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Rubber ahoy

My Blizzak's arrived today. Can't say that I'm "wowed" by them much, I mean a tire's a tire. But they do have that new-tire smell. Mmmmm.. (grin) Trust me, that's a good thing.

Anyway, they arrived safe and sound and on time, which is the usual great service I get from TireRack. That company has never ceased to amaze me with their very prompt service. The tires look exactly as they did in the image (without the shiny gloss polish of course) and the model I ordered is exactly what they delivered; no surprises.

I will not be mounting these right away. The first week of November is when the rubber will be put on the car. Driving them any time beforehand will just take away mileage that should (and will) be put to snow driving.

Gotta admit that for snow tires these are quite stylish. Very modern looking. They have those Goodyear-esque slanted/italicized lettering and that small snowflake-on-the-mountain symbol. Only true snow tires have that mark. Hot tip: If it's not there, it's not a snow tire.

This will be my 3rd set of Bridgestone tires. My 1st set was Firestone Firehawk SS10's which were mounted on one of my previous cars (1986 Camaro). Very nice. 2nd set was some god-awful Wilderness AT's on another previous vehicle ('94 S-10 Blazer), but that was a known bad tire (didn't know that before I bought 'em). The Blizzak's will be my 3rd set from Bridgestone.

For those who don't know, Bridgestone, Firestone and Dayton are the same company, see for yourself (click "Product Name" from that link - they're all there). Typically, Bridgestone seems to be top-of-the-mark concerning the tire line... most of the time, it depends what you get. I do know that Blizzak's have remained top dog in passenger tires for a long time, so I was able to purchase these with confidence.

When November comes around, we'll see if they live up to what most people say about them. I believe that they will.

I still hate politics

I ran over to Technorati just to see what's up and I found the (big) link there for "Election 2004" news/blog coverage. Against my better judgement, I clicked the link.

Again, I found myself wincing at what some people wrote. "Republicans suck." "Democrats suck." "Bush sucks." "Kerry sucks." After spending about, oh, 2 minutes reading through political crap, I just stopped; it's a complete waste of my time.

I have been reminded once again that politics, while unfortunately necessary, suck. I think the only reason they exist is to give people reasons to bicker and argue about things both large and small. But maybe that's the whole point, I dunno. I just hate politics and I will be glad when the election is over so I don't have to hear about presidential elections for the next 4 years.

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