Thursday, March 11, 2010

Parades, Rentals, and Recalls

Parades:  The Xterra is ready for the parade in Rochester on Saturday.  New stickers, coat of wax, and touch-up paint.  During the detail job I noticed damage that was not taken care of during the week at the collision shop.  The X is going back.  A brand new BFG AT KO has a couple slices in the side wall.  I am more upset about that than I am about the damage to the rocker panel.  So, those of you in Rochester, New York, feel free to shout out during the parade.  See you there!

Rentals:  I have had several negative experiences with Allstate Insurance.  For this accident I had my company take care of everything and then they will get reimbursed from Allstate.  The one positive thing about Allstate is that they will pay for the cost of a rental that is equal to the damaged X.  Cool.

Recalls:  You're cruising down the road and pass a Toyota car.  Then you pull in front of the Toyota and hang out there.  Why would anyone want to put themselves in front of a vehicle that is recalled for unintentional acceleration? I'm the owner of one of those cars.  So is my husband.  I commute from Rochester to Buffalo.  I do not understand other drivers.

Legal Stuff:
At work today I had to answer a few unique questions for patrons.  I work in a law library in Buffalo.  I have two shifts/weeks at the reference desk.  I love my job.  My most recent post noted the NYCRR.  For historical searches of the NYCRR one has to keep in mind that the publication changed publishers and was reissued in 1994/1995.  During today's quest I reached the road block when the I could not locate the pages that were removed in the 1/1/95 updating process.  That is when my supervisor showed me the set that was replaced at that time.

In Western New York a person can complete a historical research trail of the NYCRR at the Supreme Court Library at Buffalo ( and at the Appellate Division Fourth Department Law Library in Rochester (   The Buffalo collection is filed by date of supplement and the Rochester collection is filed by historical note.

Laptop battery needs power and I need sleep.
Be well.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Xterra is HOME!!

Yes, I know.  I am a dork about my truck.  I get it.  You do not have to tell me this one little fact.  Good news:  I am in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Rochester this Saturday.  My X is one of ten vehicles representing Team Mudnuts 4X4.

Brief entry tonight.   Camry recall appointment in the morning.

Tonight's websites:

Team Mudnuts 4X4, Inc., , is my Rochester area off-road club.  In May there is a 101 event at Whispering Pines. 

New York State Department of State website has information for EVERYONE.  I highly recommend spending some time to surf this site.  
The New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations are posted for public access, at no charge!  Go to to view the contents of the NYCRR.  The NYCRR contains information to all individuals in New York State, including visitors.  This publication contains the administrative rules that govern corrections, the courts, troopers, drivers, social services, etc.  Court forms and highway signs, location of vehicle stickers and bumper height, and other regulations that govern our everyday activities are included.
Please note that there is a disclaimer stating that this is the unofficial version.  The books receive updates six months after the fact.  My colleagues have noted that this version of the NYCRR appears to be more current.  If you need the official and current version call your local law library.

Good night. 

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

2010 Dodge Dakota Pick-up

My Xterra is in the shop, a result of last Thursday's snow and ice.  Meanwhile, I am driving a Dakota truck.  Love the pick-up, hate the driver's compartment/space.  The side of the center consol blocks the gas pedal, the shifter blocks the stereo controls, and (for a truck costing $30K this is not good) there are NO stereo controls on the steering wheel! 

It drives and handles like a car.  The ride is smooth.  I love the lack of blind spots.  By the time I return it to Enterprise (who put the NY Registration sticker in the line of sight) I will be used to the longer-than-my-X wheelbase. 

This has created two questions for me.  1.  Will I consider trading the Corolla for a pick-up (YES!), and 2.  Will I buy a Dakota (NO!  Too uncomfortable for me to drive). 

I will look at Frontiers, Tacomas, and any other small truck with a full size back seat.

You may be wondering why it has taken me so long to create a post.  Several reasons:
1.  DH was deployed in early January.
2.  My son is my focus.
3.  Two recalled vehicles ='s a few trips to the dealership.
4.  One lifted Xterra = many trips to the shop, Advance Auto, Thruway Spring
5.  Icy road and a small collision (no injuries, Xterra was parked) = more trips to auto shops.
6.  Everytime I open the laptop my son wants to go to PBS Kids and play.
7.  Took my boy on our first Mother-son road trip.
           We drove to South Carolina during all the storms on the East Coast.  I managed to avoid the actual storms.  State of Maryland, PLEASE contact the cities of Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse to learn about snow removal during and after the storm!  Unannounced lane closings in a 70mph zone are DANGEROUS!  Virgina, you did a good job on the I95.  Thank you!

Time to start my work day.  I am at the reference desk this morning.

Today's websites are for the military families and families where a member is absent for any reason.

PBS Kids ( is a wonderful resource.  Kids can make stories and e-mail them to an absent family member.  There are several parent resources, too.  Sesame Street has videos about deployment that are meant to be viewed by children and parents.

Military One Source ( is for military personnel and their loved ones.  This is not limited to spouse and children.  Parents of deployed individuals, friends, etc., should surf this website.  It covers everything from TAXES & scholarships for spouses to the adjustments after deployment.