On the day I will hopefully be returning my rented Pacifica I got to test the
most vital aspect of any vehicle nominated for the role of the BlueMobile; the
ability to make emergency stops. As I have noted before, I am like catnip for
stupid drivers, and can produce a couple of witnesses who will confirm that
they've never seen anyone have to deal with nearly so many folks going haywire
in his path. This morning it was a Mercedes ML500 that decided that since there
was time for the car before it to make it off the exit ramp into town (oh the
joys of attracting commuters from the surrounding area to our train station),
there must be enough time for them to make it too (not even close). Naturally
enough this was right in my path, but the Pacifica stopped on a dime (crappy
stock tires and all). To her credit (I guess), when the Mercedes driver heard my horn, she made
a swerve that would have helped me out if I hadn't been able to stop that very
nearly put her into the guard rail... but I really would have rathered she just
had looked to see of the coast was clear.
Oscar-winning composer Goldsmith dies. Thanks Mike Martinez.