Archive for August, 2011

Armored Security Vehicles around Apple’s HQ Cupertino, CA – By Mr. MC

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Last weekends, I saw two M1117 Armored Security Vehicles on Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA (Eastbound), and on De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, CA (Southbound) on two separate days (Sat and Sun). They seem to be patrolling the area around Apple Computer’s HQ at Cupertino, CA. I think they are there to secure Apple during Sept 11 period. While I drove by those vehicles, I could see 4 or 5 armed guards (Army-like) inside each vehicle. They are all serious, and they seem to be searching for something. They keep checking their surroundings while cruising.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Avoid being rear ended, leave more room for the back – By Mr. MC

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

This morning, while I was on Hwy 101 southbound in San Jose, CA exiting onto Trimble Rd, there was a long line on that circular freeway exit. For most exiting drivers, they will just follow the line closely, but if one does not leave enough room for the back, what if the driver at the back could not stop on time ? That freeway exit is pretty dangerous. The reason is that 50 feet before that exit, there were cars also entering into the freeway from Trimble Rd at an accelerating speed, so, the safely exit, one has to merge right between those accelerating cars, then, immediately slow down to a complete stop when the exit line is extremely long. It is always long during busy hours.

I have a habit of leaving two car spaces between my car and the front. I would wait for the car from the back to show up, and when it approaches and if it could does not have enough room to slow down to a complete stop, I then have at least two car spaces to advance forward, and therefore, I create more room for the car to slow down safely. This morning, I also realized that the car in my front was also dong the same thing. A very smart and safe driving habit. I think this is part of defensive driving behavior.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Poisoned Britax car seat redefines safety standards – By Mr. MC

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Oh man, I wished I find this HealthyStuff.org website before I ordered my Britax Advocate 70 CS car seat, oh, should I call it the “Britax Advocate 70 CSP where P stands for POISONED” ??!!!

What should I do ? Return it back to Amazon, and restart the whole car seat selection and purchase process ? It’s like as if US Immigration restarted my US Citizenship application…

I know my daughter loves to lick that clip and belt of the car seat. On the clip, it has 1012ppm of Bromine, and 17ppm of Lead. None of these are good stuff!

By the way, Graco Comfort Sport has an overall rating of 0.2 (the safest), and it is around USD$200, about USD$100 cheaper than Britax Advocate 70 CS. I really have to re-define the term “safety” for a car seat. Safety does not only refer to vehicle collision, but it also refers to how much poisoned chemical it has been made up with.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Finally, I bought the Britax Advocate 70 CS baby car seat – By Mr. MC

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

So, I finally bought the Britax Advocate 70 CS car seat for my 10 months old and weight 21 pounds daughter. I ordered it from Amazon for $303 (no tax, and no shipping fee). I received it within a week. Then, I would have it installed properly by a certified PST (Child Passenger Safety Technician) at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Standford, CA.

By the way, the technician recommended to seat rear-facing until 2 or 3 years of age, the longer the safer.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com