Welcome to the Home of the Happy Hybrid.
This Site Perpetually Under Construction
Since I spend a lot of my time working on website stuff at work, I don’t seem to find the time to work on my home site as much. But you can keep track of the latest changes right here:
But why is this the “Home of the Happy Hybrid”?
Well, contrary to currently popular belief, not everyone hates their Toyota right now. I’ve got a 2007 Prius and I love it. Have yet to have one iota of trouble with it, although apparently there is a pending recall on it, something about the floor mats getting stuck under the gas pedal or something. My mats haven’t moved since I put them in, so I’m not too concerned about that. I’ve actually been harder on the Prius than it has been on me; it’s already had the front windshield replaced after a semi threw a rock at it during a road trip back from Charlottesville VA a few years back. And I had a fender bender in December, ended up replacing the whole front bumper. But I think it’s forgiven me for that. LOL.
After all, according to my license plate, it IS still the HPYHYBRD. So I named the new site after it.
EDIT 4/28/2012: New license plate again! Since I don’t like bumper stickers, and the DMV has decided that having any license plate frame that covers up the state name is a ticketable offense so I don’t do those either, customizing the plate is the best UNticketable way to add a little *oomph* to the car. So got another different one this year. Anyone who is following me on Facebook, Live Journal, or the Twitter knows that I discovered a new band last year, called The Plea. (The website I’ve done for them is over there in the sidebar, check it out if you like). So I started thinking of the best way to do the plate that would share my enthusiasm for the band, but not be something that could really be anything else. (IE: Like “THE PLEA” could be anything… same with one of their other songs that would fit “PRAISEBE”) The first song of theirs that I ever heard was one called “Oh Ah Yay”. I thought “Hmmmm… not much else THAT could be, plus it’ll leave people scratching their heads going ‘Oh Ah WHUT?’” And besides, my favorite-est song on their CD (‘Dreamers Stadium’ – get it, it’s awesome!) “Out Like A Light” just was NOT going to fit on a plate in any way shape or form. So OH-AH-YAY it is now (had to put dashes in instead of spaces; in DMV English, spaces count as one space, dashes only count as a half. With the dashes, it fit.)
So now I drive what I like to refer to as my Toyota “Plea-us”.
EDIT 2/11/2012 The Happy Hybrid is officially no longer the Happy Hybrid anymore! Inspired partly by the Jeff Dunham video below, and the Sparkly theme of the latest John Barrowman tour, the Prius now has a new plate. Still did not feel quite old enough to go with PRIUSTRC, but since NC wisely went back to blue lettered plates (I could have told them the red letters looked like crap and were harder to read, but nobody asked ME!), I opted to get a new plate this year when my registration was up for renewal. So now I officially drive a Pretty Sparkly Powder Blue Prius. No Chihuahuas or pretty Christmas stickers though.
I FINALLY edited down my MOST favorite video about Priuses, ever. From Jeff Dunham’s Spark of Insanity video, here is his rant about his “pretty sparkly” blue Prius. Which just happens to be THE exact color that I drive. Heard about it for MONTHS after my family saw this video. *Neep Neeeeeep!* indeed. LOL.
After the car and I get a little older, we may switch license plates and run with this one that I tested out at the DMV site instead :
But in the meantime, here are a couple of my favorite Prius related bumper stickers from over at www.cafepress.com.
And my personal favorite, because I’ve done this to people in parking lots before
(never actually HONKED at anyone, but do love to creep up on people,
then see the looks on their faces when they happen to glance back
and see me right behind them. Mwahahaha!)
Just found my OTHER personal favorite, I’d wanted to post it before
but had no idea where I’d stashed it. Must be a sign I’ve got too many hard drives. LOL
Take THAT, you 10 miles per gallon behemoths!
So yeah, despite all the problems that Toyota is having with some of their makes and models, I’m still loving my Prius. Just can’t beat the gas mileage. Usually get around 50mpg during the summer, then I get bummed during the winter, because it has to work a little harder when it’s cold, so I can only coax about 46mpg out of it. Unless it’s on the highway, then I can still wrangle 49mpg from it. So it’s all good.