Riding The Blue Unicorn

For the past few days I’ve been riding the Blue Unicorn.  No, that isn’t a kinky sex act (though it sounds like it should be); nor have I been eating funny mushrooms.  I promise it’s safe to read on!

So… after an incredibly frustrating week of test-driving used cars, I decided on the Ford Escape, a common vehicle with lots of used ones available.  Great.

Or so I thought.

Nope.  There were lots of them available; but they’d all been driven into the ground even though their prices were still sky-high.  By the end of the week I was so sick of the whole used-car fiasco that I gave up and called the dealership to buy a new one.

I told the salesman the bizarre mix of features I wanted, and there was a brief silence on the line.  Then he said, “So basically, you’re looking for a unicorn.”

“Yep.”

“Let me see what I can do.”

Ten minutes later he phones me back in triumph:  “I found your unicorn!”

And sure enough, he had.  Better yet, it was blue!  That delighted me, since I had been cynically certain it would turn out to be white like all my other vehicles.

So I dubbed it The Blue Unicorn, and it’s proudly residing in our driveway.  I haven’t had it long enough to determine its personality yet, but you can usually match a vehicle’s face to its attitude.

Or maybe I’m just foolishly anthropomorphizing.  (Okay, so that’s not a ‘maybe’.)

Still, don’t these car-faces speak to you?

Ford Mustang – “Get outta my way, punk!” (It even looks like it’s clenching a cigar in its teeth!)

Ford Mustang – “Get outta my way, punk!” (It even looks like it’s clenching a cigar in its teeth!)

 

Chevy Spark EV – “Hi, hi, hi! I’m so excited to meet you!”

Chevy Spark EV – “Hi, hi, hi! I’m so excited to meet you!”

 

Chevy Sonic – “Dude! Wanna watch me stuff an entire Big Mac in my mouth?”

Chevy Sonic – “Dude! Wanna watch me stuff an entire Big Mac in my mouth?”

 

Chevy Malibu – “Hey, babe, come back to my place and I’ll show you my etchings.”

Chevy Malibu – “Hey, babe, come back to my place and I’ll show you my etchings.”

 

Mazda 5 GS – “Whee! Happy-happy-happy day!”

Mazda 5 GS – “Whee! Happy-happy-happy day!”

 

Mazda CX9 – “Okay, now you’re beginning to irritate me…”

Mazda CX9 – “Okay, now you’re beginning to irritate me…”

 

Acura NSX – *chuckles evilly*

Acura NSX – *chuckles evilly*

 

Nissan Juke – “Dimples and buck-teeth – I’m Howdy Doody!”

Nissan Juke – “Dimples and buck-teeth – I’m Howdy Doody!”

 

Audi A4 – *groans* “Why is it so bright in here? How much did I drink last night?”

Audi A4 – *groans* “Why is it so bright in here? How much did I drink last night?”

 

Bentley Mulsanne – “Goodness gracious, how inconvenient. I seem to have misplaced my spectacles.”

Bentley Mulsanne – “Goodness gracious, how inconvenient. I seem to have misplaced my spectacles.”

 

Jaguar XF – “You just got on my very… last… nerve…”

Jaguar XF – “You just got on my very… last… nerve…”

 

Jeep Renegade – “Aw, man! That totally sucks.”

Jeep Renegade – “Aw, man! That totally sucks.”

 

Jeep Patriot – “Wh… What do you mean, ‘there is no Santa Claus’?”

Jeep Patriot – “Wh… What do you mean, ‘there is no Santa Claus’?”

 

Toyota Yaris – “Luke… I… am… your… father…”

Toyota Yaris – “Luke… I… am… your… father…”

 

Mitsubishi i-MiEV – “Look, I’m the cutest manga character ever!”

Mitsubishi i-MiEV – “Look, I’m the cutest manga character ever!”

 

The Blue Unicorn’s face – Not sure yet…

The Blue Unicorn’s face – Not sure yet…

I think the Blue Unicorn looks cheerful, but there’s a definite undertone of “Don’t mess with me”.  Or maybe I’m just projecting.

What do these car-faces say to you?

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49 responses to “Riding The Blue Unicorn

  1. Love the disgruntled Jag and the gruntled Mazda.

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  2. The Blue Unicorn seems to be saying, ‘You bought … ME?’

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  4. Since I am old and slow, I am usually looking at the rear ends of both cars and people. Both similarly emit gases.

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  5. Loved all of your descriptions…perfect…great laugh and congrats on the new car…always a painful process especially with your foray into the world of used cars…might be why we have two vehicles that are over 10 years old…too painful to go through the process….:)

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  6. Patti J Parham

    The Blue Unicorn looks like she is trying to read something w/o her reading glasses…:)

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  7. Couldn’t let that go. You know how I get. 😜

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  8. The blue unicorn looks very no nonsense and ready for an adventure. Oh yes you are heading our on one! A good test for any new unicorn. Glad to hear the car buying is now over. There’s a big tick off the list.

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  9. Not really a car person, I have to fess to being a fully paid up pedestrian or passenger, but then in the UK it’s easy not to drive.

    The pics and descriptions made me smile

    Good luck with the listings

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  10. el Tea

    It seems that everyone likes your captions for almost all the cars and I will agree except again for the Mustang. It should be Sharkface, AKA Kevin Barnett. Not a face to welcome anywhere but to a tarp in a reefer for a Brazillian Party.

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  11. jenny_o

    You nailed them all, in my opinion. Well done!

    Now, for the Blue Unicorn … kinda reminds me of Herbie the Volkswagon Bug from years ago – remember him? Looks a bit cross-eyed, too, like a lovable teddy bear. Definitely a friendly guy.

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    • jenny_o

      Of course, if the headlights are the eyes, they’re completely ophthalmologically straight. I was looking at the doodads on the bottom …

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      • jenny_o

        No, I’m not a car person, you got me 🙂

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        • LOL! Those doodads do look cross-eyed! It’s hard to see in such a small picture, but the bright parts are actually fog lights and the dark parts are little grilles. And you’re right, now that I really look at it, the Blue Unicorn is two-faced. The bottom face is goofy and friendly and smiley, and the top one by itself still looks pretty cheery, too. I think that’s a good sign!

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  12. Julie Hyland

    OMG! You are my kind of nut!!! Thank you for the full out belly laugh I got off of these!!!! BTW….I just sold my Malibu…and she was green, her name was (and still is!!! I know the new owner) Moira!!! She’s Irish….ya know?

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  13. Blue Unicorn? Well yeah, looks good. I won’t bother with the standard questions like :V-8 or 6, auto or stick, windows and door locks, seats or boxes to sit on and on and on. Glad you survived the buying ritual.

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    • Thanks! And thanks for hinting – I didn’t want to spout all the gearhead stuff in the main post and make all the non-gearheads’ eyes glaze over. It’s the EcoBoost 4-cyl 2.0 litre turbo with the Auto-Start-Stop feature (which I despise, but I didn’t have a choice). When you’ve driven as many old cars as I have, a vehicle that stalls at every light isn’t environmentally friendly; it’s an unreliable piece of shit. Fortunately I can turn that “feature” off so it runs like a normal vehicle.

      6-speed automatic transmission, 4WD, power windows/locks but no power liftgate (that was one of the things that made it a unicorn – usually the power package includes the liftgate). Powered, heated seats for both driver and passenger (another unicorn feature), 60/40 split fold-down seats in the back for a big cargo bay, air/tilt/cruise, integrated phone, backup camera with audible alarm, dual cabin comfort controls, built-in GPS navigation… lessee, have I missed anything? Oh, yeah, NO sunroof! I hate them, so that was another unicorn point – usually when you get a vehicle loaded with the other goodies, they put in a sunroof, too. And no weird “driving/parking aids”.

      I’m not crazy about the layout of the engine bay – changing the spark plugs is going to be a giant pain in the ass – but other than that, it’s okay. (Although the mechanic informed me that I should only use Ford plugs because the after-market ones didn’t work as well. I suspect he was handing me a line, but time will tell.) The regular-maintenance items like filters are pretty standard, although I’m annoyed that I got saddled with that stupid Auto-Start-Stop thing because it requires a “special” (read insanely-expensive) battery that can cope with restarting the engine every ten seconds. And it wants 5W-20 oil, which is a little weird but shouldn’t be too hard to find. I’ve only had it a few days, but so far it’s been fun to drive and everything seems okay… *crosses fingers*

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      • jenny_o

        Are you really going to need those heated seats in BC? (I’m just agin’ them myself, because the one and only time I ever experienced them, I wasn’t told ahead of time, and when the heat started spreading under my caboose I had a horrible moment of thinking that I had just peed myself. In spite of knowing differently, even. It was very traumatic!)

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        • Bahahaha!!! That’s awful – scarred for life by heated seats! I don’t know if I’ll need them for the temperature in BC, but they might still feel pretty good on a damp-and-chilly butt. And if I travel back to Manitoba for a winter visit, I’m definitely gonna want them!

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      • Ex-gearhead here, I also use to do all my own car maintenance. I’m not a moon roofer either and the Auto-Start-Stop “feature” sounds totally absurd. Glad you can turn it off. Also, you probably already know this, in the future when you change the plugs on the B.U. you will find each of the present dayplug has it’s own condenser unlike in the “olden ” days when there was only one condenser per engine. Since we both seem to like old cars you might understand this: Some years ago I did flight training to get my private pilot license and the process can get a little intense sometimes. What surprised me was that every time I would climb into an old Cessna or Piper they all smelled inside like an old Buick and I immediately felt at home and more at ease.
        Bob

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        • That’s awesome! That old-car smell is just as distinctive as a new-car smell, but far more comforting. My ’53 Chevy still smells like old-car even though it’s currently stripped of all upholstery. The smell must be right in the steel itself, or maybe in the rubber window seals. 😉

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  14. Riding the Blue Unicorn sounds like a massive dildo. Which could be kinky or merely erotic.

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    • LOL! True; it does sound distinctly phallic. Speaking of which, Hubby has been threatening to fasten a big pointy horn on the front of the Escape. It would be fun to do, but it might have an adverse effect on our liability insurance.

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  15. To me, the Blue Unicorn is saying, “This double vision is killing me! I’m ‘way too new and cute to need bifocals!” But that’s just me. 🙂

    The Ford Mustang looks like it has catfish lips. Seems to be saying, “Duh, okee-dokee…” I’m thinking mouth-breather here.

    The rest you pretty much nailed. Congratulations on getting past the car-buying ordeal. That’s huge.

    Is all the moving, er, extravaganza, yeah, we’ll go with that, uh, is the move kinda settling down into something a bit more manageable?

    We’ve moved enough to have learned to avoid becoming pack rats. And we’ll do it again in a few years when we retire. That helps to keep it all in perspective. After that, though, it’s GAME ON, BABY!!

    Then the kids get to sort it out! That’ll lean ’em! 🙂

    Oh, and don’t step in that pile of extravaganza…

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    • “Catfish lips” – good one! And the, um… extravaganza is in a temporary hiatus – there was mass panic and chaos while we rushed to prep both our Calgary house and our little acreage for sale, but now that they’re both listed, the waiting begins. And waiting… And waiting… No, we’re not anxious, why do you ask? 😉

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