Monthly Archive:: October 2008

Only 70 days until Christmas and even less until the start of Chanukah!

Since it’s the time of year when many of us start to think about the December holidays I thought it would be fun to see what all the good little CPS techs and advocates have on their wish list this year.  Wish for anything you like as long as it actually exists.  It’s not like any of us stand much of a chance of getting all the things we really desire anyway.  

Personally, I’m asking Santa to skip the pajamas, sweaters and scented candles this year and go with an international theme instead.  I’d like a 2009 Audi A8L W12 and a Roemer KidFix booster (that’s the one with rigid LATCH) with the additional grey terry “summer” cover from Germany, a Britax Multi-Tech (in Marcel) from Sweden, a big box of Belgian chocolate, some wine from Tuscany and a new, made-in-the-USA Harvey’s purse!      

Truthfully, I’ll be happy with pajamas, sweaters and scented candles but a girl can dream, right? 

So what’s on your holiday wish list this year?

Evenflo Symphony Review

The Evenflo Symphony is a new 3-in-1 child safety seat–rear facing, front facing, booster (there is also a newer version called the
Symphony 65
). It has an amazing new LATCH system called “SureLATCH”, the same Infinite Slide harness adjustment system that Evenflo introduced with the Triumph Advance, and boasts that it is “Side Impact Tested”, but does it live up to its “all-in-one” hype?

Kids Grow

It’s late at night and even the most die-hard nightowls are probably considering that soft slab of plushness called a bed.  Me too!  But I hear Matt sniffling, rather smarfling, as the kids have given us both raunchy colds and I think I’ll sit here on the couch for a wee bit longer.

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

Best of Show Award

As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, I recently attended a regional CPS conference.  The conference was held in Atlantic City, NJ and was attended by more than 500 CPS Technicians from NHTSA Region 2 which covers NY,NJ, PA, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  Yes, they actually have CPS Techs in PR and the Virgin Islands so keep that in mind if you ever visit one of these places.  If you get really bored at the beaches or hotel pool bar you can always make some phone calls to see if there’s a check event or fitting station nearby that could use some help.  LOL!  

Anyhow, it was only a regional conference but there were still a lot of cool seats there.  The pre-conference update class alone was brimming with high-end seats.  But nothing – and I mean nothing – blew me away like this seat did.  Therefore, my “Best of Show” award goes to…..