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Archive for June 24th, 2007

Mango pitter

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For Father’s Day, I received a mango pitter. I was unfamiliar with the tool, but it works like a charm, and the last couple of mornings I have enjoyed fresh mangoes with no effort.

Written by Leisureguy

24 June 2007 at 1:17 pm

Posted in Daily life, Technology

U-Haul hazards: be VERY suspicious/careful

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The LA Times has a lengthy article on the hazards of U-Haul trailers, based on a year-long investigation. The normal hazards are compounded by bad company practices:

The safest way to tow is with a vehicle that weighs much more than the trailer. A leading trailer expert and U-Haul consultant has likened this principle to “motherhood and apple pie.”

Yet U-Haul allows customers to pull trailers as heavy as or heavier than their own vehicles.

It often allows trailers to stay on the road for months without a thorough safety inspection, in violation of its own policies.

Bad brakes have been a recurring problem with its large trailers. The one Sternberg rented lacked working brakes.

Its small and midsize trailers have no brakes at all, a policy that conflicts with the laws of at least 14 states.

It relaxed a key safety rule as it pushed to increase rentals of one type of trailer, used to haul vehicles, and then failed to enforce even the weakened standard. Customers were killed or maimed in ensuing crashes that might have been avoided.

The company’s approach to mitigating the risks of towing relies heavily on customers, many of them novices, some as young as 18. They are expected to grasp and carry out detailed instructions for loading and towing trailers, and to respond coolly in a crisis.

But many renters never see those instructions — distribution of U-Haul’s user guide is spotty.

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Written by Leisureguy

24 June 2007 at 6:57 am

Posted in Business, Daily life

Thermocules forever!

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Yet another great night’s sleep, and I have now noticed that I never wake up—in the middle of the night or in the morning—all sweaty and hot, nor cold. Always before at least one wake-up—and usually more—would find the collar of my pyjamas wet with sweat, and one leg kicked out of the cover to cool off. But if I threw the covers off completely, I would later wake up cold. The thermocules, bless their little hearts, have put an end to all that.

Written by Leisureguy

24 June 2007 at 6:50 am

Posted in Daily life, Technology

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