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DW: Scooter


With Laura's increased need for driving flexibility in order to spend more time with family, we were considering buying a new, fuel-efficient car that she could use to get to and from work and cut back on gas. After doing a bunch of research with Consumer Reports and narrowing down our list to 3 or so options, we scrapped the whole thing and signed up for Zipcar so that I could have a spare car when I need it, but we don't end up with car payments, increased insurance, and city registration fees. Not only was this a good short-term solution to our sudden need for a car, but also, the majority of the Zipcar fleet are small, fuel-efficient cars that were on our list.

One of the biggest perks of Zipcar was the opportunity to drive a Smart Car. Ever since I went to Germany with my high school band in 2001 and saw these tiny, colorful cubes on wheels, I wanted to drive one. Even though I knew I would probably never own one, the possibility of driving one was really exciting.

Emphasis on was.

The actual driving experience of the Smart Car is akin to driving a golf cart. I was pleasantly surprised that my bass clarinet fit in the back. Actually the cargo space was significantly more than I expected. The main problem with the Smart Car comes in the "car" part. The engine has enough power to get off the line, but the transmission makes shifting between gears feel like riding a bucking bronco. Also, if you put the fan on to cool down (kind of necessary when it's 85 degrees outside) the entire dashboard shakes and I was a little bit scared of breaking the thing. The ultimate kicker was the lack of power steering or anti-lock breaks. With a decent effort, you could probably pick the car up, but it's a lot of work to drive.

Now that I've done it once, I never have to drive a Smart Car again. Fantasy realized, illusion shattered.


It's difficult to successfully plan a research project when your advisor can't remember what you discussed at the previous meeting.

Why do I keep having to explain the same things over and over? It's infuriating.

And she's disappointed that I don't have more to show. We met on Friday and I had a midterm yesterday to go with my 3 other classes. I can't devote all of myself to one project.

She said that I won't have much to go on to say what my trial research project is in the spring quarter. #1: That's 2 whole months away. #2: This is what I'm planning on having be my trial research!

Good lord, and I thought this was going so well.

Screw it, I'm downloading my homework for tomorrow and getting out of here.

What a crappy day this has already become...

I wake up to find out that Laura will be arriving in Chicago at 11 pm instead of 5:30ish because she was the only one who could get suckered into a 4:30 meeting.

My advisor didn't realize or forgot (I'm not sure which is worse) that I was at a meeting with several others in her office yesterday morning.

And I discovered that I got 2 questions wrong on the stats homework I turned in today. One because I'm careless, and the other because it wasn't adequately explained in class or the book. And the undergrads in that class are dumber than a box of rocks. How many times does the man have to say that 2 things aren't independent until you believe him. Especially when they are obviously not independent?!

Now I can look forward to several more hours doing data calculations in the lab, trying to meet a deadline so that the PI will have numbers to look at before she goes into labor.

I also forgot to put my frozen lunch in the fridge, so lord knows if it will be any good at all when I cook it.

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