March 2nd, 2003

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07:37 pm - when I grow up, I want to be a teenage russian lesbian...
beststephi and I went to Silky's on Friday. wooble was there for the first time in quite a while. Also, yannaboo and sk4p and some of their friends showed up. Hung out with everyone for a while then came home.

Started installing mamarayne's iMac. That was a pain in the ass, because the firmware was out of date. In order to install OS X, you need modern firmware, so I had to boot it to firewire target disk mode, and format the disk (it was a brand new unformatted disk) then copy sys 9 onto it. Then I could boot it into 9 so I could download and run the firmware updater. Then I could boot off the OS X install CD and wipe the disk again and do a clean install. Royal pain, but everything is fine now. I've been playing with the Speech Recognition system because she wants to use it. I'm impressed, its come a very long way since sys7.

On Saturday, beststephi and I went to Century III Chevrolet to look at trucks. I now remember why I hate it there. Ugggh. After two hours of dealing with the pushy saleslady, she finally assured me that she should be able to get me approved for financing on a 2002 Blazer 4x4 that I liked. Test drove it, and its great. 23K miles. $23K. Now the question is do I want it? Its nice (except that its tan and I'd rather have Black, White or Red). In fact, its nicer than I even wanted, what with automatic door locks, heated outside mirrors, and automatic headlights and all the other whiz bang crap. I need to go to the used car lot with no name by Steph's office and see if I can get financed on the $7500 1997 Blazer. Its actually red, and it lacks some of the bells and whistles, but I'm perfectly capable of locking the doors my damn self. It's also got 117K miles on it, but the fact that it $15K cheaper has a definite appeal to me. The annoying thing is given the way the world is all fucked up, there is the very real likelihood that I won't be able to get approved for the small loan and will be forced to take the large loan and more expensive truck. Or I could save up another thousand dollars and justn fix the Vagabond... sigh...

After the car dealer, we stopped at target so that Steph could get some cat stuff and I could indulge my crack DVD habit. I also stopped in the CD aisle and noticed that 2pac has a new album out. Damn, that brotha' just keeps working. Also picked up t.A.T.u's CD. To paraphrase Phil Spector, "God, is a teenage russian lesbian who can sing."

Updated my friends page with lots more pictures. Shout outs to diana412, dr4b, evil_lipgloss, ludimagist, mamarayne, mg4h, and especially anukul for giving me some of the pictures.

Two weeks of solid working out, and still going strong. Can't tell if I'm buff yet. Actually, not true. I'm definitely in better shape than I was when I started, but I haven't yet acheived genetic freak status. Will have to keep working.

Current Mood: [mood icon] hungry
Current Music: Я СОШЛА С УМА by t.A.T.u.

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[User Picture]From: sui66iy Date: March 2nd, 2003 - 05:10 pm (Link)
Twenty three thousand dollars. Just wanted to spell that out. This whole "K" shorthand is dangerous ;-)

By the way, you know we're going to war in the middle east and oil prices are high, right?
[User Picture]From: stephtoth Date: March 2nd, 2003 - 06:23 pm (Link)
twenty-two nine ninty nine!

(or easy payments of a first born child every month)
[User Picture]From: mamarayne Date: March 2nd, 2003 - 06:32 pm (Link)
What the heck! You're always going to be in debt anyway. Might as well look good while you're broke. Go for the new truck.
From: anukul Date: March 2nd, 2003 - 06:34 pm (Link)
Sigh. Are you aware of all the cars you could get brand new for under $23k (which ought to be easier loans)?

My five picks for you:

Chevy S-10 or other compact pickup (people won't roll their eyes when you call it a truck)
Chrysler PT Cruiser (get a nice suit and a tommy gun)
Jeep Liberty / Ford Escape / Mitsu Outlander / Saturn Vue (or are you a sworn Chevy guy?)
Mitsubishi Eclipse
Ford Mustang

My five picks for me:

1. Honda Element
2. MINI Cooper
3. New Miata
4. VW Golf
5. Mazda Protege5
[User Picture]From: mamarayne Date: March 2nd, 2003 - 07:13 pm (Link)
The voice of reason. Good for you! MamaRayne is slipping.
[User Picture]From: jameel Date: March 2nd, 2003 - 07:48 pm (Link)
I cannot in good conscience recommend a non-Volvo. That said, a PT Cruiser would be a kickass Vagabond.
From: anukul Date: March 2nd, 2003 - 07:53 pm (Link)
It's only $500 to add flames to the side of a PT cruiser.

Or you could go with wood paneling, which I think looks righteous.
[User Picture]From: jameel Date: March 2nd, 2003 - 08:05 pm (Link)
Dude, either one would be truly, truly sweet. I think that the wood paneling has more of a Vagabond feel to it. Gimme a fedora and a tommy gun, and I got your back, Mav.

Regulatorrrrrrrrrs... mount up!
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: March 2nd, 2003 - 09:39 pm (Link)
Actually, Amazon says I can get a brand new 2003 Blazer in the colors I want with the features I want for under $25K. And I'd be able to tell people I bought it on Amazon like danitapgh. The thing is, its all about who will finance me and who won't.

I'm not sworn to Chevy, no, but I do like them.

Anyway, its all speculation for now. I'd much prefer the $7500 '97. It's exactly what I want, really. Gonna try to get out of work early tomorrow and put a financing application in. We'll see how it goes... maybe for fun, I'll have Amazon try to finance me on the 2003 too, just to see what happens.

Oh, and SUVs are trucks. I don't care what other people say. Sport Truck magazine says they are, and to hell with anyone else. :-P

Anyway, don't worry about me going out to impulse buy it. If I wanted to spend that kind of money, I'd save $7000 and buy this.
Hmmm... if I had $23K, I could buy both of them in fact... ok, I'm passing the hat around. Who wants to donate to the cause?

[User Picture]From: thwomp Date: March 3rd, 2003 - 05:28 am (Link)
Anu has a good point. For Twenty Three Thousand Dollars, you could have a very nice, very brand new car or truck. Brand New. Noone neglecting to change the oil because it was a lease and fucking it up, noone's kid melting a fuschia crayon in the backseat. NEW. New is nice.

I like the Vue heaps, especially in Burnt Orange, which is totally cute. Vue! And I really haven't had any problems with the 3 saturns I've owned/dealt with other than when I wreck the shit out of them.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: March 3rd, 2003 - 06:44 am (Link)
But if I bought a Saturn, I'd be foreced to acknowledge my yuppiedom. I'm not sure I'm ready to do that yet.

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