Archive for the ‘cars’ Category

small strange world

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

I’m listening in to the Seattle Police radio scanner, because the taxi drivers are blocking one of the streets downtown to protest the rideshare alternatives that are kicking their asses by providing better service, and hear a be-on-the-lookout for a Rice Krispie donk’ed car.  With a single google, I’m able to find a picture of the actual car.

Meanwhile, they aren’t saying anything about the protest.

Dishonest or ignorant?

Friday, April 26th, 2013

I like the idea behind companies like SideCar and Uber, but the recent blog post by SideCar leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  I get wanting to try and differentiate yourself from the competition, but dishonesty isn’t the way to do it, so the only way this article could be written in good faith, would have been for the author to be completely ignorant of  how the driver side of SideCar works.

While I admit I haven’t been using the service long, it’s very clear that EVERY driver I have used was working an established shift, per their own requirements to sign up as a Driver, as a full-time job.  Some of the drivers were long-time cabbies, trying something new, others were people displaced from a prior career, and looking to use the tools they had available.  None of the drivers have ever been ad-hoc ‘rideshares’ in any sense of a shared destination.  According to the drivers I’ve spoken with, they have to commit to an entire shift, of several hours, so there’s zero chance that any driver could ever limit themselves to only taking clients that correspond to prior driving plans.


I must be getting old

Monday, January 28th, 2013

I must be getting old.  My mother wants to trade me her Audi TT for my VW Beetle, so I called up my insurance guy, to get an idea of how much it would cost.  Only $34/month, at most.  I must be well past the young-guy-with-sports-car-danger-zone for insurability.  I guess that’s a good thing.

The payments, once I would start making them myself, are not going to be such an easy change of budget to swallow though, I suspect.  The probably won’t give me zero-percent interest on a used car loan.  Probably.

Wasted time

Friday, December 7th, 2012

We can’t reproduce your issue, so we’re only going to charge you $15.00.

Gee, thanks.

Rare Bug

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

I’ve always considered my Beetle a special car, one of only 10,000 in it’s special edition color. Add in the fact that I’ve made what I consider tasteful upgrades, and kept it in near mint condition over it’s 12+ years of life, and less than 10,000 miles per year, you end up with a car that people often think is new, even though it’s almost ready for Jr High.

Today, I got a letter from a local car dealer, offering me a minimum of 125% of Kelly Blue Book + $500; there’s even a $10 starbucks card in it for just letting them appraise my car, and turn them down. The letter claims there is a bunch of interest in 2000 Beetles in the used market, but I suspect it’s just marketing.

Some people

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

I question what goes on in some people’s heads. Today, the local police arrested a man they believe killed a bicyclist last year, in a hit-and-run accident. The guy has an open facebook page, where his only picture is him standing next to the SUV he killed another human being with. I think to myself, how could he live with himself every day knowing what he’d done, and it turns out he seemed to celebrate it.

Instant Car-ma

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

There’s a spot near work, by the drive-through to the Starbucks, where water puddles up into a perfect spot for splashing the sidewalk next to it. Lots of the cars going to the drive-thru make a point of trying to splash the pedestrians. Some a decent folk and make a point of trying not to splash.

As I was walking past today, a car tried to hit the puddle for maximum splash, but instead ran over the curb. I pointed and laughed, and once he’d rolled down his window, expressed my opinion of his value as a human being. The real revenge will be the repair bill for the damage he did his front suspension.

What a maroon.

I like that idea

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Next time I’m at a light next to a car with a really loud stereo, I’ll start throwing spare change at them. When the ask WTF I’m doing, I’ll say I thought they were an ice-cream truck =)

OK, not really. I’d just like to watch someone else try doing it =p

A Million Paper-cuts

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

This is the week for small but annoying issues, I guess. The Beetle has been in the shop since tuesday morning, with all the extra hiking and bus-riding around that that entails. It was supposed to be a simple same-day-in-and-out trip to get a handful of items taken care of. Three days in, and it’s been a constant stream of “oh that part is out of stock, oh that part didn’t come in until very late, oh we screwed up something last time and will fix it for free now”. Must remember not to take my frustrations out on the poor schmoe I’m giving a job interview to.

I Think Not

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

When a cop is giving you just one ticket, even though you’ve obviously done two tickets worth of stupid, you really shouldn’t try to argue the first ticket then and there. And you really really shouldn’t stand around advertising your catering business’ lack of professionalism by doing so in front of your customer’s business, while acting like a misogynist. Or maybe that’s just my opinion. I hope she went ahead and wrote you up for both tickets.