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Movin' Out!

It was crazy... but some how everything got into the van... A miricle packing job on my father's part. The ride back was actually quite enjoyable. I drove 'til we got to the new Tioga visitors center(Very nice!) and Dad drove the rest of the way down... didn't rain very much at all... we got lucky... it was definitely threatening.

I got home to alter flowers on the kitchen table.. my parents dedicated them to me since my birthday is coming up... I almost screamed when I saw them... but I avoided it... The ferns were the exact same kind from the rose sale... blah(They even had spores on them...hehe). I'd been eating all day, so I was hungry, but everyone else had their subs and we had a lovely dinner....

Yesterday I got to drive my car around(Correction: Buick LeSabre... I knew it was an old person's car... I was off by one price bracket. :-P) It drives very nicely... strange thing is that it goes without having your foot on the gas... I haven't figured that out yet....

Did some major shopping, I'm getting a new wardrobe for my birthday... :-) I bought myself a new pair of sunglasses and a funky skirt(one of those diagonally cut asymetrical things... I don't know what I'll wear it with yet. :-P )

I went to see Lindsay last night(driving in a new car by myself! Woo-hoo!) I was blasting the radio and had the windows down.. quite amusing. I saw Amanda and her mom on the way over to Lindsays... I got to lindsays around 3 and didn't leave 'til after 8pm... heheh... we had a lot of catching up to do. Then I saw Annie Africa running with her parents... I think I scared her when I drove up... but that was exciting.

Today I'm up for getting a hair cut and more shopping... I also want to get a discman (car only has a tape player! =-O ) and check out prices for a piano keyboard... all up in one direction.

So that's everything so far...I think... I'm going to try and get the free AOL thing while I'm at my grandparents.. I know it's evil, but I figure I'll cheat them out of their time... MWAHAHAHAHA... two can play at the game of evil-ness...

My brother just came in to say good bye to me(he's off to school) and I had the new strong bad e-mail open... He said, "Oh.. Strong Bad, save that for me so that I can watch it later." Dude! I never told him about strong bad(and strong bad wasn't even on the screen at the time... wewud.) Interesting.. yet another thing that my brother and I have in common(he got this rockin' Electronic Hogwarts castle last night... now that he's left, I get to play with it!). Okay, gotta make some phone calls...

I'm outta here! :-) I miss everyone! :-)


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May. 27th, 2003 09:02 am (UTC)
Miss you too!
May. 27th, 2003 09:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, automatic cars "creep" like that. But, some more than others. My old van used to get up to 40mph just by taking your foot off the brake because the idle was set too high. hehe

But usually, it's just supposed to have enough creep that you can advance forward slowly in a traffic jam without touching the gas. It also helps when starting out from an incline to keep you from rolling backwards while you move your foot from the brake to the gas. People who drive standard have a bit more fun in those situations. :)
May. 27th, 2003 10:11 am (UTC)
People who drive standard have a bit more fun in those situations.

Yes, we do.

1... 2... 3... BRAKE-CLUTCH-GEAR-GAS-GO!!!

*thud* (Sound of car tapping bumper of the car you just rolled back into)
May. 27th, 2003 10:18 am (UTC)
Re: Yup
It's been a long time since I drove standard, but I vaguely remember inventing a manuever whereby I held down both the brake and clutch with my left foot turned sideways while applying gas with the right to simulate creep and slowly letting up the brake and clutch at the same time, but controling the balance between the two by adjusting the angle of my ankle. hehe

Like I said... fun.
May. 27th, 2003 03:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but I'm used to automatic... do you know if there's a way to set the idle lower? (I got up to 20 without touching the gas).
May. 27th, 2003 03:32 pm (UTC)
In the old van is was a matter of adjusting some mechanism in the engine. But newer cars probably control that with a computer and ideally it shouldn't need adjusting. I'm no mechanic though, so I could be way wrong here. In any case, it's not a do-it-yourself job if you know nothing about engines like me. :)

Then again, if you bring it in for service and say it's idling too fast, they'll probably (A) laugh at you, (B) do the ridiculously easy adjustment in 20 seconds and free of charge, and/or (C) find/create other problems with the vehicle so your visit is worth their time.

Jul. 28th, 2003 11:54 am (UTC)
It turned out that the idle speed slowed down the more I drove it... now it barely does it at all... I think it was because it hadn't really been driven all that much recently.
Jul. 28th, 2003 07:19 pm (UTC)
The van's idle speed varied with the seasons too, though. We generally had to increase it in the winter or it would stall a lot.
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