Category Archives: Car

My Honda Accord

I got a new car today: Honda Accord Coupe 2004 with silver exterior and black leather interior. Here are some of the stats:

Engineering

Engine Type: V-6
Displacement (cc): 2997
Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net): 240 @ 6250
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 212 @ 5000
Compression Ratio: 10.0 : 1
Valve Train: 24-Valve SOHC VTEC®
Front-Wheel Drive
CARB Emissions Rating: ULEV

Transmission

5-Speed Automatic Transmission

Body-Suspension-Chassis
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
Traction Control System (TCS)
Wheels: 16″ Alloy
All-Season Tires: Bridgestone P205/60 R16

EPA Mileage Estimates/Fuel Capacity

5-Speed Automatic (City/Highway)**: 21 / 30

good posture

A few years ago, I got rear-ended in my car, and suffered back injury. To treat the pain, I got physical therapy. One of the methods to improve and prevent back pain, was to improve my posture. My therapist told me that it put a lot of stress on the back to slouch.

It took a lot of practice to improve my posture. My muscles and joints were just so used to slouching. But that wasn’t the only thing. It was a cultural/social issue too. Just about everyone slouches, so when I sat up straight, I felt out of place, like I was being too snooty or something.

To reinforce better posture and prevent slouching, my PT would gently poke me in the back when I slouched. Eventually my posture training took hold and it became easier–both physically and mentally–for me to sit up straight consistently.

A few months ago, I had a physical therapist; this time it was for my shoulder rehabilitation. He praised my good posture. It was a great compliment coming from him. It was like being complimented on an outfit by a fashion designer.

Now, I am so used to sitting up straight, I would have to make a conscious effort to slouch, which now feels physically uncomfortable to do.

down with slow pokes folks

I was behind this annoyingly slow car a few days ago. At that speed, I noticed a bumper sticker:

Palo Alto Resident 
I drive safely.

Whatever! Driving safely doesn’t mean driving too slowly (10 mph below the speed limit).

I did a google search and found that it’s part of Palo Alto’s Pace Car program. http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/cityagenda/publish/cmrs/1787.pdf

Pace car drivers set a prudent pace for drivers following behind them. If they drive within the speed limit, the cars behind them will likely do the same.

That’s so stupid. If a car is going the speed limit, the cars behind it can’t always go the speed limit too if they are to maintain a safe distance between cars. Thus, people at the later end of the queue are not even able to go the speed limit just because the car at the front insists on following the speed limit.

Speed itself is not dangerous. I actually think slow drivers are more dangerous if they drive slowly because they are distracted and/or have slow reflexes. Car quality is crucial too. In Germany, where there is no speed limit on the Autobahn, drivers are required to keep their cars maintained well.

I like to walk fast, talk fast, and drive fast. I care about safety, but I disagree that ridiculously slow driving is any safer. They say that the speed limit is determined by various factors, including the abilities of average drivers. I don’t think it’s fair for incompetent drivers to dictate what I am able to do. In high school, I took calculus. What if society decided that we can’t have calculus because not everyone can handle it or want to take it?

Gas gouging

Yikes! I thought we won the war for Iraqi Oil, er, Independence. :P What’s with the crazy prices? It’s not even summertime.

Let’s help each other out by posting good deals.

The Chevron station that I know of with reasonable prices has been the one at Lawrence Expressway and Duane, in Sunnyvale. I went there today: $2.09 for regular. eek! I don’t know, maybe there are cheaper ones. I was already there, so I didn’t drive around to compare prices since the gas I use to drive around ends up costing me anyway.