As some of you know, I got the shuttle back from the shop two days ago (pictures here and here). It's the first car that's been in my name. You may have caught allusions to saving money in previous posts -- much of it turned out to be unnecessary. I ended up spending about half of what I expected to, thanks to some good work on the part of a local mechanic.
It's very odd going from the runabout (MR2) to driving the shuttle again. Suddenly, I'm the tallest car on the road, save rigs and campers. I don't remember it being that tall. I also don't remember the body rolling quite so much.
I drove it over 17 again last night and made an interesting observation. While I was very much taking it easy, I found that my expectation of "easy driving" still exceeded the speed limit by a good 10-15 mph. Habits from driving it every day for a year on that road are hard to break, I guess.
Speaking of last night, scgamenight was awesome last night. zweeb made a surprise appearance, bringing along a friend who I haven't seen in quite some time. With the tripling of seatng capacity, koneko666 and greenbuttercup came along over the hill as well. The other part of the entertainment was pretty much on par. I stunned our waitress with something along the lines of "I'd like a double cheeseburger, a Coke...Oh! And a cute waitress! Wait! We already have one of those!". zweeb expressed some doubt about whether I've lost my ability to flirt effectively.
In addition to all that, a guy we know through #xkcd showed up. New blood always makes game night a bit more fun.
That's about all there is to say. I've been working far too hard -- but hey! After this week, I'm done until the new year!