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Rants and Tangents

May 2015
Door Dings and Other Things by C. Multz

#1 Door Dings 

It's one of the mysteries of the world. They just appear but you never see them arrive. I'm speaking of the ubiquitous door ding. I was washing my car on the weekend and found yet another grouping. At this point I have several examples all provided by different makes and models. I suspect that the higher ones are from pickups, the middle grouping from your typical family sedan and low down dings  of undetermined source. But there they are. Why do people think it’s alright to swing their door into the car beside them as they extricate themselves from the confines of their vehicles?
I must admit that there were times that I would lurk about the parking lot hoping to catch a dinger red handed but no, not ever, not once! Over time I received so many blemishes that I would park in the furthest available space or at least on the end of the row exposing only one of my flanks. Sadly and with a smattering of guilt I began to understand the guy who annoyingly parks diagonally across 2 parking spaces. I almost forgot to mention that if you are deficient in your number of door dings, take a ride on one of the BC Ferries and rejoice the fact that in one sailing you'll be up to the national average. So off I go to my dealership to get one of those colour coordinated pens designed to hide the blemishes. I wonder if they sell re-fills.  


#2 Millennials Driving Stats

I recently saw an article about the driving statistics of the current generation of millennials. Between 2001 and 2009, driving by young people decreased by 23 percent. Perhaps it’s their concern over the environment but it’s suspected that by taking public transit the millennials can stay connected to the internet during their commute. This may be a good thing as one of the leading causes of accidents are caused by drivers distracted by phone calls and text messages. And you know that millennials are constantly in need of communication. The truth is we’ve reached a time when most drivers can’t operate a manual shifter. But there is really no need to learn driving skills as technology will protect you. Backing up? No need to look over your shoulder as the backup camera shows you what’s behind, but what about the school bus that’s coming down the street? No problem, cars are equipped with collision avoidance technology that senses imminent danger and stops the car for you. Let the car do the worrying. With all this burgeoning technology, driving skills are rapidly eroding. Maybe we should hope that Google gets their driverless car into production making the roads safer for people who are skilled in shifting, drifting, shoulder checks and panic stops.  Just thinking.

#3 Oil Spill Response

The Feds have gutted the Canadian Coast Guard by closing down rescue stations in some of the most transited and treacherous waters in the world.  There are 27,000 km of coastline to protect in BC and it appears that in the near future we will experience an increase in the current number of oil tankers plying our coastline.  This being the case, leaving the protection of our coastline in the hands of the Feds in Ottawa seems foolish. A case in point was the closing of Kits Base and the recent oil spill in English Bay. On any given day you will see dozens of sea going vessels anchored in the outer harbour. They all carry bunker C oil in their bilge. It's quite amazing that a larger spill has not occurred to date.  This time it was considered minor but the response to the event was  less than inspiring. It took 12 hours for the Feds to place their first oil containment booms. Had Kits Base been active it would have been minutes.  It’s impossible to change the Fed’s course of action even if their decision is proven to be a tragic mistake but the answer may be quite simple.  Train the Coast Guard Auxiliary to be pollution response technicians and provide the equipment  necessary to protect our coastline. Who knows, this may result in a cost effective and efficient answer to an inevitable crisis.