Blogging to you from the Northeastern Badlands of Lake County, Illinois USA, WELCOME TO THE NEXT CHAPTER! WARNING! ALL FORMS OF SOCIAL MEDIA ARE ADDICTIVE; EXCESSIVE USE MAY LEAD TO MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS, REDUCED JOB PRODUCTIVITY, LACK OF SLEEP, SOCIAL ALIENATION, BIRTH DEFECTS, BLINDNESS, SEXUAL IMPOTENCY, AND / OR DEVIANT FUNAMBULISM. NOTICE: NO GUNS OR AMMUNITION ARE FOR SALE VIA THIS BLOG. (No, I will not trade my Colt Python for some lubricious adventures with your trophy wife and a future first-round draft pick.) CAVEAT: This blog is not suitable for viewing while at work, while inside a public library, while inside any public or private school, or while inside any public or private restroom. Do not view this blog while driving a motor vehicle or while piloting an aircraft. Viewing this blog may be illegal inside the EU, Chicago, and other parts of the Third World. THIS BLOG CONTAINS (albeit often very childish) ADULT-CONTENT. DISCLAIMER: This blog is a hobby, it is not a livelihood. Even though much of what I blog about relates to firearms collecting and recreational shooting, I am not an expert (by any measure) on any facet of guns, shooting, hunting, or personal defense. Entries at this blog are akin to good old-fashioned campfire chats or post hunt bourbon-fueled barroom-bluster; I offer no opinion on what you should or should not purchase, or what you should be using or doing. What does or does not work for me could be rugged-country-miles away from your tastes and your needs. All products, places, and miscellany that I review for this blog are purchased / rented / leased at retail price by me. I do not accept payment, gifts, discounts, freebies, products on loan, distilled spirits, recreational pharmaceuticals, plea-bargains, probation, parole, Papal Blessings, Presidential Pardons, or sexual favors for doing any review or blog post. TRACKING COOKIES: Google et al stick tracking cookies on everybody. If you are online, you are being spied on via one method or another, for one reason or another; 'nuff said. You may be able to minimize your online DNA residue by using Tor and Duck Duck Go. Vive la liberté! Vive all y'all! Ante omnia armari. To each of you, thanks for stopping by! I appreciate it!
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'We the Politicians of the United States, in Order to avoid a more perfect Union, manipulate Justice, destroy domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common offense, promote general Warfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty for ourselves and our Progeny, do blaspheme and eviscerate this Constitution of the United States of America." ("Zack," circa 1966 -1970)

Thursday, November 7, 2019

FINALLY, I went and bought a new car!

The last time I bought a new car was year 2005.  Lots and lots of research over several years went into this recent decision; lots and lots of quality all-wheel-drive SUVs are being made.  I narrowed my choices down to the Honda CRV, Chevy Equinox, Nissan Rogue, and the VW Tiguan.  Ultimately I decided on the 2019 VW Tiguan SEL Premium which came with a decent model-year-end price (I payed cash; something I have wanted to do on a new car purchase for over 50-years; another item off the bucket-list), 6-year / 72,000-mile warranty, invisibility cloaking, quantum levitation, sturmgewehr, flammenwerfer, and other sundry open-highway, urban, and suburban necessities to cover all reasons and all seasons.

With 190,000 miles on the 1999 GMC van and 140,000 miles on the 2005 Chevy Cobalt I simply could not put if off any longer; we needed something new and reliable.  We were deferring vacations and avoiding long road trips whenever possible simply because a breakdown far from home could turn things unpredictably ugly.  Even with the best maintained vehicles, old ones break down more often than do the new ones.  The old vehicles that we have no longer provide for our need of having a sense of long distance driving confidence; it's a personal-safety comfort-zone issue.

The 2005 Cobalt will remain here as a second-car at least for the near foreseeable.  I still have the 1999 GMC Safari AWD van; it is getting very close to being recycle-ready; any problem that occurs with it between now and next August will be the last.  Until then, I like having it around for hauling the gnarly landscape materials that I use around the yard and it is still the best Midwest snow-busting road-warrior that I have ever owned.  Besides, few things say "SCREW OFF YA IDEALISTIC SNOBS!" better than having a (licensed and legal) rusty, gas guzzling, relic shitmobile of a van parked in the driveway of what is far too often perceived to be a "nice, quiet" neighborhood --- but, in fact ... just down the road a way ... yeah ... just this side of the tracks from the Walmart and the acreage where the politicians will put their chimerical municipal-government-life-saving casino ...

 Welcome to the badlands.


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