Painting With A Twist

Evansville, Indiana – (Nov. 15, 2014) – Aspiring to bring an entertainment option that offers a new creative outlet in Evansville, local entrepreneur Mihir Paranjape is about to open Painting with a Twist, a place where friends come together to paint, drink wine and discover their inner artist.

Painting with a Twist of Evansville is part of a fast-growing national franchise that provides guests a unique ‘getaway’ through art. Led by local art instructors, guests paint on bare 16” by 20” canvases using paint and brushes provided by the studio. At Painting with a Twist, guests are able to disconnect from everyday life, enjoy good music, wine or beer, and create unique, personal masterpieces they can take to their homes or gift to others. The artwork ranges from landscapes, abstracts and cityscapes, to creative renderings of animals, iconic buildings and florals. Friends gather for an evening of laughs, creativity and camaraderie as they create one-of-a-kind pieces of art to take home and, often, discover a newfound talent.

Evansville, Indiana – (Nov. 15, 2014) – Aspiring to bring an entertainment option that offers a new creative outlet in Evansville, local entrepreneur Mihir Paranjape is about to open Painting with a Twist, a place where friends come together to paint, drink wine and discover their inner artist.

Painting with a Twist of Evansville is part of a fast-growing national franchise that provides guests a unique ‘getaway’ through art. Led by local art instructors, guests paint on bare 16” by 20” canvases using paint and brushes provided by the studio. At Painting with a Twist, guests are able to disconnect from everyday life, enjoy good music, wine or beer, and create unique, personal masterpieces they can take to their homes or gift to others. The artwork ranges from landscapes, abstracts and cityscapes, to creative renderings of animals, iconic buildings and florals. Friends gather for an evening of laughs, creativity and camaraderie as they create one-of-a-kind pieces of art to take home and, often, discover a newfound talent.

Paranjape, a native of India, moved to Evansville in 2001, where he currently works as General Manager of Millennium Steel Services, LLC. Having grown up in a family environment that placed a strong emphasis on art, he hoped to share his passion with his nine-year-old daughter and Evansville neighbors, but found few local outlets to do so. After surviving a heart attack in 2013, Paranjape was led to prioritize the things he wanted to do in life, including a dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Paranjape found painting to be a therapeutic and relaxing hobby during his recovery period, which made Painting with a Twist a natural fit.

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Used Cars In Evansville, My Experience

Finding a used car is difficult, but it would seem in the past 6 months it’s becoming impossible to find value. At least in regards to what your money could buy at the end of 2013. Speaking from personal experience, I’ve found that the price of used cars in Evansville has skyrocketed, while the selection has dwindled. Turns out, after speaking with multiple car lots and salesmen, the issues are intertwined.

The short of this article is that I’ve seen the value in used cars shrink and I recommend avoiding Bennett Motors at all cost. For the long story, about buying cars and trucks in Evansville, please continue below and note that I do not have Heisenberg’s problems. If you have a totaled car you can visit https://scrapmycarottawa.com and have them come take that car away for you can scrap it. You may scrap your car for cash here. The cost of of everything rises, but you tend to notice huge jumps. This is the case when looking to purchase any vehicle, new or used. Technology, features, durability, have all trumped the ability for modern vehicles to be cost effective. Recently, consumers have decided to hold onto older vehicles, not trade as often, and instead put money into repairs. This lowers the actual used car inventory, thus driving purchase prices up. Of course, if you car is not running, it is best to get rid of it asap. You can sell it to a company like Tony’s Auto Removal Portland. This is convenient and fast.

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Photo by Stradablog

Compounding the issue of higher used car prices, is the fact that new cars are often very close in price. So what happens is, buyers will tend to gravitate to the better value and if the used car is close to the same price as new, the new wins. But this is not the experience I had in late 2013, when I purchased my wife a used Toyota Camry.

When searching for a used car, I checked online, visited car lots in Evansville, Henderson, Mt Vernon, and even Owensboro. Car removal Perth also had many options available. What I found was a staggering price difference, at least in the narrow focus of what I wanted, a Camry. On average, Evansville car lots listed 2011 Camry’s, with less than 50k miles, $4,000 to $5,000 more! There was no lack of inventory at this time, just a higher price. Mt Vernon dealership Expressway, was probably the least helpful in willingness to negotiate, nevermind the starting price. So I kept looking and ended up purchasing my used car in Owensboro. Till date using carremovalperth.net.au to sell off my used car was among the best decisions I have made. As I got the right price for it, unlike other companies that tried to make me loos money by showing various flaws in my car.

Don Moore used car lot in Owensboro ended up having 6 Camrys that met my criteria. Each and every one had a lower starting price than anything comparable I found in Evansville. So, I set down to negotiate, pleased with my experience, and walked away with my brand new, used Camry. Flip forward to August and September of 2014, my struggle for a used vehicle has been met with frustration.

My Used Car Search 2014

As mentioned above, I’ve ran into a wall, where selection doesn’t exist and prices are depressingly higher than they were last year. Salesmen and saleswomen have told me the same story, low inventory is driving higher prices. This time the story checks out at every car lot I spoke with, except for one, Bennett Motors off of Heidelbach in Evansville.

[quote]We just put those high prices on our vehicles to hopefully take advantage of those that don’t know what they’re talking about.[/quote]

Where the Corvette sets high in the sky and the lot is ran by those looking to milk the community. My experience at Bennett was awful and I’m upset at myself for giving them more attention than I should have. So let me start with my first impression, after driving onto the used car lot.

I was immediately approached by a salesman, that informed me I’d have to talk with another salesman. I waited, looked around, then had another salesman come out to greet me. After looking at a few vehicles, asking some questions, the new employee informed me he would have to check some figures inside. After waiting awhile more, a NEW salesman came outside, who informed me he would now have to be the one taking care of me. In tow was the manager of Bennett, who apologized for the 2nd employee, which stated that he was busy with an appointment. Ok, whatever.

So I started over again with the 3rd salesman, asking questions, looking at inventory and finally turned the discussion to the high price tags. What I was told, floored me and I wish I would have drove off, right then and there. He told me, verbatim; “We just put those high prices on our vehicles to hopefully take advantage of those that don’t know what they’re talking about.”

Can you imagine, why would I possibly trust this salesman or car lot, after a statement like that. Against my better judgement I stuck around, continued to look, and even entertained the idea of purchasing an exceptionally good looking car. One of the notices said: “We provide cheap car parts“. That sounded a good idea. Thankfully, I had some time to meditate on the transaction and what I was told, so I left.

Bennett Motors Review

Because of this, I would not recommend anyone visit Bennett Motors in Evansville to purchase a used car. I would go so far as to say I recommend avoiding them at all costs. If I were to review Bennett Motors in one word, I’d simply state, untrustworthy. My hard earned money is better spent with businesses that I can trust and start a relationship with, over the purchase of multiple vehicles.

So, in closing, be prepared for your dollar to not stretch as far, when buying a used car in Evansville or the Tri-State. Expect frustration when searching for just that right car or truck, and that is not mentioning checking cars for legal stuff and accident records, getting consultatoon at HornsbyWatson.com, if necessary. And, if at all possible, avoid Bennett Motors like the dishonest company that it is. Thanks random salesperson for setting me straight!

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Icemen Gets Senator Affiliation

It’s official, the Evansville Icemen have secured a deal with the Ottawa Senators for the upcoming hockey season. In previous seasons the Icemen were the farm for the Blues and Predators, but starting the 2014 Season will feature talent from Ottawa.

Part of this new affiliate may be in part due to the new Icemen head coach Dwight Mullins. Dwight was the coach for the Elmira Jackals, which was a farm for the Senators as well.

hockey photoWhat’s most exciting for this Evansvillian is the prospect of the Ford Center hosting an NHL Exhibition Game. The Icemen owner had this to say; “I told them I wanted to do an exhibition game with the Senators and maybe the Blues, maybe the Predators, or the Blackhawks at the Ford Center.”

It’s official, the Evansville Icemen have secured a deal with the Ottawa Senators for the upcoming hockey season.  In previous seasons the Icemen were the farm for the Blues and Predators, but starting the 2014 Season will feature talent from Ottawa.

Part of this new affiliate may be in part due to the new Icemen head coach Dwight Mullins.  Dwight was the coach for the Elmira Jackals, which was a farm for the Senators as well.

What’s most exciting for this Evansvillian is the prospect of the Ford Center hosting an NHL Exhibition Game.  The Icemen owner had this to say; “I told them I wanted to do an exhibition game with the Senators and maybe the Blues, maybe the Predators, or the Blackhawks at the Ford Center.”

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Evansville City Council Drug Testing

A few days ago the Evansville City Council has voted down the policy to be drug tested, while serving in office. With a 7-2 vote against the drug testing policy, it was stated that it was simply ‘lousy’. Interesting opinion on a policy, that most anyone who has a job must submit themselves to, at least randomly. Missy Mosby and Jonathan Weaver were both sponsors of this resolution, that fell short.

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Photo by Jack Spades

A few days ago the Evansville City Council voted down the resolution to be drug tested, while serving in office.  With a 7-2 vote against the drug testing policy, it was stated that it was simply ‘lousy’.  Interesting opinion on a policy, that most anyone who has a job must submit themselves to, at least randomly.  Missy Mosby and Jonathan Weaver were both sponsors of this resolution, that fell short.

So, I have a few questions, in regards to this resolution vote.  Why are we leaving the decision to be drug tested up to the people whom would be tested?  What is the exact reason for not submitting to this requirement, besides a ‘lousy’ opinion?

Laws providing for government employee drug testing.

There are two court cases that allow the drug testing of any city employees.  Skinner/Van Raab allows for drug testing of city workers, based on need over privacy.  Therefore, if they are in a position that is security or safety related, it’s supported and even encouraged.  To justify the privacy concern, if the ability of a city official could be affected by drugs, then it overrides the need for privacy and the individual should be subjected to testing.

An argument against the drug testing is the actual cost of the test.  Why should we subject the city of Evansville to this increase in cost, that may not be necessary?  I argue that I don’t trust anyone in the public service sector, so they should be tested.  These city workers should be held at a higher standard than their constituents and even they have to take drug tests, at least randomly at private companies.

Why do private companies drug test?

According to the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 8.4 percent of full-time employees (10.2 million) and 10.1 percent of part-time employees (3 million) aged 18 or older reported using illicit drugs within the past month. Employees who abuse drugs are 2.5 times more likely than other non-substance abusing coworkers to be absent for eight or more days.2 Drug abusers are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in an accident at work and 5 times more likely to file a workers compensation claim.2 Forty-four percent of abusers have sold drugs to other employees and 18 percent have stolen from co-workers to support their habit.

This study brings up some serious concerns for a private business.  I feel these same concerns can be applied directly to city employees and their involvement in the community.   What do you think? 14News.com has a poll on their homepage asking whether Evansville City Council members should be drug tested, I encourage you to place your vote.

Reference: Drug Rehab Center In Miami.

Frog Follies 2014 Pictures

Pictures from the 2014 Frog Follies. This was the 40th anniversary of the antique car show event, which is the biggest and best pre-49 car show in the United States.

Was miserably hot today, August 23rd, 2014 at the Vanderburgh County 4H Fair Grounds for the 40th Anniversary of the Frog Follies.  This event is the biggest and best pre 1949 automotive show in the United States and it’s easy to see why.  There was hardly any space not covered by antique cars and all the buildings were full of vendors.  Even the fields were covered by swap events and vendors slinging any product remotely related to automotive.

The Frog Follies have become an annual event for father daughter time in the Davidson house hold.  My 6 year old was just as excited to see all of the cars as I was, even tolerating my endless scanning of booths for a good deal.

Evansville does an amazing job at hosting this event and accommodating all the extra people inside the city.  During my time, there were hardly any traffic jams, as 41 and Booneville-New Harmony road were clear and lines of cars were in constant motion.  Furthermore, inside the fair grounds there were plenty of helpers parking cars, directing traffic, and watching out for walkers to and from the event.

As usual, I plan on attending again next year.  Although, I’d like to order a little bit cooler weather please.

For the entire 2014 Frog Follies picture album, please visit the Evansville Blog Flickr page for all 75 photos. Click Here – 2014 Frog Follies Flickr Album