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Public speaking: Facing the abyss

Public speaking: Facing the abyss

I envy people who can stand up in front of a small or large group of people and just talk. In my Kansas grade school for the Christmas play one year I was dressed like a toy soldier with short black pants, white socks and oversized cotton gloves. At the end of the performance my assignment was to face the audience and say, “Cookies and punch will be served after the play.” Not a speaking role, just more of a public service announcement. During the play, I just had to march around with a wooden rifle. One of the older boys, Tim, who liked to tease, kept telling me my socks were showing. I kept saying they are supposed to. I would walk away and inch my pants down a little with each comment. For the life of me I could not memorize the line, so the music teacher gave me a half sheet of paper with the short but informative sentence. I didn’t know how to fold it, so I just wadded it up with my big gloves. When the time came, I made my best little military “right fac ... read more

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A newfound respect for Hollywood

A newfound respect for Hollywood

I’ve always had a sneaking suspicion that movie stars and TV journalists made their jobs look easier than they really are. Last weekend I had that suspicion confirmed. While producing some videos for both our You Tube channel and our October 13 open house, I learned that there is more than I could have imagined that goes on behind the scenes! I also learned that for every minute of good video there are at least 15 minutes of stage preparation, script review and practice runs. At first I didn’t buy my marketing team’s warning that each three- to five-minute segment would take about an hour to produce (I thought surely that was an overestimation). But after three hours in front of the camera they had made a believer out of me. In the end, we came up with some interesting explanations about what goes on when we perform fuel injector service, as well as when we flush your coolant or transmission systems. We’ve posted a sneak peek, and after my screen debut at our o ... read more

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Where were you on September 11?

The morning of September 11, 2001, I was in a hotel room in Breckenridge, Colo., in the beautiful all-American Rocky Mountains. I was taking my first vacation in a couple of years with one of my best friends from high school, Tim, who lived in western Kansas. We had not spent any time together in a while and felt that hitting the mountains was a good idea for some R&R. Hour by hour was how we planned it. No reservations. We landed in Breckenridge the end of the second day, September 10. We pulled up to the best-looking hotel furthest up the mountain. Being early September, just after Labor Day, the town was desolate. We asked around to find the best local seafood joint on a Monday night. We were waited on like kings and had the place to ourselves. The waitress was talkative and helpful. We asked, what does one do for excitement on a Monday night at the height of the off-season in Colorado? Go to Jacks at midnight for disco night, she advised. Jacks turned ... read more

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All in the family

All in the family

Kansas If you live in Overland Park close to the shop you should be receiving another beautiful New Concept Auto Service postcard in the mail this week. Polly’s creative juices were really flowing as she created the message for this card, centered on a fun “summer’s here” theme with a convertible 1965 Chevelle Super Sport as the centerpiece. The photo shoot on Mother’s Day in Shawnee Mission Park turned out to be a family affair. My sister, brother-in-law and nephew agreed to join us for the madness. Polly found the location, which was just a parking lot adjacent to the main drag through the park. She color coordinated our shirts and did my hair and makeup, selected props, and staged the photo. During the shoot there was a constant flow of people driving by on this beautiful Sunday. We got a few honks from several other classic cars out with their proud owners—an early ‘60s Caddy convertible, an early ‘70s Ford Torino, what I think was an old Studebaker, and what’s calle ... read more

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