The Pacific from the Delfina

Monday, September 22, 2008 

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I’m staying at the Sheraton Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica.  It’s a very nice hotel – not quite as dramatic through the lobby as some, the rooms are comfortable and the views are good.  The shower was a bit weak though and the AV system is nowhere near as cool as the Holiday Inn on King in Toronto.

Odd thing, the local high school football field was right next door so I woke to the sound of the marching band trying to figure out Eleanor Rigby.

Posted at 17:00:12 GMT-0700

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Pontiac G6 with Retractable Roof

Monday, September 22, 2008 

Rental car review

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This Pontiac G6 came with a retractable hard top, one of those solid roof things that folds itself away in the trunk…  more or less filling it.  One has to choose between having the top down and having something in the trunk – there’s a small amount of room, a thin slice of trunk space under a retractable cover that can be filled and the roof still retracted, but it isn’t accessible with the roof down.

The car itself is fine – fast enough, fairly quiet, decent stereo.  Nothing super sporty though.  The handling is a bit slushy.  A lot of these inexpensive american convertibles have floppy frames after the roof connections are cut.  The GT seems a little more responsive than that other convertible rental mainstay, the Sebring, which torques around enough front to back that you definitely feel it.  The GT is just a little floppy.

Fun enough driving around LA and the trip was short enough that keeping my luggage in the back seat wasn’t too much of an imposition.

Posted at 09:00:12 GMT-0700

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