America has enough natural gas to last for hundreds of years. It’s plentiful, relatively inexpensive, and burns far more cleanly than coal and petroleum. Until now, compressed natural gas (CNG) has not been popular as a transportation fuel, other than for specific applications such as …continue reading
There was an unfortunate incident at Citizens Bank Ballpark last night in Philadelphia. An incident that may lead to a strange new form of entertainment at professional baseball games across the country.
In the eighth inning of a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the …continue reading
Back in the day, the Mustangs and Camaros fought off challenges from upstart American cars. In order to do battle properly in the pony car wars, you had to have a V8 engine under the hood. Fewer than eight cylinders didn’t deliver the horsepower or …continue reading
Of all the mysteries of modern life, the frequent disappearance of the remote control provides a disproportionate contribution to family strife.
It always seems to happen at an inopportune moment… immediately before someone’s favorite show, for example. Or when something inappropriate for younger eyes suddenly …continue reading
Among some circles, Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) get the bad rap for contributing to the demise of the planet. Whether you buy into the theory or not, most SUVs tend to use disproportionate amount of gasoline. But what if you could drive a fully-electric SUV? …continue reading
Can a Ford Taurus be cool?
Once upon a time, the Taurus was nearly ubiquitous. Year-after-year, the Taurus was the best-selling car in America in the nineties. But a pair of redesigns missed the mark and Taurus sales plunged. America fell out of love with …continue reading
There’s little question that distracted driving causes accidents. Argue if you wish, but cellphone use is a primary factor. The authorities have banned the use of cellphones while driving here in the Garden State … unless the driver uses a hands-free device. The law has …continue reading
Home heating costs can be a budget breaker. When I tally up the amount spent on heating oil here at Ranchero Indebto each winter, it makes me wince. We have an oil-fired hot-water boiler with an appetite for pricey fuel oil. The last delivery of …continue reading
I became addicted to coffee at an early age. My first full-time employer provided free coffee to their employees. It wasn’t fancy. It wasn’t a perk. It was merely the grease that kept the gears of the giant machine turning.
Once you’ve become addicted to …continue reading
There’s little question that the fuel we use to power our personal transportation is about to change in a big way. But there’s a wave you don’t hear much about in conventional media. The public’s seemingly overwhelming fascination with electric vehicles is being fed by …continue reading
While folks in more temperate climates might get a break in their utilities bills this time of year, winter comes at great expense for those who live up north. We have four distinct seasons here at Ranchero Indebto, marked by the movement of the …continue reading
While America’s love for the full-size pickup truck spans decades, there’s always been room for improvement when it came to the ride. Without weight in the bed to compress the traditional leaf springs, pickups can exhibit a choppy ride character. With the new …continue reading