I replaced the rear brakes on my car at the end of last week. It’s been a long-standing issue that I’ve been waiting to fix for a little while now, and once you can hear the brakes working, it’s generally a good indication that things need to be replaced. There’s been a bunch of things … More The Brakes
Fifty years ago today, in 1959, a car arrived that changed the face of motoring, with the unveiling of the Austin 7 (sometimes as Austin SE7EN) and the Morris Minor, best known as the Mini. In that half-century, the Mini has become a popular icon in today’s culture, and was ranked by car experts just … More The Mighty Mini: 50 Years and Counting
I love driving. I love it a lot, despite the slightly more frequent fuel ups – it’s about $30 to fill up my car – and the annoying price of insurance in Vermont with my type of car. However, there are elements to driving that I’m not thrilled with, namely, other drivers from Montpelier, VT. … More Rant: Montpelier Drivers
Yesterday, I left work early to go to a talk by P.W. Singer at Middlebury College, about the book that I just reviewed, Wired for War. It was a fascinating talk, but it didn’t really tell me anything new from the book. However, the talk was in Middlebury, in Western Vermont, where I’ve only been … More The Best Driving Road in Vermont
It’s been 4 or so weeks since I first test-drove and then purchased my Mini. During that time, the new-car smell has gone away, I’ve learned what all the buttons do and I still have a working clutch for the thing. I love this car. I absolutely love driving it, and now that I’m far … More You've got a sweet ride now, Charlie!