It was a beautiful, blue-sky California day. The morning fog lifted around mid-morning, leaving a warm, but not too hot, day.
Perfect for documenting our progress at the job site this week.
Putting Down a Deposit on a Nissan LEAF
We had some friends over for dinner, including Mike Calise. Mike is with EVadvise, which is an consultancy firm that focuses on electric vehicles (EV). Mike explained the benefits of electric vehicles to us and, after a bottle of wine (Chardonnay?), we went to the Nissan LEAF web site and put down a deposit to reserve an all-electric Nissan LEAF.
In California, there are special high occupancy vehicle lanes (known as carpool lanes or, as Nik and Kate say, ‘diamond lanes’) that only vehicles with more than a stated number of people can use. In most areas, high occupancy vehicles have two or more people in the vehicle. On most roads, the carpool lanes only allow HOVs from 6:00 am to 9:00 am and from 3:00 pm to 9:00 am.
To promote the adoption of hybrid vehicles, such as the Toyota Prius, the (Great) State of California passed a law allowing a limited number of hybrid vehicles with only the driver in the vehicle to use the carpool lanes regardless of the time of day. These vehicles have yellow stickers, signifying they can be in the carpool lanes at any time. The stickers expire on January 1, 2011 so in only five months there will be 85,000 more vehicles in the non-carpool lanes.
Considering we missed buying a vehicle with yellow stickers, we certainly want to buy a vehicle that is allowed to use the carpool lanes. This is an opportunity that we simply cannot miss.
- Sewer connection inspected and passed, and backfilled
- Sewer to garage and South West corner of house completed
- Connection to San Jose Water meter completed; inspection by the City of Monte Sereno on Monday afternoon (08/02/10)
- Trench from underground cistern to storm sewer connection completed to sidewalk on Winchester
- Trench to fill/overflow stubs for underground cistern completed
- All four (4) skylight curbs completed
- Upper flat roof fascia completed
- Two (2) of five (5) gable fascia ends completed
- Twenty (20) linear feet of one hundred (100) linear feet of gable to flat roof connections completed