Thursday, October 16, 2008

Junior 2.0

















Tah-Dah!! Now that the appropriate mourning period for Junior has passed, we are proud to unveil his replacement. Its a Toyota Highlander, and is just an ever so slight upgrade over Junior. As in 17 years newer. He is, as yet, unnamed. So if you are hit with inspiration upon seeing his picture, we are open to suggestions.

He has quite a few bells and whistles, but two stand out as my favorite. 1. A built in garage door opener in the sun visor. This is particularly great because when we bought our house it only came with one garage door opener, and I have been unable to find a replacement. So for the last year and a half any time I leave the house I back Junior out into the driveway then go back into the garage to shut the door and then run out and duck under the closing door while jumping over the little laser thingy, and happily drive away. Repeating the process in reverse when I get home. So needless to say, I am quite excited about having a garage door opener in the car. 2. It has a little arrow on the dash that tells you which side the gas tank is on. This might have been designed with me in mind, because as Aubrey can attest, I always forget which side of the car it is on.

It has some other things too, like AC and intermitten wipers that I think I might enjoy. And the headlights point forward. And the windshield keeps the rain out. Its amazing what they can do with the technology these days!

7 comments:

Austin said...

Actually....i think it looks more like a middle aged woman...namely (Aunt) Ruth Ellen...Yeah that would be a great name for it.

abram.rampey said...

if you pay attention to the fuel gauge on most older cars it will tell you what side the gas cap is on. the little picture of the gas pump shows what side to park on. So it you park on the side of the pump where the gas comes out in the picture on your gas gauge, you will be alright. Just a little trick i picked up by driving a car with the cap on the passenger side. did that make any sense?

Anonymous said...

I've been grieving with you over the loss of Jr. It's an honor to him that it took such a nice vehicle to replace him.

I'll bet you're not realizing how many gray cars are out there. I had no idea until I got my gray Camry.

Abram - thanks for the tip on how tell which side the gas cap is on. I understand it and look forward to using it.

CO Connie

Anonymous said...

I've been grieving with you over the loss of Jr. It's an honor to him that it took such a nice vehicle to replace him.

I'll bet you've not realized how many gray cars are out there until now. I had no idea until I got my gray Camry.

Abram - thanks for the tip on how tell which side the gas cap is on. I understand it and look forward to using it.

CO Connie

Ken Shomo said...

I think that what made "Junior" such a great name was the sense of family it communicated. Hard to know how to compete with that unless you name it "Bro."

Another option, one that some friends chose when naming their rabbit, is "Flopsy."

colorado dad said...

Nice Jeff! It's got to make the trip to church and erskine more enjoyable. In picking a name - remember the family traditions - our first car was Ralph, then Stan the Van,....

dad

Dave Tell said...

hilarious post on Junior last week. I don't see why you got rid of him. Seemed like only minor, cosmetic flaws.

As to the issue of the name: How about "Junior Junior." Or, "JJ."

Or, as Hannah suggested, "Senior." This too has its merits. As I recall, we (I (?)) named junior "junior" not because of his relationship to other cars, but because of his small size. Given the Highlanders larger size, "Senior," or "Big Papi," or "the motherload" seems appropriate.

Hannah has clarified: she prefers "senior" spoken in a Spanish accent. I don't know why.

Actually, the "motherload" might be a good name for our minivan, as the mother in this family routinely loads everyone else into it.

Bro