[rescue] OT: Linux and USB on Intel

Joshua D. Boyd jdboyd at celestrion.celestrion.net
Mon Apr 21 11:06:58 CDT 2003

On Mon, Apr 21, 2003 at 11:53:21AM -0400, Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. wrote:

> Now she drive a 5 spd standard transmission Diesel VW Beetle.... I would
> have never thought she would pick a standard transmission and a Diesel...
> but those were her choices.... then I had to teach her to drive a
> standard :-) 

I'm working with my fiance to have her drive stick.  She is getting the
hang of it in my car ('99 Jetta), and admitted that she might be finding
it a bit fun on Saturday (I had her drive us to inner harbor, MD for
practice), but she still isn't convinced that standard is the way to
go.  I'm working on it though.

At least, she does want a new Beetle, and she thinks diesel would be
cool.  Just need to keep working on the std. bit, and finding the money
for such a beetle.
> It is a great car... with the turbo, it has plenty enough power (it is not
> race car, but it gets up and goes pretty well anyway).  It has been ultra
> reliable.... and other than some parts being made or installed cheaply
> (power window switches... plastic gets brittle with age, engine splash
> guard (underneath) which rather than putting nuts on the studs coming out
> of the body they put star washers on instead.... cheap... and when the
> snow got a bit deep, it pulled it back, filled it with some snow, and the
> star washers couldn't hold it up... fell down to the road and ground itself
> up.... doh !... now it doesn't have them :-) ).

On my '99 Jetta, the switch that controlls the interior lights (on, off,
auto, that switch) just fell out.  Other than that my interior is doing
fairly well.  I'm afraid to look underneither the car after last night.
I didn't just light bottom the car.  I really ground the bottom of the
car hard, multiple times, and nearly got stuck.  That is the last time I
try to drive to my fiances grandparents house.  Next time I park at the
church a mile away and we hike the rest cause I'm not taking my car down
that road ever again.
> Prices for one to two year old ones are pretty good too... considering the
> cost of new ones :-)

When I bought my latest Jetta, the lot had a '00 Beetle TDI for just
over 10.  A bit beyond my range, and I wasn't sure I wanted to commit to
diesel anyway.  I was afraid I'd get myself into trouble with forgetting
to buy gas until the last minute, then haveing trouble finding a place
that sold diesel.  It's not impossible, or even that hard, but it's not
something every or ever most stations around here do.

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