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Monthly Archives: December 2016

  • Windrestrictor® and Me - From the desk of Paul

    Well, this might be the most fun someone can have writing a blog post. Why? Because I get to write about two of my favorite things, WindRestrictor® and me! Who doesn't like writing about their history? I must admit it's a yummy morsel.

     

    Every wonder how I came to be a member of the esteemed King Penn crew? Probably not, but I'm about to tell you anyway. All kidding aside, it's been a chapter of my life that I have complete ease and pride in discussing. If you knew the rest of my history you'd understand how rare this is! Let's get started!

    Why Am I In Texas!?!

    My family and I landed in Dallas, Texas after Hurricane Katrina ravaged our hometown of New Orleans. It isn't something I want to dwell on in this article, but it's an important part of the story that's sets the place of why and how a Saints fan was lurking around The DFW in the first place. Cowboy’s fans do NOT make you feel welcome.

    If I'm being completely honest, I wasn't a big fan for years. When we first arrived we lived in Dallas proper. While Texans are well known (and deservedly so) for being very friendly people, The Big D northern transplants are NOT. I'm a typical Southerner as far as friendly goes. To see joggers just run by me as I give them a warm greeting took a bit of getting used too. There's a rumor going around I cursed a few of them out, but it's probably just gossip.

    We decided due to the schooling in Dallas, moving out to a suburb was probably a good idea. My wife mentioned Garland and I said sure I'd look. Yep, I wasn't impressed. We drove right through South Garland and it reminded me of where I grew up. It wasn't lovely, it wasn't charming, it wasn't anything. Rusty buildings and unwashed concrete was everywhere. My wife of course fell in love it. I protested to no avail. We were soon Garlandites.

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    My Very First Contact - Rebekkah, WR CFO

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    Fast-forward a few years down the line and I felt like community was escaping me in a big way. At the time I was working nights at a Crisis Hotline and taking care of my infant son during the day. It was nothing short of hellish. Let me be clear, taking care of my beautiful baby boy was and is one of the greatest things I'll ever do. As was my job at the time, working at the hotline where I helped people make the decision to get help with depression, suicide, homelessness, you name it. Doing both back to back though? Beyond draining mentally, physically and spiritually.

    Finally having had enough, I spoke to my wife and quit the hotline job. Now, keep in mind I did this with NO other jobs on the table. But, the stress was just too much. Two hours of sleep wasn't enough to function and I literally felt like I was losing it. Broke and mentally done I decided it was a good idea to get some help and quick. So, where was I going to heal from such trying times? Church of course!

    Right up the street from me was Springcreek Church. I immediately got involved in a small group run by none other than Rebekkah Pennington. For anyone who has met her knows, you instantly connect with her. She is a loving and generous woman. At the same time, she isn't shy about calling you on your BS. I'm not sure Rebekkah’s shy about anything really. Behind all this personality is a very educated person who is more than a punch on the arm and get'er done type. Rebekkah always had solid advice you can move forward with. I was amazed by her generosity and honesty with her own time and story.

    So It Begins...

    After a few weeks of Rebekkah’s small group I was doing what I typically did, whine about how awful things are for me. I was in a really bad place. Stuck in a place I didn't want to be, no sense of community and no job. But, she had a solution that I wasn't expecting...A job. Turns out her family ran a company that made a specialty modification for cars. I warned her that I wasn't a car guy and she assured me that wasn't an issue. We set up a day for me to come in and interview and I was more than ready to get the ball rolling.

    I showed up promptly on the scheduled interview day and brought my small son along for the trip. It would've been awkward as all get out if it wasn't for the gracious nature I felt when walking in the building. For the interview Rebekkah brought along her brother Stephen. He was very kind but focused and a bit more reserved than Rebekkah. Granted, we hadn't yet established the bond that I already had with his sister.

     

    The interview questions were fair and I left with a better sense of the company and a bit about their brother Robert who started it all. Little did I know how much this man's legacy would effect my family's life in such a positive way, much like his own family's and the automobile industry as a whole.

    These People Are Lovely, But I Suck At This

    So, here I am at King Penn Industries helping with WindRestrictors® and illuminated door sills needing to be assembled, shined up and shipped off. Now, I'm a hard worker but easily confused. Very easily confused. As a child it took me three years until I realized "Leggo My Eggo" meant give me that waffle. Yep, that bad. It completely showed at my new job.

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    I was trying to shine the WindRestrictors® properly. I failed. Later, attempted to assemble door sills. Guess what? Failed. Want to have fun? Watch me try to properly ship something. I could have my own comedy special where all I did the entire time was put things in boxes with addresses on them. I was that awful.

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    However, everyone was always so patient with me. Nobody ever had anything but encouragement and kind words. Beside Rebekkah and Stephen, I met Charlotte, and Kent. Kent was the shop manager and a guy who I could often have my deep philosophical conversations with that make most people run top speed the opposite way of me. Charlotte was my make-ready master who took her time to show me the subtle art of putting together the smaller accessories that are such a big part of our product. I've often told Rebekkah that Charlotte a.k.a. Granny doesn't have an evil bone in her body. There's not a more gracious, loving woman on Earth.

    Meeting everyone was great, but my lack of "catching on" really had me concerned. Why would they keep someone who had such a challenge with even their smallest tasks? Furthermore, could a small company afford to keep a middle-aged man who was struggling to literally put the pieces together?

    It Sells Itself

    After about my 50th ruined door sill the executive committee came to a conclusion, let's let Paul not go anywhere near the assembly. I did some sales and marketing along with my product ruining, and I had maybe fallen in the right crack. I tended bar for a number of years and love nothing more than talking about things I'm passionate about. The products being offered by King Penn were easy to be excited about. Cutting edge technology that served the dual purpose of sleek and functional? Sign this salesman up.

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    I was working so closely with Stephen where I realized this guy was going to be more than a good boss, he'd be a great friend. I'm only a few years older and we had common interests. We talked about old rap music, got together for pizza and mixed martial arts, and both liked to reach out and help those in need.

    I was awestruck at how talented the man is. Stephen’s salesmanship was superior to anyone I've previously encountered. Couple that with his artistic abilities and his business acumen and you can see why he is currently the company's CEO. He was somewhat surprised when he was given the position, I was not.

     

    The Road and The Web

    One of the things the warmer months bring with it are more of an opportunity for travel. Sometimes Kent and I, sometimes Steve and I, and sometimes all three of us. I talked about where we'd travel in the last post, but never the process of getting there. It can be quite a hike. Hook up the trailer to a huge truck and drive that sucker across the country. Because of this job I got to go places and see things I never thought possible. Another of the several perks available for employees.

     

     

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    My greatest tool of course is the same as many other people, the internet. I've looked at computer screens in the name of blocking wind so much that my wife no longer thinks that it's crazy for me to always be online. My main pastime was already social media and forums. Someone's going to pay me for this? Woo hoo!

    This is also a good time to mention the mother and daughter duo of Pam and Ashli. I bother them a considerable amount with paycheck and what in the Harry Houdini does this mean questions. Just like the rest of the team, sweetest people. Never a cross word, never an anxious moment. Always have time to listen to my ideas and theories. Very patient went I'm late. All smiles.

    The End, The Beginning

    I'm on my way to Pennsylvania with Kent. It's a long and interesting ride. Out of the blue my cell phone goes off. It's my wife. Now, my wife is not one of those call a minute people who don't give you room to breathe. If she called it was important. She told me we had a dire family emergency. She was packing up the car with the kids and heading to New Orleans. We had to move home, not visit. I was to comeback when the car show was over and board a plane for my birthplace. That's exactly what I did. The crew at work was understandable, but I was more than disappointed.

    Months passed by and I got another job. While it paid okay, I needed a little something more. We spoke of different routes we could take on further employment but nothing seemed feasible. I needed extra money and I needed it right away.

    Nothing made sense but to contact Steve. He agreed most of what I did before was on the computer and they had room for some forum, social media, and blog work after talking with the other core team members. Just like that I was back at it, and I'm still here!

    And Now This...

    So, this wouldn't be a proper WindRestrictor® blog post without mentioning the others I met at the job. There's Lisa and her kids who are very nice people. Her son Steven always gives me crap about being a Saints fan. There's also the brother and sister duo of Isaac and Bam. Very intelligent young people who would have deep conversations with me concerning topics ranging from poetry verse to whether time is an actuality or a man-made creation. Also, Mike who I grew close to and is no longer with the company. There's young brother Dave who decided to become a trucker. Really driven young man and former employee. Last, but not least is Ray, Granddad. When you meet a patriarch of a family you can often tell why they are who they are. This is no exception. I shook his hand and could feel the wisdom and kindness.

    By the way this isn't me cheerleading my bosses to kiss butt and keep them happy. I don't have that gene. I'm very vocal about what I believe and will continue to be. I have very different views on politics, spirituality and just about everything than most people I run into. However, I'm far from being a hypocrite. I won't disagree for the sake of argument. If something is good, it's good. These people are good.

    I won't be posting a link or giving out a code in this post. I want everyone who reads this to know more than what you're buying; I want you to know who you're buying from. When this group says you're family, they mean it. There's so many companies now pushing soulless moneymaking, at WindRestrictor® it's heartfelt capitalism. Thanks for reading!

     

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  • Christmas Car Collection!

    Okay, if there's one thing we at WindRestrictor® like to do it's light up your vehicle! Our door sills, wind blockers, illuminated wheel rings and puddle lights more than prove our point. We are also big fans of Christmas! It's spiritual, family-oriented and you light up your house. You know what would be great? Combining the two!

    What about...Christmas cars!?! That's right, cars that were decorated to celebrate the most celebrated holiday in the world! Well, we've done our best to scour the internet for some of the craziest rides to celebrate the season of Yuletide! Please, enjoy our Christmas Car Collection!

    From Christmas Bells to Christmas Bugs!

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    Ever seen a Volkswagen glow like this? This bug was given the full treatment with red and green lights all around! Nice to see some flash there! VWs are not known for their flash but this particular ride has shown that it is possible. Fireflies aren't the only bugs that light up.

    A Merry Mack

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    One thing big rigs have is a lot of room to work with. This particular trucker took full advantage of every square inch! Reindeer, stars AND Christmas Trees? Yep, he's got just about everything but one of those creepy waving automated Chris Cringles. He even lit up the mud flaps. This man went all the way to make people pay attention to his sixteen wheeler on all twelve days of Christmas.

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    Here's an easy Christmas recipe to spread cheer at this time of year. Get your GMC Truck, wrap that sucker in different colored lights, make sure they all glow and don't throw off the rest of the lights, and there you have it. The way the lights are staggered are nothing short of brilliant design. Nice job. Sometimes simple can look stylish.

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    Someone really jazzed up Uncle Bob's tan jalopy in a big way. Outline with Christmas lights then dump some cool blue under the hood. Wow! It just goes to show anything looks better illuminated. Your crazy relative could bring you to school and it will still look cool.

    The S.U.V. for X.M.A.S.

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    Okay, this soccer mom is certainly a talented decorator. The tree, the angel, the snowman, the ribbons, the candy canes,  matched nearly perfectly over the SUV screams patience and ability. Again, the colors never clash and all the artwork is space out perfectly. Someone's mother is a real artist. If she doesn't do it already, she might want to think about a career in holiday design.

    Cement Truck Santa

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    This was particularly surprising to me. Someone decorated a cement truck and made it look darn good. The candy cane stripe on the cement mixing part is a work of art. The cab in blue, the rest outline with class white, and a little green for good measure. Talk about moving concrete in style! Even the hardest workers can fine time to make kids smile on the holidays.

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    So, uh... This is a car someone dumped blue lights on and some Christmasish colors. I have no idea what the intended end to this project is. They get attention I'm sure. Probably, shouldn't use this particular car to do a bank robbery. Nobody will need to get a license plate. I try to say something nice about all the vehicles, so this driver is courageous!

    Cringle in the Caddy

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    Santa and Spongebob going to roll out to a holiday party with a flamingo on the roof and ornaments on the hood! How could you not want this to be your next Uber? The wreath and red lights under the car add to the seasonal party look! Just when you thought old school Cadillacs couldn't look cooler!

    A Whole Parade!

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    Looks like they have a whole parade full of lit up automobiles in Chandler, Arizona! What a fun way to show off your vehicle. If just the picture of these three passing are a preview, it must be quite a show. More communities should take part in decorating their vehicle with lights. Hmmm, imagine if a company made it easier for people to light up their cars like this!

    More Than Sirens

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    Like we needed another reason to appreciate the heroes that firefighters are! At yet a different parade, you see a superbly decorated fire engine rolling through the night. Now it's normal to see a decorated truck around the firehouse, but this particular one was really done to the nine. Great job guys!

    More Classic Hits

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    We have another oldie but goody that looks decorated to the hilt! The way they traced the seems in the body with the high quality lights really works with the design. A bit of Christmas tree on top really rounds it out nicely. I also noticed they used some car portions for advertising. Who would use a lit up car for advertisement? This person is probably a genius!

    Crazy Claus on the Loose

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    Doesn't this one look like Santa went on a crazy bender with his friend lion and ran into a house with nice decorations? Sort of reminds you of his Spongebob fiasco from the eaarlier picture. However, the chaos seems organized doesn't it? The stars and colored lights fall down in a way that lets you know there's a method to the madness. Very nice Christmas design adorning the driveway.

    A Wood Paneled Christmas

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    If any of you reading this are old enough (or unfortunate enough) to remember the awful wood paneling that was used back in the day, you'll find this car interesting. Another GMC that looks dressed up with a Lite Brite (another one for middle-aged readers), that ends up looking pretty good! Who would've though you could take two meaningless things from a bygone era and make a holiday work of art?

    Light Up The Night Right

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    So, Christmas lights are very nice! But, the level of expert personalization you can from WindRestrictor® is beyond compare! We can light up the back of your car, your wheels, your door sills and we even have puddle lights now!

    Have you checked out our great selection of models? Corvette,  Mustang, Camaro, Mercedes-Benz SLK 170, SLK 171, SLK 172, BMW Z4, Saturn Sky, Pontiac Solstice, Honda Sk2000, Mazda Miata, Cadillac XLR, Jaguar F-Type, Mini Cooper and the Chrysler Crossfire. We have several of these in convertible AND coupe! For wind blockers AND door sills!

    Don't see your car there? No, problem we now make Universal Glow Plates and Universal Lighted Door Sills! You don't even need a car! We have Edge-Lit Art for your home, garage, or office! We're here to make you light up the night and make a great Christmas gift. Interested? Simply click here. You'll receive five percent off your purchase and all of our products come with a lifetime warranty.

    Everyone have a Happy Holiday from all of us at WindRestrictor® !

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  • Intercontinental Car Shows!

    WindRestrictor® is hoping your family is having a great Christmas. While your son/daughter/nephew/niece is either exuberant, or faking the feeling for fear of Santa Claus going down the wrong chimney next year, most of us are looking under the tree for something to make our vehicle go faster, or perform better or look cleaner. Cars are a status symbol and means of expression, just as much as a convenient means of transportation. The human need to peacock can be seen from jacked up trucks, to advertising banner adorned city buses, all the way back to the "my child is a student at" bumper sticker on a soccer mom's SUV.

    So, a natural progression was born from man's love affair with his precious motorized carriages. Like an industrial place of worship, you can see scores of people the world over gazing sometimes solemnly, sometimes jubilantly, at these marvels of engineering like they were sacred relics.

    Where then do we bow our heads in respect for these marvelous machines? Whether it be 33 people or 33,000, you'll find that answer in car shows! Car shows are more than just a few collectors getting together to ride around in vehicles from a bygone era (although those do still certainly exist and are very popular), they evolved to arena filling spectacles that can pack 1000s of enthusiasts together to swap ideas and praise. Let us take you on a global voyage to look far and wide for the most visited, and talked about, shows the auto industry has to offer. We'll start in Southeast Asia.

    Southeast Asia: Tokyo Motor Show

    If you want futuristic and over-the-top, you can safely look to Japan for both. Wondering how this would apply to cars? Look no further than the world famous Tokyo Auto Show! This year's show just passed us, and like every year before it, the show delivered.

    This show is packed full of concept cars. Most of the Southeast Asian car companies and big name foreign corporations such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW, as well as Ford for a few years, have represented the future of automobiles. Ever seen a Bugatti Veyron? The Veyron is the fastest street legal car and was on display at their 2005 gathering.  In 1997 the Maybach was a concept car revitalization at the motor show which brought about a new era of luxury for the automotive world.

    While speed and luxury have certainly been on display, the absolutely bizarre have been more than represented as well. How about a Toyota Alphard Hercule? It looks like a Transformer was on it's way to switch from car to robot and gave up half-way through. What about a Toyota FCV Plus? I dare anyone to look at this vehicle and not once think "Tron".

    The Middle East: Dubai International Motor Show

    Really hard to believe a region swimming in oil would also have a major international car show isn't it? Yep, not so much. Dubai International Motor Show is held once every two years and attracted over 100,000 people over three days in 2015. The opulence the area is known for is on full display as you can look on at a plethora of vehicles and companies just eager to show off their latest engineering.

    Ford, Chevrolet, Fiat/Chrysler, Bentley, Dodge, Ferrari...The list is almost as long as the line to get in. The show is packed with features as well! How about the exhibit for Motoring Nostalgia? Ignition Talk Live was a place where you could talk to experts about everything from drifting to technology and design. Are you into motorcyclist? Well, Dubai has that too! The Biker's Arena is the spot to get your fix of all things two and three wheeled.

    Sure, The Middle East has a reputation for being a dangerous place. However, it can also be a place of extreme opulence, history and engineering. If this wasn't enough to make you hop a jet, we just gave you one more reason!

    Europe: International Motor Show Germany

    Frankfurt isn't just sausage and warm beer! The IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) AKA International Motor Show Germany, is known worldwide as one of the greatest car shows in Europe. Not a huge shock considering Germany is known as a mecca for automotive excellence.

    Since 1979, the IAA has been showcasing the finest in production and concept cars. To give you an idea of how popular this even is, on no less than three occasions the event has hosted 1,000,000+ people and 100,000+ twenty different times. The Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, and Sistine Channel look out!

    This show isn't just another tourist attraction however, there's meat and potatoes with that sauerkraut. The first fully electric powered Porsche (Porsche Mission E) made it's debut at this very car show. Jaguar rolled out it's first ever SUV (F-Pace) at a past IAA. Also, the smallest convertible on the road, the Smart Fortwo was displayed in all it's tiny splendor. If you want scenery in and out of a show, the IAA is definitely the destination for you!

    Africa: The SA Festival of Motoring

    Even in the most exotic of locales, car show are springing up and showing off the wares of top global automotive manufacturers. When people hear the word "Africa", they instantly think of safaris and getting closer to miles of untouched nature. But, in South Africa, The SA Festival of Motoring (formerly the Johannesburg International Motor Show) is all the rage.

    A biennial auto show held in October, the exhibition has boasted over 48,000 square feet of space inside, and another 43,000 square feet of outdoor space. So, there's more than enough room to park the various vehicles making their African premieres. Vehicles like the beautiful BMW-I8 made their debut in shows past. Also, a very interesting waiter named Honda Asimo served libations to hungry and thirsty festival goers. A robot food server only miles away from live lions and zebras? Where else can you see such a diverse array of "life" besides a car show?

    While the show had it's problems in the past, it seems that the rebirth just made the event more popular and stable. A welcomed addition to South Africa, a growing economic power on the world stage. The beautiful views don't end in the jungle, visit The SA Festival of Motoring to see the best Africa has to offer!

    Oceania: MotorWorld  Sydney

    As if you needed another reason to journey to the land of kangaroos and koalas! MotorWorld Sydney is the place to be for friendly Aussies and awesome rides! This brand new exciting event is hosted in fabulous Sydney and promises to be a big player on the international scene!

    MotorWorld Sydney is loaded with great events to ensure everyone is having a great time. The last event even sported family and ladies days. Welcome additions to the normal car show script to keep the whole brood interested. Dad, don't get nervous! There's still plenty to do for you. The Mega Test Fest allows you to test drive one of 50 different cars! Everything from Alfa Romeos to GMCs to Lotuses to Volvos are on hand to tear up the Aussie track.

    In the past Australia has had trouble with sponsors and attendance when holding auto shows. But, with the unique features on display at this event, both should be rejuvenated to make this event a go for years to come. The sky's the limit and the future is bright for this great auto fest in the land of Oz.

    South America:  São Paulo International Motor Show

    Brazil, is the home of Carnival, Vale Tudo and the world famous Christ the Redeemer statue. It's a mecca for sports and fun. So, if you're going to throw an auto show in South America, what better place than Brazil? The  São Paulo International Motor Show is the  número um destination for vehicles big and small.

    As I write this, the auto show is happening right now! Hyundai's first compact SUV is on display, a restyled Chevrolet Tracker and Renault Captur are some of the fresh off the assembly vehicles on display. The event's organizers are expecting 750,000 people. That's quite a turn out and very believable considering the demographics of São Paulo alone. Check out the Dream Lounge, Test Drive Tracks or the Automotive Trade Area if you want to take home a souvenir.

    Brazil is known as a place of immense beauty and a jubilant culture. Use the country's versatile appeal to get your significant other on the next jet. This is a car show that has it all in a nation with something for everyone.

    North America: The WindRestrictor® United States Tour

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    What better way to spread the word about our innovative product, than to roll down these great highways of ours and meet with extended members of the WindRestrictor® family? We've been all around and continue to pop up at huge events and even local Dallas-Fort Worth auto shows to shake some hands throughout the land!

    We go or have gone to a lot of show for the American classic, Corvette. Shows we've gone to include Corvettes at Carlisle (in Pennsylvania),  events at the National Corvette Museum (in Kentucky), and Bloomington Gold (in Illinois). Another GM show dedicated to Kappas, The NASSAM (Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Sky, Opel Gt etc.) took place last summer and was covered by the wonderful Ashli in a blog post you can read here! The ladies had tons of fun.

    Now before our beloved Ford lovers start grumbling, we were certainly at the Ford Mustang 50th anniversary show in Las Vegas! The pony lovers were in full force and we were fortunate to shake a lot of hands and see some wonderful relics of a bygone era as well as cutting edge technology. Speaking of cutting edge technology, we recently attended a SEMA event where we were represented by Steve and his awesome wife Nigel. There's so many shows that we want to make and can't or we've gone too but I didn't have time to mention, but we're not finished expanding so don't think we've forgotten about you!

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    Another Wrap!

    Thank you so much for checking out our latest blog post! As always if you see any omissions or corrections please email me: paul@windrestrictor.com . I relish and look forward to any and all feedback concerning my attempts at writing.

    You can save 5% of no your purchase with us simply by clicking here. It's never too late to celebrate the holidays with one of our many items in our ever expanding collection (check out our Universal Glow Plates or illuminated wheel rings). Click here to check us out!

    Lastly, we truly hope however you celebrate these great holidays, it's a special one for you and the ones you love. Thank you so much for reading.

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