Doc, forgive me, I just could not help it.

Doc, forgive me, I just could not help it.

Joined: October 11th, 2014, 3:36 am

April 17th, 2017, 6:59 am #1

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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

April 17th, 2017, 7:29 am #2

It's not that special a 'concept'- it's actually quite conventional, comparing one thing with another to produce imagery. "Pretty as a flower", "ugly as a mud fence", "fast as lightning", etcetera.

The only thing interesting about it is the writers' need to keep from using a phrase so common it's basically a cliche. In this case, phrases like 'having the fashion sense of a blind golfer' are basically cliches, plus I was kind of limited in that I didn't want to use an animal reference- 'fashion sense of a blind cave bat', maybe, or 'fashion sense of an epileptic koala'.

So, since Doc is a mechanical type, he makes a comparison to generally unattractive pieces of machinery. A "retired" dump truck is generally one that has been worn completely out- bent, dented, rusted through and held together with baling wire.

Much like Doc's wardrobe.

Doc.
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Joined: September 11th, 2014, 5:40 pm

April 17th, 2017, 8:45 pm #3

No Turbos
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Joined: May 22nd, 2016, 10:05 pm

April 17th, 2017, 11:47 pm #4

I'm pretty sure that Wide Load and Long Haul were dump trucks. And I doubt that they were into fashion.
Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem. -- Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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Joined: November 7th, 2015, 9:13 am

April 18th, 2017, 6:12 am #5

...your parents have guaranteed that Fashion is not a thing you need to worry about.

Especially if it's an appropriate name.
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Joined: October 28th, 2014, 1:06 am

April 18th, 2017, 4:14 pm #6

Last weekend I was in a remote corner of Death Valley National Park. I ran across this example parked near an old cabin, and mill.

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Joined: September 12th, 2014, 3:38 pm

April 20th, 2017, 6:58 pm #7

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