Things I Learned This Week

*Toyota thinks it has a solution for 2008 Camry!

In an e-mail update I received this week from my dealer, it states that Toyota believes it can solve the problem by attaching a precision cut steel reinforcement bar to the gas pedal of my death trap, I mean car! I like the way they include the phrase, “precision cut” to their press release. Makes you think they have spent hours upon hours working tirelessly to make sure the “fix” is just right! In reality, the fix is just a “shim”! That’s right, a shim! Thought those things were used for doors, windows and the occasional unlevel table! What are the odds that after I get our car repaired, the “precision-cut steel reinforcement bar” will be attached to my gas pedal with duct tape?!

*Newly installed wind turbines in the Twin Cities area aren’t turning!

File this one under, “it sounded like a good idea”! Last fall, 11 “slightly” used turbines were purchased from a company in California. The turbines had been completely refurbished and shipped to the Minnesota for installation. The plan was for these turbines to be up and turning before Christmas. Unfortunately, there’s been a slight snag! One thing that was overlooked was that these turbines came from SUNNY & WARM California! Of course we all know that anyone OR anything that comes from a warm climate has a difficult time making the adjustment to our “northern exposure” and it would seem wind turbines are no exception! Strangely, it seems, the turbine’s hydraulic fluid turns to gel when exposed to our freezing temperatures! Who would have thought? None of the eleven turbines, including the one a couple of miles from our house are turning!

*My art supply store moved!

It’s been a couple of months since I had last visited the store. I stock up on materials I use and I can go quite awhile between trips. I was in need of some new pens that I use for the cartoons, so I headed off to Blick’s Art Supply in nearby Edina. While enroute and getting closer to their old location, I happen to notice their newly opened store, which as it turns out, is much larger, brighter and just nicer. Unfortunately, it seems the pens I use did not make the trip from the old store to the new one. Cartoonists get pretty used to certain pens and I personally don’t like to change. Looks like I’ll need to find a new store that carries my pens or I will be ordering them on-line.

*The Giant panda, “Tai Shan” left the National Zoo in Washington.

As part of an agreement with China, the giant panda was returned there yesterday. Our family was able to see Tai Shan a few years ago while on a trip to Washington DC. My daughter, who loves pandas was very sad to hear the news, but was happy to see that Tai Shan was getting a “first class” trip to China via Fed Ex!

*Today is “National Wear Red Day”.

Just a reminder about the dangers of heart disease from the American Heart Association.

Happy Weekend!