THE PRICE OF GAS IS GIVING ME GAS

 

I was looking at an article on Cachevalleydaily.com and it confirmed something I have been dreading …..

THE PRICE OF GASOLINE IS RISING!

The average price of gas in Utah and Idaho is right around 3 dollar a gallon.  The article went on to say at the begging of the week were 13 cents a gallon less than they are here on Wednesday.

Why the gas prices jump is always up for debate.  Refineries making the switch to the summer blends…. The price of crude is rising or is it something more nefarious…..  You know the talk … why is gas more expensive in Cache Valley than it is in Box Elder County?   Just saying ……..

So how do we save a few bucks on the cost to drive the website Moneycrashers.com has some suggestions.   I have edited some for length….

Driving Habits

  1. Drive less
    It’s not so hard to do either. Combine your errands into one trip to avoid repeat drives into town. Consider walking instead of driving for nearby pick-ups, or drag out that bicycle that’s gathering dust in the garage or shed.
  2. Warm Up Your Car for Shorter Lengths of Time
    if you wake up to a cold morning, don’t warm up the car for longer than 30 seconds (up to one minute if you must). If you idle the engine for more than a minute, you waste fuel and pump nasty greenhouse gas emissions into the air.
  3. Buy Gas Early or Late in the Day
    Purchase gas early or late in the day, especially during warm months. Gas is cooler earlier in the day, and denser. As temperatures rise, gas density falls and you get less of it when you pump.

Also, buy gas early in the week. Prices typically rise between Wednesday and Saturday, but stay lower during the early days of the week.

  1. Slow Down and Drive Steady.

Driving just below the speed limit and driving smoothly (not accelerating quickly) uses gas more efficiently, so you may have to fill up a lot less often.

  1. Monitor when and How You Brake
    Braking excessively wastes gas and causes your brake pads to wear out quickly. Maintain a safe distance between yourself and the car in front of you when you’re in heavy traffic – that way, you won’t need to brake as often as if you were tailgating.
  2. Turn Off the Engine
    Idling is a major waste of gasoline, and contributes massive amounts of pollutants to the atmosphere.
  3. Eliminate Wind Resistance
    An open window increases drag and costs you fuel in the long run – so keep your windows closed whenever possible. Also, remember to remove unneeded car racks and carriers. If you normally drive around with a ski rack, bicycle rack, or luggage rack on your roof, take it off when it’s not in use to make your vehicle more aerodynamic.
  4. Avoid Gas Stations near the Highway
    The first gas station that you encounter after a long stretch of highway will usually be pricey.
  5. Don’t Wait Until Your Tank Is Almost Empty to Fill Up
    If you wait until your tank is almost empty, you may be stuck paying for whatever gas you find conveniently nearby, as you won’t be able to search for the best deal.

Car Maintenance

  1. Monitor Your Tires
    Under-inflation causes tires to wear out faster and wastes gas. Properly inflated tires reduce friction and offer better gas mileage

Also, if you utilize snow tires during the winter months, be sure to replace them in the spring. Snow tires cause excess friction on dry surfaces, wasting gas.

  1. Tune the Engine
    Car engines need to be regularly tuned. A properly tuned engine uses less gas, so if you can’t remember when you last had a tune-up, it may be time to schedule one.
  2. Change Filters.

Clean filters help to keep cars running more fuel efficiently.

  1. Use the Correct Motor Oil
    if you’re not sure which type your car requires, check the owner’s manual or do a search online.
  2. Turn Off the A/C
    As much as you may love air conditioning, it turns your car into a gas guzzler. To keep your car cooler, park in the shade and roll the windows down a crack to circulate air.

Transmissions & Fuel Efficiency

  1. Drive Manual
    Manual transmission cars are more fuel-efficient than automatic transmission. If you drive one, shift up early and shift down late to save on fuel. Also, shift into neutral when the car is standing still to reduce the strain on your transmission.
  2. Manage Your Speed
    if you drive a car with automatic transmission, use cruise control to manage your speed and conserve fuel.

Planning Ahead

  1. Choose the Best Route
    whenever possible, take the route with the fewest stop signs and traffic lights.
  2. Fill Your Gas Tank near State Lines
    when traveling, fill up near state lines if possible. Due to different tax rates, you may save a bundle just by crossing into another state. If you’re planning a road trip, do research ahead of time to see which states offer the best prices.
  3. Consider Buying a Fuel-Efficient Car

. Even several models of affordable non-hybrids can get 40 miles per gallon.

  1. Download a Gas App
    Using a smartphone AP can really help you save at the gas pump – sometimes more than $0.20 per gallon.

I hope this helps even a little.  It is so hard to cut down our driving habits.  Face it we love our cars but maintenance and gas prices can make us love our cars just a little less.  I know I had a repair last week that dinged me for over 900 dollars.

Today on the morning show we found out about the month of May … A classic TV show debut on this date in 1999…And what to do about spoilers

Stupid news: A new British invasion?  Yeti tracks

Laff lines:  Talent shows

 

WHY IS THIS SO HARD AND APOLOGY FOR AN APOLOGY

I really enjoy writing these daily blogs.  It allows me to pull up memories I have might have forgotten.  The blog allows me to let you know a little bit more about me and how my not so fertile minds works.  And on occasion it lets me vent at some of the stupidity going on in the world.

But why is it so hard for me to come up with a subject matter to write about today.  Well for one thing Monday was a boring afternoon.

I tried to take a nap, but was interrupted by a repair man for my home.   So I was awake, Laundry sweeping the Kitchen and taking out the trash were highlights of my day.   YAWN!

Not much to do for today until this morning when I woke up and saw something that kind of made me angry.

Let me put a disclaimer here I try to stay out of politics because I leave that to others who have more knowledge than I do.    I am basically conservative but I am not afraid to support a liberal idea or ideal if it makes sense to me.

So today I come to the defense of Presidential candidate Joe Bidden.   The former VP was on the View TV show and the ladies in my view (pun intended) crossed the line.

Years ago Biden had been on the committee that was to decide the fate of Supreme Court nominee Clearance Thomas.  You remember the controversy with Anita Hill and all the lurid accusations during the hearings.

The former VP called Hill over the weekend to apologize to her about the treatment she received at the hearings.   This is something he had done publicly many times but here are the women of the view criticizing Biden’s apology and saying he had taken too long.   Joy Behar even asked Biden to apologize for his apology.

WHAT?

Now we need to apologize for our apologies!  Are you kidding me!  Have we as a society gone so far as to think that we can demand someone explain an apology?

I can’t express how much this bothers me.   If Anita Hill accepts the apology is up to her and her alone.

I tell you what Joy Behar I think you need to apologize to the former V.P. for asking him to apologize again for something that is simply none of your concern.

I must apologize for my anger.  Behar has a right to her opinion as I have a right to mine.  But being rude is being rude.

For people reading this I apologize for the apology that will never come.  So please forgive me but don’t make me explain, just writing this has given me a headache.

Today on the morning show:  Being honest

Stupid news:  Trying to get a job and picking your nose

Laff lines: Spin class

 

 

 

DAVE’S TOP 5 SEINFELD EPISODES

Before we get into the lighter side of my blog I want to share with you an interview I had on the radio with Jason Weis who will be conducting a seminar at Logan High School Tuesday night at 6:30 about how to keep our kids safe from predators on the internet.   This is one of the most important interviews I have ever conducted.

The seminar is Tuesday night at 6:30 at Logan High School it is presented by the Malouf Foundations Speaker Series.   Please no one under the age of 18

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Today is Jerry Seinfeld’s 65th birthday.  The standup comedian was the star of what is considered one of the best if not the best Sit-coms of all time.

The Seinfeld Chronicles opened without a lot of fanfare and slowly built it audience to become a pop culture legend.   The show which in re-runs now still attracts a huge following of young and old alike.

I was surprised last week visiting with a couple I know with a 2 year old son that one of their favorite shows was Seinfeld.   We connected over the show about nothing.

So here are my 5 favorite Seinfeld episodes

# 5… The Jimmy with two story lines one of Jimmy who speaks of himself in the 3rd person Jimmy impresses George with his jumping ability he attributes to training shoes.  Karmer starts wearing them everywhere and because of a visit to a dentist and hailing a cab he winds up sharing a table with singer Mel Torme at a fundraiser to help people with special needs. Seeing Kramer singing with Mel at the end of the show makes me laugh every time.  But I wonder if the show was produced today if the P.C. crowd would go crazy.

  1. The Chinese Restaurant: Seeing George frustration waiting not only for a table but a phone call from his girlfriend is so funny.  Every time I hear the name Cartwright I think of George.
  2. The Puffy Shirt. I don’t know what is funnier the ongoing gag of the soft talker or Jerry wearing a designer shirt on a TV fundraiser and hearing Jerry whine.  “I don’t want to be a pirate”   Truth be told I liked the shirt!
  3. The Soup Nazi! How many times have you said “NO SOUP FOR YOU”?

There are two sidebars of this episode that are so memorable to me.

Seeing Newman smelling his soup and saying “Jambalaya”

Then Jerry and his girlfriend and pet names and arguing about who is the smoopiest!  One of the 1st episode my wife and I watched together and it struck a cord.  She is my SMOOPIE!

  1. The Marine Biologist; George trying to impress an old high school crush by claiming to be a marine biologist. But we all know he always wanted to pretend to be an architect!

The funniest scene comes at the very end and it is comic genius.   Watch it here “THE SEA WAS ANGRY THAT DAY MY FRIENDS”

Also on today’s show back problems

Stupid news: a butt dial solves a crime and don’t steal T.P.

Laff lines Jerry Seinfeld on being bored as a kid.

ENDGAME WAS MORE THAN JUST THE AVENGERS

Avenger’s end game is now in the theaters and I am excited to see it.  The MCU movies are so much fun (Thor Ragnarok was the exception for me) I hope to see it real soon.

But the opening of Endgame overshadowed the end of one of my favorite TV shows. GOTHAM.  The final episode aired on FOX on Thursday night.  If you never watch to show it was all about Batman but not Batman.  That is what I really liked about the show it was an origin story that was 5 years in the making.

Starting with Thomas and Martha Wayne being murdered in front of their son Bruce and a kind police detective who befriended the boy and watch him grow up.

Some critics of the show didn’t like the premise that the program was more about Detective Jim Gordon than Bruce, but that is what I enjoyed about it.  That and the development of Bruce into the hero we call Batman.

The side storylines ranged from incredible to more than a little freaky.  The Penguin, The Riddler, Catwoman, Poison Ivy all had incredible storylines.  While I must admit Professor PYG and The Mad Hatter characters were more than a little freaky,

But one of my favorite was a villain that was unique to the show.  FISH MOONEY played by Jada Pinket Smith.  Fish ran a club for the mob and secretly longed to run the organization.  Her interactions with the Penguin was incredible to watch.  Fish was killed and brought back to life just like in the comics, I hope the powers that be at DC Comics will find a way to use Fish in the Batman stories in the future.

There will always be debate in the world of Comic book and Super hero fans about the best hero’s

So as to not offend those Marvel fan’s here is Dave’s top 10 Marvel Hero’s

  1. Captain America. 2. Bucky (the Winter Soldier). 3. Black Widow. Wolverine.  5. Daredevil 6. Hawkeye.  7 The X-men.  8 Black Panther 9 Falcon 10.  Spider-man.

In the DC universe 1. Batman 2. Nightwing 3. Jason Todd (Red Hood) 5. Green lantern Jon Stewart 6. Batgirl 7. Superman.  8, Wonder woman 9 The Flash and Number 10 The entire Justice League.

I could go on and on about Superhero the TV shows the movies and the comics and collectables.    But I must now fire up my version of the BATMOBILE  (Honda CRV, with a Joker steering wheel cover till Monday in the words of Stan Lee

SEARCHING FOR BURIED TREASURE

We have all dreamed of becoming Indiana Jones and finding incredible treasure, to become incredibly Rich!  It does happen but not to us.

I have a friend who just caught the bug, he bought a metal detector and he spends a few hours each week looking for lost treasure and finds a few coins but the dream lives on.

He is living the dream I just watch it.  Expedition Unknown, The Curse of Oak Island, The curse of Civil war gold. Lost gold of World War two.

The shows are fun to watch bur frustrating too, you see them getting so excited about finding some clue that turns up an old nail and the narrators breathless  voice “ An old nail can that be another clue to finding the treasure”

“YES, YES IT IS” I say just hoping that the men and women find something of value so I can live through them.

A few years ago there was a show call Treasure Quest Snake Island, was incredible as the team started searching on an Island that was crawling with deadly snakes.  There were times it scared the snake spit out of me.   The clues they found took them to South America in the search for the Treasure of the Trinity and on Season three the final episode they found it!  At least they found some really cool and valuable items.

I want to find buried treasure too.    So tonight I dive into the hunt I search the couch and the car and hopefully I will find enough missing quarters enough to buy a Diet Mt, Dew and a Burger.

MMM TREASURE TASTE GOOD!

Today on the morning show we proved it is hard to predict the weather

Stupid news: Idiots in North Carolina. A vacation in Idaho and a watch parrot

Laff lines; Flying, working for the Airlines and a montage of jokes form late night TV.

WORK WORK WORK

 

Did you know I have one of the worst jobs in America!   I am shocked and or dismayed.    I read this on Monday

A study just found the worst jobs in America. The rankings are based on the average pay, projected job growth, and stress.  Here are the 10 worst . . .

  1. Taxi driver.  2.  Logger.  3.  Newspaper reporter.
  2. Retail salesperson. 5.  Enlisted military personnel.  (The study admits it’s tough to put serving your country on a “worst jobs” list . . . but the pay is low and the stress is high.)   6.  Corrections officer.

AND COMING IN AT NUMBER 7 ON THE LIST

  1. DJ.  (Ouch, ) i AM NOT A DJ I AM A MORNING SHOW HOST!
  2. Broadcaster.   9.  Advertising salesperson.10.  Painter.

 

Despite this study I really do love my job, most of the time! But as with most there are times. (Most come at 4:15 when the alarm goes off)

My first job was at a junkyard- straight out of Sanford and son.  I was there to lift things and move them from place to place.

I have also worked as a clerk at a couple of convenience stores.  Other than that, I have been in radio my entire life.  I got my start while still in high school at the high school station WQOX-FM.

Over the years I have worked at several radio stations around the country including Rexburg and Blackfoot Idaho.  Stamps Arkansas, Paris TN, twice. Moreauville and Baton rouge La. Montgomery city, Columbia, Troy and St. Louis Missouri.  In Utah I have worked in Salt Lake and here in Logan.  I have been in Logan just over 34 years.

I am one lucky man, even after being listed as one of the worst jobs in America I can’t think of any other job I would rather do than being on the radio on KOOL 103.9 every morning.    Then I get paid too! Suckers

As Mel Brooks said in “Blazing Saddles”

I saw these work quotes from the website quotesology

I will always choose a lazy person to do a hard job, because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it. “

It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong. “

” Sometime
The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them. “

” The only way to do great work is to love what you do. “The best part of my job is that the chair swivels.

It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance? “
–”I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.

” If at first you don’t succeed; you are running about average. “

” I always give 100% at work: 13% Monday, 22 Tuesday, 26% Wednesday, 35% Thursday, and 4% Friday. “


” Going to work doesn’t make me happy, my paycheck does. “


If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it? “

 

So my advice to you today is protect your phony baloney job and get to work

Today is Administrative professional day

Stupid news has bunnies and skydiving

Laff lines: Dogs do not get depressed and the best of late night

MCU WORST TO FIRST

The MCU has ruled the box office with fans geeks and nerds like myself get so excited for the next movie.

This weekend we find out who lives who dies.  Do we just snap our fingers “The Avengers End Game “opens this weekend?

It might take me a few weeks before I see it but I will.

First to worst in the MCU.  Remember when you talk list like this it is the writer opinion.   THAT WOULD BE ME!  And I am a Batman guy.

One more disclaimer.  There is only one movie on this list that I did not enjoy so once you get past the worst it isn’t like I disliked the others.  I just like some better than others

So worst to first

Thor Ragnanok:  Oh man I can’t tell you how much I disliked this movie.  I have friends who love it but not me or my wife like this at all.  Why, the Thor story line was OK but when Jeff Goldblum hit the screen that was enough for me.  He is a good actor but in this role he was way over the top and it looked forced not natural.  Like the movie was trying too hard to be funny.   (This is the only MCU movie I do not own and I will never will)

The Incredible Hulk.   This was soooooooo much better than the 2003 junk that Ang Lee directed.  I went to a free showing of that in 2003 and I paid too much to get in it was awful.  However this Hulk was a really fun movie.

Thor Dark World.

Avengers Infinity War.  The first time I saw it I did not realize a second movie (End Game) was on the way.  I have seen it 3 times since and it is a lot better than my initial reaction.

Iron Man 3:

Antman and the Wasp

Guardians of the Galaxy volume two.  Any soundtrack that has a song called WHAM BAM SHANG- a LANG is KOOL. (Love that song)

Avenger’s age of Ultron

Spiderman Homecoming.   Marissa Tomei as Aunt May, looked nothing like Aunt May in the comics.

Iron Man two

Captain Marvel

Antman- I went into the movie expecting to not like it but I was wrong

Capitan America- Civil War

Dr Strange_ I will say I am glad I did not see it in 3 –D, I would have needed a barf bag.

Thor

The Avengers –OO- GAH – CUKA  —HOOKE ON A FEELING

Iron man

Captain America the 1st avenger

Black Panther –

Capitan America – Winter Soldier

Let me add that you could put Winter Soldier and Black

I am excited about End Game.  But you will forgive me if I go home and read a Batman comic

Do you Iron your clothes

Stupid news:  Is it a weapon of choice or a way to make bacon.  Plus singing with the Avengers

Laff lines: Husbands

 

A GOOD DAY AND A BAD DAY

The weekend was a mixed bag for me.  Saturday a short trip into Layton for a few things and stopping at favorite restaurant for lunch.  Just after our order arrived the power goes out and there we are eating in the semi darkness but the food was good. After the meal we left and the power was still out.

The trip home was uneventful and nice as was the rest of Saturday it was a good day, not great but good.

THEN IT HAPPENED— SUNDAY

I am as surprised as you are to hear me say my Sunday was a day to forger.   Why?

The garage door not working wright

My car won’t start.

Small appliances either not working or not working wright.

There was some disappointment in people who I was depending on dropping the ball.

All that before 11am.  That just sent my day into an afternoon of frustration and yes anger.  It was a bad day that got a little bit better with an Easter meal with some friends.

So that made me think about good days and bad days and with the help of Theoddeseyonline.com and getamused.com

You know you are having a good day when:

You don’t hit any red lights

Waking up before your alarm

The toilet seat is not freezing

Having time to eat a good breakfast

A sunny morning

 Now you know you are having a bad day

You have to hitch hike to the bank to make your car payment.

A black cat crosses you path and drops dead.

It takes you three hours to make minute rice.

You’re so bored you play hide & seek alone.

People give you the senior citizen discount and you’re only 37.

Your plants do better when you don’t talk to them.

The house is messy again before you can finish cleaning.

Your horn sticks on the freeway behind 32 Hell’s Angels motorcyclists.

You’ve been at work 3 hours before you notice that your fly is open.

Your twin sister forgets your birthday.

Your income tax refund check bounces.

You have to borrow from your Visa card to pay your MasterCard.

You call your wife and tell her that you’d like to eat out tonight and when you get home, you find a sandwich on the front porch.

Ladies you put your bra on backwards and it fits better.

Your wife says, “Good morning, Bill” and your name is George.

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I want to have good day

 

Today on the morning show.   It’s earth day

Stupid news from the internet and Mississippi

Laff lines : Trying to lose weight

 

 

TO PEEP OR NOT TO PEEP THAT IS THE QUESTION

I don’t often say this about food, but I cannot stand to eat PEEPS.

Admit it you or either saying”Preach on Dave” or you are saying “Oh Dave, how could you not love the little marshmallow treats.

The last time I ate a peep was out of protest when I lost a bet!  LESSON LEARNED DON’T BET ON PEEPS!

But that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a peep or two or three … dozen.

I am not a Peep snob!

From Mental floss here are some Peep facts

  1. About five and a half million Peeps are made every day.  And in one year, enough Peeps are made to circle the globe twice.
  2. It used to take 27 hours to make a Peep.  Back in 1953, each chick was handmade with a pastry tube.  But the process was eventually automated, and now it takes just six minutes to make a Peep.
  3. Yellow chicks are the original, and still the favorite.  Yellow bunnies are the second most popular color and shape combination.  Pink is the second best-selling color.
  4. The vast majority of Peeps are consumed around Easter.  About 2 billion Peeps are produced each year . . . and 1.5 billion of them are eaten during the spring.
  5. The town where they’re made does a New Year’s Eve Peep drop.  The Peeps factory is in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  And on New Year’s Eve, they drop a giant 400-pound Peep chick at midnight instead of a ball.

It is an Easter tradition to Peep.  Not me I would rather POP!

Since it is Easter here are some Easter Stats

Almost two-thirds of Americans say they’ll either make or eat deviled eggs this Easter . . . 34% of people say their favorite Easter tradition is spending time with family . . . and three out of four people bite the EARS first when they’re eating a chocolate bunny.

And from the PR Newswire

A new survey asked people about their favorite and least favorite Easter candies, and we’ve got the results of the five we love the most . . . and the five we hate.

The top five Easter candies are:

Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs . . . pastel colored M&M’s . . . Jelly Belly jelly beans . . . Hershey’s chocolate bunnies . . . and Cadbury Crème Eggs.

And the five people hate the most are:

Marshmallow Peeps . . . generic jelly beans . . . coconut nests (also known as macaroons) . . . bubble gum eggs . . . and candy covered Jordan Almonds.

 

NO PEEPS FOR ME!  BUT THE DEVILED EGGS BEWARE!

Have a great Easter weekend

 

Today on the morning show Dave’s Matter of Perspective pits two celebrities on the environment.

Stupid news from Florida and Canada

Laff lines: Things that bug me George Carlin

 

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MEETTIN KOOL PEOPLE WHO LISTEN TO KOOL IS KOOL!

Sometimes I need to be reminded of why I love my job!

Getting up at 4:15 every morning is not the favorite part of my job.  Add in the fact that I am not feeling 100% and when that alarm goes off oh the language that comes from my mouth.  Silently of course, don’t want to wake up the wife.  Getting to the station and something is not working right or you can’t find that one thing.

Then frustration set’s in!

So sometimes I need a kick in the backside to remind me and my backside is a little sore today.  Last Saturday I met a man who was very nice and said he listens every day.  A clerk at a nearby store said the same thing. Listeners call me with suggestions for Stupid News.  On Tuesday I ran into a guy I had met several years ago and we took a few minutes to just talk, and then there was last night.

A couple of months ago I was contacted by Options for Independence asking if they could take a tour of the radio station.  Well that tour happened last night and this youth group of great kids touched me a very special way.  We had a blast just talking and laughing.  Here is just a part of the visit.

The candy from Japan is awesome and I can’t wait for my picture.   As the group from Options left they were thanking me but I should thank them, I had such a great time.

          

Today in 2012 the world’s oldest teenager Dick Clark passed away.   Any one of my generation grew up watching The American Bandstand. My favorite segment was the Rate a record segment. “It had a great beat and I could dance with it”I went back into the archives and found our salute to Dick Clark from 2012

Stupid news goes to college and Florida where you don’t mess with Grandma.

Laff lines:  Lunchables