Category Archives: Car Stories
I’ll start off by saying that I love the new 2013 Audi A4 allroad. I was fortunate enough to win an Audi sponsored photo contest in January that awarded me with a trip on Audi’s dime to drive the all new allroad. The rules to the contest were simple. 1. Own an allroad, 2. Photograph aforementioned allroad doing something awesome. Given that I am an allroad owner and a photographer this seemed like a great fit. There were 9 other winners and their +1s at the event. I was very impressed with the new allroad and we even got to drive an R8 while we were there. This trip, however, was more about the group of 20 (10 winners and our +1s) than it was about the new car.
I have a deep sinking feeling in my stomach as I type this. Today’s youth are hopeless when it comes to automotive enjoyment it seems, the reason I say this is because I just got through reading a thread (9 pages long) on an internet automotive forum I belong to that was just about cruising. The first post reads:
“I first saw signs forbidding “cruising” in Hollywood a few years back. I took a split second to think of what the sign was exactly forbidding, and it was explained to me that it involved driving up and down the same street. I couldn’t for the life of me understand why this appealed to anyone. It seems monumentally anticlimactic and boring. Perhaps it is something people did before my generation (I’m 25)? Can someone who has done this explain the appeal?”
What is cruising you ask? If you must ask that question you ARE NOT at the right URL, but I digress. Tthe definition of cruising is to travel without destination or purpose; to go about the streets at random but on the lookout for possible developments. Ok so now we have a basic understanding of what cruising is. What? You still don’t get it? Let me break it down into regular car guy terms.
I have mostly been the silent photographer and webmaster here at usedAutoBlog.com but I guess it is my time to speak up. My ownership history is considerably shorter than Aaron’s. I didn’t become a “car guy” until Aaron bought a house next to mine and started flaunting a string of stylish Audis in his driveway. At the time I started the downward (and expensive) spiral of automotive enthusiasm I was driving a 2004 Jeep Liberty Limited. It is the most un-car guy thing you could possibly be driving. More on that one in a future review though.
So here goes, my short list of cars.
The used car buying process can be scary and confusing. I thought I’d share some pointers and a story that took place last weekend.
About this time of year, every other year, my wife flies down to Phoenix to visit one of her friends. This year I decided I needed a break from Kansas winters and accepted the invite to go along. Her friend Dustin(not the Dustin you’re thinking of) was turning 29 this weekend and so we were both celebrating and relaxing. As it turns out, he had been thinking about getting a new car and was hoping to ask me some questions while I was visiting.