Jason’s Car Post

22 11 2008

Jason posted on his blog about the various vehicles in his life over the course of his being a driver and he encouraged us to do the same. I am in Nashville until Monday and just got back to the hotel room and decided I would take a few minutes to share with you the vehicular odyssey of my life. For some of you this will be silly memories and to the others who didn’t previously know about some of these all I can say is don’t judge! 🙂

My first car from 16 years of age until I graduated from college was a 1989 Mercury Tracer Hatchback. Those of you who know this car know it fondly as “The T-Racer” She was a good (mostly) dependable car that did have a few small hiccups, like the wheel falling off at 80 miles per hour. You know it happens sometimes. 

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After I graduated from college and got a ‘real job’ my first order of business was to replace The T-Racer with something that I deemed to be much cooler. This is when I bought my 2001 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition. I wanted this car for about a year before I actually had the chance to buy it. Her name was Eleanor.

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When we traded Eleanor in on Laura’s 2007 Jetta (also a Wolfsburg I might add) I drove her old car for just a little while, but I will not post about the Alero for it should be in her upcoming post about the rides of her life. When the time came for the Alero to go I got something I had wanted for a long time. A pickup truck. I bought a used 2003 Toyota Tundra: Terminator 3 Limited Edition (yes it is real, no I did not buy it because of that). They only made 850 of this limited edition vehicle. The key features that set it apart are the custom grill, T3 badging, custom exhaust, and interior trim touches. 

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Now that you’ve seen the vehicles that have been key in the formative years of my life thus far allow me now to share with you a couple of other “winners” from my families past (heavy emphasis on the sarcasm of the ‘winners’ line). 

First as a child I remember my parents bought this terribly ugly Colt Vista Wagon (made by Dodge if I am not mistaken). This would seemingly set the precedent for one of our later candidates. 

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Through jr. high and high school my parents had their mini-van kick (it tends to happen with 3 kids I hear, I need to watch out I’m only one shy right now). They bought two, succesively, of these slightly Star Trek Landing Shuttle’esque Mazda MPV vans. Come to think of it the Star Trek look is probably the reason why my dad bought this one.

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And finally, no story of the vehicles of my family would be complete without the Pontiac Aztek. That’s right I said it, my parents were one of the three people in America that bought always appeared to be a mini-van humping a doorstop. And just in case you were wondering, YES it was yellow!

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There’s really not anything else that can be said after seeing a picture like that. I hope the rest of you will do this post on your blogs too!

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Don’t Put the Ember Out

15 11 2008

I know I am almost a week behind on this but if you haven’t watched it yet it is totally worth all of the six and a half minutes it will take. Please do yourself a favor and watch this clip. You can find the full text of the clip here if you would prefer to read it.





Stephanie Made Me Do It

10 11 2008

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Steph referred to the occasional survey thingie that comes around about every quarter or so and she decided that we need new questions. I agree completely (mostly because “What are you wearing right now?” not only isn’t helpful but also rings of how most episodes of “To Catch A Predator” start). I am pasting the questions she asked and adding three more to the bottom of the list (as denoted by the asterisks). Feel free to do the same on your blog (both answer and add) and then we can check them and update ours with your new questions. Confused? Good. Go!

What was your favorite birthday? – (No pity needed here) So far it has not been today. I am going with 16 because I got to drive (18 was not great because I missed the election by less than a week, 21 was no big because I drank long before then). So yeah 16, four wheels and freedom baby…T-Racer style!

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? – Relaxing morning with the fam (coffee, breakfast), the afternoon out and about, and the evening capped off by cooking a great meal and time spent outside with a cold beverage and good conversation.

What is the best song to turn up all the way and sing to? – Most anything by Foo Fighters (notably these days “The Pretender”).

What television show will cause you to ignore your roommate/spouse/children/phone until the next commercial? – The Daily Show, you gotta be quick or you’ll miss something. LOST is pretty intense as far as concentration too.

When was the last time you cursed at the tv? – Easy, the last time Auburn was on (this has happened a lot more this year than I would like to admit).

If you have kids, what are you most likely to let your kids get away with when you’re tired? – At this stage of life, changing into PJ’s for sleep time. Mostly its not because of me being tired its for not wanting to stir the sleeping baby giant once they are down for the night.

Aside from major milestones, what is your best moment (to date)? – This question is more challenging than I thought it would be…I feel a separate and related post coming on.

Are you an extrovert or introvert? How do you know? – I am incredibly BOTH. I know that’s not how this works but hear me out. In high school I was VERY shy and did not come out of my shell a whole lot unless I was around people I knew really well. That part of me has changed greatly but I am still likely in a crowd of unknown people to not be the one to strike up every (if any sometimes) conversations. As soon as I am in a place of comfort though…look out. I love to make people laugh and thus that fuels my need to either be in on every conversation, make a ‘witty’ remark, or just generally attempt to entertain.  The funny part to me is that I SO didn’t used to be like that. My high school me would not know the now me.

*What is your single biggest pet peeve that you see in other drivers (as in you are not in the car with them)? – Mine by far is smoking with the windows UP. And if you have a child in the car with you, OH MY DOD, I am likely to run you off the road just to break a window and liberate that poor trapped soul.

*What is a fashion trend or item that you really admire on other people but would never dare to try? – I like the skinny modern suits that some guys pull off (movie star/musician types)

*If you go to college again right now and major in anything you wanted and follow up with another something what would it be? – I would definitely go Political Science and Law School





SNL (Saturday Night Laugh)

9 11 2008




Dear Birthday Fairy

7 11 2008

My birthday is just around the corner and its kind of a big one. I don’t typically make a “birthday list” but I have found something that I really really want. I know I shouldn’t be asking for anything I mean after all I got the best present ever last Tuesday when this guy became our next President but still I do have one wish. I would like one of these…

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I am sure one of you out there can make my happy little day by making this happen. Thanks in advance!





Morning in America

5 11 2008

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Without question we stayed up late last night to enjoy the celebration as President-Elect Obama made his speech and as other news came across the wires. So after going to bed at 1 a.m. and then getting up this morning at 5 a.m. to feed Harper and Lily I was decidedly tired. The following is the awesome conversation that took place between Mrs. M and myself.

Me (as I lay in bed summoning the strength to get up): I am so tired

Her (in the bathroom finishing up getting ready for work): Me too, love

Me: You know what I think is a great idea? Tonight when the girls go to bed at 5:30 p.m. we should do the same.

Her: That’s a good idea. You know what else you could do?

Me: What’s that?

Her: Every time, today, that you think about being tired you can tell yourself you aren’t. Oh yeah, and you can tell yourself that Barack Obama is President, BECAUSE HE IS!

 

One of the many reasons I love her is for brilliant insight like that. Good morning America, you look a little more “Hopey” than when I saw you at this time yesterday! 🙂





Why I am Voting for Change

4 11 2008

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Today is election day. A couple of weeks ago Mr. Lucas gave all of us in our blogging circle a homework assignment. This is my submission:

Today I am voting for Senator Barack Obama and Senator Joe Biden for President and Vice President of the United States of America. My reasons for my choice are many and I will probably not get anywhere near talking about all of them, but I do want to hit some of the highlights. First and foremost I am a Democrat. My political and social views of the world and the issues that face our country most line up with this party. I consider myself very open minded and more than willing to listen to the opinions of others and having had many conversations with many people over the years I am certain in my alignment with the Democratic party. 

I do take issue with the fact that in this country over the last almost 30 years (I really am starting to get old) that the common belief is that the Republican Party is the Christian party, and the Democratic party is filled with heathens who want to raise your taxes, kill babies, and take guns away. There is no one side that is right and there is no one side that is wrong. We are all right, we are all wrong. 

I think I got off track.

Senator Obama signifies change in our country (now technically Senator McCain would be change also because unless George Bush gets a third term anything is going to be a change). Our country is in need of this breath of fresh air. Senator Obama is young and idealistic. He has a vision for our country that sees it returning to a prominence on the world stage that it hasn’t seen in many many years. Our country was for years the greatest in the world, and over the course of time (through many varied events) it has lost some of that shine that it once had. Senator Obama wants to meet with the leaders of the world to attempt to repair the fractured relationships that have been damaged. Instead of bullying our way into getting what we want he wants to try something that hasn’t been tried in a while, diplomacy. 

Senator Obama cares to see healthcare reform in this country. With 47 million uninsured people in our country (a great deal of them children) we need a change that can improve this system and provide access for those who truly need it. Senator Obama wants to help the middle-class in America. As the backbone of our country, the middle-class, are the ones that often deal with the greatest struggles as far as taxation and other day-to-day things like insurance and much more. By increasing taxes on those that make $250,000 or more that allows for tax cuts for those that most need it. The saying goes “to those that much is given much is expected” and I think this is very appropriate. As a member of the middle-class and a recipient of some of the potential cuts that could be instituted I can honestly say that if I were in the upper percentile of those who make above 250K I would be glad to pay my extra share as I would be aware of my ability to do so. 

Our country has the potential to be so much greater than it is. What we need at this time in history is a person with vision and energy that can renew the vigor that our country once had. We can be so much greater than we are and I believe that Senator Barack Obama provides us with the best chance to achieve that aim. Four years ago I watched Senator Obama give his keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention and for those 20 minutes or so I was captivated by a hope (yes I said it, and it really is not cliche…it is what every one of us Democrat or Republican clings to) of an America that can be what the forefathers envisioned. An America that reaches out to its tired, its poor, its huddled masses. An America that helps the world not bullies it. An America that others can turn to for shelter in times of tumult and distress. Senator Obama brings real hope of real change. Many want to say that those of us that are supporting him are being fooled and that we are naive. I don’t believe that. I believe that he is the best candidate for the job. And that is why…

Today November 4th, 2008 I cast my vote for Senator Barack Obama and Senator Joe Biden.