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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 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

Chicago – My kind of town
Sweet home, Chicago. Ahhh…summers on the lakefront, deep-dish pizza, the blues and the wonderful world of Windy City sports. The only thing better than summertime in Chicago might be the fall sports season. Baseball wraps up just in time for the first hockey puck to drop in the United Center. (As a lifelong, die-hard Cubs fan, I learned long ago the realities of the post-season.) The Bears are in full swing while the Fire are winding down. And the anticipation of a promising Bulls season is on the horizon. Seriously – could it GET any better than this? Toss in… Read More

When Formula 1 makes its only stop in the U.S.
The best part about moving to Austin, Texas, is that I am never bored. There is always something to see or do. Relocating from Chicago a few months ago, everything is a new and amazing experience for me. From concerts and music festivals (the city’s slogan is “The Live Music Capital of the World” after all), shopping, or some new food for me to try, I never cease to be amazed. One of the more interesting things that Austin has to offer is the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. For the third year, the Texas capital hosts one of… 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

Road trip: What I learned going from Texas to California
When you find yourself driving from North Texas to San Francisco to help your friend move back home, minor details like making a budget or, perhaps planning a route, might slip your mind. Maybe it's just me. Here are the biggest mistakes I learned to never (again) make on a road trip, planned or spontaneous. Apple Maps is all you need to navigate from point A to B, right? That is until you lose your signal. Or your aging phone enters an infinite shut-off-boot-up loop any time you so much as breathe on the screen. The solution? Bring maps. The… Read More

The World Series – a tale of three cities
October 1985 was a magical time. Especially if you were a baseball fan and living in Missouri. In addition to the annual beauty of the leaves changing color in the Midwest, the Show-Me State’s own Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals were playing in the World Series. Living in southwest Missouri, approximately three hours from either metropolis, our city was divided on those bleeding Royal Blue and Cardinal Red. It was referred to as the “I-70 Series” and it was a blast to be a part of. More so for Royals fans as KC was crowned champs following an… 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

State Fair of Texas Auto Show 2014 – it’s big
If you Texans haven’t yet made it out to the State Fair this year, the newest fried food abominations delicacies include a strange and wondrous variety of combined calorie sources (or forces), including amalgams of Twinkies, candy, donuts...all wrapped in, strewn with or themed upon God’s humblest of ingredients: bacon.   And if that doesn’t quite do it for you, there’s also the State Fair of Texas Auto Show. Whether you’re… 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