After a bit of orphan list drama last night (first they had the car, and then they didn't), I got another call this morning saying that they did indeed have a car available for me! I'll be stopping by the Seattle Smart Center on my home tonight to take care of all the paper work and all that good stuff and I AM EXCITED!
The orphan isn't exactly what I had planned on getting, but I'm willing to make a few sacrifices for the ability to enjoy a Smart car 6 months earlier than estimated.
Added by Phill Ramey on June 30, 2008 at 4:01pm —
Keep hearing about the last four numbers i think on reservation does this tell you where you are on list for your DD and is this the right number or is there another number
Added by Peg on June 30, 2008 at 1:52pm —
At the gas station putting fuel in my lil smart someone asks,
Is that one of them electric cars?
Yep. I often enjoy putting gasoline in my electric car.
The first time they realized what they'd said. The second person then went on to ask,
Where is the battery?
I left it home today. That's why I have to put gas in it.
As many of us have heard,
What if you get hit by a truck?
I've been riding a Harley for years. No one has ever… Continue
Added by angel on June 30, 2008 at 11:36am —
well, after printing my first blog, I received an e-mail this weekend from the dealership about the Orphan List, the e-mail was sent on Sat and I did not open my e-mails till Monday, I replied, and I hope I get the one I am interested in, a passion, in white and a black tridion, I think it has a red interior, a little odd configuration but still, I dont see any reason why I could'nt buy an orphan now and when my smart came in sell the orphan, and pick up mine. Continue
Added by AndyB on June 30, 2008 at 9:26am —
We were on the "Orphan" list for only one month but we jumped at the chance for our little guy. Here's what they emailed their Orphan List ...
"Smart Center -- has just received a one of a kind smart that is available for immediate delivery!
This passion coupe has a paint scheme you won't find anywhere else. It is first come first serve, no deposits taken - come see it for yourself - it won't last the day!!
Hope to see you today!"
and they did see us… Continue
Added by Rmichael on June 29, 2008 at 10:30pm —
we were emailed about a new Passsion of an unusual color that was unencumbered and we jumped on him, Sportacus, within 30 min. Here he is! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbYL8MEoRlU
Added by Rmichael on June 29, 2008 at 2:26pm —
Our three-year-old loves the Smart car. I think I've mentioned this previously. The convertible top, the fact that she's sitting next to me, the size ("It's MY size, Mommy"), and the 6-CD changer that lets her alternate between Sharon, Lois and Brahm and Laurie Berkner at the touch of a button (my touch; her seat's way too far back to touch the dash with her hands although I've had to tell her that it's off limits anyway since she realized she can reach it with her toes).
And we talk… Continue
Added by Heather on June 28, 2008 at 6:02pm —
The latest barrage of inquiries, compliments, and random chats on the road at red lights have come from a surprising source: bicyclists and motorcyclists.
The former group used to annoy me. I say this knowing full well someone's going to flame me. I should clarify this by saying a) I love to ride my bike and b) that bicyclists who follow the rules of the road and stay in the right of the lane don't annoy me. The ones that used to annoy me (and still do) are the ones that cluster… Continue
Added by Heather on June 28, 2008 at 5:56pm —
Today was just Choc full of Smarts. I saw one just like mine around noon-ish at the Home Depot in Lindbergh Plaza. Later saw 2 BumbleBee's (Yellow & Black Stripe) at the Forum Shops in Alpharetta, and finally on my way home from the shops I saw a Blue & Grey Stripe on Peachtree Pkwy! Whoo hooo!! That's the most I've seen in One Day!…
Added by J1m404 on June 28, 2008 at 4:23pm —
Ok... I get i have to wait... I have to wait awhile... I told the lady at the smart center that i wanted to go on their orphan list... BUT DID SHE IGNORE ME OR WHAT??? An orphan came along yesterday... AND THEY CALLED MY DAD
!! NOT ME
! My DAD! my dad forgets about me at the time.. she called him at about noon time and my dad doesn't call me till 8 that night. I call the dealership hoping i can get someone. Leave a message. AND HE DOESN'T RETURN MY CALL out of courtesy to let me… Continue
Added by Talia on June 28, 2008 at 3:00pm —
So, here begins the written word for my quest for a smart car. I first became aware of the smart car in 99. I was fasinated by the little cute car. I live in Seattle on Capitol hill and parking has always been a consideration, I am sure its like that for most major cities. Back in the early days of desiring this vehicle, I tried to find a way to get one here in the US. I figured if they can get the really expensive cars brought over from Europe why cant I get a smart? None of the avenues I… Continue
Added by AndyB on June 27, 2008 at 10:07am —
Today went to lunch at a Sushi place just down the street. As I pulled up, a Japanese couple was walking into the restaurant. They stopped and watched me get out of the car.
He then said, in limited English..."Japanese car, very small"
I said, "No, Mercedes"
He and his wife both opened their eyes wide, then rushed over to my car, asked to sit inside, they both sat in it. Then the owner of the Sushi place rushed out, obviously a friend, and began to talk in rapid… Continue
Added by Richard Bliss on June 26, 2008 at 8:31pm —
I came out of the bank to find several people gathered around my car, gawking, pointing, asking questions. After they left, I turned and looked at the car parked next to me. Not a single person paid it any attention.
He shouldn't park that Jag so close to my Smart if he wants attention.…
Added by Richard Bliss on June 26, 2008 at 8:12pm —
I put this note in my window to help answer all the questions that I have been getting.
I was at the bank sitting with a loan officer. There were a lot of people coming and going. A woman walks up to me and says...
"I love your car"
"Thanks" I said..."how'd you know if was my car?"
"You're the only one in here over 6' so I knew it was your car"
WoW! She read my note, came inside and walked… Continue
Added by Richard Bliss on June 26, 2008 at 8:08pm —
Reserved 20 May 07
Visited dealership and asked to be on orphan list Jan 08.
Configured 1 March 08.
Estimated Date of Delivery Nov 07 - Jan 08.
Wrote a letter and mailed off 5 copies to 5 addresses on 6 April 08 to Roger Penske.
Adopted an orphan 19 April 08 and took delivery 21 April 08 with dealer added options of pin striping, window tint and LoJack.
Last week got a FedEx pkg letter from Dave Schembri.
The rest of the story:
Added by angel on June 26, 2008 at 8:30am —
I have been inducted. I am One of the few. The proud. The smart.
I was heading towards the freeway; he had just gotten off. We saw each other from a distance - two cars, identical in colour and model. Our roofs were both up; it looked like rain. As he passed me he flashed me a peace sign. I jumped up and down in my seat and waved excitedly back at him.
A fellow smart car driver on the road. I've heard they are out there but had not seen one. Until today.
Added by Heather on June 26, 2008 at 12:26am —
Would love to know what owners of smart cars feel is the best things about their smart cars. Any feedback would be appreciated. Are these cars a fad or are they a smart alternative to a full size gas guzzler?
Added by Susan/Rachel on June 25, 2008 at 12:07pm —
Added by Susan/Rachel on June 25, 2008 at 12:03pm —
Energy Costs Drive Up Prices of Nearly Everything
by Christopher Joyce
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Morning Edition, June 18, 2008 · When oil prices go up, so do natural gas prices, and both increases have a ripple effect on the economy. Shampoo bottles, pantyhose, buttons — you name it, and it requires oil or gas to make it.
Is Another Bubble Behind Soaring Gas,… Continue
Added by Sue Melton on June 25, 2008 at 11:17am —
1) Pick your nose
2) Park too close to the inner end of a parking space
I don't actually go around picking my nose in my car. But it occurred to me today, after the second person in less than 5 minutes hung their head out the window of their SUV and gave me a thumbs up as they passed me in my smart car, that I'm being watched.
A guy at PCC and his wife actually got OUT of their own car and snapped a photo on his camera phone of me and Bobbin getting out of the smart… Continue
Added by Heather on June 25, 2008 at 12:33am —