July 24, 2005
Heat and this week's podcast

The MINI’s OBC has been reading 100 plus for the past few days here in KC and it looks like more of the same for the next couple of days. The highest I saw it go was 104 yesterday afternoon. In two years that’s the highest reading I’ve seen my OBC.

Here’s a couple of snaps from a job I did this week. It took forever to wrap vinyl over the hinge covers on the convertible. I vowed to either 1.) raise the price of boot stripes or 2.) never do convertible boot stripes again. I think I’m opting for door number one.

Finally, db and I finished up our second and a half podcast today for your listenening pleasure. Today’s topic was car care and detailing. I think we had enough info for two or three episodes and I know we forgot a few things. You can download the show here, subscribe here or if you’re already subscribed just hit the update button in the podcast section of your iTunes software.

This is going to remain a weekly podcast (new shows every Sunday evening) with special editions thrown in on occasion mid-week. With your comments and suggestions, this can only get bigger and better. Our goal is to entertain and inform around all topics MINI related. We’ve got some cool things brewing for later in the summer and early fall so stay tuned for that.

Finally, send your comments and suggestions to radio (at) dbmini (dot) us.

Posted by todd at 09:41 PM
July 22, 2005
Podcast update

Ok folks, db and I have had such great response to our first podcast, we’re making it a weekly event. We had over 400 listeners subscribe in the first day alone so thank you to everyone who listened and subscribed. If you don’t have iTunes go get it now. Open your iTunes software and under the Advanced menu at the top of your screen, click “Subscribe to Podcast” and paste or type in the following “feed://dbmini.us/feed” - don’t paste or type the quotes “”, just what’s between them. Then on your iTunes hit the Update button in the upper right corner and start listening.

You could also just listen in your browser by downloading the podacst directly here for the first podcast and here for the latest.

Our latest is kind of a test to make sure we got the technical bugs worked out and to let you know what’s coming up so go give it a listen and subscribe away.

Also, please send listener comments and questions to radio (at) dbmini (dot) us.

Posted by todd at 11:02 AM
July 19, 2005
Podcasting comes to toddsmods.com

Regular readers had to know that it was only a matter of time before I hit the web with a podcast. Well, as of last night, Don Burnside of dbmini.us fame and myself fired up our respective technologies - db in soCal and me in KC - and recorded our first collaborative podcast.

db had been testing the waters for a few weeks now and we decided that two voices might be better than one and presto change-o, a podcast was born.

Subscribe to the feed here and listen via iTunes (you can also search for dbmini on the iTunes Podcast section inside the iTunes Music Store) or download the file directly here for your listening pleasure.

Please drop me a note in the comments if you liked it or even if you didn’t like it we’d like to hear from you.

Stay tuned for more…

Posted by todd at 08:52 PM
July 15, 2005
Thinking beyond the box

top_costco_logo.gifI don’t normally do this but today I feel like throwing a plug in for another company that should be leading the way. Costco.

When Costco opened in the KC area I got a membership because they were literally giving them away for the first year. At the time, I was also a member of Sam’s Club (a Wal-Mart company). After a few visits to Costco I knew I’d be letting my Sam’s membership expire at the end of the cycle. There were so many reasons I liked Costco more and in light of the following linked article I know it was a good decision.

To workers and union leaders, it is a familiar refrain. These days, the story goes, consumers demand low prices, meaning goods must be produced and sold cheaply - and retail wages must be kept as low as possible. Companies like Wal-Mart insist they’re feeling the squeeze and must pay workers poverty wages - even while netting $10.5 billion in annual profits and awarding millions to top executives.

But there’s another company that is breaking the Wal-Mart mold: Costco Wholesale Corp., now the fifth-largest retailer in the U.S. While Wal-Mart pays an average of $9.68 an hour, the average hourly wage of employees of the Issaquah, Wash.-based warehouse club operator is $16. After three years a typical full-time Costco worker makes about $42,000, and the company foots 92% of its workers’ health insurance tab.

How does Costco pull it off? How can a discount retail chain pay middle-class wages and still bring in over $880 million in net revenues? And, a cynic may ask, with Wal-Mart wages becoming the norm, why does it bother?…

Read on here.

Bringing this full circle with a dash of MINI being thrown in, I am encouraged by the fact that companies like Costco follow some of the same attitudes that companies like MINI are proud of -
“Even though everyone else is turning left, maybe you (we) should turn right and see what happens…”

I think what happens is that we begin to think not just outside the box but beyond the box.

Thanks to Gabe via Matt for the article.

Posted by todd at 10:16 AM
July 02, 2005
New MINI graphics

These checkerboard sunroof covers seem to be all the rage lately. I think what people like about them is that they are just white checks on the dark glass and the pattern on the inside is really cool. From the inside, the black checks are just the smoked glass and you can see through those areas unlike the MINI factory checkered sunroof cover where it’s solid all over.

This next MINI was supposed to be like the Austin Powers MINI like this:

but I think the customer decided that was a little too much so below is what we ended up with.

I’m taking the holiday weekend off, sort of. This morning I’m installing bonnet stripes for some friends in the MINI Club who just had some body/paint work done on their bonnet and then I’m sleeping until Tuesday. Happy 4th!

Posted by todd at 10:35 AM