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The Return Of Wizbang Blue

A while ago, I said that there are a few things going on in my personal life that have been distracting me from blogging. Well, I think it's time to unveil one of the things I've been working on when I haven't been writing.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give to you Wizbang Blue, version 2.0:
Yup, I've retired Mongo, my Ford Explorer, and for the first time, I own a Japanese car. A Subaru Forester, to be precise.

Now I only need a name. "Wizbang Blue" is certainly tempting, but I think not. My first thoughts were "Rufe" or "Jill."

Those were American code names for two Japanese aircraft from World War II. "Rufe" was a floatplane variant of the Zero, and "Jill" was a torpedo bomber. Both were made by the Nakajima Aircraft Company, which after the war was folded into Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru.

But that might be a bit convoluted.

"Blue Bomber" is another possibility, as she's got plenty of pep and handles rather well. But it doesn't sing to me.

My old friend (and occasional commenter) Darby seriously annoyed me by suggesting a really, really good name -- "Serenity." And that's a strong possibility.

Anyone have any other suggestions?


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Much better than the last o... (Below threshold)

Much better than the last one.

Wizbang Blue, I mean.

The blue color reminds a li... (Below threshold)

The blue color reminds a little of an F4U Corsair which shot down many of those Rufes and Jills.

How about Wee Lard? As in very little lard, another way of saying peppy and handles well, an allusion to Wizbang Blue and the loss of "Lee who shall not be named"

How about "Agnasty". ww... (Below threshold)

How about "Agnasty". ww

"Bandit"... (Below threshold)
Snark of the Moment:


"Obama"?Oh, wait. ... (Below threshold)


Oh, wait. Did you say you bought it so you could repeatedly slam it into the brick wall there behind it, each time thinking the result would be different if only you went a little faster next time?

If not, then I guess it's back to the drawing board.

Hee-You do realize that Sub... (Below threshold)
LeBron Steinman:

Hee-You do realize that Subarus are the preferred vehicle of lesbians, don't you?
Seriously, I had an '81 wagon.Great car.Drove it all over the country with no problems other than needing a new clutch cable that cost $26 and that I replaced myself.

Love Suburu. Had a Legacy;... (Below threshold)

Love Suburu. Had a Legacy; kids in Alaska love their Forester. Put it in storage until their return from traveling abroad. Hope you love yours as much!

How about "Maverick". Take... (Below threshold)

How about "Maverick". Take your pick as to reference. Tom Cruise or John McCain.


Serenity Now! <a href="htt... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Serenity Now! http://tinyurl.com/2bsw4f4

Say, is that a plastic Jesus on the dash?

Duckforce 1... (Below threshold)

Duckforce 1

You have acquired a faithfu... (Below threshold)

You have acquired a faithful friend and companion. Perhap...


Jay, you could do as the re... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Jay, you could do as the rest of us do and just refer to it as "the Sube."

Studies prove that eating t... (Below threshold)
Don L :

Studies prove that eating too much Kobe beef cause a premature onset of senility!

This is my wife's car -you ... (Below threshold)
Don L :

This is my wife's car -you obviously confiscated it. Best danged snow car-great traction, great vision, marvelous response, and far better than my Nisson Frontier 4x4 loaded with sandbags.

OOps no link..?<a hr... (Below threshold)

OOps no link..?

Japanese name -Please -not ... (Below threshold)
Don L :

Japanese name -Please -not Yamomoto.

You could sneak up on a lib... (Below threshold)

You could sneak up on a liberal in that car.

Actually, we have friends in Pennsylvania who have owned numerous Subaru’s and they love the car – especially in the winter.

Honda, Suzuki, Kamikaze, Su... (Below threshold)

Honda, Suzuki, Kamikaze, Sushi (do you know sushi, like I know sushi) etc.

"Ohka"... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:


What's Japanese for "Olaf's... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

What's Japanese for "Olaf's Hammer"?

I think "mallard duck" tran... (Below threshold)

I think "mallard duck" translation is Magamo and the I believe that the translation for "DUCK!" is FUSERO!
Are you a noun or an action word?

I think it's pretty obvious... (Below threshold)

I think it's pretty obvious you should name it Oyster.

You know, I have owned six ... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

You know, I have owned six vehicles in my lifetime, and only two got names. For me, they have to earn the name.

Your car's too new to have earned a name yet.

Betsy.Foresters ar... (Below threshold)
Captain Ned:


Foresters are sturdy and Betsy is a classically-sturdy New England (PR of VT here) name.

Smurf....or Avatar....lmao<... (Below threshold)

Smurf....or Avatar....lmao

Subaru backwards is U R A B... (Below threshold)
Edward Schuster:

Subaru backwards is U R A Bus. How about Comic Ozzie.

How about "Blue Balls" in h... (Below threshold)

How about "Blue Balls" in honor of the current president?

Tora! Tora! Tora!... (Below threshold)

Tora! Tora! Tora!

lesberblu... (Below threshold)


There was a port-a-potty th... (Below threshold)

There was a port-a-potty that same color at a nearby construction site.

According to Wiki the subaru name is the japanese name for the pleiades star system. Prior to that they were referred to as the P-1's. Maybe you could use something from that.

Rich.. Yes the Pleiades Con... (Below threshold)

Rich.. Yes the Pleiades Constellation is also known as the Seven Sisters. Japanese just recognize 5 of those stars as being part of the constellation and call it Subaru. So I would suggest either 'Pleiades' or possibly 'Seven' in honor of Star Trek and Jeri Ryan.

Real men drive pickups, so ... (Below threshold)

Real men drive pickups, so I suggest Tanuki to try and make up for it.

After I bought my first Sub... (Below threshold)

After I bought my first Subaru, looked under the hood, and was abashed to find Japanese characters instead of the Scandinavian ones I presumed such a fine vehicle must have, I then understood why my head kept hitting the roof despite having the seat lowered all the way.

However, car naming is fun. My current 4-wheel drive is Brulé, and my wife's sports sedan Pearl (after the Landlady, of course).

I recommend IndyGo.
Independant, Racy, and Good.

MjM, as long as Jay Tea doe... (Below threshold)

MjM, as long as Jay Tea doesn't register it in Virginia where my Subaru Outback proudly bears the license plate "TANUKI."






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