Category Archives: Dubious

October 23

“Jaws” on Land, or Prius Rant No. 2

So yesterday I developed an urge to make salsa. If you actually know me, you understand how absurd this is. My skills in the kitchen consist of operating the microwave (at which I am merely proficient, not talented) and opening Diet Coke cans (at which I am a master). Deciding to make homemade salsa was […]

October 20

Duh Driving Tip of the Week, Presented by Felix the Cat

Dear Driver in front of/beside/behind me, Allow me to introduce you to a marvelous invention of which you may have heard rumors: the turn signal. This nifty little device allows you to indicate, FOR THE BENEFIT OF THOSE AROUND YOU, your directional intentions. For example, say you are driving slowly in the fast lane, and […]

September 16

Would You Like a $1,800 Seatbelt With Your $845,000 Porsche?

So I was configuring my Porsche 918 Spyder today when I came across one of those bizarre, inane things that must be shared so that we can all engage in collective head-scratching. As you may know, the base price of the 918 Spyder is $845,000.  That’s the price of – what? – three Lamborghinis? I […]

September 12

The Myth of the Sub-$30k Luxury Car

Heard of the Mercedes-Benz CLA? I’m guessing, if you watch TV or have an Internet connection, you have. M-B has been very aggressively marketing its new “four-door coupe” entry-level vehicle. The alleged magic of the CLA? It can be yours for less than $30,000! Well, not really. The $30,000 mark has become a kind of […]

September 11

Wickedest Car Names for Your Kid

I don’t have kids – which is my idea of looking out for the best interests of my fellow man – but that doesn’t mean I can’t participate in this delightful game over on Jalopnik. Wicked car names for kids? I have lots of ideas! Magnum Hemi Deuce Wraith Elise Evora Exige Tesla Benz Corrado […]

August 11

Time to Step Up, Ladies of L.A.

While researching my recent Tesla post, I came across an article in the L.A. Times that listed L.A.’s top ten cars and trucks by gender. I didn’t have to read past the title to know that I would be disappointed. And, sure enough, I was. The lists are based on data from Edmunds, which pulled […]

August 08

Well-Made Car is Successful, Everybody’s Shocked

Only in the car biz…Tesla Motors built a great car, people love it, people are buying it, and no one can believe it. Tesla released its second-quarter results yesterday and beat everyone’s projections. Its already-hot stock jumped at the news, and Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and other financial rags are falling all over themselves […]

August 07

Where You Can Stick that Heel-Toe

I have met my Waterloo. On the advice of my driving instructors, I have been practicing heel-toe downshifting every time I drive: at stop signs, traffic lights, turns. Hell, I’ll even brake in the middle of the street to downshift. Heel-toe first rattled my consciousness on Saturday. It is now Wednesday. My rattled-ness is not […]

July 30

What Does a Serial Killer Drive?

Recently, I have been catching up on Dexter, Showtime’s serial killer dramedy starring the gay Six Feet Under brother (this character is a brother from another mother, that’s for sure!). My family may judge me, but I find the premise (guy works at police department by day and kills bad guys at night) intriguing, and […]

July 29

Does the i3 Have It?

The Motorweb is all atwitter today with the official unveiling of the BMW i3, the first in BMW’s new line of electric “urban” vehicles. The i3 first appeared as a concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, where I got a chance to see it up close and in person: The i sub-brand of models […]

June 23

Prius Rant No. 1

My opinions on the Toyota Prius approach the level of Greek tragedy.  I believe that, with the Prius (wonderfully pronounced “PRY-us” by those trusty ranters over on Top Gear), Toyota is seeking to leach all beauty, excitement, spontaneity, speed, performance, imagination and joy out of the automobile, using the word “green” as cover.  In short, […]

June 22

The Slows

Having spent what feels like the vast majority of my adult life traveling the interstate, I have developed a list of cars I refer to as The Slows.  The Slows are particular car models that invariably drive slow in the fast lane (my biggest pet peeve of all time), oblivious to my Rules (which will […]

June 19

These Shoes Weren’t Made for Driving

They weren’t exactly made for walking, either. These lovely Sam Edelmans are the highest heels I have ever driven in.  Yes, yes I did.  I drove (manual transmission, mind you) with 5-inch toothpicks lodged into the bottom of my heels.  No, I did not injure myself or others.  At least, not while driving.  (I did […]

June 18

Duh Driving Tip of the Week

Dearest readers, Although no one has asked, I feel the need to occasionally impart words of wisdom regarding various aspects of driving.  I refer to these as Duh Driving Tips because, really, you should not need me to point these things out.  They should be intuitive.  However, it would appear that drivers in my neck […]

June 17

Co-Pilots

Everyone needs a co-pilot. Yours may be Jesus.  Or your significant other.  Or the wacky college friend who has been sleeping on your couch since graduation.  Five years ago. My co-pilots are furry. Meet Thing 1 (not her real name; she is wary of privacy violations), pictured at left with her beloved Cow.  Thing 1 […]