Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Child's Life is Worth More Than $15

$15 is all it costs to equip an automatic transmission with a break transmission shift interlock device or BTSI. This is the device that prevents the car's gears from being shifted unless someone's foot is on the brake.

This is a very real danger that car manufacturers have known about for 30 years. If the key is in the ignition and turned to accessory mode, to turn on a radio, or DVD player, or even just to roll down a window, the gear shift can accidentally be knocked into neutral by a child or adult and roll away.

Sadly last weekend, one of my fellow Cafemom members lost her son when a neighbor got out of her Chevy Suburban and a child shifted the car into neutral. The car rolled down a slightly inclined driveway and pinned the child's brother against the house. We can all say that could never happen to us, but all it took was someone else's lapse in judgement and now a child is dead. One moment when the child's parents had gone inside, thinking their kids were safe because another adult was supposed to be watching them, but wasn't paying attention, and a mother had to watch her son take his last breath, helpless to save him.

For $15 a tragedy could have been prevented. We can't control what every individual does, but we can demand that car manufacturers install these simple safety devices on all cars. Most cars already have such a system, but not all. It's time for us to speak up and ask why not.

Thank you for reading! Please have some respect for the mother who lost her son and keep your negative comments to yourself!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I Am a Working Mom

Want to be in top physical condition? Forget the gym-work at Lowe's.
I work in the paint department at Lowe's. I've never had such big guns in my life. Really, curling barbells every day for 30 minutes would produce a mere fraction of the musculature that I comes from lifting 1 gallon paint cans repeatedly throughout the day.
For lower body exercise there's lifting 5 gallon buckets of paint. There's also climbing ladders, squatting, streching, and running around the floor to assist the myraid of customers that cross my path each day.
Abs, back, shoulders, everything is covered in this intensive full-body workout. Even the mind does sprints with the popourri of daily challenges.
And no fancy workout clothes required here folks. Just throw on an old pair of jeans and a t-shirt, and the fine folks at Lowe's will supply you with a dandy red vest.
Wear study shoes or you'll destroy your feet!

Monday, February 1, 2010