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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sox honor Gehrig, support search for ALS cure

For Uncle Duke...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

BEst and Worse Owners in Baseball

Of course, the BoSox ownership is #1 (Best)...

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Autoblog's Top Ten Greatest Pontiacs

While I am sorry to see Pontiac go, as the 1967 GTO is my favorite car of all time, and I was also the proud owner of a 2000 Grand Prix GT, it is unfortunately necessary.

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Massachusetts Governor ponders Hummer Tax

This is completely unfair. Cadillac Duval should really be looking at fixing what is wrong here instead of penalizing the people paying his salary.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Two weeks with the Silverado

So, I've had my Silverado for two weeks now. It is a white crew cab 1500 4x4 1LT. I'm quite pleased with it so far. I'll answer a few questions here.

Now, the first thing you may want to know, is why give up the Dakota (2003 Dodge Dakota Club Cab SXT 4x4)? The answer is very simple - size and safety. I could no longer safely carry my family in that truck. Anthony has outgrown the car seat we have for him there, and nothing bigger would fit. I also could not fit another car seat in it for our pending arrival. So, after 92,057 faithful miles and five years and eleven months, I said goodbye to my first pickup truck. It did not have a lot of options, but it was very comfortable. In fact, 75,000 of those miles were driven for my then job of systems analyst at a national professional services organization. It was also the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned.

That last statement begs the question, why not get an all-new for 2009 Dodge Ram? The answer to that is very simple. The 2009 Ram is an awesome truck, and I know I would have been happy with it, but there isn't a Dodge dealer within 10 miles of my home. And frankly, the Chevy has always been my first choice. I do not like the dashboard in the Tundra, so that ruled it out. I have not had good luck with Fords, so that struck the F-150, also new for 2009, and Motor Trend's Truck of the Year, from the list. (Incidentally, the Silverado is the 2007 Truck of the Year.) I really like the Nissan Titan, but it's future is basically as a re-badged Dodge Ram. That leaves GMC. So, why not the GMC Sierra? Definitely considered it, as it is mechanically similar, but the same problem with dealers arises as with the Dodge. I also wanted a bow-tie again.

For not being very far up on the model line equipment totem pole, the 1LT has quite a lot of equipment, and it's really all I need. I also get six passenger seating, which in comparison, I really liked the bench seat over the buckets. It's the first time ever for bench seating for me. Also, new for 2009 on the Silverado, is the 6L80 transmission for the 5.3L Vortec V8 with automatic fuel management, both of which add up to better fuel economy than the 4 speed auto and ancient LA series/Magnum V6 in the Dakota.

Obviously, the Dakota has many more miles in her, and I hope someone will use those miles. It was a great truck. But, it did not have to room for me to safely carry my family, so it had to go. My cousin has a 93 K1500 with 180k miles on it. It was with this in mind that I purchased the Silverado. Wouldn't it be great, if in 13-15 years, I could pass this truck down to my son, as his first vehicle?

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Testing Lifecast

Trying to see if I should delete this app from my iPhone...

Posted with LifeCast

Thursday, January 15, 2009

"KHAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!"

RIP Ricardo Montalban.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

How do these people survive?

I was archiving mail for the past year and came across this. Not quite Darwin awards, but these people are on their way...

How do these people survive?



ONE Recently, when I went to McDonald's I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken Mc Nuggets. I asked for a half dozen nuggets. "We don't have half dozen nuggets," said the teenager at the counter. "You don't?" I replied. "We only have six, nine, or twelve," was the reply. "So I can't order a half dozen nuggets, but I can order six?" "That's right." So I shook my head and ordered six Mc Nuggets







TWO I was checking out at the local Wal-Mart with just a few items and the lady behind me put her things on the belt close to mine. I picked up one of those "dividers" that they keep by the cash register and placed it between our things so they wouldn't get mixed. After the girl had scanned all of my items, she picked up the "divider", looking it all over for the bar code so she could scan it. Not finding the bar code she said to me, "Do you know how much this is?" I said to her "! I've changed my mind, I don't think I'll buy that today." She said "OK," and I paid her for the things and left. She had no clue to what had just happened.







THREE A lady at work was seen putting a credit card into her floppy drive and pulling it out very quickly. When I inquired as to what she was doing, she said she was shopping on the Internet and they kept asking for a credit card number, so she was using the ATM "thingy."







FOUR I recently saw a distraught young lady weeping beside her car. "Do you need some help?" I asked. She replied, "I knew I should have replaced the battery to this remote door unlocker. Now I can't get into my car. Do you think they (pointing to a distant convenience store) would have a battery to fit this?" "Hmmm, I dunno. Do you have an alarm, too?" I asked. "No, just this remote thingy," she answered, handing it and the car keys to me. As I took the key and manually unlocked! the door, I replied, "Why don't you drive over there and check about the batteries. It's a long walk."







FIVE Several years ago, we had an Intern who was none too swift. One day she was typing and turned to a secretary and said, "I'm almost out of typing paper. What do I do?" "Just use copier machine paper," the secretary told her. With that, the intern took her last remaining blank piece of paper, put it on the photocopier & proceeded to make five "blank" copies.







SIX I was in a car dealership a while ago, when a large motor home was towed into the garage. The front of the vehicle was in dire need of repair and the whole thing generally looked like an extra in "Twister." I asked the manager what had happened. He told me that the driver had set the "cruise control" and then went in the back to make a sandwich.







SEVEN My neighbor works in the operations department in the central office of a large bank. Employees in the field call him when they have problems with their computers. One night he got a call from a woman in one of the branch banks who had this question: "I've got smoke coming from the back of my terminal. Do you guys have a fire downtown?"







EIGHT Police in Radnor , Pa interrogated a suspect by placing a metal colander on his head and connecting it with wires to a photocopy machine. The message "He's lying" was placed in the copier, and police pressed the copy button each time they thought the suspect wasn't telling the truth. Believing the "lie detector" was working, the suspect confessed.







NINE A mother calls 911 very worried asking the dispatcher if she needs to take her kid to the emergency room, the kid was eating ants. The dispatcher tells her to give the kid some Benadryl and it should be fine . The mother says, I just gave him some ant killer..... Dispatcher: Rush him in to emergency room!



Life is tough







It's tougher if you're stupid

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Pantsless on the slopes

This is way too funny...

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

The end of an era - Windows 3.x

I have to make note of this as I find it amusing and I also wonder just how long it will take Windows 3.x to really die...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

FireWire Isn’t Alone: A Brief History of Features Apple Has Killed�|�Technologizer

Firewire, you will be missed...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Theo ponders big offseason decisions | redsox.com: News

Time to start thinking about next year.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Making Fat Tire: The Brewmaster of New Belgium Brewing Company | Sloshspot Blog

mmmmm..... beer. Fat Tire is an excellent beer. In fact, thinking about it, it should be the beer of the month!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Camp Good Days and Special Times: A WEEKEND OF COURAGE AND A LOST HERO…

Rest in Peace Denny

I don't think I could do any better than the following excerpt by Gary Mervis. Denny, you will be missed.

"To be sure, Denny lived and marched to the beat of his own drummer and the only satisfaction I have from his untimely and tragic death is that he died doing something he loved – riding his motorcycle on a beautiful, sunny day.

Denny Dutton is probably someone you have never heard of…but he is my hero and someone that will be truly missed by all those who knew and loved him."

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

ESPN - Some new faces help Red Sox finish off Angels at home - MLB

ALCS, here we come!

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