June 19th, 2007

Conrunner Kevin

Fifteen Seconds of Fame

KPIX has posted the story about Hypermilers that includes me and my van. (You may have to listen to a short commercial before the main clip plays.) As I said earlier, it's a fair assessment of me and my driving, except maybe for the air conditioning. One thing they didn't say is that on the 65 MPH freeways, I tend to drive 55. It makes a huge difference in fuel economy; probably far more than any of the other things I'm doing.
Conrunner Kevin

More About the Meter

I called Oakland Airport Lost & Found again today, and they have no blood glucose meters there, so I have to assume that someone threw it away. It's annoying to have a five-day blank in my records, but not critical.

So on the way to my office today, I stopped to buy a new meter. I wanted to buy the same model meter (a FreeStyle Flash) as I previously had, on account of having so much invested in testing supplies. At least the cost wouldn't be out of pocket, because I could put it on my Healthcare Spending Account.

The price tag on the shelf said the meter was about $75 and that there was a $40 rebate. When they rang it up, it turns out it was actually on sale for $30. So after the rebate (which is limited to the greater of the purchase price or $40), the meter is free. That's not really too surprising, though. They give these meters away because all of the money is in selling the supplies.