2002 Subaru Forester

I bought and drove home a 2002 Subaru Forester today. What an awsome car. Handles the snow extremely well, easy to drive, and looks like it is as good as new.

Let’s hope the 3rd time is the charm when it comes to cars.

Goodbye Saturn, Hello Subaru?

Yesterday I found out that my 2000 Saturn SL1 was declared a total loss. It was rear-ended last month and apparently there was a lot of internal damage in the back. Just cheaper for the insurance company to cut me a check for the car’s worth then to repair it. I lucked out and it was about a $75 difference between what the insurance company will pay and what was left on my loan.

Today I saw the Saturn for the last time. I went to the auto body shop where it was going to be repaired and took out whatever I had left in it. Most important was my E-Z Pass (can’t believe I forgot it last time) and my car stereo. Thankfully someone there helped me get that stereo out, I never would be able to get it out myself.

It was quite amazing to see the Saturn there with the back of the car (except the trunk) and both rear doors had the outside stripped off. You could see where all the damage was pretty clearly on the frame and underneath.

Afterwards, we (as in my parents and fiancee) did some car shopping since I lose rental coverage on Wednesday. We amazingly found something that fits me perfectly on the 1st day of looking. It is a 2002 Subaru Forester L, red, all-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, AC, fog lights, cassette/cd, etc. I was so impressed with how smoothly it drives and how new it looked (it literally looked like it never had been driven before).

Subaru Forester’s are among the safest cars on the road and are excellent in the snow. Exactly what I need, especially with all of the traveling I do.

I put a deposit down to have the dealer hold it overnight while I think about it. However, I think I made my decision…I am going to get it. The insurance looks like it will go up just $7 per month and it looks like my budget can handle the payments.

I have to call tomorrow before 2 PM and confirm/deny what I am doing. I really think this car is the right move for me.

4 Games to Glory – Win #1

The Patriots showed the world tonight that they are ready for a rematch with the Colts. They took the 1st game of the playoffs vs. the Jaguars 28-3 in convincing fashion.

Stellar performance and in typical Patriots fashion. Great defense (McGinest seems to never quit), a key play (Watson’s touchdown), and no critical mistakes.

Bring on hopefully the Colts. I rather take them on now. I never like going to Denver to play the Broncos, there is something about the thin air that gets to the Pats.

Apple Mail 2 – Turn on images just for those in address book?

Apple Mail 2 is a decent e-mail client and probably the best one on OS X. I tried Thunderbird, but its lack of Address Book integration really got on my nerves.

However there is one thing I would like to do and I suspect someone might have a solution.

I get a lot of HTML e-mails. Most are junk mail (shocking isn’t it?). Some are however important e-mails.

In Apple Mail, I can either turn on image loading for everything…or turn it off and manually click a Load button when I want to view the images.

Neither solution is completely acceptable for me. I would love it if I could basically whitelist any contact in my address book and have Mail turn on images for just those who are in my address book. Any other e-mail will have remote images disabled, until I decide to add them to the address book.

I did find an AppleScript that allowed you to toggle remote images on/off from a menu. However this isn’t automated and a pain to me to keep clicking.

Is there a way to do this?