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May 17, 2015

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 (http://dealers.autosite.com) 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, clane@mcfarlandford.com) 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: http://www.yorkdispatch.com/breaking/ci_27188043/police-students-information-compromised-south-western-hs-data

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’.

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