Archive | December 2006

Another One Bites the Dust! – If you love that song, you really should watch this rally video!

http://www.rallyalbum.hu/video/wrc_bukasok.avi (22.7 MB)

My company is still looking for people to fill various positions!  Current job opportunities are listed here: http://www.edmunds.com/help/about/jobs/jobs/index.html

If you or anyone you know would be interested in the position below, please contact me ASAP and/or follow the application instructions below and tell them I sent you!

PPricing Analyst – EIS

 

Edmunds.com is the premier online resource for automotive information. Perhaps the most popular consumer product, Edmunds.com True Market Value® pricing, is relied upon by millions of people seeking market-reflective valuations for new and used vehicles. In addition, Edmunds.com publishes Inside Line (http://www.insideline.com), a free high-speed online magazine for auto enthusiasts and CarSpace (http://www.carspace.com), an automotive lifestyle social networking Web site for anyone with an interest in automobiles. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and maintains a satellite office in suburban Detroit.

Do you have the drive? Are you looking for an opportunity where you can contribute fresh ideas and make valuable contributions at an exciting, entrepreneur company?

 

Job Summary:

Edmunds.com is seeking a Pricing Analyst that will be responsible for working with the pricing and market analysis group in managing the Edmunds.com automotive price products. The individual must have a solid understanding of automotive pricing as well as extensive analytical experience.

 

Job Description

 

  • Research and analysis of pricing trends in the new and used automotive marketplace.
  • Work with the pricing team in updating vehicle pricing on the web site each month.
  • Validate and QA all values before they are published to the web site
  • Participate in development of new data products.
  • Serve as the point of contact for all pricing inquires.
  • Represent Edmunds.com in media interviews regarding vehicle pricing trends.

 

Skills and Requirements

 

  • Bachelor Degree from an accredited 4-year college, preferably in statistics, economics or business.
  • Minimum 2+ years experience.
  • Must be passionate about cars.
  • Dealership experience is preferred.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Good communication skills, public speaking experience preferred.
  • Strong software analytical skills (MS Office, MS Access, Megastat, Database Reporting).
  • Ability to meet aggressive deadlines and provide quick turnaround in a rapid growth/high change environment.
  • Solid attention to detail.
  • Must be able to work in fast-paced, hands-on team environment.

 

Benefits

Edmunds Inc. offers a cutting edge technical environment, competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including: 100% paid medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees; 3 weeks of vacation; paid holiday and sick time; matching 401K, stock options; 2 flexible spending plans, tuition reimbursement, and a fun, friendly, casual environment.

 

So if you’ve got the drive, come help shape the future of how millions of automotive consumers navigate the market with confidence and traction. 

 

To Apply:  Please submit your resume in MS-WORD/PDF format to jobs@edmunds.com or fax to (310) 309-6466. Please send resumes only once and no phone calls please.  EEO D/V/M/F

 

No Agency Calls or Submissions will be considered.

Local candidates only please. No Visa sponsorships are offered at this time.

 

 

Semi-rough day because Micro$oft Excel made a file on a network drive vanish on me.  I was opening up the file when Excel crashed trying to do something with the ODBC connection.  It’s a good thing I had saved an older copy of that file on November 29, 2006 to my hard drive.  The bad thing was my manager had to spend a few extra minutes as he was trying to leave to bring the old file up to date.  Continued prayer would be appreciated for God to help me get up to speed and to do my job well.

If anyone ever needs to get a hold of me at work (for something important…if you’re not sure, just ask yourself if it would be something you would want someone to talk to you about while you’re working hard (or hardly working) for your money (think 1980’s song)), you can hit up my AIM work screenname “LWongEdmunds”.  Actually, you’d probably be more successful in getting a hold of me that way versus calling the cell phone.


Here’s a blast from the past (May)!

These are great examples of tires you should not drive on in wet weather because they would easily hydroplane.  These tires (installed in June 2005) went through three track days (The Streets of Willow Springs – 09/23/2005, Buttonwillow Raceway, config #13 clockwise – 01/14/2006 and 05/20/2006) and about seven months (I’m guessing about 12,000 miles) of street use.

Right Front

Right Rear

Left Rear

And my favorite…the “cheater slick” (a.k.a. a “slick” tire that isn’t truly a slick tire, slick tires theoretically provide more grip because the tire’s “contact patch” with the road is larger because grooves do not exist…good for dry pavement traction…bad…very bad for wet weather driving)…Left Front (this tire took the brunt of the abuse because both of the tracks have medium to high-speed right turns)

Why can’t we be friends?

Danny and me this past Tuesday night at Bible Study Fellowship

I figured I’d let him have the pleasure of having something to remember USC football’s defeat on Saturday.  I actually first started “talking” to Danny online (e-mail and AIM) through iwsti.com (formerly imprezawrxsti.com) when I became interested in getting a Subaru Impreza WRX.  He has a 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan that is also in the same World Rally Blue Pearl color.  At the time I got the car, he was attending Evergreen Baptist Church San Gabriel Valley (SGV) and knew Steve Loo’s sister, Diane.  A few days after getting the car, we met at the Fry’s Electronics off Crossroads Parkway for me to get some pointers from him and I also let him take the car for a quick spin.  When I started going to Bible Study Fellowship in November 2005, it turned out he was there.  He loves his Suby and he loves to snowboard!  Please check out his web site at http://www.daretoshred.com!

2003 Impreza WRX Sedan blue


I’ve been at Edmunds for two weeks now and I’m really enjoying it!  All thanks and praise be to God!

Weak photography skills/poor lighting conditions > me

Here are some photos of my workspace (sorry about the blurry photos):

Here’s the lounge area on the 4th floor (yes, we can watch cable/satellite channels on those televisions…free fruit and coffee is available everyday and also pastries on Monday mornings and bagels on Friday mornings).  I didn’t take any photos of the game room which has a foosball table and plans for a basketball game with a moving backboard like those seen at Dave & Buster’s.

Here’s some photos from inside and around the building, which you will see is appropriately part of “The Water Garden”:

Christmas tree in the lobby (I wonder if all those boxes are empty.  No, I didn’t pick them up and/or shake them.)




Your Santa Monica Mighty Ducks



Here’s a very important one…the “facilities” (motion sensor-equipped faucets and toilets…the water emitted by the faucets comes out at a nice, warm, controlled temperature…No, I haven’t checked out the toilets’ water temperature nor do I plan on doing so.):


On Thursday, we had an all-company meeting at the 2007 (I don’t get it.  It’s still 2006.  The confusing thing to some people is that the 2006 L.A. Auto Show was held back in January.  From here on out however, the L.A. Auto Show will now be held annually in November) Los Angeles Auto Show.  The meeting was from 8:30 AM to a little before 11 AM.  After that, we were free to roam the show (but we had to return to the office by 2 PM…I returned back around 2:20 PM, but everyone was totally cool with it…plus I wasn’t the last person back)  Because of the limited time however, I didn’t get to fully explore the show.  I never made it to a lot of the exhibits including BMW, Audi, and GM.

Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure:

Giugiaro Mustang (or as I like to think of it, a 2009 Chevrolet Camaro wannabe…Edmunds.com Inside Line full story here)


The name is Bond…James Bond.  Here’s an Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster


Mazda RX-8 (also known as Kellyn Wong’s car)


Mazda Nagare Concept (Edmunds.com Inside Line full story here)


Mazdaspeed3



Volvo C30


Honda Civic Si Sedan (I sat in the Si Coupe and instantly fell in love with its…seats!  The seat’s side bolsters wrap you into the sport seat snugly, but comfortably and its suede covering feels quite nice)


Mercedes-Benz AMG CL63


Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR (it’s only around $600,000)


If I were to start my own snow plowing business, I’d definitely “invest” in this Maybach!


A “lowly” Lexus IS250

As Lightning McQueen would say, “Holy Porsche!”  A look back at Porsche’s racing heritage:

Then


Now


The new Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.  Does anyone really need a 500+ horsepower SUV?  Porsche thinks so.  Then again, does anyone really need a Porsche…or any of the vehicles I took photos of?


The 911 Turbo


The 911 Targa


The 911 GT3 – blurry

Time to check out the horses in the stable.  Here’s the 2002 Ferrari Formula 1 race car:


Ferrari F430 Challenge race car (blurry )


Bugatti Veyron (don’t bother asking how much…I’m 99.9% sure you can’t afford it)


Spyker (formerly known as the Jordan) Formula 1 race car


Lotus Exige

Where are the Subarus?  Here are the Subarus!

2007 Legacy 2.5 GT Spec B


Forester 2.5 XT “STI” Concept – This was one of my favorite vehicles at the whole show.  It’s too bad this photo came out blurry.

Here are some photos of the same Forester taken by “subie1kenOO-B” on NASIOC.com


Ken Block (founder of DC Shoes) and Alex Gelsomino’s 2006 Subaru Rally Team USA Impreza WRX STI


Travis Pastrana and Christian Edstrom’s Subaru Rally Team USA Impreza WRX STI




Colin McRae and Nicky Grist’s Subaru Impreza WRX STI (the one that rolled over and still won a silver medal in the 2006 X Games Rally event…Travis Pastrana/Christian Edstrom won the gold and Ken Block/Alex Gelsomino won the bronze…check my August X Games entry for video of Colin and Travis’ runs)

Here’s a photo my co-worker Steve took of me playing Subaru’s Gran Turismo simulator (the $1 admission fee goes toward a charity to help the homeless):


What could’ve been?  A California Highway Patrol Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (I actually saw the recruiting officer I spoke to after my written exam and at the physical abilities test.  She was very friendly and still encouraged me to consider joining them after I explained my new job to her.)


Computer problem < me

On Thursday, my parents said the desktop computer had a problem with it.  I took a look at it and saw the error message saying it couldn’t boot.  The Serial ATA hard disk drives were being detected during the “POST” startup.  I thought, “Forget it.  I’m not going to bother with this until Saturday.”  So this afternoon, I decided the first thing I would try was resetting the BIOS using the CMOS jumper.  I went ahead and did that and everything was fine after that!  As to what caused the problem initially, I really don’t know.  All’s well that end’s well?  We’ll see!


I ❤ the rain!

Time to bring back an old friend!

Click and enjoy!

Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan in the rain commercial

 
Edmunds.com is hiring!  For more info: http://www.edmunds.com/help/about/jobs/jobs/index.html

I was asked by two different HR (human resources) corporate recruiters if I knew anyone who would be interested in the following positions:

Data Editor – http://www.edmunds.com/help/about/jobs/jobs/index.html#dataeditor

Oracle DBA (database administrator) – http://www.edmunds.com/help/about/jobs/jobs/index.html#oradba

If you’re interested, please let me know or follow those links and tell ’em I sent ya!

I will post some photos of my workspace and the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show shortly.  Stay tuned, folks!

Let us remember… Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

“A day that will live in infamy”


Happy Birthday to Angela Lin!  Zoom!  Zoom!  Zoom!

Takuan

To honor her, above is a photo of her 2004 Mazda Protege Wagon, “Takuan”!  Thanks for being a faithful friend and sister-in-Christ!


It was sad reading about CNet’s James Kim.  Thank God his wife and daughters were rescued!

Why would I mention his death?  The car the family was using was a Saab 9-2x, which is actually a re-skinned Subaru Impreza Wagon.  I’ve read that they had “car problems”.  I don’t know if the problems were mechanical or if the vehicle got stuck in snow or something else.

One of my greatest aspirations in life is to be…

A loving and faithful husband and father

I listened to Focus On the Family on KKLA 99.5 FM on my way into work on Thursday and Friday.  The speaker was Josh McDowell from a chapel message he gave at the Focus On the Family campus sometime earlier this year.

Easily more than becoming a professional race car driver or an automobile evaluator/reviewer, I want to be a husband and dad.  Here’s to trusting God for His perfect provision for me…or not.  Not my will, but His be done.



Some thoughts about my new job… (it’s getting a little late)

  1. I love it so far!  I’m surrounded by great people and am in a great environment!  Praise God!  It’s also nice having a Dell Pentium 4 3.0 GHz workstation with 2 GB RAM and a LCD flat panel screen (my AMD Athlon64-powered system at home has more processing power but only 1 GB RAM).  All of my male team members are sports nuts!
  2. The morning commute hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be.  However, the evening commute has been as bad as I thought it would be.  I’m started to develop a knack for listening to KKLA 99.5 FM making the trek back and forth.
  3. One of our corporate recruiters goes to Mosaic and knows my good, family friend, Jermaine.  Jermaine is actually her small group leader!  Jermaine’s dad and my dad grew up together in Hawai’i way back in the day.
  4. I met a guy I PMed (private messaged) through NASIOC.com back in March 2005 after I attended my first track day I attended at California Speedway in Fontana, CA.  I can talk to him about all types of racing.  He’s also a fellow believer!
  5. On Friday, I met some of the Editorial staff (people who write about and test vehicles).  They’re very cool people!
  6. The “lounge” area is awesome!  I’ll take photos later this week.  Fresh fruit is brought in every day.  Pastries are also brought in every Monday morning and bagels are brought in every Friday morning.
  7. Our entire company is going to the L.A. Auto Show on Thursday, December 7th!
  8. A lot of the work I’ll be doing consists of analyzing web traffic on our web site.  It’s going to be a challenge getting up to speed over the next few months to a year, but I’m looking forward to it.  Actually, this is one of the things I’d appreciate your prayers for the most.
  9. Please pray God will open doors for me to proclaim Him to others as this is now my main mission field.


The 2006 World Rally Championship is over!

Congratulations to Subaru World Rally Team’s (SWRT) Petter Solberg and Phil Mills for ending the 2006 WRC season with a respectable third place finish at the 2006 Wales Rally GB (Great Britain) this weekend.  Next year, the SWRT will use BFGoodrich (everyone, their parent company is Michelin) tires which should make them a lot more competitive.  Their Pirelli tires over the last two seasons were one of the key factors limiting the Subaru Impreza WRC’s performance.

D’oh well


They say change is the only constant (and death and taxes are inevitable).  Some say, “All good things must come to an end (except life in Christ!).”  It was a great seven years that started when I was a freshman at USC.


(Photo taken by sarkie12)

Good win for the Bruins.   USC didn’t deserve to win the game (just like our losses to Texas and Oregon State).  Enjoy taking on the Florida State University Seminoles at your Emerald Bowl.

I will now extend my self-imposed ban to going to the Rose Bowl since USC lost to Texas the last time I went there in January.

There’s definitely more to life than USC Trojan football.

When I got in the car and started it up, “Awesome Is the Lord Most High” was the song playing on the CD changer.  He is all that really matters!

So life goes on.  We can keep fighting on for ol’ JC and onto His victory!   Victory signs up!

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Update coming soon!  It’s been a busy, but great week!  How awesome is the Lord Most High!!!

FIGHT ON and BEAT THE BRUINS!!!