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Pardon Me, May I Cut In?

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

Pardon Me, May I Cut In? test 1-1

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!

Did You See Me?

On: Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 12:54PM | By: Karen Cook

Did You See Me? test 1-1

Here they come again! The dreaded Red Light Cameras. We all hate them. There is huge debate over whether they are strictly legal, who is profiting from them, and whether they are actually making the intersections any safer. Google it. You’ll see tons of controversy. I’m not going to argue for or against. I just have some questions.

Review: 2014 Hyundai Equus

On: Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 2:31PM | By: Jon Summers

Hyundai Equus test 2

Squint back into the eighties, and you might remember the Hyundai Pony, a forgettable little 80s hatchback, but for most North Americans and Europeans their first exposure to the Hyundai brand. Little in the Pony design was new or original; one suspects that even the name was meant to create a subconscious association with Pony cars, or specifically the Mustang—remember how some Ponys had graphics depicting small galloping equine creatures?

Hot Coffee and Common Sense

On: Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 7:16AM | By: Karen Cook

Hot Coffee and Common Sense test 1-1

It all started when a woman spilled hot coffee in her lap, which she had just ordered at a drive thru, and held the restaurant responsible for her burns. We know she didn’t order an iced coffee and we can be reasonably sure from what we know of her that she would have been miffed if the coffee had been cool. I think this was the beginning of the end of personal responsibility. This seems to be a recurring theme with me. It’s important, though.


WARNING! Accident Approaching!

On: Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 5:31PM | By: Karen Cook

WARNING! Accident Approaching! test 1-1

Apparently, there is an old controversy resurfacing over seat belts. Do you wear yours? If not, why not? In Florida it’s the law. It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle unless all passengers in the front seat buckled up. A violation will cost you $30. In addition, all children under 18 must wear a belt regardless of where they are sitting, or be restrained in a car seat. Ignoring this one is worth $60.

Are You Sure We're There?

On: Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 1:00PM | By: Karen Cook

Are You Sure We're There? test 1-1

When we set off for places unknown most of us trust our GPS to get us there. Whether you use Garmin, Google Maps, or some other device, you probably ask technology to at least point you in the right direction. But, as with any technology, it’s not always perfect.


On: Sat, Sep 7, 2013 at 9:56AM | By: Karen Cook


Lawmakers are an odd bunch. If you need proof, just look at some of the laws still on the books from around the country. I’m sure there must have been some reason for all of these at some time, but it’s beyond me to figure out what the need for these laws could have been. Why don’t you take a stab at it?

Grown-ups Playing Dress Up

On: Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 3:29PM | By: Karen Cook

Grown-ups Playing Dress Up test 1-1

Don’t you love seeing those interesting vinyl-wrapped vehicles on the road? They are usually very striking, sometimes amusing, but always eye-catching. You want your car wrapped in bacon? Done! How about camouflage so no one sees you speeding? Gotcha covered! Maybe you want your car to be “green” inside and out. We can do that too! What started out as advertising is becoming more mainstream. We just love personalizing anything and everything in our lives, from our desktops to our cell phones, and now to a full automobile. Humans are really odd creatures when you think about it. Still, anything that helps me find my car in a crowded parking lot is a good thing.

I Checked My Engine. Now What?

On: Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 8:57AM | By: Karen Cook

I Checked My Engine. Now What? test 1-1

It’s happened to most of us. You’re driving along, singing loudly in the best place to sing loudly, and in the middle of the chorus your car chimes in and the check engine light comes on. All singing ceases, the radio goes down. The engine must be listened to, the car must be felt. Is it still running ok? Do I need to pull over? Will I get home? What exactly does that light mean, anyway? It’s a vague sort of warning. It can mean so much, and so little. “Checking” the engine does not make the light go off. Whatever made it come on wants attention. But how bad is it? Most of us don’t have a pile of money set aside for car repairs. Shouldn’t there be a better way?

Editorial on Weavers

On: Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 1:08PM | By: Karen Cook

Editorial on Weavers test 1-1

My father bought his first motorcycle when he was sixteen. He still rides today. I was fascinated, but my mother wouldn’t let me ride with him until I was three. I’ve been riding since then. It’s a wonderful feeling! As long as it’s not raining, too cold, or love bug season. But, yes, it’s a little dangerous. That’s part of its appeal, though.

Toyota Recalls 342,000 Tacoma Trucks

On: Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 11:53AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Toyota Recalls 342,000 Tacoma Trucks test 1-1

Toyota has issued yet another recall. Yup, another one. Although this one isn't nearly as bad as the "Your brakes won't work" recall of a few years ago, but this one is still not to be taken lightly. Toyota is bringing back 342,451 Tacoma Access Cabs built from September 14, 2004 through September 7, 2011—reason being is that when the access doors are opened and closed over and over (a likely occurrence), the bolts that hold the seat belt tensioner to the retractor can loosen. Obviously, if these bolts loosen enough, the pre-tensioner can be rendered useless, thus making the seat belt virtually ineffective.  

Toyota has said it will bring back the affected trucks and inspect them for faults and fix the faulty pieces with some fairly basic remedies—thread lock and a retractor spring cover with stopper ribs in it to keep the bolts from rattling out. No timetable has been set as to when Toyota will begin contacting owners, but owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 with questions or to schedule a fix.