There ain’t no electric motor. On the eve of Alberta’s new carbon tax, I bought a bigger, thirstier SUV than I thought I could ever want. Well maybe not quite… One could argue that an 80’s series Land Cruiser would be thirstier, and I could certainly want one of those. Still, this 2UZ powered, two and a half tonne, seven seater […]

My Take On Toyota Hauler


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Dead of winter.   The ZN6… which I had planned to drive through the snow and salty slush, sits under cover of tin.  In part, that is because it is still something that, apart from some easily countable aesthetic blemished, is perfect.  It is also however… really not that good in challenging road conditions. I don’t think that really has […]

You’re Still The One



This is what the Lexus lept over. I picked it up back in August. I was under it in September to change fluids in three places. By end of October I had painted the wheels and mounted studded winters. November was quiet (distracted by unfounded belief that my son would arrive in November…) but early December provided enough free time […]

Debutante Ball


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The contemporary popular sci-fi motion picture “Arrival” incorporates the interesting concept that language can determine the perception of reality. The main character learns the non-linear alien language, and *spoiler alert* literally learns how to perceive the time space continuum in a non-linear way. V and I have recenly experienced the same phenomenon. The contrast of our new vehicle compared to […]

Mr. Leapfrog or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and ...



I’m not one who really believes that video games skills translate to real life, or visa-versa, but having played my fair share, I believe that good racing games do at least get you thinking about the right concepts. Certainly, the serious gamers who I have driven with, always show real understanding of theory.   I’ve been playing the Gran Truismo franchise […]

When I’m Lazy


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Road & Track is full of lots of shit… and this probably belongs in that category, but on their Facebook feed this morning I saw something that applies to me. Something that I had already considered and evaluated, and started to act on… The fruits of that action are seen above. A quote from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden… “Beware of […]

Don’t Be A Tool