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March 2008 Blog Posts (37)

Smart Stories from Julie's Garage... DAY 4

I decided to go incognito today and drive Barry.

It's exhausting to be the center of attention all the time! As much as I love meeting new people and answering questions about Max, today I had some general errands to run and wanted to get home quickly. Besides, I did promise Barry that I would drive him at least once a week, and a Sunday is a good day to do that. Not a huge amount of traffic, and things close early, so… Continue

Added by Julie O. on March 30, 2008 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment


So I'm driving down Ventura Blvd, and I'm behind a HUGE, yellow Ford F-350 that's been lifted and has tires almost as big as my Smart. A guy in a car next to me looks at my car and smiles, then looks at the truck and starts laughing. At the next stop light, he motions for me to roll down my window.

"It looks like it's following its mommy!" he… Continue

Added by Julie O. on March 30, 2008 at 3:04pm — 3 Comments

Smart Stories from Julie's Garage... DAY 3

Okay, funny story.

This morning I was getting ready to go to a chiropractor appointment when there was a knock at the front door. When I opened it, there were two older (50-60's) gentlemen in suits smiling at me.

Turns out they're Jehovah's Witnesses, complete with a stack of pamphlets. But they didn't come to my door to give me a pamphlet. They didn't come to my door to talk about Jesus...They came to my door to ask me about my car!

They… Continue

Added by Julie O. on March 29, 2008 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Nominated :)

I received an email this morning saying I was nominated for smart blogger! But I only have one Blog entry and that was from the beginning of the month. I felt inadequate. I'd like to say I didn't have time to blog, but I did. I blogged several times a week on my personal web page. What I didn't have time for is coping all my blog posts over here. I don't know if there's an easy way to do that or what not.

But this month was a busy month. St.… Continue

Added by Suzie on March 29, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

I really want one!

So yesterday I went to go fill up on gas.....$50.00.....and that will last me about a week. I am thinking..if i take gas prices into consideration I could probably afford a smart just in gas savings. I really want one......hmmm...something to consider.

Also...got to take another ride in the smart during a snowstorm a couple of weeks ago. I was very impressed at how it handled. Right now I am driving a Malibu and the smart seemed to handle MUCH better then mine. Now I wasnt driving… Continue

Added by Charlene on March 29, 2008 at 8:50am — No Comments

Love is in Bloom

Well yesterday, March 28th, marked 60 days since I configured my car (January 28th). I had hoped to get a 30-day email yesterday, but nothing. perhaps the clock doesn't start to tick until the last possible day to configure passes. I would have been permitted to make changes to my configuration up until February 3rd, so maybe April 3rd is actually 60 days. I just wish I knew the exact procedure.

Anyway, the weather here is beginning to improve. The first robins appears about three… Continue

Added by Janet Doe on March 29, 2008 at 8:25am — 1 Comment

Smart Stories from Julie's Garage... DAY 2

What a silly day. Everywhere I went, people smiled. It's hard not to smile when you see a Smart driving down the road. They're happy little characters, zippy and cute and fun.

I'm learning the paddle shift technique fairly quickly -- it may take a couple of weeks before I'm really smooth at it, but it makes the transmission hesitation thing a non-issue. I'm finding that if I shift first, and then briefly let up on the gas, the shift… Continue

Added by Julie O. on March 28, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Smart Stories from Julie's Garage.... DAY 1

It's been quite a day.

Had to leave my VW in the garage... I know it's just my imagination, but Barry the Bug looked dejected as I left him at home and my neighbour drove me to work. He's getting a full wash & wax treatment and a nice drive on Sunday (the car... not my neighbour).

Today I had a funeral service to attend... one of my colleagues at work lost his wife on Monday. She was only 41 years old and they have a… Continue

Added by Julie O. on March 27, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments


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Added by alex on March 26, 2008 at 4:15pm — No Comments

... Day 54 - It's MINE

Everyone... Meet Maxwell. Landed in Universal City on March 25, 2008.

Added by Julie O. on March 26, 2008 at 1:31am — 11 Comments

... Day 54 supplemental

The phone call came. My little Smartie has made it across the big, wide world and is at my dealership getting polished and checked out and having the extra nifties and toys added.

I'm going there after work to 'claim' it with my antenna ball (mine, all mine!).

Hopefully they will have the paperwork ready so I can fax it to my Credit Union and pick up the check tomorrow. Then it's a matter of getting the… Continue

Added by Julie O. on March 25, 2008 at 6:30pm — 9 Comments

... Day 54

The boat is lost at sea.

Or it's in Antarctica stuck on that collapsed ice shelf.

Or the shipping manifest has the wrong VIN number listed and my car was never actually loaded onto the boat at all, so it's still sitting at the factory in France with a "TBD" tag on it.

I think the DMV has sent back… Continue

Added by Julie O. on March 25, 2008 at 5:15pm — No Comments

... Day 53

Okay... time to start investigating the possibility that maybe, just maybe, my Smartie WAS accidentally delivered to the wrong place? I mean, my day job relies pretty heavily on the efficiency of the shipping industry, and I can tell you first hand... MISTAKES HAPPEN. Often. Boxes slated to deliver to Vegas end up in Texas. FedEx and UPS lose packages every day. My trucking department loads the wrong gear in the outbound truck and stuff ends up… Continue

Added by Julie O. on March 24, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

... Day 51

Ok, am I the only one that sees it?

Happy Easter, everyone.

Added by Julie O. on March 22, 2008 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

... Day 50

This is a test. My patience is being tested by the Celestial Design Committee to see how calm I can remain when every morning I wake up wondering if today will be Christmas or not.


It's 2:20 in the afternoon on Good Friday -- something tells me that I won't be hearing from the dealership today, and even if they do call, my credit union will be closing in less than two hours. It's Los Angeles -- even on a semi-holiday you… Continue

Added by Julie O. on March 21, 2008 at 6:22pm — 1 Comment

... Day 49

My dealership called me today to tell me that they got 10 cars in (mine was not one of them) and the truck driver said he had another load coming tomorrow. The dealer said he was "fairly confident" that mine would be in tomorrow's delivery.

I also got the final notice from the DMV about my custom license plates in the mail today.

Will my little yellow Smart "Peep" be in my Easter basket? Will I be able to drive it to work on… Continue

Added by Julie O. on March 21, 2008 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

God, Please let me show you I'm worthy!

Yes, I've reached that point in my waiting game. I'm bargaining with God to see what he wants me to do so I can get my little smartie! Can't think what I could offer. Hmmm......maybe if I promise not to take his name in vain for the next two weeks.......

Well, I keep hoping for the light at the end of the tunnel. I spoke to my dealer on Monday, and she said, "It will happen, I promise!". Do I beleve her? Not sure. I called smartusa last Friday, and they assured me that I'm "on track"… Continue

Added by Janet Doe on March 19, 2008 at 8:53pm — 7 Comments

... Day 48

OK. Now I am getting nervous. My car is now 18 days past due.

All fun aside, the DMV is about to send my custom plates back to Sacramento because I cannot claim them -- there's no car registration to which they can assign them.

My dealership has no real answers -- I think they're just as concerned and confused as I am. They told me the other day that the cars are just trickling in one or two at a time rather then the multiple-car… Continue

Added by Julie O. on March 19, 2008 at 6:19pm — 1 Comment

A girl with a new crush

(excerpt from a column I wrote, explaining my new love to the general public)

I have a new crush. This time though, it’s not on a person. I’m not a material girl, but I admit an attraction to items that are sparkly, glittery, or pink. I still love twinkle lights, chandeliers, and anything with dangling beads, (and Ewan McGregor, who, for the record, is not sparkly, glittery, or pink.) My crush this time is very unusual for me. I’ve fallen for a car.

Never overly concerned… Continue

Added by Kelly E on March 17, 2008 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Dude! Where's my car???.... Day 46

I hoped that I'd have the Luck O' the Irish (after all, I AM Irish) today, but no... No sign of my little Smart bumblebee. I read in the paper that there's an impending dock worker's strike and I'm wondering if that's held up importing at the Port of Long Beach. I can't be the only pending Smart owner who is waiting for their car. Are there any other potential… Continue

Added by Julie O. on March 17, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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