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On a Serpentine Road, With the Top Down

I found this in my usual wanderings on the interwebs and thought it a worthwhile read. I’m not sure how long this link will be active or if any random stranger can read the entire thing, so I’ve cribbed it and posted it here.

Do the fine folks at the Times a solid though and read it there, that way they get the clicks/page views/whatever.
On a Serpentine Road, With the Top Down
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Miatas at Myrtle Beach X

The right solution for your Winter Blues! Spend some time with your fellow Miata owners in Sunny Myrtle Beach, SC!

Thursday – Poker Run
Friday – We will have a fun drive/lunch for those who wish to go do that sort of thing.
Saturday – Car Show in the Clouds! Free Hot Dog Saturday Prize Raffle!
Also the Horry County Fair is in town this weekend!

Miata Forum thread with all the details and hotel: Miatas at Myrtle Beach X If you have any questions about this event ask Larry or Rita Garner, they’ve been the last couple of years and are going again this year too.

The event raises money for the Children’s Home Society, a non-profit organization that helps children who are in foster care and awaiting permanent adoption.

Food Lion Auto Fair

Meeting Place: TBA

The Food Lion AutoFair annually attracts more than 100,000 visitors. It features more than 50 car clubs and more than 10,000 vendor spaces that offer a huge array of automotive parts and memorabilia. More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway. The Food Lion AutoFair will also feature a collector car auction.

Single day adult tickets are $10 at the gate and kids 12 & under get in free! Parking is an additional $5 per car.

Event Coordinators: Dennis & Karol Mason 706-651-9333

Automatic Emails

For the longest time we have been using an email service called Mandrill to generate emails to everyone in the club when ever there is a new post added or someone comments on a post. Last month they sent me an email as administrator, that come April in order to continue to use Mandrill you would have to link it to an account with their parent site called Mail Chimp (note the monkey theme.)

No problem I thought I’ll just create a Mail Chimp account, they offer a free one for users who have up to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month. As it turns out you had to have a PAID account. Well, $%*# that. So I started my search for a replacement. As it turns out I really don’t need an outside service, WordPress can use a plug-in internally to accomplish the task.

The first one I tried worked at first through the Gmail server using the masters.miata.club@gmail account. I want ted to try using the email server available to us via our web host and use the info@mastersmiataclub.com address. Tried every available configuration and I couldn’t get the test email to go. I re-entered the gmail info exactly like it was before and now it wouldn’t either.

Plug-in number two worked fine using our GoDaddy email server first time. Yippee! But then I noticed some return to sender emails. They all had one thing in common, they were to xxxx@AOL.com addresses. Hmmm. I thought maybe I would just use the Gmail servers. But I couldn’t get this plug-in to work over there. Rats!Returned the setting to use GoDaddy and at least it still worked there, but AOL still wouldn’t accept them.

Let’s hope Plug-in #3 is a charm, it’s the one I’m using now and the test mail worked fine first time. It uses the GoDaddy server, so after I publish this post we’ll see if AOL will accept these emails.

This is actually my 3rd post to the site tonight, but the first that will hopefully generate an email, so if you get this, there is a new Drive-In movie and Blipshift T-shirt sale post on the site. Check ’em out.