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Rides Revisited: The 2016 Kia Sorento vs The 2016 Kia Sedona

#CAS16With the 2016 Chicago Auto Show rolling into McCormick Place this week, I figured it would be a good time to roll out some "Rides Revisited" features on a few vehicles that I'd driven before, but have since taken out to rock the road with my family. In this installment, it's the 2016 Kia Sorento crossover vs. the 2016 Kia Sedonamulti-purpose vehicle minivan. I had the opportunity to drive pre-release versions of both of these vehicles back in 2014, hopping behind the wheel of the Sedona out near Dana Point, California, while I had a chance to drive a pair of Sorentos through multiple climates between Lake Tahoe, California and Reno, Nevada. While I certainly had formed an opinion of both vehicles (I liked the Sedona, but loved the Sorento), sometimes having the vehicle here at Rock Father HQ for some time with the family helps re-shape things. In the case of these, that's just what we did late last year...

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Snow Joe: I Have Never Been More Prepared for a Snowstorm...

When it comes to power equipment, I'm always torn - I love the sheer power and performance of gas, but like the environmental benefits of going electric. My wife knows that I struggle with this battle often, and over the years I've flip-flopped how I do things on more than a few occasions. There is, however, one particular area where I've long-hoped to make a switch - and that's the snowblower. Sure, I dug the power, but I hated the post-snowblowing shower - a necessity to wash away the nastiness of the exhaust fumes that were created by a noxious gas/oil mix. Having admired the cordless options of Snow Joe for a few years, I bought the Snow Joe iON PRO Series 21-Inch Cordless Single Stage Brushless Snow Blower (iON21SB-PRO) from Amazon. Then, in some strange synergetic coincidence, the folks at Snow Joe got in touch about working together - "The Rock Father" becoming a late-season Brand Ambassador. Already a customer, I accepted - and as of today, I've never been more prepared for a snowstorm... and I'm crossing my fingers that one comes very soon.

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Turkish Airlines Now Offering Flights to both Gotham City and Metropolis...

I must say, with all the travel that I do, one airline I have not yet had a chance to fly is Turkish Airlines. That might change soon, as they've just announced that in addition to "flying to more countries than any other airline," they're also now offering flights to both Gotham City and Metropolis. As many are aware, both of those cities have endured a series of struggles in recent years, but now due to substantial contributions by Wayne Enterprises in Gotham, and LexCorp in Metropolis, both are hoping to be reinvented as destinations for travelers far and wide. Check out the new television spots starring Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor below, and let me know - would you rather #FlyToGotham or #FlyToMetropolis?

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Rides: Rockin' the Road with Fuel Rewards from Shell...

THE ROCK FATHER Magazine is a #ShellCrowd #FuelRewards Brand Ambassador, taking part in a special content series with SocialStars and Shell.

We drive a lot. And when I say "a lot," I mean it. Our cars log some serious miles each year, with my wife putting at least 80 miles a day on her Chevy, five days-a-week. My adventures are a lot more unexpected and open-ended, but even my daily driver (my little Scion workhorse) has nearly 200,000 miles on it, and even though much of what I do these days involves cruising around town with The Rock Daughters™, we go through a lot of fuel. That's where Shell's Fuel Rewards program comes in - it's a real rewards program that provides real savings on something you actually use... fuel! And you can earn those rewards just by living your life, and doing the things that you're already doing. It's very simple.

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RIP Scion (2003-2016)

I had a feeling that this was coming. In fact, a lot of people did - rumblings of which I even heard while attending the press launch of the 2016 iM and iA: Scion is dead. Perhaps that's an overly-dramatic way to deem it, but that's the way the automotive press is reporting it - a slow demise after years of declining sales, and this morning, Toyota finally called it. Officially, at 9am Central Time, Scion was no more. As of August 2016, the 2017 Model Year Scion's will be rebadged as Toyotas, with the FR-S Sports Car (reviewed here) and the iM and iA making the leap. As a first-generation Scion owner (my custom-ordered 2005 xB pictured up-top with my daughters), it's a bummer to see the name disappear, but I totally get why they did it. You can read the official announcement from Toyota below, along with a video message from Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz, talkiing about the Scion brand's transition to Toyota.

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Braving the Wicked Winter of Northern Illinois... with an "Axe" and a "Friend"

From the Client Relations Department at Rock Father HQ: THE ROCK FATHER has partnered with Life of Dad and Fisherman’s Friend for the #ToughRelief promotion.

Living in Northern Illinois, the weather is often unpredictable, with winter weather a particularly daunting challenge. The seasons have shifted by weeks, and the thermostat swings to and fro with an often schizophrenic level of irregularity. One day the wind chill is -27°, while the next swings upward to nearly 40°. From unbearable risk of frostbite to melting snow and back down below freezing once more, the winter months wreak havoc upon your body, and while I've not spent the winters at sea, I can imagine what it might be like (especially after visiting the shores of Lake Michigan in December), and I do enjoy unleashing the power of Fisherman's Friend lozenges to fight the inevitable sore throats and coughs that come with the winter months.

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