Deer in the Headlights (or Window as the Case May Be)

Sunglasses….Check! Cruise control….Check! Awesome tunes on the satellite radio…Check! Satisfied that the pre-trip checklist had been adequately completed, the woman pulled onto the highway and prepared to enjoy the rest of her trip. It was a gorgeous day, dry roads, very little wind and not too much traffic. After several hours, she’d settled into a groove and was cruising right along, belting out the chorus of Bob Seger’s “Turn The Page”…..Here I am….on the road again…. when all of a sudden, BAM! SQUWEEEEEEEEEEE! The woman blinked. No way! That didn’t just happen! She had been attacked by a sideswiping deer who had[…]

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Are We There Yet?

“Are we there yet?”…..”Are we there yet?”…..”He’s touching me!”….”She’s looking at me!”….”I have to go potty, NOW!”…..”Are we there yet?”….. Ahhh, the endearing sounds that sweetly dance upon the airwaves from the back seat and are a rite of passage handed down from generation to generation of  family travelers for the sole purpose of allowing the younger generation to totally and completely annoy the older generation.  Admit it, we’ve ALL said those words at some point in our lives so who can begrudge our own angelic offspring the opportunity to participate in the same right of passage? And you have to admit that we have[…]

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Graduation on the Face of the Sun!

The woman scanned the arena. Three thousand (or so) students were sitting below her, anxiously awaiting their graduation diplomas. She craned her neck and strained her eyes looking for the one student she was there to see.  Her dear friend was being awarded her PhD today and the woman was not about to get distracted from the presentation….but good grief it was hot in Arizona as the sweat trickled down her forehead….it was July after all.  In the immortal words of Matthew Broderick, “it’s like Africa hot”!  Now, the woman had never been to Africa but she was pretty darn sure that Arizona was at least[…]

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Bugs, Dust, and Flat Screen TV’s

Rrrrrrrrraawwwwwrr!  Rummmmmbbble! Rattle.  Clank! Aaaaachooo!  Sniffle. Sniffle. Buzzzzz.  Buzzzzz. Slap! The woman squinted into the sun that was already streaming in as she rolled over in bed and looked at her watch. 5:07 AM. Seriously? 5:07 AM, on VACATION for Pete’s sake? And then she remembered. This was NOT a vacation in a 5 star hotel (not that she had been to a 5 star hotel but a girl could dream!). No, this was a CAMPING vacation. A camping vacation complete with trains that rattled and roared past the campground all day and night. Complete with dust and allergies, itchy eyes[…]

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The Grizzly Bear That Ate My Car

Does my automobile insurance cover Grizzly Bears? A man in Waterton National Park in Canada asked this question recently about his 18 month old Toyota Sequoia. (pictured here)  There were no scratches on the outside of his car, but the vehicle was totaled. A grizzly bear had somehow got a door open (easy considering the way the handles are) and once inside, apparently was trapped when the door shut behind him. The Toyota was a platinum edition. (Keyword – WAS) All the door panels were ripped off; the headliner torn to pieces; all headrests were destroyed; the leather seats and dash were shredded.[…]

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Spring Newsletter

My 2012 Spring Newsletter is now available! Click here to read about how “Love Me Tender” could turn rapidly into “Jailhouse Rock” (enjoying your favorite music could land you in legal and financial trouble). Review ways to protect your personal belongings while travelling (Spring Break is almost upon us, after all…yeah!) Explore the affordability of life insurance, the availability of pet insurance, and much, much more! You can access past issues of our newsletter on our website: http://www.insurance-by-katie.com/. Enjoy!Do you have a topic you would like to see addressed in our next issue?

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The Sneeches…and other Craziness

After the hail storms of 2010, which ironically tracked me down and beat on my vehicle while I was out of town, caused the insurance company to total my vehicle I pondered one of life’s most important questions: what kind of car am I? The decision making and car purchase process can deteriorate into a situation faced by the Sneeches: running in and out chaining my mind until I’m so confused that I can’t hardly remember what kind of car I had let alone what I want to buy! So ~ How does one go about deciding…why, you post the question on Facebook and[…]

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Geez Jeanie, We’re in France!

Once upon a time, in the dark ages before GPS devices, a young married couple sit in the backseat of a motorhome/camper, her parents occupy the front. They’ve embarked on a vacation of a lifetime with The Dad is driving on the German Autobahn and The Mom is navigating. Armed with her trusty paper road map, The Mom is attempting to detour around the large town of Karlsruhe, Germany because The Dad is concerned about impending rush hour traffic. “Take a right!”, The Mom announces, confident she has succeeded in avoiding rush hour. Mom smiles, reveling in her superior navigational skills. The joy of the moment is[…]

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The DMV Debacle

The woman is driving home from work, happily tapping her fingers to the beat of her favorite song. All is right with the world, until….. she glances in her rear view mirror and sees flashing lights. Bummer.She didn’t think she was speeding…nope, not speeding. What’s up? She pulls over and nervously gathers her driver’s license, vehicle registration and insurance card. The officer steps to the window, “Hello Ma’am, do you know why I stopped you tonight?” “No” she sheepishly replies. “One of your tail lights is out”, says the officer while taking her license, registration and insurance card. He steps back[…]

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When your Wheels Fall Off…and other Weirdness

Picture this: The local high school needs vehicles for auto shop class for the students to work on. Out of the goodness of your heart, you take your vehicle in to the shop to have your brakes worked on. “Children are our future” you know! A little while later, you pick up your vehicle because the repairs are complete. You drive home. By the way, your lug nuts have been over tightened and broken. You turn a corner…….your wheel falls off! While this anecdote sounds humorous, it is a true story. An acquaintance of mine just experienced this. Thankfully no one was[…]

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