I’ve been driving a 2014 Toyota Corolla for a week…

Okay. I’m not going to lie. This car, unlike the 2014 Toyota Camry I drove last week, is a little…

Wait. Okay. I actually put this blog aside until the following morning. I don’t want to be too critical about the car. It’s a good car. But now I know what I want to say about it… It’s slow. My goodness is this car weak. It’s got a 1.8 liter four cylinder engine that sounds like it’s being overworked with the least bit of acceleration.

I’m sure this is no different from other cars in the Corolla’s class. But wow. For a guy who’s been driving high performance cars for a long, long time – this one is a bit difficult to deal with. I really need to go into “Zen Mode” and just drive like a grandma (or at least my impression of one). I’m not overtaking ‘anyone’ in this car. If I’m on the highway and I need to get over – I’m going to need to wait until everybody else passes before I can change lanes.

But I don’t want to give anyone the impression that this is a bad car. It’s actually roomy inside and pretty comfortable. I haven’t taken it on any long trips so I can’t discuss how the seating feels in such a situation – but I’m sure it’s no better than the 2014 Toyota Camry LE that I drove last week. It’s not quiet inside but that’s not what people expect when driving this car. It doesn’t handle very well – but it feels plenty safe on the road. It’s a good car – but that’s all it is. It’s a car. Basic transportation. And for the price – it’s not a bad deal.

Oh, I forgot to mention. I’m getting a little over 33 miles per gallon. That’s pretty awesome. It’s strange looking at the gas gauge and hardly ever seeing it move. This is a great car to drive if you’re looking for basic, reliable transportation in a pretty decent looking package. Yes, I think the new Corolla is pretty decent looking. And it’s not going to cost much to own – especially when it comes to gas.

I wasn’t born yesterday. And neither were you! Please share this message…

Do yourself and everyone around you a big favor – don’t believe everything you hear or read. You’re smarter than that. There’s so much ridiculous stuff going on these days – especially in the news – and especially related to politics. Take the latest news for instance, “Taliban terrorists kill 145, mostly children” – a school was allegedly attacked. Who knows what really happened?! Have American soldiers ever killed kids in a school? Maybe it was an accident. Maybe there were enemy soldiers hiding there. Maybe the story is completely different than whatever actually happened. Maybe it had nothing to do with the “Taliban”. They allegedly made a statement saying it was “revenge”. Really? They actually WANT everyone in the world to hate them? Sure, that’s believable.

My suggestion to you is to remember that you were not born yesterday. In fact, please – say it to yourself right now. “I was not born yesterday”. And while you’re at it take a deep breath. If things around you – especially politics in the news – do not directly affect you, your family, loved ones or close friends – ignore them. It’s not worth the stress. Stress is a killer. You’ve heard it before. It even causes cancer. Stop worrying about what’s going on 5,000 miles away – or even 5 miles away from whatever is important to YOU. You’ll live longer. And you’ll be happier. Why be/get mad about all this nonsense that’s going on in the world? You/We don’t even know what’s REAL anymore. We really, truly have no idea…

Pay attention to YOU and YOURS. Please. Post a link to this blog so other people get the message. It’s an important message. Here’s the link to copy and paste: http://wp.me/p4PtEn-bz

I drove a 4 cylinder 2014 Toyota Camry LE for a week

I’m a car nut. A certified, official, 100% car nut. I’ve had this problem for a long time. Over the years I’ve owned some pretty nice cars. I’m not wealthy enough to afford cars like these but I make ends meet because, for whatever reason, having a nice car is very important to me. It’s an obsession. A sickness. Whatever.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way…

My current car is a 900 horsepower modified Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. It took me 43 years to accomplish making that happen. :p The car is awesome. My previous cars were a 2012 Lexus LS460L, a 2008 Lexus LS460L, a 2007 BMW 335i, a 2007 BMW 750Li, a 2006 Cadillac Escalade ESV, a 2005 Lexus LS430, a 2000 Cadillac DeVille DTS, a 1995 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, a 1995 Cadillac Eldorado ETC, a 1987 Chevrolet Corvette and so many Camaro’s, Firebirds and old Cadillacs (and a bunch of others) that I could go on here forever…

Why am I telling you this? Well, because I’m accustomed to driving some very high quality automobiles. I’ve driven rental Nissan Altimas, Chevrolet Malibus, Hyundai Sonatas, this, that, and the other one… I’ve always heard such good things about the Toyota Camry – so I specifically wanted to get a solid week of driving in one…

I’m impressed.

The car did everything it was supposed to do perfectly. It had plenty of power around town. Maybe it’s a little weak on the highway but I’m sure the V6 would fix that problem. The suspension was soft but the car handled well – even when going fast around bends on the highway when the road had bumps or holes (the Nissan Altima sedan did NOT do well on this same road). Steering was comfortable. It was pretty quiet inside. It hardly used any gas. It’s like the perfect car. No wonder it’s the best selling car in America.

My ONLY complaint is that after 90 minutes of driving, the seat becomes uncomfortable. For most people this would never be an issue. I don’t know if there are nicer seats in higher end models (perhaps the XLE) – but this is definitely an issue (though a minor one) if you’re taking a long trip. It’s not THAT bad – just not as comfortable as I’m used to. Again, the cars I’ve been driving are made to be “perfect” for everything.

The new, redesigned 2015 Toyota Camry is quite a bit nicer inside and out. If I can ever get over my “car obsession”, I just might buy a new Camry. I really do like it…

Why is it that your friends always want you to drink too much?

I don’t know how it is for you – but when I go out drinking with my friends – they’re always trying to get me to drink more than necessary. For example – I could buy a bottle of saki, drink it, buy another and then “milk” that one for awhile. However, one of my friends will always be there filling my shot glass as quickly as I empty it into my stomach.

Why do they do this? Do your friends do the same thing?

I drink with specific goals in mind – to relax and get that heavily buzzed feeling. That makes me happy. Drinking more than that – getting drunk to the point where I can’t walk straight, have slurred speech or act like an idiot – is more than I want. To me, drinking passed the point where I want to be is like driving ten miles passed my destination. It doesn’t make any sense.

Regardless, somebody is always there trying to feed me more drinks. What satisfaction do people get out of seeing somebody drink too much alcohol to the point they no longer feel “good”? If you have any thoughts, opinions, criticisms or stories of your own that you’d like to share – please comment. :)

Ugly American Men and Chinese Women

I was scrolling through Google Plus (I farking LOVE Google Plus) and found this weird post and discussion about how terrible Chinese women are – entitled, “My Chinese Wife Set a Trap!“. Since commenting is only enabled if you send your thoughts to the webmaster – and looking at the site tells me that my opinion would never make it public – I’ll leave my response right here on my own blog…

First of all. You cannot lump ALL Chinese women into one specific category like this guy does. I’m sure there are some gold diggers out there. In fact, it would be extremely odd if there weren’t. All kinds of people like and want money. Unfortunately, money is extremely important these days. Without it, you cannot survive.

What I’m gathering from the responses is that Chinese women are “generally” nicer to “men” than, say, American women. Further reading elsewhere tells me that, “GENERALLY”, western women are more fussy, demanding, blah blah blah – than eastern women are – most specifically – Asian women.

In ANY relationship – both people have to bring certain qualities to the table. If you’re an ugly man and expect to have (and retain) a beautiful wife – you MUST bring something valuable to the table. This guy apparently wasn’t very attractive – and he didn’t really have a good job. If you’re an ugly man you damn well better either make a lot of money or be really good in bed. And you’re not going to be really good in bed if you’re ugly. You’re just not going to have had enough experience. Maybe if you have a huge penis your wife can/will have something to brag about to her friends. I don’t know. Maybe that would be enough. Maybe. If you’re lucky…

If you’re ugly and you want a beautiful wife – and you don’t have a lot of money – and you don’t have a big penis – GET your F’ing ass in the GYM and at least get into good shape. For God’s sake at least give your woman SOMETHING to be proud of you for… But don’t expect to bring NOTHING meaningful to the table in a relationship with a beautiful woman. Life just isn’t that easy and nothing is free. You know that. So stop complaining and get your act together…

Can I help you find something?

Is it just me or does anyone else avoid shopping at certain stores because of hawk-like sales people who just won’t leave you alone? I realize they’re lonely and bored with nothing to do – but it really annoys the hell out of me. At my local Dillard’s – as SOON as you open the door at the entrance – they’re honing in on you. Once you step foot in their direction – they’re ON you like a hawk swooping down to peck you to death.

I just so happen to enter my local shopping mall from the Dillard’s entrance and there’s a lot of really nice men’s clothing at that specific spot. I used to go look a bit and I’d surely buy a few things but I can’t stand feeling like I’m walking into a car dealership – which everybody, almost universally, hates…

Does upper level management know how this makes people feel? Does it actually earn more revenue for the business this way? I mean, I suppose enough people are pressured into buying things by these sales people – that the owner of the company and stock holders and blah blah blah – all make much more money as a result. I can only hope because I certainly hope this isn’t happening “at a loss” for the company.

Anyway. I imagine that since I’m a space alien I could be alone in this feeling. Let me know. Okay? Seriously. Hit the damned comment button and tell me how you feel. I’d really like to know.

Male model arrested, deported for smiling in cologne advertisement

Have you been through any department stores lately? I’ve been in the marketing field so I notice all the advertisements for clothing, cologne, perfume, etcetera. Female models are almost always smiling. Male models almost always have a serious look on their face – but the surroundings and situations don’t always dictate a necessity for such a serious look.

I figured out why this is happening. It’s because all male models are sucking their cheeks in. When did cheeks get such a bad rap? I can understand if you have a pound of cheek hanging off each side of your face – but these guys all have ultra low body fat to begin with. Do they really need to look like they’re starving? Is that the look that women like these days? Serious, sophisticated, without appetite…

If you notice these ads while you’re shopping around this holiday season and ask yourself, “Where are all the smiles?” – rest assured you know – they’ve been replaced with the look of a man sucking his cheeks down his own throat. Protruding cheeks are no longer acceptable in our ever-growing crazy society.

While walking around the mall yesterday – I did spot one guy sort of smiling in an ad. He was straining to get that grin on his face while holding his cheeks in between his teeth. It was not a very natural look. One guy in another ad had his jaw bone almost coming out of his skin. This is the look? Really?

If they don’t have cosmetic surgery to give men the appearance of concave cheeks, I’m sure it’ll be available soon. Perhaps you can take that idea and run with it. You’ll be a billionaire before you know it…

Oh and before I sign out of here… The ad below isn’t really a great example – but an example nonetheless. I need to take some pictures next time I walk around in the mall. Especially one of the guy with the jaw bone sticking out of his face…

What’s your opinion? I’d love to know…

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Concave Cheeks – The Look

Edit: Okay. I went to the mall again today. Here’s the ad with the guy who has a bone sticking out of his face. What the FOGGLE doggle is going on here? Maybe we all need surgery to add this bone as a feature if we’re thin and you still can’t see it. (Click the image to expand to full resolution)

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