Yes, I know that you were one of the car dealerships that I visited on Sunday. And, yes, you were the only one that acknowledged that I might actually want to buy one of your cars. So full marks for that.
And this follow-up of yours seems to suggest that you'd like to develop a relationship between us.
So here's a clue to help you out: my name is David.
I've decided that it's time to look for a new car. I've got one that's very unreliable - and, basically, it's time to send it on it's way and get a replacement. And take advantage of the scrappage scheme while it's still available. Now don't worry, this isn't going to turn into one of those online surveys where I ask for your opinions on exactly which model I should go for. That would just be boring, wouldn't it?
Anyway, yesterday found me traipsing round the dealerships - no less than five in a row. I've got a fairly clear idea of what I'm looking for: basically one of those MPV things which can seat up to seven people now and again - and one that I can afford, of course. So, a fairly easy task I thought - just a matter of comparing what's on offer from each of the manufacturers. I hadn't really thought about whether they'd be busy or not, but I hadn't exactly expected no other customers at all. Anywhere. Still, no matter, that would just give me a better chance of some individual attention.
So where did I go wrong? Did I put on the wrong shoes, or what? Because four of the five just seemed to be intent upon getting rid of me as soon as they could. Maybe I shouldn't have told them that I was looking at other makes as well. In fact the man at the Volkswagen dealership went so far as to say "I understand where you're coming from: I think you're best off with the Peugeot". And the man at Toyota said "I'm on my own today, but I can unlock that one over there and let you look inside, if that's OK?" Actually, no, that's not OK: I want you to tell me what this car can and cannot do, and I want you to do your very best to try and sell it to me. That's not asking for too much, is it?
But atually, yes, it is. Because I'd done my research before I hit the dealerships. Or tried to do my research, to put it more accurately. By visiting the manufacturer's web sites. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.
Oh, Honda. What's your strap line again? - "The Power To Drive You Round The Bend"? Well, spot on with that dynamic drop-down navigation menu. Couldn't you just make it just a little bit more difficult to use, though. Otherwise my attention might wander and I'll toddle off somewhere else. Or decide to follow you on Twitter instead. But before I do, I'm looking for a car that can seat seven people. Where do I find that? Oh, I see, I have to look at the specification of every car you make. Thanks for that. And look, here's the FR-V: that has six seats. That might be worth looking at.
So, Honda, you were one of the dealerships on my list yesterday. But what does the dealer say? "Oh, we don't have any of those new - they stopped making them six months ago. Sorry I can't help." Yes, I'm sorry too: for wasting so much of my time on a wild goose chase.
So, that's Honda out of the loop. Maybe Toyota would be a better bet? They must surely be desperate to offer a good sales deal after their recall PR disaster. And they must have sorted out those safety issues on cars that haven't left the showroom yet. And they do a seven-seater, don't they?
Oh, yes, there it is - the Verso. Except that's the five-seat version. So where's the seven-seat version, and how much does it cost? What? You don't want to tell me? OK - I'll download an ebrochure. That's bound to tell me.
But what's this? You won't let me download it unless I give you my title, first name, surname and email address - "information [which] may be forwarded to [my] local Toyota Centre". No thank you, Toyota - I'm not that eager to buy one of your cars.
So, is it just me? And if so, where am I going wrong?
Ah, here's the clue - back on the Honda site. It's the wheels. That's what's always top of the specification list. And the bigger the better it seems.
So next weekend I'm off out to buy a set of 18-inchers - and see if I can get a car to go with them.
Don't worry, I'm not turning into The Sartorialist or anything (not least because my photographic skills are on an entirely different - ie inferior - scale). But on my recent trip to Paris I couldn't really ignore the fact that I was in the fashion capital of the world.
And these gentlemen certainly have some style, don't they?
But I suppose the question is also whether you would start a blog today if you didn't blog already. And the answer, I guess, is probably no. You'd turn to Twitter and Facebook instead, wouldn't you? Which is a shame. But there's plenty of activity on corporate blogs; or those blogs that are part and parcel (or the electronic outreach) of a print publication. And aggregators: there's plenty of those about, constantly recirculating content that you've already read somewhere else.
But blogging is really all about the alternative view, isn't it? Which is why the blogger as an individual is important: because it's the departure from what might otherwise be the mainstream view that needs to be heard. That's what makes life interesting.
So you'll find me here for a little while yet. I can't answer for the others, though - maybe you should encourage them a bit more.
I've told you about 80magazine before - and not that long ago either. I told you at the time that it was well worth a bookmark, but today's post turns that into an absolute must (unless you're totally disinterested in design, of course).