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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

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Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb. 3, 2006 / 5 Shevat, 5766

Life in a parallel parking universe

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Toyota and Lexus are both rolling out cars that can parallel park themselves automatically. My guess is that the target demographic would be 16-year-olds about to take their driver's test.


The Toyota feature is called the Intelligent Parking Assist system: The driver pushes a few buttons on a dashboard computer screen that confirms a visual image as to where he or she wants to park. The driver keeps one foot on the brake pedal for an occasional tap, and the car steers itself into place.


Personally, I have no need for such technology. Friends and family constantly express amazement at my parallel parking abilities.


They say things like, "Amazing! And after only 25 tries!"


Last week I parallel parked Downtown and my passenger said, "Amazing! I've never seen anyone able to scrape tires on a curb like that without so much as flinching."


As you can tell, I have this parallel parking thing down pat.


My real dream is to one day be able to parallel park a car like they do in the movies.


Barrel down the street at 80 mph, slam on the brakes, do a screaming hairpin U-turn, and swing the car perfectly into place. Of course, that is a distant dream, so now I will settle for getting the car between two other cars and not being so close to the curb that I have to roll down the window and pull myself out by grabbing the parking meter.


When our kids learned how to parallel park, the driver education instructor tested their skill by having them maneuver between orange plastic cones. The kids often said this was the most stressful part of the class. "You kids today have it so easy," I told them. "When we took the test, they didn't have plastic cones, so they used real people. If you tapped one of them, you not only failed the test, you had to pay their medical bills and take their place as a marker."


This new sensor technology of confirming a visual image on a computer and then punching a few buttons to create a reality is very enticing.


In addition to being able to call up an image of a car parallel parking, I'd also like to be able to call up an image of a clean car.


This, in turn, would activate an automatic water system to suds and spray the outside of the vehicle, while a central vacuum system crawls out of breakaway door panels and suctions up mud, dirt and dead leaves scattered about the floor.


I'd also like a sensor system that could give me a calorie and fat gram count on the fast-food meal I was about to order at the drive-through. Of further benefit would be the system triggering a sizable electrical jolt beneath the seat after I saw the calorie and fat count and ordered the meal anyway.


But perhaps the sensor technology could best be used to deter motorists who insist on nuzzling three inches from your rear bumper. The sensor would detect the tailgater and then trigger a reader board in your back window that would flash the message of your choice. "Police are on the way," or "Oil slick ahead!"


Despite the many possibilities, I am hoping the sensor technology turns out to be nothing more than a flickering flare on the side of the road. It breaks my heart to think of all those young people being deprived the joy of parallel parking.

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