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Topic: OT: Re: +Terry Stockdale in Baton Rouge (2 msgs / 59 lines)
1) From: jim gundlach
On Dec 28, 2006, at 9:03 AM, Justin Marquez wrote:
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      Traffic was rather light, only had traffic jams in San Antonio,  
Houston, Baton Rouge, and another place in Louisiana where a 18  
wheeler went off the road and the rubber necks backed traffic up.   
Every state except Louisiana seemed to give the troopers the day  
after Christmas off.  I'm driving a new Toyota Yaris hatchback and it  
got a touch over 34 miles per gallon at these speeds.  This surprised  
me since it only gets 39 mpg at 55 mph and physics should dictate a  
much more substantial increase in fuel consumption.  The Yaris does  
not have the get up an go that the 89 Suburban with a 454 police  
interceptor does but the Suburban only gets 9 mpg at these speeds and  
it requires premium.  Back when gas was over $3.00 I could not fill  
it using the credit card at the pump.  I would have to go in and give  
the clerk a $50 bill, use it up and then I could fill the tank with  
the $75.00 limit they put on using the card at a pump.
       Pecan Jim

2) From: jim gundlach
On Dec 28, 2006, at 6:39 PM, True, Dennis W. FC1 (CVN69) wrote:
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     The main reason I was so slow was that I drive by the rules I  
learned when I hauled moonshine at age 14.
     Rule 1:  Always be the second fastest vehicle in the  
neighborhood.  When you are hauling moonshine, you are working with  
this lead vehicle who is actually going as fast as you are.  They  
take a speeding ticket to clear the way for you.
     Rule 2:  Watch the brake lights up ahead, they will tell you  
when there is a cop in the neighborhood.
     Rule 3:  When approaching where you think a cop is located, be  
going a little over the speed limit but let the cop know you are  
awake by slowing down to the speed limit when he or she can see you.   
This lets them feel they have already had some impact on your  
behavior and it gives them a little satisfaction out of just existing  
so they don't have to work to feel they have done something.  In  
reality this is behaving more normal, that is less suspicious,  than  
actually obeying the speed limit.
    Rule 4:  Don't make other drivers angry by being too aggressive.   
When traffic bunches up ahead of you and the other fast drivers are  
getting impatient and aggressive, back off and be patient,  let it  
open up before following another fast one on through.
   The other reason was the little Yaris only has a 1500 cc engine.   
It does not have the muscle to keep with the fastest cars on the road.
    For some coffee topics.  Tomorrow I'm going to play with the Aero- 
Press some.
       Pecan Jim
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