Category Archives: Hints & Tips

Do we need to re-test drivers?

After a harrowing week of traffic (school started last week), I’m beginning to think requiring drivers to pass a new driving test every 8-10 years might not be that bad.

It might even thin out the number of cars legally on the roads by removing a huge group of people who obviously don’t understand merge, yield, stop, lane markings, and checking traffic before changing lanes.

My car brand has been appropriate these past few weeks. It’s a Dodge, and that is exactly what I’ve done lately. Dodging drivers who obviously don’t have time to be careful. They’re late for class and heaven help any who get in their way.

I’m still intact, and wish to stay that way, but complete attention is needed while behind the wheel.

Oh, and if you must talk or text on your phone, move over a few lanes so you can scare someone else. I’m growing weary of the game.

How’s you commute been?

The 100 most congested Texas roads

Just in time for Labor Day, the Texas Department of Transportation released a list of the 100 most congested highways in Texas. Not surprisingly, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston fill out the top 30 spots with San Antonio showing up at 31.

Number 32, Stone Oak Parkway and Hwy 281 is one I must deal with every day on my commute into and out of downtown San Antonio. I knew it was bad, but to make this list confirms it.

Which problem area do you have to contend with on a daily basis? Is it in the top 50 or languishing in the bottom 50?

Do You Know What MERGE Means?

Do you know what MERGE means? One of the hazards of driving 4000 miles each month is the other drivers. I’m serious, if I were alone on the highways, it would go much better. I realize that is unrealistic, but a man can dream. As I travel the State of Texas in my Dodge Magnum, I see all types of drivers … hot rodders, lil’ old ladies, and fresh, green teenagers.

They all have their shortcomings, but this is one of my biggest pet peeves when I am on cruise control. MERGE means something.

MERGE is a technical term meaning … Don’t Pull in front of me if you’re driving slower.


Let me know what your pet peeve is when behind the wheel. Surely I’m not the only one … can I?

Can you Jump Start a Dodge Magnum

Recently, I discovered a heretofore, unknown problem to me. My 2007 Dodge Magnum battery died and the fun ensued.

If only the drivers door is unlocked, the rear hatch won’t open because it is on the same lock as the other three doors. If the battery is dead, unlocking the rear hatch is made much more difficult.

Watch and see.


Have you discovered a faster, better way to accomplish the jump start? If so, I’d sure like to know. It was a long and hard experience when it happened.

The three great essentials to achieving anything worthwhile are; first, hard work, second, stick-ti-it-iveness, and third, common sense. — Thomas A. Edison

My 2 Most Important Sales Tips

Over the last few years, I have worked with a lot of Distributor Sales Reps (DSR) and found that fundamentally they have problems with a couple of the basics of selling 101.

In this video, I give my two most important sales tips and look forward to what you can add to the discussion in the comments.


What are your two most important sales tips for young or old salesmen? If you had to boil it all down to the simplest form, what is the bottom line.

A team is a group of people who may not be equal in experience, talent, or education, but in committment — Patricia Fripp