New Job, New Car

I've started my new position doing HP-UX systems engineering for a large defense contract.  Normally I shy away from government contracting as it tends to be more politics and less work.  But in this case, I'm really enjoying the position.  The people are great and there actually is plenty of interesting technical work to do.  My background is more with Solaris and Linux so it's great to have an opportunity to get up to speed on HP-UX.  I have used HP UNIX in the past, but it's been a few years and I've never worked in an exclusively HP shop.

In other news, I bought a new car.  I had been driving a 1990 Lincoln Town Car, but alas I was driving over to pick up a friend a week ago Saturday, April 26, and a woman driving a PT Cruiser crashed into me and destroyed it.  That made me sad.  I was thinking of picking up another $500 car on craigslist, but instead I decided to take the plunge and get a car loan.

I have avoided driving new cars for the past number of years, as I got stuck with a high interest new car loan back in 1998 that was an albatross for five years.  This time I was a bit savvier and so far am very happy with my decsision.  I'm now driving a new 2008 Hyundai Sonata Limited.  The 2009 cars were available but much better deals were to be had on the 2008 cars and the difference between the two model years was not sufficient to matter to me.

It's been a long time since I've had a new car and I'm enjoying it.  I went with the 6 cylinder engine which is quite sporty.  Much sportier than what I really need, but I didn't want an underpowered car.  Although my gas mileage won't be as fantastic as it would have been with the 4 cylinder, it's still a big improvement over the Lincoln.