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Gas Buddy Finds Stations that Have Gasoline, Diesel or Both

No mention of their snack supply. Here's the link: tracker.gasbuddy.com... read more

Autogyro

I've seen this gyrocopter taking off and landing from the John C. TuneMetro airport. Maybe he's doing sales demos or something. Pretty coollooking. See autogyrousa.com/... read more

Emissions Test

A mostly one-way text conversation (click image) I had with my wife yesterday while she worked and I tried to get her car emissions tested. I was laughing at my own situation after a while, wondering what could possibly go wrong next. I never did get it tested because I really did have to leave a... read more

The Truth About Electric Cars

From: AnonymousSee Electric-Cars..."At a neighbourhood BBQ I was talking to a neighbour, a BC Hydro executive. I asked him how that renewable thing was doing. He laughed, then got serious. If you really intend to adopt electric vehicles, he pointed out, you had to face certain realities. For ex... read more

Scotty Kilmer Explains New Car Repair

You probably can't fix it yourself, and your mechanic might not be able to, either. Almost a metaphor for our times. See Scotty Kilmer explains new car repair.By the way, this guy's great. In various places he says: Honda makes the best engines but Toyota makes the best cars. The Ford 150 is the bes... read more

Too Funny

This is too funny not to share. See German man's car found 20 years after he lost it in parking garage. "Almost every driver has been there - when parking in a large lot or garage, it can be easy to misplace a car.But while most drivers locate their cars after a frustrating few minutes, one Ger... read more

Wife's Jetta

Driving wife's Jetta while my car gets serviced. I called it a piece of $h!+ while I tried to climb out. Its door hit me in the forehead during the struggle. So, I guess we're even.... read more

Shaking While Braking

Three and a half hours in the Pep Boys waiting room is always time well-spent, wouldn't you agree? :) I'm home now, appreciating the comfort of my office chair, but Pep Boys seriously needs to consider putting more comfortable seats in their waiting area. I did get some things done while waiting, at... read more

Lit Motors Builds a Car that Breaks the Rules

Go to Lit Motors Builds a Car that Breaks the Rules."Right now, electric cars are not sustainable," he says. "The average electric car battery pack is four times larger than ours, with one-third the range. If every car in the U.S. had that battery pack, we would need to produce four times more... read more

Ford's Hemp-Powered, Hemp-Made Car

I just thought this was interesting: youtube.com/watch?v=54vD_cPCQM8And here's another article on the same subject: 10 X Stronger Than Steel In The 1940sAnd another: henry-ford-made-a-hemp-car-in-1941"What if cars didn't have to be the way they are today? If you are a researcher of any kind of ... read more

300,000 Miles, and Not One Accident

Go to Refreshing News: Google's Self-Driving Cars: 300,000 Miles Logged, Not a Single Accident Under Computer Control"Ever since Google began designing its self-driving cars, they've wanted to build cars that go beyond the capabilities of human-piloted vehicles, cars that are much, much safer.... read more

Auto Repair and Maintenance Estimates

We hear this is a good website to estimate how much a car repair should cost. Auto Repair and Maintenance Estimates ~ Auto Shop and Mechanic Ratings : RepairPal."RepairPal independently certifies auto repair shops nationwide for superior training, quality tools, fair ...... read more

How to Replace a Headlight Bulb in a Honda Accord

How to Replace a Headlight Bulb in a Honda AccordI just followed their instructions to fix my wife's headlight (after she got pulled over and warned about it).So, I thought I'd give credit where credit's due.Thanks, eHow!... read more

A Day Without My Car

I'm just testing this Windows Live Writer software. UPDATE: There's now a newer, "open-source" version here.It was a dark and stormy night ... No, it was an unusually cold day ... yeah, that's it ... for the first week of December when I was forced to go without my beloved - well, maybe not beloved,... read more

Bill and Tara's Excellent Adventure

It started out as an innocent attempt at "dinner and a movie" on a Saturday night. It turned into... Tara's nightmare!We had dinner at Schlotzsky's, each of us ordering one of their 8" "personal" pizzas. Tara got her usual barbecue chicken. I tried something new: the so-called Th... read more
The Lazy Pug Cafe -- The Lazy Pug Cafe was a dilapidated old two-story farmhouse abandoned years ago, lately serving as a sad but charming reminder of days gone by. With its beautiful old weeping willow in front and a massive ancient oak tree, Ol' Lightnin', out back, locals were grateful someone was finally bringing the