It's A New Car!
Dave has been in Eugene the past few days for University of
Oregon Trustee meetings, but returned to me late this afternoon just in time to
sign a lot of papers take possession of our new tow car - a 2015 Jeep
We drove a Jeep Cherokee last week. We did our research and when we were
ready to buy, contacted our auto broker,
Auto Solution. Peter
and Mark found the car we wanted (at a dealer in Bend, Oregon) and had someone
drive it over for us this week. Peter drove the car out to Taylor Manor this
Not gonna lie. Though just a little bigger/heavier than our old
Honda CRV, the
Jeep Cherokee is a much sturdier vehicle. I ordered the Jeep in a dark grey,
with black leather interior. (Probably going to regret this decision in
hot/dusty Indio... but I am not in charge of washing the tow car.)
The Jeep is loaded with so much stuff. I am a fairly
tech-savvy gal, but wonder how many people can actually utilize all the
technical features this car includes: Connect to the world via
UConnect controls your phone calls, voice messaging, restaurant reservations,
inter-planetary travel, music, etc. - using voice-only command. Charge your cell phone
via a charging "pad" - no cord needed. The car does not have a key, only
push-button start... or start the car with your cell phone. Find your car
with your phone. Lock/unlock your car with your phone.
Beam me up, Scotty.
The Jeep has
electrical plug-in's for a laptop, DVD player, etc. Push a button on the key
fob and the
rear hatch opens. It parallel parks itself. It backs-in to a parking space
by itself. On cruise-control, the Jeep will automatically reduce speed if the
car ahead slows down. The shifter-thangy has a mode for automatic
down-shifting on long hills. A warning sound/sign appears if you are in danger of
crashing. If you are swerving about in your lane, you will hear about that
as well. Though not a hybrid, the car turns itself off when stopped in
traffic/at intersections to halt polluting emissions. Pretty sure there are many
more features we will discover after reading the owner manual... which is,
of course, on a DVD!
I may need a teenager
to set-up my new car.
A little over-the-top for a vehicle I need to tool-around to the grocer or
drive between Indio and Los Angeles... and drag behind the motorhome? True -
but many of these new-to-us options are completely normal/standard in current cars.
Cars no longer require keys.
We are hopelessly behind he times. Our cars are
8-ish and 16-ish years old. They go forward and backward and stop. Dave's Chevy Tahoe is so old it has a cigarette lighter. (Not a
cigarette lighter "adapter" for a phone charger - his Chevy has
one of those old-school push-in cigarette lighters.)
The new and the old - Peter left us the new Jeep and
drove away in our old Honda.
I did not cry.
an Old Bubbe with a New Car!
I drove the car about one mile, then tucked her in for the
night. Too. Much. Information.
Tomorrow is another day.
While My Driver was away at his trustee meetings, I took advantage of a sunny
morning and scrubbed all the patio furniture in hopes of a quiet Shabbat on the
deck - our first outdoor meal since we have returned to Oregon.
Just a simple supper of grilled
chicken (marinated all day in fresh rosemary, white
wine, garlic and lemon juice from Mary & Captain Jim's tree in
Indio) and Israeli Salad (tonight made with tomato,
green pepper, cucumber, radish, red onion, avocado,
Zaatar, white wine vinegar and olive oil from the
next-hill-over). Everything organic. Everything delicious.
Until my next update, I remain, your "I have a lot of owner
manuals to read" correspondent.
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