Jacob Tolliver pounds the piano in an Ohio hardware store

Posted By on August 19, 2014

Don’t you wonder what it must have been like to be picking up a few hardware items in Portsmouth Ohio and hear this coming from a young man and an unfinished piano? Impressive.

Try this for a Honda Odyssey has a power sliding door problem

Posted By on August 19, 2014

Last week my brother asked me to take a look at my dad’s 2001 Honda Odyssey because the power sliding rear doors had both failed. hondaodysseyThe dealer quoted $200 EACH to fix the door and since both had failed we figured it might not hurt to rule out a fuse or relay. I stopped and took a quick look and all was fine in the well marked under the hood fuse box.

I stop for lunch on my way to north east Ohio with this quirky issue on my mind and decided to see if there might be an issue listed on the Internet. Hmm, maybe, so I scribbled down a few notes and transcribe into an email for my brother to try (he would be the next to see my dad)?

  1. With the ignition in the on position, disable the power door switch on dashboard (not sure it needs to be on though?)
  2. Remove fuse that powers the instrument cluster and the one for the power sliding door in order to reset the door and the clock. Fuse box is under the hood in front of the passenger.
  3. Wait 30 seconds while you manually open and close both sliding doors before putting the fuses back in.
  4. Enable the power door switch on the left dashboard.
  5. Try opening the sliding doors.

My brother wrote back: ron_txtbubble

Archived: Author Elmore Leonard has a few writing tips

Posted By on August 17, 2014

Author and writer Elmore Leonard is known for his crime fiction, but elmoreleonardhe started out writing westerns. Leonard has written nearly two dozen novels and most of them are bestsellers (Glitz, Get Shorty, Maximum Bob  and Rum Punch).  Ten of his advice tips when it comes to being both a popular and respectable writer are:

  1. Never open a book with weather.
  2. Avoid prologues.
  3. Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
  4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said”…he admonished gravely.
  5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
  6. Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose."
  7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
  8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
  9. Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
  10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

Technology that helps to avoid hitting a moose in an Elio

Posted By on August 16, 2014

elioad_july2014While we wait for our Elio, it is interesting to watch the social networking buzz and behind the scenes engineering testing that goes into developing a new vehicle … like thinking about “hitting a moose.”

Let’s face it, hitting a moose is not good for any vehicle (or the moose). So, over the years, car makers in cold-weather climates such as Sweden and Finland developed a test that entailed steering hard to the left, then steering hard back to the right to simulate avoiding a large mass – or moose – on the road. In the US we call the European “Moose Test” the Consumer Reports Avoidance Maneuver (CR Maneuver or CRAM). (more…)

What are the chances for an Apple surprise announcement?

Posted By on August 15, 2014

one-more-thingHave you been wondering when the notoriously secretive Apple, known for innovative and culture shaping products, will have the next “one more thing?” We all suspect that TV is ripe for Apple-izing and that trendy wearables are ready for the iWatch, but besides those known in-the-works items, what else is up their sleeves? Will the Apple of “creating something we don’t even know we want yet” return?


Video: Cooking thawed vs frozen steaks

Posted By on August 14, 2014

The things I’m learning later in life. Huh, might have to give this a try?

Highways can only handle so much rain … be careful

Posted By on August 13, 2014


Unbelievable rainfall causing flooding this morning in Long Island NY (photo above – Southern State Parkway near Exit 37 – Belmont Ave) this morning a day after watching the same thing happen in southeastern Michigan yesterday (photos below).

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It is shocking to see these kinds of “highway” photos, but one can only imagine how many basements have been flooded. When I see these photos, I’m reminded that we need to think twice about buying used cars which may not have disclosed flood damage.

As a car guy and a frugalist, it is still better to reside in Ohio

Posted By on August 13, 2014

cnbc_iowa140811As both an automotive enthusiast and budget minded frugalist,” I regularly grumble and complain about the cost of owning a car cars. From insurance and registration each year to the ever rising price of a new car and the fuel pumped into it, there seems to be no end to forking over dollars. Recently both my wife and I renewed our Ohio driver’s licenses and shook our heads at the longish DMV waits, only 4 year issues between renewals (some states are 10 years) and bureaucracy that we are willing put up with year after year. On the plus side, we now have efficient online auto registration and plate renewals and don’t stand in line for registration ever year.

Well I “was” complaining until I heard from my out of state grown children talk about their new states bureaucracy and fees. Hmm, as Ohioans we probably shouldn’t complain as corroborated by CNBC. They posted a 5 cheapest states to own a car list … and Ohio was #2 right behind the least expensive, Iowa.


Books: Looking forward to reading a friend’s first novel

Posted By on August 12, 2014


A long time client and now retired friend, Clyde Witt, is publishing his first novel. He has always written stories in a style appeals to me … although his politics still needs some work (a personal joke).  I’m anxious to pre-ordered a copy of his book to read and review. One of the advantages of working in the printing and publishing business for 30 years is running into great writers who are often go unnoticed.

Lost in the Tallgrass, published by The Write Place


A special Happy Birthday to the person I love the most

Posted By on August 12, 2014

Brenda140802For those of you wondering, I AM talking about my wife Brenda. Happy Birthday.
We don’t generally make a fuss over birthdays like some couples, but we do try to do something thoughtful or go out to a nice restaurant. bluebloods123Don’t tell her, but this year I found the first three seasons of one of her favorite TV shows on Ebay: Blue Bloods DVD set.  I know she’ll enjoy it.

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.