Monthly Archives: April 2011

Expo in Amarillo

Today was the big vendor Expo at my Amarillo distributor and there were a lot of participants. I didn’t count booths, but there had to be over thirty.

Then the customers showed up. And lots of them too. I was so busy I didn’t have time to sit for over six hours. Exhausted was my word of the day.

I did something a little different today. I got a package of clear plastic cups and poured out bowl and bathroom cleaners into them. They were different colors, different viscosity, different smells… and the people loved it. It was amazing to watch.

One of their sales reps walked over and said, “I’ve been watching for a while and people are spending a lot more time at your booth. ” Boy, was he right. And they kept coming back, dragging friends and bosses alike.
What a great day.

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Riding Behind Brake-Riders

I don’t know if the moon phase or solar flares are responsible, but all those people that constantly ride their brakes are out and about.

Lately, I have personally witnessed several people driving for miles with their brakes lights on making it hard to determine when they are braking. Then when they do let off, they slow way down for some unexplained reason. If you know why … let me know.

They’re everywhere … just you pay attention

And most of the time, they’re the same ones that have their blinkers going too.

2007 Dodge Magnum March 2011 Statistics

March was an interesting month for me and Inara, my Dodge Magnum. On March 10th, I filled up with 87 octane Regular Unleaded gasoline instead of my usual 89 octane Mid-Grade. With the advent of the huge increase in gasoline prices, it seemed like an appropriate time to test Inara on less octane.

March 2011 Statistics

Miles Driven: 4284 miles
Average MPG: 24.874
Maximum MPG: 27.546
Minimum MPG: 22.700
Average $/gallon: $3.449
Expenditure: $656.42

A quick update on running Regular Unleaded

 

Again, the total expenditure includes more than gasoline. It covers car washes, oil changes, etc.. As you can see, the average price of gas was up $0.31/gallon and that increase is deceptive. The February gas price was all Mid-Grade and most of March’s was Regular. Mid-Grade was up over $0.50/gallon in those same few weeks.

You’ll notice the gas mileage is up almost .5 mpg even with switching over to Regular Unleaded. I’m surprised by this statistic, but pleasantly pleased.

Alamo City LX Picnic at the Park

The Alamo City LX club met at the park in late March for a good old fashioned picnic. There were barbecue grills at the picnic sites and we had a master griller with Larry (not me) at the helm. The side dishes weren’t bad either.

With good food and lots of talk of cars, customs, and hemis, we all had a great time. The club usually has some kind of meetup or show every weekend, so if you are in the San Antonio area, come out and join us.

Oh, and your Charger, Challenger, Magnum, or 300 doesn’t have to have a Hemi. Mine doesn’t and the fun is still there to look at different customizations each has made along with the great How-tos.