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I've been working for the past week or two on a site plan for a project, and the client was to come in today for a meeting to look over the stuff, and they're here, and Bruce didn't even ask me to join the meeting!! WTF^^, mates?? Whatever.

Last night I went to test-drive a Prius with Culann. I miss Culann. Last year we were taking Budo together (it's a martial arts thing) and we would carpool two or three times a week, and it was so nice to get to talk to Culann so regularly. I love Culann, and I feel so comfortable with him, and I have a tendency to talk to him about shit going on in my life that I don't really talk about with anyone else; it's nice. I trust him. Culann is a good kid.

So anyway, last night we went to the Toyota dealership. Ever since the Honda Insight came out, I've kind of wanted a hybrid car. When I was looking at cars three years ago, I considered the Prius, but it was too expensive, so I told myself I'd wait until my next car. This was actually the first time I'd ever seen a Prius in person, except maybe once on the road or something. I was excited.

Man. This car? Man. I got so sad afterwards, because this car fucking rules. I want this car. I want it so bad. It is like a TINY ROCKETSHIP. I want a tiny rocketship! Who doesn't want a tiny rocketship? Do you know it turns on? YOU PRESS A BUTTON. You press a button! It has a power button! And there's no key! There's just this little plastic rectangle that you put into a slot, but if you get the Smart Entry thing, you don't even have to put it in the slot! You can keep the thing in your pocket and PUSH THE BUTTON and the goddamned thing starts up! Also there's no transmission. Isn't that crazy?

Man. I seriously want this car. But dude . . . it's like $21K. Which is . . . doable? I think I could do it. That's about $150 more a month than I'm paying for a car now (plus I'll have to get insurance, I'm still on my dad's at the moment). Insurance is like . . . what? I have no idea. Help me out here, Jersey peeps. Twelve hundred a year? Fifteen hundred? Something?

So the bottom line is, I could probably afford this car, but . . . I don't need this car. I simply want it. I could get a Saturn. Or an off-lease car, or an off-rental car. For much, much, cheaper, and would still serve my needs. I mean, I'm supposed to be saving up for a house, right? So I shouldn't blow all my cash on a stupid car, no matter how much I want it. No matter how totally awesome I think it is. No matter how funny-looking and silver and black and rocketship it is. Der Sigh.

In other car-related news, I got a flat tire this past weekend, so on Monday I got four new tires. I needed them. The car is going to either my dad or my brother (hopefully my brother) once I get a new one, so I felt good about buying them, for some reason. Now I just have to get a new windshield.

Oh, I forgot to say that after the Toyota dealership, Culann and I went to Fuddruckers and he bought me dinner. It was really good, I should go to Fuddruckers more often, it's not far from my house.

Bruce has been in the meeting for an hour, I suppose I have to figure out what I'm going to pretend to have been doing all this time. I'm going to take a lunch today! It's been a while since I've done that. I'm going to go grocery shopping.

The weather was very warm yesterday.


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Nov. 19th, 2003 09:14 am (UTC)
I totaled my car three years ago. I did lots of research and haggling (those car dealers are some tough fuckers) and whathaveyou, and had it narrowed down to a few choices. While I could've gone with something a few thousand bucks cheaper, I decided to go with the choice that made me feel the most happy and safe (important, since I had just recently spun around in a circle on the interstate). I figured out the difference between the cheap car and the car I really wanted, and it worked out to not that much a month. And now, even with a year still left to pay it off, I love my cute little car and it makes me happy to drive it. It's a worthy investment.

Some things to consider: does the hybrid wind up saving you bunches of money due to gas, etc? Maybe it also gives you an insurance/tax break? Are there any used Priuses (Priaii??) out there?

I get left out of the interesting meetings and included in the boring ones. Such is life at the low end of the totem pole.
Nov. 19th, 2003 09:32 am (UTC)
does the hybrid wind up saving you bunches of money due to gas, etc?

Nah, not really. It gets something like 61MPG highway/52MPG city (because the electric jawn takes care of accelerating etc, and the combustion does more when you're cruisin' at high speeds) which is nice, but won't make an appreciable difference.

Maybe it also gives you an insurance/tax break?

It does give me a $2,000 tax break, but I . . . don't really know how that works out. As for insurance, I'm not sure! Man, what if it's MORE because the hybrid drive is hard to fix or something?

Are there any used Priuses (Priaii??) out there?

Yes, but they're TERRIBLY ugly, and the hybrid drive has been improved every model year so far. I think if I'm going to get a used car, I'll forego the Prius and just get it next time.

Thank you for your input! I think I should definitely figure out what car I would get instead, and work it out on a by-month basis. Oh, and in theory I was going to buy myself a computer next year (though I guess that's up in the air now), and I'm totally looking at iMac's now, muchly due to you. Are you totally ecstatic with your eMac thus far?
Nov. 19th, 2003 09:57 am (UTC)
You can go to progressive.com and get an insurance quote with the Prius specs vs another car. I'm pretty sure it's not binding--may want to check on that. They had the lowest rates of all the companies I tried.

Ohmygoodness. I love my little eMac so far. I just got it all up and running last weekend. Only cons so far is that she's very, very heavy (I guess this is due to the fact that it's the whole shebang all in one) and the built in speakers are slightly on the sucky side (am asking for better speakers for Christmas). Everything else is wonderful. iTunes is a magnificent way to organize your music. Can't wait to play with iPhoto when I get the chance. So far so good! I like how everything is designed to be visually pleasing. I looked at the iMacs, but they were a little out of my price range. Also, they might be updating them next year.

Here's a good when-to-buy resource: http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/
Nov. 19th, 2003 09:59 am (UTC)
crush. on you. from me. thanks a lot. xo.
Nov. 19th, 2003 11:27 am (UTC)
Oh sheesh Erin, you flatter me so. Thank you. But the real question is, would you like me even more if I drove a tiny silver rocket spaceship???
Nov. 19th, 2003 12:56 pm (UTC)
TINY SILVER ROCKETSHIP! that sounds like an indie band.

I can't say with any authority whether or not I would like you more if you drove a TINY SILVER ROCKETSHIP, but there's no harm in trying.
Nov. 19th, 2003 11:19 am (UTC)
you should just go for it. why drive a car you don't like when you could be driving one you do? in the long run, the little bit of money you'd be saving now will be negligible.
Nov. 19th, 2003 11:35 am (UTC)
While I fully support RocketCar, I want to put in a good word for Saturn. I have a 1995 SL2 and I love it. It has never given me any trouble and is great for moving people/stuff/etc. around while still being a smallish car. Plus, it's safe as the dickens. And made of plastic which means I don't get dents (wheee).
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