Daily Archives: November 2, 2012

Hyundai & Kia Get Caught Overstating Expected Mileage [i.e., miles/gallon]. Oh, Oh! Naughty, Naughty. We Have A Kia.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Related post:
>> Team KIA, Concord, NH — We Have Nothing But THE BEST Words
>> To Say About This Car Dealership — June 28, 2012.

Click to read ‘Wall Street Journal’ article …

We are supposed to get a rebate check, with a 15% bonus for the inconvenience, based on our estimated mileage. I doubt whether we will get much because we have yet to take our new Kia for its 1st service. Though we have done 3,400 miles, Kia will contend we haven’t done any.

We had a Hyundai Tuscon for 4 years prior to that, BUT I think this ruling only goes back 3 years.

In a way I am relieved. I have never been able to get more than 28.9 miles/gallon (per the onboard computer) on our KIA, base-model, 4-cylinder Sportage, though the published mileage was much higher. Though I am known for my speeding and penchant for driving over 100 mph (and complaining bitterly that my old Cadillac STL would cut-off at 108 mph), I can also drive very economically. So, I kind of suspected that the numbers for bogus. To me the gearing on the Sportage is WAY TO LOW. I feel like I am grinding along even when I am in 6th. So,, doesn’t surprise me that I don’t get 30+ mpg.

So, what does this say about the folks that sold the KIA to me? I am not sure. They were good to us. That I cannot take away from them. They obviously had to toe the company line.

Am I surprised that the a Korean company [Hyundai owns Kia and the cars are the same, just different trims and badges] would lie to me? No. That is what I would expect. Kind of cultural. It isn’t as if U.S. companies haven’t lied to us. Tobacco companies do come to mind. I think it is amusing.

IF I get a check, I will let you know.

Keene Pumpkin Festival On HGTV. Final Counts. No World Record, But Keene Won By 7,048 Pumpkins.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Last 3 Related posts:
1/ Keene Pumpkin Festival Will Air On HGTV
>>On Oct. 31, 2012 As A Special ‘Pumpkin Wars’ — Oct. 24, 2012.
2/  Keene Pumpkin Festival Will Need TECHNOLOGY To Beat Guinness
—-Book Record Next Year. RFID & LEDs — Oct. 22, 2012.
3/ Keene Pumpkin Festival, Keene, NH — Was A Blast,
Though The Record Was Missed By 1,500 Pumpkins — Oct. 21, 2012.

Click image to access the ENTIRE 49 minute HGTV ‘Pumpkin Wars’, Keene, NH vs Highwood, IL edition (replete with commercials).

So the numbers are in.

Keene = 29, 381, Highwood = 22,333. So, Keene, NH won this round.

But the World Record was set by Boston, MA in 2006 with 30,128, Keene had established it in 2003.

If you watch the episode you will appreciate my call for better technology!

Lets Get Josh Spaulding, The Baysider, To The ‘2014 Winter Olympics’ In Sochi, Russia.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Click image above to see it in its FULL GLORY.
The background is the official Sochi, 2014 banner (modified).

Click to ENLARGE it so it can be easily read.
Or if you want to read it in the Baysier per se click here to access the November 1, 2012 Baysider as a PDF.

Josh’s column above, as it appeared in yesterday’s Baysider tells it all.
All I am trying to do is make sure that Josh gets the necessary funds to make this happen.
I have already pledged a minimum of $10 (being the last of the big spenders, that I am).
Another 299 $10 pledges should be sufficient.

If you live around the Lakes Region you really should know Joshua Spaulding.

Josh, in addition to being the intrepid, indefatigable editor of ‘The Baysider’, the local weekly for Alton, Barnstead and New Durham, does double-duty as the Sports Editor for the Baysider and 6 (yes, 6) OTHER local newspapers! He covers 35 to 50 high school sports teams, ranging from skiing to football, as well as all of the local 5Ks, turkey-trots and even the NASCAR! Josh writes 7,000 to 9,000 published words a week — and that is quite a feat. Furthermore, Josh has been doing this Herculean (most likely unprecedented) ‘editor x editor x reporter‘ ‘beat’ for 10+ years WITHOUT EVER taking a week off.

How do we know that for sure? A few weeks ago, Josh, one of the most self-effacing, modest and humble people that I know (next to me, of course), let it be known, through his always extremely readable (and invariably entertaining) column that he had written 500 published columns — WITHOUT nary a single break. That is beyond impressive.

Josh, over the years, has chronicled the sporting exploits of thousands of kids — some that have gone onto find greatness. Josh has touched the lives of tens of thousands. He is one of the most obliging and helpful folks that I know. He is always trying help, make the lives of others pleasanter.

It is no secret that Josh is married to his job. His job and covering the local sports scene (and watching ‘Survivor’ among other other shows on TV (now augmented, quite recently, by a DVR)) is his LIFE. He gives us so much. I think that with his travel schedule, which makes me tired just reading about given that it covers around 8,000 sq. miles in total, he works around 70 – 80 hours a week.

Going to Sochi will be such a great thing for Josh. It will also be a great honor for us. Just think of Josh’s columns from Russia. We will learn stuff from Josh’s coverage that we will never hear from any other journalist. Josh will tell us how Survivor comes across in Serbian. Who knows. Josh might even meet a nice Russian athlete over there.

I haven’t spoken to Josh about my campaign as yet — other than pledge my (minimum of) $10.

I am sure that sponsorship opportunities abound. Yes, Josh would go to Sochi dressed like a NASCAR driver emblazoned with logos head to foot. I will also see if he will set up a bank account so that funds can be sent to it directly. Maybe he might set up a FaceBook ‘donate’ page.

But, we need to make sure that we raise a minimum of $3,000 to get Josh to Sochi.