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I've been a smart owner since
May 8, 2008
I've been a smart reservation holder since
September 15, 2007
Minneapolis, MN
My favorite things about smart
With a lot more Smartcars on the road now it isn't as much of a novelty, but it still puts a smile on my face and a lot of others when they see this silly little car.
About Me
I must have pictures of every Smartcar I ever saw in the 7 years of travelling to Europe and decided if I could get one in the U.S. I would. Now that I have had it for over a year, I am still very pleased with it. It handled great all winter and NEVER got stuck in snow once. I use it everywhere and still get a lot of people asking questions. The back carries a lot more than people think. So far I have put 8 bags of groceries in on one trip, on another 8 bags of salt pellets for the water softner, a 5x 7 foot rug between the seats, another time 2 hibiscus plants, 3 trays of flowers, 4 24-cans of Coke and a partridge in a pear tree (got carried away - no partridge). I also brought home a 12 foot tree from Home Depot and had it hanging out the tailgate with a red flag on the end (not bad for an 8 foot car) and even my Great Dane fit in the back. Just had the upgrade done to fuel system by the dealer (no charge) and that should help get even better mileage than the 39 mpg I average now.
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At 10:32pm on September 3, 2009, Julie said…
Hey Mel, so glad to hear from you. I think of you often, hoping that you are doing well. I did not go on the rally in August. Jim is working on a cruise for the fall. Either up to Duluth to see Jeff or Down his way toward Red Wing. I'll let you know when I hear anything.
At 5:22pm on September 1, 2009, cruisekingmel said…
A Great Dane could EAT the car. Drive around the block a few times first and see if he/she jumps out. I don't think it will happen. They are a very smart dog and will want to stay with you. But test it before going on the hiway. DON'T use a sheet. The hairs will just collect and fall off. Use a good old wool blanket so they stick. Let me know.
At 10:36pm on June 26, 2009, Julie said…
Dave's on 98th and Normandale or Chili's or Friday's or Joe Senser's. Those are my top picks. Today was Macaroni
At 7:12pm on June 25, 2009, Monty said…
Oh, Mel, I'm so sorry that you lost Paige. You are living my worst nightmare. I'm afraid I sometimes take my wife for granted. She's asleep now, but after I read your comment, I went in and kissed her on the cheek. I don't know if it helps or not, but for what it's worth, I'll be thinking about you and hoping it gets better for you.
At 1:49am on June 12, 2009, Julie said…
Hey Mel, I didn't get your note in my inbox. I didn't see you listed that you were coming to the dells so I popped here to your page to see you and found the note you left me. I am so sorry to hear about Paige. I had no idea. I can't imagine that kind of loss. You take care. I hope to see you again soon. I would be great to see you this weekend, but understand how hard it must be. ~julie
At 4:32pm on March 23, 2009, cruisekingmel said…
I have been watching EVERY game and don't know how I missed that commercial. Every year I TRY to beat my son with his brackets. He usually gets around 80% (So far he is at 78%) and 2 games up on me. I stil have shot but have only won once in 15 years. Now you know why I don't buy a lottery ticket.

This hasn't been a good year for me, Julie. As you know we had gotten 2 Smart cars and were having more darn fun than I can say. Then in early Dec. Paige found a lump under her left arm and immediately went to the doctor. The did a biposy and found it to malignant. she had no previous sytoms and even did the 60 mile walk for the cure in Sept. They did an MRI and found tht it had spread throughout her body. In the next two weeks she went from walking to a wheelchair and it really hit her hard. Paige died on Jan. 27, just 7 weeks from the time we found out. She really was the love of my life and it has not been easy. I have no idea what I will be doing in June and know that it would have been a blast for the both us. Give me time and I will let you know.

At 11:05pm on March 20, 2009, Julie said…
Hey cruise king!

I just saw a commercial during the basketball game, 4 smart cars and one was blue silver with the mixed panels like yours. You lil trendsetter you! hahahaha!

I made a reservation for Ed and I for the Dells- sunset bay resort. Hope you and your wife can make it. It should be such a blast!

see ya 'round the work hood!

At 3:00pm on March 19, 2009, cruisekingmel said…
That would be great. Haven't figured out If I will go yet, but considereing it. Been busy with a lot of things and haven't had time to give it thought. Will let you know.
At 10:04pm on March 18, 2009, Billo said…

My wife and I are driving ITIBITI to the Midwest smart car gathering at Wisconsin Dells in June!!!

Dude...if you plan on going, we HAVE to get pictures together!!

At 4:57pm on November 23, 2008, cruisekingmel said…
Know what you mean. I have decided against snow tires as last winter I tried driving a demo on a parking lot that a sheer sheet of ice and I COULDN'T spin it becasue of the traction control. I figure if there are 6-8 inches EVERYONE is goping to have trouble driving and I'll swithc for one day to my Continental. Then, once the plows go through, the roads will be fine again. Do not have static in the radio. The other car's plates say "WHEEEE". I think those are greatest of them all!! Will see you Friday.

Was told that putting extra weight in the back is a BAD move. It changes the balance of the weight on the wheels. MOst of the weight is now on the rear because the seat is almost over the rear axle. but adding another 80 pounds makes the front light. I got a box from Ikea tht is black and has velco on the bottom as a storage container and put most losse things in it (like milk or small items and it keep them from flipping from side to side).


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