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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-03-11 05:59
Subject: [cancer|personal] Infusion, and a car
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Tags:cancer, cars, family, health, personal, writing
Infusion session five of twelve tomorrow. My various parents will be taking me, and tillyjane will babysit me afterward at home til shelly_rae arrives late tomorrow evening. I can't be left unattended while I'm on the pump, or for a day or two afterward. My vacation from Hell is almost over. I might celebrate with a cheeseburger today, which if I do, would be the first one I've eaten in almost two years.

In other news, I bought a new(er) Genre car yesterday. 2002 Chrysler Sebring in silver, so it's a little more subtle than the current whip. Assuming it clears mechanic's inspection today (I have a recision period), the car will be the third to wear the coveted GENRE license plate. I had looked at 3-series BMW convertibles, Volvo C70 convertibles, and Toyota Solara convertibles, but for a variety of reasons decided to stick with the Sebring. It's certainly the most unexciting driver of the bunch, but it does what I want, fairly cheaply.

Photos to come.

In other news, I slept decently last night. So much so that I missed my morning writing time slot, which I'm cool with. I have some pre-infusion errands today, so I may lose the writing time completely, which I'm not so cool with, but oh well. I've been highly productive this week. If I need to give mysef a bye, this is not a great loss.

At least, that's what I keep telling myself.

Off to see my therapist soon. Maybe I'll tell it to him instead.

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ubiquitous_a: drhorrible-shoulderdance
User: ubiquitous_a
Date: 2010-03-11 14:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:drhorrible-shoulderdance
I'm assuming that the Sebring is also the convertible model? I have to say, I drove one years ago as a rental, and absolutely LOVED it. It's nice because it has the room of a full size car, drives very smoothly, and had lots of trunk space.

If I wasn't such a freak for Saturns (just traded in my 2002 SL2 for a 2006 VUE last year) I would totally own one of those. I'll be curious to see how you like it.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-03-11 14:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, the old car, about to be sold off, was also a Sebring convertible, which I've owned for four years, if that tells you anything. ;)
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ubiquitous_a: drhorrible-shoulderdance
User: ubiquitous_a
Date: 2010-03-11 15:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:drhorrible-shoulderdance
LOL! Well, that makes sense then. :)
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Autopope
User: autopope
Date: 2010-03-11 14:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ah, the Chrysler Cockring, as feorag named it when we hired one last year.

I hope the version you're buying has a bit more guts than the shitty Avis hire version -- 2.7 litre engine that was just able to hit 80mph downhill on an interstate with a tail wind; shitty three-speed auto gearbox, all the handling of a dead whale, and a hideous nearside blind spot. The only thing going for it was the luggage capacity.

I mean. 2.7 litres and it craps out at 80mph? What is this piece of shit that claims to be an engine?

(Sorry about the venting; just astonished that you've gone for just about the second-slowest pile of goat droppings I've ever driven.)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-03-11 18:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My needs are pretty specific.

Convertible top
2+2 seating, with a reasonable back seat (ie, not the Volvo C70, sadly)
Decent sized trunk (rare in convertibles)

I think you had the four-cylinder. I won't touch that. I've the six, which is a smallish Mitsubishi-built motor (in the older models, not in the recent ones). You're right about the dead whale handling, as the car is both underpowered and underbraked. As a driving machine, it is merely adequate. As a mid-sized convertible, it is almost alone in the market segment at my price range.

In many ways I'd rather have had either a 323ci or a Solara, but no Solara inventory around these parts, and all the 323ci's I could find in my price range were too abused to be very useful. Plus they're om the verge of too small.
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shelly_rae: Texas Long Horn
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-03-12 07:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Texas Long Horn
Ahh to drive around and feel the wind in your--uhm--hat.
See you soon!
Anon
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-03-12 13:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Vroom vroom!!!

Love,

Me
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