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Monthly Archive:: November 2008

Must…. resist…. please help me!

Hello.  My name is Kecia and I have a serious problem.  I find it nearly impossible to resist a good deal on anything carseat related.  The worst part of this problem is that half of the time I buy things that I don’t actually need.  Sometimes I buy things that I don’t even want!  My friends are no help whatsoever since they tend to be as bad as I am. 

Today is the perfect example.  Britax has a couple of their covers on clearance for $25!  They don’t have anything on sale that I really want or need – so why am I having such a hard time resisting?  Yes, Ashley Floral is my favorite girly MA cover but I don’t have a MA and I don’t have any girls!  I do have a Husky and a Regent but I never really cared for the Sahara cover. So why, why, why do I have  an Ashley Floral and a Sahara cover in my shopping cart???  Help!  Someone talk me down - PLEASE!     

Mandatory Car Seat Checkpoints

I participated in a mandatory car seat checkpoint early Wednesday morning.  The police pick a part of town where they feel there’s a problem with misuse/nonuse of child restraints, set up a road block, and send every vehicle with a car seat into a parking lot where eager child passenger safety technicians wait to tackle the fun stuff.  As much as I enjoy doing what I do, I can’t say I was too eager since we needed to be there before 6:45a (I usually roll out of bed mumbling not-so-nice words at around 7:10a) and I squeaked into the parking lot just before 7a.

Ask Marvin: Marathon Misprice Madness & Giveaway

Marvin missed you all on Monday.  So, today, Marvin answers one of hundreds of questions pouring in about Target’s recent fiasco with mispriced Marathons.

“Hi Marv.  Did you get one of those $42 Britax Marathons?  Please tell us you did and will be giving some away in a contest!  Can you believe Target cancelled my order? I am so p1$&3D! – Signed, Peeved Pamela”

“LOOK OUT!” or Deer Damage isn’t Fun.

Prizm vs Deer On October 30, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety issued a press release stating that collisions with deer and other animals spike in November. Two days later, on November 1, my sister hit a deer with her car. Fortunately, she and her husband were both wearing their seatbelts, and both came through the crash unharmed. (Their Geo Prizm wasn’t so fortunate.)

What can you do to survive an encounter between your vehicle and one of the five North American deer species? Common sense is key.

What do Orange County Choppers and I have in common?

We both reside in Orange County, NY and we both care about the children in our local community!  This past weekend Orange County Choppers hosted a child safety event at their world headquarters in Newburgh.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to work the carseat check portion of the event.  I had no one to watch the kids and the weather was really lousy all day so I didn’t want to take them with me (it was outside).   I was really bummed out about not being there for the check but I still managed to get a light blue OCC “Fan Club” T-shirt in a youth kid size that I’m offering up as a give-away.  I realize this isn’t anywhere near as good as a $43 MA but at least you can count on actually getting this “prize” if you win.  All you have to do is be the first person to guess the right number of CRs that were checked at that event and you win!  One guess per person.       

Note to Marvin’s loyal and devoted fans:  Marvin is taking a much-deserved break today but he promises to be back next week!  ld safety event at the OCC world headquarters in Newburgh