Fair.com Review: I Got a Car, I Think, Maybe…

If you are trying to gauge the direction of the retail automotive market Fair.com is worth watching. They’re a lot like Maven, Canvas, and Book except the cars are used, and you work directly with the dealership, not the manufacturer. We opted to use Fair.com because my daughter wanted a convertible and I want her to want to come home for the summer. I also wanted her to be safe and in a relatively new vehicle. I found a fun car on May 9th and put in a request. All …

Tesla Model S: Almost a Luxury Car

This year’s birthday was spectacular. On the eve of I bought a new Tesla Model S, and the day of I was with family and friends watching the Dodgers treat opening day like it was the home run derby. Mom made us dinner, so I didn’t have to fuss in my own kitchen nor sit in a restaurant that I had no interest in visiting. Perfect. I got rid of the BMW a few months ago, and nothing struck my fancy so I went back to Fair.com for a Mercedes SL. …

Are College Admissions a Corrupt Joke?

Like every parent, I have many thoughts about this college admissions thing. Unlike most parents in America, I have proximity. One of the children named in the indictment was my daughter’s classmate. Many of the kids named are familiar to my own as the private school social circles are small, if not incestuous. The kids aren’t bad kids, but they aren’t who I’d go to for morals and ethics lessons this week. Perhaps later in life they will be; I’m not prepared to write anyone off whose brain isn’t finished …

Producing a $60,000 McLaren

“That guy’s not producing a movie he’s producing a $60,000 McLaren.” 

And I beg him for the details of what must be Hollywood’s greatest perk. 

Bridge Car: Another Fair.com Car Waiting to Happen

College is settled. We know where Alexander will be going and, like most first-year students in American schools, bringing a car is highly discouraged. We had anticipated this when I bought his car a few years back, which is why his car is practical enough to be mine when he leaves. I turned in the BMW yesterday. I loved it, but hardtop convertibles are quite naturally slow. I would love something faster, but I am not ready to give up having a convertible. I need a car to take me …

Sahatsakhan Thailand

A photo of my Stepfather sometimes makes its way to my mother’s desk. It’s my Stepfather, and I know it’s him. It would be easy to mistake the subject of the photo for my stepbrother, his son, as it’s a version of him so young that none of us knew him yet. He stands next to a man, a uniformed official sporting a memorably waxed and twirled mustache. Another photo from this time features my stepfather with a monkey. He looks like a child, but he’s in the Air Force, and he’s in a …