Now that I finally have my smart, I have to use the word shocking as my description for it in one word. Everything about it is a surprise that just doesn't go away for a long time. I had to drive through the campus of Michigan State on my way home yesterday, just as all the students are arriving into town. Yes, I had to stop at a crosswalk in the front row, and a group of students were crossing the street, and yes, one of them was grinning from ear to ear and staring and staring until he walked right into the back end of a car. He regained composure and walked away never taking his eyes off me. This is a little strange for me, but I know I will have to get used to it.

I was so afraid that I wouldn't adjust for awhile having driven an Aztek for 7 years. I am once again shocked at how the little car fills in for any of those concerns and changes my whole attitude about that. My Aztek had its day when I had to tow a boat and a trailer and lived out in the county up north in deep snow. Those days are over and now I must travel each year for my work, to every county in northern lower Michigan and the entire upper peninsula. I get Federal rate mileage, that's .51 cents per, so now my car is really going to pay for itself, besides the fact that I don't need that huge vehicle to run around for business.

It is absolutely a blast to drive. It is still learning me, and vise versa, I didn't know you have to learn to work with so many computer programs as you adjust to each other, but we are getting it worked out between us. My first fifty yards was a real comedy. My drive home was 81 miles and it was like it took over and told me... "Now hold on here, you are going to love me, and I will take care of you, but this is the way we do it." Since then it is adjusting more and more over to me. And yes, I do love it. The attention will take some getting used to, but it is a small price to pay for the wonderful shocking surprises this vehicle provides.

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