We now turn our attention to automobiles. But before doing so, here’s a frame from the eBird occurrence map for the Lazuli Bunting. You’ll see what this has to do with cars in just a minute, if you hang in there with me. You can view the animated version of this and many other maps […]Read more "I, Sensor"
It looked like snow yesterday morning when we were checking out of The Redwoods, and the desk clerk said, “oh good, you’re driving a Subaru.”. Never has an inanimate object elevated my stature so. Sure enough, we needed the Forester’s all wheel drive when the snow started coming down in earnest. Like the mountain goat […]Read more "Product placement"
The Forester passed the 100 thousand mile threshold, which completes the official ‘breaking in” period. The vehicle can now be used to the fullest extent of its capabilities.Read more "Long may you run"
On our way home from a Sunday ramble in the hills above the coast, we saw a familiar face driving up the hill as we headed back down. Some people are just instantly recognizable. He was driving this car: I thought this car was destroyed in Neil’s warehouse fire a couple of years ago, but […]Read more "The Circle Game"
Tonight’s commute home, on 880 S near the 280 interchange. We could feel the heat driving by. I’ve always felt bad for these forlorn Coast Redwoods. We drive past them every day, and you know they’re struggling with pollution, noise, and traffic rolling over their shallow root systems. And they’re out here in the middle […]Read more "Just another day"
Things were going so well. The house was all squared away, Kitty was fed and watered, and we had plenty of time to get to the airport. Got through security, no problem. Arrived at the gate a good 15 minutes before boarding was scheduled to commence. It was at this point that I recall the […]Read more "Inauguration: American Tourister"
The state of affairs along the freeways in Santa Clara County is deteriorating. We start our daily trek along 280 in San Mateo County, and once we cross the SC county line, the trash starts to accumulate. I don’t see people tossing debris out of their windows, nor have I seen random objects falling off […]Read more "The Freeway Monkey"
Look how close I had to park to this guy. I went to Kaiser to get my flu shot, and this was the only parking spot I could find. You can see why it wasn’t taken – the pickup is clearly out of bounds. And you might think, well, these compact parking spaces are pretty […]Read more "That’s over the line"
Give me the rock-vaporizing laser that comes standard on the Curiosity. I’m sure the boys down at Subaru are looking into this. Maybe they’ll resurrect the Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter (see here), as the appropriate vehicle for this handy accessory. Would I be an interested consumer? Oh yeah. Oh, most assuredly, yeah.Read more "Forget the cupholders"
My dashboard told me that the car’s oil life had reached 5%. I had to take the dashboard’s word for it – it knows more about these things than I do. To remedy the situation, I contacted the service station (are we still calling them that?) where I usually go via their web site and […]Read more "Car trouble"