Every break I blow the first several days off being really unproductive thinking I could always use the last few days of break entirely to do all the work I have. Thing is, there’s always some big plans the last few days of break I don’t want to miss out on. Therefore, the time I previously thought I had is minimized and I eventually end up on Sunday night rushing to finish things up and end up back at school with half-assed or incomplete work.
I just spent the last 6 hours finishing off The Hunger Games. No breaks, no food, no water; just consistent, concentrated reading for 6 solid hours in my living room’s dim lighting resulting in aching, dry eyes.
It’s an entry-level, compact executive car coming soon to U.S. as a 2013 model. But, the thing is, Acura already has an entry-level, compact executive car, and that’s the TSX. They’re both the same size and within the same segment. All Acura is doing is introducing a new car to compete with themselves, why?
Thing is, the ILX is cheaper. It’s actually an entry level to an entry level. The most competitive car market in the industry right now is the entry-level luxury sedan which consists of the TSX, BMW 3 series, Audi A4, Lexus IS series, Infiniti G series, etc. However, the ILX is actually a step below this by being priced right between the family mid-size sedan segment (Camry, Accord, Malibu, Fusion, etc.) and the entry-level luxury sedan. It’s within its own category, which I shall call, the introductory-level luxury.
Why would Acura do this? Well, their presentation for this model explains that 80% of the family market is now interested in purchasing luxury models. So, why not make it easier for these families by introducing a model that’s priced below their entry-level model? Hence, the ILX.
Since the ILX is essentially in its own market segment in the U.S., if it does well (which I expect it shall, I mean, just look at it, it’s fucking gorgeous), other companies will want in on this (competition!), notably, Lexus, Infiniti, BMW, Audi, etc. If this happens, luxury won’t be as rare as before, considering the ILX is expected to be priced around $27,000, which is comparable to a fully-loaded Camry. I would love for this to happen, because it will essentially make it a lot easier to own luxurious beauties.
Another thing about the ILX is its MPG sticker. Considering how the MPG sticker on cars plays a huge factor when purchasing (why else would you buy a Prius?), the ILX has a EPA rating of 24 city/35 highway (with the 2.0L I4) in comparison to the Camry with 25 city/35 highway. You can save just as much gas while looking infinitely sexier than the Camry. Only downside is 28 less horsepower and 30 lb ft. of torque. What’s sad is it’s only slightly faster than a Corolla (unless you upgrade to the 2.5L engine, in which case, I recommend just getting the TSX).
Basically, this is the Acura version of the Honda Civic. By buying this car, you’re paying more for looks and luxury, but not for power or thrills. I think there’s great potential in this market; I’d even consider buying one for the family.
I had a summer internship interview with Rainier Scholars earlier today, and I parked a block away from the building. Outside from my car was an old black man walking along the sidewalk. While I parked, I glanced at him to notice him return my glance with a glaring look. I didn’t think much of it except that I noticed he walked in a zombie-like fashion, with his arms slowly swaying by his sides and taking the tiniest baby steps.
After my interview, I was walking back to my car when I noticed a body on the ground, approximately 20 feet from my car. It was laid straight on the ground, with its belly on the ground, completely motionless. I kept staring at it, thinking how odd that was. I realized it was the man from before.
I didn’t know what to do at this point. I thought I could be like everyone else and continue with my own life, but something in my gut told me I wouldn’t be happy with myself if I didn’t do something. What if he was dying of dehydration or something? It’s actually sunny today.
I pulled out a spare, new bottle of water from the back of my car. I cautiously walked over to the man. His hands formed a pillow for his face on the ground. He was faced towards me, but his eyes were closed. He was so motionless, I thought he might have been dead. Then, I noticed slight movement from his shoulder and I was relieved by the slightest bit of life.
"Hey," I said, hoping he would notice my presence. But, he didn’t. I repeated my greeting a bit louder, but he was sound asleep. His face was really peaceful, it almost seemed happy. I didn’t want to wake him up, in fear of a grumpy rage, so I placed the water bottle next to him, in front of his face, so that, when he wakes up, he’ll see it immediately.
I walked back to the car, staring at his body. It really looked out of place, but there was nobody around. This was a quiet, residential area that doesn’t get too many pedestrians. I drove off.
Thinking back on this, I really wonder what was going on in his mind before he decided to nap in the middle of the sidewalk like that. Maybe he was starving, weak, dehydrated, hence why he was walking so sluggishly, like he was drained of life. Maybe he had given up on society, after seeing my serious face that only gave him a single glance. What if he had decided this was the end of the line, so he decided to peacefully pass away in his sleep in the middle of the sidewalk like that.
A bundle of guilt is twisting in my mind right now. I feel I should do something, but what?
Earlier today, I had to drive to Blick Art Materials in Capitol Hill to buy some art supplies for an art project. If you’ve been to Capitol Hill, you would know the main road around that area has a split between the lanes meaning you have to drive off to another street if you want to turn back.
So, after getting the supplies, I drove down to the alley way street between the stores and tennis courts. I was waiting at the stop sign for the cars to pass by, but then a police car decides to turn into my narrow street.
I steer the car off the right a bit to let him by, but then, I was blocking some pedestrians from crossing the street. Thus, I shift to reverse and back up a bit- then BAM.
All of a sudden, there was a car closely behind me that I had hit.
“Shit,” was all I could say as I unlocked the door and went out. A lot of people had heard the hit and stood and watched (Capitol Hill is really busy place). The driver of the car also came out. He was a short, tan Asian man that looked a little thuggish. He said it was all good as he checked the lack of damage or scratches on his hawkeye Subaru Impreza 2.5i. I apologized greatly, but he was cool. We shook hands and I went back into my car and off.
Right after that, at the next intersection, I witnessed a gorgeous, orange Lamborghini Murcielago SV zoom by. Interesting car adventures today.