We Got the Chevy Cruze Sideways

12.3.10

I just ran home from Main Street in Motion so that I could pop off a quick post for y’all.

GO.

If you’re buying a car Main Street in Motion is brilliant because you can test drive (short but fun drives) two or three comparable cars one after the other. When you’re at Auto Row running from one dealership to the next it’s sometimes hard to remember what features you enjoyed about which car. With this setup you hop from one car to the other in minimal time.

I’ll post pictures to Flickr later this evening, but I drove a few cars:

Chevy Cruze: this is a compact car that grew a set of balls pistons. I hadn’t really planned on driving it, because I was too busy salivating over the Camaros, but one of the fine ladies at GM suggested we try it, and I’m pretty sure she lived to regret that. The car is small, not a rocketship, but not slow either. It handled a 140 degree turn at about 40 miles an hour beautifully. The car hugs the road in a way I hadn’t expected for a car in that class. Oh, it also has doodads. Doodads are important (like USB hubs and paddle shifters). It was the big surprise of the day.

Impala: It’s a beast. I’m going to do a little research, I want to know what engine they jammed in there.

Camaro SS: I want. I love. I want. I love. I want.  Review over. (it’s fast and luxurious, like ridiculously so)

Corvette GS Convertible: My lap around the track was so fast I think we time traveled. It handles exquisitely, as Corvette’s are known to do.

Volt: I still think it’s fabulous. It’s not a performance car, but it’s a high torque car with limited drag. Driving it at 40 mph is an absolute joy, and it handles curves well.

If you decide to to to Main Street in Motion (this weekend in Los Angeles, coming to other locations all through 2011) there are a few things you should know.

  • Register ahead of time if possible.
  • Test drives are limited to folks 18 and up.
  • Lines will be long for the performance cars
  • Getting there early is probably a good plan
  • The track is short. Floor it off the line. You won’t regret it.
  • Don’t brake in a turn, speed up, it’s fun
  • They had hot dogs, sandwiches, and drinks. You really can hang out there all day
  • If you’re bringing kids, make sure you have two adults so you can take turns driving
Red Chevy Volt

Red Chevy Volt

Red Chevrolet Corvette

Red Chevrolet Corvette

Father’s Day Gifts

06.20.10

At nine o’clock this morning I hid a man from my husband. He stood in my kitchen sipping his coffee while the kids woke my husband up, and begged him to take them out for breakfast.

Parked in the driveway was a 2011 Jaguar XF. It took me forever to find a car with a silver/grey exterior and a light interior. Apparently we are the only people in California to want a car without a charcoal interior.

My husband was surprised and delighted. The man? He was the Jaguar salesman who got up very early on a Sunday morning to deliver a car for us.

Who wouldn’t be thrilled with an XF? The car is stunning. If it reminds you a little of the Aston Martin DB7, that’s because Ian Callum designed both cars. It’s fast and quiet, which is a wonderful combination. The sound system is much finer than the ones we left behind in our BMWs, and opening and closing the vents is a joy that defies description. I’ll put it on You Tube shortly. See the video below.

My kids will always remember the day. It was really exciting for them to give their dad such an extravagant (and well received) gift.

This evening, when we went to dinner, and the kids were hanging off of him like earrings, I just thought: Perfect. My life is perfect.

I’m married to a wonderful man, and my children have the privilege of being raised by him. This is as good as it gets.

Running Out the Door

06.4.10

Hopefully we can swing it.

Lease Returns

05.22.10

I sold cars. I know how this works, and I know when things are right or wrong.

As a consumer it is NOT my problem when you have made the terrible decision to remain understaffed. (more…)

End Of School Year Stress

05.7.10

Typically my mornings are simple. I get up at seven, throw on my carpool sweats, wake the kids up, give them breakfast, bring them to school, and then I head straight back home. I make beds, tidy the kitchen, exercise, shower and then I work a little before lunch.

Not this time of year.

This is the time of year for parent coffees, end of year project presentations, potlucks and next year it will be final exams. This is the time of year when we all look at the signature project and try to guess whose child is an incredible artist, and who did the work for their eight year old.

This is the time of year that I’m waking up at six am, and returning home at four after having been with the kids all day long, and everyone is hungry, but we haven’t been to the market. This is the time of year that my son wants to stay up late, because it’s still light outside, but he maxes out, because he’s still a little boy and needs his rest.

This is the time of year that my husband stays late at the office, because in the absence of a setting sun, he doesn’t realize the work day has ended.

Some schools are doing ERB testing (mercifully our school does that in the Fall), so a number of my friends are doubly stressed. The kids are freaking out because some of their friends are changing schools. And really… all I want is a five day school week so I can clean the house, move my body and write a little.

I’m not asking for much.

I’m still car shopping. I have to get Mr. G’s car soon. I brought my car in for it’s pre turn in inspection and there are a few things to fix. I have to tell you, I absolutely detest every single part of that dealership, and I can’t wait to be done with them. Right now my car is in for it’s final service, and I literally wanted to kick my heels up and celebrate.

We’ll muddle through these last weeks of school, they’re emotional, and the parents are a little more involved than I think parents need to be.

My house is dirty, but on the up side I got to spend the day hanging out with Jane and Alexander. That’s a good day.