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Uncle Marvin Wants YOU!

In Ask Marvin #10, Marvin gave his readers the right to vote for this week’s contest winner.  Today, Marvin has opened his virtual voting booth so that you may decide the winner!  You will need to register to vote!

If you are already registered, please VOTE now!


If you are a registered voter in the United States, Marvin hopes you already voted in the national elections!

Ask Marvin #10

Today, Marvin recycles some content from old blogs with a new twist or two, in response to another real question from a live Blog reader (who gets a rep click for the contribution)!

“Dear Marvin,
I am a 32 year old mom and retired lawyer. My husband just got a promotioned to head of neurosurgery at the hospital and needed a car for his new position. We purchased a BMW M6, with GPS, satellite sound, heated seats, heated mirrors, iris scan security and other safety features. However, the Plunko 510 carseat my cousin’s best friend gave us eight years ago when our oldest son was born does not fit very well in our new car. It still fits great forward-facing in our Mercedes G55 AMG, but we will obviously need a new seat for our 20lb 12-month old in the new car. Can you recommend a seat that will install well in the BMW M6 for our 12-month old? It’s black, with black interior, so we’ll need something that will match…but money is a bit tight right now because we had to buy a new car so I can only afford to spend $50 on a new seat, at most. Perhaps I should look on eBay or Craigslist for an inexpensive used seat instead?

Ask Marvin: Number Nine

Today, Marvin answers another genuine email he received from a real live emailer!

“Heya Marv, how’s it goin’? As a concerned Father, I want to make sure that my child is safe, so I was surprised when this nosey lady in the car seat aisle told me that I can’t use both LATCH and a seatbelt the same time to secure my DS’s car seat. I mean, two are always better than one right? What if the seatbelt were to fail? I saw that sad Kyle Miller video. If the seatbelt were to fail, I’d have the LATCH to back it up, and vice versa. Redundancy and having a back up plan has always been the best way to go. Right? So what’s the big deal? Why can’t I use both LATCH and a seatbelt at the same time to install my DS’s seat?

Ask Marvin, #8

Today, Marvin gets an earful on how to write a better, briefer blog.

“Dear Marv, no offense, I like your blog and its sorta funny sometimes and all, but I don’t have time to read a whole dang novel ranting about people on some forum I don’t even visit. Plus, your replies in bold make my eyes bug out of my head. What gives? – Your Best Bud, Bold Belinda.”

Ask Marvin #7: Reputation Part II

Marvin’s “person” is out of town, so we can talk now! Marvin is so happy that the cat didn’t eat him, he’s decided to respond to a question about the staff!

Dear Marvin,

I read your column last week. I can sure tell you that I WROTE the book on Car-Seat.Org reputation. Your comments were fine for the masses that aspire to move up the reputation ranks, but seriously I’ve been doing all that since before you were born. My concern is the pesky staff. You know, I’m worried they’re going to go after me once they notice I’m getting close to them in reputation! Do you have some tips for that? – Your friend (as far as you know), Meddling Maisy