A trucker who recently called G. Gordon Liddy's nationwide radio talk show raised the ire of the Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB).
The caller reportedly made ``misleading remarks'' about retreaded truck tires-and that was all TRIB Managing Director Harvey Brodsky had to hear. He called the talk show host's ``800 GG LIDDY'' phone line to set him straight about retreads ``but the phone was not answered,'' Mr. Brodsky wrote in a letter complaining to Mr. Liddy. He then asked for equal time on the air to respond to the trucker's remarks but was told it's the show's policy to not revisit topics that have already been on the air.
All we can advise is, be careful, Harvey-remember, this is the guy who bragged during the Watergate saga that he roasted and ate a rat. And mind you, that was years before that ``Survivor'' TV show crew was forced to eat rodents for ratings. Hey, maybe Liddy would try a ``road gator''-we hear they can be quite tasty with a bit of bar-b-q sauce.
This `n that
This place is a real hole in the ground-Never hesitate to state the obvious, that's the obvious statement we always re-state.
We were driving by the site of an Akron-area McDonald's Corp. restaurant and nary a golden arch was in view. The marquee in front of the (former) fast-food emporium proclaimed: ``Closed for rebuild.'' Apparently it was closed, since the building was gone. All that was left: a greasy-looking dirt pile.
Our lips are sealed-Plato said it: ``Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something.'' And wasn't it Marilyn Monroe who said ``loose lips sink...,'' oh, never mind.
Honk if you love...-``Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits,'' observed Mary Ellen Kelly, ``are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.''
Along the same thoroughfare, comedian George Burns once noted: ``Too bad the only people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair.''
And one more-John Steinbeck put it so succinctly: ``Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts...perhaps the fear of a loss of power.''
Catchy catchphrase-How much business can your business' sign pull in? We don't know, but we do run across some interesting ones from time to time.
Take for instance the marquee on Kurt's Lube Express & Service Center in Rockford, Ill., operated by Chuck Kurt. The sign says: ``If your car hurts call Kurts.''
They're all bad days
The American Society of Safety Engineers recently confirmed one of our worst suspicions: Monday is the riskiest day of the week.
The Web site newsletter of Thomas Regional Industrial Buying Guides said two ASSE researchers who published study results attempted to determine whether workplace injuries and illnesses are distributed evenly across the workweek, or if they tend to occur on a certain day (we could have answered that and saved them a lot of time and money).
After studying reports of workers at a state university from 1991 to 1996, they determined that the number of illnesses and injuries reported on Mondays exceeded those reported on the following days, with the number decreasing throughout the week.
The researchers acknowledged that the data was supplied by employees and supervisors, and noted that past studies have questioned the accuracy of this source. Still-and not suprisingly-they found that the least amount of bad stuff occurred on Fridays (probably because some people tend to play hookey on TGIF, anyway.)
``While some might suggest that the Monday phenomenon could be related to the not uncommon desire to have a three-day weekend, the researchers have stopped short of making any such analysis,'' the newsletter said. The researchers concluded more examination of the issue is necessary, but offered five possibilities for the statistics they discovered:
* After a weekend of inactivity, employees may not be ready to resume heavy physical tasks on Monday (they got that right), so they suffer undue injuries because of increased strain.
* Weekend injuries sustained while employees are engaged in recreational activities may lay the groundwork for further injuries upon their return to work on Monday.
* Weekend injuries become aggravated by the work employees perform on Monday.
* Employees may not have gotten enough sleep over the weekend-with the lack of rest compromising their ability to observe good safety practicies when they get back to work.
* Employees perform more at-risk activities on Mondays than the rest of the week .
You no doubt can see where this is leading. Anyone interested in joining our movement to ban Mondays? While three-day weekends might cure those ``Manic Monday'' blues, that just means Tuesdays then become the Mondays of the work week, and so on. If you follow that line of thinking, doesn't it make more sense, from a safety standpoint, to just take the whole week off?
A common practice of businesses trolling for additional customers is to offer special savings to particular individuals or organizations, such as golden agers, straight-A students, everyone with the name Joe or Bob etc.
We ran across one of the more unusual money-off programs while doing an Internet search for company information on Procare Automotive Service Solutions, the firm that in 1999 acquired the repair shops formerly operated by BP Amoco P.L.C. Several Procare outlets in the Greater Cleveland area, as well as a couple car dealerships, are offering ``Pride Card'' discounts.
The cards are distributed by the Lesbian/Gay Community Service Center of Greater Cleveland and offer the holder, in some cases, ``10 percent off automotive service, $50 maximum.''
She was being toyed with
Jodee Berry, a waitress at the Hooters restaurant in Panama City, Fla., thought she'd hit the jackpot.
She had a real knack for pushing beer sales, and did so well that her name was entered in a drawing among top suds-selling Hooters waitresses from the area. Imagine her excitement when her name was drawn for the prize, which she was led to believe was a Toyota.
Led blindfolded out to the parking lot to get her prize, she expected to find a shiny new car, but instead found a toy Yoda doll-one of the characters from the ``Star Wars'' movies. Not funny, she said. So Ms. Berry got steamed, quit her job and is suing the restaurant owner, Gold Coast Wings Inc., for fraudulent misrepresentation.
May the Force be with her.