Monthly Archives: July 2012

2012 Nissan Juke

Lots of spunky compact runabouts out there. The inexpensive ones, though – like the $14k-ish to start Kia Soul – are usually on the slow-ish side. And the ones that aren’t slow – like the turbocharged Mini Cooper Countryman S – which starts at $25,350 for the FWD version are – expensive. Then there’s Nissan’s…

The Virtues of the Pick-Your-Part

One of the biggest expenses that comes along for the ride when you own a car is replacing pieces of the car – especially small stuff like outside mirrors, grilles, headlight assemblies, tail lights (and tailgates, if you own a truck) and trim bits. No matter what make or model vehicle you’ve got, eventually –…

Goodbye America

Stumbled across this very well written article/letter and wanted to spread it to as many people as possible.. http://sailboatdiaries.com/wordpress/2012/07/20/why-im-leaving-america/ Goodbye, America. For as long as I’ve lived you’ve been my only home. I’ve had a wonderful life here. Your inhabitants are almost universally kind, and I’ve become lifelong friends with many of your citizens. All…

Cars, Cops, Traffic Stops – and CHPs

Trigger-happy, over-aggressive cops are – unfortunately – a reality. Which is why it’s probably a good idea to get your concealed handgun permit (CHP) if you carry a gun with you in a car. Even in – especially in – states where open carry is legal. Let me explain… . In my own state of…

2012 Toyota Sienna

It’s interesting to note that while all-wheel-drive is spreading to virtually every type of car on the road, it’s becoming a rarity among minivans. In fact, the only traditional minivan that even offers AWD is the 2012 Toyota Sienna. And there’s something else, too. You can buy a four-cylinder Sienna – a potentially more economical…

The De Facto Mandate

Big Business has discovered that it can do business with Big Government – and vice versa – the two spooning together like lovesick newlyweds. Of course, it’s us – the Mundanes – who end up getting screwed. Here’s another example: Back-up cameras for cars. It’s not even necessary to actually mandate such things anymore. The…

Fixing Modern Cars

Probably the single biggest impediment to doing DIY work on a late-model car is the space issue – getting at the engine, being able to reach the part that needs attention. If you can’t get your hands – or a tool –  on it, you can’t fix or replace it. Some late model cars are…

Government Thugs go After Home Vegetable Garden

Take a look at Josée Landry and Michel Beauchamp’s gorgeous front yard kitchen garden in Drummondville, Quebec. The cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchinis, beets, onions, and brussels sprouts and other vegetables grown by the couple helped Beauchamp lose 75 pounds, and Landry 25. The only problem? It’s illegal. Boing Boing points us to a petition to save…