Robert Aitchisons Home Page Has Moved
As of 01-01-2005 there is an all new home page at http://robert.aitchison.org.
Please update your bookmarks.
This is the old page, it remains for historical purposes only.
NEW! (1-31-2004) Here's an interesting development
Last week I got into an accident in the Focus, the damage did not appear too bad but unfortunately the Focus has been totaled.
I just bought it's replacement, a new 2004 Mazda3 5 Door. This car is amazing, it's everything the Focus should have been (and was before Ford of North America "cheapened" it for the US market). It's based on the C1 platform, which is shared by the Mazda3, the 2005 Volvo S40/V50, the European only Focus C-MAX Small minivan and the non-North American 2005 Focus. The Focus in the US is staying witht he older, still decent C170 platform. Apparently Ford of NA in it's infinite lack of wisdom has decided that the C170 is "good enough" for ingorant Americans and as the rest of the world gets the 2nd generation C1 based Focus we will be getting the same old Focus with a new (ugly IMO) frunt fascia, a new dashboard (also ugly IMO). It appears to me that Ford of North America has completely given up on the youth market, they have restyled the Focus to make it appeal to the over 50 crowd and will be severely regretting it in about 10-20 years when most of their customers are dead of old age. in any case I'm ranting here...
I bought the 3 from the same dealer we bought the MPV from (Galpin Mazda) and the same salesperson (Philip Policarpio). Buying the MPV was easy but this was even easier, I cannot stress strongly enough to anyone in range of Southern California looking to buy a Mazda, Ford, Volvo, Jaguar, Mercury, Lincoln, Saturn or Aston Martin that you would be well served to call Philip at 818-742-3800
Without further adieu (little late I know), here is the 3 for your viewing pleasure
Hopefully soon I will replace the Focus page with a new "Mazda3" page. Yeah I'm sure I will get to that really quick. :-).
(10-13-2003) We are having a grocery store strike, I have another article by a proud father.
NEW! (10-01-2003) One of these days I will actually have the time up rework he site. One of the things I hope to add is a place for me to post articles and other witting of mine. Everyone who knows me knows how opinionated I am. A BLOG is probably the best format for the new site but I haven't found any packages I like and haven't ha a lot of time to look.
Below is one of my recent writings, to give you an idea for what I'm talking about.
(3-12-2003) Some news, last weekend Tove and I celebrated our 10th Wedding anniversary. We stayed at the Hotel Queen Mary and took a day trip to Catalina Island as well.
In other news, I got a TiVo about a week ago and I'm amazed at this thing. I've essentially stopped watching live TV altogether.
This thing will record what I want, no matter what time of the day or night it's on. If I want Office Space, but it's on at 10:00 a.m. when I'm at work, no problem, if I want to record all my favorite weekend shows but will be out of town for the weekend also no problem.
There are shows & movies I haven't seen in years that I never would see because they are on in the middle of the night or day but I get to see them.
I'm no longer a slave to a TV schedule that conflicts with my personal life, I watch what I want, when I want to watch it. If I want to go out to dinner on Monday night I don't have to worry about missing an episode of Stargate SG-1
On top of this the TiVo is learning the kinds of shows I like and recording them for me, so when I come home on an average day I see 2 shows that I told TiVo to record and 3 more that TiVo recorded on it's own, usually at least 1 of these 3 I actually will like and it's getting better at guessing the more I use it.
One downside, there's ALWAYS something good on TV now, I could sit on my ass from the time I got home from work until I went to bed and never run out of stuff to watch. Office Space will probably have to wait a week or so before I get around to watching it.
I knew this thing would be cool but honestly I had no idea how cool it would be or I would have got it a long time ago.
(2-26-2003) Well it's been a long while since I updated the site, this primarily since I've been very busy plus I've grown to hate the current site layout. I have ideas in my head for an all new (3.0) version but I need the time and energy to make it happen. All I can say is that if you check back every so often there might be something new here, and it ay not suck.
I've removed the banner at the bottom of the page since it's no longer relevant.
Oh yeah, I'm 33 as of yesterday, I had a fairly sucky birthday though.
(8-27-2002) Summer is winding down and we are gearing up for a new year for Cub Scouts. David is moving to a new school for Third Grade.
(6-18-2002) I removed the 2 webrings and added a banner at the bottom where the old Millenium countdown used to be.
(4-30-2002) Apparently I've been under a rock for a while and didn't notice that Fox in their infinite lack of wisdom has decided to cancel Futurama. There is a campaign to save Futurama including a petition to sign and contact information for the musheads at Fox.
(4-16-2002) Well it's been a while since I updated. For some news, I started a new job, the good part is that it's a good job, the bad part is that I have to commute to Downtown L.A.
Cub Scouts is taking up more of my time as well. As always my car take up my time and energy.
Finally, I took some REALLY old stuff off this page and moved it to the history page.
(1-2-2002) I reset the web counter after a little over 2 years. Of course I preserved the old counter image for posterity.
Hits between 12-13-1999 and 1-2-2002
Finally, I promised a while ago pictures of the new MPV and finally I have delivered, for your viewing pleasure.
Remember this is Pearl Harbor day, in fact the 60th anniversary of that terrible day.
(12-05-2001) Some new news, I have become a member of a brand new car club called Team Slow, there are actually some quite fast cars in Team Slow (mine not being one of them), the name is designed to poke fun at all the car "crews" who have "speed", "velocty" or "racing" in their name. This is a nationwide (soon to be worldwide) club open to all types of cars and their drivers.
I will probably be resetting the web counter soon, on the 13th it will be 2 years old, seems like it's time.
(10-16-2001) I made some changes to the webring, it is no longer owned by Yahoo!.
One thing I haven't been talking about is the fact that David has recently become a Cub Scout. I have been getting involved too. So far it is a lot of fun for both of us. I may add a Scouting page to the site in the future.
(10-04-2001) I made the first update to the Opinions page in nearly a year, anybody care to know my opinion on AMD processors?
(9-13-2001) My deepest condolences go out to the victims of the terrorist attacks and their families. 09-11-2001, the new day of infamy.
Yet even amidst the destruction there is hope and procurances.