Last night Alex and I lost our beautiful little three legged cat Archie — the much loved third member of our family and gone way too soon at only 3 years old.

I immediately fell in love with the Honda E when it was announced as the Honda EV Concept back in 2017. The compact city car pushed all my buttons — retro styling cues from the 80s, yet packed full of the latest gadgets and in-car technology. Oh, and fully electric.

The want for this car was real — but how to buy one in New Zealand?

Over the past few months I’ve made a deliberate effort to spend less time on social media and more time reading books. I’ve picked up a few unread paperbacks from my bookshelf, downloaded a couple of Kindle books and subscribed to Audible on my iPhone. I’ve enjoyed having fresh perspectives kicking around in my head and some fresh conversation topics when I’ve caught up with friends.

Before diving into each book I’ll first point out some interesting observations on each of the mediums. I use Kindle on iPad, and while I love instant access to pretty much any book ever…

If you’re a car lover like me then you’ll know there’s something special about your first car — your first true love. For me it was my 1985 AW11 MR2. Mid-engine with a fiery little 1.6 Toyota twin cam behind my ears. A quick shifting 5 speed manual sat below my wrist. Pop-up headlights and a snug cabin for two that was all angles and switches. Not very fast but with bucket loads of charm and personality.

My first AW11 Toyota MR2 — affectionly named “Monica” by its previous owner

I bought my first MR2 sometime between high school and university. It was already pretty old with 200,000km on the clock, no electric…

When I think back to my 100 nights in Auckland hospital, made up of two stints at the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, my mind straight away jumps somewhere else. Anywhere else. I spent enough time there that I don’t really want to spend much time revisiting it.

But equally I also have a nagging thought that I should write something down. Something that I can look back on when I’m older, or maybe just something that other people would find interesting to read.

To keep it positive I’ve decided to focus on some of the things…

Dylan Bland

Love web, gaming, cars, business, politics and philosophy. Live in Auckland, New Zealand and work at Mighty Ape.

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