Monday, September 28, 2009

Almost Here! (an Xterra post)

I just checked the status of my shipment from Shrockworks.  My rear bumper will be delivered TOMORROW!!!  I am extremely excited about this item.  Besides the obvious reasons (new toy, new mod) this bumper is a good thing for me because I can now look into new wheels and tires.  My bumper, click here, has a place for me to store the spare tire.  The current location is not large enough to store a tire larger than my BFG AT KO's.  My new rubber and steel?  BFG Mud Terrain KM2 (Spring '10 purchase).  I was not able to link directly to the BFG page describing the tires.  See the link below, my tire is one of the featured tires.  The rubber will be mounted on a set of Cragar Soft 8's (view here), just like my current set of AT's.  

Tires and mods.  Yes, I am distracted from my studies.  Yes, I need to get to work on my next research project, though this one is not as intensive as my last paper.  Resources will be harder to find and progress will be posted in this blog.  Until then, I hope you enjoy my current distractions.

Today's links:  
B.F. Goodrich,
Summit Racing,

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Brampton, ON & CNTC People

Clubs are wonderful groups.  Road trips are a great way to connect with club members.  Today I am sitting in the dining room of a fellow Canadian Nissan Truck Club (CNTC) member.  My boy is playing with his trains.  Later we are going to another Xterra owner's home to work on my truck.  The articulating shackles need attention.

This visit is giving me a chance to become familiar with some Canadian legal reference sources.  I am aware of one law library in Toronto, Bora Laskin Law Library (  I need an orientation to the Canadian court system, so I googled "Canadian court system" and was led to the Department of Justice's website.

Canada's Court System ( has an easy to read outline.  The links connect the user to understandable information.  The Provincial/Territorial Superior Courts hear divorce cases and cases involving large dollar amounts.  Additional study of this topic will be completed at a later time.  

Ontario court forms are located at
The Ontario Court of Justice's website is

Now I am going to entertain a kitten and a pre-schooler with a flashlight.  Enjoy your day!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Trucks, Cars, and Service Appointments

Or, doing homework at the dealership.  

I spent my early morning sitting in the service department's waiting area doing homework for my Introduction to LIS class.  I enjoyed this setting.  Homework, cars, trucks, coffee, and automotive smells.  For me, this is a pleasant and relaxing way to start the day.  

The reading assignment was about the versatility of the MLS degree.  Librarians and Information Professionals possess a basic skill set that is applicable in most every type of business or industry.  This is not new knowledge, but it is something that I had not previously considered.  

I enjoy working in law libraries.  The patrons rarely ask the same questions, the collection is always surprising, and the technololgies are constantly changing.  Every day is a learning experience and I love to learn.  Some days, after my shift at the Reference Desk, I feel incompetent.  Most days, I feel great.  I found that one piece of information that a patron needed.  That one piece of hard to find information.  Those days are great days.

Now back to my Monday morning.  I was sitting in the Toyota shop waiting for some recall work to be completed on my car.  Meanwhile, I was talking to the service manager at the Nissan shop where my Xterra was being cared for by a wonderful crew of service techs.  He told me I was "double-dipping."  Hmmm.

Last week I wrote a paper regarding professional organizations for law librarians.  The focal point of the paper was the American Association of Law Libraries (  Individuals interested in law librarianship should surf this website, read The Association's mission, and skim some of AALL's publications.

Three additional websites that I discussed:
1. Ohio Library Council,  I used this website for my undergrad research project.  They have an instructive marketing tutorial that is applicable to most libraries.
2.  The Librarian at Law,  I found this blog informative and interesting.
3.  Three Geeks and a Law Blog,  I plan to explore this blog's archives in the near future.  I like the different opinions and the way those differences are presented.

Time to revise my paper and finish my readings.  After I read a bedtime story to my boy, of course!

Be well.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Not Ready for Prime Time

This is blog is under construction.
Material, ramblings, and pictures will be added another day.