When they finally get the word...
You are my lover, my life...

Baby won't you drive my car...

I have decided that there is one profession I could never and would never want to hold... that of a plumber.

This morning, I decided I needed to clean out a slow drain in our master bathroom. I mean this thing was beyond molasses slow and we were both frustrated. Not even Drain-O was doing much. So I figured out how to remove the drain plug without breaking it and starting digging around with a pipe snake.

What I pulled out was the nastiest looking and foulest smelling clump of crap I've ever seen. I could identify some human hair, but other than that, I have no idea what it was.

I put the sink back together, but I then needed to clean up the residue.

Not pretty.

Just nasty.

I know I can fix this stuff, but having the ability and the willpower are two completely different things.

Yesterday, Katie and I went to the opening day of the Chicago Auto Show. It was a lot more fun than either of us expected and it helped a lot in our car search that will likely result in a purchase fairly soon.

For one, we are not going with Ford. As much as I love my Ranger and as great as it has been to us both, the new Fords are uncomfortable and overpriced. A couple years ago, we had priced base-model Escapes at around $19K. Now some of the non-hybrid models were priced at as much as $33K. What gives? Well, screw that.

We also discovered that our initial love of the Subaru Legacy was pretty well-founded. Decent price and very comfortable. The same goes with the Hyundai Sonata, Santa Fe, and Tucson.

Surprising, though, was how impressed we were with Mazda. We checked out the Mazda 6, CX-7, and Tribute. I really dug on the 6 and the Tribute while Katie really liked the CX-7.

Do any of you have any opinions on any of these models? Let us know. Please.

Next step is test drives.

Here are some pictures from the car show if you're interested...

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Sybil Law

Oh God. My husband once cleared our drain. It was not pretty. I know exactly what you're talking about!!
Subaru kicks ass. Seriously comfortable, and safe as hell. That 4WD makes SUCH a difference in crappy weather.

Beth

ZOOM ZOOM! I bought a Mazda CX-9 on Thursday and I LOVE it. I was in the market for a Toyota, then that whole recall dealie just made me pause. I just went in to take a look at the car and I walked out with it - I was SOLD!! Good Luck with your search!

kapgar

What Subaru do you drive and how long have you had it?

kapgar

What sold you on it?

Karl

Ugh, the thought of having a car payment again makes me shiver. But I think this year is gonna be the year for that. I'd like a hybrid, but it's like buying all-organic groceries. While it may be better for me, and the world, it's also cost-prohibitive.

I'll probably buy used again. And drive that car into the ground, years after I've paid if off.

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks

I have always really liked Subarus. Very reliable cars (though pricey to fix). My love for the company grew a little more this summer when I heard the writer to the show The L Word speak. She said they kept trying to get corporate sponsors to their show, but no one wanted to step up to represent the gay crowd. Subaru was the first corporation to do so, which to me, says a lot about who they are as a company (on top of the fact they make a good car).

kapgar

I hear ya, man. We haven't had a car payment since 2005.

kapgar

That's pretty cool. I give them props for doing so. The repair cost is something that has us concerned as well. We're hoping that a warranty would cover most of that.

Kevin Spencer

I think I'm going to need to get one of those drain snake thingies. After three sessions with drain-o, one of my slow drains is just as slow as it always was.

kapgar

If it's a sink drain, I'd recommend trying to pull the stopper out first. That might do all you need it to. The snake will never get past the stopper.

Brian

Love the Subaru, although Jen is not a fan. I have been very happy with my Sentra, may move up to an Altima at some point. Also, the Audi's are supprisingly more affordable than I thought. Me and Peyton went yesterday BTW.

kapgar

What doesn't she like about them?

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