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New (Used) Car: 1993 Honda Accord EX-R

Last weekend, I finally got a car. I’m not a car guy and know next to nothing about them, so I just mentioned some criteria to the car people in my family and asked them to tell me about it if they figured it was a good deal and fit my criteria. My primary criteria was this:

  1. Get me to the mountain (Cypress) and back with snowboard gear and maybe friend or two +their gear.
  2. Doesn’t consume too much gas doing #1.
  3. Doesn’t beg to be broken into. I want to be able to leave it places without being paranoid.
  4. Isn’t huge. I hate parking huge vehicles. I don’t even like driving them very much. I don’t need a huge vehicle. (More than 2 seats would be nice, however….)
  5. Doesn’t cost a lot to insure.
  6. Doesn’t cost much in any regard, really. ^.^ CHEAP. But works.
  7. I’m not looking for an investment. I may only insure it for the ski season, and sell it afterward, depending on circumstances.

Basically, I wanted a cheap, reliable car so I could go snowboarding whenever I wanted. I bought a discounted (due to the 2010 Olympics) season’s pass to Cypress Mountain this year and plan on using it intensely.

I received a few suggestions from everyone, but they were either a little too expensive or not quite what I was looking for. But then my uncle came across this 1993 Honda Accord EX-R with 193,000 km that was in great condition. Long-ish story short: I bought it, last weekend, Saturday October 24. πŸ™‚ It’s not super sexy, but it drives great and was a good deal ($2500 before tax). Actually, I do find it pretty hot….

The things I love about it: 4 cylinder (good on gas) yet seems to have very decent acceleration, back seats fold down to easily accommodate snowboard/ski gear, it’s manual and front-wheel drive to give better control in snow, and it just feels great to drive. The one problem with it, which is really more of a nuisance: the ignition alarm on the driver’s side that indicates you still have the keys in the ignition when the door is open, goes off even when the keys are not in the ignition (getting in/out of the car). My dad and I poked around in the fuse box to see if we could cut it off, but it was connected to the interior lights, so I’ll live with it for now. In the process, however, we disconnected the stereo from the battery, which activated some kind of anti-theft mechanism. Now the stereo requests a 5-digit code before it will start working again! I managed to find the code hand-written in the manual, and tried entering it many times, but I couldn’t get it to work. So I drive in silence, for now. ^.^ It’s not so bad, as the stereo only has a radio and a tape deck; one thing I wanted to upgrade soon, anyway. We actually have a spare car stereo (doesn’t everyone?), I just need to find someone to install it.

Anyway, except for a couple little things, I’m very happy with my first car. Yay πŸ™‚

Whistler

Been to Whistler? Check. (It’s about time!) And I must say, it was absolutely amazing…. I wasn’t prepared for the size of it – I knew it was big, but it is massive. I guess it’s hard to realize without actually being there. I must return many more times, next year. πŸ™‚ If anybody else is interested, we should get an Edge card together and make it affordable. I went by myself because my friends are lame. Yeah, that’s right, you heard me. πŸ˜›

Snowboarding Mount Seymour

Last week, I spent Wednesday at Mount Seymour. Man, that mountain has changed over the last… six years!? Half of it seems divided into free style. It’s pretty cool! But the chairs are still dead slow and the runs fairly short, so you spend a while on the chair in between runs. The weather was awesome except for a fog that was hanging around Mystery Chair until after lunch. But then it lifted and the afternoon sun had its way with the snow and provided for a VERY nice ride. I’ve never been up a mountain totally solo before. It can get pretty lonely, but I think I got some good practice in and it was still enjoyable. I’m still kinda sore.

I need to decide when I will use my Cypress (with my bro?) and Whistler tickets…. Hmmmm… Soon.

Some photos:

Lodge Chair
Lodge Chair. You can see the free style section to the right.

me
Proof I was there.

Foggy Mystery Chair
Mid-week is the best time to go. There was practically nobody there! Never waited for more than one or 2 people in the lines!

Rising above the fog
The fog hung mostly around the middle of Mystery Chair. This is taken on the chairlift, near the top, just as I’m entering beautiful blue sky. Then my camera died.

Say Uncle

A lot of things have happened over the last month or so that I haven’t really mentioned, as I’ve been fairly busy, tired, lazy, or all of the above. Let me see… a (mostly) chronological bullet-point of events:

  • I went snowboarding at Cypress with my brother (Jan 23). Was awesome.

    My brother and I on the lift

    Here’s a couple videos my brother took of me snowboarding. Impressive camera work, actually! Not as impressive boarding. Notice my arms are pretty active. πŸ™‚ But not bad. Keep in mind, I think this is only my 8th time snowboarding in like 7 or 8 years? Video1 (more of a trial, 6MB), and Video2 (24MB)

  • I’m now 27 years OLD (Jan 25th). Managed to let that one slip by, somehow….
  • Went to the Ruby Barcamp in Gastown. Met Shirley and an old classmate there. Saw some Python groupies, as well, scoping the competition. (Jan 26th)
  • I also briefly went to Prince Rupert (Jan 29-31), which was interesting, in a small-town kinda way. Really beautiful looking out across a foggy Tuck Inlet at dusk. Didn’t get out and about as much as I would have liked. Funny (terrible?) method to get there (plane, bus, ferry, bus).

    Coming into Rupert on the Ferry

    Looking out across Tuck Inlet

  • Went to the Brickhouse with Jesse and his friend, John. Really cool atmosphere in a not-so-cool area. Also cemented my dominant status. Again. (Feb 8 )
  • I’m now an Uncle! … er… Biologically! At 4:20am on Feb 12th, my big brother and his girlfriend had a baby boy. He’s very tiny and cute. And tiny. Congratulations guys! Not sure how my brother will be able to use his other Cypress ticket now…. he’ll be busy!
  • On Feb 14th, I gained step-family when my dad remarried. More congratulations! The wedding was in Las Vegas , so I was there for a few days (Feb 13-16), hanging out with siblings and losing money – which was pretty fun.

    Vegas at night

    Huge Alcoholic Slushies!

    My sister and I are holding huge alcoholic slushies with extra shots that come in test tubes!
  • Failed to meet up with Shirley for the VanUE meeting. Walked around downtown for an hour with the wrong address in my head. Doh. Went to Guu with Shirley and John, after. (Feb 21)
  • Oh, and I did a day-long course on Aircraft Ditching and Underwater Egress. It’s not every day you get to be dunked in a pool with all your clothes on! Really good experience, actually. I Hope I never have to use what I practised. πŸ™‚ (Feb 18)

Anyway, it’s been a pretty crazy month. Some more pictures forthcoming. Maybe.

Snowboarding

Finally went snowboarding this year! Needless to say, it was awesome. I’ve never been to Grouse Mountain before so I was quite impressed with the view when coming down “The Cut.” Especially as the sky cleared up and the lights of Vancouver started to light up in the evening.