Driving and Biking in the Big City

Road Warrior: Beyond Astrodome

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New Road Warrior

New Road Warrior

The day finally arrived last week when it became clearly time for a new Road Warrior to join me on my commute. Vinny has been a good and loyal companion, but the days are gone when I feel secure he will get me to Houston and back without a problem.  Frankly, such a trooper deserves a break from the concrete and the crowds. He will remain in my family forever but needed help carrying the load of the day to day.

I went with my favorite mechanics’ recommendation and stayed in the Nissan family, this time with a midnight blue Rogue that I expect will get a bit better gas mileage than Vinny. I drove him home for the first time on Friday and will begin the commute with him right away. He’s a magnificently sleek piece of machinery with all the bells and whistles. Of course, I’m not for sure what that means – considering it’s been 10 years since I drove a new car and don’t quite know what is standard these days.

For instance, I mentioned to some friends that my airbags will disconnect if there appears to be a child in the front seat and may do so even if my purse or briefcase is too heavy.  One of them laughed that this has been true for a while and is now pretty standard. Vinny was among the first with airbags on all four sides, and “they” hadn’t decided what to do with the too small person sitting nearby. I was amazed to know how behind the times I am with car equipment.

The huge differences so far appear to be the speaker system that hooks up to my cell phone, the satellite radio and the keyless entry – something I haven’t quite figured out as yet. Of course, I’m just getting started with my new friend and have plenty of time for discovery.

I am pretty loyal and trusting with my car dealer like I am with my mechanics and have come to depend on having regular people like this in my life. There’s quite a bit to be said for return business, and I believe I get a good and honest deal with the folks I have come to admire in their line of business. This particular Nissan salesman has sold my family now six Nissans, starting with sweet Vinny back in 2003. That’s been followed by two Sentras and two trucks – taking into consideration that both of my children totaled new vehicles and went back to the same  dealer for the same purchase a few months later.  Wow! That’s scary, and we’re lucky for those airbags.

And so, he spent about 45 minutes with me on Friday explaining all the perks in the new Rogue – enough that I was so overwhelmed that I almost couldn’t find my way to work, even with the built in GPS. Yikes!

Of course, I was quite melancholy when I removed my parking pass from Vinny’s rear view mirror and grabbed out of the center overhead my electronic card that lets me in the gate of my parking lot.  But once I got close to my new wheels and the door opened at my presence, I knew this new guy “gets me.”  Then, he recognized my phone, turned on some jazz and called my family members at the sound of my voice. Yes, I say, he feels like family. Now, he just needs a name.Vinny in the stable with his new friend

I am waiting for him to speak to me, but, while I do, I thought I’d offer a naming contest for you regular readers. Just like television shows today allow you to choose an ending, vote folks off the island and create the next superstars, I’m going to tap into the power of social media. If you have a name you’d like to suggest for my new Road Warrior, just send it along as a comment.

Do I have a prize? Of course, I do. The prize is your own guest blog in Commuter Chronicles. And, if you’re not much of a writer, I will help smooth it out and make it wonderful. And, if you’re still not interested in writing, I will buy you a meal and hear your stories first-hand.

How’s that? You know from my blog what books I read, what movies I see. I’ve attached a photo in case he speaks to you visually. I’d love to see your thoughts in these first weeks while we get to know each other.

Vinny in the stable with his new friend

Written by commuterchroniclesdbh

February 3, 2013 at 8:41 pm

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  1. A fancy name for a fancy car… Charles/Chuck, Edward, Vincent (a nod to Vinny)….


    February 3, 2013 at 9:33 pm

  2. I think you should call it Neches. Because no matter how new and fancy you get, you will be reminded to stay true to your roots. Also, it’s a cool name because it’s Charlie’s middle name. 🙂


    February 3, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    • Also fun. Thanks, Janet!


      February 3, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      • Baylee? Vinny is a cool strong looking dude, and well this ride looks cute and chic! (and we know where you work!) Maybe you would want to “pay” homage to your place of employment! 😉

        Dolly Norton

        February 3, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      • That’s fun, Dolly! He is chic and sleek.


        February 4, 2013 at 5:43 am

  3. I like the simplisity of “Blue” for the color.

    Or perhaps “Mad Max”, or just “Max” from the movie Road Warrior.

    By the way, what was the name of your mini van you use to haul the tennis team in?


    February 4, 2013 at 9:02 am

  4. I want to play! “Blaze” for blazing saddles (two and four wheelers!), or for blazing trails,(which you do constantly in more ways than one!) or for St. Blaise (whose feast day was yesterday and who is the patron saint of wild animals (He’s also the patron saint of throat ailments, but let’s just focus on the wild animals for now.) So, Wild Thing, a big congratulations on the new wheels. Whatever you name her, I hope she keeps you safely there and back for years and years. I love you!
    PS – It really should be a girl. Vinny should have a hot little momma parked next to him in his old age, don’t you think?

    Cyndy Keith Gillespie

    February 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm

  5. He’s clearly a Stu.


    February 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm

  6. Denise, I like Lucious, Dewey, or Lee Roy in that order.

    Dave Andrus

    February 5, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    • I’m so excited you are playing, Dave. I will buy you and Linda dinner for these wonderfully creative entries.


      February 5, 2013 at 8:34 pm

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