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Monday, April 13, 2009

Yes, This Means I'm Better Than You  

So after over two years of bitching about my dear ol' Saturn SC2, Azlea, I finally did something about it, and this weekend, purchased a new car.  I officially entered the Green Era, and am now the proud owner (okay, okay, leaser) of a 2009 Civic Hybrid.  Night Nurse and I have been looking to upgrade to a 4-door for about a month, and after some test driving, it came down to the ride I got and the CR-V.  However, after deliberating and realizing this car was basically gonna be needed for commuting, I couldn't get the crossover... but that doesn't mean Night Nurse won't cave sometime down the line!

After test driving the Toyota Camry Hybrid (I didn't test-drive the Prius because it was the most uncomfortable car I'd ever been in), I was amazed at how quiet hybrids can be, which became a huge selling point for me.  The first time I stopped at a light, I thought I stalled the car because the engine "auto-stops", and unless you have the A/C or radio going, you can't hear anything.  It was awesome.

MPG is 40/45, which should make hitting the gas station less of a pain in the ass.  So far, I haven't named the car yet, which I think is a guy thing... do girls do that? I don't know, I like naming things.

Anyway, I'm quite happy with my purchase.  It doesn't have the power I thought I wanted, but the green impact and the future gas savings definitely help.  Plus, the car looks awesome, and is comfortable as hell.


posted by Holz | 3:45 PM | Rant & Rave, Bitches! (14)


I don't name my car. Then again, I don't even own my car, Wachovia still does. You know what a good name would be for you car? Zombiestomper. That would be cool.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/16/2009 5:43 PM  

Hmmm. . . Zombiestomper. I like it. Of course you're mileage may drop a little bit once you weld on the armor plating and the snow plow onto the front, but the added safety is well worth it. Does it have a sunroof so you open it up and chainsaw any zombies that are clinging to it, or would that leave you too vulnerable? I think I would just leave some slits in the sides so you can stick the chainsaw blade through.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/16/2009 7:07 PM  

Sho nuff is a purty high bird = Very happy for you, what color is it? And as to the Prius - we rented one when we went to the Dead/Obama Rally at Penn State and we both totally fell in love with it - everything about it - but had the same problem knowing if it was on or not.
Love Mom

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/18/2009 8:42 PM  

I always caled my car the dity vixen because my original Cali plate had VXN in it. And I didn't wash it much.

By Blogger Tom, at 4/19/2009 8:09 PM  

oooh, new car!! Congrats!! I'm just getting a new license plate, because I think Chris is getting really sick of driving around "IceQn62"
It made sense when it was just my car...bah!

By Blogger Lindsay, at 4/21/2009 5:27 PM  

Okay, so you got a new hybrid, which apparently means you are better than us, but when did that mean you need to start driving 54 in the slow lane?!?!?! Just 'cause you got a four door car does not mean you have to start driving like an old person. At least drive the speed limit...65 :) And it is okay to pass someone on occasion.

By Blogger Night Nurse, at 4/25/2009 11:53 PM  

Holz, you are going to have to drive Zombiestomper faster if you expect to plow through the teeming hordes of the undead.
And I've rethought the sunroof idea. I'd have a sunroof as an option, in case you had to open it up and throw a propane tank bomb ahead of you to clear some space. Just make sure to reinforce it, so when you are careening down the highway that one zombie that is stubbornly clinging to the roof won't have a chance to get in.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/27/2009 4:04 PM  

Hey Kristine...54 in the slow lane is acceptable! That's why it's the sloooow lane! Plus he is getting "old"...pushin' 30 you know! Oh wait a minute...if he's pushing 30 that makes me...nevermind!


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/03/2009 7:47 AM  



By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/03/2009 6:51 PM  

Don't know if you remember our conversations on Global Warming, Holz. But check this story out. It might become big news over the next few days.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/22/2009 4:43 AM  

1) I'm guessing that's Manchild, which, hey, good to hear from ya'!

2) Once little e-mail does not a conspiracy prove. As Nate Silver said last week, this wasn't a manipulation of underlying data, this was basically prettying up a picture a decade old:


3) The irony that this was on my Hybrid post cracked me up.

4) ...jezz, do I need to get blogging again.

By Blogger Holz, at 11/23/2009 2:01 PM  

Hey, yeah, tis me again.

I don't know why so many people are focused on that "trick" email. I certainly haven't seen the sceptics focusing on it, but it seems to crop up everywhere I look in people who claim these emails are not a big deal.

When the story broke on slashdot (where I read at +4) everyone and his uncle knew that "trick" is an innocuous term in that context, and so that email is practically ignored.

No, there's plenty of other stuff in the emails which is far more damaging, relevant and can't be explained away conveniently. Have a look.

Now, is it the "final nail"? No, and again, I don't see many sceptics claiming it is. Just many proponents claiming it isn't. It is however enough to savagely destroy the reputations of the men involved. And it casts well earned doubt on the peer-reviewed journals and IPCC.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/25/2009 5:24 AM  

This site is covering some of the better emails, with sources, as they are being found. (It takes time to get through 10 years of emails)


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/25/2009 8:36 AM  

-Your Wife :)

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