Month: April 2015

Considering buying a car

I’ve sort of settled on what I want. A Volkswagen Golf. I’ll probably pick a used car up.

But I’m a bit torn – I can get a mid 2000’s GTI or TDI for a tad under $6K. The GTI because it moves, the TDI because they get 52MPG which would mean I’d fill up maybe once every 3 weeks. Of course the D in TDI means Diesel.

And most of the TDI’s I see are manual 5 speeds. I’m cool with that as I know how to drive a car with a manual transmission. And I know what to look for on Volkswagen and cars in general. But I also picked up an inexpensive ODB-II/EODB reader. Because the name of the game in used cars is negotiation. That $6K could be $4.5K because it may need a clutch or timing belt or both.

And I have to say I do like driving a Golf. I’ve always been one for smaller and fuel efficient vehicles. Sort of frugal that way. Plus I know it’s better for the environment if a car gets higher MPG. And better for the wallet overall.

So I guess I’m no so torn – the TDI it’ll probably be.

Truthspew’s Guide to Escalator Etiquette

So as a rail commuter from Providence RI ┬áto Boston to Cambridge MA I’ve seen some assholish behavior when it comes to escalators. For example – if the escalator is wide enough static traffic to the right, dynamic traffic to the left.

But you always get some static dolt who stand there like a dope on the left side.

And let me define – static equals not moving just standing there. Dynamic means walking up the stairs.

And today at Providence station you had a whole knot of dolts standing on the left side. What the ever loving fuck! But one guy I see regularly on the train – he’s a big guy. He just pushed his way through. How I wish I had the height and mass to do that.

So the rule – if you’re not going to climb up the stairway stay to the right! Or┬áhalten sie nach rechts if you prefer German. If you’re going to walk keep left. See, it’s simple. It’s just like driving – slower traffic to the right, faster traffic on the left.

But it explains the shitty drivers in RI too. I mean I got my license here too but I don’t do the stupid shit I see people do all the time.