Grin factor

Posted: December 8, 2010 in Driving, Life
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Dublin has been quite icy and cold the last few weeks. As most people here are not used to this weather it has meant that traffic has been pretty horrid. Driving has been interesting to say the least… ice-rink conditions mostly as the sand and grit obviously still is on-route from the Gobi dessert or similar. It might get here in May…

All this has mean that I have used my partners car instead of my own. It is heavier than mine and made for this weather (it is a SAAB…Swedish tried and tested). It is also safer to bump into other vehicles with, if that would happen.

It is comfortable, has lots of gadgets and techie buttons, has more horsepower under the hood than my car, it is safe and smooth…. BUT soo bloody boring to drive! Where is the grin factor?? I want to drive with a smile on my face, I want to feel like I am surfing the streets.

Ford Puma 001

My car is not a very powerful car ( a Ford Puma) but it is a fun car. There is enough speed in it to make in enjoyable and it feels good. Whenever I have had a really stressful day at work..all I need to do is get into my car and I immediately relax. Sigh… sod this weather.

Driving has become my guilty pleasure. Yes, I know it isn’t very environmentally friendly. If it wasn’t lashing down with rain here 365 days a year (OK…slight exaggeration) then I would probably go back to riding a motorcycle. Can’t stick to bicycles in this town… unless you have a death wish. But then I just have to upgrade to a nice and even more fuel consumption friendly car…hmmm the Mazda RX-8? <grin>

  1. Ah the weather is still a mess, but the days of drives, shall soon come again. Till then, skates will have to do. Ah it’s worth the guilt !!! Cool car…:)

  2. Ivy Blaise says:

    Thanks…have to say I am ridiculously fond of my car. 🙂

  3. You could have worse guilty pleasures, right?! So the Saab is boring, eh? Bummer – I always thought they *looked* pretty cool. Too bad the fun factor doesn’t match up!

    • Ivy Blaise says:

      It is an OK car and it does go pretty well and fast but I cannot put my finger on what it is that doesn’t do it for me. Ah well… 🙂

      Yes, I could have worse guilty pleasures…. well, have a few 😀

  4. nikki04 says:

    Driving is my guilty pleasure too – even if I can and do commune by bike when it’s not butt-ass freezing out…

    Just talking to a friend the other day about her Prius and how acceleration is one of the ways in which I waste gas (yes, this was directed at me personally). I hate wasting gas.

    But I don’t know if my hatred of wasting gas can overcome my love of the grin factor.

    • Ivy Blaise says:

      Yes I know what you mean. Prius all and well..but come on…it is a Prius (sorry all Prius owners..). Wasting gas is not good but driving slow and sensible is just… a soul killer!

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