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Where on Earth is Paw Paw, Michigan?


If you’re a computer geek, you stay up late running raids in an online game, hanging out in chat rooms or seeking out the latest reviews on the hot gadgets.  What about carseat geeks?  Well, okay, we hang out in carseat chat rooms and read all the reviews on kids gear, too.  We also drive hours to meet up at nice restaurants where we discuss the merits of the latest products.

Yesterday, we had just such a mini-conference.  A half dozen moderators and long time members at the Car-Seat.Org forums got together in Paw Paw, Michigan.  While I’m sure the area golfing was great, as the Golf Michigan commercials claim, we chose Paw Paw for another reason.  It’s more or less midway between the western suburbs of Detroit and Chicago.  Oh, and there was a Play Place!

Despite temperatures in the high 90s in the asphalt parking lot plus sweltering humidity, we managed to oogle some recently released products and try a few in vehicles, too.  My wife will be most pleased that I returned with a few less carseats than I brought!  I bet the next get together is near Vegas.

Pardon Our Dust


Many viewers reported being redirected to another website, apparently one hosted by our service provider on the same server as CarseatBlog.  I was notified yesterday that the blog and forums at Car-Seat.Org are in the process of being moved to a new server, as the old one was apparently having some issues.  Though the process should have been invisible, there have been some issues.  I am told the main issue has now been resolved.  Hopefully by tomorrow, June 25th, everything will be back to normal.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  I hope you enjoyed the other website whose lines got crossed with ours.  Whatever it was, perhaps it was more exciting than CarseatBlog;-)

Too Many Car Seats: The View from a Spouse’s Eyes


Sometimes I feel for my dh.  It’s got to be hard for him to always be tripping those size 12s over a booster seat here, a harnessed car seat there.  I try to keep them out of the way, but our house has no storage.  All of my unused and expired seats are in my ds’s walk-in closet (’cause yeah, like he uses it for clothing 😉 ); there are about 6 seats and parts of boosters in there. 

I waited patiently for dh to come home from work the other day and change out of his suit.  I was truly afraid the UPS delivery, in combination with the box I already had, would send him over the edge, but he seemed to handle it well, no?

Unclear on The Concept: The Pickup Line


So what’s a beautiful soccer mom like you doing in a minivan like this?…” 

No, not that kind of pickup line.  My son is attending a morning summer school camp.  Like many kids there, he has attended it for years.  For the last couple years, it’s been held at a local elementary school in a residential neighborhood.   The traffic pattern is not unusual.  There is a dropoff/pickup line stretching down the street leading to a right turn into the pickup zone and parking lot.  The pickup lane is clearly painted on the street with a dividing line, a lane marker and also on signs every 50 feet or so.  There are also conditional “No Parking” signs everywhere, though of course they have times on them that correspond to the elementary school pickup and dropoff times, not the times of the summer camp.  The camp sent a map with the packet of materials, clearly showing the traffic pattern and what not to do.

Some people didn’t look at the map. Fair enough.  Many looked at it, but decided they know better.  Typical.  Others may be attending for the first time and decided they would just figure it out on their own, I guess.  Most, I think, are just completely clueless.