Saturday, January 28, 2012

So much for "stealth mode"

The color is "Rebel Fur Gloss" (nee Hot Lava)
I drove by the site of the Christmas Eve accident today on my way to the dealership and am amazed--there's no way I could have intentionally made it in between those 2 barriers. I need to take a picture next time.

Oh, and yes, this means I am becoming a Scion-tologist (patent pending). It is the 2012 Scion xB Release 9.0. In one of those coincidences that really is just the recurring motif in my life of me eating my words, Clark and I looked at this very model at the Portland Auto Show Thursday night. He was very enthusiastic about its high visibility and I said it screamed "midlife crisis" a bit too loudly. Now, in fairness to myself, that was before I found out that the hood emblem glows like a Bat Signal. I think we can all agree that glowing auto accessories are dignified. That's why your country club parking lot looks like a rave.


The Scion is designed for customization (Toyota created the brand because The Fast and the Furious crowd was passing them over in favor of Honda, Nissan and Dodge... Dodge, couldn't you just die?), and my first act of customization will be addressing this below the front bumper.
I believe the thinking at Scion went something like this: "Aside from the glowing emblems on the front at rear of the car, how will people know what kind of car it is?" I don't know if the letters are individual, in which case I will try "COINS" or "ICONS" or merely "ICON" (now I'm blushing).

1st runner up at the new car pageant
The runner-up vehicle was a 2011 Mazda CX-7 (when I began looking there were several well-priced models in stock, but I may have inherited some of my dad's catlike reflexes and decisive action traits--we are the √Čtienne Driotons of car shopping, except, of course, that I'm being facetious... still, I give myself 8.5 Dennis Millers for the obscurity of that reference). When it got down to 1 at the price point I liked, it was time to move.

Notes: test drives around 4 p.m. on a Friday afternoon on the city streets of Portland around SE 122nd and Stark are boring. It's very flat and you're stuck in slow-moving surface street traffic for miles in every direction. Okay, mile, whatever. I drove to Mt. Tabor just to get some twisty hill action, which was good. Neither car dude (Andre with the Mazda, Pierre with the Scion, and as I type this I'm sure those are total aliases, probably to avoid retaliation from angry former customers I imagine) had ever taken a test drive out there, or so they claim (perhaps praising me for the idea was just some sales trick, although it was a great idea and I am very handsome to have thought of it). The Mazda was more fun to drive, but the Scion was more comfortable for me to drive (a boxy car for a boxy guy). And the Scion has a Camry engine. And the Scion's first scheduled tune-up isn't until 120,000 miles. Which should be well after Nibiru destroys Earth (advantage: Scion).

And finally, the dealership itself, Ron Tonkin, did a TV commercial last year highlighting their selection of autos (they have like 435 different brands for sale across all their locations) with a commercial (or a series of, I don't recall more than 1) incorporating zombies and Billy Ocean. So I was amused to find this pamphlet among the dealership's sea of collateral material.

I probably should read that. In case the zombies rise before Nibiru hits.

Song of the Day: "Raining in My Heart"

Graham Nash's track from Rave On Buddy Holly, for Erin & company, who had to say goodbye to Django.



Song: "Raining in My Heart"
Artist: Graham Nash

Fun with subject lines

Whoever is working for this particular SPAMMER gets a thumbs up from me. This subject line, more than all the VIGGARRAA APPLICATION and DETIALS ON YOUR FUNDS ONCLOSED subjects combined.
Oh shit, Richard!
Oh shit, indeed.

Meanwhile who are all these lovely sounding ladies...

Friday, January 27, 2012

Song of the Day: "Betty Wang"

The band is Hospitality, and an album of the same name comes out next Tuesday. Is it their debut? I can't tell. (Okay, it maybe be a debut LP but they had an EP in 2009, and it included this song, which makes this kinda old, but it's what I've got for you, so go with it).



Song: "Betty Wang"
Artist: Hospitality

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Song of the Day: "Somebody That I Used to Know"

This is Gotye, who is a dude, not a band (Wouter "Wally" De Backer). And it sounds a lot like The Police to me, which is why I find myself confused as to why some lesser Police track is getting all kinds of radio play these days.

It's cause it's not them! Duh! It's new(ish) and Belgian! Belgiumian! Whatevs.

Wait, he's from Belgium but now lives in Australia (not Austria).

It won the ARIA (the Australian Grammy) for Single of the Year (and I was hoping it would be the unreleased voice mail from Bon Iver complaining about his hotel room--I was really rooting for that).

Eventually I will get caught back up on work and music and shit.



Song: "Somebody That I Used to Know"
Artist: Gotye

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Song of the Day: "Comeback Kid"

So that's what it takes to knock me out of my daily blogging schedule: a morning during which all I can do is grunt, curse and spill things, followed by an international conference call with clients, followed by traffic stress, followed by, I don't know, life. I slept a lot last night. So Tuesday, January 24th, you will lack a song of the day. As the Mayans prophesied, no doubt. It's a sign.

Sleigh Bells were a 2010 band who took a while to grown on me. This single is easier on the ears, out of the gate, so maybe I've gotten over that hump. Or not. Hard to say.


Song: "Comeback Kid"
Artist: Sleigh Bells

Monday, January 23, 2012

Song of the Day: "Bizness"

This track from tUnE-yArDs topped some list of songs from 2011, and I'm not really organized for music this week, so I'll borrow from that.



Song: "Bizness"
Artist: tUnE-yArDs

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Song of the Day: "Clear Eye Clouded Mind"

The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy is the new one from Nada Surf. It's out Tuesday if you need to get me a gift for some reason.



Song: "Clear Eye Clouded Mind"
Artist: Nada Surf