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Friday, April 13, 2012

I was just at my friends website going thru the photos. He recently had a barn fire and lost almost his entire show string. He did lose all his equipment and clothes and personal possessions.

I was surprised to see my horse in his photos. I am pleased to see him there. I really loved that horse. Ironically, if I had bought him back as I wanted to, he too would most likely be one of the 19 horses that lost their lives in this fire. My horse is #24 and #63. My Brassy Ass I called him.

Dancing in the Dark is gone. He had so many National Championships. He was such an awesome horse. My heart goes out to all the owners that lost their horses in this fire. Such a scarey thing.

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 4/17/2012 8:31PM

    we saw the fire from afar and i didn't learn what happened until it was too late. i hope your friend is ok, so sorry for the loss of all those beautiful horses...

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BAILEYS7OF9 4/14/2012 9:19PM

    not sure Bob. I know that a lot of strangers stopped and helped open stall doors. The media is really bad on numbers. It was 7 dead for the longest time, then next report it jumped to 19.

I hope he is too Cello.. I haven't called him, he's busy enough w/ the actual owners and everything going on.

Comment edited on: 4/14/2012 9:21:04 PM

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CELLO23 4/14/2012 3:32AM

    Hope your friend is recovering OK after such a trauma. The horse is a beauty - such a glossy coat!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/13/2012 9:20PM

  Oh my . . . sooooo gorgeous! I don't think I've ever seen a horse with such a distinctive face marking. Beauty!!

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BOBINVA 4/13/2012 9:15PM

    Is this the same barn where a 15 year old girl saved 23 horses?

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NATPLUMMER 4/13/2012 3:44PM

    So handsome!! emoticon

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The quest for shoes!!!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

here is the update! I do have a very mild heel strike and I was thinking I did not. Oh well! Jim was the guy helping me out at the store. He went all over the shoes inch by inch and said there was no uneven wear or specific breakdowns. He too believed I should have gotten more than 214 miles on them.

So listening to my recap on mild stability ASICS and if I should try minimalist shoes, he said no, I would be better off in a higher cushioned shoe to help get past 200 miles.

I put on a Nike Vomero (?) and I really liked it but the toe boxes are getting smaller and I could feel my toes at the end of the shoe so he put in for the next size up, which should be in Mon/Tues. Also tried Brooks Glycerin, really liked them. And ASICS Nimbus. So when the Nikes come in, I'll try them all again and make my pick!

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CAROLCRC 4/6/2012 7:57AM

    I'm on my first pair of Brooks Glycerins... so far so good.

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SPEEDYDOG 4/6/2012 7:42AM

    Good luck finding the right shoe. The Nike Zoom Vomeros are a great cushioned ride. The toe box is quite wide on the men's shoes and fits me great. I also have a pair of Nike Pegasus shoes also. The Pegasus has slightly less cushion than the Vomeros and are a bit better on rough trails.

I just hope you find a shoe that jumps on your feet and feels like the shoe was made just for you.

Thanks, Bruce

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CELLO23 4/2/2012 9:07AM

    Good luck! I was hoping that having been measured and slomotion video'd once in a shop, I could rely on the same shoes forever! But it seems not :) I'm a little disappointed with the wear in my Sauconys, though they are v comfy - the mesh on top got a hole in it quite quickly. Hope you find your shoe nirvana!

@striver I was very intrigued by those oesh's - high concept!

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_LINDA 4/1/2012 11:15PM

    I hope you find something that works for you. Finding the perfect shoe is a pain.
I have settled on New Balance myself.
I won my big prize at a Health and Wellness fair at a fitness facility. It only ran for three hours for one day, so likely was not many people there. My kind of odds!

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MIRAGE727 4/1/2012 4:26PM

    I rock the ASICS Kayano 17s. My DW is now on her 18s. Both of us got evaluated for gait analysis and tested two different shoes, one on each foot at the same time, around an Official Mondo track. It really showed a difference in comfort and support. Just this past week, I did a logic test and the shoe recommended for me after I finished was ...the ASICS Kayano. But I'm always looking for new stuff and the best ride! All the best on your new wheels. Just make sure it's feels right for you!

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RUNNINGPFUHL 4/1/2012 4:13PM

    I have Brooks, I continue to go back to them. Great shoes.

I'm interested in a minimalist shoe though as well.... just don't' want to shell out the money for them!

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CAMROLA 4/1/2012 3:37PM

    Trial and error. Very important to find the right fit! You'll be tearing up the road in new kicks soon!


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STRIVER57 4/1/2012 1:04PM

    you might consider these evidence-based shoes, which i love passionately. unless you live nearby you need to order them by mail but you can return them if the fit is wrong (mine was perfect):<
BR>read their info and their links. she really knows what she's talking about. i wear these shoes all the time, for running and walking ... except for very dress-up occasions (of which i don't have many).

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ALICIA214 4/1/2012 12:35PM


Quite an operation isn't it finding shoes that fit and are comfortable.

Good Luck. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 4/1/2012 12:22PM

    I do love a nice cushioned shoe. Hopefully you'll be in some fabulous ones in a few days :-) emoticon

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minimalist shoes?

Friday, March 23, 2012

So I have killed another pair of emoticonand I am not happy emoticon
I understand that my two pairs of ASICS didn't last over 100 miles as they were stability shoes and I did not need stability. so when the basic cushioning wore down and I had the stability part left, made sense.

But I do not understand why I only got 214 miles on my Saucony, non stability? And yes, I alternate running shoes. I currently have a pair of Ghosts with 86 miles on them.

So, another runner at work suggested minimalist shoes. I read some articles and paid attention to my running this morning and I do a flat foot strike and do not have a large stride, so it's not like I'm heel pounding.

Here's the article I read yesterday

Any ya's or nay's out there?

Can I run with the minimalist AND switch with the ghosts or is it one or the other?

On a emoticonupdate, he does not like motorcyles. Can we all say WEEE and bolt across the arena! I am going to meet with the owner of another barn tonight. this is where my instructor is and it will be easier to get a lesson if we are at the same place. That and this place has jumps that are left up 24/7 which is a huge +. Also access to riding trials too.

sorry I have been a bit MIA lately, been busy! Working on the over 300 emails from SP. I think I might be on a few teams that are pretty active!

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CAROLCRC 4/3/2012 8:47AM

    Make the shift to a minimalist pair very, very slowly. I took 3 weeks of running to work up to 2 miles at a time (I'd start out with 1/4 mile in the Frees, then switch to my padded shoes - gradually increasing the distance before the switch). I alternate my Nike Frees with my more padded neutral shoes. I now run about 4 miles a week with the Nikes, and the rest of my miles in padded neutrals.

Using the Frees changed my stride from classic heel-strike to mid-foot, and basically solved my knee and ankle issues. After 3 years of shoe experimenting, this switch let me return to long distance running.

Good luck!

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SPEEDYDOG 4/1/2012 10:24AM

    I read the article on minimalist shoes and mid-foot strike with great interest. I am one of those people that starting recreational running in the 1970s when all shoes were minimalist shoes. I those days, the vast majority of runners were young, fit and fast! Then came the running boom! The slipper-like minimalist shoes just didn't work well for heavier people (like I am now) plodding along (like I do now)!

The first pair of cushioned shoes I bought were Etonic Street Fighters! Great name and for a great shoe. I launched myself down the track at the high school. IT was like running on clouds. Magnificent!

These old Etonics had a profile that resembled the new minimalist Nike Free Run shoes. My humble opinion is that padding is a good thing. I mid-foot strike is not natural for a lot of people. The shoes have nothing to do with your foot strike. There are elite runners that have a heavy heal strike.

I bought a pair of minimalist shoes for doing kettlebells and other low impact exercises. These shoes are Inov-8 Road-X Lite racing flats. I did a bit of running in these shoes and it sucked!

Maybe you would like a minimalist shoe. As for me, I like the nice cushy ride. BTW, I have a natural mid-foot strike. I am just old and set in my ways!

Thanks, Bruce

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CSIENK 4/1/2012 9:40AM

    Interesting article. It's something I've considered doing, but haven't gotten around to it yet (switching to a lighter, more minimalist shoe). Let me know what you decide on.

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TIGGER622 3/24/2012 10:06AM

    Just checking in! I have been interested in minimalist shoes, but have no knowledge base there :P sorry!!! Sounds like moving your little turtle would make a lot of sense! Hope you're doing well and enjoying the weather, its been amazing!!!

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_LINDA 3/24/2012 1:48AM

    Great article! If you do go into something like this, it would best be on soft ground like earth or grass. Not having anything between you and the pavement would be asking for heavy joint impact and possible injuries not being used to it. Good thing it says to start out very slowly..
I have been curious about those separate toe shoes, when I looked at them, they reminded me a lot of aqua shoes with mesh upper and a minimum sole -but what a price for them -need some money in the budget..
That would be great if you and Turtle got to this new barn with permanent jumps and trails as a bonus! Hope it works out for you!
Have a fabulous weekend!

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NATPLUMMER 3/23/2012 5:02PM

    It's worth a try. Remember that you have to start out slowly with them, though.
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RUNDARCYRUN 3/23/2012 4:01PM

    I got my first pair of VFFs over a year ago, & started working into them slowly, switching out with "normal" shoes. I didn't start trying to fully transition to minimalist shoes until this year. I did it for the same reasons you mentioned - getting tired of buying shoes where the cushioning wears out so fast!! I also agree with the concept behind it, that our feet have amazing designs, and don't really NEED help from running shoes. For the past 2 months, I've run every run in minimalist shoes (I now have Saucony Hattoris as well), about 270 miles total. My VFFs & Hattoris both have about 300 miles on them, & don't show much signs of wearing out. Since cushioning is not a concern, I guess when my foot is peeking out the bottom, it'll be time to buy new ones!!

With that being said, minimalist shoes do take a lot of adjusting, varying from person to person. Transition just needs to be taken cautiously, but why not try it!?! ;) Good luck!

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    I switched a few months ago to a minimalist shoe- Brooks Pure Cadence and I like them a lot. They aren't anywhere near as minimal as shoes like the Virbram 5 finger, but I think of them as maybe being a transition shoe.
As for switching back and fourth- I am not sure. I have old runners (asics) that I have work for other stuff, and now I never want to wear them, I love the Brooks SO freakin much. I also seem to run faster than I used to- I used to heel strike, and had too long of a stride. It's shorter and faster now.
Sorry not much advice that's actually helpful.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/23/2012 3:41PM

    Do you need cushioning in your shoes? Most minimalist shoes don't have much (if any).

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TERRIJ7 3/23/2012 2:46PM

    I'm a walker, not a runner, so you'll have to consider that; however, I have a history of foot trouble (bunions, blisters, etc) and have switched to the Vibram 5-fingers. I adore them! I had reconstructive surgery on one foot because I could no longer find shoes to fit and even short walks had become very painful. I'm now pain free, but still have trouble finding good shoes that fit well and all that. Without exception, every person I saw wearing the 5-fingers said they were the most comfortable shoes ever--so I finally tried some on for myself. I wore them around the store for about 15 minutes to get past the feeling of having "gloves" on my feet and then I didn't want to take them off! They are, by FAR, the most comfortable things I've ever worn--even more comfortable than going barefoot. I was warned not to run in them until I'd given my foot muscles a chance to adjust and get stronger (not an issue for me) and I did notice some slight cramping in one foot while walking uphill during that first week. I just slowed down and stretched my foot a little. Clearly, you use more muscles with them than with traditional shoes. The soles are very protective. I can even walk on gravel if I have to. I paid about $110 for them, but after my foot surgery I'm pretty much doomed to buying expensive shoes and the comfort is well worth it at this point.

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THECRAZYMANGO 3/23/2012 1:36PM

    Holy! 300! And I get overwhelmed with 30-50 when I am gone! Good grief!!

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JERRYB56 3/23/2012 1:34PM

    This is a really interesting subject. I've been toying with the idea of trying the Vibram Five Fingers, but, unfortunately, the price is not minimalist. If I don't like them, or don't do well with them, I'm out a sizable chunk of change. Info at, if you're interested.

Do you get your shoes at a real runner's shoe store, like Fleet Feet? Maybe a good evaluation and fitting would make all the difference, regardless of what type of shoe you end up with.

Keep up posted!

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STUDLEEJOE 3/23/2012 1:20PM

    Interesting post. Thanks for sharing

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Are you going to eat that cupcake?? Hell yes!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

WOW... This is a huge recap blog!! Why does the shortest month of the year end up getting so much packed into it?

We had the large Sweetheart dance emoticon that took up 1/2 a Sunday for the most part.
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We had our annual Daytona party, which took up another 1/2 a Sunday along with 1/2 a day of prep before. And the dang race is rained out!

Squeeze into that I signed up for a landlord boot camp to learn MY rights as a land lord as the courts side w/ the renters most of the time and they are usually in the wrong! Or should I say an honest landlord is not the norm and the court doesn't believe that you are! This was a whole day affair. That and dog food 'should' have been delivered this week.

Squeezing in all the last minute tax return prep work. Squeeze in the visit to the tax man. emoticonmy tax man!!

Getting two emoticon to the vet for required shots for boarding the first weekend of March, this has to also count as part of February as it is an extension of the last week of February, for our big emoticonweekend (ubber fun!) um, this was another weekend the food should have been delivered...

Add in getting a few new dog food customers and a few that could not make it till March 10th and getting and delivering the food to hold them over..

Then... the kicker... made the mistake of mentioning I wanted to use my tax return to pay off my emoticonand have no car payments for a while. Well this all of a sudden turned into I am getting a new car and we have to.. emoticonwait for it... SQUEEZE in yet another thing to do in February!! Add in researching cars, making appointments to go see two cars, then go and BUY the car... and the squeezing in of seeing the two cars is on my day off for Daytona prep and a riding lesson with emoticonhad LONG been planned on this day and I was not going to hurry up or reschedule this! It was a kick butt lesson too!

So the food finally got delivered last Saturday and then we had our evening emoticon also throw in dancing lessons on Wednesdays, and 2-3 dances every week...

I do not know how I didn't lose my mind! But I can relax now... pfew that's over with! So on to March and unseasonable weather!! I ran last Friday
morning, it was 25 emoticontoday, it's 70! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI am fighting a chest cold that is trying to take hold w/ these huge temp changes!

so... sorry I was pretty much MIA the past few weeks!

So the title you ask? What's up w/ the title?

Well a guest at our Daytona party brought a bunch of GLUTEN FREE bakery emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonand they are emoticonI do not eat sweets often, Spark taught me how to say no! But I don't go to GF bakeries so I do not get emoticonoften. There were 4 when I left for work. When I got home, there were 3.

ahem. you ate one of my emoticon
Well, you were NOT going to really eat them were you?

So I let him eat one more, we shared one, and the last is in the freezer...maybe I'll break it out tonight...maybe not

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1CRAZYDOG 3/14/2012 11:40AM

  YIKES! Insanely busy!

As for the cupcake . . . HIDE THAT SUCKER! LOLOL

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CELLO23 3/14/2012 8:49AM

    Great to have such a busy month and keep your weight the same! That's usually when I crumble :)
A girl needs a emoticon in life every now and then...

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CAROLCRC 3/14/2012 8:04AM

    Busy, busy, busy - but a lot of fun stuff in there! Dancing, riding, running....

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_LINDA 3/14/2012 12:27AM

    Wow! Okay that is busy!! So glad you are getting good advice on being a landlord, its not a side of the coin I envy as I know from my brother how bad tenants can be when he looked after an apartment block in the lets say, more depressed side of town..
I'll bet that cupcake was every bit as good as the chocolate cake with chocolate chip icing that I had today at the casino ;) Do make sure you get the last one..
We have had nothing but unseasonable weather here, way warmer then normal, not a normal winter for us at all.
I find that so cute, a horse named Turtle, however did they come up with that one?? LOL.
Have a great week!

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KMICHA 3/13/2012 10:33PM

    emoticon Whee!!! what a month!!!

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BAILEYS7OF9 3/13/2012 5:11PM

    Yes and my weight is pretty much the same!

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KAREN_NY 3/13/2012 4:10PM

    Wow! And bonus - you're still standing! :)

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KKINNEA 3/13/2012 3:45PM

    *whew* Hope March is more relaxed!

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NATPLUMMER 3/13/2012 2:50PM

    WOW!!! BUSY!!!
Yes, you do need to learn your rights as a landlord.
emoticon Make sure you keep it for yourself!!

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I'm Sexy and I Know It

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I took the quiz 'What kind of runner are you?' from
You live and breathe fitness. You eat right and incorporate all sorts of fitness workouts into your routine. You run a few miles at a time a few days a week to boost your cardiovascular endurance and to help get that sexy core. You know all the latest fitness brands and love wearing the latest Nike pants or lululemon top. Bikini season is year round in your books, so you stay on top of your fitness regimen.

While I don't fit 100% into what's written above, it's pretty close! What about you?

And it links to races that it thinks will fit into your running style! Kinda interesting.

so... I'm emoticonshopping. Now getting a new car is always fun, but I kinda don't want to! I've been the run them into the ground and don't have a car payment kinda emoticon

But my BF wants
emoticonme in a safe, dependable car
emoticonhave the car be worth something at trade in time
emoticonthis helps keep me used to the lastest car prices
emoticonnot have to put extra money into car except wheels & snow tires
emoticonmust have On Star
emoticonand he kept going and I feel like the kid in the Subaru ad where she's like 5 and getting ready to drive and then flashes to a 16 yr old saying 'okay Day okay'

So...I'm probably going to get a Chevy Cruze on Friday. Of course I am getting one w/o all the bells and whistles, as in extra charges, but did have to upgrade a 'model' from my Cobalt to get auto start, so there are plenty of bells on it. It's a 4 door too! I am so used to 2 doors unless it's a van!

I don't know if I'm frugal, cheap or realistic but I don't buy things I don't need. (And YES! I need all that running gear! that doesn't count!) But I don't need a new cell phone. I have an iPhone3 and it works great. Yes I am up for a new one on my contract, but why pay another $100 or so when I don't need it? Besides, I just bought a new cover for this one! That makes it new right? It's a different color than the old cover!

Well my BF teases me about my phone because I do not have the talk option that converts to text and says I need that. I retort back that HE made need it, but I know how to type and do just fine thank you.

So last night, he very mischievously said since I'm getting a new car, I HAVE to get a new phone as the new car comes standard with bluetooth. I almost smacked him! He is appalled that I don't even KNOW if my phone is bluetooth ready or not. Anyone know? Bueller? Bueller?

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SLENDERSOLDIER1 4/5/2012 10:08AM

    Fun quiz :) Keep being cool and healthy!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/30/2012 11:17AM

    Just took that quizz: I'm with you!
Did you get that car?

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ZUMBARUNNER 3/20/2012 3:40PM

    Love this blog, too funny!! I hope to go car shopping by the end of the year (keeping finger crossed for a raise soon). My 99 expedition has 265,000 miles on it, wanted to make it to 300,000 but don't think I will, only drive it to the gym now days.

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TIGGER622 2/29/2012 11:04AM

    Haha you are too funny! I relate. I have my corolla and its nothin special but i love that dang car and I would by teh exact thing over again if i had to! how lucky that you are splurging and getting yourself all the bells and whistles you deserve! sounds like a pretty darn good bf if you ask me!!! enjoy!!!

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CELLO23 2/22/2012 12:49PM

    good luck with the car shopping! We changed ours last year to a low-fuel-use one and it has saved us a fortune! Petrol v expensive in the UK emoticon So agree about not getting unnecessary stuff. My phone is swisher than I'd normally get and I don't use half the functions because I don't even get a decent signal at work. Agggh!

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SPEEDYDOG 2/22/2012 9:00AM

    Thanks for the link. Good luck car shopping.


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_LINDA 2/22/2012 12:10AM

    If your BF is making all these demands on your choice of car, I hope he is at least helping out paying for these extras.
My uncle bought a new car that came with On Star free for a year, but he didn't want his car talking to him so he didn't keep it up ;-P. He says his cell phone is good enough for emergencies.
Neat quiz for you, but as I am not a runner, so I don't think there is a point to me taking it, but those things are fun..Like the what kind of animal are you, was my favorite..
Have a Wonderful Wednesday!!

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JENN03275 2/21/2012 5:22PM

    I loathe car shopping. Usually my husband picks it out, drives it home, I test drive it and tell him yes or no. Then we go in together to sign the papers.

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KKINNEA 2/21/2012 5:00PM

    I'll have to go try that quiz. I always get stressed about new car shopping - I have a nice 10 yr old Camry that I expect to get another 10 yrs on - then I can stress!

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THECRAZYMANGO 2/21/2012 4:44PM

    I am the lazy runner.. in it for the de-stress factor. Sounds about right!

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NATPLUMMER 2/21/2012 3:57PM

    If I have a few minutes, I'll take the quiz. It's got you down pretty well :-)
Yay for a new car!!
I think the 3G has bluetooth. It may or may not be compatible with the new car, though.

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