Mecum Kissimmee Event Starts Jan 3rd

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Mecum’s 10 day auction and event starts on January 3rd this year and will be held at Osceola Heritage Park at 1875 Silver Spur Lane  Kissimmee, FL 34744.

Expect a huge selection of classics and sports cars this year as well as three days of auctions devoted to road art and automobilia.

Over 3,500 cars are expected, including the very last Shelby 289 Cobra that was sold to the public! That one is lot #F136 and is sure to crack the $1Million mark.

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My pick of the auction though is lot # S82, a 1967 Corvette 427 Convertible with 435 HP, a four speed manual trans and side exhaust:

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Check out all details and cars on Mecum’s site at :

https://www.mecum.com/auctions/kissimmee-2019/

 

 

Last minute gift ideas

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With less that two weeks left, finding time to finish holiday shopping is quickly passing.  Here are a few ideas to get you through the rest of the gift giving season:

1:  Monthly clubs or subscription services.  Fresh coffee, streaming and shopping services, sport and fan clubs are available in many different varieties.

2:  Smart home devices.  Whether to ask and answer questions or stay up to date on the most recent happenings, more and more people are starting to add smart devices to their homes.

3:  Flowers, chocolates, wine, gift cards.  Readily available, quick, and simple.

4:  Time, experience, or memory.  Make time for people in your lives that aren’t easy too get a hold of.  Try something new, or frame a memento from a past experience that you’ve shared with that person.

The reward of raw cookie dough

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out a warning about eating raw cookie dough.  In a page dedicated to the issue, CDC cautions, “When you prepare homemade cookie dough, cake mixes, or even bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully cooked. But steer clear of this temptation — eating or tasting unbaked products that are intended to be cooked, such as dough or batter, can make you sick.”  The CDC states that uncooked flour could contain e coli bacteria and that raw eggs pose a risk of getting sick from salmonella. On the surface, those sound pretty bad. It’s important to put things in perspective. Sure, eating cookie dough can make you sick — but it probably won’t.

The truth is that eating raw cookie dough is probably worth the risk.

It’s estimated that only about 1 in 20,000 eggs contain salmonella.  As far as flour, yes, there was an e coli outbreak in 2016 tied to flour that is believed to have caused 63 people to get sick. But that this is not a common occurrence, and even taking it into account, it’s a small number given that Americans consume on average of 130 pounds of wheat flour per capita each year.

Sure, it’s possible that a batch of cookie dough you make could contain relatively rare infected eggs or flour, but Americans routinely engage in risky business.  Adults and their kids ride bikes, ski, play sports, eat at restaurants whose kitchens they haven’t  thoroughly vetted, and so on. At the end, they determine that the fun is worth the risk.  Why shouldn’t the same logic apply to cookie dough? If you routinely make large bowls of cookie dough purely for the purpose of raw consumption, it will increase your odds of getting sick. However, if you make a batch of cookies and lick some raw leftover dough off of the spoon, the risk of getting sick is statistically low.  But, there are no guarantees. If you’re a risk-averse person, you may want to err on the side of caution and avoid consuming raw dough and keep it from your children. But if you decide to indulge in some cookie dough while baking, you shouldn’t feel guilty — you will more likely than not be fine.

Tips for Deciding Whether to Have Your Vehicle Shipped Home

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Vehicle transport companies are busy. More and more car buyers are finding their next vehicles online and buying from long distance, so that means there are many folks making the decision to either travel and get their new ride or have it shipped home.

eimports4Less specializes in long distance sales. We’ve dealt with arranging vehicle transport for almost two decades and we’ve learned a little bit along the way.

Finding the right company to ship your vehicle is the first part, but for this blog post let’s skip that step and assume that we’ve found the right company and gotten a competitive quote for shipping the new vehicle to you.

As an example, we ship many cars to the Chicago area and shipping rates for door to door transport with a reputable company are in the $525 ballpark today.

Chicago is roughly 750 miles away from us, so you can definitely drive straight through if you want to.

There are really only two things to consider when you’re talking about a move of this distance, the weather and your time.

  1. Consider is the season. You don’t want to be traveling by air or car when it’s snowing out. If there’s a chance of snow or some type of severe weather, always ship the car. Snow does not slow down vehicle transporters
  2. Your time. If you value your time, then it’s almost always more economical to have your new vehicle shipped home. If you’re going to miss more than one day at home or work, then it probably makes sense to just have the new car shipped. Delays at the airport and on the roadways is common, so you may end up missing even more time than you planned.

Anything further than a one day trip, just have it shipped. The only exception is if you’re retired or on vacation and you’re just planning on making a road trip out of it. That’s a whole other story and could be the adventure of a lifetime!

Check out future blog articles for tips on finding the right transport companies and for great road trip ideas that start right here at eimports !

Happy Motoring