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Test driving a vehicle can be a lot of fun, but I've long-held the belief that nothing beats the opportunity to really use a new ride to get the full experience. That said, I was able to put the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Platinum AWD to good use during the midst of a long-awaited project here at Rock Father HQ - the tear-down and rebuild of our sizeable 27-year-old deck (more on  that project in a feature down the line). Now, we're not talking heavy hauling here, but for supply runs and tool rentals, the RAV4 was up to the task, in addition to being a really comfortable family ride. Let's take a look...

There have been a lot of strange petitions over the years, and per the guidelines, any petition toward The White House that garners 100,000 signatures or more will require an official response. It wasn't that long ago that the Obama Administration had to formally announce that they would not be building a full-scale functional Death Star based on the iconic battle station seen in Star Wars. Now comes something a little more realistic, but still potentially divisive... if the United States of America had an Official Vehicle, should it be the pickup truck?

Friday, September 29 2017 11:26

Straight from the Patch: ROGUE Pumpkin Patch Ale

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As many of you are no doubt aware, I have a serious pumpkin obsession. An October child raised in Northern Illinois (#1 grower of pumpkins), for me "Fall" begins on August 15 (part of The Rock Father™ Seasonal Calendar). With that comes a real affection for seasonal beers, and fall brings a host of flavors, but my favorites are always those that are pumpkin-infused. Today, I received some news out of Oregon - that a fresh batch of ROGUE Pumpkin Patch Ale has been produced. A perfect accompaniment to pumpkin spice cookies, pumpkin lattés, pumpkin bread, pumpkin butter and just about everything pumpkin, one big factor with ROGUE is that they grow their own pumpkins and release their beer a little later than some. Here's how they explain it...

It's been nearly 50 years since Mattel launched Hot Wheels back in 1968, and for the past five decades kids have been imagining their toy cars rolling out on exciting adventures that tap into unique heroic personalities. Despite so many years of play for kids of all ages, it's only been within the last few years that a cultural shift has been taking place in the way that toys are marketed, and for the first time ever on a Hot Wheels box, the description reads "For boys and girls…” That new product is Hot Wheels MindRacers, the latest addition to the "New Play Movement" from Osmo, who have worked together with Mattel to create an experience in which physical play with diecast cars seamlessly blends with digital gameplay. Check out a video preview and full details below for the debut of Hot Wheels MindRacers!

Country music artist Chris Young has teamed up with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® to produce a five-part docu-series, "Chris Young Losing Sleep Cracker Barrel Series," which is the first of its kind for the brand. The five-part docu-series features weekly episodes taking fans on a behind-the-scenes journey as Chris writes, records and performs his songs, and touches on how Cracker Barrel has continued to be his home-away-from-home along the journey. Fans can watch the series, which debuts Sept. 28 and runs weekly through Nov. 2, on Cracker Barrel's YouTube channel.

Iconic western bootmaker, Justin® Boot Company, a division of H.H. Brown Shoe Company, has announced a partnership with multi-media superstar, Reba McEntire. The premiere REBA by Justin™ collection launches Holiday 2017 at select retailers nationwide.

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