If you don't get a 1040, a tax accountant is going to be expensive, period. Everyone advocating for $60 tax prep here is making a set wage with an employer and has withholdings taken out of their paycheck, guaranteed. They're also organizing most of their income and deduction info beforehand for the accountant if… » 4/12/14 11:51am 4/12/14 11:51am

The new IIHS test is not bullshit - it's economics.

The internet backlash against the new IIHS test is pretty insane. I'd have to point out that this test was developed entirely because so many fatal accidents occur during off-angle collisions in smaller or older vehicles. Is it so surprising the IIHS would want to test for strength in a situation where occupants could… » 1/25/14 7:01am 1/25/14 7:01am

See, for me, this is a matter of deciding how I want to spend my time, and my weight loss goals. I don't have a slow cooker, so cooking anything in big batches means waking up in the morning and putting it all together, babysitting the pot off and on all day, and basically not being able to do much else. I do work… » 10/15/13 3:10pm 10/15/13 3:10pm

I think the contemporary meaning is essentially "[race] driver's car," which is like, the opposite of what I want in a car. I don't want ultra-hard suspension. I don't want more power than I could ever reasonably use on a public road. I don't want seats I can't plop my rear in for more than a few hours at a time… » 10/14/13 2:07pm 10/14/13 2:07pm

Good god it's so true. I have never raged so hard as when I come to a four-way stop in LA. If you take the right of way, people look at you like you're a huge asshole. If you wait to give it, it's a 5-second game of "Can I go? Can I go? Should I go now? Are you going to go? I don't know if I should go" while inching… » 10/09/13 2:56pm 10/09/13 2:56pm

Easily optioned one up to $50,000 once you factor in taxes. $50,000 for a tarted-up Ford Fusion FWD 2.0L EcoBoost. That is insanity. Why on earth would anyone buy one of these cars in anything but the stripped-out base model? At least $38k gets you the AWD EcoBoost trim. Ford seems to have forgotten that glorified… » 10/09/13 1:36pm 10/09/13 1:36pm

I agree with this. I don't do almost any work on my own car, but I do make a point of changing the oil once on each vehicle I own. Just to know how to do it, if for some unlikely reason I ever actually need to / can't afford to pay a shop. » 10/09/13 12:01pm 10/09/13 12:01pm

I saw a Karma driving around in LA for the first time in months the other day. You have to wonder who keeps one of those things, sadly it's probably some poor sap who could barely afford it in the first place and will now lose major money if he sells. » 10/08/13 5:26pm 10/08/13 5:26pm

Exactly - MADD is run by a bunch of teetotaler uptight assholes whose only real goal is to demonize alcohol. They know prohibition is never returning, but their end game is legal restriction of its consumption and sale (and taxation) to the point that it is all but impossible to get more than a drink or two outside of… » 10/06/13 1:00pm 10/06/13 1:00pm