Monthly Archives: March 2010

High score on the highway…

I achieved my highest score yet the other day, and no, I didn’t take out a list of pursuit blockers. But while driving from north Jersey through Manhattan, Queens and out to Long Island, most times in the hammer lane and passing much traffic (including several Prius…. what is the plural of Prius? Priuses, Prii?) I exited the Meadowbrook to Hempstead Turnpike and… 51.6 mpg!  That’s in real-world driving, often downshifting to weave around some minivan plodding along at 50 when the flow is 60 and higher.

Once I stopped at the first traffic light I grabbed my camera and snapped a quick shot before the light went green again.

And one other amusing note. In this photo you can see I still have a half-tank of fuel remaining, despite already loggin 301.4 miles since the last fill-up. With a 14.5 gallon tank, that comes gives me a combined average of 41.5 mpg. Not bad at all for something so truly fun to drive.

UPDATE – 06/10/11:   I can’t say what my highest score has been since the 51.6 pictured here, as I’ve really stopped watching the ‘consumption’ reading.  I just calculate each time I fill up and I’ve seen tank-averages of 46.3 mpg on multiple occasions, and that’s with me driving in my usual ways, not puttering in economy. I’ll be posting some upcoming pics showing the latest mods, but in the meantime, for anyone seeking more information on these wonderful cars, be sure to check out .

This is a test….

This is a test. This blog is conducting a test of the Emergency Tracking System. This is only a test. If this had been an actual emergency, (or should it become one) the Attention Signal you are reading along with all relevant tracking records would be forwarded to the proper officials, followed by official information, news or instructions from the authorities investigating this matter.

You know who you are, so do we, and we know you are there.  We are watching.

For the rest of you happy anonymous surfers simply wondering how to ‘remove a skeg hung rudder’ (very carefully!) or ’32 cheoy lee trawler stability’ (they roll, my friend, they ROLL like a weeble, though they ride out dreadful seas with confidence!) pay this notice no mind. While it is fascinating to see that I’ve had visits from North Pole, Alaska to Shanghai, China and all points between, that information is of passing interest.  It is only one specific reoccurring pattern that is being noted and it has nothing to do with boat repairs.

This concludes this test of the Emergency Tracking System.

Book Review – Talented Horsewoman by L.C. Evans

I don’t normally read mysteries that fall on the cozier side of the spectrum, but I’d come across Talented Horsewoman by L.C. Evans in the forums, heard some good things, and decided to give it a read.

Talented Horsewoman introduces you to the world of Leigh McRae, a single mother trying to live a comfortable small town life with her young daughter. Both mother and daughter share a passion for horses and riding, something her controlling, demanding ex-husband refuses to understand or accept. The book draws you in immediately as Leigh stops by her friend Rita’s ranch, only to find Rita dead from what seems a terrible accident. As events unfold, Leigh begins to question whether Rita’s death was truly what it seemed or something more sinister. The story keeps you hooked from the first pages and only builds as Leigh delves further into her late friend’s life and past, uncovering some surprising secrets along the way.

In this equine who-dun-it, L.C. Evans deftly pulls the reader in with vivid imagery that flows seamlessly as she paints the picture of south Florida with its oppressive humidity and relentless sun. Her writing is smooth and fluid, and she presents horses, as well as their care and keeping, in a way that even someone with no horse experience such as myself can appreciate and understand. The main character, Leigh, is very believable and likable, and I found it easy to relate to her strengths and weaknesses, especially when it came to her daughter and her family. Her sister plays a strong roll in her life and the closeness they share comes across beautifully.

The deeper you get into the story, the more you’ll be guessing as new characters with motives come to light. This is not as hard-boiled as I usually read, but it was a fun book with plenty of plot twists that kept me guessing until the very end. If you’re looking for an enjoyable read, Talented Horsewoman blends murder, relationships and horses into one exciting mystery.

L.C. Evans has a number of other fun books as well.  You can learn more about her at her website:
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