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Jul 28th 2009 9:57PM Oh and I forgot to mention.. my 2004 Town Car got 26.5(!) mpg on the highway on our most recent road trip. Not too many cars that weigh over two tons can boast that. Of course my city mileage is lots worse, but that's because of all the stop-and-go traffic.
It always puzzled me why gas mileage on cars is measured in miles per gallon, instead of miles per gallon per pound or something like that. Because if what we're trying to measure with the mpg rating is the *efficiency* of the engine, don't also have to include the weight of the car as well? If I'm getting 30 mpg with a car that weighs 1,700 lbs, and I'm getting 30 mpg with a car that weighs 3,400 lbs, isn't the second car twice as efficient as the first car?
Jul 28th 2009 9:49PM "Even if such a vehicle is successful at retaining the Town Car's ELDERLY customer base"
Elderly? Ha ha. I'm a young and sprightly 36 and have owned a Town Car since 2005. Mine is a 2004 Signature. There isn't a car on the road that compares to the venerable Town Car. It's the most comfortable car out there period - full-size American luxury luxo-barge.
I've been looking for a car for my wife (she won't drive the Queen Mary because it's just, well... too big). She wants a Toyota and when we roll up to the dealerships I always get this look from the salesmen as if to say, "yeah, I'll bet you're looking to trade that klunker in..." Sorry boys, the "clunker" is in practically mint condition and rides like a dream. Not today, gentlemen.
Jul 25th 2009 11:12PM One of the reasons I left evangelicalism after 20 years is that they claim to have all the answers. I respect their missionary zeal, but God is so much bigger than they are. For example, to declare that someone is going to hell if they don't believe certain things about the Lord Jesus or the Virgin Mary is wrong. God, not us, decides in His absolute freedom who will be saved and who will not be saved. We humans cannot set limits on God's divine freedom. Yet, evangelicals continue to make grand pronouncements about who will and will not be saved.
This having been said, these conversations may be annoying but maybe you can get something out of them. It was through evangelicalism that I first learned about God and the Bible, but as my understanding of God, His Word, and his Church grew and matured I left evangelicalism and found my spiritual home in the Orthodox Church. We don't know what God's plans are; He may also have plans for you that you do not know about.