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LOOK AT ALL THE STUFF I DROVE!!!!

My annual post where I list every car that I drove. I’m down this year — only around 90, after two years of 100+.

Porsche Boxster S

Acura
2014 Acura MDX Advance
2013 Acura RLX

Audi
2014 Audi S5 Quattro (I capitalise ‘quattro’ because it’s a proper noun and I don’t work for Audi’s marketing department)
2006 Audi A4 3.2 Quattro

BMW
2014 BMW 320i Sdrive
2011 BMW 335i
2008 BMW M5 (six-speed manual)

Cadillac
2014 Cadillac ATS 3.6

Chevrolet
2014 Chevrolet Impala 2LZ 

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD 4X4 Diesel
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD Z71 LT Crew Cab 4.3L V6
2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS
2013 Chrysler 300 John Varvatos

Dodge
2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee
2013 Dodge Challenger SRT

Fiat
2014 Fiat 500L
2013 Fiat 500 Turbo
2013 Fiat Abarth Cabrio

Ford
2014 Ford C-MAX Energi
2014 Ford F-150 Limited
2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
2014 Ford Fiesta ST
2013 Ford Focus ST
2013 Ford Fusion Titanium AWD Ecoboost
2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2013 Ford Taurus SHO

Honda
2013 Honda Civic
2008 Honda Fit
2005 Honda S2000

Hyundai
2013 Hyundai Genesis
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
2012 Hyundai Sonata
2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Jaguar
2014 Jaguar F-Type S

Jeep
2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Diesel 4×4
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
1994 Jeep Wrangler
2014 Jeep Wrangler Sport
2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Kia
2013 Kia Forte EX Coupe
2014 Kia Optima SX Limited
2014 Kia Sorento EX

Land Rover
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged V8

Lexus
2013 Lexus CT 200h
2013 Lexus IS F
2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport
2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport
2013 Lexus RX 350

Lincoln
2014 Lincoln MKZ 2.0T

Mazda
2013 Mazda6
2013 Mazda CX-5
2013 Mazda MX-5 Club

Mercedes-Benz
2013 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG

MINI
2012 Mini Cooper

Mitsubishi
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander SE S-AWC

Nissan
2005 Nissan 350Z
2013 Nissan 370Z Touring
2014 Nissan Altima
2013 Nissan NV200 Cargo SV
2014 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4X4

Porsche
2001 Porsche 911 (3.4)
2003 Porsche 911 Targa (3.6)
2001 Porsche Boxster S

Ram
2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn
2014 Ram 1500
2014 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn
2014 Ram Promaster Cargo 136 WB High Roof

Scion
2013 Scion FR-S

Smart
2013 Smart Electric Drive

SRT
2013 SRT Viper GTS

Subaru
2013 Subaru BRZ
2014 Subaru BRZ
2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT
2012 Subaru Impreza WRX
2001 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS

Tesla
2013 Tesla Model S Signature

Toyota
2014 Toyota Avalon
2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 1794 4×4
2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Platinum 4×4
2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax SR5 TRD Off-Road 4×4
2013 Toyota Tundra Texas/Louisiana/Oklahoma Edition
2013 Toyota Tundra TSS

Volkswagen
2013 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Sport
2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible TDI

Volvo
2013 Volvo S60 R Design

The Time I Accidentally Stumbled Across the World Tour Citroën DS Ambulance in Queens

It was 2006: I was post-college unemployed and had just moved to Long Island City. When I wasn’t job-searching, I was pretty deep into reading random Wikipedia entries and watching Arrested Development reruns.

Naturally, this is when I became infatuated with the Citroën DS. As you do.

New York is one of the harshest environments on an old vehicle, but somehow it still remains a fantastic place for finding weird, obscure cars. I was still learning this when I was out at night and found a white Citroën DS street-parked a few blocks away from my apartment. I ran home and grabbed my terrible 2005-era digital camera and took some terrible 2005-era digital nighttime photos of it. Our apartment wasn’t large enough so store a tripod, so, sorry.

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Knowing how bad the shots where and that I didn’t have a lot going on the next morning, I made a return visit to the Déesse the next day.

Only now, there were two of them! And the owners were standing beside them chatting! It was a Citroën DS Ambulance, covered in handprints and graphics and grime. I guess he had stopped to meet up with another local DS enthusiast. I spoke to them, briefly, and they explained the Tour, but it didn’t set in immediately. Before I knew it, the DS ambulance was on its way.

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This happened years ago and I still think about it. It’s one of the most serendipitous things that’s ever happened to me. Much later, I researched the Lunaya World Tour, and found little tidbits across the internet. The driver, Manuel Boileau, (or maybe it was Lunaya) described the purpose was “to meet local populations and to produce photo and video features depicting children from all over the planet.”

Citroën and Lunaya both used to have news features about the trip but they don’t seem to be reachable anymore. According to this article from Brazil, the whole trip lasted from 2005 to 2008, and Boileau only used paper maps to navigate, no GPS, which is kinda cool. It’s a remarkable achievement and I’m glad I was able to be in the presence of it, even if by accident.

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From Wikipedia

Protect Me From What I’ve Become

If you’re of the opinon that it would be impossible for BMW to build a modern-day E30, and foolish to wish for it, please, stop reading now. Yes. This is another one of those posts.

I’ll keep it short. Let’s revisit the BMW 1999 Art Car, the V12 LMR from carrying Jenny Holzer’s message “PROTECT ME FROM WHAT I WANT”. But let’s look at it in the context of BMW’s wants and desires, and how they’ve changed in the past 15 years.

Here are a few additional truisms that, with the benefit of hindsight, we should have been watching out for:

Protect me from a 4,150-pound M3

Protect me from overwrought designs that follow trends instead of make them. 

Protect me from character lines and creases that say nothing.

Protect me from ‘sDrive’ model designations. 

Protect me from the X5, X6, X3, X1 and X4.

Protect me from completely unnecessary front-wheel drive BMWs

If only BMW had listened to itself in 1999!

But hey, there’s hope. The recent one-off BMW Pininfarinia Gran Lusso is the best-looking car with a BMW roundel in a decade. Sure, there’s still a lot of surfacing, but it’s crisp and understated in a way that few modern cars are. And even fewer modern BMWs. It looks so ‘right’ that I can almost ignore that it’s 37 feet long.

(Post inspired by conversation with Will Pierce)

How I Became “You Should Quit Facebook” Guy

My friends have noticed that if we hang out for any amount of time, at some point, I’ll jovially suggest that they should quit Facebook.

I wasn’t planning on writing a “Why I Quit Facebook” post. It’s pretty self-righteous and there are more than enough of them out there already. I had read a half-dozen such posts before the notion of me quitting Facebook ever even crossed my mind, honestly.

And then, about 5 months ago, I just …quit. All of my reasons that were huge deterrents before — my long list of well-earned ‘friends,’ my carefully-curated profile, the peace of mind of being able to message anyone I’ve ever known — didn’t matter. Suddenly, I didn’t care.

So I’m writing this because lots of people ask me why I quit, and because I need to clear the air about the way I choose to use social media. I quit because Facebook was wasting my time, yes, and critically, because I wasn’t getting any value from it. That’s the important takeaway.

What I’m not saying: that I’m better than anyone who chooses to stay on Facebook, or that I don’t still actively waste time using social media.

People get awfully defensive about this topic, and call me a hypocrite because I check Twitter endlessly but pat myself on the back for quitting Facebook. And that’s all true. Briefly, without making this a post about Twitter, I feel that I get a lot more from it: the content (links, insight, news) is better, the people I follow are more interesting and the short format keeps everything faster-paced. Ultimately, I feel I get out of it as much as I put in.

With Facebook, this stopped being the case several years ago. I’ve been using it since college in its early days of 2004, and I’ve seen it change over the years. But I changed, too. My need to stay connected with a bunch of acquaintences I’m not that close with dropped significantly after college and, now, with seemingly everyone I know having even less free time than a few years ago, that need has dropped to zero. I still am just as connected with the people I really care about, through text or email — that hasn’t changed.

What I don’t miss? Seeing outrage over a local sport result I don’t care about (or anything about any sports result, basically). Hearing what a bartender I went to high school with has to say about a current hot-button political issue. Being extra careful with what I share because I know that extended family and a few too many former coworkers might be watching. Yeah, these are all really stupid things to complain about. But it was all bringing frustration into my life …for what benefit?

As far as I could see, none. I really didn’t get anything from it. The negatives, of which there are many, were just too annoying, and there were virtually no positives. Despite the lack of benefits, I couldn’t help myself from checking constantly. I’m at a computer a lot, and whenever there’s a moment between tasks (or worse, when stuck in the middle of a task), it was so easy to open a browser tab, navigate to Facebook practically subconsciously, and see what new updates there were. Seriously, typing the keys f, a and “Enter” is pretty much muscle memory to me. And when you get to your Facebook feed, it’s like tuning in to the world’s lamest reality show, but you can’t stop watching because you know the whole cast personally. No matter how unsatisfying the updates, I kept checking back.

It was so ingrained into my routine, it felt impossible to quit. But it’s not. Actually, it’s incredibly easy.

Why you can quit

I always thought, That’s great. But I can’t quit, because I use Facebook to…

Check in on people you aren’t close with and seeing what they’re up to.
This is only appealing because it’s easy and is an easy way to distract you from doing something productive. You’ll forget about this pretty much instantly. Quit.

Message people that I never text or don’t have their phone number.
If you don’t have their number by now, you probably will never ever have a reason to message that person. And if you really, really need to, you can likely reactivate your Facebook account and they will all be there*. Quit.

Set up invites to events and parties.
Ok for this one I don’t really have anything, because a lot of people annoyingly set things up as Facebook Events. I guilt-trip them. Grow up, right? Quit!

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New Website Announcement

How ’bout them updates? It’s been pretty dead. If you remember, when I started this blog, it was sort of going to be a photoblog and behind-the-scenes about my photo projects. It still may be, occasionally, but the mission has changed. I’d rather just use this as a place to vent my crazy theories. It’ll be just a slight shift, since I’ve been doing that all along. Those were always the most interesting posts, anyway (at least to me).

I’m happy to say that my completely new photo portfolio is online:
McCauley Photo Co.

It’s funny how you can tweak and tweak something and never quite be happy with it, and sometimes that fussing even gets in the way of creating new things that you were trying to showcase all along. I’ve had this site looking sort of like this since around August, and in the months between then and now I’ve been changing content, the logo, and background stuff. What I’ve settled on should be pretty permanent. What’s also interesting (and good) is that at this time last year, my standards for myself and my work weren’t as high, and so work that I saw as ‘fine’ one year ago wouldn’t make the cut today. I’ve been trimming stuff and trimming stuff and — who knows — by this time next year, maybe I can raise it to a newer level and a lot of the stuff in there will be cut.

Related: feel free to check out my Tumblr, which I update more frequently, here.