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RayDunzl

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Modena yellow - I don't like red.

While at lunch from working in Chicago's downtown in 2001...

I heard vroom-vroom-vroom-vroom of some expensive exoticar, but it took me a while to locate it.

The car was the same color as all the taxis jammed together on the street, and being lower profile, heard but not seen.

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Vanity Plates around the Chicago Mercantile Exchange would be the code fo the futures Contract that paid big somebody time...

For instance, if you're trading Crude Oil and made a killing this month, you might get a tag like CLZ23.

CL -Crude Oil with delivery at Cushing Oklahoma
Z - December Contract
23 - Year

There were many of that type tag around, back when the CME had thousands of traders on the floor everyday.

Probably empty now.

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Yes, closed down in 2021.
 

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The car was the same color as all the taxis jammed together on the street, and being lower profile, heard but not seen.
Probably a Lamborghini they love bright yellow.
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One of my neighbours has one. Makes me smile whenever I see it driving around.

I wonder what the registration document records as the colour.
"unicorn barf" probably?
After a while, my car looked like this!
i only ever had twotone cars...the original color plus rust
did the same with my first one as you with your Pug, it was like 70% parts from various yards, thank god the color on that model was kind of popular back then and it fit some parts from a few different Fiats (both the car and parts sure lived up to their synonim - Failure In All Parts)
 

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While at lunch from working in Chicago's downtown in 2001...

I heard vroom-vroom-vroom-vroom of some expensive exoticar, but it took me a while to locate it.

The car was the same color as all the taxis jammed together on the street, and being lower profile, heard but not seen.

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Vanity Plates around the Chicago Mercantile Exchange would be the code fo the futures Contract that paid big somebody time...

For instance, if you're trading Crude Oil and made a killing this month, you might get a tag like CLZ23.

CL -Crude Oil with delivery at Cushing Oklahoma
Z - December Contract
23 - Year

There were many of that type tag around, back when the CME had thousands of traders on the floor everyday.

Probably empty now.

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Yes, closed down in 2021.
Taxis aren't yellow in most of thw world though, official London taxis are sold black, some businesses get sponsor logos on though.
Around here taxis are whatever car the company decides to buy, they just have to carry their license in full sight.

I know nothing about commodity trading places though, that was interesting. Why would it close? The US is a rich oil producer.
 

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Black dash, black seats, black steering wheel, black carpets, black headliner. Check check check check check... That's how I order my cars. Boring? I don't see why. Looks elegant. The white tesla interiors? They look like suicide chambers.
I only find it boring by virtue of its ubiquity and the irritation of general lack of ability to choose anything else.
I have a natural resistance to being told what to do and the fact that almost all cars in the UK are now supplied with a black interior is dull after all these years.

Black exteriors look great for at least 15 minutes after they have been washed and polished IME but get very much hotter inside on sunny days. I hate being hot.
 

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Taxis aren't yellow in most of thw world though, official London taxis are sold black, some businesses get sponsor logos on though.
Around here taxis are whatever car the company decides to buy, they just have to carry their license in full sight.

I know nothing about commodity trading places though, that was interesting. Why would it close? The US is a rich oil producer.
I think the Chicago market is all electronic now. So that floor with physical traders is what closed. There still is the commodity market.
 

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I know nothing about commodity trading places though, that was interesting. Why would it close? The US is a rich oil producer

Before instant gratification via Internet, If you wanted to place a futures Trade you called your broker, made a request, which he would transmit to the "trading floor" in Chicago, where tens or hundreds of traders would be gathered in a "pit" and place orders for a specific future with each other via voice and/or hand signals. Hand signals because it was so noisy and you might make a trade with somebody 50 feet away. Trades were recorded on little slips of paper, lots of "honor system" was in effect, I suppose. You had to buy your way in to be able to join the party. "Buy a seat on the Exchange" or something like that. I suppose it is still necessary to "have a seat" for a brokerage to connect and get into the trading (so that you can place orders through them).

Now they have server farms sevicing the public more directly - sub-millisecond trade execution, etc.

There are (at least) two general sorts of futures - Cash settled and those where you just might end up with a truckload of corn/oil/soybeans/etc.

Oil price, for a "future" on a thousand barrels, went negative a couple of years ago near the contract expiration time, People "bought" oil, there was nowhere to store it, and they didn't want to take actual delivery (and pay the full price for a thousand barrels) and they paid you to take the contract off their hands (actual delivery).


"Cash" futures just bet on the price of something - Dow Jone, S&PP 500, etc, where there is nothing actually there.

I play a little in that pool, make/lose $5 per $1 change in the Dow, and it costs about $5 to get in and out.

Futures are "leveraged". A "small" deposit gives you "control" of a much larger position.

Oil futures - win/lose $10 for a penny change in oil price (determined by the trades that execute). You "own" or "owe" (if taking a short position) 1000 barrels of oil, 42,000 gallons.

Your margin deposit to take that control is currenly around $9300, to "own/owe" about $75,000 worth of oil.

I trade Dow Mini Futures for "spending money", The market opens 6pm Sunday and closes 5pm Friday, with an hour off each day between 5 and 6pm for them to settle the day's trades and move money and do maintenance.

Money gets moved into/out of your account "instantly" from your perspective, so theres a split between what you're holding and what the broker is holding to cover your margin and the gain or loss.

Got a nice one happening right now. It's not normal. A few hundred is "normal" before I take a loss or chicken out for a gain. The "Gain/Loss" is for this trade, not some historical total. I try to keep a base amount in the account, enough to comfortably trade two contracts, and send gains to the bank when they appear. Losses don't get replenished, I have to claw them back with the next trades.

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Showing the Dow chart for the last 20 days, and the green triangle is the level where I "bought" one contract.

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I only find it boring by virtue of its ubiquity and the irritation of general lack of ability to choose anything else.
I have a natural resistance to being told what to do and the fact that almost all cars in the UK are now supplied with a black interior is dull after all these years.

Black exteriors look great for at least 15 minutes after they have been washed and polished IME but get very much hotter inside on sunny days. I hate being hot.
The last two cars I ordered had at least three interior colors each, and the one before that had two. But they're luxury cars, so maybe you need to spend more?
 

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One of my cars is 1 of 1 in the Americas. Seems i am the only one that likes light gray interiors with an orange exterior.
 

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You can't see it here really but mine (dark blue exterior, not black) has light grey upholstery. I had to have the roof lining replaced so lacking light grey they did it in charcoal, which gives me a nice two-tone (the pillars are still grey as you can see) and the dash is black of course. Must do a photo inside one day. I like the lighter interior a lot actually.

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Digging into my earliest digital photos, my dad had a not dissimilar ride ~20 years ago. Do we really become our parents?

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Looks like I took that one pre-iPhone with his Canon 10D. Black leather inside, but the interior design and detailing was entirely fabulous. Mine isn't that much different from @Ken Tajalli's Hyundai, sad to say (no offence). I also loved that paint colour, I remember, which was a bit brighter on a sunnier day. Back then, I could fit semi-comfortably in the back seat.
 
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I just got a set of offroad tires on 18" wheels for my Model Y. Haven't mounted them yet. Probably tomorrow. Feeling lazy.
 
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