Rabbits, Watches, & the Missing “S”

Twice a year (at least) I get so confused….I never know what time it is and I always feel just like the White Rabbit — I’m Late, I’m Late!  I thought this “Jump Forward, Fall Back” stuff mandated through Daylight Saving Time was meant to help us, not throw us into a tizzy so we run about frantically glancing at our watches just like our furry white friend. And while we are on the subject of craziness, isn’t the word supposed to be Daylight Savings Time? Where the heck is the “s”? Dare I digress into an English lesson….oh yes, let’s![…]

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3.4 ounces and a Javelin

The fair skinned, red-headed woman stood obediently in the airline security checkpoint line, inching forward with the throng of other travellers at a breathtaking speed comparable to that of a herd of turtles. They were progressing forward toward the greatly anticipated  and highly coveted honor of having themselves scrutinized by total strangers. What would the modus operandi be today…..  a “whole body X-ray scan” or perhaps the exhilarating “puff” machine that is supposed to analyze the particles it blows loose for potential threats. The woman could hardly contain her anticipation! Only time would tell. She ran through her mental checklist as she approached the[…]

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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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Superfluous Swine

Hip, Hip, Hooray! Happy National Pig-in-a-Blanket Day! Certainly you remember this glorious day, when mom actually considered hot dogs “fine dining” and she allowed you to eat with your fingers and didn’t scold you? Well, today is that day! The American tradition of Pigs-in-a-Blanket consists of hot dogs, Vienna sausages, or breakfast sausages wrapped in biscuit dough, croissant dough or a pancake and then baked until golden brown. Yum! But did you know there actually ARE pigs in blankets?  Prime examples of these superfluous swine are the Curly Coat pigs of Lincolnshire in the east of England (extinct since 1972) and the Mangalitza pigs of Austria[…]

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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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Customer Appreciation Event was a Success!

Our Customer Appreciation Event was a tremendous success! Visitors were able to enjoy great food while having a chance to relax and talk with friends. Brochures and other helpful information were available to aid in understanding their insurance coverages. Some even tried their skills at completing insurance related crossword puzzles and/or coloring books! (The did pretty darn good, too!) Many people won door prizes and a good time was had by all. Again, I wish to personally thank all my wonderful customers and friends for making my “job” a pleasure not a chore. You all are the reason I am here and[…]

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The Groundhog Froze!

Happy Groundhog Day! I don’t know about you but I am pretty sure that shadow or no shadow, the groundhog stuck his little nose out of his hole today and will NOT come out again until June! After all, it’s a balmy minus 16 degrees as I write this post! Groundhog Day is such as strange tradition (to put all our hopes and trust in a furry rodent that is often more of a garden pest than a desirable critter) that I thought I would find out where this practice came from. • February 4, 1841, Pennsylvania storekeeper James Morris wrote in[…]

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Is Santa an Insurance Nightmare?

Happy Holidays to you!  I know that sometimes insurance companies seem ask incessant questions and may appear to be overly picky when they make recommendations for safety improvements, however, they are just trying to ensure that your home, auto, or business is in the best position to withstand and hopefully avoid any loss or damage. Sometimes insurance companies have to worry about loss exposures that are quite hazardous and unique. With this in mind, I wanted to share the following with you that I received from a insurance company colleague of mine. The scenario is that an insurance agent has[…]

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During this season of gift giving and getting, it is especially important to protect your “stuff”…. even if and especially if, you don’t own your own home. Jeff Orloff, a blogger for http://www.rentersinsurance.org has asked to serve as a “guest blogger” on my blog in order to provide you with the following information: Renter’s Insurance BasicsWhile just about anyone who has a mortgage is required to have a homeowner’s insurance policy, those who rent – whether it be a house, apartment, or condo – often forgo insurance under the assumption that their landlord’s policy will cover them in case of disaster. Unfortunately[…]

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Where the Heck is the “S”?

Isn’t it supposed to be Daylight Savings Time? Where the heck is the “s”?Dare I digress into an English lesson….yes, let’s! Technically, the word “saving” is used in this phrase as an adjective. It describes the kind of time we are talking about: the “saving” kind of time, just like you would describe eco-friendly coffee as “sustainable development” coffee. Or perhaps it could be better written with a dash in the middle, as in: daylight-saving time. In that form, we can liken it how we use the word “man-eating” tiger.Ok, have I brought back all those repressed memories of high-school[…]

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