Post #420

I have done a lot of family genealogy in the past, present and there’s expected updates in the future.  People who like time lines, and linear thinking enjoy genealogy things.  I often find unusual matching of things, just like the phrase says “Opposites Attract”.  I have always thought that only applied to physics, like magnets, but yes it also applies in marriages.  Take my marriage for example.  My wife came from a Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge family.  I, on the other hand came from the quality lines of Chevy/Buick/Oldsmobile.  I’ve tried to stick close to line BUT once in a while my wife gets me off course.  We traveled to work or shopping down an interstate each day.  There was this one particular spot a couple of miles south of town that always presented a Black Ice Driving test in the winter.   One day my wife chose to practice “donut” driving down the median.  It wasn’t long before we were 4-wheel drive shopping.  We (she) settled on a 1999 DODGE Durango. That thing was a piece of junk from the day it came home.  Once we reached the 50,001.8 mile mark, it couldn’t pass a dealership without a visit and bill of $500. I can’t even BEGIN to list all of the repairs.

We finally “unloaded” the Durango for a Honda van and after 178,000 the van was destined for trading.  My wife had her eye on one model…….yeah, you guessed it, a DODGE Durango. Ok, it runs pretty good, and I do like the 8-speed transmission.  I get monthly email updates from the company. It seems that this car is connecting to a computer, somewhere, which lets me know the good and bad of things. Ok, so I said the car was ok, but so far its only got 23,000 miles on it, time will tell.

The Navigation  I got an email the other day from DODGE, they are offering a Navigation Update disc for $149.99.  ????????????  Let me back up here.  I come from a short line of car purchasers that stomp their feet, pound the desk, and spout all kinds of facts to get the purchase price down to a reasonable amount. ( not always successfully, but at least I feel like I’ve mostly won the battle upon leaving.)

Flashy Lights  Back to day one…..we did our negotiating, and purchase price of the car was settled upon, or so I thought.  There’s always additional things like taxes, etc.  The last “added-on” price was the extra brake light, you know the one in or near the top of the back window, it comes with the car.  But with Dodge, you must pay and extra $150 to make it BLINK upon braking!!  That sort of rubbed me wrong that day, but even more-so today.  It’s already on the car, so why do I need to pay extra to make it work???

Oil Changes  The shock came with the cost of oil changes.  On the Honda van, I paid about $35.  The Durango uses synthetic oil, which cost me now over $70. I don’t understand.  I would think that drilling a hole, pumping, transporting, refining, and transporting would cost more than fake oil.  But never fear, for a mere added additional price you can get 100,000 miles of oil changes, that’s 10 changes, for a cost of around $59 and oil change.  Along with that you get the multi-point inspection and tire rotation.  Interesting about the tire rotation, I have ONE tire that keep 2 lbs more pressure in (the right rear).  After my oil change/rotation, my right rear tire still had 2 lbs more air. I was on a trip immediately after my rotation, so I stopped at a different dealership, explained my situation and asked for a tire rotation. After and hour, I got the car back and the right rear tire had 2 lbs more air than any other tire.   ?????  I used to work in an auto service are for a few years.  I remember tire rotations as actually taking the tires off the car and moving to a different location.  As I’ve gotten older tire rotations must have changed.

Warranties   It seems that the only things warranted on this car are things you NEVER hear of going wrong. The thing that worries me is the all electronic dash board stuff, which apparently isn’t covered. Dodge has this muli-part purchasable warranty coverage, which as I recall takes most of my 401K.  But one part ensures a life time coverage for the digital dashboard for only $3000.

911 Service  Dodge, like everyone else has this 911 Emergency Service, free for a year.  After the first year you can renew it for a price.  I don’t remember the price, even though I bought it for another year, because so many things have come in the mail or email it’s getting difficult to keep them straight. But this 911 service has gives me connectivity of the “car computer” to the “Mother Computer”. I can emails telling me about my cars health, the tire pressure, fuel level, oil life, service history, location and recalls etc.  They all sounded important, so I decided I’d better keep it.

SIRUS XM Radio  Free radio came for year.  We’ve been enjoying so when the offer came to re-up we took the 6 mo. discounted offer.  Right after we signed up, in came another offer for 2 yrs. that would have been even cheaper.

Back to the Navigation.  I really got ticked at Dodge that they expect me to pay for updates.  Especially since the sales package on the car purchased included 5 years of FREE NAVIGATION. The question becomes this; if FREE NAVIGATION costs $149.99 a year to update, what is the cost keep the navigation at the end of the 5th year?????

No, don’t be fooled, I NOT buying the update.  I own a GARMIN GPS that has FREE updates included.  I will plop that on my dash and use it.  The way, the Garmin doesn’t lose it memory and location like the Dodge Navigation does. Yes!! The Dodge Navigation has malfunctioned 4 times in year and one of the times was after a software update! I keep my Garmin close by on ALL trips in this car……


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Fake Truth

Post #419

This has been an interesting and yet scary year.  We were taught a new term this past year, “Fake News”.  When I was a school kid, we were told that fake news was called YELLOW JOURNALISM.  I guess different generations call things differently. I could give the example of thongs vs. flip flops, but no one under 60 would understand it.

The country is all agog about Net Neutrality.  How, President Obama made a Directive to protect the average internet user and now President Trump’s FCC (Federal Communications Commission) commissioner will be voting to take away that (pricing) protection.

It seems that all in all, these past years, the internet providers haven’t been able to make enough money to conduct any research to advance our technology. (Is that right????) I guess I don’t understand.  First, if these company’s can’t make any money then why are more companies entering the industry. Second, if company doesn’t make money, then they lose money, which means they go bankrupt and/or under. I don’t see anyone going under. Thirdly, if we are that far behind in technology, why don’t we just go steal it from China or Russia, they seem to be able to penetrate anything we have, affecting our elections and taking our personal data, lets take their technology it seems pretty good!!

I saw two articles today as I looked at Google News-Technology-FCC.

First: FCC Commissioner tells Jordan Klepper that “Opposition to Net Neutrality has fake names, and Russian accents.  (AV Club 8hrs. ago.)

I’ve got to say here, I’m confused.  I, me, personally sent Commissioner Pia an email protesting his upcoming decision to eliminate the internet protection.   And let me just say there’s NOTHING foreign about my name, which is English and our family has been in this country since 1650.  I’m not sure that I can say the same for the Commissioner. I think the commissioner has just given us a “fake truth”!!!

Second: One hour ago (12/13/17; 11AM eastern) It appears to have been announced that the FCC will be partnering with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) to protect consumers AFTER net neutrality is eliminate.

How’s that make you feel; TWO government agencies bonding together to protect you (from themselves!!)  That’s FAKE TRUTH!!  Why, you may ask, is that fake??  First of all if the FCC doesn’t make the decision, we wouldn’t need protection.  Second I’ve already experienced the FCC’s consumer protection division.  When my mother was being JERKED around by COMCAST,  I filed a protest with the FCC.  Their immediate action was to turn the complaint over to COMCAST CUSTOMER SERVICE Chicago, Il.  who wanted to know why we were dissatisfied, and were we happy now; who then contracted the FCC and said all was hunky-dory and that everyone was being JERKED around EQUALLY.  To which the FCC decide that since everyone was being JERKED the same, all was well in the universe.

Let me just give this caveat, I did get both of these stories off the internet, and we all know that NOT everything out there is true.  Thereby creating “fake truth”.  So research for yourself and oh, yes, be prepared to open your wallet wider, Verizon, Comcast etal. are just poor-boys needing more $$$ for executive bonus.  Speaking of which can you image the size of bonus these people will get if we lose net neutrality???  It will rival the bonuses of Health Insurance Executives-don’t get me started!!!!!

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