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Driving: Right or Privilege?

People get funny when they get into a car or even think about cars.  Common sense?  Mild manners?  Out the door.  In the USA at least, the moment they touch the wheel, people get irrational and some drivers even get a sense of entitlement, superiority and immortality.  Some even seem to think their anti-social car behavior is protected by a constitutional right.  Last I checked, it wasn’t even loosely guarded by a state law.

And Isn’t It Ironic . . . Don’t You Think?

As I was driving my children to the haircut place Wednesday morning on our city’s equivalent of the German Autobahn, I was pondering reaction times, thinking about how they diminish as we age (actually, I was smugly thinking about how quickly I was able to go from the brake to the gas as the light changed to green to get on the on-ramp to the freeway and we left the others in our wake).  When we’re young, our reaction times are quick and immediate.  As we age, they slowly diminish, but when do we start to notice that they’ve become slower?  When do we *admit* that they’ve become slower?

The next best thing since sliced bread (or top tethers)?

What’s the next step in child restraints?  It’s been a while since we’ve seen true innovations.  Even then, some advancements like LATCH were mandated by the government.  Unfortunately, in the USA, we got a watered down version of the original rigid ISOFIX.  Maybe the next big thing will be mandated by the parents and caregivers who want the safest for their kids!

What would YOU do?

You have a 4 year old who weighs 50 pounds.  Maybe they are a bit too squirmy to sit correctly in a booster.  Maybe you’d rather keep them in a 5-point harness, because your model has side impact protection and an extended weight limit of 50, 65 or even 80 pounds.  The problem is that your auto manufacturer tells you that you can’t use LATCH beyond 40 pounds!

Do You Woot?

Do you Woot?  I turned my dh onto Woot some time ago after my friend Julie (joolsplus3) mentioned what a great site it was.  You can buy all kinds of neat things there.  What makes Woot such a different place?  Because really, Woot isn’t just a web site.  It’s a way of being.