School is back in Session

Sep 28, 2016

Crusty's young nephew, Cranky, applied for a position as mechanic at Click & Clack's garage. It just so happened that a young woman had walked in that day also looking for a job. There was really only one position to be filled, and since both applicants seemed to have the same qualifications, Ray asked them both to take a written test. Upon completion of the test, both only missed one of the questions. Ray went to Cranky and said, "Thank you for your interest, but we've decided to give the job to the young lady."

Cranky asked, "Why? We both got nine questions correct. Since my uncle Crusty works here, I should get the job!"

Ray said, "We have made our decision not on the correct answers, but rather on the question that you missed."

Cranky then asked, "And just how would one incorrect answer be better than the other?"

Ray replied, "Simple, the young woman put down for question #4, 'I don't know.' You put down, 'Neither do I.'"

(Source: Car talk:

Keeping Your Kids Safe

School is back in session and kids are running amok at all hours of the day. While we're on our way to work in the early morning, we have to remember that grogginess or missing a cup of coffee isn't an excuse to overlook the little people.

There are a number of ways to keep our kids safe. For the most part, ensure that you or somebody you trust has an eye on your kids, where they're going, how they're getting there and who all is with them. There's safety in numbers and you can never be too informed. Technology these days can give us eyes everywhere and your local schools have programs to prevent anything from going awry. With that being said, it never hurts to let your kids know it's okay to run, scream, and start making some calls provided they have a cell phone.

As far as safety from the car goes, take a minute to stop and lookout around school buses and their respective bus stops. Don't forget that's illegal to pass a stopped school bus with its’ signs displayed outward. From the flashing yellow lights, the stop signs and all the way to the gigantic yellow submarine full of little people, there's no reason not to be careful.

Even after the bus has left, kids are unpredictable and not all of them stop to look both ways to the road. Remain vigilante and drive slowly through busy neighbourhood streets. Just pay attention to school zones and crosswalk guards and try not to stop in the middle of a walkway. This puts pedestrians, mostly children with a crosswalk guard at risk, since they have to walk around you. Another factor to consider are kids on bikes, as quiet and as fast as they are. Simply look at your rear view mirrors periodically to ensure nobody is sneaking up behind you.  

By keeping these simple precautions in mind, your neighbourhood and everybody's kids will stand to be a little safer on their way to school.


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