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31 July, 2005

One more from Sardis

I found another picture from Sardis Lake yesterday. It shows off the pearl effect in my paint a little better. I believe this color (called Lava Gray) is exclusive to the Audi A3.

30 July, 2005


It was so hot today, I almost drove myself down this boat ramp and into Sardis Lake. Posted by Picasa

29 July, 2005

New USA Today review

USA Today test drives the new 2006 model Audi A3 Sportback. That's me--except I'm a three pedal version, and I suspect the test model was a premium package and not sport like me. At any rate, click here to read it.

Oh, and here's a review that I think is Canadian. Some good quotes in there.

ManCar of the Weekend

Each Friday I will choose a new ManCar of the Weekend. Unlike some other beauty contests, there will be no strenuous list of duties to be performed. The MCotW will have exactly one simple task: to look sexy. Thus no need for a runner-up. I look forward to spending entire weekends lusting after the de rigueur ManCar. For the inaugural edition of MCotW, and after much deliberation, I've decided to go with pure unadulterated American beefcake. This weekend, it's a '69 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray T-top that will be turning my engine. Check out those gills! Posted by Picasa

28 July, 2005

Doctor Seuess working at local Popeye's???

Ok, so here's a picture of me getting gas at the Oxford, MS Popeye's/BP which share a building. The trucks partially hidden on the left are travelling south on MS Hwy 7. This Popeye's is not a well run business. Interestingly, some of the folks that work at the BP also seem to suffer from the same personal problems that plague those at the Popeye's. Just pay at the pump if you must stop. That's my advice. Posted by Picasa

PS: It should be $4.69, right? Right?

Overheard at Popeye's drive-thru

To be brutally frank, the Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits here in Oxford, MS is absolute pants. I would organize a boycott if I were going to be here for any length of time, but I'll be leaving in a few weeks so why bother? Just don't go there if any of the following apply:

a) You want the cashier to show any expression on her face (or in her voice) besides boredom, or irritance.
b) You think standing in line for 15 minutes is unreasonable when there is only one person ahead of you.
c) You value cleanliness.
d) You want chicken strips.

To illustrate what I mean by (d), I overheard this at the drive-thru yesterday (Note: the price of a two piece combo is $3.26 after tax and that of a chicken strip meal is $5.44):

Speaker (bored/questioning): Welcome to Popeyes?
Driver: Uhh, can I get a three piece chicken strip meal......spicy......with red beans and rice......and a diet coke?
Speaker (bored/NOT questioning): That's a two-piece combo, mild or spicy.
Driver: No, uhh, I want a three...piece...chicken...strip...meal...uhh, spicy.
Speaker (irritated/questioning): Yes. Mild or spicy?
Driver: Spicy!
Speaker (bored/irritated): Ok sir, that'll be $3.26.
Driver: Uhh, I'm sorry. I think you got my order wrong.
Speaker (bored/questioning): Welcome to Popeyes?
Driver: Jesus.

At that point my driver drove off. I wish I could say that this was an isolated incident, but it wasn't. It's very difficult to order chicken strips at this Popeye's. One usually receives a Po'Boy sandwich (with fries) instead of chicken strips (with red beans and a biscuit), so I suppose there is value in the new alternative of a two piece combo (at least the two-piece doesn't come drenched in mayonaise and does have a biscuit).

But not enough. Avoid
this Popeye's! I'll try to get a picture later in the day.

27 July, 2005

Hit 2,000 miles somewhere near Jackson, MS

No picture, unfortunately. I broke in my engine over the first 1200 miles or so, and I've let myself have a little bit of fun in the time since. It's been mostly highway miles, and I've averaged 30mpg at speeds that have mostly fallen between 75-85mph. That reminds me--just the other day between Jackson and Grenada on I-55, some jackass Suzuki seemed intent on either pacing me in my left blind spot, or passing me just to slow down (still in the fast lane) to pace the car in front of me that I was just about to pass. It was so frustrating! This went on for about 45 minutes, and just when I had resigned myself to spending the rest of the trip in what must surely be one of the circles of hell in the car version of Dante's Inferno, the little Suzuki took off at about 90mph and was never to be seen again. It still had new car plates taped to its rear windshield, so maybe this Suzuki was breaking its engine in. Seems like a pretty dangerous way to keep from driving at a constant speed/rpm, but it's the only thing I can think of. Or the Suzuki was just messing with me. I'm not much of a Suzuki fan in either case.

26 July, 2005

Spent the past few days in...

Here I am in Mobile, AL. I was there for the past few days, and it was really hot! Luckily, I have a sunshade (not pictured) for the windshield. Check out the sand in the driveway. Sand is fun! Except when it gets in my floorboard!!! Posted by Picasa

22 July, 2005

"I decline to accept the end of man."

Here I am in Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner's grave is just off camera to the right. Posted by Picasa
It's a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can't eat for eight hours; he can't drink for eight hours; he can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work.
--William Faulkner

21 July, 2005

Welcome to my blog!

My name is Claudia3, and I am a 2006 model Audi A3 Sportback. I have a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbocharged powerplant with FSI (that's what Audi calls its direct fuel injection) and a sport suspension. I'm pretty proud of my engine, but don't just take my word for it--check out this review.

Anyway, I thought I would start this blog to work as a sort of photo album for my travels. Something tells me I'm going to be putting some miles on pretty soon! Photos to come!