WHAT THE TIRE LADY HAD TO SAY. I fell into a pot hole recently, my car did, and the front tire developed a visible bubble. I would have ignored it, but crossing the street in front of Magic 96.5FM the other day I witnessed what it was like to blow a tire, unexpectedly, when a small speeding car, caused a huge noise, as it zipped behind me, veering to the right. It almost gave Jacqueline Suttle, who happened to be on the street, a heart attack. So I decided to be proactive and go visit Astrid Croes, JR Car Center, in Noord for a fix. I am always impressed by how much she knows about cars, a woman operating in a man’s world. Astrid shared that the tire business, like any other business here, got saturated by bao palo initiatives selling second-hand used car tires. It sounds ‘green’ and eco-friendly to recycle tires, and the idea of pinching a penny is attractive too, but I searched Consumer Reports and this is what they say: Nay, nay. Don’t buy used tires: you don’t know where they have been or how they’ve been used. The tire could have been driven overloaded, underinflated, or to excessively high speed. Any one or a combination of these factors could lead to internal damage not visible from the outside. In short, the used tire could be unsafe. Dear readers: Support Aruba’s well-established small businesses, and please don’t buy anything under a tree, it’s not cheaper in the long run!
ANOTHER LAYER OF DISFUNCTION. Post Aruba NV left me a note that they had important tax papers to deliver, but I was not home, while I was, and please call to schedule delivery. I called. No, no delivery, you have to pick the material up in their main branch in Oranjestad. That should be interesting, I thought, because I have not been there in donkey years. Anyway, I parked, lined up, handed paper, waited and waited, then the non-uniformed clerk handed me the Aangifte Winstbelasting for 2014, profit tax declaration, I imagine. Apparently, Post Aruba NV is now offering a service similar to the one Fast Delivery NV has been struggling for years to provide. And in this case, it’s just another layer of dysfunction and added cost. Why don’t you just stick it in my mail box? Why can’t we just download the form on line? Or pick it up from the tax office, together with our car license sticker??? This hoopla involving the Post Office did not further the tax man’s efficiency, on the contrary. And talking about the Post Office: That building has potential. But as is, it’s a time machine experience, back to the 60s. Some renovation would go a long way. Why don’t you divert some Green Corridor funds to improve this neglected, antiquated, left to rot landmark. Just a suggestion!