Closer to a new car?

It’s one step closer to happening! Getting a new car based on a trade in might actually happen. It hasn’t passed the House yet (much less the Senate) but the leadership of both parties agree on doing it.
From House Reaches a Deal on ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Program:

Under the House plan, a car trade-in that improves fuel efficiency by at least 10 miles per gallon would qualify for a $4,500 voucher, as would the trade-in of a small truck that improves efficiency by 5 miles per gallon. The new vehicle must have a minimum fuel efficiency rating of 22 miles per gallon for cars and 18 miles per gallon for small trucks.

A new car?

Maybe I can finally buy a new car?:

The Schumer-Israel approach would provide vouchers worth up to $4,000 to drivers who turn in an older car that gets 18 miles per gallon or worse and buys a new or used car that exceeds the corporate average fuel economy for vehicles in its class by 25 percent. Taken together, these two requirements guarantee considerable oil savings and significant reductions in carbon dioxide.


It was a great Thanksgiving but I’m afraid I’m suffering from a turkey induced daze today. I really just want to go take a nap. Every year, I’m reminded how silly it is for most businesses (non-retail) to be open on the Friday after Thanksgiving. It’s probably the most unproductive day of the year.
Seriously, I need to organize my vacation time better. Switching jobs left me with two vacation days for the rest of the year. On balance, it’s pretty cool that I’m getting vacation time. I’m using those two days for pre-New Years: Fri (12/28) and Monday (12/31) so I can’t take today off.