Author Archives: Andrew McDermott, GRI

Good timing: Dale Jr. finally gets parking spot at Hendrick campus

It often takes social media to get your complaint solved. About twenty years ago you would have to write letters to complain. Then you would wait to hear back from the company. Most of the time you would get a nice typewritten letter, and possibly a few coupons to go along with it. When you saw the letter arrive in the mail, it was like getting a check for a thousand dollars!

Nowadays, nobody seems to write a letter anymore. They use 140 character on Twitter to voice their frustrations, or go on other social media outlets to post. Corporations have hired monitors who address these concerns, and help them resolve them as quickly as possible.

Granted, my article below is a rather humorous one, but at the same time clever. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. went on Twitter to rant that he did not have a parking spot at the race shop. Currently he drives for Hendrick Motorsports. This past Sunday, he won the race at Talladega Superspeedway. A place very dear and near to his heart. His late father Dale Earnhardt won there many times, and if the speedway walls could talk, the stories would be endless.

Hendrick Motorsports solved that problem by giving him a parking spot next to his boss Rick Hendrick. I wonder who got bumped as a result of it. Earnhardt Jr. thanked them on Twitter for the well earned parking spot.

Finally, some corporations make a mention that they answer complains from 9-5 EST. Whereas I think it needs to be a 24 hour job. The complaints can and will build up overnight. Bad press is no good news. I don’t think the public is taking the time to praise the company they shop at or use in the off hours. Well granted there may be a few.

FYI – When I go to Lowes, and don’t get the customer service I am looking for, I tell the worker that Mr. Hendrick won’t be happy. When they look puzzled about who Mr. Hendrick is, I tell them they should know who he is, and he will be disappointed. Granted, I never met Mr. Hendrick in person. One of his race car drivers, Jimmy Johnson won six championships in NASCAR with Lowes as the sponsor. Mr. Hendrick doesn’t fool around. He hires talented and smart people to work with him.

Billy Donovan

Billy Donovan, the long time coach of the Florida Gators after 19 years is leaving. Donovan is becoming the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. In 2007, Donovan accepted a job with the Orlando Magic, but quickly turned it down.

The University of Florida, in classy fashion put together a highlight reel thanking Donovan for 19 years.

At times you hear the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. There are also times when you should leave your job when you hit your high mark. Sometimes, the opportunity is just so great that you have to take it.

Life takes us to many different places. Sometimes looking in the mirror, journaling, and evaluating our own self can help define us and who we are.

The strangest moments from that eerie, empty Baltimore Orioles game

Nobody seems to realize that the reason there was an empty stadium was part of the riots that were going on in the Baltimore, Maryland area. It is a sad turn of events, that forced Major League Baseball, and the Baltimore Orioles organization to take such measures.

Safety is never more important. Especially after what we learned about 9/11. If if the National Guard, Police, and Security searched everyone, there is still valid threats to the safety of all. I applaud MLB and the Orioles organization for taking such drastic measures.

Hopefully those who are rioting realize that they are not proving anything or doing anything. They are just making things worse. Baseball is called America’s past time for a reason. It is to go enjoy a family game, talk, bond, eat, and enjoy a game of baseball.  Let’s wake up and work together. If we do, this world would be a lot better.


Lauren Hill – Basketball Player #1More4Lauren

Lauren Hill is one of those many stories that you hear that is battling an illness or disease. Rather than be miserable and suffer, she lived every last day to the fullest. Her journey of being a basketball player was amazing. The chances she got in her last months, nobody could accomplish that in four years of College.

Her memory will last for yyears to come, and each year as the team suits up to play, they will think of Lauren and the stuggles she went through. Fighting an illness is not easy for yourself or your family. It is what you make of it, and the support you receive from your family and friends. The support Lauren received from around the world was overwhelming as well.

Here is the introductory video:

Here is the team that moved their game to accommodate Lauren’s wish.

Here is the tribute video CBS Sunday Morning did:

New York Auto Show

This past Friday, I attended the New York International Auto show in New York City. It is a yearly event. It has been about ten years since I last attended the car show. I was going yearly for a while, then it got boring. I am sort of in the market for a new car, so I figured I would get a sense of what is out there.

General Motors (GM) I thought had a really impressive showing. Buick, Chevy, and GMC were at their A game. I didn’t feel Cadillac was there yet, but they too had a presence. I think GM is doing a great job of moving forward since they had so many issues with recalls, and safety concerns.

For most of my life I have driven Fords. I happen to find then reliable. Currently I own a Ford Fusion. Ford too had an impressive display, and they are moving forward with the electric vehicles. They even had a car that talked, and interacted to a kid touching the car. Electric cars wouldn’t work well in the city, since you would have electrical cords running up and down the block.

Buick brought their new convertible the Cascada, and then their concept vehicles the Avenir Concept. Both impressive models. Since the Verano and the Chevy Cruze are similar. Just as the Encore is a twin to the Trax.

All of the car manufactures had “product specialists” which I don’t know if they worked directly for the manufacturer or the car show itself. The GM “product specialists” did a dynamic job in their presentations. The Chevy booth also offered a charging station, which was a plus to me since my cell phone was dying.

Below are some of the cars I took pictures of. I also look a lot of pictures of the wheels (rims) in which some of them were impressive in their design. No more hubcaps or you happen to see very few.

The Buick Cascada

  The Buick Regal

Another view of the Buick Regal

Kia Sportage  Kia Cadenza  The Lincoln Continental Concept Car  Lincoln MKX  Carl Edwards NASCAR Racecar  Toyota FT-1 Concept Car  This Aston Martin Vulcan was made out of clay!