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Welcome to the Home of the Happy Hybrid. :)

Fuelly

 

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”. 😀

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. 😀

Happy Hybrid has become Sparkly!! :D

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 :D:
priustoric plate
But in the meantime, here are a couple of my favorite Prius related bumper stickers from over at www.cafepress.com.
hybrid2
hybrid1
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!)
sneak
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

hybrid vs hummer

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. :)

 

Small website update…

Just added a little content to the front page tonight, got tired of it looking so empty. http://www.happyhybrid.us/website/

Random Birthday Yammerings

Yes, today is my birthday. Aren’t y’all thrilled?

As of today, I’ve officially caught up to and am now as old as my favorite former NHL goalie Arturs Irbe, and favorite all around performer John Barrowman, of whom had their birthdays earlier this year. Alas, despite the fact that we are now the same age, I think Mr. Barrowman has held up (with a little assistance 😉 ) MUCH better for his age than I have for mine. LOL.

Also share the actual DATE – although not the year, I think he’s got more than a few of those on me –  with actor Harrison Ford. Which is nice company to be in as well, since I’m Just Wild About Harry. 😀 (And I just saw that today is Patrick Stewart’s birthday as well, as well as John Barrowman’s MOM’s, apparently.  I really AM in very good company today. Well, as much as I can be sitting in an office by myself all day. LOL)

Am I doing anything fun for my birthday? No not really. It’s Hump Day, so I’m working. Bosses are on vacation for the next three days, so I’m holding down the fort by my lonesome.  Going out to dinner tonight, most likely to Bahama Breeze, since I haven’t been there in a while. I’d squee if I got there and found they’d brought back my barely seared Ahi tuna steak back to the menu, really miss that.

Dropped the Happy Hybrid off to my former regular mechanic this morning to get a once over to make sure it’s road safe for the upcoming road trip starting this coming weekend. Opting to go ahead and get its scheduled 45,000 maintenance done on it too while I’m there. Normally I take it to the dealership for that since I got suckered into prepaying for it when I bought the Prius, but I won’t have time to get it in before the trip, and would rather NOT have the “needs maintenence” light start flashing on the dashboard when the odometer says it’s due while we’re on the road next week. I mean, when it’s doing that, how do you know it’s just your regular maintenance light coming on or some sort of engine problem. So even though I’m going to have to pay John West to do it, definitely worth having it done there. Besides, I trust him more when HE tells me the car is road safe than I would after the quick prepaid once over that I get from the dealership. And John won’t tell me things need replacing when they don’t. Caught the dealership trying to do that more than once. So it’s all good.

Drove my mom’s Camry to work this morning since John will have the Prius all day. Definitely weird driving her car after driving the hybrid all this time. Promised her I’d be careful and try not to hit anyone or let anyone hit me. Of course what happens right after I get on the Beltline this morning? Right behind me I hear the squealing of rubber being left on pavement, and I just cringe, thinking “Not when I’m in my mummy’s car, PLEASE!”. Fortunately it was in the lane next to me and nobody hit anyone. Whew.

Ahh, the road trip. Will be gone 8 days. Itinerary for those who’ve been out of the loop: Driving from Raleigh to Long Island on Saturday, taking the train into NY on Sunday to see Spiderman Turn Off The Dark, chilling with some of the b/f’s friends on Monday. Then it’s the Mets game at CitiField on Tuesday, followed by the U2 concert at New Meadowlands Stadium on Wednesday. Then the 5 hour drive from Jersey up to New Hampshire to visit with his family Thursday and Friday, then heading home Saturday, finishing up the drive on Sunday. Will be quite the trip. Taking that Monday after off to recover. :)

U2 tickets! I’ve actually had a pair of tickets for the U2 concert in Pittsburgh that I’ve been trying to find a home for, once we worked out that there was no way we could time our trip to hit both the Jersey and the Pittsburgh concerts. Procrastination poster child that I am, I waited until the last minute to do anything about it, so listed them on ebay recently. No takers. Thought I was going to die with these things and be out the whole $140. Then a Twitter buddy suggested I check out StubHub and see about selling them there. So gave that a go last weekend. After nothing but email silence for several days, got an email from StubHub last night saying my tickets had sold. Sweet! I wasn’t interested in scalping them for some huge profit, just find a home for them at a fair price, so listed them just high enough over my purchase cost to make up most of Stub Hub’s commission. Not quite all of it, but then they’re paying to ship it Fed Ex, so I actually came out further ahead than I would have had they sold on ebay. So I’m happy.

NOT so happy about the upcoming Netflix price increase. Currently paying $9.99 to for one dvd out at a time, unlimited rentals per month, plus unlimited streaming. Will be going up to $15.98 for the same service at the beginning of September. Dudes! *shakes head* I’ve been a long time (for at least the last 10 years or so) Netflix subscriber. And have been really happy with their service for all that time. We’ve held off signing up for premium cable channels, thinking that we didn’t really need them, with the movie selection and turn around time that Netflix has. Never really even had an issue with their 30 day delay that they started with so many of their new releases, always just figured we’d get them when we’d get them.

But with this price increase, suddenly Netflix will cost MORE than the premium cable channels. Which DO offer new releases as they come out, without any sort of delay, as well as all sorts of original programming that I’ve had to wait until they’ve come out with on DVD to see by having Netflix vs a premium channel. All of which that I can get directly through my cable company’s DVR without any extra hardware or boxes or having to mail anything back. 

And their timing isn’t great either. I know a LOT of people, myself included, who have just added quasi premium channel Starz to their cable line up to pick up the fourth season of the BBC (and now BBC/Starz) program Torchwood, and now realize how very easy and convenient it is to watch premium channel content as just another cable channel, vs finding and streaming through a Roku or similar box. Add to that the fact that even multichannel HBO IS cheaper than Netflix’s new rates, and well, it’s not looking too good for Netflix right now.

Told you this was some random birthday yammering. I’ve kind of gone all over the place with it. If you’ve made it this far, good on y’all. :)