Daily Archives: November 1, 2018

Stopping Auto Stop . . .

Before we left this afternoon Jan and I walked a couple of bags of garbage down to the dumpster. Then coming back I stopped off at the laundry room to drop off the November rent check.

And that’s when I saw it.

The new Change Machine

Excepts Bills

Oh, the horror!

So I couldn’t let this affront to grammatical correctness pass by unremediated.

Accepts Bills

This is what comes of being the son of an English teacher.

Jan and I left the rig about 2:45 for our get-together with Miss Piper for dinner and then to pick up her bike after its flat tire repair / tune-up at the Bike Barn. But first we stopped off at Sam’s Club and WalMart for a couple of prescriptions.

We also checked both places to see if they had the Shingrix Shingles Vaccine in stock. There’s a real shortage of it, and no more is expected until the end of November . . . they hope.

And while we were at WalMart, Jan did go ahead and get her Flu shot. As for me, I think I’ve mentioned before, I don’t get flu shots any more. In fact the last one I got was my senior year in high school in 1966.

I got my first flu shot the previous year and was very sick for about 4 days. Then the next year I was in the hospital for two  weeks after that one. My doctor at the time told me that another flu shot might kill me.

So, would YOU get another one? Would YOU take the chance?

I tell people that I just depend on the kindness of strangers. I figure that if everyone else gets their shot like they’re supposed to, then I don’t have to worry, since there will be no one to catch it from.

At least that’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

Turns out that Miss Piper had a lot of homework to do, so she bowed out of dinner tonight, so we just dropped her bike off at her apartment. Then coming home we stopped off at the local Denny’s to once again have breakfast.

Good as always.

As I figured, and echoed by several of our readers, it is possible to turn off the Auto Stop ‘feature’ on our rental Malibu. But not having an owner’s manual, I had to do some Googling before I found the correct method for our model. Apparently it differs depending on the version. The only problem is that it has to be redone every time you start the engine.

On our model, you start out by putting the transmission in ‘L’, not ‘D’

Malibu L 1

Note the ‘1’ to the right of the ‘L’.

Then, using the + and –  on the top of the gearshift knob,

Malibu Shifter

you increase the ‘1’ to a ‘6’.

Malibu L 6

I’d been wondering what these + and – buttons were for, and now I know.

Apparently you can also use this method to lock the transmission in any gear you want so it won’t upshift.

It’s just a bonus, I guess, that it also disables the Auto Stop.

Thought for the Day: 

The stone age didn’t end because we ran out of stones.


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