Driving the Forester I’ve noticed an appreciable savings in gas for my daily commute. The Ranger got 20mpg average while the Forester is getting 26mpg. Per week I drive 280 miles, consuming 14 gallons of fuel in the truck but only 10.77 gallons in the Forester. At the current rate of $3.40/gallon that equates to a savings of $10.98 per week. That means a total of about $48/month or roughly $575/year. Not bad Subaru, not bad.
It’s not gone yet actually, but the Ranger is for sale. Anyone interested? We’re asking $3,500. It’s in great shape, just the frame is starting to get rusty. We have replaced it with a 2003 Subaru Forester. 2.5L boxer 4cyl engine, 5spd manual transmission, AWD w/limited slip differential…I love it! It can tow 2,400 lbs.
It is weird driving an import though, I’ve only ever owned domestically produced vehicles.
The Turkey Farm’s new website is up and running, hope everyone likes it!
It’s weird driving your college car 5 years after you’ve been out of college. I sold my 2001 Ford ZX2 to my parents a year after I got out of college. I needed a truck and bought a 2000 Ford Ranger. It is now a bit rusty in the frame (to say the least) and is getting welded up (stuck in Rumford for a few days). My folks are letting me borrow one of their cars, and they chose to let me borrow my old ZX2. It’s has more miles, a lot more rust, and is much more worn out than when I sold it to them…but it has been 4.5 years and is a 12 year old car, so that is to be expected. That said, it still drives really well. A lot of times I miss that old car. If it wasn’t for needing a truck I never would have sold it. 30-32mpg on regular gas, 0-60 in 8.0 seconds and as amazing through the corners as it is in the snow. Too bad Ford cancelled it for the Focus. I owned my ZX2 for 4 years in college, I now own a Focus Wagon ZTW and have driven a few others Foci including a sporty 5spd hatch I test drove. I can vouch for it, the ZX2 is a better car. The Focus is a bit more refined, comfortable and spacious. But the ZX2 is the poor man’s economy compact racer. 2,400lbs, 130hp and a 5spd manual transmission. The new Ford Fiesta comes closest in specs, but is 150lbs heavier and has 10hp less at the crank. That doesn’t sound like much, but on a lightweight car with low horsepower, it makes all the difference.
As many of you know, our cat Ashes has had some pretty bad health problems in the last month. Which is odd since in his 9 years of life he has always been extremely healthy. This health problem was a urinary and bowel blockage. He didn’t take well to the standard medications given and also had some complications (part of his bladder had to be removed). Instead of a one week recovery most cats would have with a regular blockage, it has been about a month and he is finally almost back to normal.
Hometown Veterinary Care in Fairfield has been amazing. While Ashes was in their care they called us daily with updates, and while he was here at home they called us to check in on him. They listened to our concerns and worked with us to get our cat healthy as soon as possible. They were kind and compassionate and showed that they care about not only our cat but us as well. On top of that, they were less expensive than any other vet we have worked with in the past. Their expertise is second to none in the area. Dr. Matthew Townsend is who we worked with the most and he did a great job. Our sincerest gratitude goes to them, thank you.
I got the new front shocks installed on my truck yesterday. It took me 3 hours and honestly about half of that was fighting with my driver’s side inner fender well. Luckily I figured out that by using 15″ of extensions on my ratchet I wouldn’t need to remove the inner fender well. Thus the passenger side went much more swiftly. The truck rides a lot better now that the shocks are doing anything at all. The old ones were just about completely blown, and rightfully so being OEM dampers with 161,000 miles on them. As an FYI, I replaced the rear shocks at 124,000 miles with Monroe Sensa-Trac shocks and just did the front ones with the matching set of Monroe Sensa-Tracs. It sure does drive nice now.
We’ve had a bug…or allergies…or a cold…or flu going around the house. I feel like I’m starting to get better, but still feel tired, kinda achy and a little nauseous. Lucky for me my wife handles this type of stuff well so even though she is going through it too, she is still taking care of the homestead adequately while I’m at work. I love my wife
We only have 1.5 cords of wood split and stacked…we had originally been planning on 5 total this year. I’m not sure we’ll get there. We have 2-2.5 cords of wood to cut and split left, most of which is pretty well seasoned. So that will get us around 4 cord total like last year…but last year we ran out of wood by mid March. Hopefully I can scrounge some dead standing and/or a bunch of dry mill scraps.
Meanwhile, before I worry about gathering the final cord, I really need to process what we do have to make sure it will be ready to burn this fall.
Geeks.com is officially closed. Apparently they are keeping their brick and mortar retail location in California open, but that is of little help to me here in Maine.
Sadly, I feel like it was inevitable. The last 3 or 4 times I’ve had to place an electronics order I had to go to NewEgg.com because Geeks.com simple didn’t have what I needed. It was never a price thing for me. I’m into efficient computing so my last computer was built with an AMD e350 Zacate motherboard, NewEgg.com has them, Geeks didn’t.
Geeks.com will be missed.