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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Competent Communicator

  I just gave my 10th speech with Toastmasters International, qualifying as “Competent Communicator.” This is the first major achievement in Toastmasters International, and I did it in just over 6 months. Well, sort of. I did my first three speeches years ago. But when the JAX of All Trades Toastmaster Club started last June, […]

Fog Lamp Upgrades for the Mazda MX-5 (Miata)

  After I bought the car, I noticed that the fog lamps didn’t have any effect on the lighting pattern. Now, before I go any further, I believe most people have unrealistic expectations of their fog lights. Most people I’ve talked to assume they can be used as supplemental low beam lights. Daniel Stern has […]

New (to us) Car! 2007 Mazda MX-5 (a.k.a. “Miata”)

It was time to say good bye to the 2000 Chrysler 300M. At 235,000 miles, it had served us well. I got too good at working on it, and it started occupying more time than Anna really wanted. I didn’t mind fixing it. It was a good challenge, but Anna was right. We needed a […]