Monthly Archives: November 2011

No BS Writing Gig: Product Recall Headlines

This recall list came from our university public safety office a couple weeks ago. Sadly, there is a tragedy behind each of these recalls and a reason behind why they have to recall a product to begin with. I am thankful we have the consumer protection we have in this country, but,  gee, can you get any more blunt in the writing of these recall headlines?
For example:
“John Deere Recalls D100 Lawn Tractors; Brake Failure Can Cause Loss of Control.”
or how about:
“Big Lots Recalls Microfiber Glider Recliners with Ottomans and Leather Glider Recliners with Ottomans Due to Entrapment and Finger Crushing Hazards.”
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Recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

News from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Recalls from the weeks ending Oct. 31.

Yu Wei Recalls Drop-Side Cribs Sold Exclusively at JCPenney Due to Entrapment and Suffocation Hazards.

To see this recall click here.

IKEA Recalls BUSA Children’s Folding Tent Due to Laceration and Puncture Hazards.

To see this recall click here.

Nordica USA Agrees to $214,000 Civil Penalty For Failure to Report Defective Skis; Binding Plates Can Break, Posed Fall Hazard to Skiers.

To see this release click here.

Ballard Designs Recalls “Stafford “Step Stools Due to Fall Hazard.

To see this recall click here.

Home Fires Prompt Dehumidifier Recall Reannouncement from LG Electronics More Than One Million Dollars in Property Damage Linked to Goldstar and Comfort-Aire Dehumidifiers.

To see this recall click here.

John Deere Recalls D100 Lawn Tractors; Brake Failure Can Cause Loss of Control.

To see this recall click here or here.

Jogging Strollers Recalled by B.O.B. Trailers Due to Choking Hazard.

To see this recall click here.

Marshall Group Recalls Marshall Gardens PatioGlo Bio-Fuel Gel Due to Burn Hazard.

To see this recall click here.

Nidec Motor Corporation Recalls Ecotech EZ(r) Variable Speed Pool Pump Motors Due to Electrical Shock Hazard.

To see this recall click here.

Additional Retail Sales Prompt CPSC and Meijer to Re-announce “Innovations” and “At Home with Meijer” Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds Recall; Strangulation Hazard Posed.

To see this recall click here.

LittleLife Discoverer Baby Carriers Recalled by Lifemarque Due to Fall Hazard.

To see this recall click here.

Guidecraft Recalls Twist ‘n Sort Toys Due to Choking Hazard.

To see this recall click here.

Horizon Hobby Recalls Losi NiMH Battery Charger Due to Possible Burn and Fire Hazards.

To see this recall click here.

CPSC Adopts Independent Third Party Testing and Certification Rules for Children’s Products Rules ensure continued compliance with child safety requirements.

To see this release click here.

Target Recall Children’s Frog Masks Due to Suffocation Hazard.

To see this recall click here.

Consumer Product Safety Commission Provides Three Steps to a Safe Halloween Celebration.

To see this press release click here.

Bad Boy Buggies Off-Road Utility Vehicles Recalled by BB Buggies Due to Loss of Steering Control and Crash Hazard.

To see this recall click here.

Big Lots Recalls Microfiber Glider Recliners with Ottomans and Leather Glider Recliners with Ottomans Due to Entrapment and Finger Crushing Hazards.

To see this recall click here.

Evergreen Enterprises Recalls Fireside Gel Fuel Bottles Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards.

To see this recall click here.

General Electric Recalls Monogram(r) Pro Rangetop with Grill Due to an Explosion Hazard.

To see this recall click here.

Trek 2012 FX and District Bicycles Recalled Due to Fall Hazard.

To see this recall click here.

Hand Trucks Recalled by Harper Trucks Due to Injury Hazard.

To see this recall click here.

Spin Master Agrees to $1.3 Million Civil Penalty for Failing to Report Aqua Dots and for Selling a Banned Hazardous Substance.

To see this press release click here.

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My Jackson Browne Moment

It was a show I was looking forward to working all summer. Jackson Browne. I ‘d been a fan of his since I heard Doctor My Eyes as a kid back in the early 70’s. He cemented my fanship in 1977 with the Running of Empty album. A true WOW work of art. His music is high quality, his lyrics outstanding, can you blame me for being a fan?
But, on that summer night at Sandstone Amphitheatre, working my favorite front stage security duty, I found out something about the character of the man, Jackson Browne. There was a chance of a storm that night, but everything goes smooth as silk as the crowd arrives. Over the western ridge of the general admission seating hill, dark, black clouds begin to roll in, peppered with lightning. Then the show starts and it’s magic.
One of the best things about working front stage security is watching the faces of the crowd light up and sing along. The rain starts several songs into the set and rapidly turns into a deluge.  Sheets of water, wind, lightning, and claps of thunder pelt the crowd the stage and the band. The band is looking at Jackson Browne, waiting for him to call it and send them offstage. A  gust of wind shakes loose a huge speaker hung from the roof  and it crashes to the stage. The band stops playing and they meet for a brief meeting in front of the drum kit, where their fearless leader sends them offstage. Many in the crowd have already bailed, so the crowd of 10,000 is probably down to 10% of its original size.  The rain draining down the amphitheatre hill is pooling at the bottom of the hill. I am literally standing in thigh high water at the front of the stage. As long as there is one fan , we hold our post.
I have seen many shows in my life. and have worked many of these shows. I can honestly say 99% of the performers would have walked off that stage and given in to the elements. 99% of performers would have considered themselves going above and beyond the call of duty even attempting to play through the weather conditions thus far, but not Jackson Browne. He stands solo behind his electric piano and continues the show. It is so good, but after a couple more songs, a huge lightning bolt, with an almost immediate earth shaking clap of thunder, strikes. This not only sends most of the crowd in a forced retreat, but blows up Jackson’s electric keyboard with a flash of sparks and smoke. He jumps back and unplugs the keyboard, then apologizes to the crowd that he is giving up. Head down, he walks off the stage.
To me, I would have felt like the artist gave his all in this incident. No questions asked, the man could have been killed up there. But, a-holes being a-holes, about 30 people swarm the front of the stage and start screaming about getting ripped off. Are you kidding me, people? is the thought running through my head. These people are so pissed off at the “prima donna” star, they won’t quit. After about 15 minutes of this, and mind you, it is still storming, Jackson Browne comes back out to the front of the stage to personally apologize to this angry mob.
Unfortunately, this is not good enough for these idiots. One monster of a man just rips into Jackson Browne, cussing, name calling, the whole nine yard.  He keep going on and on about getting ripped off  the $40 he paid for his ticket. Jackson Browne, superstar, rock and roll hall of famer, and apparently an all around good guy, gives a response which will always be burned into my memory banks.
He pulls out a money clip from his pocket. “I’ll refund the ticket price for anyone who really wants it.”
Out of the crowd of 30 or so people, only about five (including Mr. A-hole, of course) people take the money. The others slide away, embarrassed to have complained. Brilliant. If that is what a spoiled, prima donna, rock and roll superstar is like, then count me in.

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KEXP’s Top 500 Songs

KEXP Seattle’s Top 500 Songs of All Time List

Click the link above to go peruse this list. It is the most awesome list I have ever seen put together. Throw in a little Merle and George Strait and it may just be as close to perfection as one can get.

During their fall fundraising drive, KEXP.org played this list from bottom to top.  The Joy Division song, Love Will Tear Us Apart is so good. But, then again, the whole top 25 could probably lay claim to the top spot. Better yet, you could probably say you have a list with 539 songs tied for #1.  I wish I had $539 iTunes dollars to purchase this list. However, if I had $539 lying around, I would probably do the right thing and donate it to the station.

Leave a comment if you see one of your favorites in the list.

Kudos, KEXP.org! You really do rock.

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