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Thorium car? Fill up on this…

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Yeah….not only is it cool to look at, but how would you like to ‘fill up’ only once…….in 100 years?

First let’s define thorium:   a grayish-white, lustrous, somewhat ductile and malleable, radioactive metallic element present in monazite: used as a source of nuclear energy, as a coating on sun-lamp and vacuum-tube filament coatings, and in alloys. Symbol:  Th; atomic weight:  232.038; atomic number:  90; specific gravity:  11.7. (source: dictionary.com)

So basically it’s a radioactive metallic chemical element. 

Ok, so Laser Power Systems (LPS) from Connecticut,  has been developing a new method of automotive propulsion with one of the most dense materials known in nature: thorium. Because thorium is so dense it has the potential to produce tremendous amounts of heat. The company has been experimenting with small bits of thorium, creating a laser that heats water, produces steam and powers a mini turbine.

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The engine currently weighs 500lbs, which can easily fit inside the engine area of their current model.  Only one gram of the substance yields more energy than 7,396 gallons (28,000 L) of gasoline and 8 grams would power the typical car for a century!!

So, is thorium the way to go?  Well, it’s cheap, abundant and could provide safe, emissions-free power for hundreds of years….however, only “Eight kilograms of uranium-233 can be used for a nuclear weapon,” says Stephen Ashley of the University of Cambridge.  The bigger threat is that a country pursuing nuclear energy and nuclear weapons (say, Iran) could make both from thorium. “This technology could have a dual civilian and military use,” Ashley says. (source:  Popular Mechanics)
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(The primary source of the world’s thorium is the rare-earth-and-thorium-phosphate mineral monazite. Rob Lavinsky/iRocks.com)

ONE MORE THING: (And yes, just in case you were wondering, the element thorium really is named after Thor, the Norse god of thunder. And yes, Norse mythology originated from Norway, where Thor Energy is based. Coincidence, I think not!) source:  Sebastian Anthony

READ MORE HERE:  http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/160131-thorium-nuclear-reactor-trial-begins-could-provide-cleaner-safer-almost-waste-free-energy

AND MORE HERE: Is the “Superfuel” Thorium Riskier Than We Thought? – Popular Mechanics 

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Discounts for seniors? Count me in!

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NOTHING IS MORE QUIET THAN THE SOUND OF HAIR GOING GRAY ~ Ashley Brilliant

It’s inevitable.  We will all get older, some of us with a little more gray than others.

But the journey doesn’t have to be painful in the pocket!  There are discounts out there, baby!  Great discounts!

Don’t expect the little 15 year old behind the counter to figure out your age… ASK!  Stand proud!  You’ve EARNED it!!

(before you get all up in the cashiers face, verify with customer service that these ages and dates still apply, some stores are locally owned and may have a different date or policy.  Now get out there!)

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RESTAURANTS:

Applebee’s: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby’s: 10% off ( 55 +)
Basha’s:  10% off first Wednesday every month (55+)

Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off (60+)
Bennigan’s: discount varies by location (60+)
Bob’s Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee ( 55+)
Chili’s: 10% off ( 55+)
CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Denny’s: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members ( 55 +)
Dunkin’ Donuts: 10% off or free coffee ( 55+)
Einstein’s Bagels: 10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddrucker’s: 10% off any senior platter ( 55+)
Gatti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee’s: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: 10% off ( 55+)
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off ( 55+)
KFC: free small drink with any meal ( 55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off ( 50+)
Long John Silver’s: various discounts at locations ( 55+)
McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday ( 55+)
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
Shoney’s: 10% off
Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday ( 50+)
Subway: 10% off (60+)
Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)
Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off ( 55+)
 Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
Wendy’s: 10% off ( 55 +)
Whataburger: 10% off (62+)
White Castle: 10% off (62+)

RETAIL:

Banana Republic: 30% off ( 50 +)
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month ( 50 +)
Belk’s: 15% off first Tuesday of every month ( 55 +)
Big Lots: 30% off
Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days ( 55 +)
C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (50+)
Clarks : 10% off (62+)
Dress Barn: 20% off ( 55+)
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kmart: 40% off (Wednesdays only) ( 50+)
Kohl’s: 15% off (60+)Modell’s Sporting Goods: 30% off
Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday ( 55+)
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off ( 55+)
Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month ( 55 +)

GROCERIES:

Albertson’s: 10% off first Wednesday of each month ( 55 +)
American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday ( 50 +)
Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)
Food Lion: 60% off every Monday (60+)
Fry’s Supermarket: free Fry’s VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday ( 55 +)
Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)
Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)
Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday ( 50 +)
Publix: 15% off every Wednesday ( 55 +)
Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
Uncle Guiseppe’s Marketplace: 15% off (62+)

TRAVEL:

Alaska Airlines: 50% off (65+)
American Airlines: various discounts for 50% off non-peak periods (Tuesdays – Thursdays) (62+)and up (call before booking for discount)
Amtrak: 15% off (62+)                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations
Greyhound: 15% off (62+)                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50+

CAR RENTAL:

Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members
Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members
Budget Rental Cars: 40% off; up to 50% off for AARP members ( 50+)
Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off ( 50+)                                                                                                                                                                Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members                                                                                                                                         Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members
National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members

HOTELS:

Holiday Inn: 20-40% off depending on location (62+)
Best Western: 40% off (55+)
Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Waldorf Astoria – NYC $5,000 off nightly rate for Presidential Suite (55 +)
Clarion Motels: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Econo Lodge: 40% off (60+)
Hampton Inns & Suites: 40% off when booked 72 hours in advance
Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)
Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler’s Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)
Marriott Hotels: 25% off (62+)
Motel 6: Stay Free Sunday nights (60+)
Myrtle Beach Resort: 30% off ( 55 +)
Quality Inn: 40%-50% off (60+)
Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Sleep Inn: 40% off (60+)

Free Prescription Drug Cards (via)

A number of companies offer free prescription drug cards that can save you up to 75% at the pharmacy. There’s usually no eligibility requirement – you essentially get a pre-negotiated discount in exchange for bringing your business to select pharmacies. Here’s one free pharmacy prescription discount card that gets our stamp of approval.

Museum Admissions

Many museums and cultural attractions offer admission that’s free for seniors. And even if it’s not free, almost all offer big discounts for people over 65. Make it a habit to ask for your senior citizen discount when you’re buying tickets!

You just have to ask!  Check out the local retailers in your area!  And check out these great websites:

www.seniordiscounts.com

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it’s all about priorities…..

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noun \prī-ˈȯr-ə-tē, -ˈär-\     plural = pri·or·i·ties

: something given or meriting attention before competing alternatives….
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the porch…

 A young blond girl in her late teens, wanting to earn some extra money for the summer, decided to hire herself out as a “handy woman” and started canvassing a nearby well-to-do neighborhood.
She went to the front door of the first house and asked the owner if he had any odd jobs for her to do.
“Well, I guess I could use somebody to paint the porch” “How much will you charge me?”
Delighted, the girl quickly responded, “How about $50?” The man agreed and told her that the paint and brushes and everything she would need were in the garage.
The man’s wife, hearing the conversation, said to her husband, “Does she realize that our porch goes ALL the way around the house?”
“That’s a bit cynical, isn’t it?” he responded. The wife replied, “You’re right. I guess I’m starting to believe all those dumb blond jokes.”
A few hours later the blond came to the door to collect her money.
“You’re finished already??” the startled husband asked. “Yes,” the blond replied, “and I even had paint left over so I gave it two coats.”
Impressed, the man reached into his pocket for the $50 and handed it to her along with a $10 tip.
“Thank you,” the blond said, “And, by the way, it’s not a Porch, it’s a Lexus.”

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what $4.00 of gas gives you…

You went bonkers over the “hope you’re not too tired to read this” blog….well, here’s a new piece of information, hot off the grill…….

Soon the Smart Car will be….so last season….

Very soon we will have more ‘smart’ choices….how about the SMORVETTE?

Or maybe the SMAUDI A3 AWD?

Perhaps you would fancy a  SMAMBORGHINI!

Who doesn’t love the SMORSCHE?

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Or maybe you would rather have a SMERRARI..

Those are all great………but who doesn’t love the classic SMUSTANG??

(many thanks, Rea!  I hadn’t seen a Smustang before!)

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hope you’re not too tired to read this…

Check this out!  As many curbs as I’ve hit, I might just need these tires!  Resilient Tech has been testing these out for some time now, developing them for the military.

Its a radical new design by Michelin and made in South Carolina.  They are the next generation of tires and have already been previewed in Philadelphia at a car show.

Here it is in motion….(wonder how it rides?)

These tires are airless and should be on the market soon….if they aren’t already.  They aren’t so good for law enforcement, since  spike strips will not be useful.  But just think!!  No more airing up your tires….no more fix-a-flat repair kits!

Not that I ever had to do that anyways!!  Aaaahh….it’s good to be a girl….

 And don’t forget to check out “what $4.00 of gas gets you” and “thorium car? fill up on this” 

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awesome vintage ads….

Remember any of these??

That was how Jimmy and I met….how could I resist????

Ok, I will admit that my son would KILL for that car!!! (play on words, people…play on words)

Now THERE’S a safe car seat!!  And what a great price!!

Who knew that beer had Vitamin D??  HEALTH with ENJOYMENT!

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