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Apr. 10th, 2008

Okay, I'm finally starting to dig out of my hole. Communications will resume shortly. I also have a couple of new ideas for writing topics, so I really am going to finish the "Dear Friends" series soon so I can move on to other things. Really.

As of Monday, we have a new employee. He is graduating college in May and will start with us full-time in the beginning of June, although he plans to come in for a couple of days of training prior to that. I had a really good feeling about him, and so did Joe, and we have a lot of hope.

A third window motor on my car died at lunchtime today. My window's still working, but it's the only one left. That's a pretty clear sign. I'm no longer holding out hope that I can wait till January to replace the car. I just have to decide between trying to hold out until after credit checks for a new lease (we're moving in September), or just buying a new car prior to the registration and inspection expiring in June. I guess I'd better start looking around seriously at the dealerships, either way.

My brother called me this evening. He and Renee just got back from a friend's wedding in Prague, and they got engaged while they were there. No surprise, we've all been expecting it, but exciting nonetheless. Like the air sign he is, he managed to surprise himself with the way he did it. He had a plan, and was all ready for it - and she was expecting it then - but they hadn't gotten there yet, and they were walking across a bridge that's very romantic and one of her favorite spots. The moment felt right, so he just got down on a knee and said he needed to ask her something. She said "Oh, you want me to hold your camera?" And instead he asked her to marry him. They're looking at either summer 2009 or summer 2010 for the wedding, depending on when and where she gets her internship.

It's a little odd to think that my little brother's old enough to get married, but if I'm old enough to consider myself off the shelf, he's certainly old enough to be on it. I'm delighted; Renee's exactly the right girl for him, and I can finally stop feeling guilty when I think of her as my sister-in-law.

That's all the news I can think of for now.

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turtle_morn
Apr. 11th, 2008 10:21 am (UTC)
car stuff
If you are still thinking about the Corolla, I can tell you that snow tires solve the hills in winter problem and otherwise we've had no problems with it. Nathan says to tell you want a Hyundai Elantra - he's driven his Dad's and, of the small sedans, he really liked it. We didn't look at one because I was instant on side curtain airbags, but I'm a freak like that. We also test drove a Civic and both hated it, if that data point is useful.
collacentaur
Apr. 11th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
Re: car stuff
I'll keep it in mind.

I'm still hoping to stay out of the Japanese cars if at all possible. The American manufacturers don't seem to like small- to mid- sedans, though, and I don't know if I can afford German.
leftsphenoid
Apr. 11th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
Re: car stuff
just to put in my two cents: my corolla's a fun car, easy to drive really fast ;). i do love it. hated the civic when i test drove it. didn't consider the fit because just looking at it made me claustrophobic, and if i remember it's not that much cheaper. it is difficult to find a small sedan by american manufacturers, and their version of the economy model is not cheap. wes has a hyundai elantra and it has served him very well. it feels nice and roomy, good mileage and all that, and a good warranty. of course he's well over the 100,000 mile mark now, but still...
collacentaur
May. 15th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
Re: car stuff
So, you know what's funny? I completely forgot about this comment.

On Monday, I saw someone in QuickCheck who looked like me, and when I left, her car looked like mine, but it was a new Hyundai Elantra. Today I checked out their website, and it seems to match all my requirements. John looked it up on Consumer Reports, and it's rated the best of all the cars in the size range I want.

I still have to go find a dealership and get into one, but it's by far the front-runner at this point.

Tell Nathan I said he's probably right, and I should have listened to him a month ago.
turtle_morn
May. 15th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Re: car stuff
You made his evening. He wants to know why I don't ever say things like that to him.

Plus, it makes him really happy to think and talk about cars, and it makes me really happy not to hear about cars, so it's always good to find an audience for him.

The real question now is what color...
collacentaur
May. 15th, 2008 01:03 pm (UTC)
Re: car stuff
Well, the real question is can I stand to sit in it and drive it. If I hate how it feels, it doesn't matter how good it is on paper.

However, given the color options, most likely blue. I like the idea of purple, of course, but it'd have to be a really specific purple to have that much of it.
swimpaddlz
Apr. 11th, 2008 11:16 am (UTC)
this may sound weird, and i know you're a sedan driving person, but...try the honda fit. it's small. but i have a 6 foot 7 inch or so friend who never is comfortable in any "small" car and he fit in it. comfortably. with his wife and 3 kids in there too. felt there was still room after that!! and it gets excellent gas mileage...worth a try, at least! but i agree with turtle_morn not liking the civic, my boss has a relatively new one and its interior feels....cheap.


collacentaur
Apr. 11th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
I'll keep it in mind.
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collacentaur
Apr. 11th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
Our lease is up at the end of September, and we need more space and a second bathroom if we're going to continue living together.

It's unlikely that we'll find what we want for the right price in Madison, but I don't want more than about a 20 minute commute. If we can't find anything inside that range, I may try again to find a place on my own. Right now, though, the rental market is following the sales market, and there's a ton of availability and prices are staying reasonable. We'll see what's out there in 3 months or so.
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collacentaur
Apr. 11th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
It'll probably be movers if we move together; possibly even if I move on my own. I might ask for help with the packing, though.
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