Parking Lots Bring Out the Worst in Me

  I’m parking my little hybrid in Culver City, and it’s a busy Thursday night. The parking structure is full in part because of cars like this.   I found the last spot in the structure, it was a compact parking spot next to a giant Lexus truck. Now,let me be clear, I don’t have it in for SUV drivers, I just think that if you’re going to buy a truck that size that you need to know that not every parking spot will fit you. There will be times when you …

According To NHTSA Toyota Drivers Are Easily Confused

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the runaway Toyota (and Lexus)  is more likely driver confusion than sticky gas pedals. The findings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration involve a sample of the reports in which a driver of a Toyota vehicle said the brakes were depressed but failed to stop the car from accelerating and ultimately crashing. The U.S. Department of Transportation found that throttles were wide open and brakes not engaged on Toyotas involved in accidents blamed on sudden acceleration, said people familiar with the matter. …

Things That Need Mentioning but Aren’t Quite a Post

My friend Jennifer is one of the finalists for Mamvation. In case you’re unaware, Leah Sedgie takes a Mom for a seven week lifestyle makeover. Mamavation picks one mom who needs to lose weight and gives them nutrition counseling, exercise counseling, medical advice and accountability. Jenny sent me an email that included: “I’m done being fat and I’m doing something about it. I want the nutritionist AND the social media microscope to make sure I don’t fuck this up.” She continued with, “All people have to do is go to …

My New Lexus HS250h is Really Really Clean, but it is Recalled

If you were watching me on Whrrl today, (you do spend your days watching me don’t you?) you would have seen that I got my Lexus out of service at 11am. My car went in to service ten days ago when the backup camera failed. The dealership replaced the screen (which totally baffles me), and when that didn’t work they replaced the computer system (which seems like it would be the first thing to do, right?). When the new screen and the new computer system didn’t fix the issue they …

A Navigation System Named Sally

I’m turning in my station wagon next week. His name is Marsh… you know, short for Marshmallow. Thanks to an unscientific study, I am assured that I’m not the only adult who names their cars. My new car doesn’t have a name yet, but navigation system is named Sally. She just sounds like a Sally, and Sally was the name of Jane’s imaginary friend. When Jane was almost three, about the time that Alexander was born, she had a friend named Sally. We used to set the table for Sally, …