Archive | October 2008

Valet for a day

Back on October 13th, I parked the car for the night and noticed the “SECURITY” light below the tachometer (the gauge that measures engine speed) kept flickering at an unusual rate after the key had been removed.  I also noticed the car’s blinkers and sidemarkers didn’t flash when I armed and disarmed the security system.

That was weird.  The car had never done this before.  Slight concern crept in as I wondered if the oddity would drain the vehicle’s battery.  My fear was mitigated when the car started up fine the next morning and later that evening after work.

After purchasing the Top Gun Blu-ray and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Ferrari Challenge for the PLAYSTATION3 at Best Buy, I couldn’t take it anymore.  I had to figure out what was going.  It was time to read the fantastic manual (RTFM).

First, I used the manual’s index to look up “Security System” (who uses the table of contents anyway?).  Once there, I noticed the subsection on “Valet Mode.”  There, I read about symptoms that matched what I was seeing.

After disabling the security system’s valet mode, I armed and disarmed the car’s security system.  Success!  The car’s alarm was now functioning properly again.  As to how the whole ordeal happened, I’m guessing the “arm” button on the remote transmitter was accidentally press for a few seconds when the driver’s side front door was open.  Once properly addressed, I then took satisfaction knowing the phenomenon would no longer haunt me.

Bridgestone = Budweiser

Am I the only one who has noticed how similar these two commercials are?

Bridgestone 2008 Super Bowl commercial

Budweiser 1999 “True” commercial

I guess AdWeek noticed it back in February 2008 after the big game.

Lippert Rates the Super Bowl Spots
http://www.adweek.com/aw/content_display/news/media/e3ibab8a3611de23897ad66b14dece7c1b8

Women with WRXs (wagons)

On my daily morning commute, I usually see one to four Subaru Impreza WRX Wagons driven by women on the 10 East as I crawl along the westbound Santa Monica Freeway’s “fast” lane.  What surprises me about this is that they never notice me in my WRX for a friendly exchange of Scooby waves to take place.  Seeing them also makes me wonder how many women are out there driving WRXs as in what percentage of WRX/STi/STI drivers are female.

Pictured above is Jamie “Subie Gal” Thomas in “Burnsie,” her 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon.  “Burnsie” is named after the late 2001 FIA WRC drivers’ champion, the late Englishman Richard Burns.  Jamie has competed with moderate success in the Rally America series Production GT class, taking class wins on multiple occasions.  You can check out her web site at www.subiegal.com.

 

My Auntie Karen has her 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan (not pictured above).  Despite the fact that it has a four-speed automatic transmission and is bone stock, I think it’s simply cool that she has it.

 



 

Above are a few photos of Krysten’s 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan.  I met her at my last track day at the Streets of Willow Springs.  She also enlists the services of HB Speed to tune her car.  Jon from HB Speed is the same person who tuned my car back in January 2008.



A few days ago, I heard the funniest radio commercial I’ve heard in awhile.  It was a Bud Light “Real Men of Genius” commercial.  In it, there was a salute to “Mr. Overzealous Touch Football Game Player.”  The lines in the jingle are hilarious!  Those of you over 21 years of age can listen to it and other funny “Real Men of Genius” commercials at budlight.com.