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Oh, look, a second useless post

Shhh. I'm pretending to be a teenager today - very self-involved, with useless information and memeage.

(Those of you who just laughed, shut up.)

(Am not!)

(okay, okay, I'm totally self-involved all the time.  I admit it.)

First useless tidbit of information:

I worked out that my car (a '97 Mazda Miata) gets 27.6 miles to the gallon, with me driving at 80mph to work four days a week. If I drove the speed limit, I could up it to 30, but I like my speed.  This is a bit of a relief, since I was afraid the efficiency of the engine had gone down a bit, seeing as it's 11 years old, and all.  I love my car.

In perusing possible replacements, I have two requirements:  Proper speedy acceleration, and a convertible top.  I need speed, and I can't imagine being without a convertible, since the ability to cruise down 95 on a warm spring day with the top down and the empty road ahead of me is why I love this country, dammit!

Yes, I know - bad for the environment.  And I'm admitting this on Earth Day, too.  But I need my vices, and for the moment, the ability to drive fast is one of them.  I have no excuse.  I'll compost, I'll recycle, I'll switch to all earth-friendly products, I'll even eat Sun Chips, but don't take my speed. 


You know the Bible 82%!

Wow! You are truly a student of the Bible! Some of the questions were difficult, but they didn't slow you down! You know the books, the characters, the events . . . Very impressive!

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Frankly, I'm amazed.  I even admitted at the end that I don't read the Bible (and I don't; didn't google anything, either).  I have a crossword-trivia brain, though, and Bible nibblies are always fodder for crosswords (especially the Washington Post - go figure).

I guess all those years of church school counted for something after all.  I'm still waiting for the day math will save my life.  I keep a calculator handy, just in case.

You never know.



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Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean! The one thing holding me back from the R8 is that it doesn't come in a convertible. (Well, maybe not the only thing holding me back...) I had my Miata for 12 years and my TT for four and I just can't imagine having a backseat or a static roof over my head.

My TT approaches 30 mpg on the highway, and that's with two turbochargers and me struggling to keep her under 80. That's a whole lot better for the environment than the huge SUVs I thread the needle between. =)
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
That's how I feel. :) And the Miata is light, so even though it's going faster, it doesn't wear on the road like heavier vehicles.

(...and if I go into a ditch, all I need is four guys to lift me out. Tow truck? Who needs a tow truck?)
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
My friend used to have a full-size Ford 350 passenger van. Looking at her van parked in front of my car, it looked like you could fit three or four TTs in her van. Now that's what *I* call a spare!
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean. When I was in Maryland, I drove a 2002 Toyota MR2 2-seater convertible. The wind in the hair... the sun... the tunes... heaven. :)

Unfortunately, now I live in England. With so much rain, I somehow feel the experience would be a bit different. However, I have much love for the butt warmer in the Saab. :p
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
There's also the vast open road system of the US - even on the motorway, you can't open up the way you can on American roads. The only better place for speed (aside from a racetrack) is the Autobahn.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but I just love curvy back roads that no one knows are there but the locals. Mmmmmmm Quattro...
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. Open roads... Never, ever play the "Imperial March" on your car's sound system on those long straightaways.

95 and still accelerating. If the CHP had pulled me over, that would have been an automatic trip to jail...
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
You never know...I got paced at 98 one night on the I-5...he shook his head at me and took off like I was standing still. :-)
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
*laugh* It was also the I-5! Maybe the laws of space and time speed are bent on that highway-- but my guess is that the local judges are tired of having their clerks bothered with whiny out-of-town speeders, unless the infraction is really outrageous...

And I was definitely not the fastest thing on the road.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
Heh. I had great cop/CHP karma while living in San Diego. No tickets at all even though I did that, ran a police barricade, and got pulled over once for "not being centered in my lane." First ticket I got in my entire life was in MD.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
The only thing that tempers my mad lust for a Smart Fortwo is the tiny tiny engine. 40hp? Don't think so. But OMG 80 MPG!

I am torn. I hate the SUV types, and I'm bored to tears by the super economy hamster-mobiles. What I wish is that we in Canada would start getting the ars produced in Europe for Europeans. Efficient, incredi-cute and very well made. le sigh.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
I plan to dive for coins in fountains until I have enough for my new Bugatti.

...what? I can't hear you, I have water in my ears.

Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Mmmm... Bugatti. I needs me a Veyron, I do. And then I have to move to Montana so I can open that sucker up without the fear of jail time.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
Apr. 22nd, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
"Mmmm... Bugatti. I needs me a Veyron, I do. And then I have to move to Montana so I can open that sucker up without the fear of jail time."

Yup... just a wad of $5 bills to placate the local officers, and you're good...

I miss Montana... :P
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Replacements... let me think.... fast, good fuel efficiency, no roof....

;-) :-D
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
No motorcycles. Bob and I have had this discussion, and being freezing, wet, and completely invisible to the idiots around the beltway (as opposed to merely mostly invisible) is not my idea of a fun commute. Four wheels.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
You guys have actually talked about it? (I forgot Bob is a rider.)

Just kidding on the recommendation, of course. I'd have thought the controls/vibrations on your arms alone would have ruled that out.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, sure - Bob used to ride all the time. I don't want to be any less visible than I am now (seriously, the number of SUV-zilla drivers that don't even glance in their mirrors when they change lanes), even aside from the whole having to handle the controls.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine why anyone would want a bike when they could have a convertible.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
I get very smug when it's hot and I'm in traffic, and I can just flip the top down. Conversely, I get to flip the top up if the weather changes.

And there's nothing more sinfully luxurious than driving on a chilly day with the top down and the heat going. :)
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Yup! I remember the first time I drove in late October with the top down and the floor heat on... I felt so decadent even though my fur coat was synthetic. =)
Apr. 22nd, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
I beg to differ, I much prefered driving on a hot day with the top off and the A/C on. I was able to tan while driving and still keep cool. Of course I can't do that anymore since I no longer have a car with a removable roof.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
What I want is a car for each occasion. The truck for Pennsic/Sapphire, the SUV for smaller events and grocery/Costco shopping, the luxury sedan for long road trips, and the zippy convertible sports car for most errand-free, sunny days and winding roads. Why can't my insurance give me private fleet rates or something? I swear, it's the insurance that keeps me at bay when thinking of buying a fourth more commuting friendly car.

And Alan scoffed at my desire for an 8 car garage...
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
That's why God created Rental Cars....
Apr. 23rd, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
Both my husband and I would love a Mini. He remembers having the old version as a kid. I think they look neat. I've driven my cousin's, and it's a fun car. But we really only need one car in Toronto, and there isn't anywhere in a Mini to put our schtuff. It's hard enough getting it into the Ion. I still can't figure out how we went to our first Pennsic in my itty-bitty Sentra--with a passenger!

I compensate for the fact that I don't drive real sports cars by getting them in dark red with a stick. Oh, and then blasting my goofy 80s music with occasional bouts of Arcade Fire.
Apr. 23rd, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
ur icon haz hypnotized teh pink 'prentice. plz lv a msg....
Apr. 23rd, 2008 09:53 am (UTC)
Isn't it a great icon? It's gankable, with credit - it's called the "noisy alphabet". My favourite is nom.
Apr. 23rd, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
It is fabu -- thanks for perms to gank w/cred! Will do! (no fave yet... i lurve them alllll) :-)
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