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Dumbest Car Guy in the World

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

This picture is real - not doctored in any way - and was taken by a Transportation Supervisor for a company that delivers building materials for a lumber company.  When he saw it in the parking lot of IHOP, he went to buy a camera to take pictures.

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The car is still running, as can be witnessed by the exhaust.  The driver finally came back after the police were called, and was found crouched behind the rear of the car, attempting to cut the twine around the load!  Luckily, the police stopped him and had the load removed .

The materials were loaded at Home Depot.  Their store manager said they made the customer sign a waiver.  While the plywood and 2X4’s are fairly obvious, what you can’t see is the back seat, which contains - are you ready for this? - 10 bags of concrete @ 80 lbs. each.  They estimated the load weight at 3000 lbs.  Both back tires exploded, the wheels bent and the rear shocks were driven through the floorboard.

Think About This:

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Think about this:
1.  Cows
2. The Constitution
3. The Ten Commandments

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 COWS
     Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.

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THE CONSTITUTION
      They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq … Why don’t we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and we’re not using it anymore.

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 THE 10 COMMANDMENTS
The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse or Congress is this –you cannot post ‘Thou Shalt Not Steal’ ‘Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery’ and ‘Thou Shall Not Lie’ in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians …. It creates a hostile work environment.

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Also, think about this … if you don’t want to forward  this for fear of offending someone — YOU ARE PART OF THE  PROBLEM! It is time for America to speak up!

Thanks to Don Shepherd for passing this along!

Stockbroker Information…

Sunday, January 31st, 2010


Called my stock broker this morning and asked him what I should be buying.

 

He said “Canned goods and ammunition.”

MEMORIZE THIS!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

1) Any time you see an E-Mail that says forward this on to ‘10′ of your friends, sign this petition, or you’ll get bad luck, good luck, or whatever, it almost always has an E-Mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and E-Mails of those folks you forward to. The host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get list s of ‘activeE-Mails addresses to use in SPAM E-Mails, or sell to other spammers.


2) Almost all E-Mails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to t he little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards. All it was, and all any of this type of E-Mail is, is a way to get names and ‘cookie’ tracking information for telemarketers and spammers - - to validate active E-Mail accounts for their own profitable purposes.

You can do your friend s and family members a GREAT favor by sending this information to them; you will be providing a service to your friends, and will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam E-Mails in the future!

If you have been sending out (FORWARDING) the above kinds of E-Mail, now you know why you get so much SPAM!

Do yourself a favor and STOP adding your name(s) to those types of listings regardless how inviting they might sound!

You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT in the long run. Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later! Plus, we are helping the spammers get rich! Let’s don’t make it easy for them!

Also: E-Mail petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other organization.
To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address of the person signing the petition.

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/petition/internet.asp

Business Is Great!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010


A landscape gardener ran a business that had been in the family for generations. The staff was happy, and customers loved to visit the store, or to have the staff work on their gardens or make deliveries - anything from bedding plants to ride-on mowers.

For as long as anyone could remember, the current owner and previous generations of owners were extremely positive happy people. Most folk assumed it was because they ran a successful business.

In fact it was the other way around… A tradition in the business was that the owner always wore a big lapel badge, saying Business Is Great!

The business was indeed generally great, although it went through tough times like any other. What never changed however was the owner’s attitude, and the badge saying Business Is Great!

Everyone who saw the badge for the first time invariably asked, “What’s so great about business?” Sometimes people would also comment that their own business was miserable, or even that they personally were miserable or stressed.

Anyhow, the Business Is Great! badge always tended to start a conversation, which typically involved the owner talking about lots of positive aspects of business and work, for example:
• the pleasure of meeting and talking with different people every day
• the reward that comes from helping staff take on new challenges and experiences
• the fun and laughter in a relaxed and healthy work environment
• the fascination in the work itself, and in the other people’s work and businesses
• the great feeling when you finish a job and do it to the best of your capabilities
• the new things you learn every day - even without looking to do so
• and the thought that everyone in business is blessed - because there are many millions of people who would swap their own situation to have the same opportunities of doing a productive meaningful work.

And so the list went on. And no matter how miserable a person was, they’d usually end up feeling a lot happier after just a couple of minutes listening to all this infectious enthusiasm and positivity.

It is impossible to quantify or measure attitude like this, but to one extent or another it’s probably a self-fulfilling prophecy, on which point, if asked about the badge in a quiet moment, the business owner would confide:

“The badge came first. The great business followed.”

Author unknown.

 

Unusual Driving Laws

Sunday, January 10th, 2010


The Weird And Wacky Of Road Laws

By: Craig Howie – AOL Autos

 

Some antiquated state driving laws are flat-out crazy. Got a housecoat? If you’re a woman, it’s illegal to wear one while driving in California. But what about modern rules of the road that seem very unusual and can still result in a hefty fine?

 

We’ve collated some of the more irregular and disputed road laws from around the nation and have included, at the end, some of the more bizarre contributions that have kept our roads the safest in the world. Ahem.

 

Driving too Slowly

In some states, including California, a dawdling motorist can be cited for driving too slowly. Police Officer Pete Kim of the California Highway Patrol says that while it’s not common, you could get a ticket if, “you’re blocking traffic or creating a road hazard on the freeway.” He mentions a couple reasons why someone would drive that slowly. The car could be suffering engine trouble or the driver could be impaired, for example. Both will likely attract the attention of a police officer.

 

Drivers on city or rural roads are not exempt, says Police Officer Kim. He adds, “Just about anywhere, if you’re in the middle of an intersection or on a regular two-lane street and the speed limit is 45 [mph] and you’re doing 10 [mph] for no good reason, you can be cited for impeding traffic.”

 

Slow driving laws are enforced in most states, including Florida, Nevada, Alaska and Hawaii, where tourists can be most at risk from the police scanner. You should also beware of rubbernecking accidents or police lights, which, while non-ticketable in most cases, doesn’t particularly help traffic cops do their jobs.

 

Red-Light Running

Garland, Texas motorist Noel Hillis was ticketed by cameras earlier this month for running a red light. He told local station CBS11 that he crossed the stop line as the light was turning red, but that at his hearing the police officer gave him a different characterization of the stop line. The police officer says the stop line is a lateral line parallel to the curb of the cross street or, “ten feet farther out than where it actually starts.” Texas law states that the violation line is at the stop line before the crosswalk.

 

The editor of road campaign site www.highwayrobbery.net, a businessman and activist who requested anonymity, tells AOL Autos, “The law, as I understand it, is that you’re okay to proceed across the line if you can get any bit of your car ahead of the line. Typically the limit line is the first line you come to if there’s a crosswalk — which are sometimes surprisingly wide — so the crosswalk can end up being 10 to 15 feet from the curbs of the crossing street. Somebody looked at the pictures and realized that cities were using an imaginary line, sometimes that of the curb, that you have to get part of your car over to not get a ticket, an extra 12-foot zone.”

 

The governor of Texas has said he will sign a bill later this year to clear up confusion after scores of motorists’ complaints concerning crossing of violation lines, which is usually a civil offense.

 

Animals and Cars

London couple Yisroel Singer, 26, and his wife Goldie, 25, say they were the victims of a “cultural misunderstanding” after they were arrested and held in New York several years ago. They had left their six-month-old daughter in the car while they went to Green Acres mall. They said nobody in Britain would condemn their actions, but under U.S. law, they faced a sentence of one year for child endangerment if they were found guilty. The case was eventually dropped.

 

Now it’s illegal in many states to leave an animal alone in a car, and with good reason. The Animal Law Coalition points out that, even with the vehicle’s windows left slightly open, an outside temperature of 85 degrees can cause a temperature of 102 degrees inside a vehicle within 10 minutes, and 120 degrees within half of an hour. As dogs breathe differently from humans, their central nervous systems can be overwhelmed in less than 15 minutes from excessive heat.

 

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger last year signed into law Bill SB1806, which bans owners from leaving animals unattended in a motor vehicle “under conditions that endanger the health or well being of an animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal.” First-time violators are fined $100, with a second offense garnering a possible six-month jail term.

 

Also remember, smoking with children of car-seat age in the car will draw you heat in Texas, Vermont, Washington, Arkansas and Louisiana among others. As of yet, there is no law about smoking with pets in the car.

 

Carpool Violations

Several states face the thorny issue of their carpool lanes moving too slowly. Some carpoolers have accused single-occupant hybrid drivers of soft-pedaling to save gas. But from California to the D.C. Beltway, it seems the sheer volume of cars using the carpool lanes has slowed the lanes enough to almost destroy the incentive of car-pooling or owning a hybrid car.

 

California is considering allowing motorists to exit and enter the carpool lane at will, when previously crossing the double yellow was an offense. The state transportation agency has warned against increasing the occupancy of carpool cars from two to three in Los Angeles, like it is in San Francisco.

 

Beware that buying an easily recognizable hybrid such as a Prius now does not mean automatic rights to use the carpool lane, at least in the Golden State. This is something police officers are well aware of given the recent shortage of available hybrid permits. The black market for scarce carpool lane exemptions has put up to a $5,000 premium on sales of used Prius that carry the exemption sticker.

 

The Ridiculous

An assortment of seemingly crazy state driving laws exists and can be found easily across the internet. Most of these examples are sourced from newspapers and come from the site DumbLaws.com, whose editors did not respond to a call for comment.

- In California, no vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
- In Florida, if an elephant, goat or alligator is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.
- In Montana, it is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone.
- In Oregon, a door on a car may not be left open longer than necessary.
- In Tennessee, it is illegal shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.

- Good luck finding a whale in Tennessee!

 

 

http://autos.aol.com/article/unusual-driving-laws

Maintaining a Positive Attitude at Work

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

If you want to become or remain a positive force in the workplace, you need a strategy. Follow the suggestions below to get yourself on the way:

  • Ask three people you consider positive forces how they maintain their attitudes
  • Survey your use of language, and change it when necessary. This includes inner talk and outer talk. Change your negative words and thoughts into positive ones.
  • Surround yourself with as many positive people as possible.
  • Appreciate yourself. Accept yourself for who you are, not who you ought to be.
  • Don’t worry about something that has already happened. If there is a lesson to be learned, learn it and move on.
  • Accept that you are going to make mistakes.
  • For one entire day, commit yourself to using all of your energy to be positive.
  • Realize that how you feel about something is your choice.
  • Take charge of your life, and give yourself credit when you do.

 Adapted from The 6 Success Strategies for Winning at Life, Love & Business by Wolf J. Rinke 

 

What’s Next in Line for Us? September 2009

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

 What is next in line for us…

The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775 - they’ve had 234 years to get it right; it is broke, and even though heavily subsidized, it can’t compete with private sector FedEx and UPS services.

Social Security was established in 1935 - they’ve had 74 years to get it right; it is broke.

Fannie Mae was established in 1938 - they’ve had 71 years to get it right; it is broke. Freddie Mac was established in 1970 - they’ve had 39 years to get it right; it is broke. Together Fannie and Freddie have now led the entire world into the worst economic collapse in 80 years.

The War on Poverty was started in 1964 - they’ve had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our hard earned money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the poor”; it hasn’t worked.

Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965 - they’ve had 44 years to get it right; they are both broke; and now our government dares to mention them as models for all US health care.

AMTRAK was established in 1970 - they’ve had 39 years to get it right; last year they bailed it out as it continues to run at a loss!

This year, a trillion dollars was committed in the massive political payoff called the Stimulus Bill of 2009; it shows NO sign of working; it’s been used to increase the size of governments across America, and raise government salaries while the rest of us suffer from economic hardships. It has yet to create a single new private sector job.

Our national debt projections (approaching $10 trillion) have increased 400% in the last six months.

“Cash for Clunkers” was established in 2009 and went broke in 2009 - - after 80% of the cars purchased turned ouut to be produced by foreign companies, and dealers nationwide are buried under bureaucratic paperwork demanded by a government that is not yet paying them what was promised.

So with a perfect 100% failure rate and a record that proves that each and every “service” shoved down our throats by an over-reaching government turns into disaster, how could any informed American trust our government to run or even set policies for America’s health care system - - 17% of our economy?

Maybe each of us has a personal responsibility to let others in on this brilliant record before 2010, and then help remove from office those who are voting to destroy capitalism and destroy our grandchildren’s future.

Auto Bailout Vs. the Alternative

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Kathleen Chester wrote:

Toronto – We can all debate the merits of a government bailout for the Big Three Automakers until we are blue in the face, but what we sometimes fail to see are the facts that surround that debate. Whether we like it or not, our opinions are largely based on water cooler banter and conflicting news reports from multiple news agencies pushing their agendas and leading us to ignore some of the deeper, true meanings behind the debate. I will ask you to push aside any bias you may have against American made new & used cars and take a look at those facts and try and come to a conclusion based reason and fact.

Fact: We are no longer driving our fathers used cars.

· The big three have made great strides towards producing cleaner, greener and more fuel efficient vehicles in the last 15 years and are continuing to invest in environmental technologies for our new and used cars.

· Used cars that are made in America and Canada, provide hundreds of thousands jobs in the auto trader market today.

Fact: The U.S. congress has the greatest deficit in history.

· They continue to hold the auto maker’s feet over the fire while they bailout companies such as AIG to the tune of 150 billion.

· These are the same companies that are responsible for the worldwide economic crisis and the automakers can’t get 25 billion “Loan”.

· The new and used cars from an auto trader are responsible for millions of dollars being pumped into our economy. Can AIG or any of the others say the same?

Fact: The job tree starts with manufacturing and the Auto Industry

· Every 1 job in the auto industry supports 7.5 more jobs in supporting industries

Fact: The auto industry should be found guilty.

· Guilty of paying decent wages and benefits to its members

· Guilty of employing millions of Canadians and Americans while other companies are outsourcing all their jobs overseas

· Guilty of pumping money into the economy

· Guilty of being the last great patriotic companies left in North America

CNN Headline News did a short news listing regarding Ford and GM’s contributions to the relief and recovery efforts in New York and Washington during the 9/11 crisis. The findings were as follows…..

1. Ford- $10 million to American Red Cross matching employee contributions of the same number plus 10 Excursions to NY Fire Dept. The company also offered ER response team services and office space to displaced government employees.

2. GM- $10 million to American Red Cross matching employee contributions of the same number and a fleet of vans, SUVs’, and trucks.

3. Daimler Chrysler- $10 million to support of the children and victims of the Sept. 11 attack.

4. Harley Davidson motorcycles- $1 million and 30 new motorcycles to the New York Police Dept.

5. Volkswagen- Employees and management created a Sept 11 Foundation, funded initial with $2 million, for the assistance of the children and victims of the WTC.

6. Hyundai- $300,000 to the American Red Cross.

7. Audi- Nothing.

8. BMW- Nothing.

9. Daewoo- Nothing.

10. Fiat- Nothing.

11. Honda- Nothing Despite boasting of second best sales month ever in August 2001.

12. Isuzu- Nothing.

13. Mitsubishi- Nothing.

14. Nissan- Nothing.

15. Porsche- Nothing Press release with condolences via the Porsche website.

16. Subaru- Nothing.

17. Suzuki- Nothing.

18. Toyota-Nothing despite claims of high sales in July and August 2001. Condolences posted on the website

So, next time you’re around the water cooler debating the merits of American and Canadian new and used cars to buy or the Big Three bailout program with your colleagues, please try and remember that home grown business has multiple benefits that aren’t always easy to see from the exterior. The Big Three auto makers are the backbone of our countries fiber and economy and assisting them during these turbulent times will have benefits that will last long after AIG has paid out all its executive bonuses.

Plano Auto Service Provider Warns About GPS Units and Mobile Phones

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

A couple of weeks ago a client came into the shop and told me that someone she knew had their car broken into while they were at a football game.Their car was parked in the stadium parking lot.

Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the windshield.

When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen.

The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house.

The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.

MOBILE PHONE
I never thought of this…….
This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her mobile phone after her handbag was stolen.

Her handbag contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, keys (think about everything that women carry in their purses).

Twenty minutes later when she called her husband, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, he said ‘I got your text asking about our PIN number and I’ve replied a little while ago. How did you forget it?’

When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text ‘hubby’ in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

Moral of the lesson:
Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your Contact list.
Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc….

And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM the request by calling not sending it via a text.

Also, when you’re being text by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don’t reach them, be very careful about going places to meet ‘family and friends’ who text you.

At The Auto Shop, we are always working to help to keep you safe even if it has nothing to do with your car. :-) Safe motoring,

Jerry

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