Bottesini Gran Duo for Violin and Bass
Mozart Overture to the Marriage of Figaro
Beethoven Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"
Sunday, September 9, 2007, 19:00
Purser Center at Logan University
1851 Schoettler Rd., Chesterfield MO 63017
This will probably be the coolest concert I've played in years in almost every way.
Friday, 17th of August, 2007
This experience alone makes me want to renew my commitment to buy exclusively stick-shift cars for as long as I reasonably have the choice to do so.
Wednesday, 15th of August, 2007
Saturday, 4th of August, 2007
Thursday, 2nd of August, 2007
Though the single biggest disaster happened to the Mercedes C-Class: "Its front bumper is mounted so low that it underrode the barrier in the Institute's front full-width test, escaping virtually unscathed. A little touch-up paint was all that was needed to repair the plastic bumper cover. What absorbed the energy of the impact was the C class's grille, hood, radiator, headlight, and air conditioning condenser, all of which were damaged. This is how the repair costs escalated to more than $5,000, the highest total sustained by any of the 11 cars in any single test." Compare this with no visible damage to the Audi on the same test.
Though before we conclude by picking on only luxury cars and the outrageous prices for parts (which you cannot deny is a revenue generator for auto manufacturers), you can also take a look at the same test performed on normal mid-sized vehicles in March. The Subaru Legacy sustained a fairly nasty $7,448 from the same 4 little impacts - yes, the image on the right is of a 6 mph impact! Even the best performer, the Mitsubishi Galant which nobody buys, had $4,277 in damage.
I am glad, for comparison, that they included the 1981 Ford Escort - the 3 mph corner impacts produced no damage, and the 6 mph impacts produced a total of $469. Quite a bit less than the G35. I should have picked up a bumper from a Ford LTD to slap on the front of my car the last time I was at the junkyard.