From the time I was about 15-years-old, I was really into motorcycles. I’ve ridden everything from a 400cc Kawasaki street bike up to a Vulcan 1600 Nomad bagger — greatly different in size, but always Team Green.

One of the most fun things about motorcycles is “farkles,” or all the extra stuff you add to a stock bike to make it your own. My Tesla is the first four-wheeled vehicle I’ve owned that I’ve felt that same urge to accessorize. Let’s go through some of the extras I’ve added to my Model Y.

Up first is minor paint correction and…


My new car was just a week old when I ran into some real trouble. I was leaving a doctor’s appointment via the Loop 101 when I heard an awful noise. From the sound, I thought I’d hit something and my entire back bumper was dragging on the ground, but the center screen instantly warned that my passenger side rear tire had “0 PSI.”

Luckily I was right at an exit ramp and limped into a shopping center parking lot at 10 to 15 miles per hour with my hazard lights on. As the car had already told me, the…


The thing about articles, YouTube videos and blogs like this one is that the writers tend to focus on the negative. Despite the best of intentions, I fell into the same trap. When you’re spending a lot of money, you tend to have expectations. That’s normal. Despite the last couple of thousand words in this blog, my experience as a Tesla owner has brought more smiles than frowns.

So what do I like?

WHEN IN DOUBT, THROTTLE OUT

There are hundreds of YouTube videos where Tesla owners put an unexpecting (or even an expecting) passenger in the front seat, then…


With four problems identified when I took delivery of my Model Y, I was hoping to get mobile service, where the issues would be addressed in my own driveway. Unfortunately, the exurb where I live isn’t in the service area. I had to make an appointment at the Tesla service center in Tempe for two weeks later. They don’t do Saturday appointments like every other carmaker, so you better have a day off work or a flexible schedule to get your Tesla fixed.

Having previously owned a BMW, I thought I knew what to expect when going in for service…


The Model Y is the first vehicle I’ve bought without a test drive. Pulling out of the parking stall at the delivery center was my first experience in command of a Tesla. My 17-year-old laughed at my first twitchy accelerator input. Instant torque works in a parking lot as well as it does on a freeway on-ramp.

It took about 15 minutes on the Loop 101 before the Y’s myriad cameras calibrated and I experienced Autopilot for the first time. It took another 45 minutes in stop and go rush hour traffic for me to feel comfortable and trust the…


I took delivery of my Tesla Model Y a month ago. I’d heard and read horror stories about Tesla service in the year or two before buying mine. My experience was decidedly more mixed. First the positive.

One day before my delivery appointment, Tesla announced a $2,000 price drop on the Standard Range model I had ordered. I had a sleepless night of stress over whether I’d have the discipline to walk if they wouldn’t honor the new price. I thought since I placed my order and put down my $100 deposit at the old price, they’d play hardball. However…


Every Tesla has a name. Mine is the U.S.S. Crazy Horse ▪ NX-1101

Where do you start writing about your experience with Tesla? Only Apple has had more ink spilled about it. What’s to say that hasn’t already been said? Instead of the longer form blogging I did with my first electric vehicle, the BMW i3, I’m going to go with shorter posts for my Tesla adventure. This will be random observations and opinions. I hope you’ll come along.

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Up Next: Delivery Day


While going through a folder linked to an old personal blog, I found this quick-hit piece from 2009 listing my Top 3 Gadgets of the time. I’ve added a brief update to each item for some modern day perspective.

The best you could get in 2009: Apple’s iPhone 3Gs

iPhone 3Gs

When it comes to my top three favorite gadgets, the iPhone 3Gs stands head & shoulders above all others. I love that my wife and I can have twin phones, with our own app setups, yet share essential information. I love that I can add an appointment to my calendar and it shows up on my wife’s phone automatically — reminders…


Sometimes You Might Have to Read the ****ing Manual

One of my favorite writers, David Pogue of the New York Times*, put out a column today instructing gadget nerds on which “tech terms to avoid.” It’s in response to complaints he gets from so-called newbies who feel bewildered by tech terms they don’t understand.

Among the words he’d like the digerati to eschew are device, display and wi-fi, along with the alphabet soup of acronyms, including DRM, LCD, PDA, RAM and URL.

I couldn’t disagree more with Mr. Pogue about forgoing use of these terms. They’re all valid tech terms which anyone purporting to live in the real world…


Day One Impressions and Full Review

Four color combinations will eventually be offered, but only black is available at launch. According to Apple, ivory, moss and navy will follow later this summer.

I’m coming to this Powerbeats Pro impressions piece from two years of near daily AirPods use. I picked up AirPods on the first day they were available and used them heavily. Snagging a set of Powerbeats Pro wasn’t quite so easy. Upon release, they were on back-order within minutes. Checking the Apple store app multiple times a day showed availability slipping into early July.

Yesterday while sitting in my favorite Starbucks, I used my Siri shortcut for “Check Powerbeats stock” and the answer returned Available: Today at my closest store. …

El Brown

Unfulfilled former journalist

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