LA 2007 Auto Show

We went yesterday mainly because the little boy likes cars. I knew he’d get a kick out of All Those Cars, so we got going. First off, let me just say for convention planners and the sort, don’t ever pick the LA Convention Center for anything. They hate people. Parking has always sucked and has only gotten worse over the years. Do you realize that when we left around 1pm, there was a line of cars around two blocks, yet the parking structure we had parked in in the morning had been closed up and was at half capacity. In fact, I highly suggest that no one should ever have a convention in Los Angeles unless you’re a complete moron. Then by all means, go for it. The city’s not conducive to conventioneering and we don’t need more idiots who can’t navigate our streets, navigating our streets.

Auto Show. Right. So, we went and Alton loved it. When we got there, he didn’t quite get it. We stumbled into the Overpriced Vehicle closet (The Bentley’s, Astin Martins and whatever else was shoved in there) that was like the Nordstrom of the whole thing. Then we went into the South Hall where a good chunk of the cars were located. For my opinions (you know I had some), on of the cars, you can pick through the photos on flickr. I’m not interested in talking about cars on this blog. I will talk about the economy or politics of the show in general.

This year’s auto show theme was “green cars”. I don’t know if it was the official or unofficial theme, but every single car maker had a their own poseurish “green booth”. What made it laughable was the spiel the barkers hosts had on the midwayfloor when talking about their car. Keep in mind, that only one car won the 2008 Green Car of the Year award, but that didn’t stop the others from talking like their recycled seats were the best thing to every happen to cars. I even heard some of the “hosts” talking about how the entire company is committed to the environment and that even the floor tiles you were standing on were recycled. They’d say this in front of a 20-ton behemoth that gets 3 miles to the gallon.

But I’m not going to complain too much. Even if “green” is the new “organic” and people spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to fake the funk, it will (hopefully) get more people actually thinking about where and how they spend their dollars.