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Aug. 4th, 2011 10:33 am
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Hah! I haz life skillz! I am rather pleased with myself this morning after borrowing a teeny tiny phillips head screwdriver from the sysadmins at work and replacing the battery in my car's remote entry/key fob.

Hopefully this will solve the mysterious "slow to start" problem I've been having sporadically for the last month. (It should. The key fob battery is supposed to last 1-3 years and the car is almost four years old and the procedure for "what to do if the key fob battery is dead" worked for getting the car to start, so all signs point to this as the problem.)
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It took nearly an hour of fussing around, visits to three different gas stations, two tries with broken air machines (one that was frankly labeled as broken and one that was lying in wait to remove air rather than adding it), and the intercession of a gas station attendant to fix the damage done by the second broken machine which left one tire entirely flat, but I have now got an appropriate amount of air in all four car tires, as evidenced by the fact that the 'low tire pressure' warning light is no longer lit. I am rather pleased with myself for having persevered through all of that.
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I was just about to schedule an oil change, since I'm at 3600 miles and have been feeling guilty about not changing the oil for the last 600 miles, and I checked the manual to see what other routine maintenance they recommended. I found that the manual recommends oil changes every 5000 miles/6 months. I'd always been told 3000 miles/3 months in the past. So, how often do you change your oil?

(p.s. I will be joining the LJ content strike on March 21st, from midnight to midnight, GMT. I'm not sure it will achieve anything, but I agree that LJ's management continues to make mistakes in how it treats the users and I hope this will get their attention.)
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Gas mileage dropped a bit on the second fill-up to just over 45 mpg, possibly because we did less highway driving on this tank.
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I'm still here. Just low on energy lately and thus quieter than usual. Random factoids:

I got a flu shot on Tuesday. My arm is still a little tender but I only really notice it when I'm rolling over in bed.

Wednesday is my double workout day, but only for another week. [livejournal.com profile] creed_of_hubris and I signed up for line dancing lessons through the community ed program. We're now on week seven of eight. Our classes have about 20 people, are held in a school cafeteria, and are taught by a husband and wife team. She demonstrates and talks us through the dances with a headset microphone at the front of the class and he changes the CDs and reports on our progress at the back of the class, letting her know whether we're getting it or whether she needs to go through it again. I'm really enjoying the classes but I suspect [livejournal.com profile] creed_of_hubris is mostly humoring me. After we were already signed up for that, they started a lunchtime yoga class at work and I wanted to try that too. I have some yoga videos but had never taken a class before. Unfortunately, the class is much too advanced for me. It assumes strength and flexibility I don't have and while the instructor does suggest some modifications, her suggestions are largely still above what I can do. So I end up pretty sore afterwards. But I'm figuring out my own modifications and I'm going to keep trying it for another month. I'd be better off with a beginner's class, but the convenience of having a class right at work is very attractive and worth putting up with some frustration. The line dancing class ends next week, so after that I'll be down to one workout per Wednesday.

I think I'm getting used to the annoying back-up beep on the Prius. [livejournal.com profile] creed_of_hubris and I went out for Thai food after dance class this week and when I started up the car and put it in gear I hesitated because something was wrong. It didn't sound right. Then I realized that I had parked so that I could pull out the front of a space, rather than backing out, and the reason the car didn't sound right was because it wasn't beeping. So I think that answers the question of whether I'd get used to the beep.

Prius

Nov. 3rd, 2007 05:45 pm
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The new car got its first gas-up this week. Assuming the dealership filled the tank right before they gave it to me (and it certainly appeared so), it's getting a round 50 mpg.

Prius!

Oct. 13th, 2007 10:14 pm
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I know, I'm all about the car lately. But I just have to mention that today I noticed that it has no ashtrays. When did that happen? Is it just the Prius or are all new cars like that now? Also, way to go Prius! No ashtrays is a bonus from my point of view.

I've played with the cruise control and I'm quite enjoying the power locks and windows, none of which the old car had. Also, there are controls on the steering wheel for the air conditioning and the radio.

I suppose the novelty of these sorts of things wore off for most of you years ago, but for the moment I'm really enjoying how much I like the car. Happy, happy. Particularly after the stress of worrying that the old one would just die and leave me stranded.
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We have a Prius! So far, I'm loving it. And the process of getting it from the dealer wasn't too bad. They took it very gracefully when I turned down their extended warranty and their financing. Last time, when I bought the Mazda, I got a hard-sell guy and had to spend more than half an hour repeatedly declining the financing, the extended warranty, the rust-proofing, and I forget what-all else.
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Just put down a deposit on a Prius. If all goes as planned, it'll be waiting for us when [livejournal.com profile] creed_of_hubris and I get back from our New York trip on the 12th.

If anyone in the area didn't get the news through other channels, we'll be in New York City from tomorrow (Thursday) evening through the following Thursday and are hoping to arrange some socializing (dinner, shows, museums) while we're there.

The last decision on the car front, I think, is whether to take the extended warranty. We are inclined toward 'no' as Consumer Reports generally recommends against them.
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[livejournal.com profile] creed_of_hubris and I went test-driving yesterday as part of our grand plan to obtain a new vehicle before the old one dies. I drove a 2008 Prius and then a Corolla, just so I'd have something to compare the Prius to other than my current nine year old Protege. I really like the way the Prius rides. It feels much nicer than any car I've ever had, but that is perhaps to be expected given that it's a step up in price category from my previous cars. I think I could get used to the alien dashboard and having all the controls and gauges in a different place from what I'm used to. What worries me is the restricted view out the rear window. The one we drove had a back-up camera that gave a nice full view of the area behind the car on the Prius's little status screen. But I think the restricted view would still be awkward for things like changing lanes on the highway. What annoys me is that the thing beeps when it's in reverse. And it's not an optional feature, no way to turn it off. I suppose I would get used to it. But it's still annoying.

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