Other than our growing pains, I think things have been working out fairly well for the company. The cash flow isn’t quite where I would like to see it at times, but the rest of the financials are looking pretty good. We are going to work on trying to blow out some inventory to build up cash and/or use it for other purposes.
Alright, enough about the company. The biggest news I need to add before I get started is that I bought a new car about a month ago. Actually, it was on the second night of the season premier of 24, which I missed to get the car from Corona! Yes, I said new CAR. Not a new truck. I can’t necessarily put my figure on exactly what really prompted me to do it, but I do know that I was at least partially impacted by rising gas prices and the documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. While I’m not the premier member of the Sierra Club or anything, I am concerned about how we have been abusing our planet – and even before watching the movie I had thought about my part. Al Gore presented a lot of good information and some that was quite scary. Even today, I saw an article on slashdot about glaciers melting, but our problems could be much more serious. They are melting, and they are melting quite fast. They could have the effect of putting some major cities under water. They think global warming could be the cause of the freakish weather lately. In any event, we all need to start looking out or there will be nothing left for the next generation.
So, I started looking at hybrids a while ago. I test drove the Civic months ago, but wasn’t happy about it’s above list price and it didn’t seem that one could offset the additional cost. I won’t even go into the Prius, but Toyota released a hybrid version of the popular Camry. I test drove one one week, and then tracked down a rental a few days later. I was planning on renting for a week, but after about two days and 300 miles, I figured that I could handle the smaller car. Costco referred me to Quality Toyota in Corona, and the price they gave me was well below what Toyota of Temecula had offered, and Escondido wouldn’t quote me a price over the phone and had a long backorder. Quality had my first choice model and color in stock waiting for me, so I got my truck back home, cleaned it out and drove up there instead of watching 24!
After a month of driving it, I have been very happy getting close to 40 miles per gallon. I’ve been running about 38 as a total average. It has been really nice to sit in traffic and just use the batteries. Finding a parking spot at Fullerton is even better though, it doesn’t cost me anything to drive around the parking lot for hours on end. (That’s note quite true, but you get the idea.) There have been a few times I’ve missed the truck, but for the most part, I think I’ll be happy. I know I’m happy now only filling up once a week for a fraction of what I used to pay each time I filled up twice a week before.
Ok, enough about the car. I made it to the Murrieta YSA Branch for Sacrament service today. They certainly seemed nice enough. I’m hoping to make it back there for FHE tomorrow night. I don’t think I’ve gone to an FHE since I’ve been home from Idaho. Now that I can go on my way home from work, I hope I’ll have a much harder time finding an excuse not to go. (I just need to get my homework done before Monday night.)
Well, I am going to try and get some sleep so that I can get a start on my new life first thing tomorrow morning. Good night and God Bless.