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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Week 2 of the Trivia Unification Tournament

All right, it’s time for the second week of the Capital District’s Trivia Unification Tournament, in which all the area’s bar and tavern trivia companies pick their top teams for a single-game winner-take-all championship. Wait … did I say second week? Yeah, I did.  Seems I didn’t realize the qualification tournament started last week. Oops.

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