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May 10, 2015

My previous post started with an apology. And then I took another four weeks to write again. Obviously my apologies are not to be trusted.

The highlight of the last few weeks was seeing the Detroit Symphony perform Bruckner's 4th symphony. with Dave as usual. Dave will be here in a short while as we go back to Orchestra Hall to see Mahler's 1st symphony and a concerto performed by the famed violinist Midori not the famed violinist Midori who, unfortunately, cancelled due to illness.

In the meantime, I've managed to sleep an awful lot. This is what some depressed people do, see. Sigh. As it turns out, I have a sleep study scheduled for this week, so I have to somehow avoid three-hour naps this week, or else my sleep study will be a mess. It would be nice if I could feel better overall so I can avoid the naps. We'll see. I'm going to try getting more physical activity in. I've been away from the gym for a few weeks, which is quite the waste of a gym membership fee. Even if I just use the treadmills and exercise cycles there, it's a start.

I'm beginning the process of shopping for a new car. Pray for me. I haven't done this in ten years. My Stratus has developed quite a few issues that haven't prevented anything yet, but will at some point. So it's probably time. I'm looking at outdoorsy kinds of cars from Jeep or Subaru (the latter being kishenehn's fault, but only partly). Well, I will be looking, when I actually get to a car lot and put myself at a salesman's mercy. *shudder*

My lilac has bloomed and it's having a good year. I took a photo, but I haven't processed it yet.

Oh, yeah, the worst bit: I am still fighting with my Win7 laptop. I went so far as reinstalling the OS, then re-updating it, and finally when it seemed stable I downloaded the latest ESET NOD32 antivirus (which has worked very well for me for four years). And then ... the very next day it did its hang routine with the frizzy geometric pattern onscreen again. GAH. I don't know whether to kill myself or go bowling, at this point. It's probably going to a repair shop at some point. I can't imagine anything else I can do.

How's this for an omnibus update? Too many subjects for one blog post, I know. Anyway... here's hoping I come back sometime sooner than four weeks. Hope all y'all are well. You still look great.

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kishenehn
May. 11th, 2015 03:30 am (UTC)
1) Bowling is pretty much always better than suicide.

2) If you bought a Jeep instead of a Subaru I'd probably have to defriend you. (OK, not really, but ... :-)
songdogmi
May. 11th, 2015 05:09 am (UTC)
Well, I do have a ... bowling ball. :)

Dave has a Jeep Liberty (2003). It's nice, but ... Subarus are so cute, y'know? Of course you know. One consideration is, I like my mechanic (who's not affiliated with a dealer) and he's only 1 1/2 miles away from my house, but I don't know if he works on Japanese cars. That wouldn't be so bad, though, because the Subaru dealer is only a mile farther away than he is from me.

Edited at 2015-05-11 05:10 am (UTC)
kishenehn
May. 11th, 2015 02:06 pm (UTC)
I was a big fan of the old-style Jeeps (like the CJ-5), but I confess that I'm not a fan of the current models. Different cars are right for different people, though, and I do try to keep my fanboy tendencies in check ... at least a little. :)

And a good mechanic is worth holding on to!
songdogmi
May. 12th, 2015 07:28 pm (UTC)
I wanted a CJ-5 when I was a kid. It doesn't seem like the right vehicle for a fifty-year-old, though. The higher-end Jeeps seem a little more like traditional SUVs than Jeeps, unfortunately.

My nephew wants me to get a top-of-the-line Grand Cherokee. Sure, I have $40k+ to just dump into a car.... not.
kishenehn
May. 12th, 2015 10:33 pm (UTC)
Part of me would still love to have a CJ or a Wrangler ... but yeah, they only make sense as second or third cars. They're lousy daily drivers.

The thing that bugs me about most of the other current Jeep models is that once you get past the grille, in a lot of ways they're not really Jeeps as much as they are rebadged Dodges or Fiats. It seems like Chrysler is just taking advantage of the great old Jeep name as a way to generate sales ...
songdogmi
May. 12th, 2015 11:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah. The Jeep Cherokee sure looks a lot like the Dodge Journey these days. That's not so good.
georgelicious
May. 11th, 2015 10:26 am (UTC)
I drive a 2006 Liberty and I love it.
songdogmi
May. 12th, 2015 07:26 pm (UTC)
The Liberty seems very good. I've only driven one once (back from one of those medical appointments a friend had with anesthesia) and it was good. It's not as comfortable as a passenger, but that could be more that I'm not as good at being a passenger compared to being a driver. :)
murakozi
May. 11th, 2015 11:48 am (UTC)
One suggestion I'd make after the past couple times buying cars is to see if your bank, credit union, or even your insurance company offers a car buying service. While it may not always be the way to actually purchase the car, it does seem to tend to cut right to the chase with dealers and avoid the stupid haggling games.
songdogmi
May. 12th, 2015 07:22 pm (UTC)
That's a good suggestion. I am with a credit union, and they do have a lot of programs in general, so I should see what they have for car buying. Thanks!
jjfmi
May. 11th, 2015 02:10 pm (UTC)
If you're considering Jeeps, I'm VERY happy with the Patriot I bought about a month ago. It's their most affordable SUV-sized model, and fits gear very nicely. (And also has 4WD in case you spend your winters where the driving sucks.) ;-)
songdogmi
May. 12th, 2015 07:25 pm (UTC)
Your Patriot did look mighty spiffy. It's bigger than the Liberty was, right? It seems like it. You could use the size, given what you've been packing into your previous Ford Focus as far as musical gear goes.
(Anonymous)
May. 11th, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
It's good to see you back in the blog-o-sphere! You've been missed.

Whatever you do, do not speak of replacements for the Stratus within earshot. That happened with my Pulsar, Rita Mae Redcar.Hubby made a reference to getting a new car in front of her. She became so despondent that she broke her timing chain and made her engine into cole slaw. While I was driving. We've been replacing the timing chain on the GTI every five years or so and not speaking of such things in front of her.

And in the this and $2.50 will get you a Starbuck's department...I vote for Subaru.

Fran

(Oakley's taking a nap)
songdogmi
May. 12th, 2015 07:24 pm (UTC)
The Stratus already ate its timing belt (2 1/2 years ago, on I-75 just south of Wapakoneta, Ohio... spent the night in the next town, Botkins, waiting for repairs), but I'm sure something else could go wrong, so I shall be careful. Sorry to hear about Rita Mae. You wouldn't think cars would be so touchy .....

The overall vote is 3 for Jeep, 3 for Subaru (counting people not commenting here).


Edited at 2015-05-12 07:28 pm (UTC)
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