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2008 Subaru Tribeca

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 4:59 PM

Andrea with her new 2008 Subaru Tribeca

Yesterday, after a marathon weekend of car shopping, we ended up buying a brand new 2008 Subaru Tribeca.  We ended up spending 8½ hours on Saturday and another 11 hours on Monday car shopping.  We drove the Nissan Rogue, Mitsubishi Outlander, Toyota Rav4, Honda CR-V, Mazda Mazda6, Mazda CX-7, Ford Fusion, Subaru Forester, and Subaru Tribeca. 

The decision ended up being between the Tribeca and the CX-7.  It was a very tough decision as both cars had lots of pluses, but neither pulled head and shoulders above the other.  We ended up buying the Subaru from Vik Biefel at Go Subaru West.  Vik is the husband of our church secretary, and ended up getting us a great deal on the Subaru. 

The new car is a 2008 Subaru Tribeca Limited.  It's blue with remote start, leather seats, and the Subaru cold weather package.  It's a really nice car, and we're definitely happy with the purchase.

Photos of Andrea's new 2008 Subaru Tribeca

 
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...but it had new tires, damn it!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 4:49 PM

The demise of the Jeep

Last Tuesday, September 23, Andrea got rear-ended on I-25 on her way home from training in Castle Rock.  Fortunately, she was ok except for some minor neck and shoulder pain.  Unfortunately, the Jeep didn't make it out as well.

The accident was around I-25 and Santa Fe, right as they were entering a construction zone.  Andrea slowed with traffic to about 10 mph and the guy that hit her didn't, hitting her at about 65 mph.  The other guy's car was obviously totalled, but the Jeep doesn't look terrible.  He was cited for reckless driving, failure to produce insurance, and expired plates; all in a construction zone, no less.

Despite the outside looks, the damage to the Jeep ended up being more than the car was worth, so State Farm officially totalled it on Friday.  It's nice that Andrea's ok so that we can laugh about this, but her reaction on hearing that it was likely that the car was totalled was, "... but it has new tires damn it!"

For the most part, I am really impressed with how both insurance companies have handled the situation.  We got a call from USAA less than 12 hours after the accident admitting fault and saying that they would pay for everything.  Everything progressed rapidly from there.  My only complaint is that they only gave us three business days after calling the Jeep totalled to turn in the rental car, compressing the normal process of car buying into just a couple of days.

 
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Buffs Blackout West Virginia!

Friday, September 19, 2008 9:29 AM

Buffs Blackout #21 West Virginia - CU 17 - WVU 14

Last night, CU defeated #21 West Virginia 17-14 in OT!  It was a great game and, by far, the best atmosphere I've ever seen at a CU game.  The crowd arrived early and was buzzing from the beginning.  The word of the blackout had been spread well, and  everyone was wearing black from head to toe.  There wasn't an empty seat in the house for the prime time game on ESPN and West Virginia's first trip to the real mountains.

The game got off to a quick start with the Buffs jumping out to a 14-0 lead.  West Virginia answered with a TD, and 7 minutes into the game, CU led 14-7 at the end of the 1st quarter.  From that point the game turned into a real defensive struggle with both teams getting stopped deep in opposing territory.  West Virginia tied the game at 14 in the 4th quarter and neither team could break the tie.

In overtime, CU won the toss and elected to play defense.  West Virginia moved down to the 4 before getting stuffed on 3rd and 1.  West Virginia set up for an extra point length field goal that would have made it 17-14, but their kicker knocked it off the upright; no good!  CU took their offensive turn very conservatively, getting one first down and then lining up for a short winning field goal on 3rd down.  The kick was good giving CU a 17-14 win as the students stormed the field!

It was one of the best college football games that I've been to as the Buffs moved to 3-0 before heading to Jacksonville to take on Florida State next week.  Go Buffs!

Photos from the CU - WVU game

 
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Live.com at Machu Picchu

Friday, September 19, 2008 8:20 AM

Live.com at Machu Picchu

Microsoft's Live.com search engine has been doing a really cool series recently with images from around the world as backdrops to the search box.  They also dot the image with 3-4 hidden squares where, if you hover your mouse over that square, you can find out more about the context of the picture using the Live.com search.  Today I had a treat when I opened it up and discovered that today's image was Machu Picchu.  I instantly recognized the location of the photograph as a place where I had been standing just three months ago!  Check it out at http://www.live.com!  It will be something different tomorrow!

 
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Blackout!

Thursday, September 18, 2008 2:31 PM

Blackout West Virginia - Go Buffs!

I'm on my way up to Boulder for the CU game vs. #21 West Virginia.  It's the first visit to Boulder for West Virginia and the CU fans are planning a blackout of the stadium, with everyone wearing black.  The game is at 6:30 pm Mountain.

Go Buffs!

 
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