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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

LG on ABC 7 News


“The Bay Area may have to rethink what a mechanic looks like and what the local auto repair shop does —”

First ultra green garage opens in San Francisco, via KGO

Thanks to everyone for their support and encouragement, with a special hat-tip to Randy R., our eloquent customer who took the time to talk to the camera. 



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Monday, January 21, 2008

The Urgency of Now: Honoring Martin Luther King

The slightest attention to this holiday reveals the depth of MLK’s work, influence, and genius. Collected here are a few of my favorite examples:

Archives from the University of Michigan’s annual MLK Symposium

The King Papers Project via Stanford Univeristy

PBS on MLK: Citizen King

NPR on MLK: The Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.


We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together like brothers.

“Are there times when the distractions of the day can keep us from being active? Are there issues on campus and throughout society on which we should act? As we watch news broadcasts, do we witness the silence being broken through action or are we more likely to see silence being reinforced by inaction?”

From his Loving your Enemies speech:

“I think I mentioned before that sometime ago my brother and I were driving one evening to Chattanooga, Tennessee, from Atlanta. He was driving the car. And for some reason the drivers were very discourteous that night. They didn’t dim their lights; hardly any driver that passed by dimmed his lights. And I remember very vividly, my brother A. D. looked over and in a tone of anger said: ‘I know what I’m going to do. The next car that comes along here and refuses to dim the lights, I’m going to fail to dim mine and pour them on in all of their power.’ And I looked at him right quick and said: ‘Oh no, don’t do that. There’d be too much light on this highway, and it will end up in mutual destruction for all. Somebody got to have some sense on this highway.’

“Somebody must have sense enough to dim the lights, and that is the trouble, isn’t it? That as all of the civilizations of the world move up the highway of history, so many civilizations, having looked at other civilizations that refused to dim the lights, and they decided to refuse to dim theirs. And Toynbee tells that out of the twenty-two civilizations that have risen up, all but about seven have found themselves in the
junkheap of destruction. It is because civilizations fail to have sense enough to dim the lights. And if somebody doesn’t have sense enough to turn on the dim and beautiful and powerful lights of love in this world, the whole of our civilization will be plunged into the abyss of destruction. And we will all end up destroyed because nobody had any sense on the highway of history. Somewhere somebody must have
some sense. Men must see that force begets force, hate begets hate, toughness begets toughness. And it is all a descending spiral, ultimately ending in destruction for all and everybody. Somebody must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and the chain of evil in the universe. And you do that by love.”

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Luscious Green Cab Slide Show


The Slide Show:

“The greenest ride in town” Multimedia via The Golden Gate Xpress

The Article:

“The greenest ride in town” via The Golden Gate Xpress

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

“How much is your oil change?” Part 2

Our shop car was purchased new from Novato Toyota in December of 2006, a decision I partly regret for its consumption of natural resources. One of the benefits, however, is getting original owner documents like service soliciations, which, as you can imagine, I find very interesting.  The one I got yesterday was especially interesting given my recent blog on scheduled maintenance and the dealer double-talk that surrounds it.

The shop car is an 07 Prius, identical to 04-08 Priuses as far as maintenance goes.  Here is what the “Scheduled Maintenance Guide” (published by the factory, found in the glove box) calls for every 5k:

* Replace engine oil and oil filter
* Rotate tires
* Visually inspect brake linings/drums and brake pads/discs

Now here is the list for the 15k:

* Replace engine oil and filter
* Rotate tires
* Visually inspect brake linings/drums and brake pads/discs
* Inspect the following: Ball joints and dust covers; brake lines and hoses; drive shaft boots; engine and inverter coolant; exhaust pipes and mountings; radiator, condenser, and intercooler; steering gear box; steering linkage and boots.

Now here is the flyer I received from Toyota:


The company producing these promotional materials has rightly calculated that my mileage is around 15k (currently 15,300, to be exact).  Here is the description of this “important service”:


They also have a coupon for the “Express Lube Plus” with price and description as follows:


The problem here is that, assuming the Express Lube Plus “Multi Point Inspection” includes the list from the 15k in the maintenance guide, then shouldn’t the 15k be the same price?  What does the 15k include in addition to the one hour ELP to warrant the additional $115?

To make clear, it’s not that I don’t respect the dealer.  I have many friends who work at the dealer, LG buys the majority of its parts from the dealer, in fact I need the dealer to honor my factory warranty.  It’s the marketing BS that I don’t like, and I know all of my friends would agree. 

At Luscious Garage, we charge the same thing for both of these services, because we perform the same thing.  And what we perform is spelled out clearly, in accordance with factory specifications.  We call it “The Vitals” and it costs a bit more than the ELP because we aren’t waiting to make more money when you come in for a glorified 15k.  We’d rather be upfront, and comprehensive, all the time. 

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

ART IN THE SHOP: Wataru Nakamura “Paintings”

Our current show features the sensitive and vibrant work of Wataru Nakamura. 

Please join us for the opening Saturday, January 12, 3-7pm


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