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Rear-wheel drive... about as evil as advertised. Oh, and a couple of footnotes. - GROWL — LiveJournal
Rear-wheel drive... about as evil as advertised. Oh, and a couple of footnotes.
My entire life I've driven forward-wheel drive cars. Well, more specifically, my entire life, I've driven Carlita. Who happened to be forward-wheel drive.

So, this morning was a rather interesting ride as I took Rufus III out for the work commute in unexpected snow/ice. (Yup, no sanded or salted roads. Pure suck.)

I had no idea you could actually slip on the road while going straight! Seriously, the only time I'd have troubles with traction with Carlita was on turns.

With Rufus, I was spinning out of control every few seconds. It was absolute hell.

No, I didn't hit someone/something. I know you're shocked.

Yes, I do plan on taking him to Wal-Mart after work and purchasing two big bags of salt to put in the trunk on top of the tires.

As for the snow tires... gods, Idaho is so weird with our winters that I'm not sure I really should put the tires on yet. I mean, if it's suddenly dry, I'll be wearing the tires and wrecking the roads... but when does one know to put the suckers on in the first place?

In other news, I saw View From the Top... and was so pissed off at the end of the movie that pirateday was starting to wonder if I'd ever shut up. I'm honestly not sure what this movie was supposed to be doing, but it sure as hell didn't placate the feminist in me with their 'bone' they threw me after the curve ball of suck.

In even more other news, against ninjadebugger's protests, I went ahead and read Ill Wind by Rachel Caine. I wouldn't go so far as to say it was the most awesome book ever, but it was good enough that I took it out of my car to read at work and finished it at home.

The door was, of course, open for a series to take place, but I could definitely stop at Book One and feel good about where it took me. Now, will my curiosity catch up and make me buy book two, even though Ninja would likely shake his head at me with an 'I told you so'? Probably. But at least I'll be prepared for it being meh!

Current Location: work
Current Mood: bored bored

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ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: December 10th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Be very, VERY careful with that. Front brakes plus rear wheel drive is a recipe for disaster, and it takes a LOT of getting used to. If you can, find a parking lot that hasn't been plowed or salted properly and practice your emergency braking, because if you aren't prepared, you're going to have BAD things happen. My first winter with rear drive and front brakes, I nearly ran into the outer sidewall of the I-80 bridge over the Missouri River.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: December 11th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

You definitely have a good suggetion there. I talked to pirateday last night about taking me out to an abandoned parking lot when it's slick on a weekend. Who knows when that will actually happen, but we've got a plan!
betacandy From: betacandy Date: December 11th, 2007 06:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Ugh. My parents had rear-wheel drive when we lived in West Virginia, which gets inches of ice on the roads before the salt trucks can get everywhere. I have memories of riding the one-lane road that winds around a mountain, with no guardrail and a very deep river gorge on the other side.

How's that for a "back in my day" story? LOL!

*subliminal message about reviewing VftT for Hathor*
ifritah From: ifritah Date: December 11th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh gods. Just hearing about that is freaking me out!

And heh, yeah, I was considering typing that up for Hathor... but then I wondered if I still had Sundays... and if there was an editing first thing going on now that I missed... and yeah, being MIA for as long as I have has made me paranoid, apparently. ^^;
betacandy From: betacandy Date: December 11th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
We dumped the daily schedule - post when you want. If by "editing first" you mean you have to submit an article, no. :)
ifritah From: ifritah Date: December 11th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Done. ^_^
wondervixen From: wondervixen Date: December 11th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
View From the Top...is that the one with Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Blucas?
ifritah From: ifritah Date: December 11th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Though Marc Blucas is only in about two minutes of the film.
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