2-6? 8-0

The Brewers pounded the Pirates to open the season the other day, and they went up on them 4-0 in the first inning today. J.J. Hardy had the chance to be a hero with bases loaded in the top of the third, but he grounded into a fielder’s choice.

Fuck it, I’m buying the MLB Gameday Audio so I can listen to it. I’ve bought it every year for the last 3 years because it’s nice to listen to Uecker at the beginning of the season, when he’s still eternally optimistic.


15 thoughts on “2-6? 8-0

  1. Zach – maybe you should trade in your gas guzzler for a(n?) hybrid. Smart people walk everywhere.

  2. Raplh: good point; I knew someone would call me on that sooner or later, so I’ve prepared some remarks. If I knew then what I know now, I never would have bought the Tahoe. I bought it before we even thought about buying a house, and before I knew about the peak oil problem coming down the pike. There’s a large difference between resigning yourself to gradually increasing gas prices over time and having the shock of gas going from $2/gal to $5/gal within one year. In the short term, converting the truck to biodiesel engine might be cost-feasible, but as the linked article notes, large scale use of biodiesel is more wasteful than just burning oil itself. I think hybrids are the way to go at this point. On Slashdot the other day there was an article about two different teams who modified a Toyota Prius to get between 65 and 100 miles per gallon. That’s pretty fine and dandy. The problem? I’m underwater on the truck loan, so how do I got about trading in? It’s a question I would like answered, so if anyone has any answers or advice, post away.

  3. your bank has the title… you can still trade in the car.

    the dealer will give you a new loan, and subtract out the trade in value.

    you will still have your old loan, and a new loan for the amount of the new car minus the trade in value.

    if you are already underwater, you’re fucked.

    so now you have to look at the derivative… if you are getting MORE underwater every month as a percentage of the cars value, then dump it immediately. if you are getting LESS underwater every month, you might ass well keep it.

    if gas cost is the problem, stop using it. buy a moped or car pool everyday… you could also just hsin it and live at intuit in an open office.

    or sell it to me for $1, report it as an engagement gift, then declare bankrupcy and i’ll sell it back to you for $5 in 7 years.


  4. confusing… here is example

    car is worth $5,000. you owe $10,000

    loan 1:

    so you find new car, cost $7,500
    so you get loan 2 for $7,500 plus the cost of loan 1 (dealer pays off your other title), now you subtract out just what he quoted you for trade in value.

    now you have new super big loan and you’re already underwater on your next car…. but less underwater and now you may be able to get the integral negative… hence the derivative is declining… hence eventually a hooker with size double uranium breasts will fall from the sky and land on your face in the middle of debtfreeland

  5. Do something along the lines of Wirkus’s idea. Even if you just drove it into a wall and it was obviously your fault, if the insurance company cut you a check for the blue book value, your jump in premiums afterward might still be a better value than paying like $3 for every 14 miles you drive.

  6. answer to math problem:

    your new loan is $10,000+$7,500-$5,000 and the banks take care of everything else.

    but now you owe $12,500 on a car that is worth $7,500…. same $5,000 underwater, but AS A RATIO to the cars worth, you are in better shape.


  7. from a commercial:

    “if an 80 ton bullet train can glide on air… why can’t your SUV?”

    um. all logical physical rules. ever.

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