and several opportunities, to consummate "Awesome" deals. Unbelievable sticker shock. I know the prices of these rigs, I've done my homework. I know what we ought to pay for one. Forget it. There are no cars to be had and no deals to be made. The dealers are showing not only the full list price, but they' re adding several thousand dollars Great talent show and cookoff set By Andrea Lynn It is time once again for the Spaghetti Cook-off and Talent Show. Everything starts at 2 p.m., Sunday the 13 th at the community center. More entrants are still needed for the cook-off and it's not too late to sign up. Call the library at (702) 372-5340 and tell them you are ready to win this year! The talent show is rumored to be a good one, but I have no /-) Around Amargosa ] [ with Andrea For More Information: Call (702) 372-5459 idea what we will be "seeing. Dinner is $5 for adults and $2.50 for kids age 7-12. Kids under 6 eat for free or a family can eat for $15. Come support your library and senior center. There will be a tree and shrub sale at the park Wednesday the 16 'h from 11 am till dark. They are one-gallon size and have been selected for our area. $2.40 will buy you one. Call 372-5355 for more information. April 13-19 is National Volunteer Week. VFW Post 6826 is holding an awards ceremony for some outstanding volun- teers of the valley, April 1T h at 7 p.m. at the post home. This is also a great week to join a volunteer organization and put your good ideas to work. Calendar of Events Mondays: Boy Scouts, 3-4 p.m., Community Center Tuesdays: Senior Tap Dancing, 9-11, Community Center, Crafty Ladies Club, 9:30am, Senior Center, Girl Scouts, 2-3 p.m., at Community Center Wednesdays: Bingo, 7pm, C/C APRIL Friday-April 11: Jump Rope for Heart, 12pm-3pm, C/C Sunday-April 13: Spa- ghetti Cook-off and Talent Show, lpm C/C Monday--April 14: Planning Board mtg., 7pm, C/C Tuesday--April 15: Chamber of Commerce mtg., 7 p.m., C/C Thursday--April 17: Cemetery Board mtg., lpm, C/C National Volunteer Week ceremony, 7pm, VFW Post 6826 Cactus - Cactus Largest Selection in Nevada Desert Plants ~ Succulents Lots of native Nevada plants including: Red Barrels, Cholla, Yucca, Mound Cactus, Clariet Teddy Bear, Beaver Trail, Prickly Pear, Saguaro Golden Barrels, Organ pipe, Desert Willow Blue Pale Verde, Ocotillo, Mexican Fence Post and Extremely Nice Nevada Joshua Trees (702) 875-1968 Fax (702) 875-1913 I 160 "To I '/rump Cllarlettc  J -- o  _ Sahara '*'='--II I Trf'icana i more as "Dealer profit packages." Pay or walk, Sucker. San Bernardino, Victorville, Barstow -- no cars. Definitely no red cars. Four hundred miles driven, twelve hours on the road, and we've found not one suitable vehicle at any price. The other side of the picture though, is that we saved some very heavy money. The Bronco is scheduled for a major freshening and a bucket of bright red paint. The lots are full of other cars. Surely Detroit is aware that Sports Utility vehicles represent 20% of the market and are the highest profit models built? Maybe all the ordering these days - is done by computer and no one looks at the sales lots to see what's selling. Imagine, it's like winning the lottery and they're out of Cadillacs. There absolutely no red 4 wheel drive full sized sports utility vehicles in Southern California. Several sales people assured us they checked all the dealerships by computer and there are no red cars. Several sales folk told us by cellular phone that they had such a rig, but when we drove a million miles of freeway to get there, they were mistaken and maybe we'd like a nice black one. Home by midnight. Very tired of trying to buy a car. Dear beloved Detroit once again has shot itself in the automotive foot. I never again want to hear about a bad economy and falling car sales. How about maybe the auto fellows just sell us what we want. S.moke -: " Slgl00lals Indian -- Trading Post Authentic Indian Jewelry and Home Decor. I Watch Batteries Replaced Open 7 Days a Week 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Near 160 & Basin} Special Discount Installation $10 per month Equipment Rental