All Hallow’s Eve: A Rant

Between cops and robbers, super heroes and super villains, and good and evil, the imagination of my youth was filled with the tension between right and wrong. I was raised in a church that fundamentally opposed the festivities of Halloween. It was the celebration of evil that, in theory, involved pentagrams, human sacrifice, and unadulterated evil. The reality, however, is far less exciting. I donned my costume and paraded about the neighborhood accepting bribes in lieu of retribution–trick or treat. And somewhere in the back of my mind I contemplated this act as a foreshadowing of the adult-world to come. In the dark reaches of my mind, I contemplated the true “tricks” that were occurring that night. Those days never came. As I have gotten older, the polarity between good and evil seems more like a crevice than a chasm. Sure, there’s witchcraft and wizardry just like there’s revival and pentecost, but for…

Save Gas, And Your Life By Cruising Grandpa

At the early warning shots of Gas Crisis 07, my wife and I, in our infinite wisdom, purchased two new SUVs.  Brilliant. Honestly, it wasn’t that bad until the full-on war of 08.  $3.89 absolutely sucks the bucks from my account. To save money, recall the Nixon Administration, and the 55 MPH Speed Limit–I SLOWED DOWN. I went from 8 to 10 MPG–lying–10 to 12.5–lying–14 to 17.5 MPG. Yes, folks thats right 25% more gas by slowing my ass down. And what makes this even better is that my road rage has suddenly dissipated. I am not gunning for the top spot–slaying those in my path with imported fossil fuel. I am simply “Cruising Grandpa” my way to better efficiency.  That way I can store all my rage for the $5/hr employee at McDonalds. As Steve Covey says, “Win – Win.” Do you have a Gas Saving Story. Share it.

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