Funny Side Story about hybrids.

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  1. huskers

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    I have a couple living next to me who have been married for 54 years. One is 90 the other 85. They have been looking at my car since I got it in March. Interesting explaining what a hybrid is to them. They drive a Lincoln.

    Anyhow, a couple days ago they decided out of the blue to trade the Lincoln in and came home with a 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. Big, long car. Suppose to get 40 highway/39 city . It has all the whistles and safety things. But what a learning curve this has been. He was knocking on my door telling me it would not start. It was started but not running the gas engine. So no noise. Had to show him how to push the break when starting it. I'm not sure they will make it back when they go to Kansas this weekend. I gave them my # in case something happens.

    I kind of felt that way the 1st time I had to adjust to hybrid driving. They said they like adventures. I think they are on one.
     
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    My first thought was to hope that you were in Nebraska.

    I hope that it is the South part of the state.
     
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    good for them! i hope my wife and i are doing something similar in 30 years. :)
    funny how you can buy a car, and not learn anything in the process. i am repeating myself, but my wife's hairdresser bought a hycam a few years ago. when coming home from the dealer, the engine shut off at a stop light. she freaked out, turned around and traded it for a camry.
     
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    Just today he said he hit the button but it would not turn on. Ended up he was hitting the radio button instead of the ON button.

    Yes, in Southern Nebraska. But they are thinking of returning to Nebraska by way of Colorado. Oh, and releasing the hood latch button thinking it was the emergency brake release. I think I may have created a monster talking about how cool hybrids are.
     
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    Similar experience with my mom (88 years old). After years of Lincoln Town Cars, she decided to give Prius a try (mostly based on my good experience). Found her a solid 2008. First time out with the car, she calls to complain that it died at a light. Of course, turns out she turned the car off thinking she was starting it back up after the ICE cut out. Definite learning curve with hybrids, especially after 60-70 years of nothing but ICE driving.
     
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    i kept my father in his lincoln until he finally couldn't drive anymore at 95. the car sits in the driveway, and he ruses to sell it, in case he decides to start driving again.:eek:
     
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    Well, wasn't my choice, but she insisted. Yeah, if it had been up to me, she'd still be in the land yacht. Funniest part is she has TWO Town Cars - a mid-90s model and a more recent vintage. The plan was to get the Prius and dump the older Lincoln. Of course, months later, both Lincolns still in the garage and the Prius sits outside.
     
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    My grandma was like that. She just wanted to be able to look out the window and see the car there. She never drove again. I think my uncle had the battery taken out just to make sure.
     
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    it's all very sad. old age is no fun, but neither is the alternative.:cool:
     
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    Yeah, having to give up driving really is a big step. Takes away so much independence. And it is so hard to have that conversation. Most times it does not come until the older person drives through the front of a business.
     
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    It could be worse. Like if they came home with a self driving car.
     
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    yep. and the country is not set up for non drivers, like a couple generations ago.
     
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    Huskers, that's very thoughtful of you to help out this senior couple. Hopefully the safety features of the car will keep them, and us, safe.
     
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    I am not sure that is worse. Actually, I hope that when my driving capabilities decrease significantly that self driving cars will be available for less than the cost of a Tesla Model S.
     
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    My grandmother still had a '79 Dodge Aspen in the driveway.

    As for the OP, it sounds like this couple would have issues with any new car Toyota they got. Many ICE cars now have push button starts now, and the depress the parking brake pedal again to release might simply be how Toyota does it on all their cars.
     
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    I had a funny story about an old geezer walking past my car with my windows down using EV, he put his cigarette down, looked at his wife, and said, "That's one of them hee-brids."
     
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    What do you call a stolen Tesla?

    An Edison.

    Bob Wilson

    ps. Told to me by a cute bar tender.
     
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    Cute bartender and joke. Most people wouldn't have a clue what you are talking about. Read "The Devil in the White City" by Eric Larsen to understand what happened between Edison, Tesla and Westinghouse, and AC versus DC. Tesla was the recipient of good fortune of awards albeit not much money, without patents. A real genius.
     
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    I suspect a large percentage of the readers of this forum understood what he was talking about. What surprises me is that a cute bartender would have that knowledge.
     
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    <GROAN>
    Source: Calculus Humor

    Two mathematicians were having dinner. One was complaining, "The average person is a mathematical idiot. People cannot do arithmetic properly, cannot balance a check book, cannot figure tips, cannot do percents,..." The other mathematician disagreed, "You're exaggerating. People know all the math they need to know."

    Later in the dinner, the complainer went to the men's room. The other mathematician beckoned to the waitress and said, "The next time you come past our table, I am going to stop you and ask you a question. No matter what I say, I want you to answer by saying 'x-squared."

    When the other mathematician returned, his companion said, "I am tired of your complaining. I am going to stop the next person who comes by our table and ask him or her an elementary calculus question, and I bet the person can solve it." Soon the waitress came by and he asked, "Excuse me, Miss, but can you tell me what the integral of 2x with respect to x is?" The waitress replied, "x-squared." The mathematician said, "See!" His friend said, "Oh I guess you're right."

    And the waitress said, "Plus a constant."

    Bob Wilson
     
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