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Summer is here – is your vehicle ready? Part 2
Summertime breakdown. Don’t let it happen to you. You know how it goes. You’re on the road, at the end of a long day in the hot sun, traveling to a relaxing destination, but not quite there yet, and not quite yet in a relaxed state of mind. And just as you see the sign that says that you’re within 30 miles of the next town – CLUNK! You hear a very mechanical-sounding noise and feel your car lurch. Perhaps the steering starts to feel odd, or the noise gets worse. Maybe there’s even a smell or some visible smoke… Read More

Summer is here – is your vehicle ready? Part 1
  Ahhh, summertime. Warmer weather, barbecues, flip-flops and swimming pools. This time of year, people across the U.S. load up the car and hit the highway to enjoy one of the great traditions of the season … the road trip. As you head out this year, be sure you don’t get stuck with maintenance issues in the middle of your excursion. To make the most of your travels, it’s best to give your car a thorough checkup before you hit the road. If there is something you do not know how to handle, take it to a professional. Also, check… Read More

Top 4 (and a half) water parks* of Summer 2015
  What do you get when you combine an enormous amount of water, plenty of sunshine and a whole lot of wacky, high-flow fluid dynamics? “The beach.” Okay, yes, but what if you also add rides with names like “The Towering Water Tube of Doom” and “Relaxing River?” “Houston.” Water parks. The correct answer is water parks. Oy. Summer is here, and with it begins the opening of water parks all across the country. Go. Enjoy your local water park. Wear sunscreen and re-apply it periodically. And if you and your family are feeling like having a top-notch, splish-splashy day,… Read More

Happy Memorial Day – remembering military servicemembers
  This weekend is Memorial Day weekend in the U.S., and is considered by many to unofficially signal the start of the summer season, including celebrations that range from pool and beach parties to our personal favorite, road trips. However, Memorial Day, which is celebrated every year on the last Monday in May (May 25 this year), is also, as its name suggests, an official U.S. holiday that commemorates those persons that have died while in active military service. In honor of, and gratitude for, our five branches of the U.S. military, we present a list of service of servicemembers… Read More

Summer road trip ideas from the experts
With summer just around the bend, it’s a great time to plan a road trip, and low gas prices heading into the season could make it all the more doable. “Gas prices are about $1 a gallon lower for most drivers as the summer vacation season approaches, a better-than 25% discount over last year,” says Bob Sullivan of Credit.com. So with the savings on fuel prices possibly keeping some extra cash in your pocket, and with the U.S. of A. as your oyster, take a look at these summer road trip ideas, drawn from the experts, for inspiration.   Go… Read More

Happy National Bike Month!
May is the official month that celebrates all things bike-related. Whether it’s for exercise, entertainment, conserving gas, or whatever, it’s a great time of year to get on your bike and pedal around town. The League of American Bicyclists supports the cause and provides useful information on everything about cycling and how you can celebrate this occasion. Check out http://bikeleague.org/bikemonth for more information. To cyclists, this may be a big celebration, but it can be a way for anyone to get involved in their community. Personally, I support National Bike Month by riding around the University of Texas at Austin… Read More

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WARNING: Spoilers not ahead anymore. They have all been redacted. Mad Men has had quite a run. And that was one impressive way to end a perennially impressive show. I’ll never forget the look on •••’s face when ••••• said, “I •••• you.” And that one last shot that •••• got in on ••• - classic ••••. I’ll miss those jibes. And of course, there was the moment between ••• and ••••• that many will remember as finally summarizing the pith and subtlety of that show we call ••• •••. Makes you think. And with the end of this slice… Read More

2015 Monaco ePrix this weekend
It’s time for a little bit of trivia. Question: What do Grace Kelly, the fastest car in the world, Ed Begley, Jr., a quarter of a million dollars and 19th-century American inventor Joseph Henry all have in common? Answer: The 2015 Monaco ePrix all-electric race. How: The Monaco ePrix is an all-electric car race and part of the regular Formula E  (all-electric) race season. The Monaco ePrix takes place on the Circuit de Monaco, which is commonly referred to as simply "Monte Carlo" as much of it is inside of the Monte Carlo neighborhood… Read More

Mother’s Day gift ideas – Part 2
Yesterday, we got Mother’s Day weekend kicked off right by giving you some gift ideas that your mom might be able use every day of the year. But wait, there’s more!   Sunglasses My mom always loves a new pair of sunglasses. Maybe pick out a fresh new stylish pair for her to wear while driving. She can both look good and see well as she cruises around town. Also, if your mother has had the same pair of sunglasses since the ’90s, I think you would be doing her a huge favor. Keychain An inexpensive, cute gift that you… Read More

Mother’s Day gift ideas – Part 1
This Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day. As it approaches and you consider what gifts to get that special mom in your life, think about getting her something she can use every day. Need some help? Here are 5 great car-related gift ideas for mom this year. Phone Charger Make sure that while your mom is out in her car that her phone always has enough juice to do things like use a maps app or call roadside assistance in case of emergency. If she has a car charger already, upgrade her to a new one. Maybe one with a… Read More