Have you ever heard of filling your vehicle’s tires with nitrogen instead of compressed air?
I had never heard of such a thing until a friend of mine told me he had recently had this done. He told me that his car now gets better gas mileage and seems to get a more stable ride, to boot.
I checked into this — and I was surprised to learn that NASA, the military, commercial aircraft and NASCAR race teams all use nitrogen in their tires. Apparently, nitrogen-filled tires increase fuel economy, tire life, safety — and drastically reduce tire pressure loss.
So, it’s “No Air” for me! Last week I had both my truck and motorcycle tires converted to nitrogen.
You can have this done, too, for only $29 at Steve’s Pro Lube and Tire Center in Payson (468-0415) — the only shop in the Rim Country that does this conversion.
Or, you can ride on nitrogen and “No Air” for free, compliments of Steve Ellis, owner, if you are caller number four with the right answer to this week’s music trivia question.
This week’s question is: Can you name the past “American Idol” winner who sang the 2008 hit “No Air?”
This pop and R&B recording artist, songwriter and actress from Glendale, Ariz., rose to fame as the winner of the sixth season of “American Idol.” She won when she was only 17, making her the program’s youngest winner.
Her single, “No Air,” which features Chris Brown, is the song with the most paid downloads by any “American Idol” contestant, selling about 4 million digital copies worldwide.
Some other hits by this talented young lady include “This is My Now,” “Tattoo” (a Payson female favorite) and “Battlefield.”
Is this “No Air” singer A) Kelly Clarkson, B) Carrie Underwood, C) Jordin Sparks or D) Kelly Ripa?
Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the jazz-styled quartet that sang the 1956 hit, “Graduation Day?” Was it A) the Four Freshmen, B) the Four Sophomores, C) the Four Juniors or D) the Four Dropouts?
The correct answer was the Four Freshmen. Besides “Graduation Day,” you may remember this group’s other 1950s Top 40 hits — “It’s A Blue World,” “It Happened Once Before” and “Mood Indigo.” Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Stacy Bahr, who won a $25 gift certificate from Verizon Wireless, where you can shop for the latest phones and accessories and get a great deal on a new line.
A little about Stacy: She was born in Williams, Ariz., just outside of the south rim of the Grand Canyon. It seems that while Mom was hiking in the canyon, she prematurely went into labor. With the help of the Indians, she just made it in time to the Williams’ hospital.
Stacy’s growing up years were split between Las Vegas and the Valley. She is a 1993 graduate of McClintock High School. Still single, Stacy says, “I’m looking — for a good man on a Harley.”
Six months ago, Stacy moved from Tempe to Payson to be near her mother, Charlie (a past music trivia winner). She is employed as a medical assistant for Dr. Meyers, dermatologist.
Stacy’s interests include singing karaoke, shooting pool, arts and craft beading and riding motorcycles. She worships at the Expedition Church and volunteers in the evenings at the Christian Clinic, a medical facility for those without insurance.
Stacy enjoys listening to country, rock and heavy metal music and puts Melissa Etheridge, Janis Joplin and Aerosmith atop her favorite artists list.
Lastly, don’t forget that Payson’s eight-week summer concert series starts this Saturday night at Green Valley Park. The Terry McFee Orchestra from Phoenix will be presenting ballads, waltzes, big band hits, polkas and ’50s rock ’n’ roll.
Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a great evening of music!
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