Daily Archives: November 9, 2002

My Cars (past and present)

Something that I don’t think that I’ve really talked about is my new car. I had been driving a 1992 Teal Geo Metro for the last 9 years before hand. Yes, the Metro was my first car, and probably the car that I will remember. The driver and front passenger seats were quite roomy for such a small car; the rear seats were another matter completely. With an estimated MPG of 45 city /55 highway, fuel was the one thing that I didn’t have to worry about. I converted the ashtray into a gas fund so when I drove one of my friends somewhere, they put their pocket change into the fund, which helped pay for gas. A lot of the time, I would drive on empty for a day or two before fueling up. One time I drove for a week on empty, not filling up until the last possible moment. There was only one instance that I ran out of gas, and I did it at a Nation’s Restaurant next to a 76 gas station.
The Metro served me well for those nine years. Being such a small car, it was often ridiculed by my friends and others. I remember when four guys picked up the Metro while I was in it and the car was still running. I was not amused. Kurt Wallner also like to break into it and move it, usually around the corner from where I worked at; so when I would come out I would think that it was stolen. Still I loved that car.
The Metro was also used for the occasional road trip. Usually trips were made either up to Davis or Sacramento or down to San Francisco. The San Francisco trips were some of the adventurous. With all of the steep hills located here, San Francisco is a challenge, esp for a beginning manual driver. Well, we had spent the day down at Fisherman’s Wharf and was headed home, and I somehow ended up on this really steep road (California, I think). I’m at a red light waiting for it to change when this Lincoln Town car pulls up right on my bumper; now I can’t roll back or I’ll hit this bastard on my tail. So the light turns green and I pull up the emergency brake and start gunning up the car. The Town car honks his horn wanting me to go. So I floor the gas and let go of the brakes. My little car shoots straight up into the air and hits the ground running. I could see the guy behind me with his jaw hitting the ground
However after 9 years and almost 200000 miles, time was catching up to the Metro. It seemed that every year, I was spending money on major servicing of the car. Weekly trips were also taking its toll on the car. So with some help in May, I went and purchased a Ford Focus ZX3.
The Focus is similar to the Metro, and yet it’s a step above. The sound system is def. an improvement over the 2 speaker, no radio, tape deck that was in the Metro. The engine is more powerful, so now I don’t have to get a flying start to get up some of the steeper hills. And air conditioning; not that I need air conditioning here in San Francisco. However, I spent too many summer in Vacaville with out A/C in the Metro to every get a car without it again.
The major problems that I am having with the car are getting used to car payments and insurance (am def. going to look around for cheaper insurance). Also the Focus doesn’t get good gas mileage compared to the Metro. I guess in today’s world of everybody driving SUV’s and minivans, 30MPG is really good, but I think it is crap. And then I found a website where people are suing Ford for problems with the 2000 and 2001 focuses. I did some research on the web and it seems that people either love the car or have had multiple problems and hate the car. No problems so far **crosses my fingers**
I haven’t done anything major to the car, mostly cause of lack of funds. I have the Jack ball on my antenna, that’s about it. I would like to modify it somehow; not “rice boy” it up or anything. Still, there are these headlights that I saw somewhere that would look cool. They also had a stick shift that lights ups. At the very least I need some new floor mats and maybe a bra for the front. Going back and forth on a whether to get a spoiler.
Although I miss the Metro, I am love with my new car. I have already given it its inaugural road trip this summer, which it passed with flying colors. I have less than 5000 miles on it; however, it is due for an oil change any day now. My biggest worry is whether I can keep the car or not. I am hopeful that my financial situation will change for the better. But if it doesn’t, I have thought about selling the car, or trading it in for something cheaper. That will be a last resort thing though; I honestly can’t imagine getting around without a car. Ugh, what a nightmare thought. Well, I plan on keeping the Focus for a long time and I hope it last as long as the Metro.
Current mood: blah
Current music: Dance music on the radio

Honestly, do we really need

Honestly, do we really need this many celebrity journals. I mean just how many Justin Timberlake journals do we have to have before enough is enough. And isn’t Blurty suppose to be 18+? **sigh** Kids today…
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Long ass survey here.

First grade teacher’s name: Don’t remember
Last word you said: You
Last song you sang: I Want You, Madonna w/Massive Attack
Last song stuck in your head: Major Tom, David Bowie
Last person who you chatted with: Online: Angie P.; In Person: Amber W & Rob S.; Phone: Mew Seto
Last movie you saw: Either Men In Black II or Flipside….
What’s in your CD player: Nothing, all of my music is on my MP3 player
What color socks are you wearing: Barefooted right now
What’s under your bed: Nothing. No bedframe, so boxspring is on the floor
What’s the weather like: It’s actually sunny right now, even though the weather report says that it is suppose to rain today.
What time did you wake up today: Briefly woke up at 8AM cause I forgot to turn off my cell phone. Was online and semi awake until 9 when I went back to sleep. Woke up at 11am when I got a call from my boss.
What’s playing on your TV: TV is off right now.
How many close friends do you have: Enough
How many enemies do you have: More than enough
Who do you want to marry: Don’t know anymore. There was one person, but we are now seperated.
Are you going to college: No. Graduated from SF State this year with a degree in History
Where do you want to go: Not a clue.
What is your career going to be: Again, not a clue.
Where are you going to live: I currently live in a 2br/1ba townhouse with my roommate a block away from where I graduated.
How many kids do you want: None, I am an unfit parent.
Kids’ names: When I did want kids, I wanted a daughter named Vanessa.
Where do you want your honeymoon: Haven’t really thought about it, but I think that Australia or New Zealand would be cool places to go.
What kind of car will you have: Hopefully something bigger and more fuel efficent than my 2002 Focus.
What age are you going to marry: Who knows…
Name: Joseph
Nicknames: Joe, Jojobe, joey-woey, marty, tygreyes
Address: San Francisco, California United States..
College Plans: Graduated in 2002, thinking about going for my Masters.
Birthday: April 24, 1974
Birthplace: Dunn, North Carolina
Horoscope Sign: Western, Taurus; Chinese, Tiger
Siblings: 1 younger brother, Eric
Parents: Joseph H and Sonya
Best Friends: Best Friend and I split up, so position is open at the moment
Marital Status: Single
Pets: None.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Black
Glasses/Contacts: Not yet, but I think in the next 5-10 years I will need them
Height: 6’0″
Peircings: None
Righty, Lefty, or Ambidextrous?: Righty
What’s one thing you would change about yourself?: My depressive nature
What’s your most comfortable piece of clothing?: don’t know
Goal in Life: find whatever it is i really love and make my life around that
Five words to describe yourself: Patience, Arrogant Bastard, Friendly, Troubled, Indifferent
Background: Parn and Deedit from Record Of The Lodoss War
Best Girl Friend: Too many to list
Best Guy Friend: same as above
Where can you usually be found?: At work or at home; sometimes online
Who would you be with?: coworkers, roommate, or alone
Are you the center of attention?: Not really
What’s your idea of a dream date?: One that I can come home too, fall into my bed and just relish in the memories of the date for weeks afterwards.
Are you timely or always late?: fashionably late
Where’s the best hangout?: Don’t really hang out anymore
Do you like being around people or being alone?: alone
What’s your biggest turn off in the opposite sex?: Long Fingernails (talking about the claws that some women have), bad makeup, bad additude
Who was your first boy/girlfriend?: Casey Clark in 1983 or 84
Who was your first kiss?: First kiss would also have to be with Casey while her friend was watching. First “real” kiss would have to be with Kim in 1988-9.
Have you known the longest?: Dan and Jennifer Rama. Have known them since I moved back from Korea to the States in 1989.
Do you argue the most with?: Suzanne L.
Do you always get along with?: I get along with most if not all of my friends
Is the most trustworthy?: I trust all of my friends, I think.
Makes you laugh the most?: They all make me laugh….
Has been there through all the hard times?: ..and all of them have put up with me at one time or another.
Always has a man/woman?: That would have to be April L.
Is the most sensitive?: Not Sure
Biggest loser?: No one is has big a loser than I am.
Most unique?: Probably Amber P.
Has the coolest house?: Not Sure
Is the shyest?: Mia G. can be shy when she wants/needs to be
Is the most outgoing?: Amber P.
Is the most rebellious?: Don’t Know
Is the horniest?: They all are.
Is the most perfect?: They all are
Is the laziest?: Can’t Decide
Is the most optimistic? I don’t Know
Is the most conservative?: Lesa W
Is most likely to become famous?: Amber P.
Is most likely to become rich?: Peter D.
Is most likely to end up in jail?: Mark H.
Is most likely to have a million kids?: Lesa D or Gabriella A
Is most likely never to have kids?: Suzanne L. and April L.
Would, without thinking, die for you?: Not Sure
Needs a good man/woman?: Besides Me? Probably Amber P. and Mia G
Are you most jealous of?: All of them
Color: Blue
Clothes: can never have enough tee shirts
Animal: Tygers
Book: too many to choose…
Food: Same as above
Restaurant: Not sure
TV show: Don’t watch that much TV. But I always clear my schedule for Buffy The Vampire Slayer and WWE Smackdown. **sigh** I know, just let me be with my guilty pleasures. Oh and I can’t forget The Price Is Right.
TV star: Bob Barker
Movie: Sooooo sooooo many!!!
Movie star: Jack Nicholson, uhm… John Malchovick
Song: Currently it is What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye.
Singer: Too many
Band: …Too many
Music Video: Too many
Hobby: sleeping, reading, listen to music, cooking, computers
Holiday: Thanksgiving
Month: April
Season: Autumn
Flower: Tygre Lily
Girl’s name: Jasmine
Guy’s name: Don’t know
Vacation: Not Sure
School Subject: Who Knows
Teacher: Too many to list
Number: Huh?
Cartoon Character: Not Sure
Radio Station: 92.7 Party (Dance Music)
Soda: Pepsi, Cherry Coke
Breakfast food: French Toast.
Candy: KitKat, Crunch, Krackel
Place: Not sure
Shampoo: Herbal Essence
Outrageous Hair color: None
Cologne/Perfume: CK1, Contradiction, Bijion, Aspen
Gum: not sure
Video game: Too many to list
Family Member: All of them
Fast food place: In-N-Out
Alcoholic beverage: Mudslide on the rocks, Alize, Champagne
Dream: Too X rated for this survey
Thing to say in a foreign language: J’en s’ai pas, Aie gu ya
Stuffed Animal: my tigers
Disney movie: Mulan
Odd Make-out spot: My old Metro
Midnight snack: cereal
Beach: Don’t have one
Amusement park: Great America
Shoes: Pay Less Sneakers
Thing to do when your bored: sleep, aimlessly wander the internet.
Smell: sex and candy
Concert: Dave Matthews Band
Pick up Line: Trying to find one
Memories: No comment
Have you ever been suspected of committing a crime?: … don’t think so
What do you want people to say about you when you die?: don’t know
How long does it take you to get ready to go out? 15-30 minutes.
What super power would you want?: Read minds
What would you like to be reincarnated as?: God
Do you make fun of your friends?: yeah
Words or phrases you over use: mumble
If you were an animal what would you be?: A Tyger of course.
Do you enjoy talking to your self?: yes, but shhh, don’t tell anybody

For alot of them, esp the friends questions, I didn’t answer cause I didn’t want to choose between my friends and stuff. I’ll prbably come back to it later to fill in stuff that I didn’t answer.
Current mood: accomplished
Current music: Madonna – Impressive Instant