Archive | November, 2013

Final Slideshow of my Fall Road Trip

In case y’all didn’t notice that I have a Flickr Album, here’s a slideshow of most of the photos I took during my road trip last October. I’ve since bought a new camera and can’t wait to give this one a good workout for my next trip.

Happy Thanksgiving (and more photos from my road trip)

If there’s one thing I’ve been thankful for this year, it was my last road trip that took me from the wonders of the Grand Canyons, to my (hopefully) future dog in the mountains of Colorado.  I wrapped it up by staying in Dillon, and honestly I don’t think I could have found a better vantage point from which to enjoy the views of snow capped mountains right from my balcony than I did there.  Dillon is one of the skiing tourist traps west of Denver, but when you travel off-season it is surprisingly cheap and relatively uncrowded.  If you ever want to truly ensconce yourself in the mountains of Colorado for a quick getaway (but at a discount price), visit the Dillon, Silverthorne and Frisco region during off-season.  You won’t regret it.

Using the STP Multi-Purpose Motor Treatment to feed the Black Stallion #CBias #engineluv

The shop described in this blog post has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions are supremely and awesomely my own.

I was never much of a car guy when growing up, and being an apartment dweller for so many years, I never had an opportunity to work on my car within the comfort of my own property, so whenever an oil change or maintenance needed to be done, I’d just take my ride to the dealer.

It’s a routine that served me very well though: I’ve owned my car for 7 years and counting and it has yet to fail me, needing nothing more than a maintenance schedule I keep track of using software on my PC. Over the years I learned to religiously use fuel injection cleaners after every oil change too, just to keep it all in peak condition.

This time though I decided to up my game by taking a look at the STP Multi-Purpose Motor Treatment, which serves not only as a fuel additive but an oil additive too, touting additional benefits (such as stopping rough idles, preventing fuel line freezes, stabilizing and improving fuel efficiency and more). These were all benefits that weren’t covered by the the run of the mill fuel injection cleaner I usually get, so I was intrigued to see how much of a difference this additive would make, and went out to pick up a can at nearby Auto Zone.

One thing about Long Island though, this may be the only place in the country that could have every imaginable retail and chain store you could think of, and yet not have anything you’re looking for. Sure enough:

Empty Shelf

Sigh.

Walmart was the next closest thing to me, so I dropped by there and THANKFULLY, a few STP cans were awaiting me. I grabbed one and a Pepsi Max, then hit the self checkout machine, (which of course failed on me, forcing me to wait until a cashier finally came around to hook me up). I had my can though, so it was time to hit up my garage and get started. And by garage, I mean the beach:

Captree Bridge on Long Island

Now THIS is where you work on a car.

This is where I usually come whenever I want to spread out and clean up my car without anyone bothering me, and it was a perfect day too. I got out and stretched a bit, then looked to see if I could pour the STP additive in straight from the can. Nope, not quite, the mouth is a little too big and won’t fit through the opening, so I needed to use a funnel.

long funnel

Funny, I don’t remember my funnel being this ridiculously long. Ah well.

After I stuck my funnel in it was an easy pour. The instructions say the 16 oz. can can treat 21 gallons, and while my tank was only 19, I poured the whole thing in anyway. I have no place or room to keep any excess fluids around, and since there were no warnings indicating that my car would explode into a fiery ball of brimstone and death if I used too much additive, I figured I was safe.

I wiped down the funnel when I was done and tossed the can, along with a few other items of trash.

Banana and STP can

I almost slipped on my own banana here.

And that was that. I sat back and let the engine idle a bit before taking off to find a Starbucks and enjoy me some caramel hot chocolate to celebrate a job well done and a Thanksgiving weekend off.

Hyundai Santa Fe and Sunshine

Occasionally, just occasionally, Long Island does give me a nice view.

By the way, If you like up STP’s Facebook page you can get a coupon, so check it out, as well as their Twitter feed for the latest on STP products and promotions.

Not to outdo STP or anything, but I also put together a Google+ Album of my shopping experience, plus an *ahem* blockbuster movie trailer for your enjoyment:

I think OKCupid might be trolling me

I’m using OKCupid as my last and only foray into online dating (which I picked based on my personal rule of using a free site and not giving scammerbags like eHarmony and Match.com a single dime of my money).  Recently I got this email from them:

We just detected that you’re now among the most attractive people on OkCupid.

Meanwhile at OKCupid’s office:

Doctor Evil Laughs with Minions

Anyhoo, the email goes on to say:

We learned this from clicks to your profile and reactions to you in Quickmatch and Quiver. Did you get a new haircut or something?  Well, it’s working!  To celebrate, we’ve adjusted your OkCupid experience:

You’ll see more attractive people in your match results.

Yaaaaay wait, what?

Um… who were they matching me to before, ugly women?  Did they seriously dock me in match results because I hadn’t yet proved how gorgeous I am?  *checks hair in mirror*

So ugly/plain people, or at least people who hadn’t garnered enough attention in clicks and ratings are therefore not worthy of seeing the more attractive beauties of OKCupid, at least until they prove they can win a “popularity contest” based on some arbitrary algorithm that OKCupid uses.

Who says online dating was shallow?  That’s just crazy talk.

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