Month: February 2017

Commanding, sexy star of Super Bowl LI will leave you breathless

Awards have been bestowed. Records have been broken. It was definitely one for the history books as millions watched and held their breath. It was unpredictable and elusive. But it wasn’t about being the strongest or the most powerful. It was about grace, being fearless and staying true to who you are. A star was born during Super Bowl LI. I’m not talking about the game that, at halftime, most considered over. I’m not talking about a coach or a quarterback who achieved what no other in NFL history has achieved. I’m not talking about the halftime show. With three appearances during Super Bowl LI, Giulia fearlessly introduced herself to the American public with beauty, grace and purpose. She made breaking free of predictability while, at the same time, finding our balance, sexy. She made us catch our breath. Alfa Romeo Giulia is back and better than ever.

Sure to be a hit this Sunday: Tailbacks and tail wags

Can you believe it’s Super Bowl weekend already? Man, it seems like football season flew by faster than a pass from Matt Stafford. Whether Super Bowl LI finds you cheering for Atlanta or New England, there is always one part of the experience that brings both sides together. The 13th annual Puppy Bowl. You thought I was going to say the commercials, didn’t you? Well, we’ll get to those in just a minute. But first, the “biggest game in adoption” and quite possibly a better predictor of the actual game than many of the so-called experts. The starting lineup for Team Fluff includes Alexander Hamilpup, Peanut and Stretch. Team Ruff, on the other hand, has Beebop, Puddles and Squirt to tackle any challenge that comes their way. Together, Team Fluff and Team Ruff are comprised of 39 puppies from 34 different animal shelters stretching across 22 states. With a special appearance by Punxsutawney Phil, chinchilla mascots and the Kitty Half-Time Show, this precursor to Super Bowl LI may be three hours of cuteness that will have you dialing up the local shelter. Tune in to Animal Planet at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT for pregame, with kickoff scheduled for 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT. You can also “meet” the players by visiting Now, about those commercials … As with … Read More

Perfect parallel parking IS possible

I cannot recall a downtown area of any city in which I’ve lived or to which I’ve traveled where there is a surplus of parking. At least not during peak hours, and certainly not near whatever office, store, restaurant or bar I was attempting to visit. Typically, to find parking, you have two choices – Make your way up and up and up in the nearest parking garage, hoping to find a spot that’s not too narrow to squeeze into Spot an open spot along the city streets, which of course means you’ll need to parallel park Parallel parking?!? The horror! I mean, have you tried just SPELLING parrallel paralel parallel without spellcheck or autocorrect? It’s nearly as impossible as trying to DO it. But, at some point, most people don’t have a choice. Whether it’s in the interest of saving time or not having to walk an excessive distance, parallel parking is sometimes the only option. Especially if you drive on the downtown streets of nearly any major metropolitan area. For the record, I know how to parallel park. I didn’t learn it in my driver’s education class, like you might think. Instead, my very patient dad taught me and, while I haven’t had much practice recently, I’m very confident in my ability. However, knowing how to parallel park … Read More

It only gets better with age

Most of the time when I get into a rental car, or any other vehicle other than mine, I have a process. I get in and set up the seat and the mirrors. I look around at where the important stuff is like windshield wipers, headlights, shifter and start button/keyhole. With the important, navigational stuff out of the way, I switch gears and get to know the infotainment system. Whether I’m using navigation features to get me to the right place at the right time or setting up my music preferences, understanding the features available upfront inevitably saves me time and frustration down the road. I have used a lot of different infotainment systems over the years. Uconnect is one of the few that I can just quickly set up and drive. It’s a breeze to use. So, when upgrades to the 2016 Uconnect were announced, my first thought was, “Whatever you do, please don’t make it less user-friendly.” After all, my learning curve has definitely NOT improved with age. But, like a fine wine or really good cheese, Uconnect only gets better with every update. I’m not sure how it was possible, but the updated Uconnect is even MORE user-friendly. Let me break down the five biggest changes: Drag and drop menu bar. Why is this significant? Well, let’s … Read More