A little appetizer
Wouldn't you like to put a little more bounce in your meals?
Just don't try this in West Virginia while driving. The advice of the day: Keep both hands on the wheel-to avoid what could become a life-threatening distraction.
A Morgantown, W. Va., jury determined that a rubber band in a sandwich is not an excuse for a traffic accident. Michelle Lynn Lazzell had sued the owners of a Subway restaurant, claiming she started choking after taking a bite of the fateful sandwich in November 2001. Her husband, who was driving at the time, said he tried to slap her on the back to dislodge the food but, according to the Associated Press (AP), his action ended up sending the vehicle off the road and into a tree.
Following a three-day trial, the jury found that Ms. Lazzell did indeed choke on a rubber band in the sandwich, but the incident didn't cause the accident, the AP said.
This, that & other stuff
He's come far-The July issue of Northwest Tire Talk, the newsletter of the Northwest Tire Dealers Association, showed just how far you can go with a little perseverance and drive.
It did a one-page retrospective, ``Tire tracks from the past,'' featuring a picture of a then-16-year-old Les Schwab leaning on the hood of his first new car 50 years ago, and a more recent photo of the founder of Les Schwab Tire Centers Inc.
Can you guess the first job the man in the ever-present cowboy hat held? Tire Talk reported it was delivering the Oregon Journal. We always knew Les had a nose for news.
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Quotes du jour-During a visit with staff members at AutoWeek, a sister pub of Tire Business, General Motors Corp. global product maven Bob Lutz appeared to be brutally candid about some of the problems the struggling auto maker faces. Here are a few dingers: ``I don't think we have a lot of overcapacity. What we have is under-demand.''
``Today's (Cadillac) CTS interior uses extremely expensive materials. They just wound up not looking that way.''
``We can't keep doing `20-footers'-you know, cars that (only) look good from 20 feet away.''
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Ow, my aching back-The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says that strains and sprains account for 43 percent of the reported incidents of time taken off from work.
That's got to be a pretty prevalent reason in tire and auto service shops, where there's a lot of heavy lifting going on.
Hold 'em or fold 'em?
He's probably a pretty good poker player. At least he's got the bluffing part down.
An item in Automotive News on Delphi Corp.'s new chairman Steve Miller (no, not the rock star ``gangsta of love'') recalled an incident 25 years ago when he was assistant treasurer at the then-teetering-on-bankruptcy Chrysler Corp. According to the 1981 book Going For Broke: The Chrysler Story, penned by Michael Moritz and Barrett Seaman, lenders in New York in March 1980 had been working feverishly to craft a government-guaranteed bailout of the auto maker. A deal, finally reached the night of March 31, was toasted with champagne.
But a somber Mr. Miller shocked the room full of lenders the next morning with an announcement that Chrysler felt it had no chance of survival and would file for bankruptcy. Jaws dropped as fast as pens did.
Seeing the reaction, Mr. Miller added: ``It's April Fool's Day. It's a joke.'' To which a banker remarked, ``It wasn't very damn funny.''
Edited by Sigmund J. Mikolajczyk