Month of December 2021 (Nat'l Avg $3.385)

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by EdwinTheMagnificent, Dec 1, 2021.

  1. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 31 deg F in Northbrook , 29 in Elk Grove.
    Now I am able to park in girlfriend's parking garage , which
    means never having to scrape frost ( or ice ) off my windshield.
    Also , it knocks 0.4-0.5 miles off the trip to/from work.
    17.3 miles , ave speed 30 , fcd = 59.4 x .943 = 56.0 MPG
     
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  2. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Those the only reasons you are at your girlfriend’s place? You really are very…….practical!
     
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  3. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    There are ( blushes ) a few other reasons. too.
     
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  4. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I can think of a few... shorter commute, the occasional home cooked meal, convenient and free phone charging, ... indoor parking is definitely a great one.
     
  5. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Man….(& Woman)……We’ve got a strong outbreak of…..practicality on this website.
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2021
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  6. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Ah…..you work-out(huff & puff) at her place, too. Very, very……..practical.
     
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  7. litesong

    litesong litesong

    I’m getting tired of the rain here, over the past months. Yesterday was beautiful. Took the manual Elantra for a drive. As I stated, the manual Elantra has the used big tires that my wife allowed me to have mounted. After some adjustments, the big tires are wonderful on a long stretch of the Freeway (the big tires being the reason for being on the Freeway). Yes, the Elantra makes the Freeway a delight (I generally don’t like Freeway driving). Over-sized tires are what vehicles on Freeways need. Its almost magical to see rpms drop by 120+rpms (more drop if you drive faster than I do) by used tall tires far less expensive than new tires. One of my cars had rpms drop 250!!
    But, the backroads also are improved with tall tires. Potholes really are gobbled up by tall tires. & wider tires really help cornering, so very much! My mechanic has never mounted one of my used tires (there have been a lot of them) for my cars, without them being evenly balanced, smooth & quiet.
     
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  8. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 25 deg F in Naperville , 24 in Elk Grove.
    Fairly calm ( NNW 2MPH ).
    35.0 miles , fcd = 61.4 x .943 = 57.9 MPG.
     
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  9. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Anyone ever notice when there is a very slight breeze, that walking with the wind, seems like there is no wind at all. But, turning around & walking into the slight breeze, seems like quite a wind is blowing. On a cold day, you actually get chilly walking into the breeze, but walking with the wind, you feel somewhat warmer.
     
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  10. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 19 deg F in Naperville , 18 in Elk Grove. Wind WNW7.
    35.0 miles , fcd = 59.4 x .943 = 56.0 MPG.
    Tank is at 529.9 miles , 45 remaining , fcd = 61.6 x .943 = 58.1 MPG.
    Scenic route home tonight , with stops at Amoco and Planet Fitness.
    Exxon fuel in Elk Grove Village is $3.079.
     
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  11. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Balmy today. Weather reports said we could get snow on Christmas Eve here in the lowlands. Looks like it’ll be a bit too warm to really stick, tho. Nothing like the snow California is getting at its higher elevations. Even if California & the SW get lots of rain & snow, it’ll only be a trace of what they need in the lakes behind the dams.
     
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  12. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Took Scenic Route #3 from work to Planet Fitness , then home.
    32.6 miles , no highway ( no toll ! ) , fcd = 63.2 x .943 = 59.7 MPG.
    27 deg F in Naperville.
    Also . filled up at my Amoco. 556.0 miles , fcd = 61.7 x .943 = 58.2 MPG.
    9.549 gal at $3.269 per.
     
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  13. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Today , 29 deg F in Naperville and Elk Grove.
    Wind SSE8.
    35.0 miles , fcd = 61.5 x .943 = 58.0 MPG
    Not driving much until Jan 3. When we do go out , it will be in the Fit.
    Thursday morning I should have some numbers on the Fit , about 125
    miles Tuesday and Wednesday.
     
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  14. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Weather report says intermittent showers today. Looks like its going to be tough for snow flakes on Christmas Eve……altho I’ve seen a trace of snow at 40degF before……& hail at even higher temperatures.
    Never liked snow in late October or early November, because it meant the potential for many more months of snow through the Winter. But, snow in late December or early January meant fewer future months of potential latter Winter snow.
     
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  15. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Looks like a rainy Christmas here.
     
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  16. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    MASS: Unlikely but possible snow showers tonight into tomorrow; rain/freezing rain for Saturday.

    Edit on Friday: Did I say unlikely? There's a coating of snow on everything and fine powder still coming down. 24 deg F
     
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2021
  17. litesong

    litesong litesong

    Does Massachusetts get heavy snow? Was watching a Mass. EV U-Tuber & he seemed to have lots of snow at times.
     
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  18. litesong

    litesong litesong

    //////
    PS…..Just saw The World According to Briggs video, talking about what’s the value of $100 in all the US states. Massachusetts & my Washington state were next to each other, NOT giving $100 too much value at all. The worst state was Hawaii, only giving about $80 worth of value for every $100.
     
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  19. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I would consider that we get lots of snow. There are usually several big snowfalls each year, by which I mean storms with over a foot of snow, or the snow is so wet that there would be over six inches of slush. Very little snow storm activity so far this season.
     
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  20. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    People don't call this state Taxachusetts for no reason. Also, average cost of electricity is almost the highest, behind Rhode Island and topped by Hawaii. Any surprise I'm into energy conservation and solar power? We stopped burning fuel oil 10 years ago and installed geothermal heating and cooling. 10 years come next September for the PV ground mounted solar. I have had to replace a few bad solar panels. The original German manufacturer is out of business. Good thing solar panels are a bit of a commodity these days. $0.50 to $0.75 per Watt is what I'm paying for replacement panels. Plus TAX and shipping of course. Next up is more PV, inverters and batteries. The batteries will help with backup power. I just gave away a gasoline generator that I had bought as backup post major hurricane years ago but never used.
     
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