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>> Tuesday, April 15, 2008

No real blog entry today, because I just got home at around 9:30 and I do have news that's big for me (at least): for the first time in four or five years, I have a car payment again.

Meet the newest addition to the family, born in 2004, with 30,000 miles on her:

(At the CarMax lot.)

(The parking lot of my condo.)

(Suddenly, my garage has become ginormous. Was there
some strange rift in the space-time continuum?)

I thought about a hybrid, but they're still to pricey for me and also insufficiently fun--I'm kinda at a point where fun is a very major consideration. Heh. Listen to me, like I bought a fucking SUV and not a totally awesome bug. And she's the first car I've ever owned that was actually my favorite color, too.

Anyway, that's the big deal in my evening. How are you?


Janiece Murphy Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 10:59:00 PM EDT  

Congrats on the new wheels.

Sometimes something as simple as new transportation can make you feel good.


wellsian,  Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 11:13:00 AM EDT  


Eric Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 11:30:00 AM EDT  

Manual transmission, five speed. Leather interior. Standard stereo with CD changer, I'm sort of shopping around for a possible replacement that will let me plug my iPod in. (VW offers an iPod adapter for the factory sound system, but it costs as much as a new JVC I'm looking at, so what's the point?)

Wellsian: yeah, I'm a little scared that when S&R see it when we all meet for the Radiohead show, we'll all end up being witnesses at the biggest domestic violence trial in Charlotte history.... (For those not in on the reference: Wellsian and I have old friends, a couple, who play "punchbug" for blood... a few times, more than biceps have been hurt....)

Michelle K Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 3:16:00 PM EDT  

Is it a lot of fun to drive?

As much as I like my Corolla and the fact that it's fuel efficient and well built, sometimes I crave something more fun to drive.

Of course then I'd probably get myself in a lot of trouble. But it's fun to dream!

Eric Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 6:56:00 PM EDT  

Today was my first day driving it around. The morning was cold--we had a freeze warning in effect from 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. But this afternoon was in the low 70s--warm enough to put the top down....

Top down, windows down, second set from Iron Pigs On Fire cranked up--Pink Floyd in Fort Worth, 1977 (second set on the "In The Flesh Tour" was Wish You Were Here played in its entirety)--cruising up I85 at a leisurely 75 mph.

Not to brag, but "fucking awesome" fails to adequately capture the concept.

I'm not sure yet about the fuel efficiency: it takes premium, and is rated at 28 mpg on the highway (which is actually worse than the Saturn when it was in its prime), but after the ride home this afternoon... is there a nice way to say it's hard to care right now without sounding like a total wanker?

Michelle, if you get a chance to drive one of these, you gotta. "Fun" is even more inadequate than "fucking awesome." Not sure what your budget looks like, but FWIW the '04 Bug was only around $15k, well within this State employee's price range. You may find it affordable.

I'm... wow.... I'm in a hellagood mood right now, case you can't tell....

Michelle K Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 8:09:00 PM EDT  


Even if we were looking for another car, it Beetle would be out. With my grandmother living with us, we require four doors, and something relatively high off the ground, and definitely something easy for her to get in and out of.

But ONE DAY! One day I'll be able to get a fun car!

Something that goes REALLY FAST!

Something that I'll be able to enjoy from the passenger seat after I lose my license for speeding. ;)

Jeri Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 4:20:00 PM EDT  

Eric, she is very, very cute. Almost as cute as Maggie the MINI. ;)

Have you named her? And have you stocked the glove box with hairbrush, hat, etc so that you can take the top down anytime? We've ridden around in Maggie when it's way too stupidly cold to have the top down - but we do anyway b/c the sun is out.

rbird Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 7:04:00 PM EDT  

adorable. awwwwwwwwww...... i am thrilled for you!

Tania Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 3:26:00 AM EDT  

It's adorable. Like Jeri asked, does it have a name?

I drive a Honda Element, because it's a practical car for up here and my needs. But the bug was on my potential vehicle list for years. And you got a stick - w00t!

Eric Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 9:56:00 PM EDT  

I'm afraid I probably won't give her a name--she (and yet for some reason it seems natural to use the feminine pronoun) will probably remain "the bug" even though the New Beetles aren't, technically, bugs.

I looked at the Honda Element, too. They're nice cars.

The fact that it was a stick was a little weird for me--I've always driven a stick, and used to have a massive prejudice against automatic transmissions. But the latest generation of automatics seem reliable enough and efficient enough that I was actually willing to get an automatic. I wasn't looking for a manual, necessarily. But then it turned out that the car that I wanted in every other way just happened to have the kind of transmission I grew up driving. Who am I to say "no" to the universe under the circumstances...?

Anonymous,  Saturday, April 26, 2008 at 9:29:00 AM EDT  

Mom said, "You know how happy I am about this cute car!"

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