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I Bought a Car

March 29, 2015

I bought a car Saturday morning.  I left my home at 8:35 am and parked the new car in my garage at 10:40 am.  Not only that, but the car was EXACTLY what I wanted and the price was less than I had hoped to pay.

How did this happen?  I was reading reviews of the Ford Focus.  One of the review sites ( offered to get sale prices for me.  I filled out the form.  Within a couple days, my mailbox and voice mail were full of messages from local dealerships.  Most wanted me to visit their store to test drive cars.  I responded to each email with a description of the car I wanted to purchase and the price I was willing to pay.  A lot of dealers did not respond to this note.  Most of the dealers that did respond sent me a list of vehicles that were close to what I was looking for with prices that were higher than I wanted to pay.

One guy sent me an email with the window sticker of the exact car I was looking for with a price $700 less than I had hoped to pay.  His dealership did not have the car I was looking for, so he got on the computer and located the car at another dealership.  He emailed me an excellent price with complete terms including rebates.  I gave him a deposit over the phone and picked my car up Saturday.  No up-sell.  No pressure to buy a service plan.  Just a couple signatures and a handshake.

If you are looking for a no nonsense, no hassle, no pressure car purchase, I suggest you talk to my new friend Chris Lane (603-658-9026, at McFarland Ford in Exeter.

For the record, the car was a 2014 Ford Focus SE Sedan with automatic transmission, air conditioning, and the winter package (heated seats, heated mirrors, and all weather mats) and the price was $14, 304.

Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past

February 10, 2015

from The Independent

“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.

Michael Jeacock, a Cambridgeshire local historian, added that a generation was growing up “without experiencing one of the greatest joys and privileges of living in this part of the world – open-air skating”.

David Parker, at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in Berkshire, says ultimately, British children could have only virtual experience of snow. Via the internet, they might wonder at polar scenes – or eventually “feel” virtual cold.

Another HS Data Breach

January 8, 2015

Open letter to SAU 55 Superintendent Earl Metzler,

December 22, York Dispatch – (Pennsylvania) Police: Students’ information compromised in South Western HS data breach. The school district notified an unknown number of students at South Western High School in Penn Township and their parents after an individual accessed students’ personal information. Police are investigating how the breach occurred and who is responsible. Source:

When our kids’ PII is compromised — or at least when that fact has been made public, there will be plenty of evidence that you were personally aware of the risk. There is no need to put this information at risk. You need to better protect this information. Starting now.

Kids Know Common Core Stinks

December 24, 2014

Remember when the SAU’s great minds decided to eliminate midterms and finals? Remember who complained loudest?  In case you missed it, it was the kids that challenged the bureaucracy.   Kids who knew Big Tests were important and kids who arrived on college campuses unable to compete.

Well, here is a little girl who, at ten years old, knows what many of us suspect — Common Core stinks…

Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2014

AP/ABC Concede Green Not So Green

December 17, 2014

from AP via ABC

“It’s kind of hard to beat gasoline” for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. “A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean … are not better than gasoline.”

The key is where the source of the electricity all-electric cars. If it comes from coal, the electric cars produce 3.6 times more soot and smog deaths than gas, because of the pollution made in generating the electricity, according to the study that is published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They also are significantly worse at heat-trapping carbon dioxide that worsens global warming, it found.

The study finds all-electric vehicles cause 86 percent more deaths from air pollution than do cars powered by regular gasoline. Coal produces 39 percent of the country’s electricity, according to the Department of Energy.

This is not news for most of us, but, in this era of ‘hands up don’t shoot’ and ‘cash for clunkers*’, that there is a chasm between perception and reality.

We line our trash cans with ‘repurposed’ bags from the grocery store and my 2005 Ford Focus has avoided landfills for ten years while getting 30 mpg from ‘coal free’ energy sources.

* According to the GAO Cash for Clunkers added 677,842 automobiles to our nation’s landfills by requiring the destruction of functional ‘clunkers’.

The Green Thing

December 17, 2014

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.

The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”

The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”

The older lady said that she was right — our generation didn’t have the “green thing” in its day. The older lady went on to explain:

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn’t do the “green thing” back then.

We walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn’t have the “green thing” in our day.

Back then we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.
Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief(remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she’s right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in arazor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the”green thing.” We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.

We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to really piss us off… especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smart-ass who can’t make change without the cash register telling them how much.


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