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Robin Carneke-Green is a devout Catholic Master Catechist & Lay Minister in the Archdiocese of Chicago. She is an advocate of Diabetes Awareness, Mental Illness Awareness, and Child Abuse Prevention & Safety. Additionally, Robin actively participates in projects against Animal Abuse & Neglect and is a proponent of the importance of volunteerism. She is also a Development Educator & Trainer who provides seminars in the following areas: • Providing Quality Customer Service • Business Development Sales • Self Improvement • Management Skills • Basic Money Management & Budgeting • Credit Union Movement in Developing Countries • Retreats for Junior & Senior High School Students • Developing Skills as a Catechist • Catholic Bible Study • Specialized Training Upon Request Robin is a Chicago Bears Diehard Fan, and a Diehard Cubs Fan. The 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs vindicated the lifelong love she inherited from her grandfather. That one was for you, Grandpa! Robin has also been a featured Chicago Bears contributing writer to an all-female NFL site. She is an avid reader, football enthusiast, and passionately loyal to her favorite television shows. She can often be found Tweeting her thoughts during airings of show episodes, and interacting with others who share all her passions in life. Robin is a wife, mother of three, daughter, sister, aunt and friend who blogs about family, blended families, raising children, friendships, and her many passions - life in general. Robin and her husband live in the Northwest Chicago Suburbs with their four furry kids.

Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth at the Gas Pump?

I saw this several weeks ago. I thought I would share it and hopefully help people save a few dollars at the gas pump. The original author is unknown, but if you know where it originated and the name of the author, please let me know. I firmly believe in giving credit where it is due. These are FABULOUS tips on getting the most for your money at the gas pump!

Who knew?

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.

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. In slow mode you should be pumping on low speed, 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 other 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 worth for your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL or HALF EMPTY. 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.

Another reminder, 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.

There you have it, friends. I wish I’d have known all this 35 years ago when I started driving on that brand new license, but of course back then $2.00 would just about fill my mom’s Pontiac Luxury Le Mans with the 440 4-barrel. She was a thing of beauty, and seriously smooth handling when the needle was buried over 120mph. This was before my hometown got built up and all the farmland leading from the edge of the busiest part of the village was turned into Starbuck’s and a strip mall.

Ah, sweet memories of my wild youth. Don’t try that at on the roads these days, kiddies! I wouldn’t do it again now for any amount of money. Life has changed a great deal – more people, booming businesses, and busier streets everywhere you look – it’s far too dangerous.

But DO try these gas savings tips. Every penny counts!

Be well. Be Blessed. Know that you are loved.

The Outspoken Blogger

Recycle, Renew, Repurpose

When I started this blog a few years back, I initially wanted to keep it solely about football – hence the name, “Huddle & Heels.” But with the amount of sports related sites out there, and sports related sites geared to female fans and written by female fans and experts, the last thing we need is another sports blog. While I consider myself extremely knowledgeable (both my male and female friends will back me up – without pay!), I really only wanted to write about the Chicago Bears. I could talk about the Bears all day long, but there are plenty of Bears sites out there, too. Although we each have our own perspective, I’m happy enough to be a small cog writer on someone else’s sports blog than run one of my own.

I didn’t want to lose the domain because I happen to think it is cool – if I do say so myself – and it’s a unique name. So here’s my thought: Huddle & Heels still applies because I am most definitely a woman, and I like to discuss and write about women things as well as football. I like to go where my passions are and not be boxed in to one thing. Therefore, Huddle & Heels will remain the title, but you will be seeing much more of the heels bit in my writing. I used to be on a business track, but life happened. Here I am now – wherever that may be.

I have interests that are many and varied, so this blog can go anywhere I want it to go. There will likely be a few different categories found on this site, so I reckon there will be something for everyone! With that spirit in mind, I look forward to interacting with you, dear readers., so step up and don’t be shy. Let those thoughts and opinions fly!

When “Fans” Cross the Line

I cannot believe I am writing an article like this. I’m so angry right now, I can scarcely form the words and sentences necessary to say what needs to be said. This has absolutely nothing to do with the Chicago Bears and the fiasco at Lambeau Field, but Sunday’s team foibles and the disaster that is the 2014 Bears season are unfortunately the catalyst behind the actions of a few Twitter-based “fans,” and I am using the word generously.

The Trestman girls are not my children, and I am not related to the family in any way, but the vitriol being spewed at them, as well as the threats against their safety, has awakened my Mama Bear instinct to protect the Bear Cubs at all costs. I’m a Mom. It’s what I do.

I’m sure Chloe and Sarah Trestman do not need me to protect, defend, or fight their battles for them, but as a Bears fan, I cannot sit idly by and say nothing because doing so equals condoning the reprehensible actions of a few extremists who make the rest of Bears Nation fandom look bad. I do not approve of such behavior, and neither does anyone else with an ounce of integrity.

You people sending such hate-filled, threatening tweets should be ashamed of yourselves! That is not how Bears fans act. That is not how decent human beings act. I love the Bears as much as anyone, and while massacres like what happened at Lambeau are neither fun nor acceptable to any fan of any team, attacking Trestman’s family is taking things way too far. You crossed a line here that has absolutely no business being crossed.

In sending tweets of that nature, you stopped being fans, bulldozed past being fanatics, and went straight to becoming zealots. Zealots are dangerous people who take things to extreme lengths to make or prove a point, and those actions usually involve bodily harm. Sometimes they are lethal.

Has past history taught you people nothing? Have current world events completely escaped your notice? Zealots are deplorable.

Zeal for the team is fine. It’s fire and passion, and indulging in our football passion is why we are all here in the first place, but sending out threats to the children of the head coach is beyond unacceptable. It’s criminal. Isn’t there enough criminal behavior associated with the NFL already? The real supporters of every team, and the NFL in a general sense, find these types of actions utterly intolerable. Your tweets are reprehensible.

Emotions are running high with Bears supporters right now, but take a step back for a moment. Take a breath. Resorting to violence, or terrorizing anyone solves nothing. Find a better outlet for your aggression and hostility, like perhaps anger management. Psychotherapy wouldn’t be out of the question either, all things considered.

I live for football. It’s a huge part of me. Faith, family, & football, in that order, are my three main passions. The Bears are my team. I took this loss personally just like you, but unlike those whose actions warranted this rant, at the end of the day, I know it is just a game. Unless you are playing for the Bears, or working for the Bears organization in some capacity, it is highly unlikely you get more out of it than bragging rights after a win – be it regular season, post season, or a championship. You’re not getting a paycheck. This is not your livelihood. If anything, it costs you money for game tickets, memorabilia, and clothing to announce your allegiance to the world.

In the end, it is just a game. Say it with me. Rinse and repeat.

It is just a game.

The Trestman girls are not their father. They are not responsible for anything he does as a coach, whether it’s good or bad. In other words, they are off-limits for your verbal tirades and threatening messages. If any of you guilty people had the integrity of a gnat, you’d realize this.

Take a chill pill, get a grip on reality, or whatever. You have football angst and need an outlet? Go ferociously attack your junk mail and rip it to shreds. Scream at the top of your lungs. Soak your jersey in water and pitch it at the shower walls with all your might until your arm hurts. You obviously like to write, so journal your thoughts. There are innumerable positive coping methods available to deal with your stress. Just don’t take it out on anyone!

I am a Bears fan, win, lose, or tie, and this has been my public service announcement.

End rant.

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