My pet peeve is rental cars. Renting a car at the airport these days brings on a lot of extra fees and in many cases, enormous rate differences for the same car. Case in point: I wanted to rent a car from Hertz to drive from Palm Springs to SF as I had bought a piece of furniture that I needed to cart home. I went online, put in my discount code and came up with two vastly different rates for the same car (Chevrolet Impala).
Daily rate from Hertz airport: $112.04
Airport Concession Fee recovery: $12.47
Vehicle Licensing Cost recovery: $0.28
Customer Facility Surcharge: $10.00
California Tourism Commission assessment: $3.92
Daily rate from Hertz Local Edition: $67.49
Vehicle Licensing Cost Recovery: $0.28
That's a $75.92 difference for the same car going to the same location!
And here's another hot tip - you can rent from Hertz Local Edition and return to the airport and pay the fees and rates from Local Edition and not have to pay the other fees if you rented at the airport. It doesn't work in every city - sometimes they tack on a daily mileage charge so read your reservation very carefully. Also, most Hertz Local Edition offices are closed on weekends and are open during "bankers hours" (i.e., 8am - 5pm) on weekdays.
The reason I prefer Hertz is that they have the most locations and a very strong "Local Edition" program around the country. Avis would be my second choice with National the last (although I do love National's Emerald Aisle at major airports where I can choose my own car to rent when on business).
Driving down to the desert, once you hit the outskirts of Beaumont, I tune the radio to 98.5 on the FM dial and out of the speakers flows this "heavenly music" laden with melodies, rich strings, horns and beautiful, clear vocals: from love songs to ballads and lovely harmonies in the backgrounds. Truly it's a genre in its own world and makes the best background music to work or listen to as you go about your day.
KWXY also has some of the best DJ's from the old school of disc jockeys: none of this shock-in-your-face garbage or silly contests: just DJ's who know their music and know their audience which happens to be a very aging bunch of retirees or people like me who really love this uncluttered genre of music.
Last but not least, KWXY was locally owned and operated. These days most radio stations are either owned by networks or conglomerates, like Clear Channel. That's why no matter where you go you'll find the same stations and shows everywhere ("Bob FM" for rockers, Dave Koz for the smooth jazz folks). It's dull and boring.
So imagine my surprise when I turned on the radio on Wednesday morning only to learn that the station was sold and the format would be ending on Sunday. I was crushed. Where else, other than XM radio could I find beautiful music?
So I did what I always do when I want to find something out: I hit the internet, specifically Wikipedia. Sure enough there was a whole article on Beautiful Music listing many stations that still play this format. Here are some stations that stream these lush sessions online:
WHLC, Cashiers, NC
In my opinion, WKTZ and KAHM have the best streaming. XM's "Escape" has the advantage of letting you know what's being played.
So when you need to take a break from rock, jazz or whatever your favorite genre may be, give this a shot. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
:The G5 came with a number of different CPU boards. This one has 2 CPU boards with a 2.7 GHZ speed which is the fastest they made for this computer series. It also has 6 GB of which is probably 4 GB more than most. Also there is a lot of good software included. I should really ask more but I want to sell it.
2 x 400 GB serial ATA 7200 drives
Bella Professional Series Fnal Cut Pro keyboard
16 x Super Drive double-layer (DVD+R DL/DVD +-RW/CD-4W
6 GB DDR400 SDRAM working memory
NVIDIA CT DDL W/256 MB GDDR3 VIDEO CARD
Computer, Keyboard and Mouse in excellent condition
Final Cut Pro Suite Version 2 installed
The cost of the Final Cut Pro Suite and Professional Keyboard alone are more than $1200.00
Excellent system for video editing and still photography DUAL 2.7 Ghz
This offer DOES NOT INCLUDE MONITOR.
Price: $900.00 plus shipping.
Computer is here in South City.
Let me know if you're interested.
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I checked in with squalidbear to see who was
What do you call 10 meth addicts?
A full set of teeth.
I roared. But when you look at what Lazy Bear has become, it's really sad.
And since the rest of June is a clusterfuck as far as time goes, early great wishes go out to:
carytown on June 13th.
anziulewicz on June 19th
profkampf and markosf on June 21st
Wishing you all a great day and a super year filled with love, laughter,happiness, good health and success!