It is a sunny, beautiful Wednesday, and since I haven’t gotten the call to head to the hospital yet, I have a to-do list as long as my arm. I need to get as much done now as I possibly can so it’s all done and caught up when I do get that call. I’m glad it’s going to be a nice day because a lot of what I need to do is outside. Oddly enough, today was one of those weird days when there weren’t any daily celebrations on the calendar, so I picked one from the weeklies that really speaks to me, and of course the Food Celebration.
National Automotive Service Professionals Week – This week we honor some very important people in our lives . . . and if you don’t feel they are important, then you either take care of your vehicles on your own, or you just don’t bother taking care of your vehicles. I am talking about the folks who help keep our cars running with routine maintenance, and fix them for us when they break down. How many times do we see a stereotype in the movies about Automotive Techs – or as we see in the movies, the ever offensive “Grease Monkey”? I know we don’t typically see them depicted as the intelligent people they are, rather we see them as greased up, illiterate speaking fools who beat on the cars with over sized tools, spit on the floor and overcharge their customers. In reality, an Auto Tech is rather like a physician for cars . . . the difference being that when you go to see your doctor and they don’t know what the problem is, they charge you a co-pay, send you on your way, and tell you to keep an eye on it and come back in a week if you aren’t any better. What have you accomplished? Often, nothing but emptying your wallet. Do we argue with our doctor, call them names, disparage their profession and throw a tempter tantrum at them for not knowing what ails us? Not typically. Auto Techs though, they are expected to know every single make and model of car, how they run, all of their intricate computer systems, the electrical systems, EVERYTHING, every time, be able to diagnose a problem without even looking at the car for more than a moment or two, and heaven forbid there be more than ONE thing wrong with the car! They are to fix it correctly the first time, regardless of how poorly the car has been maintained, and when they do fix it, they are griped at for how much it costs to make the repairs. BEYOND that, do you have ANY idea how disgusting many people’s cars are? Filled with overflowing ashtrays, dog hair, spilled food, garbage, rank perfumes and other odors. Makes me wonder how these folks keep their homes! Many people may not be aware of this, but Automotive Technicians have to buy their own tools. This translates not into 100s of dollars each year, but 1,000’s. Now take into consideration that each and every year car manufacturers change technologies, or start using a different type of screw, diagnostics systems, etc. and the tech has to keep up with all of that. This often means he has to get even MORE tools just to accommodate a simple change like that single screw. To make it even worse, each car manufacturer often has their own specialty tools that are required . . . which translates into more expense so your tech can fix your car. My husband, who has been a Master Tech for nearly 30 years, has more than $150,000 invested into his tools . . . it’s a serious business for people who seriously care to do the best job they can in their chosen profession. If you could only hear the horror stories that I hear about inconsiderate people who bring in their car for an oil change, then blame the tech a week later when their muffler falls off! The two have nothing to do with each other, but they had it in the shop, therefore it MUST be the tech’s fault! Ridiculous. I, personally, know how hard these people work at their jobs, and how absolutely ungrateful, rude and disrespectful people are towards them. Give these folks a break. If you could fix your car yourself, you would, so stop complaining that they want to be paid for their work, their time, their knowledge and all of the dedication and talent they put into their profession. They don’t go to work to do any favors for free, they go there to do a job and provide for their families. Give your tech some appreciation this week, and every week. They deserve to be respected for what they do, just like every other profession. I think I’ll go hug mine goodbye as he heads out the door! 🙂
This Day In History –
1982 – The movie E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was released.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Corn on the Cob Day – Corn on the cob. This is just one of those things that I always look forward to in the summer. Of course, now, with GMO’s being everywhere, and corn often coming from GMO’s, I have to make sure I shop for organic corn. Gives me a better chance and not eating scary stuff. I love Corn on the Cob roasted over the grill, or just heated to hot in the microwave for about 2 minutes (wrap each ear in wet paper towel first), plain without butter. It tastes fresh out of the husk like that. There are many opinions about the correct way to eat corn on the cob. Some say to butter and season the corn, then eat it typewriter style, one row at a time. Others suggest cutting the corn off the cob, but to me that sort of erases the whole “on the cob” part of the treat. Here are a few ideas from www.food.com with other ways to enjoy this summer treat.
- Milk-Boiled Corn on the Cob
- Chicken-Fried Corn on the Cob
- Oaxacan Grilled Corn on the Cob
- Chili-Lime Indian Corn on the Cob
- Grilled Sweet Corn in the Husks
- Greek-Style Corn on the Cob
- Herbed Corn on the Cob
Now that I’m hungry for corn . . . doesn’t it sound fresh and delicious? Well, it is time to get out in the yard and get a little control over the weeds, plant my new Goji Berry plant, and take care of a bush that’s gotten too tall needs a trim. I can feel it getting muggy out there already, so I’d better hurry to beat the heat! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!