Saturday, June 18, 2005

DIRK™ Goes Car Shopping.

(Since my angry fascist-liberal readers are complaining about the lack of navel-gazing blog stuff, here's a bone for them. Don't want them calling names or anything, do we?)

The lease on my environment-destroying UAV (Urban Assault Vehicle) is up next week, so it's time to get a new set of wheels. All the car companies are hurting in the UAV sales dept. and fire sales are in effect.

I'm currently despoiling the planet in a car which shall remain nameless, but rhymes with "Bored Exploder". GM is offering Employee Discount Pricing deals and I checked out a Trailblazer, but I didn't like the stereo. No guff, even with XM radio, I didn't like the stereo soundfield. I'm picky that way and since I listen to 99% of my music on the road, this was a deal breaker.

The ultra-chipper sales guy where I got my current UAV from and his sales manager are the stereotypical high pressure, "So, shall we get the papers going?", types that give cliches their foundation. Due to desperation, there are so many incentives, I'm moving to a higher-line model for about $10 more per month.

Yeah, I'm boring myself writing this too. What's instructive is that 6 years ago, I was driving a hooptie with broken AC, the transfer case didn't work, it had nearly a quarter-million miles on it and a ghetto mechanic was going to damage it to the point of scrap while ripping me off on repairs.

Now I'm about to pick up a new UAV, I make 80% more than I did then and life's OK. And somehow I did it all without a government program that robbed someone else to give me succor in return for swearing fealty to some politician.

Self-determination. Try it sometime instead of mugging others with fascist-liberal schemes.

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