Monthly Archive:: October 2008

Ask Marvin, #8

Today, Marvin gets an earful on how to write a better, briefer blog.

“Dear Marv, no offense, I like your blog and its sorta funny sometimes and all, but I don’t have time to read a whole dang novel ranting about people on some forum I don’t even visit. Plus, your replies in bold make my eyes bug out of my head. What gives? – Your Best Bud, Bold Belinda.”

The Worst Carseats of 2008


I always chuckle whenever I see a thread (or hear people talking) about which carseats they “hate”.  I find it amusing to read (or hear) which seats techs and advocates dislike and why.   Okay, so maybe a seat is easily outgrown by height or only has a 30 lb rear-facing weight limit.  Or maybe it has straps that tend to be a little twisty or are difficult to adjust.  But hate?  That’s a pretty strong word.  I know I’m probably old-school but I don’t “hate” most of the seats that a lot of other people seem to feel so strongly about. 

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?