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Hanging Up the Keys

On: Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 9:10AM | By: Karen Cook


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Driving is a huge responsibility. You take your life and the lives of your passengers into your own hands. The decisions you make while driving could potentially change the lives of anyone on the road, including those not in vehicles. If you’ve read my other pieces you know I like to approach most subjects with a dose of humor. This topic is serious though and you won’t find much to laugh at. Hopefully you will find some food for thought.


HELLO! How May I Help You?

On: Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 1:39PM | By: Karen Cook


HELLO! How May I Help You? test 1-1

Over the weekend I was shopping at a local big box store and the lines were getting a little long at the check out. This particular merchant had big signs at one time promising to open a new register if the lines had more than a certain number of customers waiting to check out. Those signs didn’t last long. Now there is no more assurance of good old customer service. I asked a cashier at a closed register if she was about to open. I was obviously an annoyance. She snapped at me that someone was going to open this register at some undetermined time. There was no smile, there was no courtesy. I remember a time when it was a feat to avoid tripping over sales clerks who wanted nothing more than to help you with your purchase, almost to the point of obnoxiousness.


Wow: 500+ New & Used Vintage Cars Discovered At Closed Chevy Dealership

On: Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 2:09PM | By: Teddy Field


Wow: 500+ New & Used Vintage Cars Discovered At Closed Chevy Dealership test 1-1

In 1996, Lambrecht Chevrolet closed its doors for the very last time. Owners Ray & Mildred Lambrecht had served the residents of Pierce, Nebraska since 1946, and it was finally time to retire. At one time, this small Midwest dealership was one of Chevrolet's highest-volume stores. Ray would give people his best price right off the bat. If the customer wanted to haggle, he'd tell them, “If you can find a better price on this vehicle, then you should go get it.” He treated people the way he wanted to be treated, and that kept customers came back again and again.

During their 50 years in business, the Lambrecht's put countless Americans on the road, and they amassed a collection of over 500 cars in the process. Like an enormous time capsule, Lambrecht Chevrolet Co. is a glimpse into how our country used to be. And now, all those memories are about to cross the auction block.


What Makes Us Buy?

On: Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 1:51PM | By: Karen Cook


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“Like a Rock”, “Have You Driven a Ford Lately?”, “The Heartbeat of America.”, “What A Luxury Car Should Be.” We all recognize these automobile advertising slogans. They are meant to touch something inside us and make us purchase the product. What touched the first drivers? How did manufacturers tap into consumers desires when cars were fresh on the market? Today we don’t even recognize some of the original manufacturers but the slogans used are a little confusing and makes us wonder what the early car buyers thought was important. Consider the following taglines:


 

Some Things Are Smaller In Texas

On: Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 2:01PM | By: Karen Cook


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We’re all concerned with getting a vehicle that gets good gas mileage. We all know how expensive gas is and car buyers have decided that sometimes size must be sacrificed for fuel efficiency. Auto makers have cut the dimensions of SUVs and trucks in order to attract more conservative customers. How far can you shrink a vehicle and still be street legal? Austin Coulson decided to find out.


I was Jaywalking When It Hit Me

On: Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 12:03PM | By: Karen Cook


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Way back in the 1970s when I was a youngster trying to make sense of the world I heard the term “jaywalking”. This was the decade of “streaking” and I’d also heard the phrase “naked as a jaybird”, so naturally I thought jaywalking was walking around naked. It seemed to be an unwise thing to do in traffic and thus illegal. It all made sense.


The Well-Dressed Motorist

On: Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 4:32PM | By: Karen Cook


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Next time you pull up to a stop light and you have a moment, take a look at what the people around you are wearing. Jeans? A T-shirt? Tank tops? A suit or dress, maybe? When we get into our vehicles today we are dressed for our destination. You can tell by looking who is most likely going where. We have climate control in our cars, thick glass all around us, and we even feel a modicum of privacy inside our mobile boxes.


The Simplification of the Automobile

On: Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 5:11PM | By: Karen Cook


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Why do men make things so complicated? For example, I asked my grown son what makes my car go. He launched into an explanation with words like internal combustion, pistons, torque, and flywheel. I asked my husband the same question and got what he called a “simple explanation” with words like spark plugs and gas fumes.


What Is A Parking Space?

On: Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 4:03PM | By: Karen Cook


What Is A Parking Space? test 1-1

I am a perfectly sound and mobile individual. I am capable of parking anywhere in a parking lot and perambulating to the building without difficulty or assistance. I still try to find a close spot. I’m sure this applies to the majority of drivers in this country. Nobody wants to walk if they don’t have to, especially during a Florida summer.


How Cadillac shaped the car that you drive today

On: Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 12:43PM | By: Teddy Field


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Although GM's flagship luxury brand is still rebuilding its image, the Cadillac name was once a byword for 'quality'. Their cars were cutting-edge, luxurious, and powerful. Everybody from kings to rock stars had a Cadillac in their garage. Then, years of corporate cost-cutting reduced the storied brand to mere 'Premium' status. Now on the upswing, Cadillac is out to show the world that it still knows a thing or two about making luxury cars. Their new Cadillac ATS is often mentioned in the same breath as the BMW 3-Series, and their recent Elmiraj Concept has actually caused people to lust after a Cadillac (that hasn't happened since... Elvis was alive). Cadillac is still very relevant in today's China-crazy car market, and their future is starting to look pretty bright. But let's take a quick look at the company's past, and see just how much they've shaped the cars that we drive today.


Pardon Me, May I Cut In?

On: Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 8:09AM | By: Karen Cook


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If you sit down to a table with a full place setting, do you know which fork to use? How many people have you seen lately with a handkerchief, even when they’ve needed one? When was the last time men stood up when a lady entered the room? Unfortunately, manners are fast becoming something from the past, something our grandparents did, but are not needed in our current society. What a shame!