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thursday night, as it turned out, was meant to be a relaxation night. i can't remember what exact sorts of errands i ran thursday morning, but by the time i woke up it was apparent that going over to knit with examorata was the best thing for me. it was nice that the entire knitting crew was there. we were so busy stitching and chatting that we even missed most of the night's television fare, which was fine with me. we all agree that luka's new hairdo is stupid anyways. heh. :) we made bad knitting jokes ("loose" knitters! ha!) (put a "spin" on it! HAA!) and there was a lace project, a scarf, a sock, a bag, and a sweater all going at the same time. WOO! I never thought I'd enjoy knitting circle so much. As a note, the lion brand cotton-ease 50 percent cotton/50 acrylic is unanimously the BEST sock yarn everyone's seen! i will remember to buy more.

i would like to note also that i am at this point having NIGHTLY dreams about cars. i REALLY hope that this is all over with soon. i have almost decided to shuck off all my previous doubts and just buy a new goddamn car with a WARRANTY and stuff. it's very, very, very tempting to be the only person to have driven and taken care of the vehicle. it would be bad news for anyone that wanted to smoke in my car though. :) wait... brb... okay. back. anyways, i went tonight and drove a kia rio cinco. kias have a HORRIBLE reputation, but they have the BEST warranty out there. i do not know what to make of this. i am kind of interested in defending the kia, because it's kind of the underdog... not to mention that the ford aspire was originally released as, you guessed it, the KIA AVELLA. hee. this review of the rio did not help me. it dissed the aspire outright. GRR. the other option in a new car is the toyota echo... and did you know... they have released several more versions of the echo in asia and oceania... ALL THE CUTER VERSIONS. i want to import. badly. :( at any rate... cars are basically all i think about most of the time at this point. i guess it's more fun to think about than packing and moving.

speaking of moving, friday morning i signed the lease. the apartment looks smaller than i remember it, but that is to be expected. i feel it will be just as homey and happy as the one i have now. also, i am allowed to paint, and i am thinking i might need to just to cheer myself up. sunday, monday, or tuesday are the only days i have to execute that plan. i also visited the SPCA to help with the cats again friday morning. i feel i am not doing enough. there is a lovely orange cat named Lonnie there who is obviously the sweetest sweetheart that ever was. i need a new favorite there since my old favorite, carina, got adopted! good for her i hope it is a good home.

and finally, i had another great laugh and surprise tonight while on the phone with my mom... i was talking about drinking and driving and how i'm less tolerant of it than i was before, and she started to talk about how things were when she and dad were young. i believe she said something like, "i think about how we used to go out and drink and drink, and we'd be fucked up, and go get behind the wheel!!" and i think i just guffawed, because i have NEVER heard my mom say that before. it sounded pretty natural though. :) she will be mad that i posted this. but it is worth remembering.

after i get off work tonight, my week vacation begins. strangely enough, my vacation is going to be full of work!! heh. hopefully it will all be the kind of work that ends up with long term payoff by making my new place to live more comfortable and making sure i purchase the nicest car i can to get me through the next few years. well, if i buy a new car, i'd better drive it for the next TEN years. i am trying to think about that, being 37 and driving a __fillintheblank__.



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Oct. 19th, 2002 02:15 am (UTC)
Cars, cars, cars...
I read a lot of car comparisons when I was first new car shopping a few years ago, and was leaning towards much more economical cars than I ended up buying in the end. I would recommend a Hyundai over a Kia, and I think they are similarly priced for their comparable models...

In the driver tests I read (the Consumer Reports site was particularly helpful, but it costs a few dollars to access the good, detailed stuff), Kias were frequently noted for small but obnoxious design flaws like doors that close on your shins when your hands are full, trunk hinges that smash seemingly properly placed boxes, and easily knockled off dashboard knobs and diddles. Of course, this may have changed in the past few years.

My brother (who makes less money than anyone in "the industry," but also has relatively little debt) recently bought a Hyundai Accent as his first *new* car. The performance stats are nothing impressive, but he seems to be loving it after the string of used cars he spent his 20s in.

But what do I know, I got suckered by horsepower and a moonroof. ;)
Oct. 19th, 2002 02:23 am (UTC)
Re: Cars, cars, cars...
I would like to get something that is more high powered and has lots of high-end perks, but the thing I always remember is that right now I'm not very spoiled. The cars I have been driving up to this point have been... minimalistic, yes, let's put it that way. Almost *anything* will be more comfortable, have more options, etc. So I am trying not to get too pie-in-the-sky about my choices. I love the Acura Integra. I ADORED driving it when I tested it in May. But really, do I /need/ to spend 15,000 on a used car when I could spend 12,000 on a new one? I have been meaning to go ahead and pay for the consumer reports access. I should go do that right now. I wonder if they have some comparisons on the 2003s.

I suffer, currently, from the problem that everything seems to have an attraction to me. I wish I could get a Honda Civic, but YIKES. We'd be talking about 19K before I knew it.

And to think I had a perfectly good working two-thousand-dollar vehicle right up until a week ago. *sigh*
Oct. 19th, 2002 05:53 am (UTC)
Re: Cars, cars, cars...
You can drive the Happy Goth Echo around tomorrow. :)
Oct. 19th, 2002 06:32 am (UTC)
Re: Cars, cars, cars...
Yay! I will! Did you look at the pictures? They ahve Echo hatchbacks in australia and japan. :(
Oct. 19th, 2002 05:55 am (UTC)
Re: Cars, cars, cars...
I know what you mean about the spoiling/pie-in-the-sky potential of a sportier, pricier car. If I had done the sensible thing back in 1999 and bought a Honda Civic or a Mazda whatchamacallit (affordable four-door, can't remember name now), I would have had lower payments and more "play money." But I was single and had two roomies splitting the rent, so I decided I could afford to buy a car nicer than any I ever expected to drive, let alone own in years prior. Hell, I never even expected to own any new car EVER just a couple years before. Then, 18 months later, I wrecked it, and in some sort of sick compensation game bought the same model, only BETTER. Now I have a car I love, but payments and insurance are doing their best to eat me alive. And still, I occasionally fend off the urge to upgrade to a BETTER car, or to do modifications to make my car faster... Where does it end?

Or, to sum up: I love my car. If I didn't, I'd have traded it in on a Civic or something and be investing a couple hundred a month in something more practical. However, there are days where I wish I *didn't* love my car.

You are fighting the VROOM urge of many of your coworkers and peers. Be strong... as I was not. ;)

It would seem I'm feeling rambly today. Maybe I should prattle in my own journal instead of someone else's?
Oct. 19th, 2002 06:30 am (UTC)
Re: Cars, cars, cars...
Heh... I just this morning absolutely unequivocally decided I needed to go out and find an Integra because THAT will be the car for me. I will note that 10 hours ago, I had ABSOLUTELY decided on the Echo, and 6 hours before that, I was totally prepared to buy a Kia, and the day before that I knew 100% that I was going to end up in a Ford Focus... you get the idea.

What I'm saying is I don't know what the hell I'm doing and I wish I still had my Aspire and no car payments!! :)
Oct. 19th, 2002 06:31 am (UTC)
Re: Cars, cars, cars...
Oh and also, your advice is definately welcome and considered. I don't want to be eaten alive by my car. I've made due all this time, and I think I have a pretty happy life without my "dream car".
Oct. 19th, 2002 07:43 am (UTC)
Re: Cars, cars, cars...
Hmmmm... Hyundai Accent, told you I did.

Anyway - I've never felt that I've lacked any power in my Accent. In fact, I definitely have more power in my Accent than in my old Dodge Colt. I always have the power to pass, and I can easily hit 85 before I realize shouldn't go that fast. The Colt could barely hit 80 before it was obvious that the car didn't want to go that fast. 'Course I've never been much of a speedster.

Other good things - I get 40+ MPG on the highway (I can drive to Northern VA from B'burg on about a half a tank - and can drive to Lloyds in Hampton Roads and about halfway back on a tank). Stop and go traffic isn't quite as good, I'd say I get about 25ish MPG there.

The major disads:
No Cruise Control - Not that I'd ever had that in a car, but my gas foot cramps up on long drives so it would be nice.

No Anti-lock Brakes - Again, I've never had them, but the car mags say their nice to have (though my Mom hates them).

The body maybe highly susceptible to dents from other car doors - I say may because Neils Honda is also gets similar dents, so it may be really careless people working at the CRC.

Of course there is the Bonus that the Accent come in a nice TARDIS Blue. Hmmmm tardisie... Ughhhhhhh
Oct. 19th, 2002 08:09 am (UTC)
"The body maybe highly susceptible to dents from other car doors"
Alternatively, 90% of people in any given parking lot may be CRAP.

Praise Sturgeon.
Oct. 19th, 2002 10:15 am (UTC)
Re: Cars, cars, cars...
This is going to sound really, really silly.

I don't like the way the Hyundai Accent looks.

*sheepish grin*

I know it's stupid to think about aesthetics when looking at a car but I don't know, I want to smile when I walk out of a shitty day at work and see my car parked there at the curb. The Ford Aspire always did that for me...

but yes, I appreciate what you're saying and those particular practicality chickens are coming home to roost. They just may be roosting in a Toyota Echo. I'll go to the Hyundai website though, what the heck, car websites are fun. :)
Oct. 20th, 2002 07:37 am (UTC)
Re: Cars, cars, cars...
I understand. It's one of the reasons I didn't consider the Echo too seriously. It just looked odd to me. The other reason being that the base price was a couple thousand more.
Oct. 21st, 2002 07:15 am (UTC)
Re: Cars, cars, cars...
yeah... at first i thought the echo was really funny looking too. but it has grown on me. right now, though, the thing that is frustrating about it for me is where you sit in relation to the dashboard and how everything looks from the drivers' seat. it's weird, you feel like you're sitting way up high, and strangely enough i don't like it.
Oct. 19th, 2002 05:51 am (UTC)
Hey, we can do it all hung over on Sunday! I'm don't have to work on Sunday. :)
Oct. 19th, 2002 06:34 am (UTC)
I wrote to dharshai and asked if I could use her dropcloths. Sunday I also need to take *everything* to the Goodwill that needs to go there.

But the fact remains that I may be too lazy for the painting. Meh. We'll see.
Oct. 19th, 2002 07:40 am (UTC)
I test drove a Kia Rio to get the free Lord of the Rings DVD - but I would never buy it, it felt like driving a go-cart with delusions of car-hood.

Last year I ended up getting a Hyundai Elantra, and I've been very pleased with it. Never thought I'd be buying a Hyundai, 'cause I remember what they were like when they first came out here, but it's very comfy, decent interior room, doesn't VROOM but can still past most people on the highway, and has excellent warranty and safety stuff. I recommend it.
Oct. 19th, 2002 08:08 am (UTC)
"I test drove a Kia Rio to get the free Lord of the Rings DVD"
Hmm? Is it safe to assume that the offer in question has expired? If not, I'll drive a go-cart for a $30 movie.
Oct. 19th, 2002 10:17 am (UTC)
Maybe you aren't familiar with the last two cars I bought. :) The Ford Aspire is named aptly. And I loved it. Poor little Ford Aspire(s). RIP.

(i.e. I like Go-Karts, as long as they can make it up to 75mph)
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