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Our Christmas miracle

It came a little early last night, but nonetheless, it was indeed a Christmas miracle. It happened right there on our front porch. We were finishing a quiet dinner of leftovers and preparing to get the kids into bed after a long, napless day. The pho...

The Auto Show 2007

On the last day of November, which happened to be my birthday, I picked Jared up early from school (his class had been on a field trip all day and I didn't think they get much learning done in that last hour) and we hopped on the streetcar to go down...

Changing your oil -- so easy, an eleven-year-old can do it

I'm not good with mechanical things. I mean, I understand the concepts behind the internal combustion engine. I've seen the drawings in the manuals. I get it. Really. But when I pop the hood and look inside the engine compartment, it doesn't look any...

Going to the auto show

Pretty much from the moment we left Moscone center in downtown San Francisco last November, Jared was asking me when we could go back to the auto show. I told him that we would go again next year. Well, once again, it's November and that means it's t...

What do you look for in a family vehicle?

A while back, it seemed like the only thing that mattered about a new car was the number of cupholders it had. You could have made a vehicle that seated ten, got a hundred miles to the gallon, and handled like a Ferrari, but if it didn't have at leas...

Would you buy a commuter car?

The other day, I came across a video for the Vandenbrink Carver (now called the VentureOne) which looked absolutely awesome -- and would make a great commuter car. This weekend, I was at the Vintage Computer Festival, held at the Computer History Mus...

Driver's ed: homeschool or lessons?

Rachel was watching Grand Canyon (a great movie, but difficult to watch) and I came into the room as Kevin Kline was teaching his son to drive. She said to me, "that'll be you, in ten years." Jared will be eligible for his learner's permit in just un...

Product Recall: Cars-themed backpack game pieces

Global Design Concepts Inc., of New York, N.Y., in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is voluntarily recalling the Magnetic Game Pieces sold with their "Cars" Themed Backpacks. There are small magnets inside the game pieces whic...

SUV towed with toddler inside

I'm not even sure where to start with us. First, some lady leaves a toddler alone in an SUV -- not just for a moment, but long enough that a tow truck was called to haul the vehicle away. Then, whoever actually towed the SUV didn't notice that a smal...

6-year-old boy gets hungry, tries to drive himself to Applebees

This story reminds me of something that happened to me as a child. I was playing in my mother's car with my best friend Karen. We were just messing around, not actually trying to go anywhere, when I accidentally hit the gearshift, putting the big blu...

11-year-old leads cops on 100mph car chase

When was the last time you were moving 100 mph in a car? Maybe once, as a teenager, alone on some back country highway? Maybe never? This 11-year-old boy was not only driving at such ridiculous speeds, but was doing so in an attempt to evade the cop...

Riding with parents

The week before last, Jared's teacher sent home a note about two upcoming field trips. She wanted to know which parents were able to go and how many could drive other children. We conferred with some of the other parents and made plans for Jared to r...

High performance driver's ed

When I was a kid, I never drove anywhere. Sweet Pea and I barreled down the road. We flew, zipped, raced, but never just drove. (Unless, maybe, my parents were along for the ride.) I never had any formal ten-tenths training, however, and the things I...

Kids toy store: "do not play with the toys!"

My Mom and I just got back from a chilly fall day at Lonsdale Quay. Nolan and I had to buy a birthday present for his little friend (thanks for all the suggestions) and we thought we'd have some fun too. The farmer's market is open Saturdays, selling...

Buzz and Woody's worst nightmare nearly comes true

For the past six months or so we have had a daily feature of Toy Story or Toy Story 2 at our house. My three year-old, Devon, loves the Toy Story gang and one movie per day enables me to get some work or laundry done. Devon has Woody and Buzz dolls t...

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