New Business Concept: Handmade doilies for cars

First off, let me say I was NOT driving when I snapped this picture this morning. I was stopped at a light. I looked over and saw these …. doilies for cars that protect the headrest. Brilliant idea! I want stock; I think it’ll be a big seller! … No really! 


The woman driving this little car probably crocheted these herself. Nothing like a handcrafted artisan product. Now, I need to speak to JC about advancing some venture capital dollars for this initiative. Anyone else want in? ….


Doilies for cars … the next big fad!



Personal Disaster Services Responder


Like I’ve time to be doing more, but I spent the past two days getting trained to act as a PDAT (Personal Disaster Assistance Team) volunteer with Canadian Red Cross. Red Cross does some amazing work and I thought, hey, time to give a little back to the community. A PDAT responder heads out to fires and provides assistance to folks who have been displaced from their homes/apartment/rooming house. They also work hand-in-hand with the City during Heat/Cold Weather Alerts, pandemic responses (like SARS), and stand-by if (knock wood) a major disaster struck Toronto.


Prior to being accepted on the training I had to:

  • get a police record check (I’m clean!);

  • a driver’s record check (funny since I hardly ever drive, but again, I’m clean!); and,

  • do a self-directed exam (scored 92% on that … yay me!).

The training was very good I thought, great adult-learning principles followed, and the facilitators were excellent!  My next step is to renew my first aid (gosh, brings back my Lifeguarding days) and shadow a response callout. After that I can be deployed to respond to local disasters here and in the United States: think Hurricane Katrina deployment. Very cool!



1) here’s where I spent 21 hours over the past two days; 2) here’s one of the Red Cross Trainers doing their thing; 3) here’s me doing the final exam


Thursday’s food: The Oscar Dinner

OMG! We’re like into full blown prep mode for the Oscar dinner this Saturday night. Last night after the training, I prepared braised lamb shanks, which is just one small part of one course we’re serving. G made a honey/garlic teriyaki sauce as well. We’ve two days left to prepare! How exciting. I’ll do a post Sunday on the whole adventure plus the complete menu. I’m not supposed to reveal it yet.

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9 Responses to New Business Concept: Handmade doilies for cars

  1. ryc:  i’ll try to keep myself from going batty. 

  2. abcyeung says:

    How can you manage your time? Seem you have alot of free time to do alot of things, I should learn from you.

  3. kunhuo42 says:

    wow, volunteering for the red cross…  that’s awesome!
    ryc: ah, i was actually considering putting that comment up…  i read a children’s story once in which the retort to “curiosity killed the cat” was “but satisfaction brought him back.”  i was trying to figure out how to work that in but couldn’t so i just left it out.

  4. willariah says:

    omg. u have to be kidding re: the doilies right?? hahahaha those need to be banned!  enjoy the weekend my friend.  i cannot wait til the oscars.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Props to you for volunteering.

  6. YNOTswim says:

    I still don’t get it what that is in the car… oh well.. I drank too much.

  7. Anonymous says:

    ryc – love that quote from Paul Bowles, thank you for sharing it.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Car doillies – I remember seeing them when I travelled in Asia (many years ago). Congrats on being a Red Cross PDAT!

  9. mmm…food…and final exam?! you’re still in college?and i finally realized that my name was on display… =] haha

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