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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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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.

Coffee and Cars rescheduled

For whatever reason.

Coffee and Cars Rescheduled

Coffee and Cars Rescheduled

Chasing Steeples

Miata Club Is Railside

First there were 8 people coming, then there were six and then just four, so the Masons stopped at the Bogarduses in their pickup to pick up the Bogardus’s stuff to take to the track. Donna and Karol decided to walk to the track while Brian and Dennis would drive. The guys drove the truck a half mile south to get ice, then back to Boardman Rd so Brian could get the Miata. Because of the gate the vehicles were supposed to enter they had to drive 2-1/2 miles north to almost downtown Aiken, a half mile east and then the 2-1/2 miles back south on a different road to the racetrack. After all that, the guys and the two vehicles still arrived at the designated parking spot a couple minutes before the ladies walked their one mile.

Brian & Donna were originally not going to drive the Miata to the races, figuring someone else could use the parking pass, but seeing as it was just the two couples going they figured someone had to represent. Sort of good thing they did, it attracted a couple of fellow Miata owners from nearby parking spots and Brian got to hand out a couple of Club calling cards.

The gates opened at 9 and by 9:30 we had the Mason’s pop-up awning in place, chairs laid out and our tailgating spot all set up. It was basically cloudy all morning, but precisely at the 1:00PM post time for the first race it started sprinkling. After the first race ended, it stopped. It didn’t exactly work out like that all afternoon, but it certainly seemed to, dry in between, precipitation during the 5 minutes of racing time. It poured and thundered a little during the big money 4th race, but the damp weather didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit in our little corner of the race course.

Thanks for letting us use your spot Tom.