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It’s the “Only in New Jersey Kindle Cover” Contest!

Straight from the highways of New Jersey, it’s the coolest, most unique Kindle cover out there! Take the tough, durable black sailcloth from the convertible roof of one genuine Garden State pedigree Ford Mustang; hinge it with the extraordinarily strong webbing from that very same convertible. Line it with luxurious red satin brocade, add one genuine state of New Jersey license plate, and you’ve got a Kindle cover that’s been down the road and back!  Not only will the N.J. Mustang Kindle Cover protect the precious contents within; it’s a Kindle cover you won’t find anywhere else!

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There’s only one thing: it’s not for sale! The only way to get one of these amazing covers is to enter the “Only in New Jersey” Kindle cover contest!  It’s fun, it’s easy, and there’s no purchase necessary!  Simply email me the name of the song Annabel is singing along to in the beginning of Last Exit In New Jersey  — it’s not all that far into the free sample —  and you’ll be entered into a drawing for your choice of the amazing Mustang Kindle cover. If you prefer a more subtle style, the N.J. Mustang Kindle Cover is also available in an ‘Unlicensed’ version.

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For anyone wondering what keeps the Kindle in, it’s secured by Command strips to a smooth plastic panel within the cover. This keeps the Kindle attached firmly, yet leaves it completely removeable with not a mark left behind.

All entries must be received by September 30th. Send your answers to: cegrundler(at)gmail.com; be sure to put “Only in New Jersey” into the subject line. Emails will be numbered in order of receipt and I’ll email you back with your entry number confirmation. On Friday, October 1st a random number will be selected though Random.org  http://www.random.org/  I’ll post a screen-shot by 12 noon and announce the winner.

But WAIT!    There’s more! 

If you are the lucky winner and you also emailed me which song is playing in Stevenson’s Mercedes, (yes, you do have to read beyond the sample for that one) you’ll also receive a special bonus prize. And finally, if you’re the lucky winner and you ALSO posted a review and/or mentioned Last Exit In New Jersey on your web-site or blog, you receive TWO bonus prizes!

Note: The actual New Jersey license plate the winner receives may vary; the one pictured here once graced a former car of mine. Your cover will be made for you and you alone to fit your specific Kindle, whatever the model. No Mustangs were harmed in the making of this cover. In fact, the Mustang that generously donated its top to this contest is now sporting a new roof and looking fine.

Top Secret Project Revealed – But NOT Complete!

Years ago Frank needed a commuter car, something that would get decent mileage, and he didn’t want to rack up the wear and tear on the family truckster. Searches of lots for a candidate eventually narrowed down to a low mile Mustang V6 convertible that for 6 months had served as a Florida ‘rent-a-car’.  The price was right and it seemed like a fun and reasonably logical choice, as logic went at the time. He gave the car a little extra by adding cat-back H-pipe oversized stainless true dual exhausts with glass-packs, which made the car rumble quite nicely, as well as lower profile GT rims, fog-lights and a chin spoiler, and the car looked sharp as hell. Unfortunately it wasn’t long before Frank found that at this point in life, comfort won out over looks or fun, and he’d regularly opt for driving the wagon over the Mustang. I preferred the old manual Dodge truck over the Mustang’s automatic transmission and rarely drove the car. It sat in the driveway collecting spiders, and it seemed we had a mistake on our hands, one we were seriously considering selling at a loss. However…

It was around the same time that Felicia got her driver’s license, and the first day of senior year was also her birthday so I tossed her the keys and let her take the Mustang with the agreement that she could drive it so long as her grades stayed high, which they did. And when she received a scholarship that equaled what we’d likely sell the car for, we upped the offer. So long as the good grades continued and she kept the scholarship, upon graduation we’d sign the car over to her.

Yesterday Felicia graduated with a triple major and honors in all three. She’s stayed Dean’s list through her entire stay, in some semesters making Provost List, which requires a 4.0 average, even as she’s managed to have a life beyond the text-books.  We’re all extremely proud of her, and as graduation approached we wanted to give her something extra-special… but what?  We already had a nearly mint barely used and very lovely looking Mustang convertible waiting for her. But we felt she’d earned more, and we figured the best way to show it would be to give her ‘Precious’, as she calls the car, a bit of updating. So, over the last weeks we’ve been working away on something I couldn’t post lest she check my blog, as she often does.

Out went the stock Mach 460 stereo, replaced with a Bluetooth enabled Kenwood that will talk wirelessly to her Ipod and her phone. Many sources claim radio swaps on the Mach 460 system are supposed to be all but impossible, but Frank did a beautiful job of adapting a harness and it’s working perfectly. Using the American Muscle kit, he rewired the 3-lens tail-lights to blink sequentially,  which is such an appropriate modification it makes you wonder why they didn’t leave the factory that way. For the interior, we planned to brighten things up by switching the gauges from stock to the white face reverse glow gauges surrounded by chrome bezels. Unfortunately the mounts on the instrument bezel frame were brittle and cracked on removal, which stopped us in our tracks. I’ve already ordered a replacement bezel frames, (again, American Muscle)
There’s also new ‘Bullitt’ style stainless steel pedals and new floor-mats embroidered with the Mustang logo. But the change we most hoped to have completed before she came home, the cold cathode halo projector lens headlights, which were supposed to easily swap out from the originals, required much modification to make fit. And unfortunately by late Saturday night we were so tired that we knew it wasn’t worth trying to get done and screwing something up. I wrapped the nose of the car in kitty-cat print wrapping paper to disguise the missing lights, encircle the entire car in an enormous pink ribbon and bow, awaiting Felicia’s return. At one point during dinner she remarked about her car and the looks she got from everyone alerted her that something was amiss, and the whole ride home she grew more and more nervous as we assured her she’d be getting her car… just in pieces. But when she arrived home to see what we’d done and what awaited completion, she was delighted and looking forward to helping finish the project over the coming days. Pictures will follow.

Seriously, it isn’t THAT cold!

I mean really! It’s 20! You’d think by the way people around here are acting we’re living in Fargo or Bismarck, North Dakota, where it hit -44 this morning.  Personally I think it’s quite pleasant out, brisk and refreshing.  Drop the top on the Mustang, crank the heat, crank the radio, and laugh at the strange looks people give as I pass. It’s all a matter of layers. My cozy old full-length army coat, long-johns, hiking socks, gloves, a scarf and my ‘Elmer Fudd’ hunting hat, I’m good to go. Life is too short to drive around with the roof up all the time.

December… continued…

A white Christmas in north Jersey? Perhaps, if it doesn’t all melt in the next few days. All the same, it is pretty and the dogs love it, and I love not having 16 muddy paws to contend with, as my mom’s dogs are visiting. Friday’s storm dropped over six inches by us, and Sunday added another four or so. Felicia and I built a snow ‘T-Rex’ (pictures to follow) then all went out to get a tree. Okay, let’s see. We own a pickup, a station wagon and a convertible Mustang. The obvious choice would be the truck, but that’s got some mechanical issues. Next choice, the wagon. Nope. That’s filled to the roof with boat stuff, with only the front seat free. That leaves the Mustang. We get to the tree lot which hasn’t been plowed and get good and stuck. Manage to get the car pointed towards the exit, then go buy our tree, all three feet tall of it. Drop the roof, set it in the back seat next, and the three of us climb in. One kid at the lot waves that the road is clear, two guys at the lot push on the trunk, and we shoot out fishtailing the whole way. Another memorable tree trip!