米妮库珀


今天这是本人第五次路考。
第一二次在日本。跟玩似的(第一次那次是出门就闯了个红灯,~o~)。拿了驾照其实也不开,开的好不好其实也没啥大碍。
第一次在米国考,也没有重视,上来就Speeding,然后Stop Sign后又急吼吼的打转弯,不顾来往车流,考官不得不拉了手刹。Fail的很轻松。
第二次本来不打算考要取消,结果遇到该死的系统不work没取消成。于是匆匆练了练简单技能,没有练平趴。
天意弄人,遇到同一个考官,走了完全一样的项目,考点都一样,直到他说,平趴到那车后面。
我没有傻眼,虽然我从来没趴过,也不知道理论上该咋趴。
第一次尝试碰到curb,倒车出去从新来过。
其实,到此为止,还没有fail.
但是我犯了个致命的错误,就是,平趴这事not apply “从哪里跌倒从哪里爬起”的箴言,不把车完全开出去,从头来过,还是S路一条。
这是常识,所以我觉得Fail的也算心服。
于是我因为不会平趴,和另一个莫须有的罪名-转方向盘时不会交叉手势!(BS!  在日本的教官都不允许交叉),反正又被飞了一次。
好在还有国际驾照可用,暂时不用稀罕,所以,俺take it easy, 无忧无虑的过了一个冬天,等待春暖花开。

结果呢,夏花都开了好几茬,我才感觉的到紧迫性了。5月的一天想该再预约考试了。
一约才知,比去年难约,都到7月了。
现在的驾照8月过期,如果这次再飞,那好像没啥余地考下一次了。
咋办?唯有放下杂念,全力以赴,背水一战。
口号很响亮,行动很稀少。7月呼的来临了。

车没好好练,不说,临要带mini去路考前,mini破相了!
这是7天前,出门比较晚,10点多了。楼下停了一辆巨大的搬家车。我犹疑了一下还看了通路,却没有太多思考。
很小心很小心的左转出车库,怕碰别人的车,所以,左边没有留很多余地,貌似一切顺利,直到,轮子上方的塑料护壳蹭到了墙。
其实,现在再想,就此开出去反而好,塑料的东西蹭花我也不心疼。
但是当时,只想着调整车位。结果越调越错。最后彻底不知该怎么办了。后来是在邻居的指引下,我象机器人般把车开出去了的。

mini的伤其实有好几处,经过几天才发现全(因为我很O)。所以接下来的几天不是慢慢走出阴影,而是慢慢的被阴影笼罩住了。
本打算周末去body shop补补色,结果车行老板住院ing,干不了活。
而时间就是可以治愈一切伤痛的,划花的地方我也可以不在意了。
实事证明,教训是经验之母。这次小事故很大程度上成就今天的PASS,这是后话。

从昨天我就开始进入备战状态。具体表现为烦躁,不安,忧心忡忡。
然后,今天起了个大早。笃定的来到RMV.这里的景观一年四季都很闹忙。
可能是天气热得原因,人很多可感觉不如去年那么多了。来这办事等待时间通常是30分到几个小时。
路考是事先预约好的,所以不用等,这个不错。
在等待签到的地方,飞我两次的考官悲催得出现了!
在我前面排队的她的两个sponsor说这个A**HOLE的坏话,,我的sponsor也忍不住说,嗯就是他Fail了我们两次。
他们安慰了我。其实我倒希望今天还是他,因为他身板小,其他大个些的坐mini可能不太舒服。
进office的时候,这个前面的mm让我先进去了,这样我遇到老考官的几率几乎到了100%。
不过我就不信这个邪,咱今天要靠真本事和他拼了。

最后,竟然是为我签到的黑人gg陪我路考。感觉不象白gg那么冷冰冰的。于是我的心…热了一节。
开场很顺利。
倒车也很溜。
开入小路,我就开始琢磨他啥时让我平趴。。。
没想到前面遇到了一个巨大的车,通道勉强可以通过mini吧。我停在前面的车后,此时,考官说开过去。我甚至听见我可亲可爱的sponsor哀鸣了一声。
我把车倒了到,调整了一下车位。12分注意靠近自己的这边。因为在日本开右驾,我至今还是自己对车体的左侧感觉好,这也是为啥左边不爱留太多余地的缘故。
吸取一周前的教训给自己侧留了3厘米的空隙,右侧,就教给党交给毛主席了。
我就不信考官会眼睁睁的看我撞别人的车。
在把车慢慢移出通道时,我的腿在发抖。TSSD!

开出不多久遇到停在路边的一辆非名牌车,考官让我平趴。
趴了人生第一次漂亮的平趴。
得意着呢,考官又说来个three point turn.
这个我挺拿手的结果搞了5 point turn才把车掉头出去。对于开小车的来说,其实是很糗的。

接下来的几个Stop sign都稳稳当当的过了。开回场地,考官给总结了下今天的表现。
一个总也改不了的老毛病right turn too wide他也发现了。这是开右驾的后遗症。
考官客观的说,你开的足够好了,但是这些地方还要有意识的改进。 How nice~~~!

于是我过了!!!

尝过失败后成功的喜悦也总是更甘甜的。

我又征服了一个路考。

经过一个冬天诸如大雪暴雨等恶劣天气的磨练,春暖花开后偶终于不那么讨厌开车了。
在和暖的阳光下,打开moon roof, 穿过微风轻拂的树林,真是一件惬意的事。
大清早如此享受有些太奢侈了,偶尔为之,通常还是会走高速,雄赳赳气昂昂的一路踩着油门好像冲锋陷阵。
也因此,到公司都不用warm up, 直接开始新一天
高效的战斗。

开的稍微随心所欲后,渐渐得也敢东张西望了。于是拾零了一些温馨时刻。

温馨1
去年在公司附近一个路口等左转,前面来了一辆红色mini, 司机经过时竟然和我挥了挥手。哗,顿感家族的温暖。
无独有偶,后来又在相似时间,遇到同一辆车,司机也如同上次一样的WAVE, 我会心的笑了。

插播 : iphone有个app, 可在行驶中给自动给附近的mini(的iphone,如果也装了该app的话)发 wave。于是我也把拖欠的wave都发送了出去。。

温馨2
自打学会看后时镜后(!),如有车辆尾随我超过5分钟,我就会觉得,这车是警察,我一定是干了坏事被追捕了。。。(哎,上次也记录过了。)
有一天一辆摩托从高速下来一直在我后面,我想,挖,他们换招了-开便车乐~
这车一直随我到了公司停车场,车上下来一个大帅锅,还随我进了电梯,然后对我莞尔一笑。一天就这么被点亮了。
今天又被摩托护航,感觉很棒。

好多人开车都很赶,横超竖赶,可往往并快不了多少。好像我这样不着急,东张西望的珍惜下路上的邂逅,多好。



<上周五,送Amit回酒店,Amit给拍的,说可以拿出去显摆, 告诉世人我不但会开车,还会认路了。娃哈哈>

How to install aux cable in panel below toggle switches
DISCLAIMER:

The information below is based on the account of a MINI2 member. Although MINI2 and the author of this thread believe this information is accurate, using it as a DIY guide is done at your own risk. MINI2 and the author are not responsible for any damage, personal injury, or warranty issues that may arise from the use of this information. Some information below may be specific to model specifications that are unique to certain countries, and may not apply to your model of MINI One, Cooper, or Cooper S.

Do not undertake any DIY project that you are not qualified to perform. If you have questions about this project, you should consult with experienced professionals and/or your MINI dealer before undertaking it. Always follow standard safety guidelines for car repair in performing DIY projects.

I got my aux cable kit installed and mounted the plug underneath the toggle switch set in the removable acess panel (like a couple of others here have done). There are some good walkthroughs of the install but none were quite complete for my install so I thought I would post some pics in case anyone else might find them usefull.

I have a 2003 Cooper S with the standard factory head unit (not HK) – No nav – No CD Changer. I am using my aux plug for my new ipod.

The install is as easy as everyone says. Do it yourself and dont bother paying your dealer for the job.

A couple of things I noticed about the install:

  1. If you have a left-hand drive car it is VERY easy to just remove the bolster under the steering column and plug the cable in (provided your head unit qualifies and you have a spot to plug into). I read a few posts where people where skeptical about being able to reach behind the head unit, but I found that there is plent of room and my hands are pretty average sized.
  2. I did not have a set of metric drill bits and therefore did not use the sizes recomended in the instructions. I initially drilled the hole for the jack end the same size as the hole in the faceplate. The threaded end of the jack is just barely long enough to fit through both the plastic of the access panel and the face plate. I ended up redrilling the hole and securing the end of the jack to just the faceplate. I suspect if I used the bit size in the instructions this would have been obvious.

OK so heres the process:


Here is what comes in the kit:

  • 1 Cable
  • 1 Faceplate
  • 2 Small Philips head screws
  • 3 Zip ties
  • 1 Nut for the threaded end of the jack
  • 1 set of instructions

For right-hand drive cars remove the glove box as described here to gain access to the back of the head unit.


Start by removing the bolster underneat the steering column. As its been described by others here just give it a good tug and the 2 prongs will pop out from thier clips. This will give you access behind the head unit.


If you have driving lamps installed then be carefull not to yank out the wiring for your switch.


There is plenty of room to reach behind the head unit. You can feel a rather large empty spot on the bottom drivers side (the same side as the volume control knob). This is where the aux cable plugs in with the clip to the top. Be sure to push it in until the clip clicks into place.


To remove the panel underneath the toggle set you just remove the torx screw in the center and press the two clips at the top. Its a tight squeeze to get the panel out from behind the down tubes but fortunately the panel is pretty flexible. I went out the side behind the down tubes, a little coaxing is all thats required.


Here is the panel entirely removed.


Use the faceplate to mark your holes before drilling. Drill small starter holes for the mounting screws. Mount the plate. (this is where I ended up redrilling the center hole so the threaded end passed through the plastic and secured to the plate – check your hole sizes before you re-install your panel).


Fish the jack end of the cable down through to the spot where the panel has been removed. I found that there is not much room behind the head unit but there is plenty of room to the side. Once you have the jack end through, plug the cable into its home on the back of the head unit until it clicks(volume control side bottom on late 03 standard boost head units without nav).


Once the cable is in place I would recomend testing the cable to be sure everything works before you put it all back together:

  • connect the ipod to the jack with a male to male stereo headphone jack cable
  • press the mode button on your head until the display reads "AUX"
  • turn on your ipod


If everything works, secure the jack end of the cable to the faceplate on the panel with the nut provided in the kit. Then replace the panel. The wire coming out the back of the jack is pretty stiff for about 2 inches or so. Be carefull to give it enought room when coaxing your panel back into place. Once the panel is in place wind up the slack at the top near the head unit and zip tie it. Then the excess cable can be slipped down next to the head unit. Finally replace the bolster under the steering colum.


Here what the jack looks like finished.

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从没想过自己会买一辆绿色的mini。虽然任何颜色我都喜欢。
但是我确确实实说过绿色是mini 最经典的颜色。一直觉得它更适合男孩子。
 
当初学手动就是想考验自己,也没想到,如今还派上用场了。
 
因为操作不对称,第一次座到左驾的手动车里,我彻底不知道该咋整, 去看车不到10分钟,就宣布,我不会开手动,费劲我也不想学了。
可是还是终究买了手动,时不时地要在坡起的时候冒冷汗。
 
开着自己的mini,还会贪婪的看着别人的mini. 波斯吨的mini 可真多啊,什么颜色的都有。除了东京流行的辣椒红色,多伦多奶白。有liz喜欢的宝蓝色。银色。银灰色。金色。黄色。橙色。这些都是我喜欢的颜色。
还有些莫名其妙的颜色,比如暗红,天蓝。还有些boring 的颜色,比如,黑色。
roof,后视镜的颜色也直接影响整体的感管。
 
看归看,喜欢归喜欢,我开始告诫自己,如今我终于不能喜欢所有的mini乐。我有自己的了。Nerd
 
 
 
 
 
街上越来越容易看到这款新mini乐。
 
最喜欢2005,2006的心还没有变。
 
Barry推荐的买车网站。。
 
cars.com
edmunds.com — good car review website, with used cars information.
 
2005 white
 
2005 milk white
 
2006 red
 
 
2006 yellow
 
2005 red..
 
。。。。。。
 
 
初心mark怎么都找不到了。
 
可能之前觉得自己告别初心阶段,再也不需要了就扔了???
 
without beginner sign,最近开车开的出奇的糟糕。
 
红灯玩,刚要启动, engine stop乐。开着开着,换个挡,speed急落,感情换到1挡了,今天更是出了不可思议的事,第一次让我觉得后怕。
又是红灯刚玩,我要前进,车车居然径直地后退,我还在奇怪,我坡起从不失手,失手也没达到这效果阿~~~何况我不再坡上
不知道怎么停下来的,恍然大伍是按倒了back 挡,平时想换都换不上的档,不知道怎么,怎么恩下去了。
估计后面的车吓得够呛,之后都没有人敢尾随我。
 
我至今开车,还只看右边不管左边,总是左寄,把附加席上的人吓得大叫被谋杀N次。
 
这开不好车,真得让我很恼火,加上,不认路,不记得停车位置,一无是处,自己和废物有的一比!
 
还是不开车享受,路上又看到新mini,和去年的比起来,也是一无是处,不过,还是忍不住咔嚓了一张,估计够该7788车牌得意一阵子了。Roadster都在拍我~~~
据线报说某停车场的某停车位有超酷车出现。
于是在那里等候。果然来了。
车身线条超级流畅。车头有点尖。很概念车。
颜色是通透的灰黑色。透明因为它映着樱花。看似倒影,其实是车体自己的花纹。好看极了!!
saw a lot of fairlady Z on the road.
 

They look elegant and I like the name-ShuNv and I like Nissanーーーー but mini, still, would be my only consideration…never change.
 

Fairlady Z ..about that name

Contributed By: Carl Beck, IZCC #260

The Purpose of this page is to give some background and understanding to the name "Fairlady" as applied to the Z Car outside the US market.


The Short Story:
Fair Lady and later Fairlady – The name given to the first line of sports cars designed and built by Nissan Motors Japan after W.W.II, with the specific intent of being marketed in the USA – 1960.

The name "Fair Lady" was given to the new sports car line by Mr. Katsuji Kawamata, President Of Nissan Motors Japan, after he attended the Broadway Musical "My Fair Lady" while visiting the US in 1958. He felt that the name would invoke an image of beauty for the car – because people would think of the beauty of the music and the leading lady in that Broadway Musical.

This is a common and accepted practice within the Japanese culture for selecting automotive names. It is not a usual cultural method here in the US however – so Nissan more commonly used engine size and model numbers as Model Names for the US market.

The More Complete Story: The SPL212 was introduced in 1960. It was a two passenger car with a 1.2 Liter four cycl. engine ( 2 12). The "S" stood for Sport, the "P" was the designation for the Bluebird chassis, and the "L" stood for left hand drive. It is significant to note that "L" left hand drive cars could not be sold in Japan at that time. Thus Nissan’s first Sports Car was specifically intended for the US market.

To understand why the name "Fair Lady" was given to a Sports Car, one has to think in terms of the Japanese culture, rather than that of the America culture. The Japanese revere traditions of Art, Music, Philosophy and the study of Beauty. All of these cultural values are considered to be acquired tastes and skills, gained over a lifetime, through personal study and practice.

Here in the US we place a much higher cultural value on personal creativity. Art and Music are considered to be more a matter of inspiration, personal expression and creativity. We therefore place a higher value on personal creativity and expression, than the resulting traditions of the art or music.

While Mr. Katsuji Kawamata, the President of Nissan Motors Ltd., was visiting the United States in 1958 he attended a performance, on-Broadway, of the hit musical "My Fair Lady".

A couple of years later (1960), when Nissan was about to introduce its new Sports Car Line, Mr. Kawamata gave it the official name of "Fair Lady". He had been so impressed with the beauty of the music and the leading lady in that Broadway Musical, that he thought everyone would relate the name of Nissans new sports car "the Fair Lady" to the beauty of the music and the leading lady in the play. Indeed, that is what happened in Japan, the name made perfect sense there and was readily accepted in that market.

The Fairlady (now one word) Sport Car line continued to evolve through the 1960’s with the introduction of the Fairlady 1500 in Oct. of 1962, then the Fairlady 1600 in 1965. Along with this evolution of its product lines, Nissan Motors was attempting to increase it’s exports to the US Market.

Mr. Yutaka Kayatama, then President of Nissan Motors USA, knew that his customers would not accept the name "Fairlady" for a Sports Car here in the USA, so the Sales and Marketing departments in the US had used the cars model numbers for the most part, in advertising and sales promotion, and with the introduction of the new models for 1965 the badging on the front fenders was changed, on the US cars, from "Fairlady" to "Datsun 1600".

When the new HLS30 Sports/GT was designed and built for the US Market – Mr. Katayama suggested that it not be badged as the "Fairlady’ in the US. Mr. K. thought that the car should be named something more aggressive, like "Tiger" or "Shark" in keeping with US cultural traditions and values. That idea having been turned down in Japan, he was willing to accept "Datsun 240-Z". The 240 was a shortened version of the 2400cc engine displacement, and the "Z", which had been the new car’s product file designation within Nissan’s Design Department.

Mr. Teiichi Hara, General Manager of the Design Department, had given the original sports car plans the file designation "Type Z", as most all of the other characters in the roman alphabet had been previously used.

大家好,我已经如愿以偿拿到了正式的驾照。
 
一大早(*7点)出门,往鮫洲赶,因为错过了一班车,到考试中心的时候,已经排了很多人了。
 
先买樱花税,检查视力,然后就排队等考试了。 我的号码是092。
 
离开始还有一段时间,我有继续看了一些笔记。 周围的人都在看标示,我也打开书看了起来。
离考试时间不多了,我收起书,整理了一下心情。
 
1。 我希望能一次通过考试。
2。 为了实现1。我应该看清楚每到题目。
3。 判断之前,回顾一下以前遇到的陷阱。
4。 多选题,一定不能错。
5。 冷静,放松。
 
考试开始了,题目还算顺。有几个卡克的。 我做完全部题目的时候,已经有人胶卷了,离结束还有25分左右。
我把我没有把握的题目有看了一遍。觉得有些就放弃吧。 胶卷的人越来越多。我一冲动也想交,回头想想,交了也不能走,还不如多检查检查。
就这样,一直坚持到最后。
总共95道题。说真的,我没有完全的把握我能考90分以上。
 
在等待公布成绩的功夫,我把书从新翻了一遍,我想,如果我这次没有过,我都不知道那里错了就忘记了,下次考还得栽。*(我这才发现,只可左转的标志,我一直以为是前面有弯要转
 
在教室前显示屏上公布成绩的时刻到了,在看到092的号码的时候,我在心里暗暗替自己喝彩
 
发布完就有大批人离开了教室,真的很多哦,嘿嘿嘿。
 
然后就是讲一些琐事,然后拍照,然后就等拿驾照了!!! 随便吃了点午饭,因为起的太早,再加上折磨了一个上午真的一点胃口都没有。
 
12:30拿到了两个多月努力+30万JPY换来的成果。
 
回到公司,炫耀了一番。 下午的感觉,好像高考中榜的学生,轻松愉快
 
我从小就不认路,我觉得不是没有能力,而是没有意识。现在还如此。
 
大家都告诉我,到自己开车的时候,就会换一种方式来记路的,我不知道是否也一样会有改变。
 
想起小时候的一些可笑的事情,自己也会忍俊不禁。
 
我放学回家的路上,常常去逛一些小店,逛完出店,就会往学校方向走。
 
初一的时候,搬家了。第一天回家是和同学一起回的,没问题。
第二天,一早,我就兴匆匆的去上学了,结果,我也不确认路,就和一帮孩子走啊走,自以为,就可以到学校。
结果到了另外一个学校,我急了,好像没哭,找了一个大哥哥,他把我送到我们学校了。。。。。。
 
还有,就是最近吧。我按地图找到目的地,去了,目的达成后,打算按原路返回,我一激动,居然找不到车站了,我走啊走,看到了东京他,就自然的向着他去了,
然后又看到了公司的楼,我就无缘无故的走回到公司,这样的事情,有好几次,很神气8

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