Sep 29, 2010

Jason Castro 'Hallelujah'

UPDATED 9.29.10
I had originally blogged about Jason Castro on March 5, 2008- and I posted a link to a youtube video of him singing my favorite song, Hallelujah.   Today I received an email notice that I was breaking copyright law by having that link posted!   Here is the email I received:
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I have no problem fixing mistakes I make, but it is really frustrating that a LINK from someone else that I posted over a year and a half ago would cause a problem!   I have to assume that whoever uploaded it to youtube wasn't allowed to, and I apologize for posting it- although it is annoying, since I posted it as a genuine fan who appreciated the music and the singer.   Whatever, as usual, it's the people who don't TRY or have the INTENTION of making a problem that get stopped and those who do it on purpose who walk away unscathed.

However, I find it slightly invasive and offensive that they added my dinky little post to a database!   I did try to find it on their database, but either they have not posted it yet or I got this in error (doubt it).   Anyway, it is fixed, link is removed.

Original post, minus the link to youtube:
This is my favorite song of all time. Jason does a great version of it and I am now rooting for him to win (and release this as a single).
The last time this song affected me, it was used in a really emotional episode of West Wing... such a powerful song...

Glee - Toxic (cover- Britney Spears)

Britney Spears vs. Rachel Berry (GLEE)

Still haven't had a chance to watch the episode yet so not commenting on this (and I haven't watched this yet either) but leave your thoughts and comments!

Mystery Guitar Man - Bohemian Rhapsody

Mystery Guitar Man has done it again- watch his awesome cover of Bohemian Rhapsody...with the slide :)

Glee - Brittany does Britney (Slave 4 U)

I HAVE NOT WATCHED THE EPISODE YET but I had to post this so I can rewatch it over and over once I do because I know I will love it...

***I will add my thoughts after I watch the entire thing***


Finally had a chance to watch the episode- LOVED MOST OF IT!   This is absolutely my favorite part of the entire episode and I will rewatch it many many times.   Awesome!

Disney Princess Wedding Dresses

I'm not typically a frilly, ruffles, taffeta, lace and silk kind of person, but every once in a while I'll stumble across something fabulous that invokes the pink bows and ribbons girly girl inside of me- this new Disney Princess wedding dress collection has done just that.

Most little girls dream of being princesses and having a fairytale wedding.
But now thanks to Alfred Angelo teaming up with Disney, a princess wedding might not be so far fetched.
The two will soon debut their first ever Disney princess-inspired bridal gown collection, Disney Fairy Tale Weddings by Alfred Angelo.
The gowns are said to be “inspired by the essence, style and personality of seven iconic Disney Princess characters: Ariel, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Snow White and Tiana.”
But down to the important factors — pricing and sizing. The dresses, which will be available in 2011, will come in sizes 0 to 30W and will all cost less than $1,200!
Check out the clip above to view some of the dresses. They're a lot nicer than we imaged.
Then check out after the jump for some detailed information available about each dress.

Ariel inspired dress

Cinderella inspired dress

“The collection includes classic, grand ball gowns in layers of tulle and sparkle net, updated fit and flare styles to highlight curves and movement, and pleated and wrapped bodices to flatter the bride’s figure.
The treasures of the sea inspired Ariel’s gown. The mermaid silhouette features re-embroidered lace, pearl beading, and sequin sparkles.
Sleeping Beauty’s gown is romantic with a dreamy, willowy skirt for this slumbering princess.
Belle’s wedding dress, with a draped waistline is inspired by the iconic ballroom dance scene from the film and focuses on making a grand entrance.
Cinderella’s gown radiates with sparkle as its inspiration is the fairy tale’s enchanted glass slipper.
Jasmine’s wedding dress conveys freedom and individuality and as a result her shimmering soft satin gown is exotic with a bejeweled neckline and low cut back.
Snow White’s dress is inspired by nature, beauty and grace like the Disney Princess character herself
The regal, one-shoulder taffeta gown for our newest princess, Tiana, reflects her independent spirit with an asymmetric bodice and ruched skirt.”

I am feeling partial towards the Belle inspired dress myself- if only I could get my husband into a phenomenal tux in a giant ballroom at a castle with dancing china and silverware and an enormous chandelier...

Sep 22, 2010

Glee - Audition (Season 2, Episode 1)

Hmm.   I loved the opening intro.   Jacob was great and the one part that sticks out specifically was when he asked Mr. Schu what he thought about people commenting on his blog that they hated his rapping and Mr. Schu is caught totally off guard and says 'Seriously?   They hate my rapping' to which Jacob nods.   I feel like Rachel Berry was very acted in this episode.   A lot of close up shots of her eyes/mouth...very aware that she is a character, not really lost in it like I was last season---maybe the bangs are distracting me?

Sunshine- well, she has a wonderful voice and her accent is oddly entrancing.   I feel like she is Tila Tequila's mini me (in a good way I guess).   When she sings 'Telephone' in the bathroom with Rachel (what an odd sentence to type) it was the first time I ever HEARD AUTO TUNING on the show!   It actually annoyed me A LOT- and I liked the performance!   The best was Sue bursting in and shouting 'Shut up!'.

I also like the new guy- blonde kid with (as Puck commented) the biggest mouth I have ever seen.   I don't know his name or anything about him but he can sing- although once tune.   I know, they are singing songs that originally have auto tuning in them- but it feels a lot more fake than the previous season songs somehow.   I was not that impressed with the 'New York' rendition (um, how awkward does Rachel look when she's dancing and pretending not to notice the camera?).

I know, I am bouncing around the episode.   I was sad that there was no Emma.   The new coach- Miss Biest- is kind of interesting, but a little too emotional so far.   I did not mind the whole Mike Chang/Tina thing but did they have to get rid of the other guy? (Sorry, don't remember his name- Mike's dancing buddy) Oh.   Maybe that's why he 'transfered'.  Speaking of which- Cheyenne Jackson.   Ok- first off- I thought Cheyenne was a girl's name?   Wasn't there a girl on MTV who had a show with that name?   He was on 30 Rock (the 'hot' comedian) and I like that he is on the show- but he was wayyyyy to serious- but I did like how he sniped Sunshine from Mr. Schu for Vocal Adrenaline- and even helped her transfer by carrying her pink knapsack for her.

Finn.   I think by making him try out for the Cheerios it was a sort of inside joke (or maybe a 'fans are you paying attention thing) poking fun at the fact that he is clumsy on stage and can't actually dance in a coordinated manner.   Cute.   I liked that the handicap girl was at the table with Sue judging the auditions.  

Sue totally reams Santana for getting a boob job over the summer- did you notice how many ways she was able to describe it in a derogatory way- hilarious!   As a result she made Santana be at the bottom of the human pyramid and demoted her from captain- which she then gave to Quinn who sweet talked her way back on by reminding Sue of all the donations she could raise by showing church groups she rehabbed a teen mother.

Britney was not that noticeable (that's ok- I think she shows up big time next week for the BRITNEY EPISODE- can't wait) but she did have a few good lines.   The one that stands out is 'Stop the violence' when Quinn and Santana come to blows- yeah, serious blows, it was AWESOME!   (Although in reality I think Santana could have kicked her ass).   At one point they are yelling insults and Mr. Schu has stepped in to break it up reminding them that they said they were 'like' family' and Santana yells at Quinn - You HAVE a family!   Britney was also manipulated by Sue to falsely accuse Coach Biest of inappropriate touching- which she admits is a lie- but when she leaves Figgins office she is cradling the 'show me where she touched you' Cheerio doll.

I had a lot of comments as I was watching but wanted to pay attention so have forgotten a lot of them.   I am sure I could write them all up if I tried but I am honestly just excite for next week.   I did not like the last song Rachel sang about love, I didn't like how bossy she was against Finn and how disconnected Artie is when he is not with Tina.   Hopefully the show can retain it's shiny glow from last season.

Welcome back GLEE!

Sam Tsui - Just the Way You Are

Le sigh.   I enjoy his covers so much.   I replay them all the time when I am driving or doing stuff on my laptop...I  like the Billy Joel opener :)

Sep 21, 2010

Kat Graham - Cold Hearted Snake

I am oddly entranced by this song- not the video really.   However, the beat and the sound is kinda catchy somehow...assuredly I will be nodding along to this on one of my long drives...before I looked her up I did not recognize her at all- do you? (Keep reading- I looked her up- yeah, you have totally seen her before).

ohhhhhh, now I know who she is!
The witch chic from Vampire Diaries!   That should have been included somewhere in the video description, would have helped me a lot :)
Here's her bio:
Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Katerina Graham stepped into the entertainment industry at the ripe age of six. From then until she was 14, she could be found in commercials such as Barbie, K-Mart, Pop-Tarts, Old Navy, and Edison, and television shows such as Like Family, Grounded for Life, and Lizzie McGuire. Her first big break came when she replaced a young Christina Milian as the host of the Disney channel's popular series "Movie Surfers".

A diligent student of the arts, Katerina began to further her natural acting talents with vocal training, piano lessons and dance classes. The effort soon paid off. At the age of 15 she was chosen by renowned choreographer Fatima to perform at the BET Awards as a background dancer for Bow-Wow. That experience led to other stints as a background dancer for Missy Elliott, Pharell and choreographers Hi Hat and Michael Rooney.
In addition to being a professional actress and dancer, Katerina also began to pursue a career as a musical artist. One of the first songs she wrote and sung ("Derailed") was featured in a Jean-Claude Van Damn movie. Completing that song inspired her to purchase her own studio equipment and add producer to her list of talents. Although she had no formal production training, she soon mastered the techniques and developed her unique style. "When I first got my equipment I had no one to guide me…I taught myself. I realized there was no other teenage, female producer in the world, so I was forced to look within myself for motivation." she recalls.

A year later she met superstar producer Damon Elliott (Pink, Mya, Destiny's Child) who turned out to be an influential mentor. While the two worked on perfecting Katerina's skills as a musician and producer, she continued to work as an actress, starring on television shows "CSI: Las Vegas", "The OC", "Malcolm In The Middle", "Joan of Arcadia", "Strong Medicine", and "Hannah Montana". She even forayed into music videos, appearing in Akon's "Mr. Lonely", 112's "What If", John Legend's "Used to Love U", B2K's "Why I Love You" and Musiq Soulchild's "Buddy".
At 17, Katerina was selected by the Coca-Cola Company as part of an international campaign to market their soft drink Fanta. While promoting the campaign as a member of the "Fantanas" (as Capri/Strawberry), Katerina simultaneously completed her degree in recording engineering. The daughter of a Liberian father and Russian Jewish mother, Katerina, who speaks four languages, was exposed to different cultures and societies from an early age. She believes this is what has greatly influenced her artistically and personally and fosters her intense motivation to be a success.
"My background is one that is so varied, I've never been one to check for what the next person is doing," she says. "My circumstances and my mind have set me apart and I will never blend in." It is this confidence and tenacity that continues to propel Katerina to the next level.
A true triple threat, she continues to effortlessly float between the disciplines of acting, music and dance: she recently finished a world tour with The Black Eyed Peas; her melodic voice is featured on two songs on Will.I.Am 's latest solo release "Songs About Girls" ("I Got It From My Mama" and "The Donque Song" feat. Snoop Dogg) and she recently wrapped the film "17 Again" which stars Zac Efron and Matthew Perry. Her next projects are the 2008 Hallmark Christmas film "Our First Christmas", the modern day Breakfast Club remake "Bleachers", and is starring as Kel Mitchell's love interest Chaka Lovebell in the film "Chicago Pulaski Jones". The movie will be the directorial debut for comedian Cedric the Entertainer. She can now add dance movie star to her belt as she has been cast as a lead in the new Chris Stokes dance film "Boogie Town." The movie is slated for release in 2009. Katerina is currently staring as Bonnie Bennett on the hit CW tv show "The Vampire Diaries."

Sep 18, 2010

Mystery Guitar Man - Proposal Movie Trailer... SO CUTE!

Not only is this guy talented musically, he is sweet and funny too...

CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT (Sorry, having issues embedding today)

I will fix it later, when I am not tired :)

Sep 16, 2010

Geico - Little Piggy Commercial Part Deux

Ok, we've all seen it and laughed:

Today it occurred to me- if the little piggy cried wee wee wee all the way home but the windows were rolled up so nobody heard him do you really save 15% or more by switching to Geico?

Just a thought :)

David Schmidt - Taylor Swift/Coldplay Mashup

I love when I hear a beautiful piece of can change an entire day, mood or feeling.
Thank you to David Schmidt for sharing his gift with everyone.

Sep 15, 2010

Colbert Report - David Brooks

You know you've made it when Colbert makes a video about you...

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Alpha Dog of the Week - David H. Brooks
Colbert Report Full Episodes2010 ElectionFox News

The Atlantic put out a great article today that sums it all up very nicely...

The trial of the century in the United States--hands down, don't even try to compare it with 
anything else-- began eight months ago in the wind and snow of New York's Long Island. It
 ended suddenly Tuesday morning in late-summer sunshine when federal jurors finally convicted 
David H. Brooks, the former body armor manufacturer and newborn television legend.   What
 made special the longest trial anyone can remember in Central Islip wasn't that it ultimately 
generated guilty verdicts against the former body armor manufacturer on all 17 counts against 
him--corporate fraud, insider trading, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, etc. Federal prosecutors 
clearly had a strong case to present. And U.S. District Judge Joanna Seybert generally allowed
 them to present it over the protestations of defense attorneys.   What made the trial truly unique
 was the chaotic, even devilish way in which it unfolded. Unwieldy, threatening, full of sound and 
fury and  breathtaking moments, Hurrricane Brooks might be the simplest way to describe the 
tumult that took place at the (relatively) new Alphone D'Amato United States Courthouse. At 
times, there  was as much drama and intrigue in the courtroom outside of the presence of jurors 
as there was when jurors were present and receiving evidence. And it's not like jurors were all 
angels, either, or the case on the merits was a yawner.
Too salacious perhaps for The New York Times (which chimed in here in mid-trial), apparently 
too much trouble for the Associated Press, and unrecordable as a federal trial court proceeding, 
the Brooks trial might have been lost to posterity had it not been for veteran Newsday reporter 
Robert Kessler. Fortunately, for history's sake and our own, the brave and dutiful Kessler (he 
was the target of defense motions toward the end of the trial) regularly covered the proceedings-
-the only journalist to do so by anyone's reckoning. His post-verdict piece just drips with 
understatement. Of the Brooks trial, Kesslerwrote

It's not an everyday federal trial in which an FBI agent walks into a courtroom in the middle 
of a trial and seizes the contents of a defendant's wastebasket as part of a still ongoing 
investigation into whether Brooks tampered with the jury. Or in which the defense asserts 
that the payment of company money to prostitutes might be an acceptable technique to motivate 
employees. Or in which a defendant says he is entitled to have his company pay for the grave
 of his mother, camp tuition for his children, a $60,000 sculpture of a Wall Street bull, family
 trips to St. Barts and St. Tropez, or allegedly drains millions of dollars off through a shell 
company to pay for the upkeep of harness stables.
Indeed, no one closely involved in United States v. Brooks et al. will likely ever forget it or fail to 
re-tell its most bizarre moments. There was of course the interesting (but all-too-familiar) crime--
looting a valuable company out of hundreds of millions of dollars which was then lavishly spent. 
There was salacious evidence of corporate funds spent on "brothel tents" at parties and $35,000 
worth of pens and memory-erasure drugs. But the trial itself generated the need for body cavity 
searches. And secret notes subsequently found. And the involvement of Scotland Yard. 
And a juror who had to leave duty to serve time in jail. You could make a decent movie out 
of the crime. Or you could make a solid movie out of the trial. Or you could make a really
 good movie out of both. Just sayin.'
Or you could just write a book filled with the layers of legal analysis that would accompany the 
trial and Tuesday's convictions of Brooks and a co-defendant, Sandra Hatfield (convicted of 14 
of the 16 charges against her), both of whom were alleged to have run their company called 
DHB Industries into the ground. Jurors found unanimously that Brooks defrauded the company 
out of nearly two hundred million dollars, partially as a result of an illegal pump-and-dump 
scheme he hatched and ran with Hatfield. Don't focus as much on how Brooks spent the 
money once he got it, prosecutors told jurors at the end, focus upon how Brooks got the money
 in the first place.
Barring an unexpected reversal on appeal, both defendants are likely going to serve significant
 prison time. Indeed, Brooks likely will spend at least a decade, and probably more, in a federal 
penitentiary. And he still faces more federal charges, including at least one contempt charge 
stemming from his conduct at trial. Both prosecutors and defense attorneys refused to
 comment after the verdict, Kessler reports, and that's probably because they all have gone
 home to see their friends and families for the first time since last winter. And Judge Seybert?
 If she is not reversed on appeal, and she probably won't be, she deserves the judicial 
equivalent of a Purple Heart.
Following the verdicts, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was direct: "This case was 
fundamentally about stealing and lying," said FBI Assistant Director In Charge Janice K. Fedarcyk.
 "To commit the theft and reap the insider trading windfall, and to conceal it all, Brooks and 
Hatfield lied to shareholders, lied to auditors, lied to regulators." The Internal Revenue 
Service was a little more subtle. "DHB shareholders invested their money for the production 
of body armor for the American military and law enforcement, not to finance the lavish lifestyles 
of corporate insiders through their theft and deception," stated IRS Special Agent-in-Charge 
Charles R. Pine. The defendants thus now face fines and, for Brooks especially, massive
 forfeiture actions aimed at recouping some of the money. 
What happens next isn't the only mystery. What just happened still isn't so clear. The case and
 its cast of characters were so unwieldy that they spawned more questions than they answered--
 a rare occurrence in a criminal justice system designed to whittle away half-truths and legends. 
Why did it take jurors 14 days over two months to determine Brooks' guilt after a trial dominated 
by prosecutors and their evidence? What prompted the jury tampering investigation and how 
will it play out now? Why did a juror sent a note to the judge suggesting that he or she was 
fearful for his or her life?
There is one unalterable bit of good news that emerged at trial, however, and it shouldn't be 
overlooked. The looted company, DHB, manufactured body armor for our troops and police.
 But amid the hookers and the booze and the belt buckles and the pens there was no evidence
 introduced at trial suggesting that DHB shirked its duty to provide a safe produce. In fact,
 the testimony revealed, Hatfield was intensely interested in ensuring the quality of the product
 she was selling. You can bet you will hear that story from her attorneys at her upcoming 
And you can bet we haven't head the last of Brooks, the defendant who went up to trial as a 
legendary scoundrel and came down from it a trial legend. 

Sep 14, 2010

Don't Bother with that Oil Change...

My husband has made fun of me for years now because every time a service light comes on in our car I will jump and say it needs to be fixed by the dealership right which he responds that I can just lookup the reset code online and not to waste my time or money.   The only time he agrees with me on this is when I have a a flat tire or if the available mileage in the gas tank reads less than .5 miles :)

Apparently- he is absolutely right!   This article appeared in the NY Times:

The 3,000-Mile Oil Change Is Pretty Much History

I STILL remember learning from my father how to carefully remove a dipstick to check the oil level in our cars. It was drilled into me — along with turning off the lights when you left a room and clearing the plates off the table after dinner — that oil needs to be changed every 3,000 miles or so.
I’m not sure what I thought would happen if I didn’t, but I vaguely imagined an unlubricated engine grinding to a halt.   Childhood habits are hard to undo, and that’s often good. To this day, I hate seeing an empty room with the lights on.   But sometimes, we need to throw aside our parents’ good advice. In March, for example, I wrote about how we should relearn the dishwasher and laundry soap habits we inherited from our mothers.   Add frequent oil-changing to that list.
“There was a time when the 3,000 miles was a good guideline,” said Philip Reed, senior consumer advice editor for the car site “But it’s no longer true for any car bought in the last seven or eight years.”   Oil chemistry and engine technology have improved to the point that most cars can go several thousand more miles before changing the oil, Mr. Reed said. A better average, he said, would be 7,500 between oil changes, and sometimes up to 10,000 miles or more.   The California Integrated Waste Management Board ran public service announcements for several years about “the 3,000-mile myth,” urging drivers to wait longer between oil changes. Although the information is a few years old, the board has a list of cars on its Web site and how often they need oil changes. The concern is not only the cost to drivers, but the environmental impact of throwing away good oil, said Mark Oldfield, a recycling specialist for the agency.
But the situation is not that clear cut, according to Robert Sutherland, a Pennzoil scientist who works at Shell Global Solutions.   Rather than picking a number, Mr. Sutherland said, he recommends following what your owner’s manual advises. I checked the manual for our 2007 Mazda5 and had to determine if my typical driving included a lot of stop-and-go driving, short distances, extended idling, muddy, rough or dusty roads or really humid or cold temperatures.   Hmm. Yes, to short distance and stop and go. So that meant I should get the oil changed every 5,000 miles. If I did a great deal of longer-distance highway driving, it would be every 7,500.   The different types of driving are usually known as severe and mild (which is also sometimes called normal), Mr. Sutherland said, which seems counterintuitive since most of us probably don’t think we drive in severe conditions. But we do.   The reason, he said, is that if you take a trip of less than 10 miles or so, the engine and the oil are not completely warmed up. And if the oil is still cool, he said, it cannot absorb the contaminants that come from internal combustion as efficiently.   “It’s designed to work best when fully warmed up,” Mr. Sutherland said. “If you’re running to the music lesson, to school, the gym, that’s severe driving conditions.”   Mr. Sutherland said he has a mild commute. “It’s 47 miles, all highway.”
What actually happens if you don’t change your oil? Well, it doesn’t run out, it simply gets dirtier and dirtier. It’s like mopping the floor with a bucket of water and detergent. The water starts out clean, but the more you use it, the filthier it gets. Eventually, you’re making the floor dirtier if you don’t change the water.   Some people remain attached to the 3,000-mile oil change and have a hard time trusting the recommendations in the owner’s manual. If you’re one of those skeptics, you can send your engine oil out to be analyzed. Blackstone Laboratories in Fort Wayne, Ind., one of the best-known places for engine oil analysis, will send you a free kit.   You send back an oil sample and for $25, they’ll tell you all sorts of things about your car.   “We would compare what your oil looks like compared to the average Mazda5 of that year,” said Kristen Huff, a vice president at Blackstone. If there is a lot more lead in my oil than in a typical Mazda5, for example, it means I have a bearing problem, she said.   Her lab runs about 150 samples a day and a fair percentage of those are consumers looking to find out how often they need to change their oil, Ms. Huff said.   “Very often, it is the case that they’re changing their oil too often,” she said. “They do what their dad did with his ’55 Chevy.”   
Another way to get a more accurate assessment of your oil needs is to buy a car that has a maintenance minder, like a Honda. A light on the dashboard alerts the driver when the system judges that the oil has only 15 percent of its useful life remaining. The time between oil changes varies depending on the driver and driving conditions.   Honda has used such maintenance minders on most models for at least the last five years, said Chris Martin, a Honda spokesman. Previously, the owner’s manual suggested changes every 10,000 miles in mild conditions and 5,000 miles in severe conditions.   Still, some people stick to the 3,000-mile changes, because “the Jiffy Lubes of the world have done a good job convincing people,” Mr. Martin said
It’s not just the fast oil change outlets. My sticker from my trusted mechanic states that I’ll need a change in 3,000 miles or three months. But Jiffy Lube, the largest quick oil change company in North America, is now under pressure to change its automatic 3,000-mile recommendation.   For about a year, the company has run a pilot program with some franchises across the country suggesting that instead of a blanket recommendation, mechanics tell customers what the manufacturer recommends under mild or severe driving conditions.   “By this time next year, every Jiffy Lube will do it,” said Rick Altizer, president of Jiffy Lube International. And the little sticker on your windshield will no longer simply state when the next oil change should occur, but, “I choose to change my oil” at a specific mileage.   “It’s so it’s not some arbitrary technician saying this,” Mr. Altizer said, but the consumer’s decision.
Mr. Reed of said car owners often got conflicting messages because of an inherent tension: “The car manufacturers want the reputation that it makes cars that last a long time. The dealership wants to see you every three months.”   But he acknowledged that “3,000 miles strikes a deep chord with the consumer,” adding: “It feels good to get an oil change. If you fill up the car with gas, wash it and change the oil, it runs better. Of course, it doesn’t. But it’s the perception.”   Although Mr. Reed is doubtful that most drivers fall into the severe driving category and fears mechanics will use that to push drivers into paying for more oil changes than necessary, Mr. Sutherland said he wouldn’t want “to second-guess the manufacturer.” Vehicles, he said, “are a substantial investment and changing fluids is how you protect that investment.”
So before you go in for your oil change, dig out your owner’s manual and see what it says. And when the mechanic slaps on a sticker that gives the next change date in 3,000 miles, ask questions. And then, go get the car washed. That’s one thing that always seems to be needed.