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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

Cinco de Mayo – Mexico’s auto industry is booming
Today is Cinco de Mayo, which translates from Spanish as May 5. The holiday itself tends to be somewhat misunderstood, and is often mistakenly thought to represent Mexico's day of independence, which is actually September 16. In fact, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, when a battalion of Mexican soldiers were victorious over the larger and better equipped French invaders. Carlos Tortolero, president of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, in describing the historical significance of the holiday, said, "This one day, Mexico won the battle." Well, here at RoadLoans, being… Read More

Mayweather and Pacquiao – two people with excellent taste in vehicles
Tomorrow night (May 2, 2015), in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, two seasoned and well-known welterweight fighters will face off in what is being hailed as the "Battle for Greatness" and "The Fight of the Century." The fight card for the event will feature seven bouts, all between the featherweight and welterweight categories, with the Mayweather-Pacquiao match being the headliner. The event is expected to gross up to $400 million, meaning that it will be the richest fight in boxing history. So, the obvious question that we know that… Read More