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That's it, sitting in the parking lot at work.  Which means that I DROVE it here today!  Me!  I didn't even stall once!  I still lurch about a bit, but man, no big deal!  This stick thing is great.

Michelle went with me to the dealership last night.  I was expecting to place the order, or something, put down a deposit, but I ended up buying the damn thing!  Michelle drove it home for me and the whole time I just gazed at it in my rearview mirror, with a big stupid grin on my face.  I am seriously so happy.  It's so shiny and boxy and blue and MINE.

If you couldn't tell, it's a Scion xB.  Man, I really thought these things were ugly a year ago.  I ranted and raved about how godawful they were.  But they grew on me, and now I really really like it.  I like how different it looks from everything else.  And the headroom!  Good lord, the headroom!  I could wear a tophat in there!  You know, if I needed to.  I guess a tiara would be a more appropriate example.

The only options I got were the 6-disc CD changer (it plays mp3s), and the alloy wheels.  All the other little piddling things (power windows, doors, ABS, airbags, etc) come standard, and other stuff (floormats, cooler pedals and shift knob, LED illumination in the cupholders, etc) I will buy/install myself.  The only thing that is a little bit of a shame is that it doesn't have cruise control.  It's not a Toyota option in this region, only an aftermarket one, and the dealership charges $495 for it.  I do use cruise control quite a bit (I know a lot of people don't), and I really like it, but I don't five hundred dollars like it, you know?  So I'll just deal with it.  If it really drives me crazy, I can always have it installed later, possibly for less from some auto place.  But I'm sure I'll get used to it.

I didn't get the Toyota extended warranty.  I was torn.  It's a Toyota, though, right?  So maybe I don't need one?  I don't know.  I tried to stand firm. 

Oh my gosh, it's just so shiny and beautiful and I keep smiling.  This is my first real all-by-myself car.  I'm so excited about it.  I only got it in my head Thanksgiving weekend to buy a car (Dad made a crack about how I needed to get HIS car inspected), and that was, what, two and a half weeks ago?  And now I have my car.

Thanks to Michelle!  Michelle taught me how to drive stick a couple weekends ago.  And then last night she drove all the way down from her job, and test drove the manual transmission.  [And then rode back to my house with me to get my purse, which I had forgotten.  Dur.]  And then waited around whilst I filled everything out.  And asked questions and small-talked and was my counselor and consultant and best friend and everything.  It was after nine when we got out of there, and we hadn't eaten dinner or anything.  And she didn't complain once, was happy to do it.  Man, Michelle rules.

I want to name it.  I've never named a car before.  I don't want a person name, like "Stan," I want a name like a ship.


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Dec. 15th, 2004 09:03 am (UTC)
I really like that car! It's BLUE! Awesome!!!

I really liked the feeling of owning my own car, straight out, all me. In college, I bought my first car all-by-myself (for $400) and I couldn't believe I actually owned something that was in my name that I could do whatever I wanted with.

Seriously, that car is really cute. I know what you mean about cruise control - I love having it, but I don't think I would have $500-dollars love it either. You'll get used to going without.

Dec. 15th, 2004 09:27 am (UTC)
I am glad you like it! I know a lot of people still don't like them, which is cool, but it's so nice to hear that I'm not the only one that thinks it's cute.

Dec. 15th, 2004 09:06 am (UTC)
WORD! i love it. man, now we both have a toyota. mine doesn't have cruise control and i got suckered into the extended warrenty - i'll never use it. let's race!
Dec. 15th, 2004 09:19 am (UTC)
Man Neil, first you had a Mazda, and then I bought a Mazda, and then you bought a Toyota, and now I did the same!

Thanks, I love it too. Man, I hope I don't regret not going for the warranty . . .
Dec. 15th, 2004 09:14 am (UTC)
Name it STUGOTZ! Like after Tony Soprano's boat! It can also be a person name, like Stewart Gotz.
Dec. 15th, 2004 09:46 am (UTC)
But then I'd have to say "ayyyyyy" every time I referred to my car. I don't think I can say "stugotz" without saying "ayyyyyy" first.
Dec. 15th, 2004 09:16 am (UTC)
Yay! Congrats!
Dec. 15th, 2004 09:46 am (UTC)
Yay! Thanks!
Dec. 15th, 2004 09:23 am (UTC)
Holy shite, dude. First new car? That's awesome. Go you!

Also, for the helping of you:

Dec. 15th, 2004 09:25 am (UTC)
I vote for calling it Liquid Asset.
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Dec. 15th, 2004 09:25 am (UTC)
also, congrats!!! yay for new car smell!
Dec. 15th, 2004 09:48 am (UTC)
I know, right? I keep sniffing happily when I'm in there. No smoking or eating will be permitted in Miss Behavin' for quite some time.
Dec. 15th, 2004 09:42 am (UTC)
you should name it the HMS Balls.
Dec. 15th, 2004 11:16 am (UTC)
This is the most helpful suggestion yet. (I'm not kidding). Maybe something with "balls" in the name. Like Queen Elizaballs II.

I've been remiss in my commenting, Artie, but I am thinking of you and hoping that you get better, and quickly. And congrats on the new place! Hopefully I'll see you on Friday.
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Dec. 15th, 2004 09:59 am (UTC)
You know..at first I hated the look of the Scions, but after time the boxiness grew on me..anyway, congratulations!

So, obviously, you need to run out to an auto store or somewhere and buy all kinds of stuff to wax it, clean the interior..you know..all kinds of fun stuff so you can keep it shiny and pay it all of the attention it deserves.

It has to be a woman's name though..that's the rule I think..well..at least for boats (unless you want to piss off Neptune..and as you know, he never sleeps).

Drive it over to the manse this weekend and give us all a ride!

Dec. 15th, 2004 11:18 am (UTC)
Re: awes!
You are right about the cleaning-it thing. I did not take enough care of my Mazda in that regard. And I want my Scion to always be shiny and beautiful!

And it will most likely be a she, even if it isn't flat-out a woman's name. The Enterprise was a she.

Oh, I'll give you all a ride, all right. Wait til you guys check out all the room that there is in the back seat! It's amazing.
Dec. 15th, 2004 10:02 am (UTC)
Call it ... ENTERPOOP!
Man, I love the Scion. NICE PICK, WASHU! You have style and taste!
Dec. 15th, 2004 11:33 am (UTC)
Dec. 15th, 2004 10:04 am (UTC)
Woo baby! That is so boxy and foxy and hot and cobalt. I love how everything else just pales in comparasion. Congratulations! :)
Dec. 15th, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC)
A high compliment coming from a design genius like you! Thanks!
Dec. 15th, 2004 10:07 am (UTC)
Congratulations, it definitely looks very distinctive and European. I really like that blue color, and in sunlight at least it doesn't look black at all. I also love that you made the rest of picture black and white.
Dec. 15th, 2004 02:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That's pretty much what my world looks like right now.
Dec. 15th, 2004 10:24 am (UTC)
Wow Kerry! Good job on buying a car without anyone's help except Michelle!

Please call your car the SS No Scrubs.
Dec. 15th, 2004 02:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I know, I feel like a total grownup. I did all my research and worked all the numbers and everything.

I'll . . . see what I can do about that.
Dec. 15th, 2004 10:44 am (UTC)
Or you could just call it "Frigate."
That car is AWESOME. The color rules and the Super Squareness of it really does something for me.

I think Meghann's suggestion rocks socks. Also, you could name it something like the HMS Indefatigable and call it Indy for short (just like in Horatio Hornblower -- WHOA nerd alert!).
Dec. 15th, 2004 12:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Or you could just call it "Frigate."
WTF that icon.
Re: Or you could just call it "Frigate." - petit_chou - Dec. 15th, 2004 01:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Or you could just call it "Frigate." - littlewashu - Dec. 15th, 2004 02:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Or you could just call it "Frigate." - littlewashu - Dec. 16th, 2004 10:27 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Or you could just call it "Frigate." - littlewashu - Dec. 17th, 2004 10:12 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 15th, 2004 10:50 am (UTC)
Man I fucking love that car!!! Good job!!!
Dec. 15th, 2004 02:36 pm (UTC)
Dec. 15th, 2004 12:09 pm (UTC)
i love it
that shit is hot. welcome to the world of the manual transmission. you're not going to get mad at me when i refer to it as "kerry's box" are you? also, curt said awes and that is awes.
Dec. 15th, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC)
man, i love the color, but i kinda wish it was brown so i could call it boxy brown. "whoa, you gonna dis me, boy, dis me to my face."
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