By on September 28, 2017

Image: Honda/Youtube

Just two days ago, I asked you to help me find a deserving home for my overpriced, top-of-the-line car seat. I got about 15 emails almost immediately, with suggestions ranging from “Sell it on Craigslist” to “I think my girlfriend is pregnant and we’d like to save a few bucks.”

One of the emails stood out as the immediate and obvious winner.


This isn’t an “Ask Jack” so I’m not going to cut-and-paste the communication here. I can, however, give you the details. I was contacted by a mother of teenage children who met a fellow recently, got pregnant, and had the dad skip out on her before she delivered the child. She’d long since gotten rid of her existing kid infrastructure because she thought she’d never need it again.

“I don’t want to start a pity party for myself,” she stated, “but I could use some help.” She included a few pictures of her new son. I think the little fellow deserves the very best child seat out there so I’m shipping it to her tomorrow.

I could go on at this point about how our society should do a lot more for women who make the difficult choice to have children under the current economic and social conditions, but given that half of my readers think I’m a neo-Nazi and the other half think I’m Bernie Sanders with long hair I doubt it would result in much of a productive discussion.

I remain thankful for the fact that my son was born under the protection of an old-style “Cadillac insurance policy” that allowed him to survive, and thrive, despite being just three pounds at his birth. I’m thankful that I had the wherewithal and the sense to put him in a decent child seat for the day he needed it. And I’m thankful that he survived the circumstances of his birth and a near-fatal car crash to become a friendly, malice-free eight-year-old who likes racing his Birel go-kart and jumping his BMX bike and sleeping untroubled nights with a full tummy in a house where nobody is drunk or angry or dangerous. I would like to see every other child in this country grow up with those same underrated advantages.

Have a great day, everybody. I’m off to drive a ZX-14-powered dune buggy around a racetrack or something like that.

[Image: Honda/YouTube]

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37 Comments on “My Car Seat Heads Off to a New Home...”


  • avatar
    notapreppie

    “Be excellent to each other.”
    – Bill S. Preston, Esq.

    • 0 avatar
      Arthur Dailey

      An excellent quote and something that we should all live by.

      And as we approach Thanksgiving in Canada, JB’s comments below are particularly poignant.

      “I’m thankful that he survived the circumstances of his birth and a near-fatal car crash to become a friendly, malice-free eight-year-old who likes … sleeping untroubled nights with a full tummy in a house where nobody is drunk or angry or dangerous. I would like to see every other child in this country grow up with those same underrated advantages.

      I remain thankful for the fact that my son was born under the protection of an old-style “Cadillac insurance policy” that allowed him to survive, and thrive, despite being just three pounds at his birth. I’m thankful that I had the wherewithal and the sense to put him in a decent child seat for the day he needed it.”

      In the period from 1941 through to 1980 that was considered to be mainstream political thinking that was agreed on and supported by all major political parties.

      • 0 avatar
        ToddAtlasF1

        Not in the United States, where we’d already had LBJ and Fat Boy Ted sew the seeds of our destruction.

      • 0 avatar

        This was the world unions fought for, and why union isn’t a dirty word. Most civilized nations have some form of universal, if basic, health care. American Exceptionalism isn’t much help on this one.

        You can’t trust the tender mercy of Actuaries and Corporate America where health care is concerned. They love employer based health care because the minimum bar is “ability to work a 40 plus hour week”, which is pretty good health overall.

        No one plans for bad health, or underweight children. Marathon runners get sick too.

        I’ve learned the difference between rich and poor is often that minor problems and mistakes are not minor when you are poor.

        • 0 avatar
          ToddAtlasF1

          You can talk about what unions fought for, or you can talk about basic universal health care. Unions had nothing to do with the latter, but they had a lot to do with jobs with ever-expanding benefits being handed out to cronies like fiefdoms. Jack didn’t have basic healthcare, and he didn’t have his ‘Cadillac’ plan because of a union. He had it because he worked in a sector where skills were in demand and the market wasn’t distorted by special interest groups lobbying to control their costs and take away the negotiating power of American citizens.

          You can take your universal healthcare and be secure in the knowledge that a left wing actuary would have allocated the resources Jack’s son needed and given them to a favored gender dysmorphic. It plays out in all those democratic socialist countries every day.

          • 0 avatar
            Arthur Dailey

            @Todd: Sorry but your are wrong, wrong, wrong in your comments regarding this.

            The unions did fight for this. In the UK under the Labour party and in Canada first in Saskatchewan under an NDP government.

            Under universal healthcare, care is provided to those who need it. Nobody is sent home or denied care because they don’t have ‘coverage’ or the money to pay for treatment. Families don’t go bankrupt because of medical bills. And regardless of your income level, you have access to the same hospitals and doctors.

          • 0 avatar

            Don’t know if it’s the same as what Arthur is speaking on, but in the States if one has a medical situation that requires “hospital” care, no hospital will deny that care regardless of your ability to pay. At least, that’s the way it used to be. I realize I will get a lot of push back on this, but I’ve read the notice which states the same in the ER across the street from my home several times in the last 16 years due to my wife’s health situation.

  • avatar
    ajla

    I need that picture on my wall.

  • avatar
    Flipper35

    Well done Jack.

  • avatar
    ash78

    Good for her on having the child at all. I know plenty of people prefer to take another path in these kinds of circumstances. Well done, Jack, I know she appreciates all the support.

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Great stuff. And yea, with a baby on the way, and the resources and intent to do right by her, it makes me that much sadder that so many kids don’t get what should be the bare minimum.

  • avatar
    01 Deville

    Well done

    That Odyssey looks badass.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    “I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone—if possible—Jew, gentile—black man—white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness—not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

    Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost….

    The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men—cries out for universal brotherhood—for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world—millions of despairing men, women, and little children—victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.”

    • 0 avatar
      olddavid

      Hard to believe how current an 80 year old dialogue seems. Excellent post.

    • 0 avatar
      carguy67

      ” In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone.”

      Debatable.

      • 0 avatar
        ToddAtlasF1

        The environmentalist is the embodiment of true evil.

        • 0 avatar
          screwtape

          Wow, that’s quite a statement. This planet, your environment, is the only reason humans are able to exist at all. Taking care of its well being is the opposite of evil.
          Humans can, and likely will, destroy this planet. We’re a disease that creates destruction and open wounds on the surface of the thing that gives us life. Maybe environmentalists are bad in a way though, because without the downfall of mankind people like you will continue to exist and God knows nobody needs that.

      • 0 avatar

        @Carguy67: Tell then about how one kernel of corn produces several hundreds of kernels and which can be sustaining ad infinitum? The same with much of our “plant” resources. As far as room for everyone, check the “science”. We have plenty of room on this planet.

        • 0 avatar
          screwtape

          Plenty of “room” yeah, but I bet there’s enough room in your house for 30 people but if they all lived there it’d turn into a worthless pile pretty quick. It likely already is a worthless pile though and I’m being generous to assume somebody with your mental limitations lives in an anything beyond a hollow tree stump.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    “I could go on at this point about how our society should do a lot more for women who make the difficult choice to have children under the current economic and social conditions…”

    Hear, hear. Good on you for doing this, Jack.

  • avatar
    The Soul of Wit

    Well done, Jack. Yeah, Yeah. Right. Perfect. Let’s give the world a hug. We certainly need that heart-warming stuff in the current climate.

    But can we read just ONE more Vodka McBigbra story?

  • avatar
    87 Morgan

    nicely done. We sold our similar car seats on CL years ago, my wife priced them low in hopes of a deserving family scooping them up, which in our opinion is what occurred.

  • avatar
    OzCop

    An awesome gesture Jack…proof that our society has not lost its way, and we do in fact care for the well being of our fellow humans. Your words remind me of my own father from years gone by…he was a small business owner from the mid 50’s till he retired in the mid 80’s. He owned a Gulf and Texaco service station and in addition to himself being a mechanic, always had a mechanic or two on duty during business hours. I have personally witnessed him giving away gasoline to those in need and unable to pay, as well as mechanic work on vehicles to help the down and out and enable them with means to find employment. That is the basic values and environment in which I grew up, and I must say it warms the heart to know not everyone in this country has succumbed to the greed and prevailing cultural decline we see all to often in this country. Blessings my friend…

  • avatar
    sgeffe

    Can’t remember what my folks said my birth weight or height/length was, but when I was born in 1970, I was as long as an average man’s arm, six weeks premature! I was given 24 hours to live, no middle-ground; I’d either make it, or the end would come quickly. (I was baptized TWICE, once in the hospital!) Obviously, I’m still here!

    Obviously, someone wanted to keep you, DG, and John around! Something for which to be truly thankful!

  • avatar
    cdnsfan27

    “half of my readers think I’m a neo-Nazi and the other half think I’m Bernie Sanders with long hair”, the perfect description for yourself Jack!

  • avatar
    Felix Hoenikker

    Well done Jack. I used to sell household furnishings, bicycles, kids toys, etc for a few bucks, but now I just give anything in good condition that we don’t need to Goodwill or other local charities. It’s more important to me that someone in need benefits than me making a few bucks on these items that I really don’t need.

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    Well done Jack.


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