Wednesday, February 18, 2009

What Do a Car, a Phone, and Stephanie Have in Common?

Congratulations are in order: Yesterday, I bought a new car. I am now the very proud owner of the world's cutest yellow Aveo5. I was intending to buy a car when I got back to the States, but Dad found a deal that couldn't be passed up on the exact car that I wanted. I was hoping for something small that looked good, got great mileage, and could make room for me to haul things. The Aveo5 fits the bill, and the price suits me, too.

Since I also have to purchase a new cell phone and plan when I get back, I suggested to my parents a few months ago that we get a family plan together, figuring it would come out better for all three of us. Once again, my awesome father found a good deal, and he even found the perfect phone for me: a purple Samsung Rant. I'm telling you, this guy is really on a roll lately! I think a certain father is due for a big batch of my homemade diabetic oatmeal raisin cookies (which he's going to get just as soon as I recover from the jet lag when I get home).

Yesterday, I was proudly looking up facts about my new car online when I learned something very interesting: The 2009 Chevy Aveo5 was designed and built by a Chevy subsidiary in South Korea. In other words, my new car and I were both in South Korea at the same time! And, guess where Samsung (the maker of my phone) is from...that's right, South Korea! So, my phone, my car, and I have all spent time in South Korea. Maybe I'm just weird, but I found it pretty amusing.

In other acquisition news, I have also purchased the replacement for my Dell laptop. This laptop has been a thorn in my side for the past several months with its persistent crashing and freezing, and I finally decided that I am through with PCs. I did about six months worth of research (its the history major in me) and decided to switch to a Mac. So, yesterday I ordered my extremely cool new Macbook, which I am mentally drooling over (yeah, there's a bit of techno-geek in me - I admit it).

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"