We’re souping up our rides. The neighbors are furious

LONG BEACH, CA - AUGUST 10, 2021 - Jonathan Rodriguez, 20, stands next to his 1963 Impala SuperSport lowrider at Speedy's Metal Finishing in Long Beach on August 10, 2021. Rodriguez did most of the updates to his car at the place owned by his father, Luis "Speedy" Rodriguez. "During quarantine I would spend a lot of time doing upgrades to the car," said Jonathan. He added new batteries, added new coils, changed to one-way hydraulics and fixed the convertible top. Jonathan is a member of, "High Class Car Club," which was co-founded by his father. California's aftermarket industry, which is the largest in the nation flourished during the pandemic. It's made up of companies that help people modify their cars to help them go faster, run more efficiently, corner better, brake shorter and look better. These companies did record business in 2020 keeping up with owners like Rodriguez. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Jonathan Rodriguez, 20, stands next to his 1963 Impala Super Sport lowrider, which he worked on during the pandemic lockdown. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

It’s not your imagination. That driver at the stoplight is revving his engine so loudly it can set off car alarms. Then he roars off as the signal turns green, even if it’s just to the next stoplight.

Like some sort of pandemic-inspired primal scream, this flooring-the-pedal thing is happening all over. That’s because a global semiconductor shortage is making new cars scarce, and low inventory is making used cars expensive, so people with time and money are sinking them into their older rides — and some are making them as fast and loud as possible.

Sales of parts to make vehicles faster, flashier and sometimes much noisier were a major contributor to the record $47.9 billion 2020 sales year for California’s aftermarket automotive

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Australian online retailers still playing catch up from Australia Post’s parcel pause

Australian retailers are continuing to bear the brunt of parcel delivery delays, a week after Australia Post temporarily halted parcel collections from online retailers so it could clear out its delivery backlog.

At the start of the month, Australia Post paused parcel collections from online retailers in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, and Victoria from 7am, 4 September 201 to 7am, 7 September 2021.

The company blamed the backlog on a culmination of current COVID-19 restrictions, shortage of staff, and increasing volumes of online orders.

An Australia Post spokesperson told ZDNet the three-day pause helped eased parcel congestion.

“The pause — which was just on collections for ecommerce merchants in NSW, VIC and ACT for three days — has assisted in managing the congestion in our network and has ensured our volumes are coming down to a safe and manageable level,” the spokesperson said.

“Deliveries continued over the

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This $38 Body Scrub Makes Ashley Graham’s Shower Feel Like a Spa

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We’ve spent the past few years working on our self-care game. Sometimes we’ve faltered, but we’ve definitely developed some soothing new habits we’re happy have made their way into our routine. One of our favorite forms of self-care is taking care of our skin, giving ourselves a little spa day, even without leaving our home!

With colder weather coming, we definitely need to concentrate on keeping our skin moisturized, healthy and radiant. Redness and dry patches are just around the corner, but using a scrub like this True Botanicals one could keep them far away — where they belong!

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Get the True Botanicals Organic Pure Radiance Sugar Scrub for just $38 at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, September 10, 2021, but are subject to

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