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"
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"
Somebody broke the driver’s side mirror on my car, and took off without telling me how really sorry they were about it. They’re getting the seven years bad luck, not me. I might just toss on another year, come to think of it. I’ll bet that the Honda Civic of the future will have some […]Read more "hit and run"
I saw a Chevette in the neighborhood yesterday. I do not expect to ever see one again.Read more "now it belongs to the ages"
One of my short-term goals is to get new license plates. I like the California plates that have the whale tail, the one that benefits the Coastal Cleanup Day. This seems to make visual sense on the back of a car. I also was considering getting personalized plates with something cool and/or smart, like Clock […]Read more "license to spell"