On The Dial: Stand By Your Van

On this site, we explored the idea of how much we take our audio systems for granted. Though we no longer relying solely on terrestrial radio to entertain us. We can now plug in or sync a whole host of devices to the infotainment suite to keep us motivated over the miles.

My Favorite Vehicles for The Glamorous Life

Do participation in the glamorous life mean one has to balance the silver spoon with bad behavior? When has success become so ugly? Is being a member of the A-List mean being less than human in some relevant traits?

My Thoughts Exactly: 2020 Hyundai Sonata

We look back at Hyundai's Super Bowl LIV commercial for the 2020 Sonata and only think of Chris Evans, Rachel Dratch, John Krasinski, and David Ortiz telling us how "wicked smaht" the Remote Smart Parking Assist feature was when they demonstrated it around the city of Boston.

Commentary: Save The Manuals?

Before Cuba Gooding, Jr. won his Oscar for "Jerry Maguire," he starred in John Singleton's break-out masterpiece "Boyz N’ The Hood." He was responsible for the double entendre above as played out when he introduced a woman to his lowered Volkswagen Beetle.

Historiography: The Once Mighty World Conqueror

Interestingly enough, it was not Willys Overland’s civilian Jeep lineup that would be the world conqueror in the post-World War II universe. That would come from one of the vehicles influenced by the Jeep – the one the British automotive industry would produce as one of their own.

V&R Stories: Memories of Riding the Old RTD

On most days, I normally commute by our local public transit system, Metro Transit. Taking the bus makes things easier plenty of times, especially if I am working in downtown Minneapolis or attending an event where parking and traffic are severely impacted.

My Favorites Of Amigo Avenue and Gilmore Street

On Amigo Avenue, the street where I lived, our corner lot at Gilmore Street offered plenty of curbside parking for any of the cars our family owned and any car I would take home from a rental car lot. As with many days in the Valley, when the sun was setting in the west came this shimmering white light across the mulberry trees that would give any of those vehicles a shimmery gleam to our property. In the early years, Mom’s Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Luxury sedan would catch that sheen when she arrived home. On most days, that meant things were OK in the world – even when they were not.

Commentary: We Will Travel Again!

Even as government shutdowns are being enforced, some of us doing so. Risky as it may be, we justify our travels as essential. We need to tend to loved ones who live miles away.

Commentary: What's In A Logo?

This question came up as I am working with a 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport for publication very soon. It is the first Volkswagen in the North American market to wear the new corporate logo. You will see the logo on future products, including the 2021 Atlas.