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eventful past week

  • car started sounding funny
  • ran a game
  • sold some stock
  • took the car to A&M
  • rode the bus home from work (kinda liked it) (action item 1: get combo pass for august)
  • call from A&M informed me that fixing the mechanical problems with my car would cost $4,000
  • (WoW) took Dagny to Molten Core, got third piece of Prophecy
  • performed additional research on cars, discovering that some good options include Toyota Camry (Hybrid available), Honda Accord (Hybrid discontinued), or Ford Five Hundred. Finally dismissed the idea of getting a smaller, cheaper car like the Scion xA
  • Went to the Toyota dealership, test drove a Camry Hybrid at noon, got hyp-mo-tized
  • Bought a car, left at 6pm (Reminder to future self: never buy a car in that state of mind again. It turned out well this time, but walk away unconditionally, and come back after at least a day's contemplation.)
  • Saw X3 again with surrealestate and plumtreeblossom. They wouldn't listen to my warnings. The sequel better redeem this thing. I suspect it could be possible.
  • Had a small brunch with the folks for my D&D game Sunday afternoon. Omelettes, waffles, and bacons were all enjoyed. Smaller crowd meant I was able to actually spend time with guests. Gotta do it again, on this scale.
  • Finally got some idea of which way is up in baronet's D&D campaign
  • (WoW) took Dagny to Ahn'Qiraj (20), got Ring of Infinite Wisdom, Gloves of Dark Wisdom. Afterwards, got sucked into a pick-up group going to Zul'gurub, winning Cloak of the Hakkari. Great loot night, and I'm under 1600 points from being revered by the Cenarion Circle. At that point, I get my Shroud of Infinite Wisdom.
  • Got mocked by coworkers for buying a car two days after saying "I'm going to be strong and just get the Passat repaired, so it'll last at least another couple of years." I don't think the math adds up for doing that, given what I found out the actual cost of the repairs was going to be... but my doubts will continue to nag.
  • Enjoyed driving the new car. A lot.

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starphire
Aug. 1st, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
Please do tell: what was it that was most hypnotic/attractive about the Camry Hybrid?
Also, when do you expect to take delivery? Is there a waiting list like with the Prius?
My ex is seriously in the market for a Camry-sized car, knows and likes Toyotas and Camrys, and also sort of wants a hybrid.
crs
Aug. 1st, 2006 11:45 am (UTC)
Sorry, one of the hypnotic things about it was that, unlike the Prius, these were available right now - there were three on the lot.

I should have said "drove it off the lot at 6pm."

It drove very well. The hybrid drives just like a regular old engine, and the continuously-variable transmission feels like a normal one... only smoother and quieter, in general. It has great pickup, as good as or better than a regular car - it's kind of nice to not have that Turbo lag anymore.

The other thing it has is features. Even the version without the fancy GPS system has a feature-rich dashboard. They know their audience, if their audience is me :)
eisenbud
Aug. 1st, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
What kind of mileage are you getting?
hauntmeister
Aug. 1st, 2006 11:18 am (UTC)
New car --- cool!
My Camry's 13 years old, and though it's still running well, I think there'll be a new car in my future fairly soon. Let know how the hybrid works for you!
tirianmal
Aug. 1st, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)
You'll have to show me the new bling. And I'm disappointed to hear that the Accord Hybrid has been DC'd.
vorpalbunny
Aug. 1st, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
so do the math, and be sure. :) from what I heard of the potential repair cost, it was likely a good idea.

And include a premium for Makes Crs Happy, since in the end, that's what money is for. (Well, making people happy, of which you are one.)
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