Toy Time

by wjw on March 14, 2009

I have replaced the sad, smashed Altima with a new toy, a brand-new Eclipse GS.
(I just keep buying silver sporty cars. Can’t help myself.)
The 2.4 liter engine will keep this little honey zipping along the roads in style. It’s a lot less expensive than the Altima, will get better mileage, and will probably be more fun to drive.

Not that this makes up for being in a wreck or having been bounced around inside my own vehicle, but it does give that highly satisfying growl as I shift up through the gears, and that is a pleasing thing.

JRS March 14, 2009 at 11:44 pm

Congratulations. Nice car. 🙂 [silly joke about silver linings deleted]


Rebecca S. March 15, 2009 at 1:46 am

The car looks great and sounds like fun. Not the way you would’ve chosen to get a new car, though. Hope you are feeling okay otherwise, with no lingering ill effects of the bouncing.

Ralf the Dog March 15, 2009 at 2:10 am

My old S 2000 was silver. Have fun, and watch out for the cops. The faster the car, the more they like to pull you over. I have been pulled over by Oklahoma Highway patrol(TM) because the cop wanted to introduce himself.

“Anyone who drives a car like that probably wants to drive it fast. I just wanted to let you know that I am here.”

In the town where I live, you also have less chance getting pulled over if you are driving an American car. I guess I should drive a 4 door Ford with a fish on the back and a bumper sticker that says, “I pay extortion to the Police Retirement Fund.”

PS. It’s a cool looking car. Try not to give this one quite so glorious an end.

PPS. Let me know when you are ready to race.

dubjay March 15, 2009 at 2:38 am

Ralf, did you read the answer I gave to your comments in “Requiescat in Pace?” Because you really need to read that NOW.

dubjay March 15, 2009 at 2:39 am

And I have a somewhat less chance of being of interest to the cops here, because no matter how much I’m exceeding the speed limit in New Mexico, some jerk in an F150 always blasts past me like I’m standing still.

Ralf the Dog March 15, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Thanks for the advice. The accident was about 3/4ths of a year ago. That is when I first noted my heart running a bit fast. I assumed it was a reaction to the scare of the accident. I forgot about it until a short time ago when I had a very bad case of the flue and went to the doctor. (I think I posted something about getting bit by a cat.)

I went to the doctor, she told me my pulse was running about 80 when it is normally about 60. I told her my heart started skipping when I was working out. she told me.

1. Stop working out.

2. stop all use of caffeine and not to use any decongestants that are stimulants.

3. take a bunch of useless antibiotics and some very cool anti inflammatory steroids.

4. Come back for an EKG when I was not running a 100 degree fever.

Because it was so long ago, I did not see it as a time critical thing. I have an appointment at the doctors office on Monday.

S.M. Stirling March 16, 2009 at 6:06 am

Myself, I’ve never bought a new car. The used ones get you from A to Z just as well, and cost much less.

dubjay March 16, 2009 at 6:34 am

Steve, =you don’t know how to drive.=

Ralf the Dog March 16, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Mr. Stirling, You have never had the thrill of taking an interstate turnoff at 95 MPH when the posted speed is 35. You have never had the thrill of hearing your engine wind up to 8,500 RPM as your speed exceeds 150 MPH.

Mr. Stirling, you have never had the thrill of looking in the rear view mirror to see a rooster tail of brightly glowing molten pavement tossed thousands of feet into the air by the shockwave of your car.

Mr. Stirling, you have never had the sinking feeling when you realize that cute blond at the bar put something in your drink and you are not driving your fusion rocket powered car 30 times the speed of sound, but sitting in your 1992 VW Rabbit, looking at the reflection of your break lights on the wall of the bar.

halojones-fan March 16, 2009 at 9:36 pm

It’s only a midsize Packard with the four-wheel option, but it’s the face, and it’s been too long.

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