I did something stupid today. Well, not really stupid, it's something I wanted to do for a long time. I've never, ever had a really cool car in my life. Okay, my ITB road racing car had cool. Any car with a roll cage and a fuel cell has major cool, even in meltdown green and yellow paint. Race cars, are, well, race cars, and they have cool.

But not a street car. I've had good reliable cars, functional cars, but not a cool street car. My buddy Chris' arsenal has inculded a Miata a '66 mustang fastback, a '55 Chevy Bel Air, and a '71 Chevelle SS in the eight years I've known him. But I've gotten by with a four-cylinder S-10. Practical. Sensible.

Not any more. Today I bought my first cool car, a brand spankin' new Ford Focus SVT. 170 horspower Six speed transmission. Traction control Heck, it's even got heated seats. It goes like bat out of hell, stops like a bungee cord and can pull major gees in a corner. It has heated seats! Plus it looks cool. I have my first key fob. Oh, it's not entirely impractical, it's small and has lots of cargo room. But it's the coolest car I've ever owned, and I am happy. My underwear runneth over.

Now if only I could figure out how to take the boom out of the "audiophile " package stereo. That may take some study.