This week’s was the penultimate installment of Season 8 – just one more episode left! I’m kinda sad about that already, guys Anyway, we’re almost in the home stretch of opies, and no one seems to be having an easy … Continue reading
Sammy Hagar famously professed an inability to maintain a driving speed of 55 miles per hour. According to Mr. Hagar,
When I drive that slow, you know it’s hard to steer
And I can’t get my car out of second gear
What used to take two hours now takes all day
Huh, it took me sixteen hours, get to L.A.
I think that Mr. Hagar’s difficulty relegating himself to a speed under a-mile-a-minute is rooted in math. Some years ago, I found myself mired in a daily commute of about 85 miles each way. Luckily, traffic wasn’t bad during my travel times and almost all of the driving was on the highway, so I found that I could make the trip in about 90 minutes or less. My old car came with a feature that allowed me to get various mileage-related readouts. I found that I got about 20 miles per gallon if I drove quickly but could get about 25 mpg if I drove under 60 miles an hour. But when I bought a Smart Car, I decided that I’d do my best to get the best mileage possible.
My trip includes almost exactly 75 miles of highway driving. If I do that part of the drive at the never-ticketed speed of 74 mph, then the highway stretch takes just over an hour. Driving that part at 60 mph adds 15 minutes to the trip, but it saves a tremendous amount of gasoline. If you make that trip five days a week, as I do, then the increased miles-per-gallon quickly add up. Even tho my car is rated for 41 mpg on the highway, I’ve been able to average 46.1 mpg since I got the car (I’ve kept track of every tankful since Day 1). During the course of a year, and at about $4 per gallon, this means that I’m saving about $350 if I can drive 10% more efficiently and about $700 if I can drive 20% more efficiently.
In the three-plus years I’ve had the car, that means I’ve saved nearly $3,000 on gas. I’ve also spewed that many fewer gallons of gasoline into the environment. Yes, I can definitely drive 55. (Actually, I try to average about 53 miles per hour. It’s also a lot safer.)
We’re now more than midway through the king crab season, and most of the boats are finally starting to see decent hauls, although not without plenty of challenges – not the least of which was a powerful storm that pounded … Continue reading
There you are on the train platform, waiting to be whisked away from the dreary wasteland that was your just-completed workday to the comforts of your humble abode. Or to a bar. Whichever. Suddenly, your purse shudders in orgasmic delight, … Continue reading
Despite my failed interview at the Rocking Chair Factory, I felt I had this one in the bag. I was nailing every question, the conversation was comfortable and I had offered my interviewer a stick of gum several times, just like all of the experts recommend.
“Everything looks great,” the interviewer looked at me with a smile. “Oh, if I could just get your resume.”
There will be some shit coming soon. In the meantime, there’s always pornography.