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Cleveland Nights
My "trip log 2007" begins with yet another unexciting drive to Cleveland for work. I left this morning at 5:30am, over two hours before the sun rose. I'm not a morning person, and it was quite a shock for me to be awake for so long, wondering why on earth the sun wasn't up yet.

Actually the only exciting part was, "Will I stay awake or not?", which wasn't exciting so much as nerve-wracking. I slept very poorly last night, but still I managed to accomplish the challenge by rolling down my window, allowing it to snow in the car. And I leaned forward in my seat, occasionally standing with as much weight as possible on my left leg, occasionally bouncing up and down to get my blood circulating. Also, I sang along with the radio a lot, whether or not I knew the words. I managed to stay awake the whole drive there, but it definitely wasn't pleasent. Especially the 45 minutes I spent nearly stopped, inching through the thick snowfall along 480 past the downtown area.

I drove my rental car - a PT Cruiser. Nifty car. I still don't know what I want to buy; I still haven't even figured out if I want a new car or a used car. But I'll need to do that soon.

I had more I wanted to babble about, but -- speaking of being too tired to function properly -- for now I'm going to sleep. Long day!

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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: January 17th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC) (Link)

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thatdog From: thatdog Date: January 17th, 2007 07:39 am (UTC) (Link)
My last rental was a PT Cruiser. It was a fun little car to zoom around SLC in but I think the novelty of driving a station wagon would wear off rather quickly.
ellison From: ellison Date: January 17th, 2007 07:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I personally want a Prius - total access to the carpool lane on the freeway here in California! And good for the environment!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: January 17th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
How often can you change rental cars?

It might be a good idea to rent some of the cars you are thinking of driving for a week to see if you like them.

Unfortunately you cannot rent Hondas but maybe you can drive someone elses.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 17th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I sang along with the radio a lot, whether or not I knew the words.

This amuses me to no end. I can picture it. < big grin >

Glad you made it safely.

thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: January 17th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's been a long time since I've posted somewhere other than my house or yours. Apparently logging in is a skill I have been neglecting. It's atrophied with disuse.
From: writerwench Date: January 17th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I owned a PT Cruiser for 10 months. Then replaced it with a Renault 5 - 'Le Car', 1970's design. Which is far superior in terms of economy, turning circle, driver comfort, and fun.

The PT cruiser had a crappy small turning circle. To reach the pedals (with my not-short legs) I had to haul the driver's seat so far forward the belt was perpetually tight across my neck. There was also very little lateral seat support when cornering. It was very heavy, so guzzled gas, and didn't have much 'oomph' at all. And its big engine put it in a high road tax bracket.

Great to drive through a hurricane, snow, or along a straight road, but just not fun on twisty English roads.

If you wanted something practical, fairly big, manouverable, economic, and fun to drive, I'd suggest an older-style Renault Espace. Providing you can get one with fully overhauled electrics, they are BRILLIANT vehicles. And unlike the other MPV's, the bodywork is fibreglass, not metal, so the fuel economy, handling, and safety is excellent.

(btw retepsnave is mutual friend)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 18th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool, thanks for the review! Personal experience always helps. Nice to meet you. *smile*
mbumby From: mbumby Date: January 17th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you made it in safely. (Greetings from Georgia.)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 18th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! *wave*
joline From: joline Date: January 18th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Will your trips ever bring you closer to pittsburgh?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 18th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, Cleveland is the only place my company likes to send me, generally.... but hmm.... I could consider extending a trip into a weekend sometime and seeing other places. That might be nifty. Just how far is pittsburgh from cleveland?
joline From: joline Date: January 19th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)
2 hours! It's an easy trip. :) Think about it!
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