Sunday, April 24, 2016

Going even GREEN-er

So... while the Subaru Forester was a pretty good car (and we love our Subarus)... it was time to move on.

1.  Sharon needed a lower car payment
2.  We needed a vehicle that had better gas mileage.  The Forester being AWD burned thru tank after tank (22 MPG avg was not all that great)
3.  With over 90K miles, she was out of warranty
4.  Every 3000 to 4000 miles we had to add a quart of 10W0 motor oil.

We decided to see what CarMax had to offer.. intending to meet and establish ourselves with a sales person who would locate a low-miles used Toyota Prius or similar hybrid that would offer better MPG and a lower monthly payment... to our surprise they actually had what we were looking for on the lot.  Within 4 hours we were driving our car home.

Now we are not burning Oil, our carbon footprint is much smaller, Sharon can save every month almost $80 on payments and probably $50 on gas, and the body and powertrain is covered for 125K miles & 5.5 years.

 2014 Toyota Prius Three Hatchback 
for sale at CarMax in Charleston, SC

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ABS Brakes,Air Conditioning,Alloy Wheels,AM/FM Stereo,Automatic Transmission,Auxiliary Audio Input,CD Audio,Cloth Seats,Cruise Control,Entune,Navigation System,Overhead Airbags,Power Locks, ...

      • Price: $18,599*
      • Mileage: 33,941 miles
    • * far less than a new Subaru Forester at $27K.
    • Stock #12805692
    • VIN: JTDKN3DU9E1818708
    • Exterior: Sea Glass Pearl
    • Interior: Bisque cloth (to be replaced w/ leather)

Vehicle Options and Description

  • 1st and 2nd row curtain head airbags
    Metal-look door trim
  • 4 Door
    Metal-look shift knob trim
  • 4-wheel ABS Brakes
    MP3 player
  • ABS and Driveline Traction Control
    Navigation system with voice activation
  • Audio controls on steering wheel
    Nickel metal hydride electric motor battery
  • Automatic front air conditioning
    Overall height: 58.7"
  • Black grille
    Overall Length: 176.4"
  • Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity
    Overall Width: 68.7"
  • Body-colored bumpers
    Overhead console: Mini with storage
  • Braking Assist
    Passenger Airbag
  • Bucket front seats
    Power remote driver mirror adjustment
  • Cargo area light
    Power remote passenger mirror adjustment
  • Cargo tie downs
    Power windows
  • Center Console: Full with covered storage
    Privacy glass: Light
  • Child safety locks
    Rear area cargo cover: Roll-up
  • Clock: In-dash
    Rear bench
  • Cloth seat upholstery
    Rear center seatbelt: 3-point belt
  • Coil front spring
    Rear door type: Liftgate
  • Coil rear spring
    Rear Head Room: 37.6"
  • Cruise control
    Rear Hip Room: 51.2"
  • Cruise controls on steering wheel
    Rear Leg Room: 36.0"
  • Cupholders: Front and rear
    Rear seats center armrest
  • Curb weight: 3,042 lbs.
    Rear Shoulder Room: 53.1"
  • Daytime running lights
    Rear spoiler: Lip
  • Diameter of tires: 15.0"
    Regular front stabilizer bar
  • Digital Audio Input
    Remote power door locks
  • Door pockets: Driver and passenger
    Right rear passenger door type: Conventional
  • Door reinforcement: Side-impact door beam
    Seatback storage: 2
  • Driver airbag
    Seatbelt pretensioners: Front
  • Driver knee airbags
    Selective service internet access
  • Driver Seat Head Restraint Whiplash Protection
    Semi-independent rear suspension
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors
    Side airbag
  • Electric power steering
    SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite Radio
  • Engine immobilizer
    SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Entune
    Spare Tire Mount Location: Inside under cargo
  • External temperature display
    Speed Sensitive Audio Volume Control
  • Fold forward seatback rear seats
    Stability control
  • Front Head Room: 38.6"
    Steel spare wheel rim
  • Front Hip Room: 52.7"
    Steering Wheel Air Conditioning Controls
  • Front Independent Suspension
    Strut front suspension
  • Front Leg Room: 42.5"
    Suspension class: Regular
  • Front reading lights
    Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Front Shoulder Room: 54.9"
    Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Front suspension stabilizer bar
    Tires: Prefix: P
  • Front Ventilated disc brakes
    Tires: Profile: 65
  • Fuel Capacity: 11.9 gal.
    Tires: Speed Rating: S
  • Fuel Consumption: City: 51 mpg
    Tires: Width: 195 mm
  • Fuel Consumption: Highway: 48 mpg
    Torsion beam rear suspension
  • Fuel Type: Regular unleaded
    Total Number of Speakers: 6
  • Gross vehicle weight: 3,979 lbs.
    Transmission hill holder
  • Headlights off auto delay
    Trip computer
  • Head Restraint Whiplash Protection with Passenger Seat
    Two 12V DC power outlets
  • Heated driver mirror
    Type of tires: AS (new)
  • Heated passenger mirror
    Urethane steering wheel trim
  • In-Dash single CD player
    Variable intermittent front wipers
  • Independent front suspension classification
    Vehicle Emissions: SULEV II
  • Instrumentation: Low fuel level
    Video Monitor Location: Front
  • Interior air filtration
    Wheelbase: 106.3"
  • Left rear passenger door type: Conventional
    Wheel Diameter: 15
  • Metal-look center console trim
    Wheel Width: 6
  • Metal-look dash trim
    Window grid and roof mount antenna

Clean CarFax

Replacing interior cloth w/ aftermarket leather two rows by dealership vendor.

Purchased April 23, 2016  (Traded in '12 Subaru Forester)  Purchased as CarMax (Charleston)  Lori & MaryBeth.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Jordan High School #1 Champs at April 2016 Regional Tournament

Mic Saleeby and his Jordan HS teammates took home the 1st Place Trophy and #1 honors after wrapping up a stellar tournament over the weekend (April 9 & 10).  Final score of the championship game was Jordan 10 and Durham School of Math & Science 6.  Overall Jordan crush the competition with 6 wins and 1 loss for the two day event.  Despite some rather windy and cold conditions on Saturday which was a challenge for all teams, Sunday's weather settled down to offer the competitors and onlookers some great moments.

Jordan HS #1

Happy brother and sister on sibling day

Friday, March 25, 2016

Madison performs as Mary in "Way of the Cross"

Madison Saleeby as St. Mary Mother of God.....

Madison and classmates at Immaculata Catholic School during "Way of the Cross" performance.

Madison Saleeby as Mary reaches out to Jesus as middle school students at Immaculata Catholic School in Durham rehearse for the annual "Way of the Cross," being presented to the public at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at Immaculate Conception Church on 810 W. Chapel Hill St. "There is something very special about watching young people living out their faith through re-enacting this most pivotal time in the history of Christianity," says resource teacher Jennifer Stutz, Way of the Cross coordinator. 

source:  Mark Schultz  Published in the News & Observer RDU.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mic's Ultimate Frisbee Game before sojourn to Europe.

Mic leaves for Europe on Friday.  He had a good game with his Jordan Ultimate Frisbee team against an opponent in Carrboro, NC at the Hank Anderson III field on Wednesday, despite an interruption that forced the game to end sooner, they still prevailed 8-5.

We all pray for a safe and happy and educational trip for Mic on his way to Europe with his Jordan HS classmates.  They will visit England, France and Italy.  Stay safe Mic and return home with wonderful stories.

Mic is #54 

Saturday, March 05, 2016

A day in Moncks Corner

Time for contemplative thought and meditation.  R&R on holy ground.

No better place than the Trappist Monastery in South Carolina's own Moncks Corner.  

Mepkin Abbey is a community of Roman Catholic monks established in 1949 on the site of the historic Mepkin Plantation located on the Cooper River, north of Charleston, South Carolina. Founded by a contingent of monks from the Abbey in Gethsemani (Thomas Merton fame) in Kentucky, the brothers of Mepkin belong to the worldwide Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (OCSO) popularly known as Trappist. 

Following The Rule of St. Benedict, the monks at Mepkin Abbey devote their lives to prayer, spiritual study, work and hospitality. They do a bit of farming and have an assortment of mushrooms fresh and dried for sale among other foods and items in their gift shop.  They also conduct week long retreats for people of all faiths.  The monks pray 7 times a day.  Get up a 3AM to start their day.  Not a lifestyle for the sloppy.

A docent tour by Helen King and noon prayers with 14 monks in their church was all part of the day of contemplation.


Guess who I bumped into in the Monastery Gift Shop... non other than Pope Francis.  Could not help but get a selfie with him.

Gardens and grounds

chainsaw carvings on Hurricane Hugo uprooted trees

Another cemetary... this one with some special folks.  The FIRST President of  America and the first man to be officially cremated in the new world.

Henry Laurens (1724-1792) planter and soldier, statesman and First President of the Continental Congress and signed the articles of Confederation.  He was also Minister to Holland in 1780.  He was upon his death and request, cremated; being the first done formally in America.

Henry Laurens, RIP

Allee of Oaks

Where we learned to swim (JP & Cindy)

The Carlton Hotel in Beirut c. 1974

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Sharon wins a bike

So Planet Fitness had a contest this month.  Bring in a new member or upgrade and you have a chance to win a cool black mountain bike:

Well we got the call today.  Sharon was the winner

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Our Great Uncle Gerry. 91 and still kicking it. A WWII hero, tail gunner on a B-24 Liberator over Nazi Germany.

A flight down memory lane as vintage aircraft visit Naples

By Greg Stanley of the Naples Daily News
Posted: Feb. 04, 2016

Credit: Dorothy Edwards
People walk around and look at the aircrafts during the Wings of Freedom Tour at Naples Airport on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Visitors could tour the inside of the B-17 and B-24, as well as fly in them. (Dorothy Edwards/Staff)
Credit: Dorothy Edwards
World War II veteran Gerry Cabot, 91, of Naples looks at the B-24 Liberator he rode in during the Wings of Freedom Tour at Naples Airport on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Cabot rode in the B-24 Liberator for the first time since he was a tail gunner in 1944-1945. He went on 27 missions as a tail gunner during World War II and says today was his 28th mission. (Dorothy Edwards/Staff)
Credit: Dorothy Edwards
Tom Nilsen of Naples looks under a B-24 during the Wings of Freedom Tour at Naples Airport on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Visitors could tour the inside of the B-17 and B-24, as well as fly in them. (Dorothy Edwards/Staff)
Credit: Dorothy Edwards
Marti Brennan of Naples looks out the window of a B-17 during the Wings of Freedom Tour at Naples Airport on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Visitors could tour the inside of the B-17 and B-24, as well as fly in them. (Dorothy Edwards/Staff)
The smell of the fuel was the same, drifting inside the steel frame of the tail gunner section of the B-24 Liberator — "The Flying Boxcar" — the massive Allied bomber used to help rid the world of Nazi Germany. It flew low over the Everglades in a clear sky Thursday afternoon as Staff Sgt. Gerry Cabot, 91, took a ride in the old bomber for the first time since the end of the Second World War.
The tail gunner climbed into his old cramped post above the end of the plane. He brought with him the same leather helmet he wore in 27 missions over Germany and occupied France.
"I got in there and I thought how I ever did this 27 times,'" Cabot said. "A lot of memories. Some good and some not so good. I wouldn't trade a minute of it. I'm blessed by living through it. This is a wonderful aircraft."
The flight was organized by the Collings Foundation and the Wings of Freedom Tour, which stopped at the Naples airport with three World War II-era planes. On the ground, tours were given of the B-24 along with the sleeker B-17 Flying Fortress and the light and furious P-51 fighter. For a price, 30-minute rides were given to the public.
Cabot, who lives in Naples, called it his 28th mission.
Still agile, with thick white hair and bright eyes, Cabot crawled around the plane showing his visiting daughter and anyone who would ask the bomb bays and catwalks, and the turrets and tanks that he hadn't seen for 71 years. He explained the roles of the 10-man crew.
They always flew in a B-24 and were typically the first crew over the target, Cabot said.
He enlisted at 18 as an aviation cadet and hoped to become a pilot. But the generals, knowing that each time a plane was shot down they would lose two pilots and six gunners, realized they needed more gunners and that's where they assigned him, he said.
His crew flew out of England, bombing railroad stations and factories in Germany. His second mission, as he recalled, was brutal.
"I didn't think I would go back up," Cabot said. "But that's not you're decision. So I did exactly what I was told."
The English adopted the American men like they were their sons, who were all off fighting, Cabot said.
After one mission over Germany, the crew's top gunner said that there something screwy going on with the wing. When they landed, they saw an 88 mm shell had left a watermelon-sized hole. Those shells were supposed to explode upon impact, Cabot said.
"Where it hit, there wasn't enough resistance in the wing to trigger the explosion," he said. "So we all thanked God."
The men were supposed to be relieved after 25 missions. But so close to the end of the war, Gen. Jimmy Doolittle told them to keep going up, so Cabot did.
"I feel some pride knowing I participated in pushing that evil regime off the face of the earth," Cabot said. "All the lives that are better because of it. This has been a wonderful day.