Daun Thompson has spent years acting in both film and theatre which has been paramount in launching her onto the comedy stage (incidentally, without a helmet, resulting in a nasty concussion). Being a funny girl is a full time job. A job that she hopes that one day will come with dental benefits and a 401K. Unlike her work, she is biodegradable, yet flame retardant. And gentle to the touch. Her goal in life??? For strangers to approach her and ask "Didn't you used to be somebody?" In the late 1980's she cut her teeth at the Velveeta Room on 6th Street in Austin, Texas ... the original room with the stripper pole. From there, she moved to northern California and worked with many comedy icons, like Mitch Hedberg, Marc Maron, Colin Quinn, Vic Dunlop, Huck Flyn, Michael Mancini, Doug Ferrari, Shang and Brian Posehn. Daun has been a licensed driver safety instructor and trainer with Comedy Defensive Driving for over 9 years. Her knowledge of driving safety laws keeps her readers informed and engaged with her blog adventures. She still continues to do stand-up comedy, sometimes in a reclining position...just to be different.

Cell Phone Laws

It is quite shocking to me that not all states in our grand nation have a ban regarding cell phone use while driving. Only 14 states and D.C. ban talking on a hand-held cell phone, while 37 states and D.C. ban the use of all cell phones by novice drivers. And text messaging while driving…

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Kids In a Hot Car

I really don’t know what exactly created change or forward thinking in regards to leaving kids in a hot car. Perhaps it was a slow evolution over time. When I was a kid, our Mom would leave us in the hot car for hours and go into the grocery store, with no problems. If you…

Summer Driving Hazards

Icy roads and being caught with your car broken down in a winter storm is something we all fear. But a summer road trip can also have some elements of danger. According to the IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety), August has the highest number of fatal car accidents than any other month. July and…

Car Seats for Children

My Niece is having her baby today. I just got the news and am thrilled beyond words! Babies are truly a gift! Apparently, they are a gift that you cannot return, unless you have kept the receipt and haven’t removed the tags. When I had my baby, the hospital personnel would not allow me to…

Fossil Fuels

As plastic is made from oil and oil is made from dead dinosaurs, how much actual real dinosaur is there in a plastic dinosaur? Or, a better question would be, how much of your own car is made from dead dinosaurs, since cars are now made out of plastic, derived from fossil fuels? Technically, you…

THE PERFECT FIT CAR

I am all of 5 ft 2 inches and am vertically challenged. In fact, I look a lot taller when I’m lying down. But people stare when you’re lying down in public, especially in a restaurant or a bar. I absolutely hate the “s” word (short). Tall people like to just throw that word around,…

BUYING A USED CAR

In a perfect World, we’d all own a brand new car. If you can afford a new car along with the taxes and the full coverage insurance that a new car requires, then you’re a snot and can stop reading this right now. If not, please read on and we’ll explore the options to look…

THREE SECOND RULE

Everything seems to have a three second rule now. • Three seconds rule before leaving a stop sign or taking a right turn on red. • Three second rule to create a safe following distance on dry pavement. • Three second rule when dropping food on the floor Although I believe the food on the…

Turn Around and Don’t Drown

One of the greatest wordsmiths of our time was Cassius Clay (a.k.a. Muhammad Ali). God rest his soul. He was not only known for being one of the greatest and most significant sporting figures in history, he was also known for his powerful words, crafted to unsettle his rivals. “Float Like a Butterfly…Sting Like a…

Road Trip

Over 38 million people hit the roads this weekend for the Memorial Day holiday. According to AAA, over 300,000 of those people were going to have to be rescued because of low tire pressure, battery loss, etc. There would be absolutely no excuse for running out of gas, though, since gas prices are currently at…