Just Thought We Would Look In!

Bob and Faye
Bob and Faye at Red Robin

Yes, we can still get goofy just like everyone else!


The Clouds Have Arrived

Finally got all the prep work on the new bedroom redo done a few days ago so ….. Today I got started on the recolor of the room. Spent the morning doing a bit of pre-paint stuff which consisted of painting the seams and corners where the roller won’t go. Not really a big thing but I think it makes it all go way faster. And then got busy doing the two coats of off white for the new cloud line and ceiling. Got done by 1 PM. It’s kind of hard to see because the walls are an eggshell color but you get the drift.

Now I can let it cook off for the rest of the day and finish the goofy details on the lower wall sections so I can get to painting the walls tomorrow. May even get to some of the trim but don’t think so. But who knows.
I need to take some time and get some work done on my car projects so I will probably bounce back and forth while I have the time and my hands don’t nag me too much. So for now this is it. Tomorrow some really cool color work, “Rockin Robin” was Faye Deans pick! And NO! I didn’t forget about the neon. Workin on getting it integrated. Stay Tuned!

The Detroit News comes to it’s senses

After an episode I posted on a few weeks ago about a News car critic, Scott Burgess, that resigned after being asked to “water down” his dark criticism of the new Chrysler 200, it appears that calmer, clearer heads have prevailed. At least that is the media spin as I see it. Jonathan Wolman, the paper’s publisher, said that the edits were “poorly handled.” Ya Think!
This weekend an editorial response / apology was issued Publisher’s note: Reviewers’ independence key
And it appears from an email from Wolman that Burgess will be returning to his job at The Detroit News. All I can say is Excellent! But with that said, I do believe that many will be watching the News credibility a wee bit closer than before.
Now back to the latest episode of Chrysler T Shirt Wars! Film at 11!

Chrysler vs Local T shirt seller – Round 1

Chrysler appears, to me at least, to be continuing on with a media bullying campaign in the Detroit area. And now it has progressed to legal terrorism. This time in the form of a lawsuit against a local 2 person company called Pure Detroit over selling T-shirts that have “Imported from Detroit” printed on them.

The Auburn Hills automaker sued the owners of Pure Detroit on Tuesday, alleging they violated the automaker’s trademarked “Imported from Detroit” tagline by using it on a variety of apparel sold through their shops.
Detroit Free Press

Now, the suit says that they are wrongly using the Chrysler “tag line”. It really makes me wonder what in the world can a small T shirt company do that would possibly have any bearing on a major auto manufacturer. These are the same Chrysler brainiacs that have selected rapper Eminem as their official spokes person. Now there is a thoughtful choice! Of all the iconic personalities from Detroit he is their pick? Puuleeeeze!
Back to the lawsuit. I guess their T shirts with “their” tag line on them are a bad thing? I know that they are directly competing with the “official” Chrysler T shirts that everyone is clamoring to buy from the Chrysler website. Say what?! You didn’t know that they had these? To be perfectly frank I didn’t either. But they do exist. But have you seen one on the street? I haven’t. I don’t think you can even get one with a new car. So in case you do want to know what to look for the next time you are at the mall or sporting event looking at T shirts here they are. Now pay close attention so you don’t get confused here.

Please note that there is no recognizable Chrysler logo in the Chrysler version. My guess is the only place these are seen are inside the Chrysler plants on the production line worn as work clothes by the workers. I know this is the first place I go to check out fashion tees. It makes me curious as to why should Chrysler give major attention, let alone bring a public lawsuit, over a T shirt. This does not look good! Did they just move in to the same realm as Hanes? Are they in the T shirt business now? You would think that it would make a much better play for Chrysler to ask these guys if they wanted to party up with them to get the Chrysler word / tag line out?
Here is the attorney version….

“the issuance of a preliminary injunction will serve the public interest because members of the public likely have been, and will continue to be, confused by Pure Detroit’s use of Chrysler’s mark and related representations.”

I know that I have been confused by the things that I read on T shirts, haven’t you?! Calvin pissing on a auto marquee has persuaded me to change my choice of new vehicles more than once. Are you serious?? Now I need Chrysler to protect me from confusing their tag line with something else….. like what exactly?
And so my good friends we will see what happens her in the continuing saga of the NEW Chrysler trying to convince the world that they have a new attitude! So far I totally agree that they do, only problem from my perspective is, it wants to TELL you to buy one of their cars not because it is better but because THEY told you to!

Now that is the OLD Detroit attitude we all know and love!

Almost ready for paint

Trim gone and ready for new casing
Trim gone and ready for new casing
Yesterday was a day off, well, from work at work, but not at home.While it was nice outside I decided on an inside day.
Spent the day yesterday doing a whole bunch of final prep on our bedroom. Am ready for the ceiling paint to go on. Got all the walls pretty much ready. Found a few more flaws on the wipe down. An old phone jack entry and a hairline in the plaster under a window sill but no biggie. All the new window fillers are cut and in and primed. All the old edges around the windows and doors where the trim had been painted in place a zillion times are all cut down and smoothed in. The cloud line trim has been removed and filled. I have the window stools cut and primed and the new config for the window trim has an oversized header to support a cloth trimmed valence and shade.
AS usual I had to bail early in the afternoon cause me hands weren’t taking well to all the stress. So it was time to clean up, put away the tools and do something way less stressful like look at color combos. And some Captain Morgan! After mulling over my color choices I ran them by Faye Dean and we settled on a color that was just a shade off from my main choice. That was easy! And yes there is still some neon in the mix. Still working on the layout.
Stay tuned!

Detroit News Bends Over For Advertiser?

It has come to light that one of the Detroit News Auto “critics” has resigned after he wrote a less than glowing review of the NEW Chrysler 200. This car, and all the hype behind it, are supposed to be the new flagship car for Chrysler. According to this review it was better than its previous self, the Sebring, but not anywhere near its competition. It appears that after publishing the printed version a yet to be identified “advertiser” asked that it be toned down. And so, Presto! Chango! We now have a new online version “because we were uncomfortable with some of the language in the original.

2011 Chrysler 200 falls short of the competition
Chrysler had its hands full when it took on redesigning the midsize Sebring and creating the 200. It was a marvelous effort – one of monumental proportions. Through years of abuse, the Sebring had become the rented punch line for a brand considered a joke. But then came the Super Bowl, the ad, and a shift in consumer thinking about luxury, Detroit and Chrysler. The hardest steel, the hottest fire. What? That’s the 200?
** The full article on Jalopnik

The Jalopnik post indicates what was editorially massaged after the written publication.

If you compare the 200 to any of the mainstream midsize competition — not the luxury brands it is purported to go up against — all of them outshine the 200.
** See the Detroit News Published review here.

Any wagers as to the “unnamed advertiser” being directly in the grips of the Chrysler family of products? It will be an interesting follow-up to see if this is the only bad review of this car. We will all be watching to see if others have the same opinion or if they are at the opposite end of the pool. If they all agree with the bad review it will, in my opinion, give the Detroit News a black eye editorially. And the NEW Chrysler will be a bully! And simply put, the NEW Chrysler just may have mucked up in their haste to recover.
It’s unfortunate that we have to temper our review results because it might offend someone. I thought that is what the review or evaluation was all about! And you would think that someone like Chrysler would more extensively research the competitors vehicles before proclaiming a new contender. Let alone a new flagship model. If this is the only bad review no biggie but if all the reviews agree then that’s a problem. Gee! Like the auto makers haven’t made some remarkably bad design and production mistakes in the past! So why should that be a thing of the past?
We will see! Look for yourself and you be the judge!