June 7, 2012

Hypermiling, Mustangs, Robots & Body Parts

I'm flying to Halifax on Saturday, the beginning of a quest. I'll be part of a Shell Canada team driving a 2012 VW Passat to Vancouver. The goal? To do it on 6 tanks of gas. We will by hypermiling. The first feature runs in the Globe & Mail tomorrow, and I'll be blogging there throughout the trip. If you see us in your town or city, come over and say hi! You can walk alongside the car! Actually, I'm pretty curious about this. I'm the only media going along....stay tuned.

Of course two weeks on the road means trying to get things ready around here. The boys were so excited when I said I was going, they ran and got my suitcases. As usual, only the cats will miss me. When I get back, I turn around and head out for a Georgian Bay loop, which will be beautiful this time of year. But the timing means I've filed three weeks of work as of ten minutes ago (yippee!) around doing laundry and shopping and packing and laundry and cleaning. I've told everyone to stop wearing clothes until I leave.

I was thisclose to having a Mustang this week; I'm speaking to the Golden Horseshoe Mustang Club, and I thought it would be cool to fake it and show up in a 'stang. Timing was too tight on a press car - I'll just have to dazzle them with my Santa Fe.

The robotics Ford Drive One 4 UR School was on Saturday for the Burlington Central High Robotics Club - awesome day, terrific success. We raised over 4200 bucks on the test drives, and another grand on the carwash/bbq. The kids worked really hard, and I owe a ton of thanks to my car peeps: Lesley Wimbush, Peter Bleakney and Jeff Voth. Their assistance allowed us to add in extra cars to up our numbers. That's me and Lesley in front of the Taurus SHO she brought...definitely a crowd favourite. The car, too.

I wanted to do a blog blog, and talk about the man-horror mailing body parts around the country, and the demon who opened fire in the food court of the Eaton Centre, and how we don't have to import our freak shows from the U.S. anymore. Then I realized it just depressed me. I read a blip on the news feed last night that some political offices had been mailed a white powder-like substance. And I Tweeted that it's a sad day in Canada when political offices are happy to get white powder in the mail instead of body parts. The only things I get in the mail are boots. And bills. For the boots.

Not sure what my time will be like when I'm away; I'll try to check in, but with blogging the paper, I'm sure my blogger parts will get clogged. You only get so many words a day. It's a rule; any writer will concur. I think you should lean on Webgod Jeff to blog. He's done it before, and he's great. I'd get Roz to do it, but she will demure, then take over the comments, anyway.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Lorraine;

Do you pass through Ottawa on your trip???

I must confess I don't know what "hypermilling". It sounds like something I am afraid my 18 year old and 16 year old sons will do once they have the car and I am no where in sight!

June 07, 2012 3:36 PM  
Anonymous Zena said...

Aw, the cats - and us. We'll miss you.

Have a great trip - it sounds like an adventure. An exhausting one (pun not originally intended). We'll try not to wreak havoc while you're away...

(I'd insert a tasteless joke about receiving boots in the mail here, but even I have my limits...)

June 07, 2012 3:37 PM  
Anonymous PJ said...

Hypermilling? So you're going to spend your time tailgating large trucks and then driving so slowly when can't find one of those, you're in everybodies' way? Sounds like fun! NOT!

Loop around Georgian Bay eh? Say Hi! on your way by.

Roz will demure? Do you do that after you deplane? No doubt she will take over anyway. Hiding under my desk now....

June 07, 2012 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Roz said...

have no fear, I am here! What's with the big blank space in your current blog? Did I miss something or was Maggie helping you type? Wouldn't want to miss a word.

June 07, 2012 3:52 PM  
Anonymous Padraig said...

I'm sure Roz is demure at all times, except when she demurs. Are you going to tell us what hypermiling is - PJ's description sounds ominous.
If you do pass through Port Hope, Ont, please drive extra slowly. We're a very small town.

June 07, 2012 4:16 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

I linked a Wiki source. Sorry. Should have done that originally.

We do have some press in Ottawa, not sure of our timing along the route. I do know that there is no way we will be sacrificing momentum - ever - just because I might like to have a coffee with a reader.

Oh, and I've asked WGJ to fix that big gap in the post. He's ignoring me.

June 07, 2012 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will miss you, but of course hope you have a great trip. I guess I can put up with Roz raggiing everyone for a counple of weeks. I don't usually pick pon anyone. WRC

June 07, 2012 6:11 PM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

Well... bone voyage, as they say in parts of Canada you will be driving through. I pray you don't get too many single digit salutes as you hypermile your way accross our fair country. Wikipedia mentions something about it not being a particularly popular sport amongst the testosterone laden roads of the Poconos. I am sure we Canuks will be much more supportive.

"atsent 19" are my robot evasive words today. That would be you. For the next 14 days... not 19. Have fun.

June 08, 2012 11:23 AM  
Blogger Nursedude said...

"Clogged blogging parts"...not sure what that's a euphemism for but it doesn't sound pleasant. Adding Benefiber or Metamucil to your juice every morning may help.

June 08, 2012 11:37 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Have a safe cross country trip Lorraine. Looking forward to reading about it as you go.

Robert C.

June 08, 2012 2:47 PM  
Anonymous Roz said...

I could say something right now WRC but I'm demurring. (if there is such a thing)

Lorraine knows what I'm thinking anyway.

June 08, 2012 5:58 PM  
Anonymous Carmine said...

That's a great picture Lorraine. I must admit, you are a very pretty lady.

June 16, 2012 3:06 PM  

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