Saturday, October 8, 2011

What car is this?

This weeks "Guess the Car" Challenge.

Good luck - remember earliest and most information wins.

What car is this? Car revealed - 2008 Audi A3 2.0T 4D Hatchback

Last weeks car was a 2008 Audi A3 2.0T 4D Hatchback.

Congratulations to Karissa for recognizing it as an Audi and mentioning one of the hottest Audis available today!

This weeks car should be up soon.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

What Car is This?

This weeks "Guess the Car" Challenge.

Please make your guesses in the comments (Josh) and try to get as close as you can to the exact year, make, model and (if you are feeling really spot on) trim package.

Good Luck

What car is this? Car revealed - 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL550

Last weeks car was a 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL550.

Congratulations to Jason and Holly!  You guys both did great!

Thanks for participating.

Friday, September 30, 2011

It's Friday! What are your plans for the weekend?

Fall is upon us.  I live on the East Coast now (again) and absolutely LIVE for this time of year.  The leaves start changing color and the hills absolutely come alive with vibrant (word of the day from Wednesday apparently) color!

So today's drive of the week is anywhere that you can get out and see the colors of autumn coming in.

For those near where I am, I recommend the Blue Ridge Parkway.

What are your favorite drives?  What makes them your favorite?  Do you still drive for no reason other than pleasure?  Or is the price of gas keeping you home bound?

Sorry for the short post, but its the weekend and I have to get ready for a bonfire!  Hope to see some of you here!

Have a great day and I'll see you in October!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

First Successful Bonfire of the Season

As I've mentioned, part of being a driver, in my opinion, is enjoying life in between driving.  Life, after all, is not 'just driving'.

So in the interest of keeping things balanced, I want to incorporate other things that we enjoy doing - when we are not driving.  Enjoying the scenery.

One thing for me that is nearly unrivaled in terms of pure enjoyment and relaxation is having a backyard bonfire.  I do a lot of thinking when I am driving... I do at least as much thinking when I am staring into the mesmerizing flames and glowing coals of a good bonfire.

Two Fridays ago, I decided to invite some friends over for a bonfire.  We have had several over the summer, but these summer bonfires (especially in South Carolina) are not exactly the ideal example of a bonfire.  You break into a running sweat getting the thing going and no one wants to actually go anywhere near the fire because it is HOT until at least 11 or 12.

This Friday was different though.  Although we are now back up in the 80's on a regular basis, this Friday was cool (almost chilly) and there was a little bit of an overcast feel to the sky.  It was just cool enough to want to be by the fire as it got dark.

I got the fire going with some of the kids that I work with and, for at least the first hour after we had told people to come, thought we were going to be alone in our enjoyment of this fire.  This was fine with me, but a little disappointing, because, as I mentioned, it was a perfect season opening in terms of weather.  Also, I love sharing a fire with as many people as possible.  The bigger the crowd, the better the fire.  (I think the same will prove true with this blog... so invite your friends!)

Anyway, just when it looked like no one was going to be able to make it, EVERYONE showed up!  We work at a home for children.  Across our rather large campus, there are 9 homes with 5 - 8 kids in each home.  Ours has Elementary and Middle School age girls.  There are boys homes and girls homes, all with varying ages.  When I say EVERYONE showed up, I mean we went from a 'crowd' of about 6 to a MOB of about 40.  The kids played football and on the swing set and the adults circled up around the fire and got some much needed adult time.

What do you do to enjoy the scenery?  What is your escape from the ordinary?  The weekend is almost here again... what big plans are on your horizon?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Driving 101

Okay, this is the main reason that I have always wanted to start this blog.  I want to talk about the unwritten rules of the road.  The basic concepts that we all follow (or don't follow), consciously or unconsciously, every time we get on the road.  I'm talking about the myriad different circumstances that we face and, in a split second, make a decision about how to handle the situation and act.

For instance:

You are driving on a two lane stretch of freeway (an interstate for arguments sake).  The speed limit is 65 and you feel comfortable at 69.  (This will also be a good topic to cover later --- how fast over the posted speed limit is reasonable?  But we'll take this assumption for granted this time.)  There is very light traffic, so the next vehicle you see is a semi truck that you are approaching.  Again purely for speculations sake, let's say that he is travelling at exactly the speed limit of 65.  (no, I am not setting up a math word problem for you... I promise)

Shortly after you notice him, you also notice a car in your rear view that is slowly overtaking you.  Lets say they are going 74.  You and the truck in front of you are in the right lane, the approaching car is in the left lane.  (Expect more about the use of the words "fast lane" or "passing lane" in a future post as well)  As you watch the scene (very) slowly unfold, you realize that you will both be wanting to pass the truck at the same time.

You have your cruise control on.  (Obviously... how else would you be going a very steady 69?)  You obviously have a few choices.

1.  Speed up now, safely pass the truck and slow back down to your comfortable and (relatively) legal speed.
2. Maintain your current speed, but change lanes so that you can pass the truck without needing to slow down.
3. Slow down (turn off cruise control) let the other car pass the truck first and then resume your original speed in order to pass the truck.

What would you do?  Why?  If you were watching another driver (perhaps you are a passenger or the driver of the approaching car or the driver of the truck) in this situation, what would you expect him/her to do?  The answers to the last question will surely vary by region... please tell us what part of the country you are from if you answer that one!