Found In the Woods

July 24, 2008

Cars of Thought

Filed under: Blogging — bsullivan @ 1:23 pm

I’m not a huge car nut, but I do like cars. I enjoy driving tremendously – I spent a good amount of time in my car. Currently I’m driving an ’03 VW Jetta Wagon GS 1.8t. This thing has been a fun car to own; it’s zippy, has ok space, decent fuel econ for a sporty car (~24 MPG for last year, which is on target as-advertised), and I can haul stuff in the back if need be. (Trust me, I’ve hauled a myriad amount of things in this puppy) So why would I think of getting a new car? Well, I like to dream, and think about the future. The what-if’s. So here, without TOO much ado, is my current list of cars that I’m considering for my next car purchase. MIND YOU, this will be no time soon. I’m hoping to get a least another 4-5 years out of my Jetta Wagon, and yes, I know, car models will change, disappear and reappear over time, so I will have to reevaluate again. BUT, let’s say I was buying today; this is my top six wishlist:

BMW 535xi Sports Wagon
base MSRP $54,400 (~58,765 with options)
3.0-liter, turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine
300 horsepower
xDrive, intelligent all-wheel-drive
EPA Est. MPG 24 mpg hwy

BMW 535xi Sports Wagon

GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab 4WD
base MSRP $31,345.00 (~$39,525 with options)
Vortec 4.8L V8 with 295 hp and 305 lb.-ft. of torque
EPA Est. MPG 15 city/20 hwy

GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab

base MSRP $30,470 (~$39,400 with options)
3.6L Variable Valve Timing V6 MPFI 275 hp, 251 lb.-ft. of torque
EPA Est. MPG 16 city/24 hwy

GMC Acadia SLT

Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited
base MSRP $21,995 (~$33,844 with options)
243-hp turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine, 241 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm
EPA Est. MPG 18 city/24 hwy

Subaru Outback XT

VW Passat Wagon VR6 4Motion
base MSRP $25,200 (~$39,934 with options)
VR6 V6 280 hp, 265 lb.-ft. of torque
EPA Est. MPG 23 city/32 hwy

VW Passat Wagon VR6 4Motion

Audi S4 Avant
base MSRP $ (~$54,185 with options)
S4 Avant 4.2 quattro 340 HP tiptronic, 302 lb.-ft. of torque
EPA Est. MPG 15 city/20 hwy

Audi S4 Avant

Oh, So Sweet

Filed under: Blogging,Goot Stuff,Media,Music — bsullivan @ 11:58 am

An old standard fav of mine, Matthew Sweet, has an upcoming album release; Sunshine Lies, due Aug 26, 2008. From the sound of the three samples on the site, he’s still got that fun, intense, melodic structure to his songwriting and sound. I always enjoyed the moody, bouncy melodies and clever harmonies, always well placed, he injects into his songs.

I became a fan of his when I heard Girlfriend on MTV (as so many other people) which caused me to go out and buy the single. Fell in love with his work and got to be an even bigger fan in college with his release of Altered Beast and 100% Fun. Even when he went off on a tangent and formed Blue Sky on Mars I followed. Thanks to him, my ears were nearly blown out at a small club show at the Stone Baloon in Newark, DE. They had a getup for a much larger venue, where the stage at the SB was merely a small platform in a bar. He pretty much faded off my radar at that point, as did his commercial success. I picked up a few oddities on OiNKs over the years, but that’s about it until today when I was reminded of him by a good friend.

Check out the album, samples and his pottery for sale (!!!) on his official site:

July 2, 2008

Like a Mini…Mallll

Filed under: Blogging — bsullivan @ 3:50 pm