Saturday, June 28, 2008

June, July, August SCHEDULE

June 29-July 2 ASPEN
July 3-July 12 SAN FRANCISCO
July 13-July 22 DALLAS
July 23-29 NEW YORK
July 29-August 6 SAN FRANCISCO
August 6-August 12 NEW YORK
August 12- TBD

Monday, June 23, 2008

Tips on Pumping Gas

This is something all of us could use these days!

#1 Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role. A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

#2 When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. You should be pumping on low mode, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor . Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less value for your money.

#3 To fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

#4 If there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up; most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Snappy Sartorial Prose

Gear: Arbitrage Shirtjacket

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

And Another Great Winston Churchill Story, Courtesy of Lesley Hill

Surely you know the other good Winston Churchill story (true or false?) which has to do with him sitting next to a grand Englishwoman. WC has had too much to drink and flirting, asks her if she would sleep with him for a million pounds. She agrees. He then asks her if she would sleep with him for a pound. "What do you think I am?" she asks. He replies that he already knows what she is; he's just trying to determine the price.