Cooler day, still warm, but not overly hot and no rain.
But my walk was a bit distracted by this little guy:
He was abnormally tame, and didn’t run off when I approached and seemed happy to look at me and even lay down. One of the residents told me they sometimes fed him. Probably wasn’t a good idea since he now sees humans as a food source.
As you probably are aware, I now own a Yaris. And today, I got surprised when Toyota UK on Twitter linked in a tribute to their Corolla AE86 on their Twitter feed, namely the Corolla GT86, although disappointingly, there was no Eurobeat on the trailer.
For those of you who don’t know, the AE86 is the car used by Fujiwara Takumi in the Initial D anime series, a young man doing early morning tofu deliveries down a winding mountain pass, learning how to drift as he went, and minimising the jerky movements of the car, since tofu is an extremely fragile food.
Toyota made reference to this also in my Yaris by adding an app to the car called “A Glass of Water” which simulates having a glass of water in the car, and when you finish your journey, it tells you how much water you would have spilt had you had a real glass of water in your car.
Takumi’s father used this same technique while training him. Putting a glass of water in his cup holder and Takumi would try to minimise the amount of spillage during his delivery run.
I am impressed how Toyota have been embracing the references to their cars in the anime, and when I mentioned this on my office’s slack, surprisingly some people also got the reference ^_^
Warm day with a few heavy downpours of rain. Still managed to get a walk done, and realised this postbox I’ve been walking past for years, doesn’t have the “EIIR” logo on it, but has a “GVIR” logo instead.
Which I _believe_ means it’s a box erected during George VI’s reign (the EIIR stands for Elizabeth II, Regina (queen), and the GVIR stands for George VI, Rex (king)).
If so, this box was erected between 1936-1952, meaning it’s at least 68 years old.
Picked up my new Toyota Yaris Hybrid today. Had to spend about 30 minutes on hold while waiting for verify myself for the 3-day driveaway insurance.
I now need to finalise my own insurance to cover myself from Saturday.
My dad and I drove up to Toyota in the hire car so I could drive back in the new car.
We spotted some chips in the paintwork which we could not resolve while we were due to it raining (any painting we would do would be ruined by the rain). Toyota gave us some paint and lacquer to do it ourselves when the rain stops.
Drove back in the new car. First time I’ve properly driven an automatic. I previously drove an automatic for a colleague to help her park, so it wasn’t a “proper” drive.
My dad also used to have an automatic (VW Touran), but again, didn’t drive that “properly”
The brakes on the Yaris were REALLY sensitive. Just a tap brought the car to near stationary. On my old Skoda I had to push the brake pedal to about half way before it started braking.
Car has bluetooth so managed to pair it with my phone. Haven’t tested the music playing over bluetooth yet.
Also, Toyota gave me a plushie as thank you for buying a car