Automotive reminiscing.

By the time this posts, I will have my new Finnish driver’s license. Apparently, that will be valid until I turn 70, so no more lines at the DMV for me! 😀 I have to give them my CA DL, but that is due to expire next year anyway, so no real loss. Might just go get a new one next time I’m back in town, so that I have both options open. Did you know that teenagers getting their licenses here have to go through a series of classes and tests that end up costing $1K-$2K? Makes the few …

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Memorable License Plates.

I understand the appeal of personalized license plates, I really do. I’d just never want one myself. The point is to make your car more recognizable, right? Which could be really inconvenient if you were trying to, say, escape the scene of a crime. Not that I do lots of things that would require a quick getaway, mind you, but I like to keep my options open. Heck, I’m still trying to convince the mechanic that installing a mounted rocket cannon, ejection seats, and an engine scuba attachment on my CR-V are all feasible everyday requests. This is NOT, I …

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Crash.

So the thing about Southern California is that you can always count on seeing a really spectacular car accident every other day or so. It’s sort of taken for granted here that the majority of us will at some point or another end up in one. We go to our cars fatalistically each morning and run that gambit, much like the way people in hurricane country wait out those inevitable storms. Still, the one I encountered this morning on the way to the grocery store was a real five-star winner. Taking up five lanes of traffic takes some doing. And …

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*considers the clock* Today is my first day of winter quarter. My first class begins at noon and I live about 35 miles from campus, so I should technically have left at 9AM to allow time for traffic. The strange truth of LA traffic, however, is that I will probably get there faster if I leave at 10.15AM instead. Probably. Every day is a gamble that way. I think I’m feeling lucky today.

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