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Paradigm Shift, Part 1

So after reserving a car about a year and a half ago, I picked up my new Tesla two days ago.

The future feels like it’s coming awful fast.

I’ll probably write a few posts about this vehicle, but here are some initial thoughts.

Mindfuck number one: I’ll never stop at a gas station again. I’ve been driving cars for 47 years, so this is going to take some adjustment. No oil change, no gas – no petroleum based products at all. Wait a minute – this is a car, right?

Mindfuck number two: There are no instruments on the dashboard of any kind – save for a high definition 15 inch touchscreen. This in itself is very weird, but equally startling is how quickly this begins to seem normal.

Mindfuck number three: This thing is fast. I mean really fast. Like so fast that 0 to 60 mph feels like an amusement park ride. Now granted, I sprang for the performance version – but still, it’s acceleration is so brutal it actually elicits an involuntary giddy response. As if something new is happening and your body and mind have no reference point for it. You just want to do it again.

Oh, did I mention you don’t turn it on or off? It’s just always in a state of readiness, like it’s waiting for you. You also don’t need to lock or unlock it – it senses your presence and handles that on its own, thank you very much.

This is going to take some getting used to.

I feel like Humphrey Bogart speaking to Claude Rains at the end of Casablanca, “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship...”