Thursday, February 25, 2010

In Case Of Emergency

The Toyota scare, as well as having a new driver in the family prompted this post.

Yes, like the cartoon suggests, texting while driving could cut your life--as well as some one else's--short. Ditto with drinking and driving. But you already knew that, right?

Drive Defensively

The best advice my mom gave me when I was learning to drive was to drive defensively. Instead of having other drivers watch out for you, keep your own eyes on the road at all times. Watch out for potential problems--deer, objects falling off the back of trucks, a motorist who can't stay in his lane, slower moving traffic up ahead, new drivers on the road. The list is endless. When you are
alert, you can help prevent many accidents from ever taking place.

Accelerator Stuck

I was in my early 20's when the gas pedal stuck on my '73 Ford Mustang.
Learning what to do was never taught in Driver's Ed. Thankfully, regaining my composure helped find a logical solution.

Here's what you do if your car's accelerator gets stuck and the engine is revving and you keep going faster:

* Don't panic

* Floor the breaks and ride them

* Throw the car into neutral

* Pull over to the side of the road

* Turn the car off

You could also just turn your car off and steer your vehicle to the side of the road, but be aware that you will loose power steering. The steering wheel will feel stiff, so you'll need to use some muscle to move off of the road.

Of course you need to be mindful of traffic. If you're on a highway, turning on your safety hazards will alert other drivers that there is something wrong and to beware.

Live Wire

Unfortunately, I've had this happen to me, too.

If you notice an overhead wire on the road, or if one should fall on top of your vehicle while
you are driving:

* Stay inside your car and continue
to drive away from the wire

* If your car's engine stalls out,
stay in your vehicle

* Call 911,
or ask someone else to call them or the local electric company

* Warn other well-meaning people not to
touch the vehicle or the wire

And remember: even a wire that's not dancing or "snaking" around can still be a deadly live wire.

Car Dies

A friend of mine was driving several of us through Pennsylvania on I-80 when the car's engine stopped with no warning. After trying several times to unsuccessfully re-start the car, he coasted us safely over to the side of the highway.

If this should happen to you, try the above, or just pull over to the shoulder of the road and call for help. If you are in the middle of traffic, putting your hazards on will alert other motorists
that you are not going to be going the speed limit.


A car, truck, or van is an extremely dangerous place to be in a tornado.

If a tornado is visible and still off in the distance, you may be able to drive away from it by moving out of its path. Drive at right angles from the position of the tornado's location.

If it's too close, as quickly and as safely as possible, park the car at the side of the road. Get out and seek shelter in a sturdy building.

If you are out in the country and surrounded by fields, run to low ground away from cars, power lines, or trees. Lie flat and face-down. Protect the back of your head and neck with your arms.

Never ever seek shelter under a bridge. Think "wind tunnel".

Fall Into Deep Water

God forbid this should ever happen to anyone, but if your car goes off the road or a bridge and into water:

* If you act quickly, you should either open the door right away before it starts to sink, or open a window and escape. You will only have a few seconds to open the door.

* If you can't do either, make sure the doors are unlocked and the key is still in the ignition.

* Calmly wait until you car is completely submerged and wait for the pressure to be equalized.

* Open the door, and follow the air bubbles up.

The below video demonstrates the acronymn, POGO, which stands for:

Pop seatbelt

Open window


It's always good to know what to do in case of such emergencies. But, above all, remind yourself to stay calm in any situation and you will be able to think things through. --LKR

Monday, February 22, 2010

Greg Gilbertson Air Tapping

Greg was awesome! We saw him last night at CVBC playing for a Hope for Haiti event and had such an enjoyable evening being entertained!!! :-) I would have asked him about this air tap technique, but we left right after the event instead of sticking around to mingle. --LKR

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Arkiyana, Awesome Artist

Having had experience as a student teacher with middle school aged children, I'm always very impressed with young talent. Arkiyana Kramarik is an amazing, self-taught, child prodigy. She does much more than paint and draw! Enjoy! --LKR

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sunday's Song--Love Lifted Me

Love Lifted Me

I was sinking deep in sin,
Far from the peaceful shore.
Very deeply stained within,
Sinking to rise no more.
But the Master of the sea
Heard my despairing cry
From the waters lifted me
Now safe am I.

Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me.
Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me.

All my heart to Him I give,
Ever to Him I'll cling.
In His blessed presence live,
Ever His praises sing.
Love so mighty and so true,
Merits my soul's best song.
Faithful, loving service, too,
To Him belongs.

Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me.
Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me.

Souls in danger look above,
Jesus completely saves.
He will lift you by His love,
Out of the angry waves.
But the Master of the sea,
Billows His will obey.
He your Savior wants to be,
Be saved today.

Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me.
Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me.

Friday, February 12, 2010

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Innovative Feline

I've never, ever, ever seen a kitty drink like this!!! Enjoy!