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Bitten by the diesel bug...

October 18, 2007 11:17 AM

Or more specifically biodiesel.

I’ve been looking for a way to save fuel costs during the winter and what I’m really coming down to is buying another vehicle - probably a small car.

Diesel makes a lot of sense for me because I drive 66 - 88 miles a day round-trip. And I really want to move to something green so biodiesel is on the table.

The problem seems to be finding one that isn’t a rustbucket and doesn’t cost a fortune. :-(

I’d love to get a diesel Westfalia or something for about $4k that wasn’t beat up or _in California_ or somewhere just as far away from me. Maybe I’m just not looking in the right local places. I think I’ll check with the one local used vehicle dealer and see if he’s got a line on anything.

I figure it this way. If I can get a small vehicle that doesn’t eat much then I can save money through the winter, sell the car when summer comes around, then buy the vehicle I want to convert to hybrid. It might take me a couple years to eventually do that but it’s a good idea and the makings of a good plan.

I’m looking forward to actually celebrating Halloween this year. It’ll be the first time in years that I can take time to decorate and get ready for trick-or-treaters. I have to go out and pick up a fog machine this weekend or next. I’ll probably start buying prop materials this coming week. Not sure yet what theme I’m going to do but I hope I can make it something that’s not lame. :-(

The day’s going fast today. Lunch is already almost over. I think I’ll stretch it a bit...

Got the replacement wireless router installed yesterday and it’s working perfectly. I’ve ordered a couple of the Motorola PCI wireless cards that are supported by the OS X Airport drivers for the two Mac desktops I have at home. That will allow me to set up those machines anywhere they will fit and receive signal so the only thing I need to worry about with them is power.

That reminds me - I need to go and pick up the wood for the test part of my daughter’s desk. It should be dead simple to make. I’m going to have Home Despot cut the wood to the right dimensions so all I have to do when I get it home is attach the two hinges and either paint it or stain it. I might just use a poly stain since that will allow me to do the job in less time. Something light I think...

I probably won’t pick it up today because it’s raining and windy out. Depends entirely on what it’s like when I get home.

Typical blustery midwestern October....




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