Do you think I’m stupid, DePaula Chevrolet?

You know the drill by now.  As much as I appreciate the staff and repair shop at DePaula Chevrolet, and as much as I appreciate their diligence in taking care of my 2013 Chevrolet Cobalt “Dracourage”, there are moments when I wonder if they actually value me as a human being or if they just…

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You picked a fine time to leave me, loose seal…

So on Friday morning, I was in a good mood, I had to run a few errands in the morning, the weekend looked great, and … By Friday afternoon, my mood had changed completely. Follow me on this. It’s Friday morning, and I’m driving through Schenectady taking care of a few things.  And all of…

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The Life Saver at the 1968 Reunion

You can prepare and prepare and prepare all day and night for an event. And the last thing you expect – the one thing that could derail your entire event – could happen right then and there. It happened yesterday morning.  And it threatened to screw up an event I was scheduled for that night.…

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Am I being wise using Allstate’s Drivewise?

The cartridge arrived in the mail yesterday, and I’m going to installt it in my car this morning, right after I finish this blog post. It’s something called Allstate DriveWise, a tracking device that will, if all goes well, show my insurance company that I’m an excellent driver and that, in being an excellent driver,…

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Christine, Bumblee and Dracourage?!?

You’re familiar with the Stephen King story Christine, with a possessed car? You’re familiar with the Transformers car Bumblebee, which depending on your fandom is either a yellow Volkswagen Beetle or a yellow Chevrolet Camaro – both of whom are sentient beings? Well, apparently over the last few days my 2013 Chevrolet Cruze “Dracourage” may…

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My car snitched on me … again … bruddah …

I wasn’t expecting the phone call.  I hadn’t scheduled any appointments with DePaula Chevrolet – normally I do my “Black Friday Tuneup” efforts on, I don’t know, the real Black Friday. But there it was, DePaula Chevrolet’s name on the Caller ID on my cell phone. “Hi Chuck, this is DePaula Chevrolet, how’s your 2013…

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An open letter to General Motors

Dear General Motors: Let’s go straight to the message. Today I paid off my car loan.  I am now the proud owner of a dark red 2013 Chevrolet Cruze four-door sedan.  I purchased this car in 2016 with a six-year car loan from my credit union, and scraped together every penny and every bonus to…

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Four years ahead … but feeling so far behind…

I checked my bank account this morning.  Good.  The check for $300 I received for helping someone out with a project finally cleared. A quick transfer … and I’m $300 closer to paying off Dracourage, my 2013 Chevrolet Cruze. I also checked the status of my car loan.  In June 2016, I purchased this “certified…

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