Friday, June 30, 2006

My life

My life is just making me happy right now. I've been going on adventures with my son (we hiked up a really steep trail, in the rain, last weekend and he did an amazing job). I'm having fun with my new car. I've been facing a lot of new challenges at work, which I had been dreading, but which are actually really stimulating.

And physically I've been feeling the best I've felt in a while. I've dropped about 25 pounds over the past few months, and it's making a huge difference in how I feel.

I guess part of being happy is not needing to spend a lot of time blogging about the stuff that makes me happy.

The Banzai Pipeline?

The traffic reporter on Channel 4, in a passing remark this morning, said that the State Police refer to route 128 (aka I-95) as the "Banzai Pipeline". This term certainly captures the essence of driving on 128, and if true, it also provides a clue as to (a) why you never see anyone pulled over on 128 and (b) what the likely limits of acceptable driving speed and behavior are, at least in the eye of the law.


Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Round headlights rock

Just an odd coincidence. Three cars with round headlights. Some old, some new. English. German. No reason.

Not a typo: Really did have two 525 Wagons

For a while, two years in fact, I really did have two nearly identical 2001 BMW 525iT wagons:

I bought the first one in November 2001, used. It had 10,500 miles on it and was less than a year old. It was such a great car that I bought another one in 2004, to replace the Toyota Matrix, which I couldn't drive after a back injury (not enough leg room). The second one came to us with 3 years and 36,000 miles on it (an ex-BMW financial lease car). It recently left, a victim of its own quiet competence, to fund the purchase of the new Mini Cooper S.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

A car that I had never seen

I've been watching cars for about 40 years, and it is rare that I see a car that I couldn't identify. But this past Sunday, at the fast-growing Elm Bank Classic Car Show in Dover, I came across this one:

Clearly an Alfa Romeo, but small and ... ahem ... not very attractive. The size and proportions are reminiscent of a SAAB Sonnett III. The detailing, very '70s Italian.

The interior, classic Alfa, arms-out driving with the gear lever at a 45 degree angle.

The answer? A 1972 Alfa Romeo Zagato Junior 1300.

VW Headed Down-Market

Fresh off their ridiculous ad campaign showing inattentive, distracted drivers getting into completely avoidable accidents in their Jettas, VW announced that it will be cutting prices on US-market Jettas for model year 2007.

VW: Crap cars for bad drivers

Porsche Ramble

One of my favorite weekend activities is taking the 911 out for some exercise: