When William Least Heat-Moon toured the country many years ago, his steed, if you will, was a van that he named Ghost Dancing. His journey of America was 13,000 miles. His book is Blue Highways, A Journey Into America. My steed will be a Subaru WRX (traded for an XV Crosstrek). My travels will be, what in the past were called, the blue highways of Virginia. Years ago, maps showed secondary roads in blue. Yes, the ones less traveled.
Well, it's the Fourth of July weekend and my neighbors were posting on our neighborhood forum about fireworks and their pet's behavior because of them. Several mentioned Thundershirt and one mentioned essential oils. Here was my response:
I must have some, as yet-to-be-diagnosed mental illness that makes me buy cars. Hmm. Or, maybe I just like cars and have a severely-impaired impulse control.
Anyway, I first got interested in the Prius when my friend, Eddie, bought one a couple or so years ago. Eddie, well...has a ton of cars including a Corvette, Miata, and a Datsun Z something or other. So, I wondered, What's up with the Prius? Eddie has had nothing bad to say about his car. And, though I think he may drive the Miata once in a while, I think he usually drives the Prius. Eddie also has several friends who have Priuses. One has driven 90,000 miles in the past two years. They all report they run forever with only basic maintenance. And, nope, none have had to replace the battery.
Anyway, over the past couple of years, I've quizzed Eddie about his car and read a bunch of road tests and such.
And, I recently succumbed to the Siren Call of the Prius.
I'll spare you a long version of the buying process and only say, that over the past years I've bought four cars out-of-state; three in Maryland and one in Delaware. One of the main reasons is the local so-called documentation fee of $700.
I had briefly met Pauline six months or so ago. Recently, we had one phone conversation and several emails. Then I went by and drove a car and a few days later, mine came in (they swapped with another dealer). Pauline made the process painless. And, I got a darned-good price (Toyota had some great rebates).
Though I've only had the car a couple of weeks and have barely driven it, there is surely no buyers' remorse. The car is great....comfortable, quiet, decent handling, and no complaints. And, of course, there's the unbeatable gas mileage.
If you live in the Tidewater area and are interested in a Prius or a
Toyota product, give Pauline Pitman a call at Charles Barker Toyota. Mention my name and she'll give you 50% off (just joking).
Pauline, I would say is a Prius expert. She's worked at Charles Barker for 17 years and has owned Priuses since they first came out. Yes, every generation and presently drives the fourth generation.
EDIT: I have a lot more to say about Priuses, but...this comment or posting started to take on a life of its own and I thought I'd get this finished and will add another posting about Priuses shortly (I hope).
OK, I give. I've messed with this post for at least an hour. And, for some reason, I can't get the print all the same size. Over the years this has happened a couple of times. Sorry, folks....
And, lest you think you can get away from the racing virus, once infected, well, you are wrong. Take a look at this video. This gentleman is 92. Yes, 92!!!! Stan Dibben won a sidecar championship in 1953....
Guy Martin is my hero. He holds several world records for speed...including, bicycle and sled (snow). He's an amazing young fellow.
OK, just one more.... Best Moments of....
Honest, this is the last. A little of the downside of the races. A doctor interviewed as well as a rider from the States who was injured....
OK, this may or may not be the last. These are truly interesting and are from the police department's viewpoint showing eveything they have to do in opening and closing roads and so on. Well worth the watching.... Two parts.
OK, folks. I fess-up. I borrowed this from the Internet.
OK, so how did I end up finding 4G Community? Short version...I was using a 22GB internet service at $95 per month. (Note: I don't watch TV and have a basic flip phone...so, bundlingI wasn't looking for.) Each month I kept telling myself to get a cheaper/less expensiveservice. Finally, I spent a few hours and found 4GCommunity. Amazing rates are quoted. The one I was interested in was $250 plus a membership fee of (I think) $15. So, what do you get for $265? One year of unlimited Internet usage and the Hotspot device (a small gizmo that gets you connected). Amazingly, the second year is only $168.
For those of you who aren't familiar with a Hotspot device, you can haul this around with you and as long as it's charged and there is service you have the Internet.
I was a little hesitant to sign on with them. Why? First off it just seemed to be too good to be true. Also, for tech support and information about the program, there are limited hours that you can seek help. Yes, daytime hours only and no tech support on Sunday.
I left a message on the information number. My call was returned a day later. OK, I'm feeling a little better about these folks.
I found a forum where several folks mentioned them and reported the service worked as advertised. Yes, that was good to read.
Also, asked myself, Do I really need 24-hour tech support? The Hotspot I have now has been running for about a year. Yep, just plugged it into the charger and that was that. The one I have now I will occasionally have to restart it if I can't get connected. Just turn it off and back on. So, no, I don't really need 24 tech support. OK, I signed up...
My Hotspot got here in just a few days. Yippie. OK, I tried to get connected and couldn't. Dang. Sent off an email to tech support. Kept fiddling around...the magic code or what-have-you was hard to read. This is shown on the Hotspot gizmo. Yes, old eyes and small print. I was leaving off a small a that looked like a period or something. If I hadn't goofed up on that, it'd been working in a couple of minutes.
Tech support? Yes, they called me in about 8/12 hours. Though everything was working fine had a nice conversation with Scott, about 4G.
And, that's my story folks....
EDIT: You might even be able to use this for phones, though I surely don't know.
OK, first off, I own a ton of fountain pens. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, these are pens that use
actual ink. In fact, many must be filled from bottles of ink. For some reason that I can't quite fathom I started collecting Retro 51 pens (though Retro makes fountain pens that use liquid ink, most of their pens are rollerballs/ballpoints) a few months ago. A couple of days ago Retro introduced a new model: Shark Alley. Decided I had to have one and they are making fewer than 800. Sooooooo, off to Fountain Pen Hospital I go.
In just one day many dealers were already sold out. That said, Fountain Pen Hospital showed they were taking orders for their shipment that was due to arrive shortly. I placed my order online, Friday, March 10, 2017.
Amazingly, an hour or so later (after they sent an email showing my order) a gentleman called me to let me know that my order would be shipped not later than Monday. The gentleman was personable, pleasant, and professional. Dang, I thought, this amount of personalized service for a $41 rollerball pen! About an hour later another email. Yes, my pen is on the way.
Just felt I had to give these folks (sorry, the oaf I am, didn't get the gentleman's name) some recognition. When we want to complain about bad experiences we usually do...but, we often ignore great service and give no credit when it's due.
Fountain Pen Hospital has been in business since 1946. They are one of the best-known pen shops in the US (and I'm sure they do business internationally). Give these folks a call for your pen needs. 1-800-253-PENS. Also, check out the collection of terrific pens at Retro 51. Great for yourself or as gifts.
Two of the books are 55-word stories and one is limited to six words. All three have stories or comments about religion, relationships, life, and the human condition. The first one has been available for about five years. The two latest were just finished over the past week.
The first one, Fifty-Five 55-Word Stories, though I like the stories, looks like it was thrown together by an amateur, which it was of course. The book has limited font sizes and just about no bold print and the categories of stories aren't grouped.
The two books just published recently have a more professional look. However, I still like all of the stories. And, stories are why we write books.
There are @ 288 of these!
On Amazon, there are sample stories for all of the books.
Here we go again, amazingly. In our sister city, if you will, Chesapeake, which rubs up against the border of my city (Virginia Beach) Councilwoman Suzy Kelly is proposing that Chesapeake adopts In God We Trust. Here's the link to the article. I would really like to use the F word, however, one of my New Years' resolutions was to use no words that I wouldn't use around my mom. And, around my mom, I rarely, if ever, even said damn. Where was I? If I said my Subaru gets 100 mpg you'd surely ask for EVIDENCE! You would surely want to see some road tests or something. You surely wouldn't believe just on my saying that my Subaru gets 100 mpg. Suppose I showed you the Subaru Bible and pointed out that the Bible said it gets 100 mpg, would you then believe it? Why not, for cryin' out loud, it's in the Bible. Yet, you believe in a virgin birth, talking snakes, and all the rest....but, won't believe my Subaru gets 100 mpg. Well, enough of this. Yes, just whistlin' Dixie. You folks keep on getting up on Sunday, putting on your finest, trudging to your churches and such, and praising whatever God you praise. Listening to ministers, reverends, and so on; dressed in really tacky costumes, babbling about the Lord God and Baby Jesus. Terrific. Occasionally and rarely a few of you will all of a sudden realize you've been had.....and, will realize what a hoax and a scam it has all been. Yes, America may well be a great country. But, in many ways, with our bizarre and absurd beliefs, we are so far behind other great nations who have tossed off the shackles of delusions, false beliefs. myths, and superstitions. If we take a look at the countries that have the highest we're happy and enjoying life ratings, they are the same countries that have the fewest believers! Hmmm.....
Any of you folks race fans? I've been watching and attending races for years. The first race I attended was about 1945. Though my favorite is road racing, over the years I've watched just about everything, yes, including lawn mower racing!
However, until yesterday I'd never heard of Banger racing. Yes, Banger racing. There seem to be several classes and some races seem to be nothing more than a demolition derby, though most are actual races even though there will be a lot of Banging (wrecking). In the States, we have short-track racing. Typically, this is what you might call hobby racing that takes place Saturday night at tracks all over the country. The tracks are usually 1/4 or 1/2 mile. And, it's often said there will be beatin' and bangin'. Yes, close racing with paint swapping and rubbing. It would seem that the Banger racers take it to another level.
Here's an example of the Micro class of Banger racing....
By now, we've all heard of road rage. I think for most instances of so-called road rage, we may be more accurate in calling it antisocial personality disorder. You know, thug and bully behavior. But, enough of trying to define it. In England, you could just drive your everyday car right out on the track and deal with your aggression or your desire to go fast and race.
Well, I'm sure most of us have heard about Tim Tebow and the fan who had a seizure. And,
that Tebow laid on hands and prayed. Sadly, many think that this act actually saved this fan. A couple of comments. Because two things happen at the same time doesn't mean there's causality. That is, it doesn't mean that one thing caused the other.....Tebow laying on of hands and the fan coming to. Yes, it will surely seem crazy to you believers but I could have been eating a hot dog at the time of this incident, and claim that my eating a hot dog caused this fan's recovery. It makes as much sense or lack of sense. The other aspect is from a medical perspective. Sadly, many people routinely have seizures and most of them are not fatal. Yes, the person recovers and goes about their life. This fan recovering could be the normal course of events for him. Some, I'm sure actually think that Tebow has the power or whatever term you want to use. You know, Tebow is a healer. Well, that could easily be tested by him going to the closest hospital. Now, I would like to metion Kari Van Horn of ABC 15 Arizona, Yes, she gets a Crap Head
Award for calling this a MIRACLE!!!!!! Way to go, Kari! Here are two links about this story:
My friend, Mr. Charlie, who is a counselor, recently told me I've been obsessed about so-called complementary and alternative medicine, psychics, and so on and spending far-too-much time writing about it. And, he may well be correct.
Anyway, he sent me a link that solved all of my problems. I will share it with you folks.