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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Another new family member

About three weeks ago we welcomed a nice Toyota Prius into our family. This replaced my wonderfully reliable Honda CRV. I have had to do some mourning over not being able to charge into and out of our very steep driveway. I need to slowly and carefully back out into the street. If I don't do it just so, then I scrape the underside of my car. And sadly, I can only back out one way. That means if I need to go the other direction down our street, I need to turn around in our neighbors driveway. Seems silly. And I'm sure it will be very annoying when I'm in a big hurry.

We've been learning how to drive our new baby to get the best mileage out of it. But so far, we're only averaging in the high 30s. I suspect this is because we live on a hill. Every time I go out for an errand and have to drive up the hill to get to our house, my overall mileage dips. Still, even with less than stellar mileage and having to go at a snails-pace in and out of my driveway, I feel better that I'm a bit less reliant on fuel. Even if I continue to get in the high 30s, I'm getting 50 percent more miles than my CRV got.

And to the obnoxious Hummer owner on my street (I don't know you, but I know you're obnoxious simply because you purchased a Hummer): sure you could drive up and down our driveway no problem (not that you're welcome here), but you can't fit into your own garage. So there. And by the way, I hate you.


  1. I love my Toy too.....have the van. It's awesome. Great gas mileage, considering it's not a hybrid and all we're carrying.

    Hummers are truly annoying in every sense of the word. I could maybe understand having one if you lived on a remote mountain in the Rockies or something. But in the city? What is UP with THAT?? Do people think they're better because they're proving they can pay for more gas than the rest of us? Well, by all means! They can have fun filling their 50 gal tank every 2 days!!

  2. Anonymous11:10 AM

    Why do you have to hate people? Just the mere fact that an individual owns a certain car does not make them hateable, does it? Maybe that hummer owner hates you for being so arrogant and self-righteous. I hope your hate isn't rubbing off on your children!

  3. Anonymous7:34 AM

    owning a car is ones choice
    whether or not its a trendy hybrid
    or a hummer should not be your concern.

    it was your choice to get a hybrid
    let the person who drives the hummer live his/her life
    because they do not tell you
    to drive a certain car.

    focus on your own life and leave others alone

  4. i support your strong negative feelings for the hummer owner. viva la consciosness! it's impossible to imagine any actual reason such an obscene vehicle would be necessary in the california suburbs. puh-leaze.