Jeff Janoe – Gilbert, AZ Drag Racer


Jeff Janoe (left) from Gilbert, Arizona is in his second year of nitro racing on sand with Crew Chief Mike Rinehart and was the 2005 ASDA Top Fuel Champ.  On a budget, he’s racing with the chassis Tony Schumacher drove for the Peek Brothers in 2000, a rear end from Kalitta Racing and engine components he bought from Kenny Bernstein.

Jeff was pleased with this Inaugural NSDA event and hopes the standards set by the new organization will be noticed by other event promoters.  Prior to the Top Fuel final against Bettencourt, Janoe commented, “The track-prep has been amazing, NSDA has stepped-up where other sand drag promoters have not… These guys have a class act!”


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Ed Musgraves & Kevin Whitlock: Gilbert Promotional Corporation


  Ed Musgraves  – President

Promoting of the Town of Gilbert (home to Ed and his family) and the relationships that

have developed throughout the years with the Mayors, Town Councils, local business owners

and supporters of the GPC have truly added to the purpose and enjoyment for Ed’s involvement.

In addition, Ed believes strongly in remembering our true western heritage.  Through the sport

of rodeo our community can relive the western way of life.

Ed plans to continue promoting rodeo, the Town of Gilbert and working to ensure

the success and continuation of the GPC.

Kevin Whitlock – Vice President

My name is Kevin Whitlock I am Vice President.  I have  been a  member of the GPC for

10 years and have held the position of Lil Dudes Chair, 4th of July Chair, Rodeo  Arena

Director, and many other Jobs at Gilbert Rodeo Park. I am a Fire Fighter on the Palo Verde

Nuclear  Generating  Station and have been for 26 years. I am Married to Desiree and have 2 kids

Tori and Cody who both  grew up in  Gilbert. My daughter was 2002 Gilbert Days Teen Queen and

that’s how I got involved with the GPC.  I love working  with the GPC and its almost

like have a 2nd full time job.

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Why Adults Should Ditch The Shorts, Wear Suits

Source: – by By P.J. O ’ Rourke – (Photo credit: ForbesLife)

This story appears in the April issue of ForbesLife magazine, dated April 9, as a feature entitled “Men In Shorts.”

Sometimes, mainly in cold weather, we’re spared the sight of middle-aged men in T-shirts and shorts because they’re wearing T-shirts and jeans. Jeans fit the mature male one of two ways, both dirigible in nature. You make a public impression that’s either Hindenburg or Goodyear blimp.

The point of turning Casual Friday into Dress-Down-Month-of-Sundays is to be more comfortable. But, possessing a middle-aged man’s body myself, I’m more comfortable covering it than displaying it like flabby laundry on a clothesline.

And where do you put your things? I can’t leave the house without wallet, car keys, house keys, lighter, cigar case, cigar cutter, nicotine gum—because I’m giving up cigars—clean handkerchief, spare clean handkerchief for ladies in distress, and a fountain pen in case business correspondence starts being conducted on paper again. I have ten pockets in my suit and need them all, including the little one inside the jacket flap to ensure that I forget where the theater tickets are.

Those who work and travel in what’s basically their underwear require the giant Boy Scout backpacks that you see grown men huffing under in airplane aisles every time you turn around. And when they turn around, you get smacked right in the Scotch and rocks.

Comfortable means “easy.” So: Nothing’s easier than matching a pair of pants and a jacket that look exactly alike. I’ve got a closet full of blue suits and black wing tips. Any tie goes with a white shirt. I can get dressed in the dark. And—what with blinding hangovers from drinking on airplanes to soften the shock of first-class seats filled with graying, jowly urchins—I often do.

The kid-who-stayed-40-years-too-long-on-the-playground look doesn’t inspire trust. If dressing up as a third grader is your idea of how to treat yourself, what’s your idea of how to treat me?

And what’s the rest of the world’s idea of how to treat you? When I was growing up, I was told, “The way you dress is the way you’re regarded.” See Dennis the Menace in the funny pages of your local newspaper to discover how you’re regarded.

Another maxim from my youth was, “Don’t dress for the job you have; dress for the job you’d like to get.” Checked the ad listings lately for WANTED: GRADE-SCHOOL-RECESS BULLY?

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7 Must-Haves for Your Emergency Kit

When disaster strikes and the grid crashes, candles will get you only so far. So we came up with a list of seven items that will help you get by when the power is out. Stock up now so you’ll be prepared for an emergency.




Four Lamps in One

A rechargeable lantern will light up a room, but what about the rest of your house? Rather than stockpiling multiple lamps, get the $52 Coleman Quad Lantern. Featuring four detachable light panels, each with six bright LEDs, the Quad is four lanterns in one. Each panel has its own on/off switch and recharges on the base, which uses eight D-cell batteries. Also consider the Coleman LED Rechargeable Lantern ($45). Though it doesn’t split into four lights, its rechargeable base means no battery hassles.


Battery-Operated TV

 A portable, rechargeable TV, such as the Axion AXN-8701 ($79.99 on, is handy for checking the latest news updates. The 7-inch LCD set receives local digital stations and runs up to 1.5 hours on battery power. It’s easy to reposition the Axion’s built-in antenna for better reception, or you can switch to the free-standing external antenna to pick up weaker signals. The car adapter is handy for roadside viewing or using your vehicle as a power supply.





Portable Power Pack

When the grid goes dark, a portable power station is a quick-and-easy way to run the gadgets you need most. The Duracell DPP-300EP Powerpack 300 ($91.99) does double-duty as home and auto charger. It delivers 300 watts of power through one DC and two AC outlets. That lets you run a laptop computer for 2.5 hours and a cell phone for 15 hours, for example. Plug the Powerpack into an AC outlet and it’ll stay fully charged for emergencies. It has a detachable LED flashlight, an air compressor for pumping up tires, and jumper cables for starting a car battery.



Radio That Won’t Die

A disaster-rated radio must keep working even after its batteries give out. The American Red Cross Solarlink FR600 Eton Emergency Radio ($80) is a rugged, water-resistant unit with multiple power sources. You can run it on solar power, by using a hand crank, or with off-the-shelf AA or AAA batteries. The radio can receive AM, FM, shortwave and weather-alert broadcasts. It also has a USB port for charging certain cell phones, as well as an LED flashlight, a flashing beacon and an emergency siren. The handle makes the unit easy to carry or hang.



Mega Generator

Backup batteries and portable power packs won’t keep a major appliance running during a lengthy outage. If you’ve got a freezer full of fillets to keep frozen, a heavy-duty generator is the answer. The ETQ TG32P12 ($399), from Eastern Tools & Equipment, is a 3,250-watt power station with a 7-horsepower engine. Its 4-gallon fuel tank provides up to 13 hours of run time (at half-load). Weighing a hefty 111 pounds, this beast is only marginally portable — although the included wheel kit does make the ETQ TG32P12 somewhat easy to roll into action.



Portable Water

In a serious emergency, water from the municipal supply may not be safe to drink. The Katadyn Combi ($160) is a portable water-purification system that filters out bacteria, protozoa, sediments and other contaminants. Its two-stage carbon-and-ceramic filter produces about 1 liter of drinkable water per minute. Katadyn’s optional faucet-mount adaptor ($40) makes the Combi convenient for home use, too.




Grandma’s Phone

Cordless, cellular and Internet phones may be popular, but the venerable corded handset has one distinct advantage: When paired with land-line phone service, it’s the odds-on favorite to keep working during a blackout. The AT&T 210 Trimline phone is a sturdy, no-frills model that lists for as little as $10 online. Land-line phone service is cheap, too, provided you avoid the extras.


Source: – By Jeff Bertolucci

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