Monthly Archives: March 2005

Into the Bat Cave!

When I drove today, the top of was down. Damn the rain — I can out fox it. And I did manage to sneak back into my garage with moments to spare before the thunderstorm bore down — with the top down, and a grin permanently etched to my face. While it stormed outside, I decided to give my car a thorough hand-wash in the comfort of my garage. No hoses, no Mr. Clean AutoDry, just a small towel and a bucket. Like washing a baby. I thought to myself: ‘It’s a tiny two-seater, how hard can it be?’ As I found out, it takes a lot of patience to wipe your entire car with a hand towel in a crowded two-car garage. I think I need Tommy John surgery.

I wish this house had half the living space and twice the garage.

Shameless advertisement

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Emily’s beloved Ping Ping is for sale. It’s 2002 Honda Civic EX Sedan with 43,000 miles in excellent condition. More photos here if you’re interested in seeing her — the car, not Emily. She’s asking $11,499. I’d have no qualms recommending this car to anyone since I’ve personally overseen its maintenance and detailing (with an electric toothbrush).

A Car is in the Details

I spent about 4 hours last night detailing Emily’s car. Her Honda Civic, Ping Ping, is for sale.
I did the seats, doors, windows, uninstalled the satellite radio, subwoofer and the wiring needed for it. I removed practically all traces of grime and shoe marks from the inside of the car. In fact, I took an electric toothbrush to the doors and armrest. 409 does wonders. But the problem is that since her car is beige, it didn’t show a lot of dirt. Nothing is less rewarding then removing dirt and seeing little difference.
So, I tackled the engine bay with 43,000 miles of dirt in it. A good soaking in 409 and half a roll of papers towels proved to be cleansing, but not good enough. It needed to shine. So I broke out the power brush again, scouring the corners and wiping it down with the plastic conditioner. This is the cleanest used car ever. Now, I almost don’t want to part with it.

A new venture

I’m not yet ready to disclose my new venture, but my dad’s new Japanese restaurant opened a couple of weeks ago in Folsom, Calif. Pics on Flickr.
Naniha Interior 3

Late but not never

This has to be one of the funniest pictures I’ve seen this year.
The sleeping Tomais
More pictures of the Tomais and the newest Tomai.

We all need homes

I found Nemo on PetFinder which got an article in CNN.com today. If you’re looking for a pet, this is the best place to start.

Texas Trial Twist

I recently brought you the insane story of a Texas jury who decided that Ford was responsible for the ejection death of some poor unseatbelted fools. Now it turns out, there’s a pretty good reason why the jury decided that. This tale has more twists than a Twizzler. Make sure you scroll down half way to Daily in Depth.

A laugh for the weekend

Here’s a miming comedian singing a song (1.4MB WMV). Oh yeah, it also includes a few suggestive hand gestures. Thanks Rich.

The culture of blame

Let’s look at this story: a driver who has had a drink, but not legally drunk, overshoots a highway exit and turns too fast for his SUV to handle, the car skids (as it should) but unfortunately ends up on gravel which causes it to roll over. This ejects the two people in the SUV who were not wearing seat belts and they die. And now the carmaker has to pay $31 million dollars? The jury’s reasoning? Although the glass met federal standards, they were not strong enough. This is crazy! You had alcohol in your blood! You bought an SUV! You missed the exit! And instead of getting off at the next one, you spun it out of control! You weren’t wearing seat belts! How is the carmaker 90% liable? Wow, once again sad ending to an even sadder story in Texas.

Sticky Post

Them crazy Audi engineers. They did it again. Here’a video of the new A6 Quattro (all-wheel drive) going up — that’s right, up — a ski jump with an 80% incline. (9MB WMV) That means for every horizontal 10 feet, the road goes up 8 feet — or 72 degrees. The cable you see is a safety rope, the car is not being pulled up. For you non-car buffs, let me tell you, an SUV cannot do this. BTW, video is in German.

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