What’s Left?

Jul 14th, 2011 | By admin | Category: Opinion

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeaks adoptive baby

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeaks adoptive baby

One of my favorite television shows is “Shark Tank.”  I love to watch the big money guys and gal go through the decision-making process of whether to invest with the various people coming on the show to seek investors for their ideas, products, or company.  One night, not too long ago, there was a person on there seeking investors for something and they were saying that the GMC On Star system would soon be available to “add on” to other vehicles -even older models and non-GMC vehicles.  This really interested me because I used to have On Star on my Tahoe but it went out of date and was then no longer available on my model. I think it was analog and the new system went digital or something like that. Anyway, the new On Star system is available at Best Buy for just under $400 installed and seems to be totally installed in the new rear view mirror they install for you. I was excited about this because now I can get On Star back on my vehicle. There is a low monthly subscription fee but I feel the added safety of having On Star is worth it. It also has a turn-by-turn GPS on it - which may be more on your subscription. But the real safety feature that I like is that it can tell if you have been in a crash and/or if you have an emergency you can just push a button and they will call whomever is needed. It’s just a neat deal and up until this past month, was only available on certain GMC vehicles. So now, even if you drive an older vehicle, like me, or you have a Honda or Toyota, you can still have it “fitted” for On Star. You do have to check with Best Buy to make sure your particular vehicle is capable of handling the system. I just wanted to pass that along to all of you safety-conscious people like me.
My dogs are having fun this summer. I have finally taught my outside dog - hound mix - to voluntarily get in the pool and swim to me. I had to drag him in by his collar several times before he finally trusted me enough to know that I was not going to let him drown. He is so funny! While he is swimming or even while I’m holding him - he makes this little baby grunting sound constantly until he is out of the pool. My older dog finally got to come in the pool today (Wed.). I hadn’t brought him in earlier because he is older and doesn’t really like water even though he is a Lab mix. I also had to pull him by the collar into the pool and I held him in there and let him get cooled off and then took him almost to the steps before I gave him a push so that he could swim a few feet to the steps out of the pool. He was extremely proud of himself and ran around the pool like a little puppy frolicking. I’ll keep doing that all summer - or at least while it is so hot. I think it’s important for animals and people to know how to swim. Speaking of that - we still don’t have swimming lessons available at our city pool. I think that is such a shame. I believe that is the main purpose of a public pool is to offer swimming lessons. Maybe before the summer is over we can get that together….
I hope you’re having a fun summer!  Go to your happy place!
See you next week!