Heather and I skipped work last Friday. We went skiing at SolVista. It’s a family ski area that’s not the closest to Denver, but still within easy driving distance of our home in the suburbs.
We had a great time. The slopes are gentle and smooth. Ben and I loved cruising down one slope as fast as we could — repeatedly. And it’s uncrowded, so we had no fears of any life-threatening accidents.
Rachel, our youngest, did fine, even though she hasn’t been skiing very much. She was able to drift through the trees and navigating a fun course for kids that included skiing through a small “barn.” Jay, our oldest and most adventurous son, had fun doing several stunts in the terrain park.
I know a lot of hard-core skiers and snowboarders would turn their nose up at SolVista, but we loved it. If you’re ever in Colorado and want to have some family skiing fun, SolVista’s the place.
And a final footnote — so you can tell this is not a sponsored post — if you have the cash for a ski condo, the company that runs the resort way overbuilt, so you can get one for a relative steal.
Super high-performance and green? As you think about your next luxury sedan, you may be thinking about buying a Fisker Karma.
I say that fully kidding — I know that none of my readers are thinking about buying a Fisker Karma.
Anyhow, I read with interest a Car & Driver magazine review of the new Fisker Karma. Think of it as a much faster Chevrolet Volt with a super beautiful body.
The gas engine powers a generator that charges an electric motor that moves the wheels. So it can run only on electric power for about 25 miles.
Why am I comparing the $116,000 Karma to a $44,000 BMW 335d? Here are several reasons:
1. Performance? The BMW is faster than the Karma… BMW = 0–60 miles per hour in 5.3 seconds. The Fisker does 6.1 seconds.
2. Interior room? Similar.
3. Quality of materials, fit and finish? Similar.
4. Fuel economy? BMW wins… 27 miles per gallon vs. the Fisker’s 24.
5. Green? Disposing of all those lithium-ion batteries when they fail to hold a charge anymore will be a nightmare. And diesel is more dirty than gas in some measures but cleaner in others.
The Fisker is a clear winner in the distinctiveness realm. You won’t see another on your block, guaranteed — no matter where you live. But for everything else, the BMW wins.
A final note: the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid is definitely a closer vehicle to compare. It costs a closer $95,000, does 0–60 in 5.7 seconds and gets 25 mpg.
Photos are courtesy of the Fisker and BMW websites.
This is a guest post by my brother Bill. I also lived under that anti-commercials paradigm — so it’s ironic that my work involves marketing and advertising. But I do use the remote to mute commercials, the vast majority of the time.
Growing up in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, we kids knew there was a condition in our home for watching TV. Our dad had a firm rule that the commercials had to be turned down! As this was before the invention of remote control devices and “Mute” buttons, it involved jumping up from your seat as soon as a commercial break started, running to the TV set and turning the volume knob counterclockwise all the way. Then the whole process would be repeated in reverse once the show was back on. He did this because he wanted to spare us (and the adults) from the experience of having commercial jingles running in our heads (or humming them around the house). In those days, most commercials contained a jingle (song) written specifically for the product, and they were indeed quite catchy. A few must have snuck through from those infrequent times when commercials weren’t turned down — to this day, I can sing you the opening bars of “Wouldn’t you really rather have a Buick?” or “Winston tastes good, like a cigarette should.” (Yes, cigarette commercials were allowed on TV for part of that time.)
Thinking about all of this made me wonder when exactly jingles went away, as they are very rare now. A television viewer from that era would be put off by what we see today … commercials now to involve a lot of action/motion and quick cuts. (I could do with fewer quick cuts, myself.)
Photo is a modified version of a Flikr photo by theterrifictc.