Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Gipsy Kings 'Mosaique'

I conducted a tour the other day for a large group of kids from the Davie County YMCA. We led them around the station and showed them things that they couldn’t give a dozen rabbit pellets about… All they cared about was… And I’m quoting the kids here… “Can I talk on the radio?”

Oh sure, they talk a good game. They want to talk on the radio and they’ll bug the pinworms out of you about it, but when you stick a microphone into their faces… Those buggers will shut up faster than Jack Woltz can get out of bed after waking up next to a horse’s severed head.

Anyway… It was time to close out the tour and answer any remaining questions that those young impressionable minds may have had.

“Do you guys have any questions?” I asked.

One little hand was raised by a little boy standing behind a couple of other kids right in front of me.

“What’s your question?” I asked the boy that grew an inch or two while he stood on his toes to be seen. As if I wouldn’t be able to see him.

His question came at me straight and to the point with absolutely no malice… “Do you ever comb your hair?”

--I went out of town over the weekend and I tried experimenting with something… Gas mileage.

Most of my trip would be on roads that have a posted speed limit of 65mph. I decided to drive at 60mph in all zones posted 55mph or above.

I saved a bit of gas and I arrived at my destination without bitching about some idiot(s) or white knuckles. As a matter of fact, I found it quite relaxing while other drivers hustled and bustled by me. I passed only one car on the way to my destination and passed four on the way back home. It was almost… Dare I write it… Delightful!

I did notice something other than my own fuel savings… There were quite a few SUV drivers out there using the same idea to save some gas. And that idea works!

When I opened my paper on Monday morning, there was an article about driving slower to save fuel. You can save up to 17% a gallon just by slowing down 10mph. And according to the article, that means saving roughly 69 cents per $4 dollar a gallon gas.

Finding that my gas gauge had barely moved towards the “E” was very pleasing. And the commute was relaxing and stress free.

I highly recommend it!


  1. Anonymous9:51 AM

    You left out the explanation part of the hair story that I found very amusing. :)
    YOU driving without bitching... what a unique concept!

  2. Anonymous10:11 AM

    I want to know your answer too the hair comb question!?

  3. Anonymous1:46 PM

    Funny hair story, but crappy 'Godfather' analogy. Jack Woltz didn't get out of bed at all - he just sat there in the blood, shouting.

  4. I gave it a shot, Christine. I'm not a big fan of The Godfather, but being a betting man... I'm sure he got out of bed eventually.

    I don't hit the bullseye every time... But thanks for being such a stickler for detail.

    I'm filing it now in the "Eh" folder.

  5. The only problem with that is I hate to drive. I mean, I'm glad I CAN drive, just hate to. So the quicker I can get there, legally, I'll certainly do it! Cost be damned! LOL
    And since Eug won't add my blog to his links at the top o'the page, I'll have to plug it here...