And a hearty “Welcome back!” I say. This week’s episode was just as good as they always are. Plus, I hear tell that we are in for a long, 24-episode season. Yippee!
2. My brand new Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Somehow, I inexplicably neglected to mention in the pages of this here blog that I purchased a new car last week. The VW Jetta TDI. It runs on diesel, yo. And it gets fabulous mileage per gallon. On my first tank, I averaged 43.2 miles per gallon.
Long time readers of my blogs may recall my
In my car-shopping ventures I test drove a number of vehicles including the Mini Cooper Clubman (both the regular and the turbo versions) which was just adorable and lots of fun to drive, but it only gets like 30 miles per gallon and I couldn’t really justify that kind of gas mileage for a small car no matter how cute said car looked on me; the VW Beetle (sucky drive! Plus, nobody over five foot three can sit in the back seat); the Toyota Prius and the Toyota Camry Hybrid. The Prius drove just like you would expect a hybrid car to drive. It had no power and you could totally feel when it switched from the gas engine to the electric battery. The Jetta TDI gets almost as good gas mileage (and its emissions are every bit as environmentally-friendly) but it’s more comfortable, has more power and a smoother, quieter ride.
The Camry was very nice. Very nice. And I was quite tempted. In the end, however, I decide to be frugal (The Jetta was about $10k less than the Camry), practical (I don’t really need a car that big and luxurious, do I?) and responsible (while 32 miles per gallon may be good gas mileage for a car the size of the Camry, it still pales in comparison to my Jetta).
I can even use up to 5% bio-diesel in my Jetta! If I want to drive around smelling like I am making french fries in my trunk, of course.
With my purchase of the Jetta TDI, I am getting 6 free months of Sirius Satellite radio. This is quite fun. I have of course discovered the all-Springsteen-all-the-time station which is appropriately called E Street (although they play too much of the new album and...um...I am not a big fan of the new album. Ssshhhh...don't tell anybody), as well as Bob Dylan's show, which they play in five hour chunks on Sunday afternoon. I have discovered the Garage Rock station and the 80's New Wave station. I also discovered the station which plays non-stop Howard Stern, but I quickly changed channel...