Tom Dwyer Automotive https://tomdwyer.com Portland's Best Auto Repair - Now Servicing 1998+ Vehicles Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:32:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.14 Tom’s Tidbits- There’s hope after Dope… dim, dim hope, but hope! https://tomdwyer.com/2018/newsletters/toms-tidbits-thoughts-2017-hope-2018/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 20:07:30 +0000 https://tomdwyer.com/?p=24259 Greetings, In January 2017 I promised an addition to our newsletter, TRUMPWATCH, in which we’d “…try to keep track of the most egregious lies, the most insane policies, the most blatant violations of Constitution and basic human values that the … Continue reading

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In January 2017 I promised an addition to our newsletter, TRUMPWATCH, in which we’d “…try to keep track of the most egregious lies, the most insane policies, the most blatant violations of Constitution and basic human values that the Trumpocracy has to offer.”   By February it was obviously a promise I couldn’t keep.  Just listing the “most blatant” desecrations was a fulltime job that even “real” news outlets were unprepared for.  No matter how bad I feared things would be, the reality has been far worse.  But as we finish our first full year of the man-child’s narcissism, lies, temper-tantrums, incompetence, constant golfing vacations and major brain failure; there is hope and it may come, despite all probability and at least in part, from Newt Gingrich…

Trump’s constant lying is an enigma to me. Is there no recognition of his perjury or just fear of any retribution for pointing out the serial dissimulation by this con artist? We can brush off lies about crowd size or the “most popular president ever”, but the constancy of his lying on more substantive matters makes it impossible to meaningfully consider any actual proposals.  He lies to support policies, lies to oppose them, lies about errors and mistakes, lies about his daily schedule, lies about even the weather.  I’m not naïve; I know politicians lie.  Demanding purity from any politician leads to disappointment, but that doesn’t mean all lies or all liars are equal.  In an article comparing Trump’s lies with past presidents’, the NY Times pointed out…

Trump vs Obama lies“the word [lie] is unfair to Obama and Bush. When they became aware that they had been saying something untrue, they often stopped doing it. Obama didn’t continue to claim that all Americans would be able to keep their existing health insurance under Obamacare, for example, and Bush changed the way he spoke about Iraq’s weapons capability. Trump is different. When he is caught lying, he will often try to discredit people telling the truth… Trump is trying to make truth irrelevant. It is extremely damaging to democracy, and it’s not an accident. It’s core to his political strategy”.

The Donald’s stream of Goebbels-ian alternative facts, his 8-year-olds’ attention span, and his limited command of language would indicate that he’s not “like, a smart person” despite his repeated assertions otherwise.  Retrograde cognition along with his vexing narcissistic personality disorder makes DT’s contempt for “the other” conspicuous, adding another reason to loathe him.  Trump has insulted womenMexicans, blacks, Asians, Muslims, democrats, gays, handicapped people, veterans, gold star families, poor people, friends, enemies, countries who are friend or enemies, the White House… you get the idea.  In fact, the NY Times put together a list of 410 People, Places, and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on TwitterOur President has gone out of his way to mock every segment (except the one-percenters, Nazis, and white supremacists) of the America he pretends to love.  Maybe it’s a strange sort of equal opportunity but it doesn’t unite us; it just shatters us further when we’re struggling already.

Trump’s toxic deportment has real effects.  At home, Trumpets scrape to find “achievements” of any kind.  Their one legislative victory was TrumpTax, but it was a victory for 1% of America at the expense of the other 99%.  Abroad, American world leadership built through generations of brains, bucks, and blood is being decimated.  Trump’s embarrassing withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord was unambiguously bad, but even arguable successes come with embedded failure.  For example, I railed loudly against the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) during the Obama years for inadequate worker and environmental protection, inadequate benefits for the Middle Class, and the egregious TPP Trade Court made up of Corporate lobbyists.  Though I was in favor of scrapping TPP, we DO need fair trade rules and nothing is being contemplated to replace it.  Saying “no” is part of leadership but it’s not the end; there must be substantive proposals to move forward.  Instead we and the rest of the world are left adrift.

My strong wish would be to erase everything this illegitimate president has done since he lied his way into the Oval Office.  Everything with the Vulgarian’s signature should be erased.  His tainted appointments should be torn out root and branch from Vice President Pence to Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch and on down every bit of the line, and the yawning gaps he hasn’t filled should be quickly staffed with very qualified, very boring people.   Environmental regulations should be reinstated, immigration bans overturned, healthcare rebuilt, and consumer protections reinstated,  If I had my way, we’d hold a do-over election and pretend Donald Trump never happened to our country.  But Constitutional democracy doesn’t work that way and I spoke of hope instead of wishes.  What hope could there possibly be instead?  Disgust and desperation motivated Trump’s election but they may yet save us as well, because if America stands for anything it’s the idea that we all deserve better than disgust and despair; we deserve justice.

Maybe, faced with the painful reality that things aren’t fine just because a huckster asserts they’re fine, disillusionment will make us restructure our electoral processes to restore true participation in power.   It’s long past time for a new generation to take over congress. I am disgusted by intrenched multi-millionaire old white guys paid to do the bidding of their corporate masters; I think grotesque levels of personal wealth or support from wealth should disqualify a candidate, as their priorities are clear.  No important issue, be it electoral system failure, Social Security, Single-Payer healthcare, bloated military, imperialism and permanent war, global scale environmental ruination, charter schools and education, or any other will be allowed to change for the benefit of the majority while greed rules.  I want to be represented by people I respect (even ones I may not always agree with) in a Congress that represents ALL Americans.  Maybe we’ll realize that We the People can’t change anything without first changing our representation and money’s control over the process.

Desperation may change Congress in 2018 and prompt the removal of the troglodyte-in-chief, but perhaps not.  Perhaps, in a Congress purged of Trumpets, the torpid Democratic Party can re-polarize and return as the party of the working class with real progressive values. A strong clean and renewed party that can try to work with any lucid Republicans still standing (after the tax-cut purge I hope to see in the next cycles) to create actual laws, not executive orders, reflecting a consensus of the electorate.  Desperation may prompt politicians and voters to consider solutions they’d written off before… as the Republican repeal of the Obamacare mandate implodes the healthcare system, the unthinkable solution of Single Payer HealthCare may suddenly become plausible.  A disillusioned, yet stronger, electorate may force Congress to aggressively use tools like Newt Gingrich’s Congressional Review Act to reverse Trumpism’s worst abuses (and in fact, they already are).

Trump is making good on his promise (through Bannon) to “destroy the administrative state”, but we can’t let disgust make us forget that our “administrative state” is something we’ve built together for over 200 years.  For all its very real flaws we take most of what it does for granted because it works so well.  Living under the rule of laws may be annoying but (when they work) those pesky rules keep our military from running amok here and abroad, keep our courts impartial, our votes secure, our water clean, our workplaces safe, our drugs effective, our children educated, and so much more.  Even those who voted for Trump are beginning to reassess now that the growing chasm between rhetoric and reality begins to adversely affect their lives.

Nothing will change if we settle for disgust, disillusionment, and desperation, but everything can change if we use them as a springboard to courage, satisfaction, and confidence.  Trump has amplified some deep and ugly truths about America, but while he represents our lowest impulses I know he doesn’t represent our highest possibilities.  My hope for 2018 and beyond lies with each of us individually and collectively working for justice and better ways.

Make a great year,

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PS… 

As we all buckle down for the second year of the Trumpocracy, education and involvement will be our friends, so please let me introduce you to some of my very best friends…

The Young Turks-  Hard hitting, no BS, investigative reporting that’s rare anymore.  TYT’s Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian bring together a host of hosts for real news and unvarnished opinion.

Justice Democrats–  Supporting CorproDems is a waste of time, but supporting real Democrats may not be.  “If you want a strong Democratic Party that doesn’t cater to corporate donors and will fight for the average American, join [Justice Democrats] to take the party back!”

WolfPAC– Real change won’t happen without real change in the System.  WolfPAC is one of the many groups working to make Representatives representative.

Digging Deeper…

Although we weren’t able to keep our Trumpwatch promise, other groups are still fighting the good fight.  Here’s just a few…

Trump Watch– From the Natural Resources Defense Council, “Keeping a vigilant eye on the administration’s environmental actions.”

Trump Watch– From the Washington Post,  “A running tally of Trump administration policies, statements and executive actions affecting civil liberties”

Trump Watch– From Nation columnist Jon Wiener

Trump Watch– A Patreon Project “…creating an objective daily report on our objectively worst President.”

Trump Watch–  Donald Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio’s take on the unconventional president-elect’s transition to the White House.

Are Toxic Political Conversations Changing How We Feel about Objective Truth? By Fisher, Knobe, Strickland, and Keil in Scientific American, Jan 2018

Rebuilding America After Trump, by Chris Ladd on Forbes.com, Nov 2016

Syria Is Joining the Paris Agreement. Now What?  By Robinson Meyer in The Atlantic, Nov 2017

The 410 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List by Jasmine Lee and Kevin Quealy in the NY Times, Dec 2017

In 355 days, President Trump has made 2,001 false or misleading claims by Washington Post Fact Checker, Updated Jan 2018

Making China Great Again-  By Evan Osnos in The New Yorker, Jan 2018

YEAR END ROUND-UP: The MASSIVE List of President Trump’s Accomplishments In His First Year by Jon Hall in Free Market Shooter, Dec 2017

Brooke Baldwin reviews 4 weeks of Trump on CNN, Aug 2017

Trump’s end-of-year accomplishment list isn’t that skimpy. Of course, the party’s in charge, by Jonah Goldberg in LA Times, Dec 2017

Year One List: 81 major Trump achievements, 11 Obama legacy items repealed, by Paul Bedard in Washington Examiner, Dec 2017

Wikipedia- Congressional Review Act

Tom’s Tidbits- Don’t Believe Your Lying Eyes! By Tom Dwyer in Your Car Matters, Jan 2017

Ex-Bush press secretary: GOP is doomed in the midterms if Trump continues to only cater to his base byTom Boggioni on Raw Story, Dec 2017

Delusional Trump Claims He’s Just As Popular As Obama Was After First Year by Farron Cousins on The Ring of Fire, Dec 2017

A Path to Power for the American Left by Ethan Young in The Indypendent, Dec 2017

Five things we learned from Donald Trump’s Christmas holiday, BBC News, Dec 2017

Republicans Mock “Coastal Elites,” But the Trump Administration Is Full of Them by Shaun King on The Intercept, Dec 2017

Trump’s Lies vs. Obama’s by Leonhardt, Philbrick, and Thompson in the NY Times, Dec 2017

Looking back at 12 months of Tidbits

We’ve been in Sellwood 30 years. With your help, we’ll be here 30 more!

2017 marked our 30th year in business, and Tom looks back over a long, strange trip.  THANK YOU!

 Trump… why wouldn’t America vote for him?

The Democrats are counting the 2018 chickens already, but they’d better offer an alternative to Trump… or lose

Sellwood’s under threat, but there IS a solution!

Our Sellwood neighborhood doesn’t have to wither… the power to save it lies with each of us

The End of the Beginning Raises More Questions

The Trump administration faces enduring questions as it gets underway for real

Painful lessons from our First 100 Days of Trump

The First 100 were educational to us all, but are the Democrats learning the lessons they’ll need?

It’s time to euthanize for-profit health care!

Obamacare made it obvious, but the “efforts” of the Republicans make it imperative

Don’t Believe Your Lying Eyes!

The Trump administration begins with a series of obvious and easily disproved lies.  (Spoiler:  It only gets worse)

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The Sun Sets on 2017… FINALLY! https://tomdwyer.com/2018/newsletters/sun-sets-2017-finally/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 20:05:17 +0000 https://tomdwyer.com/?p=24260 Here’s what was on our mind in a very long year… For an auto repair shop we put a lot… a LOT… of work into our newsletter.  Why?  Why spend hour upon hour researching, writing, and illustrating what could just … Continue reading

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Here’s what was on our mind in a very long year…

Apr 2017 NL PixFor an auto repair shop we put a lot… a LOT… of work into our newsletter.  Why?  Why spend hour upon hour researching, writing, and illustrating what could just be a semi-monthly puff piece?  Because in some ways it’s a golden example of what makes us so unique.  Tom’s sole directive to the “Your Car Matters” staff is to produce quality; to give you value and interest in return for your precious time and attention.  A newsletter can be a pretty minor detail for most companies, but at Tom Dwyer there are no minor details.  RestOfNewsletterEverything we do from your vehicle repairs to the lobby coffee is done with the same care, attention, and fanatic dedication to your satisfaction.   And in a year like 2017 it was probably reassuring to know someone… anyone… cared about your satisfaction!  So please settle back with us now and take a look at some of our Feature articles from 2017, part of our own small attempt to make one not-so-minor detail the best we could make it…

Feature- BusPolNo Oil ChangesFeature- Xam realityFeature- TurksFeature- tiresFeature- RefRewYearly2016Feature MagmerFeature- JournalismFeature- Insider tipsFeature- Car SnobsFeature- AnniversaryPopcorn- KobachFeature- Bluesfest ReportFeature- Oliver saves Net

And we have Feature articles on a wide variety of subjects going back years.  Interested in any of these?

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Knowledge Is Power… GRAB SOME! https://tomdwyer.com/2018/newsletters/knowledge-power-grab/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 20:04:42 +0000 https://tomdwyer.com/?p=24261 In 2017 we shared these insider tips to get the absolute most value from our service… If you’re used to dealing with Dealerships (or even other independent shops) you’ve probably developed strategies for getting no-BS vehicle service, but thousands of … Continue reading

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In 2017 we shared these insidFeature- Insider tips 2er tips to get the absolute most value from our service…

If you’re used to dealing with Dealerships (or even other independent shops) you’ve probably developed strategies for getting no-BS vehicle service, but thousands of our satisfied clients will tell you we’re not like any other shop you’ve ever dealt with!  That’s why we built an in-depth resource at TomDwyer.com describing exactly how we’re different and how you can use those differences to your advantage.  We now send a brochure with the high points to every new client (ask your Service Advisor for a copy if you haven’t seen one).RestOfNewsletter

You won’t need your tricks with us, but there are still ways to make our services even more effective and convenient for you and help you squeeze every useful mile from whatever vehicle you drive.  Knowledge is power, and we’re trying our best to put the power in YOUR hands… reach out and grab it!

This brochure has the high points from the “New Client Orientation” resource on our website.  (PLEASE ask for one on your next visit!)

Orientation brochue outsideFor the meat of the matter, you’ll really want to check the full web resource.  Everything’s outlined with bullet points and hyperlinks to relevant articles, and we’re adding material all the time.  You’ll find it all at  “How To Make Our Shop Features Work For You”

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Please VOTE for our YEARLY Referral Reward winner! https://tomdwyer.com/2018/newsletters/last-quarterly-2017/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 20:03:57 +0000 https://tomdwyer.com/?p=24262 Scroll to the bottom for the list of candidates for our Referral Reward YEARLY Award! Referrals from our existing clients are our greatest source of new clients… people telling people about what they’ve found with Tom Dwyer keeps our doors … Continue reading

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Scroll to the bottom for the list of candidates for our Referral Reward YEARLY Award!

RestOfNewsletterReferrals from our existing clients are our greatest source of new clients… people telling people about what they’ve found with Tom Dwyer keeps our doors open!  We say “thanks” for that support through our Referral Reward Program.  When a new client gives us a specific name as a referral source, we call that person and make a donation to the non-profit group of their choice.  Each group also becomes eligible for Quarterly and Yearly awards of $200 and $500 and we’re pleased to announce our last quarterly award of 2017 this month.  And, with 2017 in the bank, it’s time to ask your help in picking our Yearly award for 2017 as well!  And so, without further ado, we’re pleased to announce our Quarterly Winner, and recipient of $200, is…

dougy_logo_old (1)You might think the worst thing that could ever happen to a child is facing the death of a loved one through disease, accident, murder or suicide, but think of this… it’s just the start of a road they’ll be walking for the rest of their lives.   The people at the Dougy Center have been thinking about that for years, and more importantly they’ve been doing something about it.  From their website…

The mission of The Dougy Center is to provide support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults and their families grieving a death can share their experiences. Through our Pathways Program we provide a safe place for families facing an advanced serious illness.

The Dougy Center, the first center in the United States to provide peer support groups for grieving children, was founded in 1982. A courageous boy named Dougy Turno died of an inoperable brain tumor at the age of 13. In the two months prior to his death, he was a patient at Oregon Health Sciences University, where Beverly Chappell, at the request of Swiss psychiatrist and pioneer in the field of death, dying and bereavement, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, supported Dougy and his family during his treatment. Bev quickly observed Dougy’s ability to bond with other teens facing serious medical issues, how he intuitively knew he was dying, and how he helped other kids talk about their fears. After his death, Bev envisioned a place where children, teens, and their parents coping with the death of a family member, could share their experience with others who understood, who didn’t tell The_Dougy_Center_(2014)_-_1them to “get over it” or judge how they chose to grieve. The first grief support groups met in Bev’s home and has grown from that grassroots effort to become a sought after resource for children and families who are grieving. It is still the only year-round child-centered program offering peer support groups to grieving families in our community.

Today, The Dougy Center serves around 500 children and their 350 adult family members each month. Our 68 open-ended peer support groups meet every other week and are divided by age, type of death (illness, sudden death, murder, suicide) and who died (parent, sibling). Concurrent adult support groups meet at the same time for the caregiver of the child or teen who is attending group. Since our founding, The Dougy Center has served 40,000 children, teens and their families and has received national and international acclaim for our pioneering peer support model for helping children cope with the death of a family member.

We provide educational materials about children and grief and training opportunities to local and national agencies in need of our expertise. We are widely known for our groundbreaking grief support group model, and our expertise has spread nationally and internationally. Around the world, The Dougy Center’s pioneering model has been replicated through our trainings and the trainings of programs we’ve trained. We now estimate that there are over 500 organizations worldwide that are using our peer support group model and credit the Center with their founding.

The Dougy Center relies on the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations. We receive no government funding and are supported entirely by private donations and professional training fees. We never charge families for our services.

Our congratulations to the Dougy Center for winning our final Quarterly Award this year, and our deeper congratulations for the difference they’re making in the lives of so many wounded children.

Our Referral Reward Yearly Award

Referral-Reward-new-buttonWith our final 2017 Quarterly Award finished, it’s time for YOU to pick our Yearly Award winner and recipient of $500!

One small caveat before voting begins…

We know you love organizations like Oregon Food Bank and Planned Parenthood because they’re all doing vital work and they seem to get at least one Referral Reward every month.  HOWEVER.  They’re very, very big.  We give each Quarterly Winner $200 and each Yearly Winner $500, and while we’re sure these bigger groups would appreciate it (and several of these large groups have won our Quarterly and Yearly awards in the past) that money could be a much bigger boost to a smaller organization.  Since we’d like to focus our giving where it would mean the most, we’ve decided to make the following groups INELIGIBLE for the Quarterly and Yearly awards, though we’ll gladly give to them through the year:

2017’s Ineligible Groups

Mercy Corps          Sierra Club          Oregon Food Bank          Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon Humane Society          PETA          American Cancer Society

ACLU of Oregon          Planned Parenthood          Salvation Army          American Red Cross

With the Big Guys temporarily sidelined, you still have 51 worthy (if slightly smaller) groups to choose from.  Which one do YOU think should get $500?  Email your choice to Charles@TomDwyer.com with “Quarterly Award” in the subject line, call the shop at 503-230-2300 and tell us your pick, or look for a voting postcard on your next visit.  And thanks for your support and participation!  Look for the winner in our next newsletter!

2017’s Eligible Groups

Family Dog’s New Life Shelter           Save The Giants           Elders In Action

Tualitin Riverkeeper           Friends of Tryon Creek           Our House of Portland

Compassion International           Pilgrim Lutheran Church           Moms Demand Action

Jobs With Justice           Pinball Outreach           God’s Dogs           American Rivers

Llewellyn School           Urban League of Portland           Audobon Society

Community Cycling Center           KBOO Radio           Rex Foundation

American Bladder Cancer Society           Southern Poverty Law Center           JOIN PDX

The Pixie Project           Adelante Mujeres           Natural Resources Defense Council

Meals on Wheels           Portland Rescue Mission           Delete Blood Cancer

Greater Portland Bible Church           Workers Justice Project NW       BARK Mt. Hood

OCHIN- Healthcare Solutions           Sister of the Road Café           Basic Rights Oregon

Sierra Club           Dougy Center           Shriners Hospital for Children           KHNS Alaska

Sunstone Montessori School           Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Raphael House           The Sanders Institute (Bernie Sanders)          XRAY.FM

Habitat for Humanity           Mercy Corps           Northwest Children’s Outreach

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society           Life Change Transitions

American Refugee Committee           Green Acres Farm Sanctuary

Out To Pasture Animal Sanctuary

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What NOW?!! Toons- Year End Toon Blowout! https://tomdwyer.com/2018/home/humor/what-now-toons/now-toons-year-end-toon-blowout/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 20:02:35 +0000 https://tomdwyer.com/?p=24263 We’ve thrown down a gauntlet that no other shop has picked up… as far as we know we remain the only auto repair shop in the country with our own political cartoonist!  The artist who makes that boast possible is … Continue reading

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RestOfNewsletteraaaWhatNowToonsButtonWe’ve thrown down a gauntlet that no other shop has picked up… as far as we know we remain the only auto repair shop in the country with our own political cartoonist!  The artist who makes that boast possible is the inimitable Keith Tucker, creator of his own “What NOW?!! Toons” and artist for some of the most popular animation from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s including Pinky & The Brain, Animaniacs, Roger Rabbit, and more.  You can get to know Keith all at once on TuckerToons.com, or get to know him bit by bit through his Toons. We’ll start you off with this new one he did for 2018 before moving on to those he did for us in 2017 and a peek at a Toonist-in-Waiting…

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Here’s a look at all the goings-on in Cartoon World in 2017… and how Keith covered it.

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2017 was also the first time in many years that Keith needed some time off, so client Geo Kendall sat down in the Cartoon Command Chair for August.  Thanks for the help, Geo!

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Drew’s Kitchen- A Year of Reviewing What You Should Be Chewing https://tomdwyer.com/2018/newsletters/drews-kitchen-year-reviewing-chewing/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 19:59:06 +0000 https://tomdwyer.com/?p=24264 Drew Pearson, one of our longest-tenured Service Advisors, has a life in front of the counter as well.  He’s an enthusiastic cook and epicure, and has written our “Drew’s Kitchen” newsletter column for years.  While he enjoys cooking he says … Continue reading

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RestOfNewsletteraaaDrewKitchButtonDrew Pearson, one of our longest-tenured Service Advisors, has a life in front of the counter as well.  He’s an enthusiastic cook and epicure, and has written our “Drew’s Kitchen” newsletter column for years.  While he enjoys cooking he says he doesn’t want to spend hours in the kitchen working on a dish, and doesn’t think anyone else does either.  That means that each month, as he pulls a recipe from his overstuffed box, you can count on something delicious, creative, and easy to prepare.  Try a sample from the menu below, and we bet you’ll be a regular in Drew’s Kitchen throughout 2018…

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Burger Bomb Sliders

Cucumber and celery salad with tuna

Quesadilla Burgers

Ahi Tuna Steaks with Thyme and Shallots

Chicken Portobello Lasagna

Drew’s Kitchen- Your 2016 table is ready

(All Drew’s recipes from 2016)

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Shop Talk- A Year of Critique About Our Boutique https://tomdwyer.com/2018/newsletters/shop-talk-year-critique-boutique/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 19:57:55 +0000 https://tomdwyer.com/?p=24265 “Shop Talk” is where you can find info on the day-to-day happenings here at the “East End of the Sellwood Bridge”.  This is the kind of stuff that makes up most of the content of most companies’ newsletters… but we … Continue reading

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RestOfNewsletteraaaShopTalkButton“Shop Talk” is where you can find info on the day-to-day happenings here at the “East End of the Sellwood Bridge”.  This is the kind of stuff that makes up most of the content of most companies’ newsletters… but we concentrate it all in one place just for you!

Comment-of-the-Month-ButtonComment of the Month

We continued our “Comment of the Month” section in Shop Talk this year.  We try to stay in close communication with all our clients, and the best of those conversations end up here…

Ken made a client cry… and we’re glad

Certified Vehicle or Pre-Purchase Inspection?

Helping with the construction onslaught

A Client praises us with poetry

“My car is under warranty but I’m still coming to you!”

“Love The Politics”

Referral-Reward-new-buttonReferal Reward Program breaks $20,000!!!

2017 closed the third year of our Referral Reward Program, in which we make a donation to the non-profit group of your choice for every new client you refer to us.  continues to be popular with our clients, and it’s certainly popular with the groups we’ve given to.  We made another 19 donations for $847 in November and December, bringing our total to 459 donations for $20,606 since the program began!  Here’s who we gave to this period…

Northstar Civic Foundation by Brooke H.          Transitions Project by Patrice O.

Oregon Food Bank by Ann H. Conrad J., Nadja L.          Operation Agua by Deborah A.

Planned Parenthood by David C. and Caitlin M.          American Cancer Society by Phil D.

Boys & Girls Aid by Kristin M, Alicia C, Amy P (2)          Refit Portland by Josh V.

Columbia Riverkeeper by Allen N.          DKMS- Delete Blood Cancer by Randy V.

Multnomah County Animal Shelter by Sarah W.          Human Solutions by Lisa P.

Skaters for Portland Skateparks by Bryce K.

Don’t let the other Dwyer Clients have all the fun; JOIN US in making a difference in our world!  Just refer a new client to Tom Dwyer, and if they tell us you referred them (don’t worry; we’ll ask) then we’ll call you to find out which deserving group you’d like to help.  It’s just that easy… start referring today!

With our final 2017 Quarterly Award finished, it’s time for YOU to pick our Yearly Award winner and recipient of $500!

As we said in our Quarterly Award article, we know you love organizations like Oregon Food Bank and Planned Parenthood because they’re all doing vital work and they seem to get at least one Referral Reward every month.  HOWEVER.  They’re very, very big.  We give each Quarterly Winner $200 and each Yearly Winner $500, and while we’re sure these bigger groups would appreciate it (and several of these large groups have won our Quarterly and Yearly awards in the past) that money could be a much bigger boost to a smaller organization.  Since we’d like to focus our giving where it would mean the most, we’ve decided to make the following groups INELIGIBLE for the Quarterly and Yearly awards, though we’ll gladly give to them through the year:

2017’s Yearly Winner- INELIGIBLE Groups

Mercy Corps         Sierra Club         Oregon Food Bank         PETA          Salvation Army

Oregon Public Broadcasting         Oregon Humane Society         Planned Parenthood

American Cancer Society           ACLU of Oregon          American Red Cross

With the Big Guys temporarily sidelined, you still have these 51 worthy (if slightly smaller) groups to choose from.  Which one do YOU think should get $500?

2017’s Yearly Winner- ELIGIBLE Groups

Family Dog’s New Life Shelter          Save The Giants           Elders In Action

Tualitin Riverkeeper          Friends of Tryon Creek          God’s Dogs

Our House of Portland           Compassion International

Pilgrim Lutheran Church           Moms Demand Action

Jobs With Justice           Pinball Outreach           American Rivers

Llewellyn School           Urban League of Portland

Audobon Society           Community Cycling Center

KBOO Radio           Rex Foundation           American Bladder Cancer Society

Southern Poverty Law Center           JOIN PDX           The Pixie Project

Adelante Mujeres           Natural Resources Defense Council

Meals on Wheels           Portland Rescue Mission           Delete Blood Cancer

Greater Portland Bible Church           Workers Justice Project NW

OCHIN- Healthcare Solutions           Sister of the Road Café

Basic Rights Oregon           Sierra Club           Dougy Center

Shriners Hospital for Children           BARK Mt. Hood           KHNS Alaska

Sunstone Montessori School           Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Raphael House           The Sanders Institute (Bernie Sanders)

XRAY.FM           Habitat for Humanity           Mercy Corps

Northwest Children’s Outreach           Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Life Change Transitions           American Refugee Committee

Green Acres Farm Sanctuary           Out To Pasture Animal Sanctuary

Email your choice to Charles@TomDwyer.com with “Quarterly Award” in the subject line, call the shop at 503-230-2300 and tell them your pick, or look for a voting postcard on your next visit.  Thanks for your support and participation, and look for the winner in our next newsletter!

What building across streetWhat are they building across the street?

Sellwood Bridgehead, being built across the street from us at 8222 SE 6th, will be a 119 unit multi-family housing project with 49 underground parking spots.  Everyone seems to ask about it when they come by the shop, so we’ll bring you a couple shots each month as our newest Sellwood neighbor takes shape. This month, we get to show you the “Before” and the first few months of “After”…

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The last few days of life of the old brown warehouse

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The view from our shop as construction gets well and truly underway

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Excavation complete and ready for concrete

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The parking basement, while only for 49 cars, is already taking shape with continual concrete pours

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As the cap on the basement was finishing up, snow hit Portland

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At night during the snowpocalypse as the first floor is almost ready for concrete

 

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“In Our America” Signs

Have you seen these signs around town but wondered where to get your own?  We’ve got yours here, because Tom Dwyer Automotive is proud to be a distribution point for “Nasty Women Get Shit Done PDX”, the group behind the signs.  Yard signs are $10 each (complete with a spiffy wire frame), posters and bumper stickers are $3 each, and all proceeds go to the Nasty Women to help with the Resistance.  If you can’t come by our shop then please drop by the Nasty Women website.  It’s not just a great place to get your Resistance Kit, but a great place to join up!

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We are constantly grateful for the supportive and loyal clients we have developed over the years.  Your comments and appreciation keep us on the right road to providing the superior automotive service you deserve.  Your reviews and referrals are not only the highest compliments we can receive, but they’re the lifeblood of our new business.  If you like what you’ve found at Tom Dwyer Automotive Services, please tell a friend or take a minute to write a review on YelpAngieslistGoogle, or the review site of your choice. Thank you!

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Automobiles are just like any other product; occasional flaws in manufacture or design can cause problems once they leave the factory.  When an issue is identified the manufacturers and government work hard to bring the vehicles back in for refit or repair, but not all recalls make the front pages.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains a constantly updated list of recalls from every manufacturer.  The last month’s recalls are below, but clicking the button at right will take you to the full list at the NHTSA website.

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Health Notes- Nothing Is More Important Than YOUR Health! https://tomdwyer.com/2018/newsletters/health-notes-nothing-important-health/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 19:56:18 +0000 https://tomdwyer.com/?p=24266 Why have a “Health” column in an auto shop newsletter?  Because YOU are the most important part of your vehicle, so keeping your vehicle “safe, breakdown-free, and operating at its best” starts with YOU.  It turns out that Health is … Continue reading

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RestOfNewsletteraaaHealthNotesButtonWhy have a “Health” column in an auto shop newsletter?  Because YOU are the most important part of your vehicle, so keeping your vehicle “safe, breakdown-free, and operating at its best” starts with YOU.  It turns out that Health is pretty interesting as well, covering topics like these…

The Health Effects Of Anniversaries–  How your past can reach out to grab your future.

Pacifying the Digital Natives–  The iPad may be a cheap babysitter, but it has other costs.

No one’s pretending “vitamin water” is healthy… anymore–  But they did until a lawsuit made them stop.

Does this country make my butt look big?–  Obesity is has been a problem for the US but it’s getting worse.  Includes BMI (Body Mass Index) Calculator.

Man In Vegetative State Regains Consciousness–  Amazing new medical technology made it possible.

Our Year-in-Review from 2016

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…and two bonuses to start your 2018 off right…

25 Craziest Drugs You Might Not Know Existed

Did you know there was a drug that “…burns fat so well that it raises the body temperature to dangerous levels and essentially cooks the body from the inside out”?  Makes those interminable lists of side effects in the TV drug ads look pretty tame!

What was the most significant medical discovery of 2017?

From a fascinating web community, Quora.com, where people posts answers to questions on many topics.  From experts to idiots, you see it all and the best is voted to the top.  New answers coming all the time!

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Book Spotlight- Leading You To The Reading You’re Needing https://tomdwyer.com/2018/newsletters/book-spotlight-leading-reading-youre-needing/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 19:48:43 +0000 https://tomdwyer.com/?p=24268 We love books at Tom Dwyer because books give us time to think in a world where time (and thought) is an all-too-rare commodity.  Books give authors all the time they want to marshal their best thoughts, and readers all … Continue reading

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RestOfNewsletteraaaBookSpotlightButtonWe love books at Tom Dwyer because books give us time to think in a world where time (and thought) is an all-too-rare commodity.  Books give authors all the time they want to marshal their best thoughts, and readers all the time they need to understand, review, and digest them.  We truly enjoy passing on our own recommendations for a few of the books that catch our eyes through the year.  It’s not just this Book Spotlight though… most of the books we pick are available for checkout in our shop’s Book and Bumper Sticker Library, and our magnetic Bumper Stickers are free!  Here’s what we recommended to you in 2017, and it will give you a very good taste of what you’ll find in the Library as well…

“5 Books To Make You Less Stupid About The Civil War” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“Space and Ocean Exploration: The Alternative to the Military Industrial Complex” by Danny Quintana

“Churchill and Orwell- The Fight For Freedom” by Thomas Ricks   PLUS- Bibliophile quiz

“Stamped From The Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendi PLUS- our recommendation for a classic

“Dereliction of Duty” by H.R. McMaster

2016’s Bookshelf and Bonuses

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Humorousness- A Full Year of Jeers, Sneers, and Cheers https://tomdwyer.com/2018/newsletters/humorousness-full-year-jeers-sneers-cheers/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 19:45:41 +0000 https://tomdwyer.com/?p=24267 Our world changes around us every day and in some very scary ways.  Of course it’s always been that way, and if these shocks are now scarier and more frequent… well, Humor is still our best defense.  None of us … Continue reading

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RestOfNewsletteraaaHumorosnessOur world changes around us every day and in some very scary ways.  Of course it’s always been that way, and if these shocks are now scarier and more frequent… well, Humor is still our best defense.  None of us are too busy to smile, and we did it in some great ways in 2017…

Anniversaries… the ultimate setup for jokes

The celebration of our 30th Anniversary in Sellwood gave us an excuse to consider anniversaries gone funny.

Recognizing the IgNobelity with our own Quiz

The IgNobel Prizes “honor” dubious achievements in science.  Our quiz was a dubious achievement itself.

Boy Scouting in the Trumpocracy

PLUS- Our first Humorousness contest!  (Our contest, much like Trump’s speech, was an embarrassing flop.)

Stories of OTHER people’s idiocy

Don’t learn from your mistakes, learn from other’s mistakes.  And if you can’t learn, laugh at them.

The April Fools’ Pranks You’ll Absolutely Need

Don’t put off this most-important-of-holidays till the last minute.  Prepare now.

Laughing our way through 2016

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