Monthly Archive:: March 2010

Crossing the Line to Vigilantism

I nearly crossed the line to become a neighborhood vigilante this week.  I’m still close.  I’m teetering on that line as I write this, trying to convince myself that a man’s right to privacy outweighs my right to expose him for what he is: a menace to society.  A potential killer at the worst.  A drain on insurance and court costs at the least.  And he lives in my neighborhood.  At least he doesn’t live on my street proper.  If he lived on my street, holy hell would break loose and he would find it very uncomfortable to live here.  What was his offense?  He’s a drunk driver.

Infant Seat Giveaway!

Today’s giveaway is a Safety 1st Onboard 35 Infant Carseat (brown) model #22087DMS.   (Please note: this is NOT the new Air version). Thank you to Dorel Juvenile Group for sponsoring this giveaway and the great people at 360 Public Relations for all their help!  Winner is responsible for shipping charges from Illinois.  Shipping will be via UPS or Fedex from zip code 60540.  Winner may select the level of shipping service and add insurance at their option and cost.  No returns or refunds on shipping will be issued, sorry.  Warranty claims may be made through the manufacturer.

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog with a driving safety tip.  (Don’t have one?  Make up a funny one!)  Now, for the fine print again:

You are not eligible if you have previously won a carseat or sponsor giveaway at CarseatBlog.com (our own giveaways of bags and such don’t count if no sponsor was mentioned).  Blog writers and editors are also not eligible.  Only one entry per household/family, please.  If you leave more than one comment, only the first one will count.  We politely ask that you only enter if you intend to use this infant seat and would also appreciate the favor of a followup comment about the Onboard 35 in reply to this contest blog.  A random winner will be chosen on Friday, March 12, out of the eligible comments left in reply to this blog.

We reserve the right to deem any entry as ineligible for any reason, though this would normally only be done in the case of a violation of the spirit of the rules above.  We also reserve the right to edit/update the rules if necessary.  Payment for shipping charges must be received within 2 weeks of the contest end, paypal or US Postal Service money order are accepted.  Failure to claim the prize or pay for shipping charges within the deadline will result in an alternate winner being chosen.  Good luck!

Please note: Your comment may not appear immediately if it is your first comment at CarseatBlog, if you are using a different computer/device or if you are using a new email address.  It will not be lost; it may just take a few hours for it to be approved.  Thank you for your understanding an patience as this is the only way we have to reduce comment spam.

The Life and Times of This CarseatBlog Blogger

Ack!  What’s that noise?!  Oh, it’s the clock going off again.  My favorite morning crew are jabbering about something inane—they change topics so frequently that my sleep-numb brain can’t keep up and after all, this is the 4th time I’ve hit the snooze button.  Matt hates it when I do that, but he’s long gone.  I think.  I don’t remember.  Perhaps that was the first time I hit snooze.  Gah, guess I’d better get up and make sure the kids are eating breakfast so I can get them out the door to school.

Olympic Installs

Well, the Olympics are done and overall it was a memorable competition. The athletes were phenomenal and awe-inspiring. But you know what? CPS Techs and advocates can be phenomenal and awe-inspiring too. I mean c’mon – those curling “athletes” got nothing on us! Have they ever wrestled with a rear-facing Radian and a locking clip and won? Found a way to fit 3 seats side-by-side in a pre-LATCH Neon? Installed a Century SmartMove rear-facing in a mid 90’s Saturn? I think not.  

So, what are your greatest Olympic-worthy carseat installation moments? You know what I’m talking about – those moments of sweet triumph when all your blood, sweat and tears (not to mention all your mad skills) pay off. Those moments when you smile, pat yourself on the back and think to yourself “Damn, I’m good”.  ;)