It’s a slow start to the week in terms of Saab-related news. There IS a new rear-end photo of the 9-5 below, but whilst the photo is new, there’s nothing new in it.
So a few bits ‘n’ pieces.
I was encouraged by one reader to dabble into the world of podcasting. Whilst the feedback is appreciated (and please, feel free to email or comment any of your thoughts) I think I need to look into a way to make podcasting worthwhile. Take a listen to Autoblog’s latest podcast. I’ll give you $10 if you can stay awake for the whole podcast. In fact, I’ll give you $5 just for making it through the Volvo ad at the start!!
Podcasting certainly has its place, but I don’t want to go down that road unless I can find a formula that’s going to work. Autoblog, I’ll give you a tip – less than 3 minutes, tops, and don’t let anyone say “you know?” unless its part of an actual sentence. You know?
As for a troll-podcast? Stay tuned.
Some of you may know that I play in a band. I’ve been playing in various bands since I was 16 or so. I remember waaaaaay back in high school, our school chaplain asked us to play for a lunchtime presentation that was being given by this ex-convict that had become a Christian and was coming out to speak to us kids. What would we play? Well, being a bunch of young Aussie headbangers, we had to go with AC/DC’s “Jailbreak”. He loved it.
Why am I writing this? A friend of mine was released from prison this morning after around two years inside. He made a pretty stupid decision and took some money from his employer. No-one missed a meal over the stolen funds and no-one was hurt except Russ and his family (and no, I’m not trying to excuse what he did. It’s just a fact, people go inside for things a lot worse than what he did).
Welcome back Russ. You’ve done your time.
A little more thought on design. I’ve never been a big fan of the ng900 or early 9-3, but I saw a ng900 recently that restored my faith in the model. What was the difference?
Slap some decent wheels on these babies and they can actually start to look OK. I’ll try and get a photo of the one I’ve seen recently. It’s parked in a used car yard just up the street from my office and I walk past it every morning.
Prior to seeing this particular car, the only variants that I was mildly interested were the 9-3 Aero or the very rare Monte Carlo. Other than these two, the shape just never grabbed me too much. It just looked a bit too squat, a little narrow across the shoulders. Maybe all it needed was some lowered springs and some decent rims.
And a memorable interior. All of the 900/9-3s I’ve seen (except the Monte Carlo) are either dove grey or beige on the inside. I don’t know if it’s a 30-something behaviour, but I seem to hark back to more interesting interior setups like the rusty-burgundy coloured interior on the rose quartz 900. Or the green interior in my marble white 99 Turbo. Sorry, but when I try to visualise a memorable driving environment, dove grey really doesn’t cut it.
Photos of nicely set up ng900s and early 9-3’s are always welcome.