Thursday, December 8, 2005

MINI Winter Wonderland

The MINI is broken in, in more (good) ways than one:

  • It's past it's primary break in period of 1250 miles.

  • I was over on the local suburban shopping mall strip, where you have parking lots emptying into a highway with a speed limit of 50 MPH. Thus merging in with zero runway (a short field takeoff) is often needed. The MINI handled it nicely, with the DSC (traction control) kicking in on dry pavement.

    (Okay, it was like a leap to hyperspace with traction control. You got a problem with that?)

  • Our own sloping driveway had just enough snow that the Miata might have slid on it. The MINI, however, kicked in the DSC again to keep me gently moving.

  • With the Audi being serviced, the MINI had to do an airport run to rescue Katherine returning from DC. Of course it fit Katherine, but it also fit her business luggage. Not something we even considered doing in the Miata.

Happy MINI owners.

Wednesday, December 7, 2005

All I Want For Christmas

All I want for Christmas is to ban drum machines from recorded holiday music.

Sunday, December 4, 2005

The Loudest Christmas Carol in the World

Magic 106.7, a soft rock station, has switched to Christmas music for the season. This does not mean they have gone far from their usual format.

However, they may have caused at least some loyal listeners question their radio tuning, because they played the TSO's Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24. The TSO, in case you don't know, is something on the order of AC/DC meets the Boston Pops ... and AC/DC wins.

I like the TSO. I've seen the TSO in person and enjoyed it (except for the hearing loss). They and the average Magic 106.7 listener are not from the same planet. In fact, Magic 106.7 may have caused some listeners to flee this planet.