General, Share-topia 2018

First time pull-over

One thing I’m proud of in my life is that I’ve never been pulled over by a police officer. I feel like I’m a good driver, and that I try to be careful on the roads. However, that all changed this afternoon. First, the afternoon started with a parking lot violation tag on my car […]

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General, Share-topia 2018

My first new car

Due to “circumstances” that I’m not going to go in to, I made the decision to sell my current Honda CR-V to my step son. I did this for a few reasons, first and foremost, due to him needing a car, but also because I have been wanting something different for quite a while. Many […]

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General, Write-a-palooza 2017

So that time I forgot my car…

Wednesday was a busy day for me at work, and I was going to be all over the cities, so I decided to take public transit. This starts with me driving over to the train station to take our commuter rail into downtown Minneapolis. The train station is about a mile and a half from […]

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General, Write-a-palooza 2017

Got to try CarPlay!

Today I brought my car into the shop to get some work done. It was costly enough that I decided to spend the extra $25 to get a rental car for the day. I love getting rental cars from dealers because they are usually the latest model vehicles with all the bells and whistles. Today […]

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General, Write-a-palooza 2017

Time to go electric?

I recently test drove a new model of the VW Tiguan, a car I really like driving. I would really love to get one in the next year or so as my kids get older and graduate, but there’s something that keeps showing up on my news feed to make me thinks twice… the rise […]

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General, Write-a-palooza 2017

Cars as freedom

Had a fascinating conversation with my wife last night. In it, we were talking about how as children it always felt like places were so far way and had confusing directions. I admitted that as a kid I was a fan of maps, and so I managed to have a good view of what the […]

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Blog-o-rama 2016, General

Bustin’ ghosts

I was walking through the parking lot at work and saw this car parked there. It’s a pretty decent model of the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters. It’s obviously not a perfect match, but it’s got a ton of detail that shows that the owners really cared about making it look as good as possible. I love […]

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Create-a-thon 2015, General

Car power outlets

I discovered a small issue with my new car, I keep blowing fuses for the accessory power outlets. I’m going to be bringing it back into the dealer to get it fixed, but it got me thinking about alternatives. At this point I don’t think there is anything that I would be powering off of […]

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Create-a-thon 2015, General

The big 3-1

The recent car I acquired has a distinct advantage over my previous vehicles from the past 6-7 years. It gets decent gas mileage. Before my VW Tiguan I owned a Saturn VUE, and despite getting better mileage than the Tiguan, the VUE still wasn’t the best in terms of fuel efficiency. The Honda CR-V that […]

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Create-a-thon 2015, General

Goodbye Volkswagen

As I talked about in a different post, I was feeling pretty perturbed with the whole scandal at VW. I felt like I had been rooting for a company that now appears to be “the bad guy”. For years I’ve been telling people that VW’s diesel initiatives were some of the best things to happen […]

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Create-a-thon 2015, General

The VW Scandal

This week, one of the big stories has been the fraud committed by Volkswagen in regards to their TDI engines. I own a VW Tiguan, and as someone who’s defended their diesel engines in the past, I’m incredibly disappointed with the news that as surfaced. My Tiguan has a gas engine, but I really always […]

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Create-a-thon 2015, General

Automation of automobiles

Today a co-worker and I were riding in his new vehicle when suddenly an alarm went off and the car started to slow. My friend didn’t think much of it, but it completely took me by surprise. Turns out he wasn’t slowing down as quickly as the car wanted him to, and it activated the […]

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