Tag Archives: Kia Soul

New Car – 2019 Subaru Crosstrek


I purchased a new car last week, a Subaru Crosstrek. I got the “Premium” trim which is the middle of the road level. I opted for the “Eyesight safety system” that uses a stereo camera mounted close to visor and nag me when I go over the strips or median line and will stop the car if a collision is imminent. It also has all wheel drive. Other than that it is pretty basic, no power seats, or push button start. It does have seat warmers though.


Buying it was grueling and took a long time. I test drove the top of the line “Limited” version and they told me that had five of the premium’s available. When it come time to start talking specifics, it turns out that none of the five were available. I laughed to myself. Car dealers are all the same I said to myself. So I told them. Well that is too bad, give me a call you get some in. On the way home I called Heather and told her what happened and predicted that I would get a call within two hours about the miracle of miracles, they actually did have a car I wanted. So we went back and got the deal closed. I was not upset about the miracle of miracles. Life is a game right, and I enjoy my role in the game!!


My old car, the Kia Soul, served me well. Incredible at parking, and 100,000 miles and I all had done was maintenance, new tires and a battery. It was rough riding though, and noisy on the freeway. I drove 65 mph in 75 mph just so I could hear myself think.

Mostly Wordless Wednesday – AppMania Edition

Logan mowing and Matter App

A benefit of having a bad knee. Logan mowing and me using my Matter App to embellish things a bit. Logan does a great job mowing but he did it Frank Sinatra style (his way). So we ended up with crop circles on our yard. I’m not complaining though.

White Tail Deer at Oxley

A white tail deer giving me the stink eye at Oxley Nature Center.

Heather's Knockout Roses - Analogue App

Heather’s knockout roses using the Waterlogue App on my ipod.

Heather's Knockout Roses

Knockout roses using the ToonCamera App on my ipod. I love to tinker with photos a lot.

A Soul at 60,000 miles

Speaking of Apps I’m liking Hipstamatic’s update. And continuing with red All is Well With My Soul. at 60,000 miles!

Pondering on Upselling

Upselling (sometimes “up-selling“) is a sales technique whereby a seller induces the customer to purchase more expensive items, upgrades, or other add-ons in an attempt to make a more profitable sale. Upselling usually involves marketing more profitable services or products but can be simply exposing the customer to other options that were perhaps not considered. Upselling implies selling something that is more profitable or otherwise preferable for the seller instead of, or in addition to,[1] the original sale.


A sales strategy where the seller will provide opportunities to purchase related products or services, often for the sole purpose of making a larger sale.

Read more: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/upselling.html#ixzz3DXMcfofi


“…to try to persuade a customer to buy a more expensive item or to buy a related additional product at a discount.” (from dictionary.com)


I got to thinking. In the three years I have owned my little Kia Soul, nobody has tried to “Upsell” me on anything. Some of my coworkers are actually embarrassed for me. Almost all of the kids at my son’s high school drive bigger and faster cars than me.

When I take it to the car wash though I get charged extra because it is a “plus sized SUV.” I love that car wash! What salesmanship!!!

I guess that I am a lot more glad than sad about that. I don’t miss it.

What about you? You want to supersize those fries?