Tom Dwyer Automotive http://tomdwyer.com Portland's Best Auto Repair - Now Servicing 1998+ Vehicles Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:24:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Tom’s Tidbits- Inversion? Diversion. It’s EVASION! http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/inversion-diversion/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/inversion-diversion/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:27:12 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16009 Greetings! I’ve been hearing a new term bouncing around the media lately.  Washington’s most recent faux outrage involves “inversion”.  Inversion is a process by which a corporation purchases an overseas competitor or partner, transfers its mailing address to the new … Continue reading

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I’ve been hearing a new term bouncing around the media lately.  Washington’s most recent faux outrage involves “inversion”.  Inversion is a process by which a corporation purchases an overseas competitor or partner, transfers its mailing address to the new country, and then magically becomes a “foreign” company for tax purposes.  Nothing else changes; not production, personnel, or management, but the corporation’s tax bill drops radically anyway.  These Tax Inversions are a new legal loophole promoting Corporate Tax Evasion.RestOfNewsletter

Understandably, no one likes to pay taxes.  We all try to keep our bills to a minimum, but most of us also realize we owe something to the society we live in.  As Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society”, so we all have to balance our self-interest with our societal obligation.  We may grind our teeth about paying taxes, but we understand their necessity and live with their benefits every day.  For US human people, “…the rules for filing income, estate and gift tax returns and for paying estimated tax are generally the same whether you are living in the U.S. or abroad.  Your worldwide income is subject to U.S. income tax, regardless of where you reside.”  For our corporate brethren the rules are different, and they’re different for a reason.  These corporate citizens have the money freedom of speech to buy persuade politicians so it’s no surprise that laws are written in their favor.

Corporations benefit every day from the things taxes provide… the courts that enforce their contracts, the military that protects their trade routes, the police protecting their facilities, the teachers training their workers, and so much more.  All this comes with a cost and if the corporations aren’t paying it then we are.  In 1934, individuals and corporations paid roughly the same percentage of Federal revenues through their taxes.  In 2011 the share had changed to 47.3% for individuals and 7.8% for corporations.  In an era when 18 US firms hold 36% of all US wealth but US wages have been stagnant for over a decade, the tax burden is falling increasingly on the humans least able to pay it.

The actuality of this system is bad enough, but it’s even more offensive when politicians try to cover up the reality with pablum like “inversion”.  Go down the list… “Clean Skies” increased pollution, “Defense of Marriage” attacked marriage, “No Child Left Behind” left millions of children behind, the “Patriot” act destroyed everything that a patriot could love about America.  Beware… the more a name promises then the less it is likely to deliver.

Our News To Make You Furious this month is all about Inversions.  You’ll find info on the process, the technicalities, the history, and the fixes.  But through it all, please don’t fall for the diversion!  It’s not “inversion”… it’s “evasion”!

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RestOfNewsletterOur shop has been located at the base of the Sellwood Bridge since we opened in 1981.  Even then people knew the Bridge was a little shaky but the idea of repair was just a glimmer in an engineer’s eye, so we settled in next to our wobbly neighbor and got started repairing cars.

Click here to see all any in-progress reports from our monthly Sellwood Bridge Update column!

Click here to see all any in-progress reports from our monthly Sellwood Bridge Update column!

But since about 2006, the Bridge has dominated our business… you could say we’ve been living under the shadow of the bridge for almost 8 years.  Recently the Bridge project passed the 50% completion point (yea!) and Multnomah County offered a tour for the people who have been on the various advisory councils throughout the project.  We eagerly strapped on our boots to go behind-the-scenes, so this month we are pleased to show you what we saw…

Before we start looking at the state of the construction, here are two images to show where we started and where we hope to end up…

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Sellwood Bridge in September, 2010.  View looking east from the west bank.  Rated 2 out of a possible score of 100 on the National Bridge Inventory Sufficiency rating scale.

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New design for the Sellwood Bridge, expected to be completed in 2016.  View looking west from the east bank

Now, please join us for a journey into a once-in-a-lifetime construction project that only a very few people will ever get to see…

The tour started on the East side of the bridge.  This view looks onto the new construction on the south lanes of the bridge.

The tour started on the East side of the bridge. This view looks onto the new construction on the south lanes of the bridge.

Some of the construction pathways would make Indiana Jones think twice…

Some of the construction pathways would make Indiana Jones think twice…

On the east end of the bridge, a concrete deck pour is the next big thing.  Since the bridge could eventually carry streetcar as well as vehicle, pedestrian, and bike traffic, the concrete will need to be deeper under the streetcar than under the lighter traffic.  This picture shows how the depth will vary for the pedestrian side (toward the left) and the traffic side (toward the right.)

On the east end of the bridge, a concrete deck pour is the next big thing. Since the bridge could eventually carry streetcar as well as vehicle, pedestrian, and bike traffic, the concrete will need to be deeper under the streetcar than under the lighter traffic. This picture shows how the depth will vary for the pedestrian side (toward the left) and the traffic side (toward the right.)

View looking west from the east side construction zone.

View looking west from the east side construction zone.

A view down a stairway only available to the construction crews.

A view down a stairway only available to the construction crews.

View looking west from the tip of the east side construction.  You can see the old bridge and new bridge just inches apart.  This small part of the old bridge will be one of the last remaining parts to be addressed, as described below.

View looking west from the tip of the east side construction. You can see the old bridge and new bridge just inches apart. This small part of the old bridge will be one of the last remaining parts to be addressed, as described below.

This picture, looking west from the east bank of the river, is a good look at the construction tricks used to keep traffic moving during the bridge construction.  The lighter concrete on the left is the new construction, while the darker parts to the right are the old bridge.  This part of the old bridge is carrying traffic right now.  You’ll notice that the closest arch on the new side is a “T”, but look further down the bridge… you can barely see it, but the farther new arches have two supporting columns instead of just one.  When the rest of the bridge is complete, this will be one of the last areas to be addressed.  Traffic will be completely diverted onto the new construction while this last remaining part of the old bridge is demolished, and the “T” arches of the new construction will be completed with their second supports.

This picture, looking west from the east bank of the river, is a good look at the construction tricks used to keep traffic moving during the bridge construction. The lighter concrete on the left is the new construction, while the darker parts to the right are the old bridge. This part of the old bridge is carrying traffic right now. You’ll notice that the closest arch on the new side is a “T”, but look further down the bridge… you can barely see it, but the farther new arches have two supporting columns instead of just one. When the rest of the bridge is complete, this will be one of the last areas to be addressed. Traffic will be completely diverted onto the new construction while this last remaining part of the old bridge is demolished, and the “T” arches of the new construction will be completed with their second supports.

Here’s a reminder of one of the many reasons the Sellwood Bridge needed redoing.  The clearance between the traffic lanes and the light posts is only 23”, a dangerous choke point for pedestrians and bicycles trying to pass in opposite directions.

Here’s a reminder of one of the many reasons the Sellwood Bridge needed redoing. The clearance between the traffic lanes and the light posts is only 23”, a dangerous choke point for pedestrians and bicycles trying to pass in opposite directions.

 

You may have heard a report from OPB that some of the concrete used in the bridge needed to be removed and replaced.  It could have been a large and scary error, but wasn’t.  The concrete in question was used far down the west bank retaining wall.  The top picture shows the area in question (in the red circle) and the bottom picture is a closeup of the concrete repair (in progress).  When it’s done, it will look as good as new.  Problem solved!

You may have heard a report from OPB that some of the concrete used in the bridge needed to be removed and replaced. It could have been a large and scary error, but wasn’t. The concrete in question was used far down the west bank retaining wall. The top picture shows the area in question (in the red circle) and the bottom picture is a closeup of the concrete repair (in progress). When it’s done, it will look as good as new. Problem solved!

 

It’s been difficult to wedge a project this big into a quiet neighborhood like Sellwood, but the crews have done an amazing job.  This picture of the bridge and the condominiums on the north side shows just how careful they’re being.

It’s been difficult to wedge a project this big into a quiet neighborhood like Sellwood, but the crews have done an amazing job. This picture of the bridge and the condominiums on the north side shows just how careful they’re being.

The west side wall construction continues.  This section of wall still has the exposed ends of soil nails visible.  The soil nails extend 60’ into the hillside to stabilize the soil and attach the wall.  Eventually, this wall surface will be covered with the same vertically-striated concrete visible on the most northern end of the hillside.

The west side wall construction continues. This section of wall still has the exposed ends of soil nails visible. The soil nails extend 60’ into the hillside to stabilize the soil and attach the wall. Eventually, this wall surface will be covered with the same vertically-striated concrete visible on the most northern end of the hillside.

This will eventually be part of the pedestrian and bike path along the west bank.  You just have to use your imagination for now.

This will eventually be part of the pedestrian and bike path along the west bank. You just have to use your imagination for now.

It’s Portland… of course there’s recycling, even on construction projects.  All sorted by type, too.

It’s Portland… of course there’s recycling, even on construction projects. All sorted by type, too.

The wall bordering the pedestrian path is designed to be a living wall.  When finished, it will be covered with plants embedded into the wall’s structure.

The wall bordering the pedestrian path is designed to be a living wall. When finished, it will be covered with plants embedded into the wall’s structure.

One of the main reasons the Sellwood Bridge was damaged in the first place was that the original engineers didn’t realize the west bank of the river was basically a slow-motion landslide.  The pressure over the decades moved the west end and buckled the support structure, so the new bridge will have motion monitoring equipment integrated into its design.  These cylinders are access points to probes that extend deep into the ground.  When the bridge is finished they’ll provide ongoing data on ground movement.  Right now, they’re being used to confirm that all the engineering on the west side to stop the landslide has actually been effective.

One of the main reasons the Sellwood Bridge was damaged in the first place was that the original engineers didn’t realize the west bank of the river was basically a slow-motion landslide. The pressure over the decades moved the west end and buckled the support structure, so the new bridge will have motion monitoring equipment integrated into its design. These cylinders are access points to probes that extend deep into the ground. When the bridge is finished they’ll provide ongoing data on ground movement. Right now, they’re being used to confirm that all the engineering on the west side to stop the landslide has actually been effective.

The new interchange on the west side of the river is a major part of the Sellwood Bridge project.  This picture shows the west approach span to the bridge in the foreground, with the interchange itself in the background.

The new interchange on the west side of the river is a major part of the Sellwood Bridge project. This picture shows the west approach span to the bridge in the foreground, with the interchange itself in the background.

This type of wood-and-steel wall, where 12x12 wooden beams are captured between vertical steel I-beams, is common throughout the project.  Interestingly, the first beam goes in at the top and the other beams are added from below.  Don’t ask how.

This type of wood-and-steel wall, where 12×12 wooden beams are captured between vertical steel I-beams, is common throughout the project. Interestingly, the first beam goes in at the top and the other beams are added from below. Don’t ask how.

It’s easy to forget just how massive the equipment for this project is.  They don’t look as big when you drive past, but try getting up close to one of those cranes… they’re GIGANTIC!

It’s easy to forget just how massive the equipment for this project is. They don’t look as big when you drive past, but try getting up close to one of those cranes… they’re GIGANTIC!

Most of the construction in the river is centered around the concrete supports that will hold the main steel support arches.  For the next few pictures, as an orientation, here’s what the steel arch supports will eventually look like.

Most of the construction in the river is centered around the concrete supports that will hold the main steel support arches. For the next few pictures, as an orientation, here’s what the steel arch supports will eventually look like.

This is the support structure where the steel arch will touch down on the west bank.  Those black cable-looking things next to the yellow rods aren’t structural, but they are vital.  As concrete sets after pouring, it heats up.  In a block of concrete as big as this, the heat in the center of the block can’t make it to the surface to be released.  If the heat can’t dissipate, the concrete will be weaker when it eventually sets.  Those “cables” are actually tubes to carry water through the concrete, cooling the core and allowing uniform setting.

This is the support structure where the steel arch will touch down on the west bank. Those black cable-looking things next to the yellow rods aren’t structural, but they are vital. As concrete sets after pouring, it heats up. In a block of concrete as big as this, the heat in the center of the block can’t make it to the surface to be released. If the heat can’t dissipate, the concrete will be weaker when it eventually sets. Those “cables” are actually tubes to carry water through the concrete, cooling the core and allowing uniform setting.

It looks like there is a lot going on under the bridge (and of course there is) but most of the construction revolves around building the casting boxes that will shape the poured concrete.  The yellow panels, gigantic as they are, are just the walls of a concrete mold.

It looks like there is a lot going on under the bridge (and of course there is) but most of the construction revolves around building the casting boxes that will shape the poured concrete. The yellow panels, gigantic as they are, are just the walls of a concrete mold.

The big wooden piece with the green tag is a template for the sweep of the big steel support arches that will hold up the bridge.

The big wooden piece with the green tag is a template for the sweep of the big steel support arches that will hold up the bridge.

No, it’s not to keep the bridge clean during construction.  This bottle of dishwashing liquid helps slightly rusty nuts turn on to slightly rusty threads.

No, it’s not to keep the bridge clean during construction. This bottle of dishwashing liquid helps slightly rusty nuts turn on to slightly rusty threads.

The steel arches will touch down on concrete supports at two points in the water.  This is a view into the box where the concrete bases will be cast, showing the massive amounts of rebar needed to make the concrete structurally sound.

The steel arches will touch down on concrete supports at two points in the water. This is a view into the box where the concrete bases will be cast, showing the massive amounts of rebar needed to make the concrete structurally sound.

Wanna talk precision?  Construction tolerances throughout the Bridge project are just +/- 1/8”!

Wanna talk precision? Construction tolerances throughout the Bridge project are just +/- 1/8”!

This boat landing on the east bank at the end of Spokane Street has been neglected for many years.  The rumor is that when the bridge construction is complete, the landing may be spruced up and returned to service.  Just a rumor, though.

This boat landing on the east bank at the end of Spokane Street has been neglected for many years. The rumor is that when the bridge construction is complete, the landing may be spruced up and returned to service. Just a rumor, though.

 

Construction on the new bridge began in December of  2012, and is slated to continue until Fall of 2016.  Here are some upcoming milestones you can look forward to..

    • Next concrete pour on the east side road bed- Early Sep 2014
    • Concrete pour for Hwy 43 ramp- Spring 2015
    • Steel arches delivered- late 2014 or early 2015
    • Traffic on new bridge- late 2015 or early 2016
    • Demolition of east end portion of the old bridge- Winter or Spring 2016
    • Project complete and crews go home- Late Fall 2016 (The new bridge opens earlier, but it’s not 100% complete until late 2016)

We bring you monthly reports on the progress of the Sellwood Bridge construction in our monthly newsletter column, Sellwood Bridge Update.  If you want more details more often, then Multnomah County maintains the definitive website on everything related to the Sellwood Bridge Replacement project at www.sellwoodbridge.org.  Construction and closure alerts, archived information, and other resources are all available 24/7 for your convenience.

Until the next update, remember that the Sellwood Bridge is safe and open.  There are inevitable construction delays, but they’re very minor… you might get caught by a flagger for a couple minutes, but that’s about it.  Don’t let the bridge construction prevent you from coming to see us… and you might even look at it as a chance to see something that your grandchildren will one day ask about.  Come on in!

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Physician, heal thy friends http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/physician-heal-thy-friends/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/physician-heal-thy-friends/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:25:40 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16011 Tom’s response to a friend with car problems A friend of Tom’s was on vacation and called in worried about his car’s overheating problem that had developed on the way to Lake Quinault in Washington.  The car was continuing to … Continue reading

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A friend of Tom’s was on vacation and called in worried about his car’s overheating problem that had developed on the way to Lake Quinault in Washington.  The car was continuing to drive but the temperature gauge was starting to rise higher than normal.  The car didn’t seem to be losing coolant, but he was obviously worried about the classic scenario of a breakdown in the middle of the desert with steam pouring out of the hood.  Since the coolant looked good he called Tom to see what he should do.RestOfNewsletter

Tom’s Response- 

“If you don’t already have AAA Plus then get it!  If there is no local shop and you must continue to drive here are some things you should know…

First check and make sure the radiator is full. You need to look in the radiator; do not trust the over-flow bottle it can be full and the radiator empty. When the vehicle is cool remove the radiator cap and inspect the coolant level. Do not attempt to open the radiator cap when the vehicle is over heating or even at normal operating temperature unless you know what you are doing. If the radiator is low or empty the cause of the loss will need to be determined and corrected. If the radiator is full then here is a “101 primer” on overheating without coolant loss:

“Probably the most common cause of over-heating is low or weak coolant, but if you’ve ruled that out then there are several other possibilities.  Over-Heating without coolant loss could be caused by a defective thermostat, plugged radiator, electric fan not cycling, compromised head gasket, temperature gauge problem or a loose water pump impellor. Older vehicles had an external belt that ran the water pump and if it was loose or missing the water pump would not be driven properly. The timing belt runs the water pump on your vehicle so that will not apply here.  Here is a bit of info on each possible cause for your car:

  • Radiator plugged:  Usually restricted radiators will cause problems and heat-up on hot days, uphill or under heavy loads, then the engine cools when the load or temperature drops.  This can come on suddenly, but it’s usually a gradual problem that gets noticed when the ambient temperature climbs or the car pulls a long uphill grade on hot day.  The temperature gauge usually moves slowly up or down when this is the problem.
  • Electric fan not cycling:  Your fan is not needed as much when you’re moving at freeway speeds or on cool days, it is needed more for around town, extended idling, stop and go traffic or pulling step grades.  It is normal for the temperature gauge to climb at stops or slow traffic, then drop when the car gets moving faster or when the fan kicks on. Listen for the sound of your radiator cooling fan operation…  The Fan is thermostatically controlled and usually comes on somewhere over half gauge then switches off somewhere under or about half gauge.
  • Thermostat problem:  Thermostats can stick open, closed, partially open-or-closed, can be erratic, or work just fine then act up before returning to “normal”.  Once a thermostat has overheated it’s damaged and needs to be replaced, no matter what initially caused the overheating.
  • Head Gasket failure:  Cracks or leaks in head gaskets (or heads or blocks) can cause some of the most difficult problems to diagnose.  They don’t always just “blow”.  The failures do eventually get worse and become obvious but it can take time in some cases.  The head gasket should separate coolant, oil, and compression gasses from each other and keep all of them from escaping to the external world.  There can be many types of failures- external leaks, oil and coolant mixing, compression gasses and coolant bridging together, compression between cylinders, and more.  When the barrier between compression and water fails, funny things can happen; for instance when compression gasses push into the cooling system it can stop the circulation of coolant and cause over-heating. (Not all breaches of combustion gasses into cooling system will cause this kind of coolant loss, though).  This form of breach is the worst to diagnose because it can be really intermittent and troublesome before it is diagnosed or “blows”.  The gauge may behave erratically but will not move instantaneously up and down unless the temp sensor is not submerged in coolant.  I’ve seen this type of failure behave normally for days or weeks and then go back to over-heating. Eventually the head gasket gets compromised enough to consistently lose coolant, cause ignition miss, steam out the tail pipe, or hydraulically lock the motor etc.
  • Temperature Gauge:  If the gauge is moving wildly, really fast up and down, or erratically then there may be an “indicated” problem as opposed to a “real” problem.   Your sending unit, gauge, or wiring can be causing the gauge to read wrong.  Sometimes the gauge can indicate normal or cold when the engine is actually overheating.  Common sense and being familiar with your vehicles normal operating behaviors can be a savior when the gauge is not working or not being monitored. Unusual Smells, engine pre-ignition (ping), visible heat, smoking, or power loss can all be tip offs something is wrong but yet the gauge may seem perfectly happy…  Sadly the warning system may not work when there is no coolant. The temp sensor needs to be submerged to operate properly. One test is to run the heater and if no hot air is produced then either there is no coolant or no circulation. Steve said you knew the “run the heater to try to scrub of heat trick” the heater core is like a small radiator and it can remove some heat from an overheating vehicle when there is coolant and it can circulate…..
  • Water Pump Impellor:  I don’t often see this form of failure on Hondas, but in VW and some others the water pump impellor can spin on the shaft without moving coolant.  Water pumps are not really pumps… they just sort of encourage the coolant to move with a bit of a push.  If the impellor quits spinning even though its shaft is turning…. No push, and therefore no coolant circulation.

General ramblings and comments:

    • Removing a thermostat can mask an overheating problem caused by a compromised head gasket for some period of time.
    • Leaving the radiator cap loose can also keep the pressures from a failing head gasket from stopping circulation or over pressurizing the system to the point it blows things like the radiator up.  Don’t forget that if the cap is off or loose, coolant will evaporate and you’ll need to replenish it often.
    • If you idle the car with the hood open, the radiator cap off, and with the coolant full to the brim, and if you see bubbles raising from the depths of the radiator, that can be a sign of combustion gasses from a compromised head gasket (or cracked head or block) entering the cooling system and exiting the radiator.

It’s generally better and safer to rent a car than to try to proactively fix everything that could go wrong on an older vehicle.  I counsel clients to rent cars for short vacations (7 days or less) when their vehicle is high mileage, challenged, or if there will be a lot of miles or extremes.  You could easily spend $2000 on repairs before leaving yet still have something go south and ruin your trip.  On the other hand, you know a rental will make the trip, it will probably be more comfortable, it will get better mileage, and all those trip-miles will be on the rental (not your car) when you return.  In situations like these a rental is not a waste of money, it is prudent insurance to protect your vacation.

If you go on your trip without getting the problem resolved and you end up trying to nurse the car back; do it early in the morning or at late at night when the temperature is lower and you won’t get stuck in stop and go traffic.”

Some advice anyone can use

Incidentally, Tom’s advice about “renting a car for vacation” would have been unchanged.  You can spend thousands prepping a high mileage vehicle for a trip and it can still break down!  When the odometer is 200k even a psychic mechanic might not anticipate all the potential problems.  People think spending $200 on a rental is a waste, but compare that to a breakdown 1000 miles away from home and 100 miles away from a shop.  Do you really want Goober’s fillin’ station to do that head gasket job while you’re waiting? How much is a real carefree vacation worth?  A rental will get there for sure and usually with better mileage and accommodations than ol’ Betty.  And realize, if you do have any problems on the trip they become the rental company’s problem.

How did it all come out?

As it happened, things worked out OK.  The friend made the return trip safely and brought the vehicle into our shop when he got back.    The problem turned out to be a compromised head gasket, which as Tom pointed out can be one of the most difficult possibilities to diagnose when the gasket has not completely failed but is on the verge of failure.  Two valuable lessons from this experience…

  • Get your vehicle checked BEFORE a big trip, with plenty of lead time to FIX any problems and TEST any repairs
  • Consider getting a rental for that next big trip when your vehicle has high mileage or a list of problems!

 

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Drew’s Kitchen- Scott Peacock’s Pulled Pork http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/drews-kitchen-scott-peacocks-pulled-pork/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/drews-kitchen-scott-peacocks-pulled-pork/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:21:49 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16014 Drew’s recipe this month comes by way of Scott Peacock, renowned chef of Southern Cuisine, and there’s no better way to dive into the riches of Southern cooking than by diving into the riches of Pulled Pork.  This recipe originally … Continue reading

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aaaDrewKitchButtonDrew’s recipe this month comes by way of Scott Peacock, renowned chef of Southern Cuisine, and there’s no better way to dive into the riches of Southern cooking than by diving into the riches of Pulled Pork.  This recipe originally appeared in Better Homes and Gardens, July, 2014.

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  • (1) 6½ pound bone-in pork shoulder blade roast
  • 3 Tbsp. Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder

Preparation:

  • Trim excess fat from pork, leaving fat cap about ¼ inch thick.  Pat pork dry with paper towels.  Place on a large piece of plastic wrap.  Spread mustard on pork.  In a small bowl stir together brown sugar, salt, paprika, chili powder, black pepper, and garlic powder.  Coat pork with all of the spice mixture.  Wrap tightly in plastic wrap.  Place on a tray.  Chill at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 325°F.  Line a shallow roasting pan with foil.  Place a rack in the pan.  Unwrap pork; place on the rack.  Roast, uncovered, 4 hours. Wrap pork with a double thickness of foil and return to rack.  Roast 2 hours more or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in meat registers at least 190°F.  Remove from oven.  Let stand 30 minutes to 1 hour.  Unwraq.  Using 2 forks, pull pork apart, removing any large pockets of fat as you pull.  Serve with pickles, onion slices, Spicy Vinegar, Barbecue Sauce, and/or buns.
  • Makes 20 servings.
  • If you plan to reheat the pork, pull the meat apart before chilling or freezing.  This will make reheating much easier.
  • Each serving:  146 cal, 5g fat, 60mg chol, 998mg sodium, 4g carb, 0g fiber, 19g pro.

Some extra advice from Scott:

Leave some fat- “Don’t be afraid of the fat- it adds so much flavor.  It will melt and baste the meat as it cooks.  You want to leave at least ¼” of fat.

Slather on Dijon- “Dijon has an intensity and punch that I love, and it’s a great foundation to build flavor on.  Plus, a generous slather helps the rub stick.”

Rub generously- “You want to cover every inch of meat with the rub- use all of it.  The combination of smoked paprika and chili powder gives such nice depth of flavor.”

Wrap and chill- “The plastic wrap holds the rub right against the meat.  I prefer to chill overnight before roasting to give the seasonings a chance to penetrate.”

Let it rest-  “This step makes a big difference.  After the meat has roasted, it allows the outside crust to soften and gives you that buttery, tender-to-the-bone texture.”

Pull the pork-  “When I pull, I refrain from going crazy to the point that the meat is stringy.  I like to keep a little integrity to its structure with some bigger pieces.”

 

 

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Shop Talk- Our new Produce Department http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/shop-talk-2/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/shop-talk-2/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:21:05 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16015 Our FREE Courtesy Shuttle runs within a 5 mile radius of our shop, but sometimes that’s just not good enough… sometimes you need your own set of wheels.  We always offer rental cars through Enterprise at a very reasonable rate, … Continue reading

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RestOfNewsletterOur FREE Courtesy Shuttle runs within a 5 mile radius of our shop, but sometimes that’s just not good enough… sometimes you need your own set of wheels.  We always offer rental cars through Enterprise at a very reasonable rate, but this month we’ll make that rate even better…

Get a FREE DAY’S CAR RENTAL!!!

with any service over $350!

You MUST mention this offer when you schedule your service!

Cannot be combined with other offers!

You must schedule service before 9/26/14 to take advantage of this offer.

Some restrictions apply so please call our shop for details.  When you do, ask our Service Advisors about other rental offers too!

Spotlight on Referral Reward program

Christmas Calendar buttonIt’s been another good month for our Referral Reward program with 10 new groups benefitting.  We’re proud to say that gives us a total of 71 new clients and donations of $2,706 to worthy causes.  If you aren’t familiar with our Rewards program, it’s simple.  Every time someone comes in and says they were referred by you, then we write a check to the non-profit group of your choice (up to $50).  Not only do we make that initial donation, but each group is eligible for quarterly and yearly awards as well.  In fact, our next quarterly award winner will be announced in our September newsletter!  Until then, we’d like to ask you once again to take advantage of this unique way to say “thanks for your support”, and tell you the groups we’ve contributed to in August…

Clackamas Women’s Services (second)

Oregon Humane Society

Matunda Orphans Community Center

Family Dogs New Life Shelter (second)

American Red Cross

CCCC Headstart

Oregon Humane Society (third)

Oregon Food Bank (fourth)

Wireless Education Action

OHSU/Partnership Project

Free Carwash Season is coming to an end

Free Carwash Season runs from May 15 to September 15, and believe it or not September is right around the corner.  Our Free Carwash Extravaganza will be coming to an end soon, so don’t let it end without you.  Come in soon!

Summer Postcard Contest

Another reminder, our Postcard Contest is going on until September 15 as well.  So far, we’ve had NO entries, so the field is clear for YOU.  Send us a postcard, any postcard, and we’ll give $50 to the best entry.   C’mon, send us a postcard!

10366026_10153049587419377_5211888728678304147_nVisit our new Tom Dwyer produce department

We’re getting tired of just doing superior auto care, so we’re branching out and starting a spectacular new produce department!  Just kidding, but we do have produce available for any clients who come in.  Tom’s garden is going great guns right now so he’s been bringing in a steady stream of fresh veggies every day.  There’s only so much of it we can eat here, so there’s plenty to share.  No guarantees on what you’ll get, but be assured… it’s from Tom’s garden, so it’s all organic!

Latest Automotive Recalls 

RecallListButtonAutomobiles 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 keeps you healthy http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/health-notes-nothing-keeps-healthy/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/health-notes-nothing-keeps-healthy/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:20:05 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16016 Health is a lot of things.  It’s maintaining your body in top functional condition, it’s eating the right foods, it’s doing the right exercise, it’s avoiding sickness, it’s getting the right care if you get sick.  But one of the … Continue reading

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Health is a lot of things.  It’s maintaining your body in top functional condition, it’s eating the right foods, it’s doing the right exercise, it’s avoiding sickness, it’s getting the right care if you get sick.  But one of the most incredible things about your health is unexplained by the best science (or any other mechanism) available… the Placebo Effect.  You’ve probably heard about it, but it’s the ability of your body to repair itself by mimicking the actions of drugs that you didn’t actually take.  It’s your own body’s reaction to nothing at all!  Unfortunately, it can also give you the symptoms of disease you haven’t been exposed to.  It sounds like a fairy tale, but it’s so real that scientists have to guard against its effects in tests of any drug or medical therapy.  We all have this hidden ability, but the hard part is “turning it on”… it exists, but it doesn’t work on demand.   RestOfNewsletter

The Dark Side of the Placebo Effect: When Intense Belief Kills

Alexis C. Madrigal in The Atlantic,  Sep 14 2011

The Placebo Effect hit these people in their sleep

The Placebo Phenomenon

Cara Feinberg in Harvard Magazine, Jan 2013

An ingenious researcher finds the real ingredients of “fake” medicine.

 

The Placebo Effect

Skeptic’s Dictionary

Good overview article with excellent background information

How the Placebo Effect Works

Shanna Freeman on How Stuff Works

Placebos aren’t completely explained, but there are some clues

 

Beware the Nocebo Effect

Enck and Hauser in the New York Times, Aug 10, 2014

Beware- he Placebo Effect can work against you, too

 

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Sellwood Bridge Update- Gone Fishin’ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/sellwood-bridge-update-gone-fishin/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/sellwood-bridge-update-gone-fishin/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:19:17 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16017 Again, we have this to report-  The Sellwood Bridge construction is moving along.  Of course, on a project of this size there’s always more detail for the folks who want to dig deeper, and our Feature article on the Bridge … Continue reading

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RestOfNewsletterAgain, we have this to report-  The Sellwood Bridge construction is moving along.  Of course, on a project of this size there’s always more detail for the folks who want to dig deeper, and our Feature article on the Bridge this month covers it all.  Since all the info you’ll ever possibly want is in that article, we’re sending the staff here at the Sellwood Bridge Update on a well-deserved vacation this month.  Check back next month for the latest on our wobbly neighbor.

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As always, Multnomah County maintains the definitive website on everything related to the Sellwood Bridge Replacement project, www.sellwoodbridge.org.  Construction and closure alerts, archived information, and other resources are all available 24/7 for your convenience.  If you’re looking for something that’s not on the website, you can contact Mike Pullen (mike.j.pullen@multco.us503-209-4111) or visit www.sellwoodbridge.org.

 

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Book Spotlight- “Camp Free in the Mt Hood National Forest” http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/book-spotlight-camp-free-mt-hood-national-forest/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/book-spotlight-camp-free-mt-hood-national-forest/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:16:59 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16018 Looking back at our past Book Spotlight choices, we seem to lean a little heavily on political choices.  We also seem to send you to the Powell’s website for each book we pick, and the reviews are almost invariably from … Continue reading

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Looking back at our past Book Spotlight choices, we seem to lean a little heavily on political choices.  We also seem to send you to the Powell’s website for each book we pick, and the reviews are almost invariably from the Powell’s website as well.  But now it’s summer, so it’s time to relax and shake stuff up a little.  This month we picked a non-political book, wrote the review ourselves, and will point you to an altogether different book store.  So let’s strike out into unexplored territory with this month’s Book Spotlight…RestOfNewsletter

camp free“Camp Free in the Mount Hood National Forest” by Don Reichert

(review by Charles Letherwood)  Our family loves camping, but we’re procrastinators.  We aren’t good at planning our trips months in advance, so when we get a free weekend it can be hard to find a last-minute official site.  If we’re lucky enough to find one it means paying money to be right on top of the folks next to us and being about as far away from nature as it’s possible to be in a forest.  That’s why we were so excited to find Don Reichert’s book.  Camping anywhere in the National Forest is legal, but this book points out specific campsites you can try.  Reichert defines a campsite as a place with a fire ring and at least enough flat space to pitch a tent, and he’s searched the Mt Hood Forest to find over 200 beauties.  Each one has specific location, size, access, and amenity information along with a detailed description and directions.  We’ve been trying a different site on each trip, and haven’t been disappointed yet.  No crowds, no money, new adventures… rarely can you find so much packed into one book, and this one should be standard issue for any Oregonian bookshelf.  You’ll find yourself turning to it again and again over the years, and finding something new each time.

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Julie keeps things running at Wallace Books

Another reason we were excited by this book is that we discovered it at a local Sellwood bookstore, Wallace Books, which is the kind of bookstore that gives other bookstores a good name.  Julie Wallace has turned a small Sellwood house into a bookworm’s paradise, with old and new books stacked to the ceiling and wedged into every nook and cranny.  There’s even a $1 bargain rack on the front porch!  If you’re interested in this month’s Book Spotlight, or really any other book you can imagine, we think you’ll love this local, independent business as much as we do.

 

 

 

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Humorousness- Crazy Funny Politics http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/humorousness-crazy-funny-politics/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/humorousness-crazy-funny-politics/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:14:26 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16019 In the quiet of summer, it’s easy to forget that the political season is not far away.  Soon, the people who don’t deliver anything during the rest of their terms offer to make us laugh for free in the hopes … Continue reading

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In the quiet of summer, it’s easy to forget that the political season is not far away.  Soon, the people who don’t deliver anything during the rest of their terms offer to make us laugh for free in the hopes that we’ll vote them into another term of ineffectiveness.  It might be too sad to be funny as the reality of an election approaches, but right now we have the luxury to laugh.  This month, Humorousness brings you the top 50 stupidest things said by people of both the major political stripes.  Actually, we’re just bringing you the top 10 from each; you’ll have to click the links for the full stupidity.RestOfNewsletter

50 Dumb Liberal Quotes (from number 10…)

10.  Rosie O’Donnell: “Don’t fear the terrorists. They’re mothers and fathers.”

9.  Howard Dean: “We know that no one person can succeed unless everybody else succeeds.”

8.  John Kerry on the troops: “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

7.  Barack Obama: “I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go?”

6.  Former DNC Chairman Donald Fowler on possible delay of RNC convention due to Hurricane Gustav: “Plus they think the hurricane’s going to hit (starts laughing) New Orleans about the time they start. The timing, at least it appears now, that it’ll be there Monday. That just demonstrates God’s on our side”

5.  John Conyers on the Health Care Bill, which he voted for: “I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill.  What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?’”

4.  Joy Behar on Economics: “Isn’t it a little racist to call it Black Friday?”

3.  Whoopi Goldberg on 43-year-old Roman Polanski raping and sodomizing a 13-year-old girl: “I know it wasn’t rape-rape. It was something else but I don’t believe it was rape-rape. He went to jail and when they let him out he was like “You know what this guy’s going to give me a hundred years in jail I’m not staying, so that’s why he left.”

2.  Joe Biden on culturalism: “In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”

1. Sheryl Crow on Environmentalism: “I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. Now, I don’t want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required.’”

50 Dumb Conservative Quotes (from number 10…)

10.  President George W. Bush: “I couldn’t imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Chanukah.”

9. Rush Limbaugh: ‘Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society.”

8.  George W. Bush:  “You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.”

 

7.  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.:  ”We need to uptick our image with everyone, including one-armed midgets.”

6. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina):  ”Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on you.”

5. Jerry Falwell:  “The ACLU is to Christians what the American Nazi party is to Jews.”

4. South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, arguing against government food assistance for poor residents:  “My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better.”

3. Rush Limbaugh:  “The only way to reduce the number of nuclear weapons is to use them.”

2.  President George W. Bush:  “We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease.”

1.  Richard M. Nixon:  “When the President does it, that means that it’s not illegal.”

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