Weekend (and Monday) Update

Saturday, went down to MRT for a bit, then made an IKEA run. That store is always a trippy experience. And that said, I find that I have difficulty complaining about good-to-excellent-quality merchandise at entirely reasonable prices. I’m typing this sitting at a IKEA Jerker computer desk that’s coming up on its 10th birthday and is still marvelous, structurally-sound, and just as good as it was when new.

Then we went for Thai food. Yum. 🙂

Called Dad on Father’s Day. He’s doing well. This is good. Mom’s getting her rotator cuff operated on on the 30th. That’s not so good.

Did not hear from Miss E, but I’m not terribly surprised by this. A part of me is disappointed, but I’m not surprised. I’m not her dad, I’m the emergency-backup dad-type-person. And Tech Support.

Did get out on the bike yesterday afternoon, after the grocery shopping. Rode 11 miles, all told, down to the West Bloomfield end of the West Bloomfield Rails-to-Trails system and back. Was maybe a wee bit ambitious given my current (lack of) conditioning, but if you don’t push yourself a bit, you don’t improve.

Had a good day at work today. No major crises, made some people aware of the lurking hybrid system components in the cupboard they’re gonna have to deal with Real Soon Now.

K brought home ribs from Rib City Grill. Yum.

Question for you on the F-list. First, the setup:

You are in the market for a new vehicle. You have a family of 4 (two adults, two children), you have a solidly middle-class income, you live in the suburbs, you take one or two family vacations to grandma’s house, but don’t usually haul large, bulky objects, go off-road, or tow anything. You go to the dealership, and there on the lot are X vehicles with the right color and options, all of which are capable of reliably performing the duty you require of your vehicle, you fit in them comfortably, and they’re all within your price range. The vehicles are, in ascending order of purchase price and operating cost:

– Compact Sedan
– Compact Wagon
– Mid-sized Sedan
– Small “Crossover” Utility Vehicle (aka “cute ute” or “tall wagon”)
– Large Sedan
– Minivan
– Mid-sized SUV
– Full-sized Van
– Large SUV

Now, the question (and please elaborate in comments as to reasons behind your selection):

(see next post — LJ has an Issue, apparently) 



  1. I’m not sure if it’s just me or what, but I don’t seem to be able to select any of the choices.


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