Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, and Fiat 500e Owner Comparison

This post is a Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, and Fiat 500e owner comparison. I’m a huge fan of electric-powered transportation. We have 3 cars (two in Atlanta, and one in San Francisco). All of them are electric. We purchased them in this order: a Nissan Leaf (2011), a Tesla Model S (2014), and the Fiat 500e (2017). Since we… Continue reading

The Future of Urban Transportation

Urban Migration In the recent past the number of people around the world living in urban cities has exceeded the number of people living in rural areas. This trend will continue, and by 2050 ⅔rds of the world’s population will live in urban areas. People are flocking to large cities for any number of reasons. To be sure, the traffic… Continue reading

Today’s Milestone Event: My Car Wreck that Changes Everything

I was returning to our apartment in the city after having a completely wretched 1.5 hour experience at the Corte Madera Apple Store. Apple said my phone needed a simple $29 battery replacement; so, I scheduled the repair appointment. Well, no. Each new repair solution grew significantly in price. We went from $29, then to $99, then to $399, then… Continue reading

Fiat 500e (OJ) Has an Issue

First, I love our electric Fiat 500e. It’s small. No, it’s tiny1. It fits anywhere. It’s easy to park. Like any electric car, it drives smoothly and responsively with a great deal of torque. It’s just the perfect urban, city-dwellers’ car. But it has a huge issue, and I mean huge! It’s designed to be driven every day. No one… Continue reading

California OJ

Yum! Everyone loves OJ, right?! It’s delicious. And OJ from California is at least as good as OJ from Florida. This past weekend was especially busy and delightful. It included lunch at Sconehenge (bakery and sandwich shop) and car buying. We hated having a gasoline powered car—and not for any liberal-minded, save-the-planet reasons, though we certainly have those, too. We… Continue reading

Actual Innovation

So much of what passes for innovation is little more than swapping whose bank accounts profits go into while putting others out of business. Yeah, Uber, I’m looking at you! The convenience of your app: yeah, innovative. Everything else: all that is hideous about capitalism! But Tesla… Now these guys are innovative! They are seriously changing personal transportation! Their impact… Continue reading

Mid-century Classic Architecture

When we moved to Sausalito, California, I came to realize my intense love affair with mid-century classic architecture. I had always had it, but it was somehow hidden from my conscious awareness. We bought a mid-century classic, originally built in the 1950’s, that had been taken down to the studs and a significant amount of living space was added in… Continue reading

Las Vegas: Day Four

This (August 21) post is backdated to the date it happened. Today we drove out to see Hoover Dam. We stopped to have breakfast. Steve melted in the parking lot. All that remains is his hat to shield his little bald head from getting sunburned. We drove over the dam, but for security reasons, cars are checked, and the dam… Continue reading

Überciety

Like most people, sometimes I see what’s coming, but sometimes I don’t. This piece is a shot in the dark: what I suspect is coming to our rather-near future. It just seems to make sense to me as various indicators point in the same direction. In our hyper-connected society, more and more teenagers are choosing not to get their driver’s… Continue reading

Our Tesla Model S Ownership Experience

I think it’s time for another update on what it has been like to own our Tesla Model S. We bought ours in 2014. And I’ve written periodic updates. Driving Experience I must say that driving the Tesla is still a thrilling experience. The car handles flawlessly. We just have the regular Model S, without the insane button, without 4… Continue reading