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'Vette vid.. check it!

Me (being the fool I am and feeding into my 84-90 'Vette dreaming) starting dream shopping around. I found this dealership in Kansas that takes videos of the 'Vettes they have for sale. 1989 with stock TPI motor (I think) and auto transmission (I prefer the auto).

I grabbed one of the vids. Check it out by clicking the link at the end of this post. Please bear in mind this is not those typical "racer" videos you see on the 'net everywhere. The video is meant to showcase the car for sale.

A few points to note: I have never seen a better video that shows off the digital dashboard. And yeah I love those digi boards. Also - this 'Vette is completely stock and has an awesome rumble to it on idle and takeoff (this is what a stock GM 350 should sound like in this car).

And yeah, the car is as clean as it appears to be. Seats were refinished. Carpets redone. You'd never guess this car has 112k miles on it (for real).

The price they wanted was too much (over 10k), but it's still a neat vid to watch, at least for me. (grin)

Video in WMV format (1.8MB). You might need the latest version of Windows Media Player to view it.

Holiday Fiscal Report

I took a nap earlier so I'm still up (ugh). Wish I wasn't. I really should start developing better sleep habits.

Anyway..

Yesterday was the first of several large payments I will be making towards killing the credit card debt. Most of my paycheck went right to the credit card company. This is voluntary, of course. I could just make the minimum payment and leave it at that. Nope nope nope. Not going to do that. I said before I'm on a mission to pay that off, and I will.

Some would say that starting to kill debt at Christmas time is the worst time because you should be spending money on others. "On the contrary," I would say. I think it's the best time to kill debt - or at least not amass any more debt than you already have.

Needless to say I will be sending mostly Christmas cards this year. I'm not buying gifts. If I have to, it will be things people can actually use, like gift cards for Blockbuster or Wal-Mart or something like that. Everyone can use those. If you're stuck thinking of a generally good gift for someone, gift cards are a good idea.

The whole family has overall decided not spend cash on gifts for each other this year mainly because we all have everything we need already and we all have some big bills to pay off. Most likely we will be trading gift cards. Like I said a second ago, those are things you can generally use.

After re-doing some fiscal calculations - it appears that I should have my credit card debt killed (hopefully for good) by late March 2005. It just so happens I turn 30 in late March - and I think paying off my card debt will be the best present I ever gave myself. (grin)

After the card debt is killed I have one more biggie bill which I call the 'back' bill (those who read this blog regularly know what this is,) and then I am officially at zero. My ETA to have that killed off is either June or July 2005.

I think about this whole zero thing and it feels just.. good. What feels even better will be all the cash I won't be sending to the Evil Credit Card Company that I can actually.. um.. save? (grin)

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It is possible, although highly unlikely, that I will treat myself to an '84 (or somewhere 'round the 80's) Corvette for my birthday. Like I said - highly unlikely. The insurance for that car will obviously be through the roof. The car will also love to feed on 94 octane fuel. Expensive.

And do I really want to go into debt right after I hit zero on the card before tackling the 'back' bill?

Maybe. (grin) You do only live once. And everyone should own a hot sports car at least once in their life - while you are still young and can drive one without looking like you're going through a midlife crisis.. (haHA!)

The cost of the 'Vette I want would be around $7500 bucks. I would have to travel south (Florida most likely) to get it to ensure I get a rust/rot-free car. I could finance that on a car loan and pay it off relatively quickly considering I wouldn't have and card debt left. Hmmm...

Guess we'll see what happens in March.

Netiquette

"Netiquette" (a.k.a. Internet Etiquette) has been around basically since the 'net started. It basically means "Don't act like a retard and show some common courtesy."

On a message board I administrate I have had to (once again) flex a little admin muscle to get people to adhere to what I consider to be common sense. As a matter of fact I fired off this link to illustrate the point.

One thing is certain: The internet is full of stupid people. Lots of people typing in ALL CAPS CONSTANTLY, bad spelling, poor grammar and so on.

I knew the 'net was taking a turn for the worse when the general public got involved right around late '99/early 2000. Bear in mind I've been on the internet since 1996. Right around that time is when lots of (stupid) kids got online and everyone and their mother started getting computers. From a guy (me) that's a true computer user - this is a nightmare. It is simply unbelievable the sheer amount of stupidity that pervades the 'net on a daily basis.

It's my personal belief that some people should just not own computers. Computers and the internet, while great, are not meant for those who can't understand the basic concept of common courtesy and etiquette when it comes to simple online communications. I mean seriously, it's not that hard. All you need is a 7th grade reading/writing level.

Makes me wonder if the majority of 'net users are beneath a 7th grade reading/writing level. Eek. Double eek. Very scary.

Okay, I'm off to bed. (grin)