Car Talk Service Advice: Oil Changes | Car Talk

Why is an oil change important?  Why should I get my oil changed?  There is some controversy over when exactly you should change your oil, but that depends on your specific car, and these factors

  • You drive like a knucklehead: jackrabbit starts, heavy acceleration or high-speed driving
  • You live where the climate is extremely hot or cold
  • You often drive on dirt roads
  • Your engine is old and burns oil
  • You frequently carry heavy loads (several mothers-in-law or other cargo) 🙂

Let’s see what the Car Talk guys have to say about this car maintenance necessity.

Car Talk Service Advice: Oil Changes | Car Talk.


Woodrow the basset hound had a memorable lifetime


Posted: August 8, 2012 – 11:21pm  |  Updated: August 9, 2012 – 12:10am

Woodrow, a basset hound that holds memories for Ramona Conard, is shown with a toy she bought for him from the Cracker Barrel. It was a favorite.  PROVIDED BY RAMONA CONARD

Woodrow, a basset hound that holds memories for Ramona Conard, is shown with a toy she bought for him from the Cracker Barrel. It was a favorite.

Woodrow was a good dog.

At least in the eyes of Ramona Conard he was. Even so, it took more than a year for them to become inseparable friends.

“Me and that angel,” she says, pointing now to a picture that she has of them together.

“He was given to me for Valentine’s Day when he was 8 weeks old. I was totally unprepared to get a puppy. He came from the Bonnet Pet Center in the mall,” she explained.

“For the first year and a half of his life, I said the Lord could not have made a worse puppy.”

Her sister, Julia Scoville, agrees. “Woodrow started off being the worst puppy on the planet.”

Conard remembers, “I had so much trouble with his behavior. He would nip on my legs. Oh, I just had so much trouble with him,” she said.

“For a basset hound — which is normally a lethargic, slow, lazy dog — he was just the opposite. He was a hyper-active basset hound. He would eat panty hose, socks — I had to call the vet on him all the time. They would say, ‘What has he eaten this time?’ ”

She emphasized, “He just liked to eat things. We called him Gutter Gut. He liked to eat things that he wasn’t supposed to eat. He swallowed an entire package of Oscar Mayer Wieners once before I could get them off the cabinet. He swallowed the whole package!”

She said, “He would get into everything. I would walk him, and he would eat stuff out of the gutter. He just never slowed down.”

There was an observable change, though, maybe a time when Woodrow was past the teenage years of a dog’s life.

Conard could see the battle had been won, or it may have been just that Woodrow had seen the light.

“He got to be more fun, and I enjoyed every second of his life. He was my baby. I don’t have children, and he was my child.”

Scoville observed the transformation, also: “By age 2, his personality changed, and he was her child.”

Conard remembers of Woodrow, “He was both an inside and an outside dog. The last several years he stayed in with me. I don’t care what kind of day I had, I don’t care what my problems were, every day I couldn’t wait to get home to him. We sat in the floor and played with his toys. I bought him Dollar Tree toys all the time. And in three minutes it would be torn up. But it was worth it. We played, we bonded. He was so fun. He adored me and I adored him.

“He was the focus of my whole world.”

She remembers, “He didn’t like for me to talk on the phone. I would come home at 5, get on the phone, and this is when he would bark. He would bark at me until I got off the phone. I would have to tell whoever I was with, ‘I’m sorry, Woodrow doesn’t want me on the phone. I’m going to have to hang up and call you back later.’

“He would bark at me, nip at me, and bark at me until I hung up the phone — he wanted my undivided attention.”

After Woodrow developed what was considered a small and insignificant cancer, Conard began to realize that time was limited. When Woodrow died at age 12, a life span that is considered long for a basset hound, he was buried in the pet section of Peaceful Gardens on Valentine’s Day, 2011.

“Every moment with him was precious to me. I do remember him eating things, swallowing things that he shouldn’t get into. I always worried about what I was going to do because of that. He got into things he wasn’t supposed to, and him barking, wanting me off the phone.

“But no matter what my life or day was, I had to get home to him. Every night we sat in the floor and played, and I kissed on him all the time. He was just the joy of my life. I guess maybe because I don’t have children.”

When he was gone, she was distraught and in urgent need of comfort in her loss.

Scoville said her sister’s dog was identified with Valentine’s Day for the family. “He was a little Valentine puppy in the first place. The day after he died, out on her back porch — and she was so grief stricken she didn’t take a picture of it — but the morning dew, the moisture, had formed a heart on her back porch on the concrete.”

Conard has looked at things around her as having a spiritual aspect of comfort.

“If you just look for the signs and see, there is communication in sounds and signs. It’s just comforting. And I believe in that communication. I believe in the Lord doing that. I believe that’s a sign of comfort to all of us.”

She said, “I don’t care if it was a dog, if it was a person or what, I could not have been more grief-stricken over this if it was a person. And the Bible talks about, ‘Blessed are they that mourn, they will be comforted.’

“I so believe that.”

Conard sees reminders of Woodrow in the things of life around her. The color of his coat was red and yellow, and she thinks of him when she sees a robin with its red breast and yellow beak. “A good lady friend of mine told me it was a robin red breast. It’s the male — the female is not as bright. I would see them out at the cemetery, and I called it the Woodrow Bird.”

For her comfort, perhaps, she can see reminders even in commercial signs. She and her sister had talked about entering the photo of her dog and one of his toys in a contest, or maybe sending it to Hallmark for a card. But there was an Internet challenge of technology to thread through to send in an application, so they gave up the idea.

A day or so later, Conard was driving down 82nd Street and saw a digital sign operated by the Kwik Kar Auto and Lube Center owned by Tom Roy. The sign read, “Woodrow sez enter photo.”

It was kind of a coincidence involving Roy’s own dog, a poodle-Laborador mix that also is named Woodrow. He is offering a contest for people with dogs associated with cars to build business.

It was so striking to Conard, that she asked her sister to also look at the sign.

Scoville said, “She basically hunted me down — I was running errands — and she said, you have to see it to believe it. I have to say, actually my mouth dropped.”

Conard talked to Roy about the contest and found that he had named his dog after the same “Lonesome Dove” character from whom Woodrow’s name was derived.

She entered the contest.

Now, she is watching for reminders of Woodrow, and for the comfort they give.

Even Woodrow’s resting place has a name to remember: Peaceful Gardens Cemetery is located at the small community of Woodrow.

“If you are going from the Tahoka Highway, there is a sign that says Woodrow,” Conard said with a smile and eyes that are not entirely dry.

“If you want to know where Woodrow is, he has his own traffic sign with an arrow that points to the right.”

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We here at Kwik Kar love dogs!  Through August 30th we are running a photo contest with your furry friend.  All you have to do is take a picture of your dog in your car and upload it to our Facebook page to be entered to win a $50 Blue Mesa Grill gift card! Who doesn’t like free food?

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The Water Plan

Our View: Water plan could increase fairness while encouraging conservation

Posted: August 17, 2012 – 12:14am  |  Updated: August 17, 2012 – 11:53am

The concept of setting water bills by charging customers based on the amount of water they are actually using is such a simple one many residents could legitimately wonder why Lubbock was not already doing it.

Mayor Glen Robertson thought water bills should be more more closely based on actual consumption and campaigned hard on the issue. He followed through by introducing his plan in late July before the rest of the City Council, where it was well-received.

Robertson’s plan is based on reducing the base water fee charged to all consumers by 75 percent over a three-year period and increasing the rate per use of 1,000 gallons of water per month.

Customers must pay the base water fees before they use a single drop and regardless of how much water they will use in a month. The fee is $28 a month for households that use a three-quarter-inch meter — which is slightly more than half the of those in Lubbock — and $46.74 for households with a one-inch meter.

“The problem I have with it is it is extremely inequitable to low-income families,” Robertson said.

His idea is to reduce the base fee 25 percent a year for the next three years. At the same time, the rate per 1,000 gallons will be increased.

The customers will pay a closer amount to what they actually use, whether they are big users or small users.

Robertson believes it will encourage conservation, which is something that should be a high priority for residents of a city with Lubbock’s climate.

“I am convinced the cheapest water we will ever find in the future is the water we will save,” he said.

The second result he is seeking is an increased fairness for all water customers.

“I want the consumer to make the conscious decision to save money and then be able to do it,” Robertson said.

It is a logical approach to bill consumers for the water they use, and it is made all the stronger by Robertson’s determination to take the economic changes slowly. He said he didn’t think it would be prudent to take a big bite overnight.

At the end of each year, he envisions the city evaluating how well the plan worked for the year and making any adjustments that may be necessary.

“I thought a really slow and steady approach was the best thing we could do,” the mayor said.

The favorable reactions from his fellow City Council members would indicate the new plan could become a reality.

Lubbock’s Water Advisory Commission voted unanimously to approve the water rate restructuring plan.

Robertson said the matter would be addressed by the Council between now and Sept. 15, and the new rates could go into effect on Dec. 1.

The use of water per household in Lubbock averages about 7,000 gallons a month. If the new plan would inspire local residents to cut back even a modest amount in their monthly usage, it could have very positive long-range effects and protect the city’s water sources.

Art in Lubbock

Fourth outdoor sculpture created by Lubbock artist

William Cannings submits “Black Pink”

Posted: August 16, 2012 – 7:11pm  |  Updated: August 17, 2012 – 12:22am
"Black Pink," a sculpture by Lubbock artist William Cannings, is the fourth piece of public art installed outdoors by Visit Lubbock since July 19.  Provided by William Cannings

Provided by William Cannings
“Black Pink,” a sculpture by Lubbock artist William Cannings, is the fourth piece of public art installed outdoors by Visit Lubbock since July 19.

The spotlight will be on a Lubbock artist when the fourth outdoor sculpture in Visit Lubbock’s Art on the Llano is installed today.

“Black Pink,” a sculpture created by Lubbock artist William Cannings, will be located next to the eastbound frontage road off the Marsha Sharp Freeway approaching 19th Street in front of the La Quinta Inn.

Cannings was born in Manchester, England, and earned his master’s of fine arts degree from Syracuse University.

Seven sculptures eventually will be installed along Lubbock roadways over the course of a year, all easily visible to motorists because the height of each piece ranges from 7 to 15 feet.

With the first four sculptures installed, Art on the Llano Committee members will issue a call for more submissions, inviting artists from across Texas to submit sculpture proposals.

The final three sculptures will be selected in the spring of 2013 and installed that summer.

Each sculpture in the Art on the Llano project is being loaned by the artist for two years.

Funding for the project is credited to a two-year grant, with transportation costs, underwritten by the Underwood Center and Studio West.