Monthly Archive:: March 2009

Using CPS Resources Effectively

Tomorrow, some local instructors and I will be hosting a 5-CEU Update/Refresher Class for about 40 of our area’s certified CPS Technicians.  We decided to get creative this year and one of the sessions is a comparative exercise in using CPS resources effectively.  We don’t know how it will turn out but our hypothesis is that teams of technicians armed with better resources will make less mistakes and complete tasks in less time than teams of other technicians with little or no resources.  This is how it’s going to work….

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I have to chuckle about the bonus payments.  Financial institutions base compensation for many employees as salary+bonus.  In some cases, the bonus is the major part of their income and maybe even necessary to make a living.  In others, it’s hundreds of thousands or millions on top of an even larger base salary.  Usually, the bonus is arranged well in advance and often based on how profitable the company, employee and/or employee’s division has been.  We’ve been told the AIG bonuses were arranged sometime last year.  You know, last year when AIG was doing so well that it was profitable?  Not.  You know, when the powers that be decided that the executives in the division that took AIG down deserved 218 million bucks for a “job well done”?  LOL. 

Dorel Summit as booster (Part IX – Combo Seat Review Series)

I’ve decided to document how various combination (harness/booster) seats fit my now 4.5-year-old, 42 lb, 43″ tall son in booster mode.  He’s at the size where most parents would be switching from the 5-pt harness to the vehicle’s lap/shoulder belt in booster mode if they had a combination seat with a 40 lb limit on the harness.  In each case I’ll use the same seating position in my van – driver’s side captain’s chair in a 2005 Ford Freestar.     

The IIHS booster study compared the fit of various boosters using the 6-year-old Hybrid lll dummy who weighs 51.6 lbs (23.41 kg) and has a standing height of almost 45″.  I thought it would be even better to show belt fit on a child who was just over the 40 lb weight limit for the 5-pt harness.  I’ve decided to focus exclusively on combination seats because of their popularity.

This week we’ll be looking at the Dorel (Cosco/Safety 1st/Eddie Bauer) Summit as a booster.  This seat has also been sold as the Deluxe High Back Booster.

Guest Review: Garmin nuvi 750 GPS

Look out, folks.  Matt’s back after a long hiatus with a guest review this time.

So my wife told me that I have to write a review of the GPS thing I got for Christmas.  She has been telling me for a couple of months now to write the review, I think since after the day she gave it to me.  I frankly think she only got it so I’d write a review of it.  I’m not really sure how to write a review, so I read the first paragraph of a review by that guy who thinks he’s a fish.  I didn’t have the attention span to read the whole thing, and the guy does think he’s a fish, so maybe this will be way off base.  But here it goes.

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