I was in the garage the other day under my wife’s car trying to figure out where this odd noise that we are hearing is coming from. I looked over at my Nissan Frontier and was reminded that it is almost (probably way past) time to get some new tires. The truck has about 29,600 miles on it right now and I had said 1,000 miles or so ago that I’d change them at 30K miles. I then was thinking that I should have my 300ZX before the truck hits 30,000 and I’ll be able to postpone getting tires for a bit. I am hoping that I don’t neglect my truck after I get the 300 because I know a lot of my time and funds will be spent to bring the car up to where I want it. I’ll know a lot more next week when I find out if the car needs any immediate attention; I just hope it’s not too immediate since I have to drive it 800+ miles back from Kentucky after I purchase it. I still plan to do all of the upgrades to the truck that I want to do at some point as well but I know there is a chance the car will take precedence. Not to mention the original reason I was out there in the garage that day was for my wife’s car… we all know that one will ultimately get the needed attention before any of the others.
A friend of mine from work ran across this Nissan Pathfinder Commercial on YouTube when I was talking to him about my first 280ZX. He was looking for 280ZX videos and this caught his eye (I’m guessing it was the girl in the bikini top). I thought it was worth a post on here if for no other reason than for it to be easy for me to find later.
Earlier this year my lovely wife and I underwent major surgery (all she did was give me her kidney!) and during our initial recovery my Step-mom and Dad stayed at our house to help get us to the many follow up appointments that we had to go to since we weren’t allowed to drive. It was while riding with my Dad on one of those many trips that I noticed how relaxed he was when he drove. He would be driving exactly the speed limit with people blazing past us left and right and it didn’t phase him. Normally I would be one of those people blazing past us so I took note of this. It made me realize that as I’m driving like some kind of jerk who is in such a rush that there are great folks like my Dad that I’m getting pissed off at for driving so slow.
Now that I am able to drive again I have noticed that I have slowed down considerably. I still don’t drive the speed limit but instead of averaging 10-15+ mph over the speed limit now I’m keeping it down to 5-7 mph over. I’m not sure if this is because of the impression I got while driving with my Dad or just “oldmanitis” but whatever the cause I think it’s saving me money. That is because one of the awesome things that I’ve noticed is how much mile MPG has improved since the transplant. I used to get anywhere from 15-17 MPG on average but now I’m getting 19-21 MPG.
I’m not sure if these same driving habits will remain in play when I finally get my new 300ZX but I would like to think so. It will be harder to stay off of the throttle I’m sure but the same concept should apply; there is no rush to get there usually it’s just work anyway so it’ll be there even if I’m late which shouldn’t happen anyway since another side effect of oldmanitis is getting up at 5 AM!