Be Kind Rewind

You know, that movie about that guy who has a video store that still rents videos and they all get erased because Jack Black’s character, in a delusional fit of paranoia, attacks his local electrical substation to stop its mind-control rays from invading his trailer every night when he goes to sleep?  It’s out as of yesterday.  If you like 90-second Levi’s commercials, some of The Chemical Brothers’ finer videos, and/or those Gap commercials from about eight years ago, you will most certainly get a kick out of Be Kind Rewind.  Just convince yourself to let go of the occasional continuity or logical flaw and it’s probably one of the more enjoyable (if not fantastic) movies that’s come out in the last 12 months.

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Harrisburg Car Shopping: Faulkner Toyota

Day three of my 2008 Car Buying Adventure ™.  Today I went to my second Toyota and Honda dealerships to see if I could get any better deals.  Remember, by this point I’ve pretty much narrowed my choice down to the Honda Civic, Scion xD, or Honda Fit.  The Nissan Versa has been knocked out of the running due to its overall lackluster performance as well as the conduct of the rep at Faulkner Nissan.

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Harrisburg Car Shopping: Faulkner Nissan / Harrisburg Toyota

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m retiring my 2003 Honda Element EX. It has been a bullet-proof tank / snowmobile of a car that I’m really going to miss. But between getting a lower monthly payment and a 63% increase in fuel efficiency, the lure of a new car has finally gotten to me. Yesterday, I saw Faulkner Honda about a Fit Sport and Civic LX. Here are my Day #2 experiences at Faulkner Nissan (Versa 1.8 S) and Harrisburg Toyota (Scion xD).

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Harrisburg Car Shopping: Faulkner Honda

The time has come to retire the Element.  After 105,000 miles and four years of getting me through hell and back, the Element’s final gift to me was the retention of over 50% of its resale value despite being five model years old.  With Honda and Nissan running 2.9% and 3.9% financing through this weekend, I decided that the time was right to slip into something a little more fuel efficient.  I checked out the Honda Fit, Honda Civic, Nissan Versa, and Scion xD.  This post isn’t about the cars themselves, but about the local dealerships that I dealt with.

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Hollywood Casino, PA

Over the last few years, land and home prices in East Hanover Township have skyrocketed — especially parcels around the casino.  I distinctly remember seeing the small, barren lot that I considered buying back in 2004 for $10k sell at auction for well over $200k last summer.  Not only that, but area businesses are either rebuilding or being demolished to make way for something bigger.  What was once pretty much the middle of nowhere has now become the potential to completely rebuild the area.

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