See Through Tires

I just got this email from my friend in South Carolina. I’m assuming that this is a true announcement, but one never knows these days. Guess I’ll wait to hear more about them, possibly on the evening news.

New Michelin Tires… Absolutely SCARY looking…

Look for ‘em in August. These tires are made in Greenville, South Carolina , USA …


Radical new tire design by Michelin. The next generation of tires. They had a pair at the Philadelphia car show.

philly show

Yes, those are ‘spoke’ like connections to the inner part of the tire from the outside tread ‘wrap!’ The next picture shows how odd it looks in motion…

2nd tire

Makes you wonder how the ride feels doesn’t it?

3rd tire

These tires are airless and are scheduled to be out on the market very soon. The bad news for law enforcement is that spike strips will not work on these.

Just think of the impact on existing technology:

A. no more air valves…

B. no more air compressors at gas stations…

C. no more repair kits…

D. no more flats…

These are actual pictures taken at the South Carolina plant of Michelin.

Blood Clots – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Coming from a family that has suffered, for many generations, from hemophilia I have always tried to donate blood and to encourage as many other people to donate blood as well. The last three places that I have worked at I managed to organize some pretty successful blood drives. The American Red Cross is always happy to drive their Blood Mobile to people that are willing to take their time and donate blood. There always has and always will be a tremendous need for blood.

I think more people know more about the concern of having a blood clot and all of the medicines that are available to thin people’s blood in order to keep from any other blood clots developing. But most people don’t that the hemophiliacs need the Factor #8 that is taken out of a good amount of blood donations because their blood has a hard time clotting. Hence the nickname “Bleeders” has come about, because is your blood won’t clot you will just continue to bleed, which has a devastating effect on people that are “Bleeders”

So every time I donate blood I get a great feeling of satisfaction in knowing that I am truly giving the gift of life to one or more people that need it to survive.

Safety in the Mountains

I love how Facebook has helped me reconnect with so many friends I used to have in the high school days. So many of us lost touch over the years, and I was not able to attend the last official reunion. But now I am finding several people who I liked a lot, and several of them have married or remarried so their last names are different now.

One of my best girlfriends from junior high school just popped up on Facebook and I’m trying to catch up with everything she has been doing. From her profile, it looks like she is married and has an adopted daughter. They’ve moved to Montana and she is working for the county’s agricultural department.

I have always been a little concerned about living in a remote area, but she assured me that an alarm system from home security gives her and Bobby the peace of mind at night while they sleep but also during the day while they are away working their jobs. The alarm system notifies police and her by phone if anything happens, and so far they have not had any issues at all. Funny, but I never realized that some people have to take steps to protect their homes from not only humans who might try to break in, but also from bears.

Of course, when you live that far out in a rural area, cable TV is not an option for hundreds of thousands of people. So to get TV programming, they found to a satellite package to subscribe to  and this works out for them great.

It was so very cool to find her on Facebook – with them in Montana, its not like I would ever run into either one of them in the local grocery store!

Love Me That Fender Flare

You just have to admit that this Fender guitar is a beauty. There is something about that Fender flare that just floats my boat. I have been such a good girl this year, wouldn’t it be great if Santa left this under the tree for me on Christmas morning? Most likely not, but a girl can dream can’t she? I mean I make sure my daughter gets what she wants for Christmas, what about me?

electric guitar by fender

Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar 3-Color Sunburst Maple Neck

Today’s Fashionable Medical Uniforms

I had to take off work early today to take my daughter to her doctor this afternoon. Her dad couldn’t get away from his job and she was running a pretty high fever for 2 days now and with tomorrow being Saturday, her doctor’s office isn’t open on the weekends, I didn’t want to chance her getting any worse and one of us having to take her to the E.R. My kid never gets sick Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8am and 5pm.

Although they (the doctor’s office) have horrible office hours, they are wonderful in many other ways. I like that they are right next to the hospital and the other medical buildings and offices that we end up going to for various specialists and testings. When we end up needing a bit to eat, about the only people you see at the McDonald’s, in that part of town, are wearing medical uniforms and are employed in the huge medical center or one of the surrounding buildings. It’s so nice to finally see that it is OK to wear something other than the same old plain white uniforms for healthcare providers that we all grew up around in our day.

More and more of our medical professionals are sporting medical uniforms in various patterns and a nice and growing variety of colors, which I think is a wonderful idea, one that is well over due. I mean who would want to wear the same old thing, day after day, week after week, month after month and God forbid – year after year! An unthinkable concept.

Anyway, my daughter will be fine in a few days. No antibiotics this time around, which is fine with me. Those horse pills are a pain to try and get her to swallow for 10 days in a row, what a pain. Besides being big in size, the price tag for those puppies aren’t cheap, I can tell you that.