Tom Dwyer Automotive http://tomdwyer.com Portland's Best Auto Repair - Now Servicing 1998+ Vehicles Mon, 08 Dec 2014 22:44:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Tom’s Tidbits- The silver lining http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/toms-tidbits-silver-lining/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/toms-tidbits-silver-lining/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:18:45 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16547 Greetings! As Karl Rove was spinning the 2012 Republican collapse, FOX’s Megyn Kelly famously asked “Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better, or is this real?”  As the Dems try to spin … Continue reading

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As Karl Rove was spinning the 2012 Republican collapse, FOX’s Megyn Kelly famously asked “Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better, or is this real?”  As the Dems try to spin their own humiliating 2014 rout, I have the same question.  Democratic candidates were crushed in races around the country so the Democratic Party has little, if anything, to “feel better” about.  But for non-partisan members of the reality-based community, there is a glimmer of hope.  When given the opportunity to vote on issues through initiatives, people resoundingly voted for rational policies that could really impact their lives for the better.  The question now is will either party use these results to shape policy, or will they just remain focused on serving  their corporate masters?RestOfNewsletter

Look at the schizophrenic election results… disgust with the direction of the country let the Republicans win by saying “I’m not Obama” without any meaningful policies.  Exit polls say more than a third of people who voted for Republican House candidates said they were unhappy with the Republican Congressional leaders, yet they still voted for an even more right-leaning Congress.  Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC legalized pot, and though legalization failed in Florida it still got 57% of the vote.  Alaska’s minimum-wage passed with 69% of the vote AND they legalized pot, but Democratic Senator Mark Begich still lost.  In six states and three cities, minimum wage laws passed.  Arkansas raised the minimum wage with 65% of the vote but elected a senator who’s against it.  Pro-choice Colorado voters elected a senator who supports a “personhood” bill.  A majority of voters say they want a way for immigrants to stay in the country even if they’re here illegally, the opposite of most of the newly elected senators. Two-thirds of voters said the economy favors the wealthy, yet they overwhelmingly elected candidates who back more tax cuts for the 1%, oppose minimum wage increases, and want to repeal ObamaCare.  And the examples go on.FakeRepquote

Why did all these traditionally Democratic issues win while the Dems themselves lost?   Well, the Republicans ran a brutally efficient campaign and there was a little mid-term political voodoo, but the biggest factor was so few of the Democratic candidates actually ran as Democrats.  Despite the sustained popularity and interest surrounding Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, Democratic analysts don’t credit it because they don’t have the courage of their (or anyone else’s) convictions.  Their 2014 loss won’t be blamed on vacuous candidates without the spine to fight for principle; it will be blamed on Democrats being “too liberal”.  Following the Clinton playbook, Democrats will abandon people and principle for the sweet milk of money from corporate teats, and an increasingly disgusted electorate will again be faced with a choice between Republican and Republican Lite.  And the Democrats will wonder, again, why no one likes them.

I care about the issues neither the Democratic or Republican party will risk their corporate masters’ money to support.  While some 2014 midterms were decided by as few as 20% of the electorate, I believe real, stable majorities can be formed around sane environmental policies, fair taxes on wealth and corporations, investment in our own country, solid primary education and affordable college tuition, retirement security, living-wage jobs, accountability for corporate criminals, empowered workers, realistic trade policies, investment in new energy, and a transparent and responsible government that’s not controlled by money.  The silver lining?  As more people realize how attainable these things actually are, they’ll realize the main obstacle has been the pathetic charlatans they’ve been electing.  My hope is that the incongruence of results made obvious by this last election could unmask this fallacious left/right dichotomy, and that one day a political party will actually form around the issues that matter to we, the people.

Take care and make a great day,

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Veterans Day http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/veterans-day-2014/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/veterans-day-2014/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:17:07 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16550 Where in the world are tomorrow’s veterans? Veterans’ Day was Tuesday, the day when we all said “thanks” to the people who have put their lives on the line for our country for 238 years.  Day after day, year after … Continue reading

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Feature-VetDayVeterans’ Day was Tuesday, the day when we all said “thanks” to the people who have put their lives on the line for our country for 238 years.  Day after day, year after year, these men and women do the hard and dangerous work that our country demands of them.  Any of us, left, right, or independent, may have occasional quarrels with the people or polices that put these people in harm’s way, but no one should quarrel with the gratitude they so richly deserve for going there.  In recent years our military has been asked to shoulder a greater burden as our global ambitions have grown.  It can be too easy to say “thanks” and then forget about our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers who are stationed far from home.  To recognize Veterans Day this year, along with our heartfelt thanks, we’d like to remind everyone where today’s soldiers, tomorrows veterans, are serving…RestOfNewsletter

We’ll start, as so much research does these days, with a briefing from Wikipedia:

“The military of the United States is deployed in more than 150 countries around the world, with over 160,000 of its active-duty personnel serving outside the United States and its territories and an additional 110,000 deployed in various contingency operations. US troops are spread across the globe: approximately 68,000 are stationed in Europe; approximately 80,000 in East Asia and the Pacific region; nearly 4,900 in North Africa, the Near East, and South Asia; over 1,750 in the Western Hemisphere; nearly 400 in Sub-Saharan Africa; and less than 100 in states of the former Soviet Union.  Of those in Europe, most of the military personnel are located at installations activated during the Cold War, by which the US government sought to challenge the Soviet Union in the aftermath of World War II.  U.S. personnel are seeing active combat in Afghanistan. Others are deployed as part of several peacekeeping missions, military attachés, or are part of embassy and consulate security.”

Numbers don’t tell the whole story, though, so here are two maps that bring it all home…

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This map from VetFriends.com is absolutely the best available. It’s completely interactive and allows you to see deployments from 1950-2012. You can data for each individual country, along with a graph of our troop levels in each country over time.

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We aren’t usually very confident of data from the Heritage Foundation, but they do have their strengths. This map only covers 1950-2005, but also has additional details and analysis by region.

Even the most detailed description of overall deployment don’t tell the details of the story.  Here are three articles that discuss smaller aspects of the big picture…

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There’s a cost in both blood and treasure to having a worldwide military presence. This report from the Rand Corporation gets into all the bean counting. It’s a big stack of beans.

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As a Democrat, Barack Obama theoretically represents a less militarized alternative to the Republicans. Does his use of the military bear that out?  The Guardian tells the tale.

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Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Middle East get the bulk of the press these days. Here’s a report on 5 of the places our soldiers are stationed that you probably don’t know about.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, as part of our Veterans Day coverage, we’d like to direct you to two other stories and offer a final, sincere, heartfelt “Thank You” to all our soldiers past, present, and future.

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Medic in famous photo dies after PTSD struggle Army Times July 3, 2008... During the first week of the war in Iraq, a Military Times photographer captured the arresting image of Army Spc. Joseph Patrick Dwyer as he raced through a battle zone clutching a tiny Iraqi boy named Ali. The photo was hailed as a portrait of the heart behind the U.S. military machine, and Doc Dwyer’s concerned face graced the pages of newspapers across the country. But rather than going on to enjoy the public affection for his act of heroism, he was consumed by the demons of combat stress he could not exorcise. For the medic who cared for the wounds of his combat buddies as they pushed toward Baghdad, the battle for his own health proved too much to bear…

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Thanks is more than a word, it means keeping promises Tom Dwyer Newsletter, June 1, 2012…  Saying “Thank You” is not enough. We, as a country, have made promises to the men and women of our military and we’ve done a horrible job of keeping those promises. Blue Star Families is a group formed by military spouses to support military families in the challenges of military life. They surveyed their members to find out what their top issues of concern were, and we took a look at how our country is addressing those concerns. It’s not pretty.

 

 

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Measure 91 gives a welcome nod to rationality

Feature-91Pot 2Looking back, many of our Feature articles seem to lean a little toward the depressing side.  We’ve written about police abuse, endless war, corporatocracy, political malfeasance, corruption, and so much more, and these are all obviously important issues.  We could find a lot more to grumble over in the recent mid-term election results, but instead, we’re going to choose to be happy for a change.  Oregon just gave that chance to all of us with the passage of Measure 91, legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use.  It’s the long overdue end of a massively destructive policy, and it gives a glimmer of hope that government can (occasionally) give a nod to rationality…RestOfNewsletter

 How did marijuana become illegal?

The history of marijuana use and prohibition is a symphony of power, ignorance, and corruption, and we aren’t going to attempt to give you a detailed recap here.  (If you are interested, though, there are good histories and timelines here, here, here, here, and hereKnown uses go back before 7000 BC, and marijuana (or hemp) has been used for food, incense, medicine, fabric, rope, paper, cosmetics, fuel, and more.  The first laws concerning marijuana didn’t prohibit it; in fact they required farmers to grow hemp!  Marijuana was effectively made illegal in 1937 with the Marijuana Tax Act, and when the Tax Act was found unconstitutional in 1969, Congress rolled it into 1970’s Controlled Substances Act.  On a Federal level pot remains an illegal Schedule 1 drug (classed with heroin and LSD), but on a state level laws range from states like Oklahoma where you can be get a life sentence for selling a $10 bag to the 23 states (and DC) that have legalized medical marijuana and the four states that have now legalized it for recreational use.  (Pot has been decriminalized in Oregon since 1973, the first state to do so.)CarterDrugs

While no substance is completely safe, marijuana is one of the safest around.  There is no lethal overdose, it is not physically addictive, and it even has mildly beneficial qualities.  Smoking (or eating) marijuana makes you feel relaxed and maybe a little giggly.  When pot was first made illegal it wasn’t because of people actually being hurt or going on drug-fueled killing sprees, it was because of an organized propaganda campaign.  Support for criminalization came from people who were unfamiliar with and scared of marijuana’s effects, from people who were overtly racist against the groups using it, and from industrial interests who would prosper if hemp were made illegal.  As an example, one notable booster was the Dupont Chemical Company, whose recent patent for nylon directly competed with hemp products.  In the south and west, marijuana was linked with an influx of Mexican immigrants.  In the north and east it was linked with jazz music and black people.  This quote from Harry J. Anslinger, one of the driving forces behind marijuana prohibition, sums up the slurs against all the “pot fiends” at the time…

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”

What has been the effect of criminalization?

Regardless of why marijuana was initially made illegal, we’ve lived with the effects ever since.  While prohibition laws did not reduce use, they did increase the costs to our society.  With pot laws falling around the country, it’s easy to forget that there are still people serving life sentences for possession of marijuana.  We could detail the corrupt cops, the clogged courts, the destroyed lives, but the the ACLU has done an excellent job for us.  In their project on Marijuana Law Reform, they have an excellent series of slides called “Marijuana Arrests By The Numbers” detailing just how destructive these laws have become.  We highly encourage you to visit their site, but graphics from their excellent slideshow on the subject are below.  For more detail, they also have information on marijuana reform around the country.

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There are several other sources we’d like to direct you to for in-depth information about marijuana prohibition, its history, its effects, and its future.  The first is NORML, The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.  Since their founding in 1970, NORML has been the premiere advocate for rational pot policies.  The link below will take you to their report on the 60-year prohibition on pot.

As an advocacy group, NORML may well be a little biased.  A more journalistic briefing, yet still fair and in-depth, comes from FRONTLINE and their episode “Busted-  America’s War On Marijuana”.

There are several common misconceptions about marijuana, and the Drug Policy Alliance has put together a page addressing 10 of the most common ones.  Questions include “Does marijuana use have long term cognitive effects?”, “Is marijuana a gateway drug?”, and “Does marijuana impair driving the way alcohol does?”

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If there’s group with the straight dope on pot, it’s NORML. This link takes you to their report on 60 years of marijuana prohibition in the US…

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Our drug war has done a lot of things, but reducing drug use hasn’t been one of them. Frontline reports

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To dispel 10 major myths about marijuana, the Drug Policy Alliance has 10 Facts About Marijuana….

What will be the effects of the new law in Oregon?

The new law has already had some effects as Portland prosecutors begin reviewing their marijuana possession cases.  This Oregonian article goes into much greater detail.   The Marijuana Policy Project has a point-by-point analysis of the Measure 91, but here are some of the high points…

  • Removes penalties for adults 21 and older who possess, use, and grow a limited amount of marijuana.
  • Possession is limited to 8 oz of pot and growing 4 pot plants total for the household. Other limits apply to public possession and gifting.
  • The law creates four types of marijuana businesses-  Producers, Processors, Wholesalers, and Retailers.
  • Possession and home cultivation become legal on July 1, 2015. The OLCC will begin accepting applications for marijuana businesses on January 4, 2016.
  • The OLCC will oversee the marijuana industry
  • Marijuana flowers will be taxed at $35/oz,, leaves at $10/oz., and plants at $5 each, all adjusted for inflation.
  • Taxes go to the Common School Fund, Mental Health Alcoholism and Drug Services, the State Police, and to cities and counties for local law enforcement.

What’s the future of marijuana legalization?

2beja44m97gfss8mu9ne1fniic6a18yw756r991tqbapkukrlipu4wktm8gdm2sx.jpgPeople around the country are grappling with balancing the harms from drugs with the harms from legalizing them.  As the harms becomes clearer, the traditional balance is changing and it’s beginning to tilt toward legalization.  According to Politics Cheat Sheet, we are “on the precipice of more states preparing for coming marijuana legalization initiatives, either derived from state legislators or from citizens themselves through the ballots”.  They say Massachusetts, California, Missouri, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, and Arizona may go green as soon as 2016.

Of course, rational drug policy (or any rational policy) isn’t as simple as legalize or don’t.  Frontline, as part of its marijuana coverage, featured a judge-led “attempt at a rational discussion of the so-called ‘war on drugs’”.

“A group of experts with varying political perspectives (law enforcement, treatment practitioners, elected officials, policy analysts, laboratory and clinical researchers) recently proposed ‘a third way’ to end the drug problem and avoid the current polarization. They hope to spark a rethinking of the country’s approach to drug policy.  They are proposing not legalization and not a ‘war on drugs.’ Rather, 5 policies based on science and evaluated by their results rather than their symbolic value. Here is an outline of their fourteen principles for practical drug policies. The group was organized by the Drug Policy Project of the Federation of American Scientists.”

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What’s wrong with your car?  http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/whats-wrong-car-heres-find-sure/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/whats-wrong-car-heres-find-sure/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:10:09 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16552 Here’s how we find out… for sure. While we were deeply saddened to learn of Tom Magliozzi’s passing, Click and Clack, the Car Talk guys, have done the automotive world a bit of a disservice.  They’ve led people to believe … Continue reading

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Here’s how we find out… for sure.

Feature-KnowYourCarWhile we were deeply saddened to learn of Tom Magliozzi’s passing, Click and Clack, the Car Talk guys, have done the automotive world a bit of a disservice.  They’ve led people to believe complex automotive problems can be accurately diagnosed in 4 minutes from a vague description and some mimicked noises.  Throw in a couple wisecracks and the vehicle is all but repaired!  While this sometimes works on a radio show, the real world is much different.  The cause of some automotive problems is indeed obvious and the diagnosis straightforward, but other problems are complex, may only appear intermittently or under certain conditions, or may be caused by multiple interacting systems.  It’s correspondingly harder to track these issues down.  When we start looking for the cause of your vehicle’s glitches we start with the least invasive, least expensive methods first and move on to the more invasive and time consuming techniques only when necessary (and always, only with your approval).  Here’s a look at some of our inspection and diagnostic methods so you’ll be prepared when it’s time to follow this path with your own vehicle…RestOfNewsletter

Before there’s a problem… inspect and monitor

Before ever starting down the diagnostic path, it makes sense to monitor your vehicle and prevent as many failures as possible.  Whenever possible, we assign your vehicle to the same ASE-Certified Technician so we have someone familiar with the vehicle’s history, performance, and quirks.  Many of our clients don’t know we perform a 40-point inspection and double-check of our work after every vehicle service.  Combined with the Technician’s notes and evaluations this gives us an on-going overview your vehicle’s condition, so if it begins to develop problems we may have a clue to where they’re starting.

If your vehicle hasn’t been in for service lately, isn’t having a specific problem, and you just want to have it generally checked out, we offer a FREE Basic 90-point Inspection.  (This is would be considered an “in-depth or “multipoint” inspection by many other shops).  Our ASE-Certified Technicians check all the major systems of your vehicle that are accessible without taking things apart or using technical tools.  It’s a good way to catch issues like active leaks or worn or broken parts before they fail, but it’s far from an exhaustive inspection or a diagnosis of any but the grossest problems.

Our Comprehensive Inspection (also called our “130-point Inspection”, “Inspection-For-Repair”, or “IFR”) is our more thorough inspection.   It’s a look at major systems on your vehicle, covering details like fluid pH, ignition components, filters, fluids, brake pad thickness, and much more.  Your vehicle will be assigned to an ASE-Certified Technician who will evaluate the following areas…

Road Test- 28 points
Tires- 6 points
Fluids- 18 points
Brakes/Axle- 14 points
Chassis Inspection- 12 points
Under-hood Inspection- 33 points
Battery/Starting/Charging- 12 points
Miscellaneous- 7 points

SecretIFRWhen we’re done, we compile a comprehensive list and prioritize all repair and maintenance recommendations so you’ll have a precise mechanical picture of your vehicle and can make informed choices based on your ACTUAL VEHICLE NEEDS.  We recommend this inspection to all our New Clients to establish a baseline for their vehicle, but we also recommend it be repeated yearly to catch developing problems before they become serious and expensive.

When something goes wrong… diagnose, prescribe, and repair

The diagnostic process begins when a client has a specific issue that’s troubling them.  Again, the obvious problems aren’t too difficult to diagnose or prescribe repairs for… if flames are coming from your alternator then it’s a pretty good bet that replacing it will help.  But that may not be the end of the story.  What made the alternator go bad?  Was it faulty itself, or did some other system cause it to fail?  Will the new alternator be compromised by a fault in another system?  As you can see, even the obvious problems can have non-obvious aspects, and a good diagnosis will address all these points.EasyProbs

One situation likely to require real diagnostic expertise is when the vehicle develops a problem but is still drivable.  An unusual sound, a new grinding, a sudden loss of performance, all could be serious problems without obvious solutions.  The more information you can give us the easier it can be to find the source of your problem, but it may still require some time to specifically identify.  This is where our Technician’s years of experience and our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment come into play.  We track down the exact cause of your problem so we can propose an exact solution.  We never “throw parts” at a problem; making repairs without a specific diagnosis in the hope that we fix it.  That’s expensive for you and inefficient for us.  Our process is always diagnose, prescribe, repair.

Another common diagnostic scenario is the dreaded “check engine light”.  This innocuous little light can result in anything from a loose gas cap to a serious malfunction.  You probably know that we can “pull the codes” for the light, but there is a world of difference between knowing the fault code and knowing the cause of or solution to the problem. Your vehicle’s computer can store fault codes, and most codes can be caused by a single failure or a combinations of failures.  The fault codes will give our techs clues, but we’ll still need to establish the actual cause of the problem.  We’ll pull fault codes for free if requested, but we can’t move from this information to professional guaranteed repair without diagnosis and repair verification.

The hardest diagnostic tasks come from problems where there are no fault codes, or where the symptoms may be mild or intermittent. These complaints can challenge even the best tools and technicians! Difficult problems on late model computer-controlled vehicles often require more time for diagnostic procedures than the actual repair time needed to correct them.  For example, we might invest hours testing vehicle systems to ultimately find that corrosion in some buried wiring connector is creating a malfunction, in order to spend just a few minutes cleaning the guilty connector to resolve the problem.  Tracking down these problems can be time-consuming and difficult, but accurate diagnosis of your vehicle’s troubles is imperative to provide precise estimates and economical, targeted, lasting repairs.

Why do you charge for diagnostic time?

We spend roughly 20% of our total available time on some form of diagnostic evaluation, and the expense of proprietary equipment and experienced personnel represents major overhead.  Aside from the labor costs of experienced ASE Certified Technicians, diagnostic equipment and data access are costly.  There is a world of difference between a code reader and a manufacturer-specific diagnostic scanner that can access and record multiple live data streams! Even a good generic diagnostic scanner is expensive, but the manufacturer-specific diagnostic tools we require are $3000 to $9000 each and require thousands of dollars in yearly updates.  The software and databases we must subscribe to for each make of vehicle we service are correspondingly expensive.

Like many shops, we could choose not to do technical work. We could just take profit from basic repairs and maintenance services, and then when presented a real problem say “Oh sorry we can’t do that” and send clients to seek help elsewhere.  Or, worse yet, we could hire unqualified techs to stumble around and guess at causes, and then replace parts to find out if they’re right- all at our client’s expense.  We could just to do the high-profit easy stuff, but that’s not why people use our service.

The time has passed when someone with basic knowledge and a few tools can properly diagnose or repair your vehicle.  Today’s technical problems require the attention of highly trained and experienced personnel, along with the use of proprietary equipment and data resources. Maintaining this ability to accurately diagnose technical problems is expensive.   We understand it is frustrating to hear that we need to charge for time just to determine the cause and correction for your vehicle’s problem before we can even give an accurate estimate for repair.  But, not billing for diagnostic time would quickly force us to change our professional methods.  We prefer to stay well-equipped, well-staffed, and ready to solve your most difficult automotive problems.  Honest and accurate billing for our most valuable product- our expertise- is the only way to keep providing the service you’ve come to expect.

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Drew’s Kitchen- Pasta with smoked salmon   http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/drews-kitchen-pasta-smoked-salmon/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/drews-kitchen-pasta-smoked-salmon/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:09:25 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16553 Thanksgiving, our national celebration of gluttony, is just a few weeks away.  What are you going to bring to the family potluck?  Mashed potatoes?  Jello salad?  Nut mix?  C’mon, you’re an Oregonian… bring salmon!  Drew’s recipe this month makes sure … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving, our national celebration of gluttony, is just a few weeks away.  What are you going to bring to the family potluck?  Mashed potatoes?  Jello salad?  Nut mix?  C’mon, you’re an Oregonian… bring salmon!  Drew’s recipe this month makes sure your salmon will be the dish everyone’s requesting next year…

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  • 10 oz smoked salmon
  • ¾ of 1 cucumber
  • 1 small bunch dill
  • 1 2/3 cups crème fraiche
  • 12 oz fresh tagliatelle
  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 2 tbsp prepared horseradish
  • Salt and black pepper

Preparation:

  • Cut the salmon in long thin strips; set aside
  • Peel the cucumber, leaving alternating strips of skin on it (running lengthwise) as a garnish; slice cucumber into thin rounds
  • Remove the dill from the stems; reserve
  • Place the crème fraiche in a heavy saucepan over medium heat.  Heat until reduced by one-third; set aside
  • Cook the pasta with the oil until al dente and drain; mix with crème fraiche and season with salt, pepper, horseradish, and dill
  • Mix in the cucumber and stir; correct seasoning and allow mixture to warm over a low flame for 2 to 3 minutes
  • Remove from heat; add salmon and mix
  • Serves 6 as a rich first course, or serve with salad as a light supper dish
  • 10 minutes preparation time, 5 minutes cooking time

 

 

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Shop Talk- Save up to $200 with Automotive Amnesty! http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/shop-talk-automotive-amnesty-time-holidays/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/shop-talk-automotive-amnesty-time-holidays/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:08:49 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16554 The bridge will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Nov 19-21, 2014.  Even with the closures traffic isn’t very bad as folks take the Ross Island, Morrison, or Oregon City bridges to get to us.   Still, we want to … Continue reading

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The bridge will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Nov 19-21, 2014.  Even with the closures traffic isn’t very bad as folks take the Ross Island, Morrison, or Oregon City bridges to get to us.   Still, we want to give you a special boost to come in during the inconvenience.  If you’ve had repair recommendations on file with us that you know you should take care of, then clear them up during Automotive Amnesty…

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It’s just that simple.  Don’t put off repairs critical to your convenience and safety…  come in now!RestOfNewsletter

Our Referral Reward program…

Congratulations to our first Referral Reward $200 quarterly spotlight… Artichoke Music 3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland 503-232-8845 www.artichokemusic.org …and thank you to Kimberly D. for introducing them to all of us!

Our Referral Reward program continues to be popular with our clients-  8 more groups received checks this month, including our ninth check to the Oregon Humane Society! Before we give you the running total, we have to correct a small bookkeeping error-   Last month we told you that 127 clients had made $4,391 in awards.  That was wrong, because we included several clients in that overall count by mistake.  The real total, correct as of November 10, is still pretty impressive… 109 people have been responsible for $4,243.72 going to the groups and charities they care about!  These grous will also be eligible for quarterly and yearly awards as well, including our next quarterly award in December.  If you haven’t taken part, we make it as easy as possible.  Every time a new client gives your name as a referral source, we write a check to the non-profit group of your choice (up to $50).  We hope you take this opportunity to share Tom Dwyer Automotive with someone you know, and share a little money with a group that can use it.  And please, take a few minutes to look over this months’ groups and see if there is one that could use YOUR help!

Here are the groups who benefitted in October…

Portland Waldorf School

Wallace Medical Concern

Multnomah Animal Control (three total)

PHAME Academy

Oregon Humane Society (nine total)

American Red Cross

HHH Memorial Fund (Notes of Hope)

SMART (Start Making A Reader Today)

Your reviews and referrals matter

AskForReviewButtonWe are constantly grateful for the supportive and loyal clients we have developed over the years.  Your comments and appreciation keep us on the right road to providing the superior automotive service you deserve.  Your reviews and referrals are not only the highest compliments we can receive, but they’re the lifeblood of our new business.  If you like what you’ve found at Tom Dwyer Automotive Services, please tell a friend or take a minute to write a review on YelpAngieslistGoogle, or the review site of your choice. Thank you!

Latest Automotive Recalls

RecallListButtonAutomobiles are just like any other product; occasional flaws in manufacture or design can cause problems once they leave the factory.  When an issue is identified the manufacturers and government work hard to bring the vehicles back in for refit or repair, but not all recalls make the front pages.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains a constantly updated list of recalls from every manufacturer.  The last month’s recalls are below, but clicking the button at right will take you to the full list at the NHTSA website.

 

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Health Notes-  Our Ebola coverage… relax, it’s short http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/health-notes-ebola-coverage-relax-short/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/health-notes-ebola-coverage-relax-short/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:08:10 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16555 Ebola!  Ebola!  Ebola!  It’s everywhere!  Except that it’s not.  The inflammatory, wide-eyed news-ish coverage of it is everywhere, but in the US there have only been 8 cases and 1 fatality. Yes, you have the same chance of dying of … Continue reading

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aaaHealthNotesButtonEbola!  Ebola!  Ebola!  It’s everywhere!  Except that it’s not.  The inflammatory, wide-eyed news-ish coverage of it is everywhere, but in the US there have only been 8 cases and 1 fatality. Yes, you have the same chance of dying of Ebola as you do of dying from an exploding lava lamp.  But buried in the hoopla (and actual useful information) is a good question… is our healthcare system prepared to deal with something like Ebola?

RestOfNewsletterAs Yves Smith points out in one of the articles below, an Ebola vaccine would sure come in handy about now, if not in the US then certainly in Africa.  But we don’t have one.  The problem isn’t scientific; it’s economic.  Ebola has been known for years, but there hasn’t been enough profit in it for the pharmaceutical companies to develop a vaccine.  When the first and only Ebola fatality first presented himself for treatment he spent 5 hours in an emergency room, potentially exposing everyone there, before being sent back out into the public with a 103° fever.  The reasons for his release are still unclear, but a good guess might be that he didn’t have insurance.

Ebola has pointed out one of the basic assumptions about a healthcare system, one that our profit-driven system has ignored… healthcare isn’t just for the person who’s sick, it protects us all.  Or it would, if we could get care to everyone who needs it.  So this month’s Health Notes isn’t about your health, but the question of whether our healthcare delivery system is strong enough to cope with Ebola… or other new diseases we don’t even know about yet.

DeadlierThanEbolaCan Our Commercialized Health Care System Contain Ebola?

Yves Smith on Naked Capitalism, October, 2014

 

How the U.S. Healthcare System Would Handle Ebola

Olga Khazan in The Atlantic, August, 2014

 

Ebola-1

Want all the Ebola facts? This primer from CNN has a little bit of everything, with minimal panic.

If Ebola Batters Us, We Are Not Ready

Jeff Donn and Garance Burke, Associated Press, October 2014

 

Will There Be an Ebola Outbreak in America?

Dr. Mercola, Mercola.com-  Includes info on Ebola, how it works, criticism of the CDC and government responses, and the little-known possibilities of ozone therapy.  All from a natural-health perspective.

 

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Sellwood Bridge Update- The whole Bridge construction in 3 minutes http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/sellwood-bridge-update-whole-bridge-construction-3-minutes/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/sellwood-bridge-update-whole-bridge-construction-3-minutes/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:07:31 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16556 Although there will be a brief bridge closure from November 19-21, 2014, it’s all part of the plan.  The Sellwood Bridge Project is proceeding slowly, but with no major hitches or delays.  Traffic will be flowing on the new bridge … Continue reading

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aaaBridgeUpdateButtonAlthough there will be a brief bridge closure from November 19-21, 2014, it’s all part of the plan.  The Sellwood Bridge Project is proceeding slowly, but with no major hitches or delays.  Traffic will be flowing on the new bridge next year, and the last guy with a hard hat will leave in 2016.  In the meantime, we’re all ready for the construction to be over.  With that in mind, we bring you this video showing a computer animation (with step-by-step narration) of the entire bridge construction process from start to glorious FINISH!  And just as an orientation, we’re currently at about 1:42 into the video, getting ready for the installation of the steel arches next year.

bridge animation

As always, Multnomah County maintains the definitive website on everything related to the Sellwood Bridge Replacement project, www.sellwoodbridge.org.  Construction and closure alerts, archived information, and other resources are all available 24/7 for your convenience.  If you’re looking for something that’s not on the website, you can contact Mike Pullen (mike.j.pullen@multco.us503-209-4111) or visit www.sellwoodbridge.org.

RestOfNewsletterOne brief word while you’re here…

The Sellwood Bridge construction is critically important, but it’s putting heavy pressure our business.  So far we’ve made it through without laying anyone off, but things are getting tighter and the bridge is still two years from completion.  Please, if you have a friend, family member, or co-worker who hasn’t tried our service yet, encourage them to come in.  It will be a big help to us and you can take advantage of our Referral Reward Program to help someone else as well.  We also have a generous First-Time Client offer to make your referral’s first visit more affordable. If you like what you have found at Tom Dwyer Automotive, please help us continue providing the level of service and satisfaction you’ve come to expect.  And from all of us here at the shop, thank you for your support over the years and thanks in advance for sharing what you’ve found with someone you know.

 

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Book Spotlight- “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/book-spotlight-tipping-point-malcolm-gladwell/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/book-spotlight-tipping-point-malcolm-gladwell/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:06:49 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16557 Legalized pot.  Gay marriage.  Charter schools.  Tea Party and Occupy.  Iggy Azalea and twerking.  Hula hoops, school shootings, ebola…  what could they possibly have in common?  All these things, for better or worse, have popped out of seeming obscurity to … Continue reading

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Legalized pot.  Gay marriage.  Charter schools.  Tea Party and Occupy.  Iggy Azalea and twerking.  Hula hoops, school shootings, ebola…  what could they possibly have in common?  All these things, for better or worse, have popped out of seeming obscurity to enter the everyday fabric of our lives.  But what makes something “catch on”?  Malcom Gladwell argues that in order to spread through a population, ideas (or diseases, or fads, or fashion, or really anything that is communicated from one person to another) must reach a certain ‘tipping point’ that divides the failures from the successes.   However, the things that create a tipping point are probably the things you’d least expect…RestOfNewsletter

“The Tipping Point- How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference”

 TipPointby Malcolm Gladwell

Review from WikiSummaries

The processes and mechanisms by which some trends achieve exponential popularity while others sputter and fade into oblivion have long been thought to be mysterious and resistant to analysis. However, Gladwell’s central argument is that there are actually a number of patterns and factors that are at play in virtually every influential trend, ranging from the spread of communicable diseases to the unprecedented popularity of a particular children’s television show. If you analyze the evolution of any major phenomenon, the author suggests, you will find that the processes involved are strikingly similar.

Based on his in-depth research spanning a number of different fields, industries, and scholarly disciplines, Gladwell identifies three key factors that each play in role in determining whether a particular trend will “tip” into wide-scale popularity. Gladwell’s discussion and illustration of the concepts of the Law of the Few, the Stickiness Factor, and the Power of Context comprise the majority of the book.

The Law of the Few contends that before widespread popularity can be attained, a few key types of people must champion an idea, concept, or product before it can reach the tipping point. Gladwell describes these key types as Connectors, Mavens, and Salesmen. If individuals representing all three of these groups endorse and advocate a new idea, it is much more likely that it will tip into exponential success.

Gladwell defines the Stickiness Factor as the quality that compels people to pay close, sustained attention to a product, concept, or idea. Stickiness is hard to define, and its presence or absence often depends heavily on context. Often, the way that the Stickiness Factor is generated is unconventional, unexpected, and contrary to received wisdom.

The concept that Gladwell terms the Power of Context is enormously important in determining whether a particular phenomenon will tip into widespread popularity. Even minute changes in the environment can play a major factor in the propensity of a given concept attaining the tipping point. Also, Gladwell defines the term context very broadly, discussing the implications of small variations in social groups and minor changes in a neighborhood or community environment as shifts that can cause a new idea to tip.

After identifying and describing these key concepts, Gladwell dedicates the remainder of the book to illustrating them and their interdependency in a series of compelling case studies and examples. An afterword included in the newest edition of the book updates some of Gladwell’s arguments for more pertinent application in an era of widespread Internet connectivity.

 

 

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