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Why You Don’t Want a Honda S2000 April 19, 2008

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Cars.
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I love to drive. More specifically, I love to drive fast. Because of this, and because I was 40 years old at the time, I bought a bright-yellow 2001Honda S2000.

If you have read my blog for any length of time, you’ve been assaulted with pictures of me behind the wheel, mugging for the camera like some drug-crazed lunatic. I do not apologize for such behavior, because driving this car is a mind and mood altering experience, on par with any drug I’m familiar with.

Yellow S2000

However, this car is not for everyone. In fact, many of the attributes of this car that make it so attractive to me, are likely to be the very things that would cause others to walk away (stiff suspension, low to the ground, and so on). What if these attributes are attractive to you too? Does that mean you should rush out and snap up an S2000 from the nearest Honda dealer? Not necessarily.

Here is a quick review of what I believe to be this car’s weaknesses. Based on my discussions with other S2000 owners, I’m not alone with these complaints. Read on, and you can decide for yourself if the short list of annoyances is enough to push you toward a different car. (more…)

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Who Would You Call? December 30, 2007

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Cars, Communication, Driving, Family, Friends, Love, Security.
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Besides Ghostbusters.

Here’s the scenario:

You’re stranded on a busy expressway late at night, your family in the car with you. The outside temperature is in the low 20’s. You’re in an old car, long since paid for, but sadly, not covered by towing insurance. In fact, it’s not clear how far you might be to a towing service, or how far it might be for them to tow you to civilization, much less your home.

You get out your cell phone and try to decide who to call at such a late hour. You look through your phone’s contact list. Name after name scrolls by. Who would you call if you need to be rescued in such a situation?

tow truck

I am asking this hypothetically, but I’m curious about the real answer for any of us. Who do we call, and why do we call them instead of someone else?

The Curious Incident of the Turkeys (and Cars) in the Daytime April 25, 2007

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Cars, Driving, Friends, Stupidity, Turkey.
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Since my older sister let the cat (or turkey) out of the bag, I suppose I should go on the record with my official version of “The Turkey Incident.” Technically, this might qualify as a Stupid Human Trick, but for now, I’ll leave it here.

turkey

(No, I have no idea why the turkey in the picture is wearing a monocle, and looks a bit like Colonel Klink.)

I swear that the following is true, to the best of my recollection. As Mr. Carlson (from WKRP in Cincinnati) once said, “With God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” (more…)

Spring… When a Young Man’s Thoughts Turn To… April 10, 2007

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Cars, Driving, Fun, Laughter.
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…wait. How the heck should I know? I’m no “young man!”

What I do know is that today was a fabulous day to own a convertible, find a winding road, and let nature (and the steering wheel) take its course. Your mileage may vary.

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P.S. Please excuse the tie (I was on my way back to the office from a funeral) and the long hair. I promise to get it cut soon. 😉

Spotted: The Ethiopian Hillbillies April 2, 2007

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Africa, Cars, Fun, Humor, Travel.
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This picture captures much of the absurdity I saw while I was driving around downtown Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. I have no idea where this vehicle was going, but I’m pretty sure I saw Jethrow in the driver’s seat.

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