Removing Haze From Headlights


For the last six years, since my 2014 Subaru Outback rolled out of the factory, that yellow orb in the sky we affectionately call the sun has conspired to destroy my car’s headlights. You see, despite the sun being 93 million miles away, it emits harmful ultraviolet rays that burn my fair Irish skin and erode the plastic on my car’s headlights giving them a hazy, foggy appearance.

Fortunately my fellow homosapiens have developed easily accessible technology to cure ailing headlights. With this in mind, I headed down the road to my friendly neighborhood auto parts locale and picked up a headlight restoration kit.

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Jeep: Born for the Battlefield

A group of Soldiers assist the driver in pushing his Jeep out of the mud  Oct. 4, 1944. (Courtesy of the George C. Marshall Foundation)

In 1940 things weren’t exactly peachy in Europe and Southeast Asia. Hitler had invaded Poland, Norway, and by June that year, most of western Europe. Japan had invaded China and would soon bomb Pearl Harbor before spreading its tentacles over southeast Asia.

During World War I, the U.S Military mainly relied on inefficient gas-powered vehicles and horses for scouting and transporting troops and weapons. By constantly pestering the Army at their offices and cocktail parties, a persistent car company lobbyist was able to convince military brass that his company could design and build the light-weight, all-wheel-drive vehicle they had dreamed of for decades.

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The Maverick Guide to Christmas Lighting


In the holiday classic “Christmas Vacation,” Chevy Chase’s character Clark “Sparky” Griswold is on a mission to complete the greatest Christmas light display of all time. The clumsy family man ends up high on a shaky ladder, with staple gun in hand, carefully stringing Christmas lights under the gutters of his suburban home.

Soon after beginning his quest for glory, Griswold accidentally staples his flannel sleeve to the house, then in an attempt to free himself, tears off his entire sleeve, flying backwards against a thick tree limb while gripping his ladder in terror.

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Home Gym Builds: Concrete Dumbbells


Having a home gym is a convenient way to stay consistent with your workout routine, especially if your schedule makes it hard to make a daily run to the gym. But purchasing equipment for a home gym can be expensive, about $2 per pound.

That’s why we (my girlfriend and I) decided to build our own sets of 35, 45, and 65 pound concrete free weights. The weights turned out great, and I’ve been using them daily.

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Idaho Yurt Spots to Book This Winter

Yurts have been used for shelter for thousands of years due to their weather resistance and insulative capabilities.

Note: Yurt availability and amenities may be affected by COVID-19. Weekends bookings fill up quickly, so plan your trip in advance. 


Yurt Overview

The word yurt is of Turkic origin and describes a portable round tent covered in animal skins used by the nomadic peoples of central Asia like the Mongols (who actually call them gers). 

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When Is The Best Time To Buy A Car Or Truck?

Alysa sits in a car from Maverick Car Company in Boise, Idaho.

The best time to buy a car or a truck is when you need it and can afford it. But that is probably not the answer you wanted.

When someone searches for “when is the best time to buy a car” he or she is probably looking for a deal —a way to save money on a very large and important purchase. And, frankly, if you’re buying a brand new car from an old-school, high-pressure dealership, seasonality can play a role in price. So, in this article you’re going to find two answers to the question of when to buy a vehicle.

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