Sonny Bynum

It’s that time of year again
  Every year, countless children of all ages wait patiently for fall colors and the chill on the air to signal the arrival of one of the most special holidays on the calendar. People who love this holiday associate it with cackling laughs, haunted moans, foreboding bumps on tightly shut doors and October 31. I speak, of course, of National Knock Knock Joke Day! In honor of this most well-loved of holidays, we present these knock knock jokes that we think you’ll find a-door-able.   Knock knock. Who’s there? Theodore. Theodore who? Theodore wasn't open, so I knocked.   Knock… Read More

Keep safe – it’s gonna get scary out there
Halloween approaches, like a foreboding omen, or the fluttering crescendo of a bat's wings. But don't be frightened. If you observe a few simple rules, you can think safe instead of running scared. According to a 20-year survey of accident data by State Farm and Bert Sperling of bestplaces.net, Halloween is one of the most dangerous nights of the year for driving. The summary of their data survey showed that young people have greater difficulty in just drivers' reactions and have a tendency to cross streets quickly, though not necessarily safely. These factors, among others, may contribute to the accidents… Read More

Self driving cars may be coming sooner than you think
What does the world look like when almost every car on the road has its own chauffeur? Automotive technology is big, big business. And if a company could give every car owner a robotic chauffeur, allowing them to safely (if optionally) relax as a passenger, that could have a big, big economic impact and it may affect many other aspects of our lives. So who is stepping up to the plate to make this happen? No less than the most storied and talked about tech company in the world: Google. Google’s program may have been privately developed earlier, but it… Read More

Lively steps and lilting tunes in Branson
A thriving country and bluegrass music scene. Fine dining. Fun dining. Like Las Vegas, loaded with live entertainment. Unlike Las Vegas, absolutely squeaky clean in every respect. Neighborly folk in every town. Beautiful, accessible mountains. Creeks, rivers and lakes everywhere. A beautiful, seasonal climate. Many, many zip lines. Where can you find all of this? Well, my family and I found it in Branson, MO, just an eight-hour drive from Dallas. We rented a 2013 Chrysler Town & Country to take the road trip, and headed for the Ozark Mountain range. The charms along the way included tribal lands and… Read More

Wisdom for car buyers in their twenties
If you're under 30, you may find yourself in need of financial advice. Be encouraged. Financial troubles have happened to twentysomethings before. In Lerner and Previn's Coco, Katharine Hepburn sang (or rhythmically spoke), "The world belongs to the young." Despite that poetic enthusiasm, your finances are serious, and it pays to be on top of them. Here's some wisdom from the experts on how to be financially fit in your twenties and beyond. Build your credit history by taking on debt and paying on time* Stacy Rapacon of Kiplinger.com suggests, "You'll need to take on some debt and show that… Read More

The most overrated travel destinations
Here are four travel destinations that you may regret going to, and nearby, more rewarding alternatives.   Overrated: The Four Corners The Four Corners is the only point in the United States at which four states (Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah) meet. That, and only that, makes it unique. The views? No. The weather? Not particularly. The historical significance? Nnno. Great shopping? Maybe. Do you really love turquoise trinkets? Saving grace: Durango, CO Remember that town you flew into to get to The Four Corners? Go back there. At the Southern end of the Rockies range, you'll find the charming… Read More

Six essential gadgets for a successful tailgate party
Tailgating (not the kind that rude people do on the highway, the kind that awesome people do before/after sporting events, in stadium parking lots) consists of equal parts art, science, and deliciousness. So when you're gearing up to get your grill on, you momentarily may think that you're crazy for buying A ROBOT THAT CLEANS YOUR GRILL FOR YOU after you've finished making your famous BBQ-onion-sauce burgers and mustard-battered beer brats. But, really, wouldn't it be crazy not to have one? I mean, what kind of philistine tailgate party would that even be? Not to worry. We have compiled a… Read More

And the answer to the No. 1 question is…
Our distinguished professionals in the customer service department, who answer your phone calls, emails and chats, and provide answers to all of the questions that come from our excellent customers are back to wrap up the subject of "answers to the most-asked questions." We've saved the best for last. The question below is the No. 1 most-asked question of our customer service team, followed by the official answer: Question: If I finance less, will my down payment be lower? Official Answer: No. Given a certain vehicle price, the loan offer you receive at a given time will result in the… Read More

Top 9 best-selling vehicles of 2014 so far
Oscar Wilde said, "Everything popular is wrong." Mr. Wilde, I beg to differ. We present the list of the most popular (best-selling) vehicles of 2014 so far, and these vehicles are solid. Cars.com, using data from NADA reports that measure sales through the end of July of this year, has released their list of the vehicles that are topping the year-to-date charts, and the selection is impressive. Now, keep in mind that these are not everyone's "most-desired" or "favorite" vehicles, but in the putting-one's-money-where-one's-mouth-is sense of popularity, this list has the winners. Ford F-Series - 429,065 sold Sold in 9… Read More

Buying a car out of state
Cars can be like shoes; shopping for them may involve trying them on and seeing how they fit. Other times, your previous test drives have informed your decision, and all you really need to choose now is the color. And sometimes, you find the car that you're ready to buy...at a dealership that is across state lines from where you live. Hmmm. You might have questions at this point. That's normal. There are certainly things involved in buying an out of state vehicle that you need to be aware of, but we'll do what we can to give you some… Read More