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F-F-Friday (44)

May 1, 2009

These floral photos were taken at the arboretum where there are plenty of flowering trees and plants to choose from.  We were there on Friday and Saturday without the camera and went back on Sunday morning to take photographs.

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flowers at the arboretum

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flowers at the arboretum

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flowers at the arboretum

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Since today is Fucking Floral Friday I am going to tell you all how fucking disappointed I was in my Kia Sedona on Wednesday evening. I was going home after my prenatal fitness class and needed to make a right turn out of the parking lot on an incline. It had been raining all day and was still raining. When I pressed the gas pedal, the tires spun and I couldn’t pull out. I saw some cars approaching from the left so I waited. Then I tried again. The fucking tires spun again and at that point several cars were in line behind me waiting to leave the parking lot. I cursed the fucking non-responsive minivan with its fucking brand-new but bald tires (we got the LX so ours doesn’t have the special Michelin tires like the EX does).  What the fuck, Electronic Stablility Control?  So I guess this means we can only go out when it’s sunny and the roads are dry.  (On the third try, the van finally managed to leave the parking lot and get onto the road.)

Happy First of May!  In Peru they are celebrating Labor Day (Día del Trabajador).  This day is associated with socialists, communists, anarchists and pagans.  What kind of trouble are you hoping to get into today?

  1. May 1, 2009 10:38 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your troubles.. 😦 That’s no good!

    The last flower are Trillium’s? My Grandma loved them and transplanted them from Wisconsin to her house in Chicago.

    • May 1, 2009 11:09 am

      Yes, they are trilliums. It seems they would be worth transplanting such a distance since they are so pretty!

  2. May 1, 2009 11:47 am

    I love your arboretum photos. I thought that the first of May was somehow related to labor….

    hope all’s well – happy weekend!

  3. Susannah permalink
    May 1, 2009 5:38 pm

    Is your minivan front wheel drive or rear wheel?

    Either way, you might try to gear it down to third or second gear and then ease it out when the road is slick. And, as you said, it could be more the tires than anything.

    Sorry for the trouble! After driving Rovers for so many years, I don’t know if I could go back to a non-awd vehicle!

  4. Susannah permalink
    May 1, 2009 5:44 pm

    sorry, one more thing. ESC will only help if you are in an understeer/oversteer situation. So, swerving and braking.

    If you have TCS (traction control) it will help with wheel spin. If you do have it, and it wasn’t kicking in…you should have the dealership check that.

  5. May 1, 2009 10:55 pm

    That first picture is absolutely gorgeous! It looks a little like a painting.

  6. May 5, 2009 12:47 pm

    That first photo is so fantastic. I love the depth.

    Tires. Oy. It seems that lately, a lot the import brands are putting the worst tires on new cars. We had that EXACT same trouble with our Nissan in 2003. I couldn’t stand it, and had to replace the tires. The only problem is the tire size we need is extremely hard to find. I put on some compatible rain channelers and loved them. But, when they wore out, my husband, not knowing that the sucky brand is the only one that makes the actual size we need, put a new set of horrible tires on the car. Now, it does the stupid spinning wheel thing when it’s wet. I hate driving it.

  7. May 6, 2009 8:46 pm

    Except for dedicated sports cars and other high-performance cars (which generally come with good-quality performance rubber befitting the vehicle), new car tire specifications are intended to deliver a quiet, smooth, easy-tracking test drive, and that’s pretty much all. Foul-weather traction and (especially) longevity are minimal considerations at best.

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