Richard Craver

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Does Quality Work Mean Anything Anymore?

Decades ago, I suppose I was a pre-teen because I remember listening to my Dad and not rolling my eyes, my Dad was talking to me about work ethic. I remember him telling me, “Whatever kind of work you do in life, do a good job. It doesn’t matter if your are a plane pilot […]

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Nasty Cars

I admit I don’t keep a spotless vehicle. Even in High School when others were washing, waxing, vacuuming and applying Armor-All and Westley’s Tire Gloss; if my car didn’t have bird droppings on it and the white letters were reasonably clean I was OK.  But some of the cars that come through the doors of […]

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Methuselah Is Gone But Gandalf Has Taken His Place

A few weeks ago I wrote about my old Accord being struck down in the prime of life at 519,380 miles. Sigh…. I wanted to see how long that car would remain viable transportation. I mused that I considered it a girl because a young lady that was a customer at the shop I used […]

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Why Did You Leave So Soon?

You belonged to someone else when we first met. The two of you shared many long hours traveling and seeing the world. At first I only knew you from afar, but as time carried on we got to know each other more intimately. Then the two of you split. It had been a long happy […]

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Cars Are Expensive Because People Want Them That Way

I will start by saying I like technology. I like computer gizmos, remote connectivity, portable electronics and the like. I just despise the cost of said technology. I am rarely an early adopter of anything, because bleeding edge is just that….bleeding…. cash.

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Follow-up – Self Inflicted Bite To The Butt

When I last posted I thought I had ‘fixed’ my alternator whine in my homegrown Bluetooth setup, and I did at the cost of battery charging.  About that time one of my co-workers took delivery of a new Sony (Bleckkkk – I’ll never buy Sony again.) radio for his wife’s Honda Pilot. The previous owner […]

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Self Inflicted Bite To The Butt – Part 4

The next morning was especially cold and the windshield was covered in heavy frost. So I cranked the car, it sounded a bit sluggish. The battery is a few months old, but it is pretty cold. I set the defroster to high and turned on the rear window defroster, went back inside to caffeinate a […]

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Self Inflicted Bite To The Butt – Part 3

While I was waiting for the Bluetooth receiver to arrive, I began making plans for the USB power connection it required. I had already put a lighter outlet in the glovebox to keep my phone charged while driving. A 2.1A and 1.0A dual USB outlet charger. My first thought was to run the 3.5mm phone […]

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Self Inflicted Bite To The Butt – Part 2

The problem had been identified, the cable sticking out of the front of the radio, so I turned my attention to the rear panel of the delightfully unassuming Blaupunkt, the are many extra connections back there. With enough money for add-on modules it supports handsfree phone, CD changer, steering wheel controls and rear AUX. The […]

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Self Inflicted Bite To The Butt – Part 1

I drive an older Honda Accord; a 1992 running strong at 514,000 miles Accord. That is a story in itself, I bought it from the second owner at 401,000 miles, she bought it from the first owner at about 100,000. I serviced the car during the intermediary 300,000 miles she drove it for me. But […]

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