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Monthly Archives: August, 2012

2012 HONDA CROSSTOUR

ONE OF my reasons for buying a 2012 Honda Crosstour was to preserve the hair on the top of my head. In fact, I’ve driven more than a thousand cars … Continue reading

August 31, 2012 · 1 Comment

54.5 MPG AND THE MISINFORMED

THE FEDS have announced that Corporate Average Fuel Economy for cars and light trucks in Model Year 2025 will be 54.5 mpg. However, whenever politics meets technology, guess which wins? … Continue reading

August 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

WHA’CHA CALL IT?

GROWING UP in Cleveland, Ohio, I knew that strip between the sidewalk and the street as the “tree lawn.” Eventually, I came to learn it had different names in different … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · 5 Comments

CECIL B. DEMILLE—AVIATOR

THE NAME Cecil B. DeMille conjures up thoughts of Hollywood epics, not to say the classic film set comment,  “Any time you’re ready, C.B.”  Or, if you’re into old time … Continue reading

August 28, 2012 · 2 Comments

PREPOSITION ALERT

WE OF a certain age have been taught by Mrs. Grimbly not to end a sentence with a preposition, such as “Who are you going with?” Winston Churchill famously (though … Continue reading

August 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

HOLMES IN JAPAN

THE NEAREST that Sherlock Holmes ever got to Japan was his hiatus in Tibet, but this didn’t keep him from becoming one of Japan’s most popular folk heroes. Watson’s first … Continue reading

August 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

DON’T DIS THE I.C. ENGINE!

CONVENTIONAL ENGINES of the internal combustion variety aren’t going away any time soon. These powerplants are getting cleaner, more efficient—and they’ll hold a cost advantage over those of hybrid electric … Continue reading

August 25, 2012 · 1 Comment