Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Motor[er] dies after car hits tree

From The Beeb. (Ed. note: A moment of silence please.)

A 22-year-old man was killed when his car left the road and crashed into a tree in East Yorkshire.

The man, who has not been named, was driving a silver Mini Cooper S on Sunk Island Road in Ottringham when he apparently lost control on Friday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. One of his two passengers suffered a fractured arm and the second is being treated for serious internal injuries.

Police have urged witnesses to the crash, at 1600 BST, to come forward.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Courteous Interruptus?

I'm washing my car the other day as I do quite often- and the new maintenance guy walks over and tells me "joo cain wash jour car here man". (hey- that's how he said it!) I said okay and kept washing anyway. I saw him a couple days later and I took the initiative to let him know I wasn't "dissing" him the other day, but was in a hurry.

He said everything was cool but he had to say something because he's been telling everyone else too. I let him know it was cool on my end too, but that, although I know the complex was sold (again) and they changed out the management company (again) and fired the other maintenance guy for no reason (again), "i've lived here 10 years- and you are the first person to ever say anything [about me washing my car in the spot i wash my in]". He laughs.

I politely let him know that the next time he sees me washing my car in that same spot, it's not that i'm disrepecting him, i just don't care-- no wait- I *thought* that! What I actually said was something like "if anyone asks, I'll let them know you told me I couldn't wash my car here. You know- so you don't get in trouble".

Reason #89 why I seriously need to move from this place. :(

Friday, August 10, 2007

MINI Adventure! SoCal Euro Gathering IV

I usually don't have the foresight to post upcoming adventures. I happened to remember this time (yeah, less than 24 hours away, i know).

Be there or... watch the video afterword!?

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

For Funsies: Payoff vs. Kelly Blue Book (KBB)

There was once a time where the Kelly Blue Book was a super secret resource only available to car dealers and used car salesmen. With the coming of the internets, finally consumers have access to the "industry standard" information used (or abused) for so many years.

I don't know if I ever mentioned that when I sold my 2003 Cooper, I MADE MONEY on that deal. Around $3,800. I was doing similar research for a friend this morning and on a whim decided to check how my current investment is doing (lol). You know, for funsies!

As you can plainly see, based on KBB estimates (and we all know KBB estimates are on the high-end compared to others) if I sold my MINI today, I would make about $3,499. Which is about how much I put down on it. Eeeenteresting!