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Meet Dorothy.

Posted on | July 2, 2009 | 6 Comments

Dorothy is my new set of wheels.  Well, she is new to me, but actually she is quite old.  She’s a 1995 Ford Escort Wagon with only 27,000 miles that I received from a private owner for a VERY reasonable price.  She is in excellent condition for a car her age, and if I play my cards right, I can get between 30-34 MPG with her.

Why Dorothy?  Well, 1) because her previous owner was an elderly woman who recently passed away, and I named the car in homage to my favorite Golden Girl, Dorothy, to honor the memory of all the awesome old women out there.  Also, 2) she is named because “there is no place like home” and Dorothy is the closest thing to “home” I have right now.  She is mine, I own her, and if all else fails me in the next few weeks or months while I search for a more permanent “home”, at least I will have Dorothy.

Further more, this is just a friendly reminder that buying a used car is almost ALWAYS going to be better for the environment than buying a new car. There are thousands, if not millions, of used cars drifting around the U.S. and buying a new car simply contributes more to the waste stream, whereas buying a used car takes one OUT OF the waste stream.  (Of course, buying a new Prius or electric car is kind of a necessity since the used versions are so hard to come by, but hopefully you catch my drift.)

For more information on your own car’s fuel economy, carbon footprint, or the fuel economy of a car you are looking to buy, check out fueleconomy.gov, a very useful site that lets you compare cars side by side.  And it has infographics!

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6 Responses to “Meet Dorothy.”

  1. myriam
    July 2nd, 2009 @ 5:04 pm

    awesome! I LOVE her name!!! I am a Golden Girls fan as well. Well done. Here’s to Dorothy — may she serve you well!

    (also, only 27k miles?!?!??! insanely good!)

  2. orhan
    July 2nd, 2009 @ 5:04 pm

    yep! dorothy is a looker…

  3. architechnophilia
    July 5th, 2009 @ 11:26 am

    Dorothy is a great name for a great dame!

    I look forward to hearing more

  4. Qeturah
    July 6th, 2009 @ 9:33 am

    Sweet ride, Dub K! Hope she serves you well and keeps you company wherever you land.

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    March 21st, 2011 @ 8:45 am

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    March 11th, 2015 @ 11:30 am

    […] Dorothy: “Why Dorothy? Well, 1) because her previous owner was an elderly woman who recently passed away, and I named the car in homage to my favorite Golden Girl, Dorothy, to honor the memory of all the awesome old women out there. Also, 2) she is named because “there is no place like home” and Dorothy is the closest thing to “home” I have right now. She is mine, I own her, and if all else fails me in the next few weeks or months while I search for a more permanent “home”, at least I will have Dorothy.” -Emily of GreenDesignCollective Blog […]

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