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Steve and Miles (and Traveling Stories)

This afternoon while motoring to lunch, I happened to see Steve and Miles.

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Of course, when I originally saw them, I did not know they were Steve and Miles. Instead, I immediately made up a story in my head. It was a story about a man walking through East Liberty, leading a goat (and of course the goat had on a saddle). Go ahead, take a minute and make up your own story, I’ll wait. Done? Fun, wasn’t it?

Luckily, since coming to MINI, I have learned that there are many interesting people out there with great adventures to tell about. So I took a few minutes to travel outside my comfort zone and meet this young man and his traveling companion.

Turns out that his name is Steve Wescott and his partner is Miles. The next part is what blew me away. It turns out that Steve is walking across America to raise awareness and funds for an orphanage in Africa named Uzima Outreach. He started in Seattle on May 2, 2012 and has been walking ever since.

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Now, if you go back to that story you had in your head a few minutes ago, did it have any of the following words in it: Seattle, Africa, Orphanage and/or walking? Yeah, mine didn’t either.

I think the reason I wanted to share this story on our MINI Blog, is that sometimes it is the little parts of a journey that can make all of the difference. If I hadn’t taken an extra second to meet a fellow traveller, I might have remembered this interaction as some (insert derogatory phrase here) and his goat wandering the streets of East Liberty instead of being inspired by someone who is doing his part in trying to make the world a better place, one step at a time.

Happy (and Meaningful) Motoring!

Chris

You can find out more about Steve and Miles and their incredible journey at the following places:

http://www.needle2square.com

http://www.uzimaoutreach.org

http://www.facebook.com/Needle2Square-220075164727064/

http://www.instagram.com/needle2square/

 

 

 

Keeping your MINI Happy and Healthy!

Oil Change

Checking your MINI’s oil level from time to time, and topping off when necessary, will help you to keep your engine happy and healthy!

Maintaining the correct engine oil level is extremely important as it ensures that there is enough oil to properly lubricate all of the moving parts, helping to minimize internal engine wear.  

Many people don’t realize that engine oil is also a primary means, in conjunction with the cooling system, by which heat is dissipated from the engine. Heat is transferred away from the moving parts inside the engine via the oil circulating throughout. If there’s not enough oil in the engine, this transfer of heat can’t take place effectively.

That doesn’t mean very high heat levels still aren’t present in a healthy engine. Little by little, your motor oil begins to burn off, shrinking the total amount of fluid in the system. If this oil isn’t replaced, then you run the risk of vital engine parts being exposed and open to heat damage and corrosion.

Checking your oil can tell you where this level is and if you should refill. The first part to this process is locating the oil dipstick in your engine. It typically looks like a little yellow ring. Pull it out, wipe off the oil, and stick it back in. When you pull it out again, look at where the bead of oil falls on the stick in relation to the markings. If it looks good, don’t worry about it.

If you need to top of the oil in your MINI, look for a large cap on the top of the engine (located on the valve cover).  Oil should never be added through the dip-stick tube. When adding oil, do so a little at a time and recheck after each addition until the proper amount has been reached.  

Remembering to periodically check your MINI’s engine oil level, and following these simple steps can help to keep your MINI motoring longer. For more helpful tips and MINI-centric info, visit MINIofPittsburgh.com or give us a call anytime at 412-682-0788.

Baum Boulevard detour leads to a Lost Amusement Park

So we wanted to give everyone a heads up that the Baum Boulevard Bridge was going to be closed for a few weeks. However, while looking for a couple of pictures to include, we came across something great. There used to be an Amusement Park just up the street. Yeah you heard me right, an Amusement Park!

Luna Park was built in 1905 and was the first in what would become an international chain of amusement parks operated by Frank Ingersoll. It was the first amusement park to be covered with electrical lighting as well (67,000 light bulbs).

Luna Park closed in 1909 in the face of stiff competition from a second park nearby, Kennywood. Though the old gate to Luna Park, which is pictured below, will probably look a little familiar to you. It was the inspiration for the Lost Kennywood section, which opened in 1995.

Maybe Luna Park is where we get our commitment to fun and excitement? Nah, it is probably just from representing our great brand, MINI.

Local writer, Virginia Montanez, has a great post about Luna Park with more pictures that you can read HERE.

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