Gear shift lock release

This video does a good job of showing how to release your gear shift if it becomes locked.  Although the video uses a Toyota in the demo, other makes and models work the same way.  I recently had my gear shift lock when I parked my car the other day because my brake switch failed, and thus even though my foot was on the brake, no signal was sent to communicate that my brakes were on, which is required to allow the gears to be shifted.  So my car was running, and I could shift in drive and neutral, and nothing else.  And I could not remove my key unless I could shift my car into park.  Luckily, I was able to take another key off my key chain, and use it to pop off the shift release cover and then use the key to press down the lever like the video shows, which allowed me to shift the car into park and remove my other key from the ignition.  I later had my brake switch replaced for $144 and the problem was fixed.

Handling Cold Calls

A lot of people complain about getting cold calls at work, but I have devised a simple system that is working well to handle them.  I informed my office manager to only pass cold calls through to me on Fridays after 3pm.  This is usually a good time for me to listen to sales people, otherwise these calls can be very disruptive earlier in the week.  And if the sales person is serious and really does have a need to connect with me, they will make the time to call me between 3pm and 5pm on a Friday. 

Some people argue that I should never take cold calls, because I should determine when I am ready to speak to a sales person, after doing research on the web.  The problem with this theory is that I, and others like me, sometimes do not know what we don’t know.  If a marketing consulting company has implemented a successful invisible tactic for a similar company to mine, i probably want to know about it.  I might not have the budget for, or agree with implementing the tactic, but I would probably want to consider it, and listen to such a sales call.