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Ask Patty Around the World Blog Carnival -- November 6, 2007

Published Nov 7th 2007, 8:02am by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

Gobble, Gobble! It's November, which means pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce feasts are just around the corner. While you're waiting for the Turkey, why not relax with the AskPatty blog carnival?

Ridemakerz Time to get revved up! Ridemakerz is opening a new shop in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Ridemakerz offers kids of every age the opportunity to tune and "trick out" their very own ride. Sounds like the perfect activity for any car-loving family! Never heard of Ridemakerz? Find out more here at AskPatty!

Wt_annebelec101507_200 Anne Belec, 45, established herself as a rising star in Ford Motor Company after she earned an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Along with heading the company's North American sales, planning and distribution division, she's held several other high-level auto-industry positions, such as VP of sales operations for the Volvo Car Corporation in Sweden. Even for the CEO of a major auto company, value and a wine's connection to the local culture are key, not a big name--or a bigger price tag... or so says Eric Arnold of the Read his complete blog to find out the professional accomplishments this fabulous automotive woman and how as a wine connoisseur, she continues to try new and different wines wherever her job takes her.

Pamelakrebs The Car Care Council Women's Board has named Pamela Krebs (left photo), director, advertising and sales promotion for Robert Bosch Corp., as the fourth annual "Aftermarket Woman of the Year." The announcement was made during the 2007 Women's Board reception, which took place Oct. 30 during the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas. Congratulations, Pam!

Genaabraham When Gena Abraham (right photo) starts shadowing Transportation Commissioner Harold Linnenkohl in preparation to succeed him next month, it may be the crowning achievement of a revolution nobody noticed. Throughout state government, Abraham is being hailed as a trailblazer, the first woman in history to take over the $2 billion budget and 5,700 road crew members, engineers, and other staff at the Georgia Department of Transportation. Now this is a car gal with a long road to hoe.

Kim wanted to be able to drive her 6-year-old child to doctors' appointments, and get to the grocery store in order to feed her family. Rachel wanted a reliable way to travel out of town to a full-time job and take her two young daughters to school. Now, these women, and many more victims of domestic violence, can do those things - and everything else the freedom of owning your own car allows. Learn more about how these women gained newfound freedom in this article at

Nytimes_hightech_cars According to the New York Times, the typical Mercedes has plenty of on-board technology, beginning with a connector for iPods and other MP3 players, to the ability to read media cards with files copied from your computer, to a Bluetooth wireless link for your cellphone. But perhaps the most intriguing feature is one that allows you to e-mail directions directly to your car. Email to your car?

Chryslerblackjack The Detroit News has a complete slide show of more than 30 Chrysler vehicles shown at last week's SEMA Show. The Black Jack features a card room and a large-screen TV, and is just one of Chrysler's eight pimped-out SEMA showcars.

How does stereotyping in marketing affect you? Be patient, and read deep into this DailyHoroscope blog to find out how such stereotyping affects everybody from the hispanic automotive buyer to the female jewelry shopper.

Prayer Epiphanies never seem to arrive in convenient places. Mata H shares a front-seat epiphany she had at 10pm in her car on a long drive back from Massachusetts.

405_101_interchange Three days in Los Angeles reminded this blogger how much she has enjoyed working from home. In her column at BlogHer, Elena says just a "few days in L.A. have made up for my decade of decadent non-commuting." Three hours from Calabasas to Orange County. We know your pain, Elena, yes indeedy.

Accordgoldemblem We all have stories to tell about cars we have abused, and cars that have abused us. This blogger says she has "been haunted by a certain gold Honda Accord, given to me by my parents on my 16th birthday, which has refused to rid itself of me." It's a sweet car story, best enjoyed with a cup of cocoa and a scented candle.

Gender_cars_illo Everybody's talking about it: ABC News says sales data shows men and women are attracted to different cars. says the battle of the sexes is waged on the car lot. Though car companies typically avoid making gender-specific vehicles, Jim Hossick, vice president and senior consultant at AutoPacific says, "some cars are more masculine or feminine by nature." Even though I call my Accord a "Mom-mobile" it definitely feels more masculine to me; my Civic always felt more feminine. What about your car?

That's it for this week's AskPatty Cars Around the World Blog Carnival! Make sure to submit your article for next week's "Automotive Advice for Women Blog Carnival" using the online form or by emailing Ask Patty at

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