Hatfield Buick part of Redlands culture

June 11, 2009

When I first heard of the economic troubles some of the major American automotive companies were having my first fear was the possibility of an America without those companies and their cars, each so vital to the American culture.  Now, following the filing of bankruptcy of GM those fears are being realized. 

Newspapers report GM is soon to be government owned, and will be reduced to just four companies (Chevy, Cadillac, Buick and GMC).  Also, dealerships all across the nation will not have their franchise agreements renewed for the next year affecting towns all across the U.S. 

Again one of my first fears concerning GM’s troubles has been realized. The Hatfield Buick dealership of my hometown Redlands, CA will not have its agreement renewed after 100 years of selling cars. It joined Buick in 1913 after Hatfield had been selling cars since 1909.  It’s the oldest Buick dealer in the U.S., probably the world.

1913 Buick

1913 Buick

Currently owned by the original Hatfield’s grandson, the dealership is trying to petition to GM for the renewal of the contract and the continued life of an important center to the city’s heritage and culture. If this fight is lost it will not only mean the loss of a place to buy a car and the cars themselves, but the city of Redlands (with its people) will lose a piece of itself.

1913 Buick

 For more information visit these links and savehatfieldbuick.com (to show your support).

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The Beginning of the End

January 30, 2009

Apparently, scientists have never seen any Sci-Fi movie…ever.

Tectonically Tickled

July 29, 2008

Well, since everybody on the blogosphere is doing it,… 🙂

San Andreas Fault - LA on the Pacific Plate and SF on the North American Plate, sliding towards each other.

San Andreas Fault - LA on the Pacific Plate and SF on the North American Plate, sliding towards each other.

As a native Southern Californian in the face of a 5.4 quake, like most of the throng of people working here at APU, we just normally sit tight and let it run its course. But this time, I really did take all those years of elementary school training and settled under the desk. The office bungalows we were in really took a nice shake so it was hard to say in the moment if it would be a lot worse than it actually was today.

What raced through my mind was all the news articles that talk about Los Angeles being dried of an earthquake for so long that the next one would be significant:

“Geologists say an earthquake capable of causing widespread destruction is 99 percent certain of hitting California within the next 30 years.”

“Today’s reminder is that the big quake is yet to come. It’s going 7.9 to 8.1 on the San Andreas Fault in the next decade,” Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith told reporters.”

When the Northridge Quake hit in 1994, some of the staff members here remember the bungalow splitting apart at the seam where two units attached. Tell me that wouldn’t be weird, suddenly seeing daylight in the middle of your office complex.

So crawl under those desks, run to those doorposts, watch for those aftershocks, and have a nice day!

Ideas Worth Spreading, Connecting

July 24, 2008

Got about an hour? How’s this for inspiration:

If you haven’t heard of it, check out TED and all it has to offer. Started in 1984, TED was a closed conference (for those who could afford it) presenting the most forward-thinking, edgy, globally-aware, and advanced personalities, brilliant or witty. They spoke on Technology, Entertainment, and Design but it has since then expanded to a far-reaching scope of fields, perspectives, and cultures.

In 2007, they launched their website to make these talks available. Given about 20 minutes to speak their mind and share what they will, the videos give you a glimpse into a packed field of nuggets, sweet, sweet nuggets from these presenters.

I started exploring and began tagging in my mind the connectivity that is spurred on my these speakers. They all found that connectivity. Connectivity that associates all the disciplines in our world together. There’s a peculiar link between the three talks I watched, see if you find anything.

  1. Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? With remarkable wit and humor, he gives his social mandate in response to the backwards society-induced need to squeeze creativity out of priority in most education systems today.
  2. Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight This one ends up a bit ‘out-there’. But listen and observe what she observed as she experienced a stroke with full consciousness. Again, she reveals quite a different worldview as she gets into her talk. But take a listen.
  3. Finally, Benjamin Zander: Classical music with shining eyes a charming speaker and musician gives us a final push into the personal side, whether classical musician/listener or not.

These three talks are a great revelation into the multitudinous fascets of how our minds were made to work. What a brilliant Creator.