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I <3 Android! And some other things…

So, it’s been no surprise to anyone here that I hated my Nokia. I’ve now had my new phone for about a week and I love it. Even though it does sometimes say that I’m in Ventura. 8 MP camera, 720P recording, a horribly tinny speaker, a shitty network. Oh, now that I think about that, I’m involved with a lawsuit against AT&T. I have 8 lawyers and at least 4 of them are partners at their firms. I don’t want to see that bill.

My car is burning oil. The damned thing is burning oil and it has a hair less than 60k miles on it. That should not be happening. Luckily I’m covered until August of next year or 80k miles, but still.

New glasses! And sunglasses! Which resulted in a fight with someone because apparently $280 is too much to pay for prescription sunglasses. Only $60 more than what the standard ones would cost. Though, they are fucking sweet looking. And my actual glasses? They’re completely frame-less. It’s just the lenses, stems and nose bridge. Damned sweet.

My sort of pseudo-job hunting seems to be having better results than I thought. And, the results I’ve been getting are using my degree! Plus, it’s kind of weird to be hearing that what I’d be making is around what each of my parents make, and this is a first real job where they’ve been doing them all their lives.

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Cars and Their Stereotypes

So, I’ve played around with cars from all over the world. British, German, Italian, French, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, and lastly, American. I’ve noticed that the cars generally take on some of the stereotypes of their country of origin.

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People Can’t Drive!

Yesterday, as I’m sure you’re aware, we got a ton of rain. I was out when it really started coming down, and I noticed a couple things. People are afraid of water, and they should be, especially when you can’t see more than 20 feet in front of you. But, on flooded streets, where the water is say half a foot or so at the high point in the road, it’s not a very good idea to slow down or stop. When you’re going 10 mph and you hit a deeper puddle, you’re going to come to a near stop and most likely stall. I know this because I drove the Mustang through water that was just less than half the height of the car (the line was just under the hood lip) and didn’t stall out, but Jeeps and Ford Rangers died in the exact same spot. And, when you see cars that stall out, most of the time they’re at a stop sign because people actually stop at them when streets are flooded. Meh, I don’t know. Sure, it’s not something that happens every day, but it does happen.

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Dealerships and Negotiation

About 10 days ago we got another vehicle. My dad has a thing for trucks for some reason. When he gets into one you can picture him having a cowboy hat and boots on; you can also hear the country music playing. Anyways. He went out to the dealership to look at a couple of them, then found one that he liked. So, he figured he’d go home and grab the car that he was trading in (the Mustang), and see what he could do for price. During the ride back he was saying that he thought they’d only drop the price of the truck a couple hundred bucks or so, and I was telling him that he’d be able to get them to knock more off than that. So, he went back, and gave them the number that I told him to give them and they took it. This number was about a quarter off than their sticker. Now, when it came time for the paperwork, they only marked the truck down about a thousand or so but they pretty much doubled what they’d give him for the Mustang.

This isn’t the first time I’ve done this though. My Stratus was a year old when I got it. The original MSRP on it was $24000 or so. They were asking $20000. We got it for 12k; that’s the cost it would have been 2 years later.

But, there’s another time too! I was talking to my uncle and he was telling me how someone got a great deal on an ATV upnorth. It was a 350cc that MSRPd for, I believe ~$6500, but they talked the dealer down to $4500. When I was looking at ATVs I went to a dealer and they had this 800cc sport ATV that MSRPd for $14000. By the time I left they had it down to $5500.

I wouldn’t really consider myself to be a negotiator, but, I got 60.7% of the price taken off the ATV, 40% off the car and 33% off the truck. I only know of one other person that beat that; my gramps got 61.1% taken off his truck and that took literally days of going down to the dealership. He’s been banned from a few dealerships in the area for just that reason.

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Car Contest Flyer

I got one of those “see if your key starts the car and you drive it home” contest flyers.  But I couldn’t make heads or tails of it:

"Come and try your key or the key may win you a new 2010 Camaro!"

"Come and try your key or the key may win you a new 2010 Camaro!"

#1 That key ain’t startin’ shit.  Car keys don’t have a single dimple down the middle, single-layer teeth made of metal so soft that the mailman can bend it just by sticking the flyer in the box, or cheap flimsy plastic heads that aren’t even glued on.

#2.  The ad implies that you can either try your key (for some unknown purpose) or the key may somehow (through unexplained means) win you a new 2010 Camaro.  It doesn’t state that those two conditions are mutually exclusive but it does imply it.

I think I know what they mean but WTF?  Who wrote this?

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I found something out!

Yesterday I was driving and I saw a new Rolls Royce outside one of my neighbors house. Alright, I’m not surprised. I’ve seen him with a couple Jaguar XJs, a Bentley Continental, and lastly, this Phantom (which, btw, is butt ugly). My gramps was driving buy earlier and he saw it too, so we were talking and everything. Today I found out that the guy’s father owned a car company and an airplane company. The guy himself owns a car dealership. That explains the cars really.

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Stuff I think is awesome, part 1: Exhaust Flappers

Exhaust Flapper

Exhaust Flapper

I have no idea why I think they’re awesome.  I think they’re most awesome on an idling diesel:  They bob up and down and make a tiny “clink!” sound when they hit the pipe.  One thing I never figured out is why they have that big, rounded back.  My guess is to counterbalance the weight of the flap.

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Dirty Windshield

My windshield is dirty.  Normally, this would be rectified quite nicely by using my windshield washer.  Normally.

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Freaking Morons!

Okay. I live on a one-way street. It’s been one-way since 1956. The proper flow of traffic is south to north. Parking is permitted on both sides of the street. At the north end of the street, there are four signs: two one-way signs and two Do-not-enter signs. About 15 feet up, facing north, are two, large red “WRONG WAY” signs. I am continually amazed at the number of people who manage to miss the “NO LEFT TURN,” “ONE WAY”, “DO NOT ENTER”, and “WRONG WAY” signs and drive (usually quite fast) the wrong way on the street. Apparently, they don’t notice or care that all the cars are parked FACING THEM. That really should clue them in.

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Car Alarms

The Theory

A car alarm will activate when somebody touches your car for more than a brief moment.

The Reality

A car alarm will activate whenever the hell it feels like it.  Any movement in the area around your car will set it off.

The Result

Your car alarm goes off.  It could be somebody stealing your car.  Or it could be somebody with a loud stereo driving past.  Or it could be a bird crapping on your window.  Or it could be the wind.

The Theory

People will hear your car alarm going off and investigate the cause.

The Reality

People will become pissed at you when your car alarm goes off and make death threats against you.  Or, in most cases, people will just completely ignore the alarm.

The Result

You’re more likely to end up with a trashed car from someone getting pissed at your alarm and beating the hell out of the car with a baseball bat.

The Theory

When the alarm goes off, you leap into action to find out the cause.

The Reality

When the alarm goes off, you fumble for your keys, press the reset button, and go back to whatever you were doing.

The Result

Car thieves are remarkably undeterred by car alarms.

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