Thursday, October 26, 2006

Tip of the hat, wag of the finger.

I rarely do this, but in the wake of Monday’s tire fiasco, I want to send mad props to two companies which do it right.

First, a tip of the hat to:
If you’ve ever changed a tire on a traditional ride, you know how bad it sucks. If you’ve ever changed a tire on a VW, you know how easy it can be. The VW jack has a spinning knob on it that shoots the jack right up, quickly. No long thingy that rubs your hands raw. And instead of lug nuts it has lug screws. What that means is you don’t have to lift up the tire and try to thread it onto five long-ass bolts. Using the jack, you simply match the height of the tire’s bolt holes, roll the tire off, place the other one in its place and put the bolts back in. No nuts, just bolts. Everything makes sense the way it should. Classic VW.

Another tip of the hat to:

Today I took the car in to get a new tire, fully expecting to pay $50 or whatever for it. It being pilot error and all. But no, free of charge, brand new tire. They’re fast, they’re nice and they’re everywhere. And that whole “free-replacement” service? Also free of charge when you buy the tires. And their logo’s a little wacky which is fun. But their store is all bidness. And staffed with people who actually know their shit. Ain't nothing discount about it.

Lastly, a wag of the finger to:

I bought a new tube of some fancy-ass Crest Total Health toothpaste in completely silvery-blue packaging. Got it home and it’s cinnamon flavored! What am I, having a snack before bed? A little cinnamon roll in a tube for breakfast? No, I’m brushing my teeth. What about this tube says “delicious cinnamon flavor?” Aside from that teeny-tiny little thing in the lower left, of course. Great, but why is the tube totally blue!!!!! Blue denotes some kind of mintiness, no? Shouldn’t it be red or something? Maybe a picture of a cinnamon stick on it.


I’m off Crest.

And I grew up with those Crest kids. Although, "T" is still alright with me. He was always the coolest.


Blogger Tania Rochelle said...

I hope this tip/wag thing is a regular feature.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Howard said...

Oh it might very welll be. Not to steal it from Colbert but I've some opinions on brands and I'd like to share 'em!!!

8:48 AM  
Blogger k said...

yes this should certainly be a regular thing.
and as a designer i'd like to state the disappointment i share with you in the cinnamon circumstance. there should be something red, or a drawing of cinnamon sticks. blue means mint. yellow means lemon. red means cinnamon. we all know that. duh.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Howard said...

I was shocked when it squeezed out and was cinnamon. No indication whatsoever. Again, trying to freshen the ol' breath, not brush candy onto my chops.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Tania Rochelle said...

I like cinnamon toothpaste (used to steal the Close-Up out of my parents' bathroom and eat it in bed at night), but I agree the flavor should be clearly marked.

11:46 AM  

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