Firefly or Tardis: Naming our new car

>> Thursday, August 14, 2008

We finally had to do it. It's been more than twelve years since either of us bought a car, but it was time to add a new vehicle to the Gratz Industries corporate fleet. And here it is:

A 2008 Subaru Forester. We bought it used, for what we think (based on comparison shopping) was a pretty good deal. And it only has 13K miles on it, so it's still well under warranty. It is also shiny.

As all great cars do, this one needs a name. For years now, we've had "The Jeep" and "The white car." We still have "The white car," but while it's a good, reliable car, it doesn't really deserve a better name. This one, as noted, is shiny. And new. It also inspires the very odd sensation of feeling small on the outside and bigger on the inside. Thus, our first inclination was to call it "The Tardis," which fans of Doctor Who will instantly understand. The problem? It doesn't look very Tardis-y, particularly as the Tardis is blue, and our shiny new car is gold. (Perhaps not the color we would have chosen, but for us the good price trumped the paint job.)

Instead, Wendi had the idea to call it "Firefly," after the ship in Joss Whedon's sci-fi/western of the same name:

Wendi also points out that the Forester has all kinds of hidden compartments for smuggling things in, which fits perfectly with a Firefly.

More properly, we suppose, it should be called "Serenity," which is the name of the ship in the show; "Firefly" is just the class of ship. But we like the sound of Firefly better. Besides, we can say, "Let's take the Firefly," and it still works.

And it is shiny.


Fabricationist August 14, 2008 at 11:32 AM  

You could have pretended that you fixed the Chameleon Circuit. You do still wear Chuck Taylor's right?

Oh well. Firefly Ho!

Michael Kline August 14, 2008 at 2:32 PM  

Congrats: Gratz !
This I quote from somewhere... ""Subaru" is the Japanese word for the star cluster Pleiades that is depicted in the company logo. The Pleiades also known as the Seven Sisters has seven stars, the logo's six stars represent the five companies that came together after WW2 to form one large company. "

Anyway I'll be looking for the Firfly in the a.m.'s

TN-Tanuki August 14, 2008 at 2:50 PM  

How about Jayne? It's got that nautical-name-the-ship-after-a-woman feel and it's a reference to Firefly! It's a win win, I say!

Anne,  August 14, 2008 at 10:37 PM  

When I was searching for a name for my new car, I put the make and model (Honda Accord) into an internet anagram server (I, rearrangement servant) and came up with Cocoa Car Horn (Cocoa for short). A quick trip to the same said server tonight with "subaru forester" yeilded not so promising results--lots of combinations starting with barf, though, which Jo should get a kick out of (my favorite was Barf Trouser Sue). Nothing as lovely or fitting as Firefly.

Laura August 16, 2008 at 1:27 PM  

We had a large white van that we called the "Beluga." The sleek white sedan obviously became the "porpoise." Our sweet white baby sportscar (Honda S-2000) we call the "Marshmallow."

The S-2000 is my husband's midlife crisis car. Obviously he was going to object when we began referring to it as the Marshmallow. The more he objected, the more we teased (and we have five children.) Eventually he had to accept it. Now he will ask, "Who wants to take a ride in the Marshmallow?"

I smile every time I hear it...

Chris August 19, 2008 at 9:48 PM  

I like Firefly. Does it glow at night when a car shines on it?

saab auto parts August 19, 2008 at 10:05 PM  

Great post! I just realized I have yet to name my car! Or decide if it’sa he or a she yet. It’sa black Honda Civic ‘99 with gray interior and dragonfly seat covers on the front =]. Any ideas? SHARE! Kudos if I pick yours.

Good luck with yours

Delsie Maidens October 17, 2012 at 5:36 PM  

So did you in fact end up calling it Firefly? Strangely enough, the car strikes me as more of a Tardis than a Firefly, despite the car not being blue at all! It might be the face of the car; it just gives me a very Tardis-y impression, haha!

Erwin Calverley January 9, 2013 at 3:31 PM  

You made a great decision of buying a pre-owned car. In fact, it seems that the previous owner took good care of Firefly because I can barely see scratches on the pictures. It's an absolute win to find a great car deal from pre-owned dealers because you're sure to save a lot of money.

Erwin Calverley

Maria Wegner January 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM  

I prefer Firefly! Haha! I wonder what name you really ended up. There are people who are really serious about giving their car a name, no? Well, there’s nothing wrong about it. Like pets, we truly want to show some love and concern towards our cars and naming them is really a part of it! :p

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