*Cue Don Pardo voice, or reasonable facsimile.
It's true, after all these years, I finally have a new car! The last time I had a new car, Julie was still in my tummy, so yeah, it's been a while.
We ended up with a 2012 Honda Pilot, an SUV that is in fact a bit smaller than the Honda Odyssey minivan that I traded in (for a paltry $1000—if only I'd thought to do this a week before the transmission went kaplooey!). It is very fancy-shmancy and has lots of features I've yet to figure out in the 24 hours or so that I've had it. What I have figured out is that I can "pair" my iPhone to it and make hands-free calls or listen to my iTunes via Bluetooth or USB (without the plug-in radio doohickey). Way cool. There's a built-in GPS, which will reduce both the number of times I get lost and the number of amusing blog posts I write about getting lost (hey, technology is a double-edged sword).
The only problem is that the passenger-side window goes all the way down when you press AUTO, but then when you press AUTO again, it goes all the way up—and then back down a few inches. They couldn't figure out why this was happening, so I'm bringing it back in this week and they'll replace the whole thing.
I feel much higher up in the Pilot than I did in the Odyssey, but it's a foot shorter and almost an inch narrower, so parallel parking ought to be a bit easier. A near deal-breaker was that there's nowhere to put coins! What were they thinking?
I will not miss all the scratches and dings and ground-in Goldfish cracker crumbs in my old Odyssey, but I will miss the sliding doors and the best bumper sticker ever.