Taftsville and Dracourage

During my recent Vermont covered bridges photographic tour, I came across one of the four covered bridges near Woodstock, Vermont – the Taftsville Covered Bridge. The Taftsville Covered Bridge was originally constructed in 1836, and is considered one of the oldest surviving covered bridges in the Green Mountain State. It was severely damaged in 2011…

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100,000 miles and a new warranty

Last Sunday evening, as I was returning from my two-state, two-fair road trip, while driving through a location between Exits 12 and 11, just off the Berkshire Spur where I-90 goes from Columbia County to Albany, the odometer on my 2013 Chevrolet Cruze “Dracourage” hit six figures. Yeah, I chronicled it. Of course I did.…

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GM’s new loyalty points update is as clear as mud.

Two months ago, I blogged about how I had saved over 17,000 GM loyalty points for all the maintenance my 2013 Chevrolet Cruze “Dracourage” underwent. When I went to cash in those loyalty points, I discovered that 17,000 points barely equals $80 bucks in redeemable credit. Ugh. That’s right, pull out your calculators, a GM…

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17,000 points is worth THAT much??

Over the past four years, I’ve taken care of my beloved 2013 Chevrolet Cruze “Dracourage” with a vehicle service contract through DePaula Chevrolet, the dealership where I purchased it in 2016. And because I purchased the car as a “certified pre-owned vehicle,” apparently any repairs or maintenance that I undertake through DePaula Chevrolet, earn me…

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Officially using a senior discount today. Don’t judge me.

Approximately six years ago, I had a meal at a local Denny’s. But in selecting off the menu, I unintentionally ordered from the senior discount menu, and technically, I wasn’t a senior just yet. Today, I’m taking advantage of a senior discount. And actually, I am now age-qualified to claim a senior discount. My local…

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Lots of 8’s without being crazy.

So I ran a few errands yesterday. Dropped off a big bag of empties to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society (they’re finally taking bottles and cans again, so every 5c deposit bottle and can garners them 8c in donations). Zipped over to Walmart to purchase a few kitchen items. And on the way home, I…

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Winterize, winterize, let no little leak evade your eyes…

There are several things that I love about my car. It’s a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze, it’s nicknamed “Dracourage” as a portmanteau of “dragon” and “courage,” it gets great gas mileage, it’s dependable, and it does exactly what I need it to do. But there’s one thing about Dracourage that always concerns me. Wintertime. In the…

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