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Jan. 8th, 2007

09:14 pm - I'm in looove with my caaaaaar

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Getting more and more used to my new car, who by the way I have decided to name Julia. Julia Toyotha (pronounced "Toyota" with the second 't' aspirated).

At first I was annoyed because there didn't seem to be a place to put my glasses case. In my old car Steve, I slip the case under the wide elastic fabric band wrapped around the sun visor, but Julia's sun visors don't have elastic bands. But today I found it: there's a sort of rigid pocket on the side of the center pedestal of the dash assembly, which holds my glasses case nicely.

There's another pocket on the other side of the pedestal, which contains the AUX jack for plugging in an iPod, in case I ever get one or give a lift to someone who has one.

Also, the cup holder isn't big enough to fit a bottle like Steve's is, but I found where to put my bottle: in the bottle-holder section of the door pocket. The instruction manual says not to put an open bottle there, because it might spill when opening and closing the door. But that's not an issue while I'm driving! Thus, I can take sips of water at stoplights like I've always done in Steve.

I had a confusing moment at the... ART STOOOORRRE! I bought a piece of foamcore board and I wanted to put it in the trunk... but I couldn't open the trunk with the key! Turns out there are two different kinds of keys: a master key that does everything, and a sub key that does everything except open the trunk. I had to read the manual to figure that out, but once I did I swapped 'em (fortunately I had one of the master keys with me, on the valet keyring in my coin purse).

I can't wait to get my new computer, reinstall Photoshop, and put a face on Julia!

Current Music: BNL - Bank Job

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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 9th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
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Yuph.
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From:akseawolf
Date:January 9th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
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The valet key is so the parking lot attendants you entrust your car to can't open your glove box or trunk. Shouldn't that key be on your valet keyring?

And the Aux jack is very handy for satellite radio as well.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 9th, 2007 06:02 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I said I swapped 'em.
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From:nefaria
Date:January 9th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
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How did you fit an ox named Jack into your car?
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From:zotcoon
Date:January 9th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
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Congrats on joining the Toyota Family. The engine in that car (1NZ-FE) has been around since 1999 and is a rock solid reliable engine, it's also the same engine in my xB. From your your description, it take it you got the sedan, not the hatch?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 9th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
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Yes, the sedan.
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From:okkaywarner
Date:January 9th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
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We have one of those valet keys for our car too but I don't understand the use of not being able to open the trunk with the key when they could just pop the little trunk button in the front of the car. =) and our glove box doesn't lock.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 10th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I was wondering that myself...
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