Hobbit's whirlwind east coast tour

Discussion in 'Local Clubs, Events, and Road Trips' started by hobbit, Nov 14, 2005.

  1. popoff

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    My take even if no one asked, a call ahead would have been more polite. The woman who answered the door was rude (unless she was the maid and didn't speak english.) She could have said something, even just "get the hell out of here."
     
  2. Linda

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    I was just coming back to ask this very question (good for you, popoff, for suggesting the possibility): How does anyone KNOW this was Kelly? How does anyone KNOW that this person speaks English? She could be a sister or cousin or friend or babysitter -- there could be any number of reasons she didn't reply.
     
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    Well if this was my maid and she couldn't speak english, then she shouldn't be answering the door!!!

    Why have her (or why does she) answer the door if she can't understand english and acts like that?
     
  4. hobbit

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    Y'know, I didn't even think of the possibility that whoever answered
    the door might have been a housekeeper or relative or someone who
    genuinely didn't know what the hell I was talking about, but there
    are definitely better ways to indicate that. Oh well.. the jury
    seems split as to whether I was presumptuous or not [also taking
    into account various followups from priusonline], and while I can
    see both sides I will point out the original intent of this entire
    thread -- to cruise around the eastern seaboard meeting up with
    Prius enthusiasts. In that I have had some successes and some
    failures; most of it *was* prearranged from responses I received.
    Obviously I missed some folks in FL, who probably never saw the
    thread because stuff gets buried so fast around here. But it's been
    a fun ride all round, and long hours on the highway allow for lots
    of experimentation.
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    The Dave trip was a bit of a lark, in keeping with the general idea,
    and I still don't feel that I really stepped out of bounds...
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    _H*
     
  5. Linda

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    Perhaps the area is multilingual and she expected a friendly neighbor or relative?

    Imagine the reaction if she hadn't answered the door, but was obviously inside? Imagine what might have been said.

    This was a no-win situation for that woman.
     
  6. hobbit

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    Well, all that aside, I've returned home. Only one hairy close call
    in Connecticut when some testosterone-poisoned yutz came from behind
    out of nowhere, shot through a *very* narrow gap between me and a
    car that was just passing me in the next lane, missed kissing my
    left front by inches, and dove into the *shoulder* to get around
    another car in front of me. He must have been doing like 90 around
    a curve and didn't see any of this until too late. I *so* wanted
    him to hit something farther ahead... scared the crap out of me,
    but it was over very fast and life went on.
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    Routing from DC up through PA and NY state was exactly the right
    thing to do, on the Friday before new years -- the normal BosWash
    corridor was rapidly starting to become a mess that afternoon, and
    getting away from it only added maybe a half hour to the whole leg
    but was much more relaxing. I-83 to 81 to 84 to the mass pike.
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    The prius was very comfy for all 3600-ish miles of this trip, and
    my parents think very highly of the car. They took a couple of
    test-drives around the neighborhood. While they don't show any
    inclination to get one, they both commented on how smooth and quiet
    it is. Who knows, it might get 'em thinking.
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    I had at least three incidents of random evangelization, when either
    I approached another owner to hand them a flyer or someone asked
    how I liked the car and I got to give them the whole tour. It was
    nice to be able to point to the MFD reading well north of 55 mpg
    average most of the time. It's easy to wind up with a biased view
    by hanging around on the boards here -- in reality, most Prius
    owners have never heard of priuschat/priusonline or the yahoo
    groups, and are appreciative of learning that they're there.
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    And still, the first question I often get is "have you heard of
    these guys adding extra batteries" ... to which my usual answer is
    "that's fine if you don't mind doubling the daily electrical intake
    of your household, and gallons were still burned *someplace*."
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    _H*
     
  7. jeepien

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    Exactly.

    I worked in a home-office / small-office environment for ten years, and in a large-office environment for ten or so before that. Offices are not storefronts--homes even less so. If you show up without an appointment, your expectations for the encounter don't count for much.
     
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