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Today I Picked Up The Volvo XC60 I Ordered Through Their ‘Care By Volvo’ Program; It Is At Best ‘OK’, Nothing To Write Home About.

by Anura Guruge


It, despite what Volvo claims, DOES NOT come with Navigation. Volvo LIES. I am kind of surprised.


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So, we picked up the Volvo XC60, we are ‘leasing’ via the ‘Volvo Care‘ program from ‘Lovering Volvo’ in Concord (NH) this afternoon.

The paperwork process was painless. Basically just had to pay them $701 by credit card. I can manage that. ‘Lovering Volvo’ tries to be helpful.

I am not, at present, that thrilled or impressed with the XC60. It goes. It is BORING as hell. Frigid. (SMILE)

That it does NOT come with Navigation irks I. The salesman & two folks at Volvo told me to just use Google Maps. Well, Google Maps does NOT (for crying out bloody loud) display on the dashboard. It would appear that these folks have never got in and driven a bloody XC60. Never mind. C’est la vie. I have better things to worry about than a boring, bloody car. SMILE.

It goes. Acceleration isn’t bad. Radio — which I think is the basic — is flaccid. I have to crank it up to max. to hear it. Well, I am old, but not totally deaf yet. The radios in my other cars seem to have enough oomph.

Well, that is just my first impressions.

Oh. It doesn’t come with a bloody compass either. Do you get the impression I am not too amused or impressed. SMILE. C’est la vie.


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The Jaguar XJS V-12 (1989) Transported To Storage In Laconia For At Least A Year.

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Had to make room for the Volvo. We only have room in the garage & driveway for so many cars — for now 6. The Volvo would be seven. Don’t want to start parking cars in the yard. So, at least one had to go into storage. Had thought about putting BOTH Jags in storage BUT had trouble finding a place for one let alone two. So, decided to store the XJS. The XJ8 will get moved to the driveway with a fancy cover. But, I plan to continue driving the XJ8 when the weather is good. Since the Volvo is leased, & as such does carry a mileage allocation, having the XJ8 around will help.

Hoping that the Volvo XC60 will get delivered next week.


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I Ordered A Volvo XC60 Through Their New, All-Inclusive Subscription Program, ‘Care By Volvo’.

by Anura Guruge


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This very well could become the new way of car ownership for the likes of I.

I was going to LEASE a car in the first place; originally a ‘Genesis G70‘ before I worked out that with ‘Rowen‘, who will grow to be at least 130lbs, I am going to need something with a large backend.

Leasing works out for me. I have leased cars going back 30-years. That I have nothing to show for all my payments after 3-years really does not bother I. Why? Because I understand what I am getting into. Yes, of course, I can afford to buy a car outright or finance it. But, with financing I have to put ‘more’ money down. Well, as some of you have worked out, I am an investment addict — especially when it comes to stock option trading. Basically, in my case, I can make enough to pay for a lease by keeping the money invested. Hence, the attraction. Anybody seriously into investing, & especially option trading, will understand.

The mileage allowance USUALLY works out, BUT if I have to pay for extra mileage, so be it in that it would be no different to I renting a car from Enterprise for a trip. Given that my car can sit idle, unused, for 10-days, if not more, at a time has to help. I definitely don’t drive everyday. Haven’t for over two decades. I do my 8- to 9-miles of WALKING EVERY DAY, but other than that don’t go out much. SMILE. So, it should work out.

So, I was looking at leasing & had already started the numbers for a traditional 3-year, 1,000-miles/month lease & was talking, regularly, to the very congenial, courteous & ultra-competent General Manager at ‘Lovering Volvo Cars‘ in Concord (NH). Then, today’s Social Media Targeted Advertising kicked-in. I got a ‘Care by Volvo’ ad. on my Facebook Timeline. I read it & was intrigued.

I loved the convenience. I pay for convenience.

The 4-month opt-out option was compelling. I haven’t owned a Volvo in 20-years. I haven’t owned a new car in a LONG TIME. I drive old Jags — one of which does NOT even have cup holders. I have not owned a car with GPS maps, cameras, Bluetooth, blind-spot detection etc. Yes, of course, I have rented plenty. But, that is NOT the same as owning one. So, this will give me a chance to see what I like, what works for I & what others rave about.

Lovering was happy for me to order online as long as I specified them as the dealer. That is what ‘we’ did this evening — ‘we’ in that Teischan double-checked the order to make sure I hadn’t screwed up. It is going to be our car; car for Rowen, her & I. SMILE. Things I do for dogs. Yes, it will be their second car.

Well, I will keep you posted.


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“Paddington 2” Movie (2018) — Best Of British Whimsicality Epitomized.

by Anura Guruge




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Of course it did not disappoint. That would have been impossible. This is an immaculately crafted movie — as you would expect.

It is exactly what a family movie of this genre is meant to be: sloppily sentimental, clever, funny, cute, dramatic in parts and captivating at multiple levels.

To use a good ol’ British expression very much in keeping with this movie — it warms the cockles of your heart.

Enjoyed it very much — though it brought tears to my eyes a couple of times.

Yes, it is a movie about a very intelligent, talking bear. So, one cannot be too fussy about inconsistencies in ‘reality’. Based on the very tall skyscraper, the contemporary Volvo and police cars, the story would appear to be set in the 21st century (early 21st century may be it) — but there are a lot of telephone booths and no cell phones. All adds to the charm.

Of course, I recommend it highly. Can’t wait to see it again. Have seen the first ‘Paddington‘ twice. So, this won’t be any different.

I only have one criticism and that might have to do with the projection equipment at the Portsmouth (NH) Cinemagic. While the color of spot-on and vivid in all close-ups, it looked washed out and foggy in the wide-angle shots. It was OK. It was just that the colors did not pop. Looked like it was in low-resolution, but w know that that was not the case.

So, having been foiled on Friday, by a leaky roof at the ‘Regal Concord 10‘, from seeing it on opening night, we went to Portsmouth to see it on Sunday — at the Cinemagic. That is a much nicer cinema — despite my concerns about the color.




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