QotD: My First Car

Tell us a little something about your first car.  Do you have any photos you can share? 
Submitted by tamara.

My first ever car is a second generation Renault 5 (pictures: front, side, rear, and interior). It is a tiny hatch-back (i.e. two doors and a back "hatch") car in red with a 1.1 litre engine, pumping out only 55 bhp. But it was perfect as a first car for someone who had just passed the driving test. It had no power steering so I got to learn how to park smartly than relying on power steering to get me out of trouble spot. It handles pretty good for a small French car and it was fun to drive. I couldn't get it to go too fast though, despite my continuous attempts. I think the fastest I got out of the Renault 5 was about 95mph? I don't think I've ever gotten a ton out of that car.

I only customized/pimped the car in a limited fashion. Sport steering wheel, new springs to lower the suspension, bucket seats from a Renault 5 GT Turbo, and a kick-ass stereo were all I had (Well, kick-ass for a student with limited income that is. My friend Richard and I spent hours cutting up and painting a MDF board to replace the back shelf to house the 10" sub-woofer. The result was a very professional looking shelf and that was very satisfying.). Shortly after I lowered the suspension, the hatch started giving me trouble. Its hinges slowly slipped out of location as if something was pulling it out. Nothing we did can fix it and I suspected that somehow the lowered suspensions put extra load on the hatch that it wasn't designed for.

Sadly, it had to be retired to the scrap yard after I lost control of it on a damp corner and rolled it two and half times. We landed on the roof and fortunately all three of us were not hurt seriously, only bruises and cuts. My parents weren't amused though, I can tell you that…

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QotD: Is This Thing On?

When was the last time you had to speak in front of a group?  How did you feel?

Working in a development team that uses Agile method means that we have a 10-15 minutes standup meeting every morning. Each of us in turn describes what we did the day before and what we are planning to do for the day. So the last time I speak in front of a group is this morning, and I feel smug because I always find a way to crack some jokes about my work or someone's work.

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The Open Door

Thanks to iTunes New Music Tuesday podcast (Yes eiron, I am still listening to the woman from Midwest), I found out that Evanescence's new album is now available on iTunes Music Store as a pre-order! I've already added it to my cart and downloaded the bonus track "Call Me When You're Sober". I've only listened to it once thus far but it sounds pretty good. Classic Evanescence music. Can't wait till October 3rd!

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QotD: Howdy Neighbor!

How well do you know your next-door neighbors?

Know absolutely nothing at all about any of them, apart from the next door neighbor who have an infant baby and that stops me from playing late night Halo 2, even with headphone because apparently I talked to my teammate too loudly. They shouldn't have a baby in a city apartment if they can't handle the noise. Do they think they are living in the country side or something?! 😉

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