Ahhhh. It feels good to be back.
As you may know, or could probably guess, I took a little break from posting, moderating, and just cultivating content in general for Chitown Subarus. I came to a point where I realized that I was over worked, too stressed out, and needed to get some priorities in my life straightened out. So I put blogging on the shelf for a little bit, and focused on doing just that. It's been a busy 7 months or so for me, without a doubt, so let me take a moment to get you caught up to speed.
For starters, I realized that I needed a new job - badly. The time that I used to spend writing article after article quickly became time I spent searching and interviewing for a new one. I'm happy to say that I landed one that is closer to home, pays me better, is less stressful, and overall, a slam dunk. Add in a extra bucks for the car fund, and let me tell you, it's one of the best decision's I've made in a while. I now have a little more financial freedom to do some new things, and I'm excited about that (more coming on that in just a moment). I've also been spending some time with a new girl who has also been taking up my time (in a good way). I met Helen the day just before the motor in my car decided to go belly up, and to be honest, our first date was actually the day that I was scheduled to have my first track day. It's funny how sometimes in life, the best things that happen to you end up being the things that never happened. Life works in mysterious ways, and even through all the bad, sometimes something good can come out of it. Now I'm not saying that I'd go through the entire endeavor of blowing up a motor again to find romance, but it has helped take some of the sting out of it.
And speaking about blown up cars, I guess it's time to address the elephant in the room. While I know have the financial means to get my Subaru running again, the reality is that I still don't know if I want to or not. And while I've gone back and forth on a host of different options, nothing has really changed on that front, or has made enough of an impact to have me definitively say "this is what I'm doing". So with that in mind, I've decided the only way to settle this is to actually drive some cars. This year I'm going on a car-Rumspringa and driving anything and everything that interests me using Turo. If you're new to Turo, know that it's essentially the AirBnB of cars, and it's been around for a few years. You book the car you want, and when you want it, and it's yours to drive and use. Turo allows you to drive cars that you might not be able to drive otherwise, and usually for a cheaper rate too than a standard rental car agency.
My plan for this summer is to rent cars out that interest me, and log a few hundred miles with each one of them as I travel down various entertaining roads on long weekend road trips. I'll try to never visit the same place twice, but I also want to be able to get a feel for what each car can bring to the table. Helen will be coming along for the ride too, and I will document our route, take some pictures, and offer my honest opinion of each car that I drive.
I am not a car journalist, nor am I sponsored by Turo in anyway. This is just me having fun and blogging about my travels as I go along with it. I am calling this whole en devour the Turo Tour, which is about the most creative name that I could come up with. The Tour is set to begin at the end of this month (weather permitting - be gone already snow), and I've already booked my car for our first trip. It's a surprise, but I'll give you a hint - it's rolls around on a 4-lug wheel. I'm excited to get this underway and share my experiences with you!