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SAMURAI RIDES: HAPPY NEW YEAR W/ THE 2017 MITSUBISHI LANCER

SAMURAI RIDES: HAPPY NEW YEAR W/ THE 2017 MITSUBISHI LANCER

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Another year is in the books and I’m sure it comes as new surprise that I brought in the new year bouncing with another edition of Samurai Rides. Taking me into the year 2017 was the new Mitsubishi Lancer. It’s been 2 model years since I last got behind the wheel of a Lancer. Previously, Mitsubishi helped me navigate the streets of Miami for Art Basel. Their 2015 Lancer was a solid ride that got me all around the beautiful areas of southern Florida with no issue. Their 2017 model doesn’t stray far from its core designs and functionalities.

Letting the sun in and ready to hit the road.
Letting the sun in and ready to hit the road.

You can go to various auto review sites for specs and industry rankings. When I do Samurai Rides I try to give you real life applications for the cars you drive. That means where did I drive it, how did I feel and what type of people I think would benefit from this car.

In the final days of 2016 I made a few round trip runs home to New York and back to Philadelphia. With a little over 2 hours each way, it’s gives me a good space to get a feel for the ride in terms of on road handling and interior features. The exterior appearance was sharp and clean. The Diamond White finish and the 2-tone 16 inch alloy wheels were a good look. Standard LEDs, Halogen headlights and fog lights set things off nicely.

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I liked the Lancer immediately as soon as I pulled out. It has just enough power under the hood to navigate these often aggressive Northeast highways but not so much that I’m tempted to break any speed records.

You have the option of Sirius XM radio and navigation. Even when I’m making trips along routes I know in my sleep, the real time traffic notifications are always welcome. You’ll be thankful when you avoid getting stuck in an oncoming 30 min traffic backup and can continue smoothly on your way listening to your favorite tunes.

Rockford Fosgate has been the consistent audio sound system of all the Mitsubishi cars I’ve dealt with. This one sounded like it had a little more kick in the bass so that is pleasing to the ear. Again you have your full expected audio options of radio, cd, Bluetooth compatible linking, AUX cord and USB.

Brought Harlem to Philly. Sounds nice in the 2017 Lancer. #DriveMitsubishi #SamuraiRides

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Over recent years I’ve seen the rise of vehicles adding various sensors and on road warning indicators for blind spots, lane shifting and approaching objects. These are all great preemptive safety features. You don’t get those with the Lancer but in all honesty that didn’t take away from my driving experience. I didn’t feel less safe without an additional bell or buzzer going off. The Active Stability Control is solid as it works with the braking system to support tire griping on slick surfaces. Basically you just need to drive and keep your eyes on the road just as we all did for years before. Outside of the extended Summer season the winter holidays can be notorious for bad/dangerous/reckless driving. The Lancer got me home and back without issue. You can check some of the other safety features of the Lancer here.

The Lancer is a nice ride for the everyday person not looking for too much flash. This car isn’t made to remind you of another more luxurious brand. It provides you what you would need to effectively travel the roads at reasonable cost. You can select from 4 model trims that range in price from approx. $17K – $22K.

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I definitely would suggest the Lancer to a friend looking for something affordable for their day-to-day needs. Hop over to the Mitsubishi site and have a good look around. I think you’ll find what you’re looking for. See you soon with another editions of Samurai Rides.

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Internet Xmas – Managing The Holiday Blues

Internet Xmas – Managing The Holiday Blues

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The Christmas season is generally a very happy time for me. It’s a time for family, friends, reflection and appreciation. I’m blessed to have no shortage of people who I love but with that being said there a frustrating element that I’ve battled that past few years.

The Holiday season isn’t about the gifts giving but I do like it as a moment to let my folk know hoe much I appreciate them and all they do for me. I take time to hand select cards that capture my feelings specifically for them. As I’ve worked to build my social media brand there have been financial peaks and valleys. I’ve spoken on these before in the telling of my Social Media Samurai evolution. I was fortunate last year as I had a very well-paying digital campaign bring me on board leading right into Christmas.

This year while my work has continued to progress it wasn’t as big fiscally as the previous year. Nothing reality checks you about where you are in life than not being able to do what you really want for the Holidays. Compounded with various other things in my world it’s a weird feeling for me this year. I was gifted a surprise trip to home to Antigua which was a blessing but back to my everything NY reality is the pressure to make things happen. I have no options. Time is not with me as far as I’m concerned. I need to make these ends match my influence. When my bank account is on par with my clout than maybe I can breathe easy.

I’m not stopping. I don’t know how to give up. Plans are on deck for the new year but still there are moments. Moments when I turn on the Christmas lights and vibe out to classic holiday melodies sending up a prayer that it’s going to work out. Please, I need it to work out…..

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Social Media Samurai Holiday Service Special

Social Media Samurai Holiday Service Special

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It’s Small Business Saturday and that strikes me as no better time to offer my helping hand to the people. I’m blessed to interact with a lot of independent business folk and entrepreneurs. As the new year approaches you need to have your professional plans in order for how you’re going to attack 2016.

As many of you know I’m a social media consultant offering a number of services to improve your digital positioning. For the next  2 1/2 weeks, until Dec 15th I’m offering my two most requested services at a discount.  You see the image above. My 2 hour consultation  has been cut in half and my Social Media Audit is down 33% to $100. It’s the perfect deal to get your online strategy in order.

Check it out and feel free to ask any questions you may have. You can comment here or email me at contact@thesocialmediasamurai.com and don’t forget to subscribe to the news letter. I have a lot coming for you guys.

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Samurai Rides: Holiday Gift Giving With the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Samurai Rides: Holiday Gift Giving With the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

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It’s my favorite time of year and with everything that is going on in this nation the ability to step back and enjoy a little personal time is much appreciated. My recent time behind the wheel of the Hyundai Sonata was pretty impressive and this time around I upgraded in size to try out the Hyundai Sante Fe Sport. I have an affinity for larger cars so this was right up my alley.  Plus the added truck space would be needed as I knocked out my gift buying for those stateside and back in Antigua.

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The Santa Fe Sport handles amazingly well for such a large car and its Driver Selectable Steering Mode affords the options of 3 different steering modes for added preference. As I’ve expressed before the sound system is essential and the Sante Fe comes equipped with the Infinity Logic 7 Surround Sound Audio system.  Not just was there ample power for the music but multiple Aux jacks and Bluetooth connectivity allowed me to pull tunes from a number of sources. With the cold weather officially here the individual seat heating functions were put to great use.

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With my gift list in hand and discount assistance from a friend I made a run to the nearby outlet mall for some seasonal shopping and an opportunity to clear my head for an afternoon.

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Hyundai has provided me some quality on road action. First with their Sonata and now with the Santa Fe Sport. If you’re looking for a quality ride at a nice price this is it.  Balancing affordability with more luxury comforts then you’d expect, this sport would be a nice addition to your life in the new year.

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JBL.Com’s Portable Wireless Speakers Provide A Great Gift To Set Off Your Holiday Gatherings!

JBL.Com’s Portable Wireless Speakers Provide A Great Gift To Set Off Your Holiday Gatherings!

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It’s that time of year again. The Holiday season is upon us and soon we’ll be presented with the decision of what gifts to get and where to get them at. Electronics always sit well for a large majority of people and in this case you’d be well served to tell the recipient of this gift to open it immediately. #GiftingAudio equals giving the perfect gift for the music lover, traveler or host in your life, the Flip 2 portable wireless speakers from JBL.com.

These days the name of the game is mobility. Having the ability to take the party with you is pivotal for a good time. Now you can achieve that ideal social setting with ease via the Flip 2 speaker. How do you accomplish this? Simple. The Flip 2 works off 2 basic functions. Bluetooth and AUX connection. That killer playlist you have on your smart phone can now be easily unleashed on the public. You have a group of friends and family coming over for an evening gathering? You can just charge up for Flip 2 speaker, connect to a media player or sync to your smart phone or tablet via bluetooth. You’ll get 5+ hours of steady play on a fully charged battery so your party will be covered. The quality of the sound will have guests amazed that so much power is coming from such a compact device.

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Of course having the sound system is only part of the game. You need the appropriate tunes for this festive season. I love this time of year and keep a nice collection of Christmas music to fill out a holiday  soundtrack. I’m a sucker for the classics so A Motown Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas and Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas” album are getting heavy JBL.com speaker play.

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The Flip 2 will only add more pleasure to an already enjoyable time. Plus it’s easy to pack away and take along with you anywhere you go. To add to all of that, now is the ideal time to pick one up. From today until Nov 22nd you can get the Flip 2 for an additional $20 off. Your purchase also includes free ground shipping and returns.

After the Jump take a moment to check out some of the specs on the Flip 2 and my hands on experience.

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Then hop over to JBL.com and get yours.

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#HennessyHolidays Gives A Private Preview Of Novelty Winter Drinks

#HennessyHolidays Gives A Private Preview Of Novelty Winter Drinks

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It’s literally the middle of Summer. It’s shirts, tank tops, BBQ’s & Pool Parties. Yet while most of NYC was out enjoying the warmth, the good People at Hennessy were thinking 2 seasons ahead with a private drinking event. The evening’s theme was #HennessyHolidays where a select group of industry guest were offered a series of newly crafted drinks geared towards holiday season entertainment.

Brand Library served as the host venue for the smoothly executed event. While a variety of foods were serve to us, master mixologist Jordan Bushell concocted each drink providing step by step detail and background history into creation of each mix.

Obviously Hennessy V.S serves as the center piece ingredient but one of the best things about the drink menu was the variety of the collection. The highlight of the evening for me was A Long Night In Madrid which actually features egg whites and chocolate. A close second is the Winter Vacation which a hot drink that includes tea. Topping off the holiday vibe of the night was a round of White Elephant. A collection of drinking and home party items were given out and moved among the guests.

Below you can see the ingredients for the signature mixed drinks of the night and a little visual for the creation of  A Long Night In Madrid

OLD WORLD

2 Oz Hennessy V.S  x  .5 Oz Amaro Nonino  x  5 Dashes Orange Bitters

GINGER APPLE

1.5 Oz Hennessy V.S  x  .75 Oz Ginger Liqueur  x  .5 Oz Lemon Juice  x  2 Oz Apple Cider or Apple Juice  x  1 Dash Angostura Bitters  x  Top W/ Soda

WINTER VACATION

1 Oz Hennessy V.S  x  1 Oz Velvet Falernum  x  .25 Oz Fresh Lemon Juice  x  5 Oz Hibiscus Tea (Hot)

A LONG NIGHT IN MADRID

1.5 Oz Hennessy V.S  x  .75 Oz Medeira  x  .25 Oz Grade A Maple Syrup  x  4 Dashes Angostura Bitters  x  1 Egg White

Jason Francis | The Social Media Samurai

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Social Media Samurai: Holiday Consultation Special

Social Media Samurai: Holiday Consultation Special

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Over the years I’ve aided many in getting their businesses on point in regards to online presence via social media. As the inquiries and private conversations have increased I have decided to use this holiday season to discount my services and offer them to the people for the remainder of 2013. I specialize in helping fellow entrepreneurs improve their digital business models.  Make the most of this high volume spending period by engaging your target market like never before.

If you’re looking to increase your utilization of social media, create digital marketing strategies and further promote your business this is the deal for you. Get an initial discounted consultation to discuss your goals. In addition to that you have the option for a promotional blog post via The Social Media Samurai also at a discount.

For more info just send a detailed email to contact@thesocialmediasamurai.com

Jason Francis | The Social Media Samurai