Monday, January 31, 2011

Inception: Thumbs Up!

Life has slowed down a bit compared to the pace we have been going for the last six months. Some of you may be thinking to yourselves "He is just NOW seeing Inception"? I would answer "YES, I HAVE BEEN BUSY OKAY"?

Pre-owned Deal of the Week: 2007 Mercury Mountaineer Premier AWD



I chose the pre-owned deal of the week carefully this week. With all the bad weather we have been having lately a lot of people have been coming in looking for something that will do better in the snow. This Mercury Mountaineer Premier has been a vehicle that I have been impressed with. It is super clean with a lot of extras that are hard to find in a 15k SUV. It has a clean Carfax with no accidents! The previous owners loved it and took really good care of it before they traded it in to us. The vehicle flew through our service department with flying colors and we have changed the oil and did a full detail on it.

The Other Transformers are Really Good Dancers

Most of you know that I love Transformers and I'm sure that you do to. I remember before the Transformer movies came out these videos were all I had to drool over. Some are pretty good and some are stupid but either way - THEY ARE TRANSFORMERS AND THEY ARE REALLY GOOD DANCERS. Videos after the jump.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

LOST: One Leather Journal

A few years ago I decided to turn my life around from the path I was taking. I changed things for the better and eventually after a few years decided to volunteer as a missionary for my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I felt like I needed to go and serve my brothers and sisters in the world and share the peace that I had found after living in such chaos. I sent in my paperwork into the church headquarters and about a week or two later was commissioned to move to Pennsylvania for a two year term where I would teach, preach, and serve the community.

It looks just like this!

Before I left, my older brother Jim gave me a leather bound journal.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Macedone Miles hits 3000 visits!

Just wanted to say a quick thanks to 3000 visitors so far for reading Macedone Miles. You are in 19 countries, and in 36 states in the U.S. - Thanks for visiting us and enjoying some clean regular life stuff. It has been pretty interesting learning how to get this blog together and has been a lot of fun sharing thoughts, reviews, and pictures. Stay tuned for Macedone Miles to get even better. I have a lot of ideas on how to help you save money by finding good deals, and also sharing a laugh or two.

If you have any suggestions you can Facebook me or comment on this post. I would love to hear how to get better. In the meantime, I have added a few features. I have added the "labels" on the sidebar for quick referencing to fun stuff and also I have added a subscribe to the newsletter. More to come so stay tuned!

- Joe

2011 Hyundai Sonata: International Car of the Year

In 2009, the Hyundai Genesis was introduced as the North America Car of the Year. That was a big deal back then. There are plenty of cars here that could have been chosen but the first year Genesis arrived they applauded and showered it with awards. Now we see the same thing with the 2011 Sonata! The 2011 Sonata has received award after award this past year and now has been named the International Car of the Year. This car is truly amazing with the most of almost everything in its class (i.e. warranty, features, room, horsepower, gas mileage) and comes in at one of the least expensive.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sweetest Snow Vehicle Ever Made!

Check out what this bad boy can do! This video is sweet! I love Legos! It looks real about 90% of the video...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fun Chinese Car Game I Made

Chinese car companies have been stealing designs from other manufacturer's for a few years now. It really gets under my skin for some reason. So much so that I did an entire 25 page report on it in an English class. I designed this game just to show people how bad some of these companies have stolen automaker's designs. All the emblems have been removed to make the game fair!

Monday, January 24, 2011

My Favorite Commercial

This is my favorite commercial! I could watch it over and over...HEY DUMMY!

Pre-Owned Car of the Week: 05 Hyundai XG350L



Every so often a nice vehicle gets traded in on the lot. The little old lady from Pasadena type car that was well maintained and is in really good shape - this XG350L is one of those cars because it is a "one-owner" and has a clean carfax! The "L" stands for loaded.

College Secret: Renting Text Books

Some of you know that I have been attending school at Utah Valley University for the past few years in hopes to end up with a degree in something, sometime in the next decade. I only take 1-2 classes per semester and that is part of the problem. With a family, working full time, and having a part time brain that seems to be all I can handle.

College life is expensive. I have noticed that besides tuition and fees of attending school there are a bunch of other money sucking items that are necessary to make continuing your education a reality. Parking passes cost $90, testing fees are $3, even the ATM has a $5.00 fee for withdrawing cash to pay any of these incurred expenses. WHERE ELSE COULD THEY GET AWAY WITH A $5.00 PROCESSING FEE ON AN ATM? The campus police patrol like crazy giving tickets away at 5mph over, but that is a two edged sword of course.

The tuition is getting ridiculous too. A few semesters ago I took math class and paid about $500 with fees for one class which I thought that was pretty high. My wife hasn't been in school for almost 10 years so she is taking a math class as a refresher which isn't even for college credit - $1015!!!! FOR ONE CLASS?!

Two industries I am convinced are scams in America are: 1.) Health Insurance 2.) College Textbooks. The continuous changes of editions are crazy. I had a professor that works for a text book company who told us sometimes they only change some chapters around to make the books different. You buy the book for $150 and get $30 back after you have used it for the semester.

Of course the diploma that is a carrot is dangling front of us is the reason why we spend so much money and put up with so much. Sometimes it gets to be too much to complain and fight a good fight because you eventually realize "Resistance is futile".

I have found a way to save on the textbook part. At the beginning of last semester, while going over the syllabus, the teacher mentioned how much the textbook he will use costs, a girl leaned over to me and told me a key that I want to pass on to everyone - Textbook rentals.

A book that normally would cost you $150 bucks you can rent for $50. Instead of standing in line forever for the "book buy back" guy to offer you $30 and spending $120 total on the book for a semester of use, you only spend $50 and hand it back when you are done. Brilliant! Why hasn't someone thought of this before?

People would take better care of their books if they knew they had to turn it back in after finals. The book store gets more money out of one book as they rent it out more and get more volume profit. This is a "win win", "no brainer", or whatever cliche phrase you want to use. I rented my book today for from Book Xchange in Orem. I would shop around though between them and Boomerang Books in Provo though as you might get a better deal. So there you go students a little tip to keep more coin in your pockets. Now you can go blow it on Apollo Burger hamburgers!

Boom BuksBoomerang Books
748 E 820 N
Provo, Utah 84606
(801) 822-0973

Uvu Book X Change

Book Xchange
45 W. University Parkway
Orem, UT, 84057

Saturday, January 22, 2011

New Hyundai Lambda V6 GDi Motor

An inside look at Hyundai's new Lambda line of motors which will receive the GDi treatment. This motor will probably be featured in the new Genesis and perhaps the Azera.

2012 Hyundai Azera KDM LOADS OF PICS FROM KOREA!!!

New details have emerged on the 2012 Hyundai Azera. It will most likely come with a newly developed 3.0 liter GDI (direct injection )V6 producing 270 hp. The base model may even be shipped over with a 2.4 liter GDI motor found in the Sonata (which isn't underpowered). Check out the pictures from Korea that my friend sent me. It looks really sweet. This is an exciting car that will change the large car market. Should be hitting our shores in the next year too! It sounds like there will be a price increase of $2-3000 because of all the options and extra features the previous Azera didn't come with. That might infringe on Genesis territory a little bit but will also put it head to head with the likes of the Maxima and Avalon. Thanks Jonghui Cho for the tips and pictures! Click on any pic to enlarge and enjoy!