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Dreams, cars, nuts, rains

Whoa. I had a dream last night that JP Morgan bought Bear Stearns for $2 a share and UGA won the SEC basketball tournament. How weird would that be?

I have 4 or 5 long blog entries I’ve started but can’t seem to finish. Seems to be a recurring theme for me.

In Miami last week, I rented a deep blue Volkswagen Rabbit 2.5 because, during the rental process, it was the first car I came upon. After a cursory pan of the lot yielded nothing but off-white Saturns, PT Cruisers, and Pontiacs, Little Bunny Foo Foo it was. A statement for the record: To date, the VW Rabbit 2.5 is officially the best car I’ve rented. It has a solid, inoffensive interior with a peppering of slightly exotic aesthetic pleasantries. It’s much more powerful than it looks, and the handling was very tight. It’s small enough to park almost anywhere but it has four doors and transported 4 adult males comfortably to and from dinner. I don’t think I’d want to own another VW any time soon because A) repairs are needlessly complicated and expensive, and B) they’re simultaneously pretentious and uninspiring. Also, I discovered they inadvertently turn even rental drivers into someone straight out of a Volkswagen commercial. Case in point: There is no obvious button or latch with which to open the hatchback. I only discovered how to open it accidentally. When a business partner couldn’t figure it out, I casually showed him. Problem was, it involves pushing in the top of the rear logo badge which causes the bottom to stick out and serve as a handle which lifts the door, a process impossible to accomplish non-smugly. My business partner looked at me as if to say, “Well isn’t that fucking fancy?” I looked back at the Rabbit and narrowed my eyes. Other than that it was super.

I have a couple bags of nuts I keep at my desk to snack on a couple hours before lunch and/or a couple hours after lunch. One is a bag of almonds, the other a bag of pistachios. For some reason, the pistachios are unsalted and, therefore, completely unappetizing. I have to force myself to eat them. To make matters worse, every so often I’ll get a pistachio that tastes rotten. It’s like I’m doing the pistachios a favor by trying to keep them on par with the almonds and they repay me by poking me in the eye. Yet I can’t bring myself to just throw them away. I think I’m going insane.

Apparently, it got a little windy in downtown Atlanta over the weekend. We saw a lot of lightning out in the burbs and then it rained mooses and buffaloes for a couple hours, but that was it. The new gutters we had installed a couple weeks ago seem to be working great with a few glaring exceptions. There is one part of the old gutter design that grossly violates rule #2, but it worked well. The crew who installed the new gutters changed the design to be simpler, but the new design doesn’t work (read: it sprays rain water all over Cobb County). I haven’t decided whether they adhered to rule #2 by taking a complicated design and making it simpler or if they violated rule #2 by tampering with a design that had been working properly. Regardless, I’m requesting that they come fix it. Should be a good time.

  1. I concur that VW’s are excellent rental vehicles. Also- perhaps the only thing worse than owning a VW would be owning a VW from the rental market.

  2. You ain’t kidding. This one only had 16k miles and it had a horrible thump thump from the rear right wheel. It reminded me of my ’89 Jetta that went through CV joints and rear wheel bearings like butter.

  3. Thank you again for your offer to help us cut up that tree. I really appreciate your kind offer. I am not happy that we spent the $2500 to get it out of there, but the insurance should reimburse us. Damn storms!

  4. We have a 2002 VW Eurovan, which is super-awesome unless you count:

    - shitty gas milage
    - proprietary tire size and config so that you can’t get tires at Les Schwab, you have to get them at the dealer and they are $1500 for the set. Oh, and they only last 20k miles.
    - dealer-only oil changes (JiffyLube won’t touch it, but even if they did, it would void the warranty)
    - $4500 transmission repairs

    It also has an iPod dock though.

    Also, I have a bag of unsalted “Pistachio Nut Meats” at my desk that I dig into when the pangs come knocking. They are pretty good except for the rotten ones, which taste like dried-up old dog turds. It also reduces the convenience of a bag of nuts because you have to screen each handful.

  5. It’s amazing how divergent some of us Tritt grads (re:my team of losers) have become.

    One of them grew up with a crappy (previously red) black-painted Jetta and has stuck with the line until death. Most of the others had Volvos and loved them, even though they were well-built and hard-riding tanks that didn’t give all that great of a ride.

    When a, uhm, ‘friend’ stole my old truck and wrapped it around a tree (to go get hookers and crack, seriously), the only thing I could afford to rent for a couple days was a PT. It was white and looked like shit, but at least it was kinda roomy. Twasn’t horrible, but when you’re riding on a good corp’s budget then you can afford to be picky, I guess.

    I have a 2007 Tiburon, and I still love it. My favorite desktop munchies are Corn Nuts (re: best lye-soaked versions of half-popped popcorn kernels) and queen olives.

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