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Good Music is Timeless
December 22nd, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

After seeing a holiday concert special on TV that did a tribute to woman’s music of the 60’s and after being at a concert where the band did a cover of Pour Some Sugar on Me, I believe that good music is truly timeless. The concert I was at was a late teens early twenties demographic but every single person knew the song Pour Some Sugar on Me. They may not have known the band that sang it, but they knew the song. Here is another point. My neighbors two year old boy loves Def Leppard. He hasn’t been told yet what is popular music by corporate record labels. I guarantee though if I started playing T-Pain’s I’m On a Boat, he would hate it. Every thinks that is a cool song because that is what we are told to think.

Now here comes my true hypothesis. Today’s current music sucks i.e. Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Ray J, T-Pain, and all other hip hop wannabe rappers. I promise you twenty years from now, all this music will be forgotten. No band will say “Hey lets do a cover of that Ludacris song.” Or that Nickelback song or that Daughtry song. Why? Because they all suck. Truthfully, I couldn’t tell you a song that has come out in the last five years that I could see being covered twenty years from now. Maybe, just maybe Sugar Were Going Down by Fall Out Boy.

Excursion Loves B99
December 17th, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

I am getting ready to change the fuel filter on the Excursion and decided to put in a tank of biodiesel prior to doing so. Biodiesel has a natural solvent property to it so it tends to clean out your fuel system, but in doing so all the junk that is cleaned out gets caught in your fuel filter. So when using straight biodiesel for the first time you should be ready for your fuel filter to get clogged. I headed down to AZ Biodiesel on my lunch break. Figured the drive was worth it since I was savings about 10 cents a gallon and would be getting close to 44 gallons of it, plus it’s the environmentally conscious thing to do. The 7.3 liter Powerstroke that the Excursion has loves the stuff. Bio also has more lubricating properties than ULSD, so the engine runs much smoother and quieter and there is no need to add any diesel additive. The only down side is the cloud point is much higher than straight diesel so you need to stay out of cold weather for long periods of time.

Now for the oil math, let’s just assume that me not using petroleum diesel is directly reducing our reliance of foreign oil. Since B99 is 99% bio and 1% diesel and I average about 17.5MPG. That means I am getting about 1,750 miles per gallon of foreign diesel. If I ran the stuff year round and drove 20,000 miles a year, I would only need 11.42 gallons of petroleum based diesel.

Wolf Creek
December 16th, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: 1 ]

Got our first snowboarding trip in for the season and we really had to work for it. We decided to go Wolf Creek near Pagosa Springs, Colorado since they have gotten a lot of snow and were expecting more during the weekend we were there. We left Phoenix at 11:30 PM. On the way up Nicole got some stomach bug and was puking the entire way up. We got to Wolf Creek about 9:30 and Nicole decided to stay off the board and in the car. Luke and I went and checked out the mountain. The evening we hit up some hot springs at a resort. This was pretty cool. They had about 20 different tubs, that ranged in temps from 85 to 115. They also had stairs down to the San Juan river, which Luke and I got into and dunked ourselves. Don’t know how cold it was but the air was in the 20s and it was snowing. That night it snowed about 6 to 8 inches so conditions were going to be perfect for powder the next day and they were. On Sunday it kept snowing. It must have dumped another 16 inches. By this point the powder was getting too deep for our boards and we kept getting stuck on the flatter areas. That afternoon it became white out conditions so we decided to call it a day and start our trip back to Phoenix. Getting back to the car, we found that snow was piled up to the bumpers and we had to dig out some snow just to open the doors. This was the first time I have ever needed a locking differential. We used that and 4wheel low to get out of the parking lot. After getting out of the parking lot we found out that the road back to Pagosa Springs was indefinitely closed due to an avalanche. This made our trip back a lot longer. We ended up having to drive north then east and then down to Santa Fe in order to get back to Phoenix. This added 220 miles to the trip, let alone the winter driving conditions. After 13 hours of driving we finally made it back to Phoenix at 5AM.



Best Contradicting Headline of 2009
December 10th, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

“Obama defends US wars as he accepts Nobel peace prize”

Explains a lot about the fishermen out at Bartlett
December 8th, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

Best Christmas Decoration Ever
December 7th, 2009 under Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]


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