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We Now Own a Prius

You've probably heard me tell stories of my ancient Accord, Ruby Lee, who has been getting less and less dependable. The Mr.'s Avalon made sense when he bought it a decade ago, but it's a little silly at this point in terms of gas mileage. So, Ruby's days are probably numbered, and I'll be stuck driving a Toyota boat. Which is OK, I guess, because I don't drive to work (I take Metro), so it's only for shopping and such. Hence the Prius.

It's white and its rear visibility sucks, but it has a back-up camera (and lots of other strange electronic gizmos). I'm thinking we could call it Jeep and confuse everyone.

Oh, and half the power at the dealership building was out. So it took us more than 3 effin' hours to complete the paperwork (the staff were all sharing the printers in the powered part of the building, for one thing). At one point, I was lighting the process with the Mini-Maglite that I carry in my bag, like the geek I am. I am now more behind that ever on what I was trying to get done this weekend ... .

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lawless523
Nov. 16th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
Wonder what's with the power outage?

Enjoy your new car and its gizmos.
chomiji
Nov. 18th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)

Whatever was happening at the dealership, the owner was looking quite frazzled - as we were finishing up, I heard one of the flunkies say to him that the electrician was on his way.

Actually, it's mostly going to be the Mr.'s car - he has the long driving commute. But I need to learn to deal with it too.

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chomiji
Nov. 18th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)

The Mr. is just being tolerant about the name idea - he never names his cars. (The poor Avalon has no name - it's such a smooth but bland car that I never thought of anything to call it.)

His commute is so weirdly variable that it made sense to get him something that's fuel-efficient. He goes to different sites on different days.

This is indeed the smallest car we've ever had, and smaller than the Avalon by far, but not all that awfully much lighter than Ruby or the early-model Camry that preceded the Avalon.

Thanks for the advice - he's also been polling his co-workers about their experiences.

lady_ganesh
Nov. 16th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
I loves my Prius, though the camera doesn't work particularly well in strong sunlight. I approve of the name!
chomiji
Nov. 18th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)

The Mr. is being a Tolerant Husband about the name. Mr. Engineering does not name cars.

I will pass on the warning about the camera on bright days!

lady_ganesh
Nov. 18th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
Hee!

I love this car.
lady_ganesh
Nov. 20th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
And I almost forgot to tell you-- don't put too much weight on the front seat or the car will decide you have an Unsecured Passenger and BEEP at you in a terrifying way. Scared the crap out of me the first time it happened.
smillaraaq
Nov. 21st, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
...hack that so it says "KYUUUU!" instead, and that would be startlingly Jeep-like!
jinxaire
Nov. 16th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
Congrats on the new car. I very much want a Prius, have wanted one for a couple of years now. I'm happy with my Toyota Matrix, though, especially since it'll be paid off next July. Whee!

Adorable name, too.
chomiji
Nov. 18th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)

Thanks for the kind words. There was a red Matrix sitting next to the Prius we bought, at the car lot!

blue_hobbit
Nov. 16th, 2009 09:23 am (UTC)
Yay for a new car! And you have the perfect name for it too :)
chomiji
Nov. 18th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)

It's mostly going to be the Mr.'s car, and he's not going to call it that ... he never names his cars. I'll have to be sentimental for two!

lauand
Nov. 16th, 2009 09:35 am (UTC)
Please, DO call it Jeep.
chomiji
Nov. 18th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)

Hee, I'll call it Jiipu, but he won't!

vom_marlowe
Nov. 18th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
Yay! I've heard such good things about them.
chomiji
Nov. 18th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)

We had heard good things also, both from friends and colleagues and from Consumer Reports (yes, we are geeky people who read Consumer's ... ).

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