Losing Tire Pressure

losing tire pressure

    tire pressure
  • The measure of air pressure within a race tire.

  • Cold inflation pressure is the inflation pressure of tires before the car is driven and the tires warmed up. Recommended cold inflation pressure is displayed on the owner's manual and on the placard (or sticker) attached to the vehicle door edge, pillar, glovebox door or fuel filler flap.

  • The manufacturer's recommended pressure for a tire, dependent on load, speed, etc., usually given in bar or pound-force per square inch (psi). (1.8 bar = 26 psi; 2 bar = 29 psi; 2.2 bar = 32 psi; 2.4 bar = 35 psi; 2.7 bar = 39 psi)

  • (lose) fail to win; "We lost the battle but we won the war"

  • Be deprived of or cease to have or retain (something)

  • (lose) fail to keep or to maintain; cease to have, either physically or in an abstract sense; "She lost her purse when she left it unattended on her seat"

  • Cause (someone) to fail to gain or retain (something)

  • Be deprived of (a close relative or friend) through their death or as a result of the breaking off of a relationship

  • (losings) something lost (especially money lost at gambling)



Latest article published in the Opinions section of the St.Louis Suburban Journals, South Edition.

I love my smart phone and my computer. They're up-to-date tools of our time that help me stay informed, educated and in the technological loop. I'm no Luddite with these things; they're valuable, necessary, and frankly, I love getting e-mails from my car telling me the tire pressure is low. However, there are some things that are best done the old-fashioned way.

I have several fountain pens that I received as gifts. They're expensive, pretty and feel like a natural extension of my hand. I use them to sign my name on business correspondence, notes to colleagues and those few paper checks that I still write.

However, using a fountain pen and cursive writing are rapidly becoming lost arts. A recent article in Time magazine noted that cursive writing is no longer taught in school, and that our generation X and Y individuals "write" only by printing.

I use e-mail for unofficial correspondence and to cut down on paper waste. But for really important documents, a printed-out letter with correct formatting and spacing and an original signature is still the workplace standard. When I sign a letter or memo with my fountain pen, it feels good. My original signature is who I am, and it is my testament that I wrote and approved the content of the letter.

Using a fountain pen is slower, demanding that you put more thought into your writing and signing your name. Post-it notes and other memos that you sign with a regular pen or pencil are easy and fast to write. At times, in your ease and speed of writing, you may write some things that with a couple more seconds of reflection you would certainly stop, saving possible embarrassing explanations and apologies. This is especially true with the speed of e-mail correspondence. Who hasn't had a fleeting feeling of panic after pressing "send" a moment too soon?

As I sign my name to documents, my name flows; the loops and swirls that the letters make are artistic and definitive. When I make a particular turn with my pen, it sends a fine spray of dots that accentuate my work, little orbiting satellite moons that are attracted to the gravity of my flowing name. Ballpoint pen and e-mail signatures are thin, anemic signatures that make a person look timid and unsure of themselves, and let's face it, they're just plain wimpy.

The next time you have the opportunity for some significant correspondence, get the upper hand and kill several birds with one stone. It is still possible to be a multitasker with a fountain pen. Don't just be a conservator of the arts, be a practitioner. Take a minute to write a thank-you note or a "thinking of you" note, and sign your name in cursive with a fountain pen - big, bold, across the whole bottom of the page. It will look wonderful and powerful, and you can feel proud that you're preserving dying practices, one signature at a time.

Day 106 - 365 Days - 15th Apr 08 : LOSING MOMENTUM

Day 106 - 365 Days - 15th Apr 08 : LOSING MOMENTUM


My Flickr photostream is feeling very lonely lately. Things seem to
have really quieted down... and now I'm wondering whether or not I've
finally lost my momentum.

Maybe it is time to move on? I know I've been here so many times
before... Usually, it lasts a few days - then I get excited again.
But, I feel like I've been soooo uninspired the last week. A full
week. And I'm still feeling uninspired. Plus, I'm becoming
increasingly agitated during the day when I feel the pressure to take
a photo of me - before the clock strikes midnight (or before I get
too tired/sleepy). The only thing that's keeping me from giving up
is the thought of 'quitting'. I hate quitting, especially if I'm not
100% sure about giving things up. I'd hate to quit, then miss it -
and regret giving up.

Ah, well... For now, I'll keep going. Until I know that I'll be cool
with whatever happens, if I ever stop. I'll just have to keep hoping
for now, that momentum will return somehow.

losing tire pressure

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