Friday, October 30, 2009


Dearest Family,

My coworker Geoff really loves his dog and has entered a picture in a
pet photo contest with a prize of $250 in pet food.

Please take a moment to vote for Amber the dog, dressed up as Amelia

Thank you so much,


-----Original Message-----
From: Swanberg CIV Geoffrey M
Sent: Friday, October 30, 2009 10:05 AM

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My chocolate lab, Amber, has been entered in a pet photo contest at
WASH-FM. Please follow the link below to see and vote for Amber.

Thanks for taking the time,


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

10 Reasons Why I Don't Go To Panera Bread

1) I don't have an iPhone.
2) I don't drive a Prius.
3) I like American cheese.
4) I am not a college student.
5) Panini? Pano-no.
6) I am not a tree-hugging environmentalist.
7) I have the Internet at home.
8) I don't wear any clothing made of hemp.
9) Spending $7.00 for half a sandwich does not make me feel good.
10) I am not a woman.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Tank 211 - 23 October 2010

So the entire family has been sick with an illness of unknown origin
this week, and I stayed home for two and a half days from work. This
delayed my refueling until today, a stretch of 11 days where otherwise
would have been 9 days. I went 448.2 miles on 11.531 gallons of gas,
making for a fuel economy of 38.87 miles per gallon.

I refueled this morning at the incredible Exxon of Woodbridge. But it
turned out that gas, at $2.599 per gallon, was about 12 cents more
expensive than the rather inconvenient Wawa that's an inconvenient mile

Basically, my non-desire to drive to the Wawa, which I didn't know at
the time was so much cheaper, cost me $1.38.

So how did you discover this mythical inconvenient Wawa, Kenny?

Funny you ask, because I passed it as I was driving back to the office
from the Sears Appliance Center. And even then, to get to it I'd have
had to go past it to the next break in the road and make a U-Turn to go
to it.

And the last time I made an effort to go to this Wawa, the air pump was
broken, and that was the main purpose of that particular trip, so I tend
to dislike this Wawa for these reasons. It's inconvenient, and the air
pump was broken one time.

But the Wawas near my home are in great shape and there's usually a wait
at the air pumps. And gas pumps, too.

I will refuel the Mighty Corolla today. Meanwhile, enjoy this:

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I like this picture.

Lifted from the Failblog.

I think I might try to photoshop my own face onto it. That'd be funny.

Tank 210 - 12 October 2009

This most recent tank served me with 37.98 miles per gallon, going 446.6
miles on 11.760 gallons of gas.

BFD, you say? Oh, read on!

With this tank, my average fuel economy for 2009 now matches my average
fuel economy for 2008: 37.39 miles per gallon!

Over 13,308.4 miles in 2009 and 15,302.9 miles in 2008, my fuel economy
is the same when figured out to two decimal places.

Truly this deserves special note as we celebrate Manhattan Thursday

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tank 209 - 2 October 2009

Deepest apologies for such tardiness. I refueled last Friday and only
now am updating. Probably it's because I achieved a pitiful 36.59 mpg.
I don't think I was driving much different than normal. Perhaps it was
due to an increased number of "in town" trips to soccer games and such.
Yeah, that's what I'll go with.

So I went 418.4 miles on 11.434 gallons. I refueled at the Sheetz, and
paid $2.199 per gallon, which is the cheapest gas since Memorial Day.

I actually received a comment on an earlier post about oil changing. I
wonder now, gentle reader, you change with synthetic oil only once a
year-- how many miles do you drive?

They say the synthetic oil can go much farther intervals before
changing, but I have never looked into it, as each time I go to change
the oil I turn into mister cheapskate and balk at the prices.