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Tweet The Blue Ridge Parkway – All Photo by Randy Stern New adventures, new opportunities…these are what I always worked hard to achieve. This seems to be the theme of this work on this site of late. So far in … Continue reading
Tweet Tom Stryker on the air in La Crosse – Photo by Randy Stern When I was a kid, I wanted to be a radio air personality. They called these men and women “disc jockeys” in my day. They had … Continue reading
Tweet 2017 Lexus GX 460 – All Photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda review of the 2017 Lexus GX 460 When I was a Boy Scout, they told us to simply “be prepared.” As I was looking on … Continue reading
Is this the key to your heart?
If you happen to own a Bentley Continental GT, Flying Spur or GTC, this is it! For those of us familiar with Volkswagen Group products, you may also see this key as a fancified version of the same key that operates your Jetta.
Why am I talking about a key? Well, Edmunds.com began the discussion by listing the ten coolest key fobs out in the market. The weighted Bentley switchblade key/remote locking fob obviously came in first. The list also includes some very prestigious names, such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lexus, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover and Cadillac. Each key and fob is distinctive in relation to their brand. A Range Rover owner can lose their key down a canyon and not get crushed to death if it fell within 30 feet of the point of departure. Some keys no longer employ a blade to enter into a lock or ignition cylinder. The Toyota Prius lets you shove the fob into a slot onto the have you push the button to start the car.
Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern Rarely does Victory & Reseda cover anything with two wheels. In this case, it is driven by your interest. I found out that aside your love for four-wheeled transport, you also love two-wheeled – … Continue reading
Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern Deep inside all of us is a person that loves crazy things that drive, fly and land. This is not to reduce the fun and excitement of Monster Jam. It is a form of … Continue reading
Tweet 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4X4 – All Photos by Randy Stern In my 50-plus years of life, I don’t recall ever getting a Jeep for my birthday. Not that I ever had one. Nor do I recall getting … Continue reading
Tweet Photo by Randy Stern Currently it is January here in Minnesota. There is snow on the ground, salt on the roads and rolling across those roads is a bleak selection of cars. You have blob-shaped quasi-all-wheel-drive crossovers, the occasional automatic Teutonic sports … Continue reading
Welcome to Minnesota, where its public radio entity has three channels to choose from. The first two you’ve already guessed, but how about a commercial-free, ecclectic music station that does not play “weird stuff” all of the time? A station that starts with the Olympic Hopefuls, goes into John Hiatt, then Michael Franti or The Roots, then Michelle Shocked…you get the picture.
They call this The Current. And, I like it! Well, so do many of my fellow 25-45 year old demographic friends and acquaintances.
Radio has been my friend for years. Without it, I wouldn’t have discovered a lot of the music that has forged my life throughout the years. As a kid in Reseda, that Montgomery Wards stereo worked hard to get KDAY and The KAT (later KKDJ) from the AM dial straight outta South Central. If it weren’t for those two seminal stations, hip-hop wouldn’t have been a part of my soul.
When KDAY blasted the long version of “Rapper’s Delight,” I thought I was heaven. Nowadays, when the Black Eyed Peas come on one of these corporate-owned FM jukeboxes, I just want to cringe.
What has changed? Let me go back a few years… Continue reading
Tweet A temporary mobility fix – All Photos by Randy Stern Let’s talk about mobility…again… I spent the week of the North American International Auto Show without working with a vehicle for publication. I figured I would utilize the entire … Continue reading