New York License Plates and Cheaters

Let me just start off by saying that, as an avid motorcycle rider in New York State, I, as well as other motorcyclists, see things that regular drivers will never notice.  This particular post, or issue that I’d like to address, all stems from an incident two years ago in Scarsdale on Central Avenue.

Above photo:
although license plate covers are illegal under the New York state vehicle and traffic Law, news agencies will accept advertising money, like shownhere with Channel 12 News online advertisement.

The actual photos in this post have nothing whatsoever to do with this actual story however.

Above photo: This is an honest mistake on New York State DMV’s part. NY DMV still allows a 10 day temporary paper makeshift registration license plate to be installed beneath the back window on newly purchased cars. But it’s literally like driving an invisible car.

Above photo: With no front plate, and a tinted back window, the paper plates are absolutely impossible to see for anything more than 2-3 feet away.

While cruising up past the candlelight, a car came out of their driveway and never looked at the  northbound side traffic. Being in the right lane, I said to myself “even if he decides to cut over ignoring the fact that I was driving up could he possibly veer right into my lane?” He did.

Above photo: Another weaving “texter” with an obscured NY plate ETF 8285 – NY ETF8285 – on the Bronx River Parkway South Bound by Crestwood.

The rear of his vehicle skimmed my front tire  causing me to suddenly and abruptly cut my tire and let the bike go. As I stood up all I cared about was getting his plate so I can identify who the driver was. But I never forget, all I saw was gray shiny plastic. The same gray shiny plastic that you see on so many cars nowadays, driving the roadways trying to beat the red light cameras and get free tolls over the George Washington, Tappan Zee and other assorted roadways.  From this day on I had a special place in my heart for people who try to obscure their license plates and even then top it off with illegal tinted windows.

And there’s even been an alternate tactic for people “too cheap” to even buy the plastic shields available on the Internet for about $40. It’s a method where they literally peel a layer of the license plate off so that the paint on the numbers becomes completely illegible.

I’ve shown some examples hear of cars that I’ve crossed paths with. Any pictures I’m showing here are a result of motorist that’s done something weird, stupid or illegal.

There’s one thing I know for sure, everyone I’ve met that has either dark tinted windows with New York plates (without special DMV permission) or obscures the license plates, has some other issue going on other than just trying to beat the system.

Every time I cross the Tappan Zee bridge, I think about the money that it cost to build it, and then wonder if everyone was using plate blockers or peeling the paint off the license plates, who would pay for the bridge?  And for those drivers that do those things because they want to beat the red lights, what would be the sense of anyone ever waiting for red lights at that point? And what would be the difference between a red light and green light?

Above photo: Car wash needed?

Above photo: With having a connection that gets you a Fraternal Order of Police registration, do you really need to mask your FOP1072 plate?

Above photo: How awkward will it be when the State Police checkpoint on the Tappan Zee asks “what up with the plate blocker on the FOP 1072 New York plate?”…

Zig Zagging over the Hutch, you can’t tell me you never noticed the “ESB” of your ESB4687 NY Plate ESB-4687 is gone? Or maybe?

Another texter, the “4” of her EGV 9494 NY Plate EGV9494 was so conveniently missing. South bound on Bronx River Parkway.

You can zoom in all you want this guy isn’t paying tolls or worrying about red light cameras. Hats off to you dude…

Most police, outside of NYC, don’t bother bikes so I can’t understand why they’d play the “lemme tuck my plate in so much you can’t see it” trick.

You can sort of guess the kind of character you’d find behind the wheel here?

Sorry but you can still see the NY plate GFD 4746 – GFD4746 – through your new tinted plate blocker.

Above photo: This guy in his Dodge Charger did a great job mangling his plate.

Above photo: How much work is it to mangle your FFR8421 plate to this level?

Above photo: Special shout out to the amazing parking job in front of the “No Parking Anytime” sign with your mangled NY FFR-8421 plate.

Above photo: Love the way, even though you’re parked illegally, FFR8421 needs to stick the back out to make it ultra difficult for cars to get around the turn. Love the parking job!

The Wegmans Living Salad Bowl

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the Wegmans to come to Westchester. Just take a look at their example of what it means to be fresh when it comes to salad.

This is what Wegmans calls the living salad bowl. It’s actually a salad bowl that’s living that you could take home, leave in the light and it grows until you’re ready to eat it.

Next time you see a salad offering anywhere else and they say it’s fresh just think about what Wegmans is doing with their salad. And the best part is it’s only $2.99. Then just go to the salad bar, pick some toppings, and you’re good to go. It just doesn’t get any fresher than this


Welcome The Burn – Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman

BLOG (November) – Welcome the Burn

Welcome the Burn”- Harry Otto, Fitness Instructor at Lifetime Athletic Health Club

In my last blog, I discussed the challenges of being a “lighthouse parent”. To review, lighthouse parenting as described by Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg in his book, Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love with Expectations and Protection with Trust: The Lighthouse Parenting Strategy allows children to ride the waves, while providing guidance so they don’t crash into the rocks. This style differs from helicopter parents who are constantly hovering anxiously overhead, or snowplow parents who would remove the rocks from the ocean. I think we all can agree that hovering and plowing are not best, but rather being a lighthouse parent is something we should strive for. Despite the fact that I am a child psychologist and a relatively mindful human being, I struggle in my ability not to nag, hover, or snow plow when it comes to my own parenting style.

So the question is why? I think the reason is that I struggle with the “burn”? What do I mean? When I start to let go or not hover, I start to feel anxious and instead of embracing the nervousness (the burn), I want to do something to get rid of it (i.e., nag).

However, I don’t do this in all aspects of my life. In contrast, when I am at the gym and taking a class like “Extreme Limits”, I welcome the burn. I don’t drop the weights, but instead I see the burn in a positive light. I see it as evidence that my body is changing (in the right direction).

So how can we apply this to our parenting?

1. See the burn associated with letting go and not hovering as a positive, as a sign of growth. Reframe the experience of anxiety in a positive manner. See for example, your heart pumping and the tightness in your stomach as a sign that you are going in the right direction. Yes, it can feel scary to let go, but we always need to remember the very big picture (the 50 year plan we have for our children).

2. Just like I wouldn’t take on too much all at once at the gym (I don’t pick up 40 pound weights when I am only used to 10 pounds), similarly start small. So for me, maybe, I will still nag and hover about the bite plate (equivalent to 40 pounds for me), but I will try to step back about what socks my son has chosen to wear (10 pounds).

3. Although you need to start small, you can’t go too small (reducing hovering by .1%). Lifting 1 pound weights at this point won’t change my body. So although starting small has merit, if we go too small, we won’t achieve the changes we are looking for.

4. Remember that by picking up the weights regularly, it gets easier. I remember when I could only pick up 5 pound weights, but now after consistently doing the work, I can lift more. By consistently making an effort to hover less, it will be easier to parent more effectively.

5. I will follow Harry’s instruction to “pick up the dumb bells in order to make my arms lighter”. Now on the surface that doesn’t make sense. How does adding weights to your arms make your arms lighter? However, Harry was right. When I first did the exercise with the weights and then did the exercise without the weights, my arms felt not only noticeably lighter, but stronger. So how does that translate to parenting? If we do the hard work now, later on it will be easier.

In summary, we need to reframe the burn we feel when we let go (not hover) as a sign that we are on the right track. We need to make a commitment to the work, knowing that eventually it will get easier. Furthermore, we need to remember that the burn may feel uncomfortable, but if we embrace it and don’t drop the weights, we (parents and children) get the positive results that we all are looking for.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Please check out my website at drbaruchfeldman.com for additional blogs and articles and follow me on twitter at Caren Feldman@carenfeldman.

If you are interested in learning more about lighthouse parenting I recommend, Dr. Ginsburg’s book, Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love with Expectations and Protection with Trust: The Lighthouse Parenting Strategy.

In addition, great news, if you missed my flash webinar: Be a Beacon: Lighthouse Parenting for All it is now available online at Expert Online Training’s website.

Source: http://drbaruchfeldman.com/blog-november-welcome-the-burn/

How Kaatsu blood-flow restriction weight training destroys ice hockey player’s muscles

Although blood-flow restriction weight training uses light weights, it puts a lot of strain on your muscles. Sometimes too much, Norwegian physiotherapists suggest in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. They describe the case of an athlete who developed such bad muscle damage after one session of blood-flow restriction weight training that he ended up in hospital.


The Norwegians refer to a 31-year-old ice hockey player who had been operated on his kneecaps 11 months earlier. They were helping the athlete to regain his strength, but didn’t want him to use heavy weights for strength training. They were worried that his cartilage and knee joints wouldn’t hold up.

So the therapists decided to to try blood-flow restriction weight training with the athlete. They restricted his upper leg muscles with a cuff and got him to do leg extensions: first a set of 40 reps with 12 kg, and then another 4 sets of 15 reps at the same weight. The man rested for 45 seconds between the sets.

Two days after the training session the man developed extreme muscle pain and was admitted to hospital. When the doctors measured the concentration of creatine kinase in his blood it was 12,400 units/litre. A count of 10,000 is usually when doctors sound the alarm. This is the level at which the amount of muscle protein released by damaged muscle cells into the blood is enough to start causing kidney damage. Doctors call this rhabdomyolysis.

The man stayed in hospital for 3 days, during which time the doctors put him on a fluid and electrolyte drip and encouraged him to drink a lot. Once his creatine kinase level started to drop the athlete was allowed to go home.

The researchers think that blood-flow restriction weight training can lead to “high metabolic muscle stress”. Even after regular strength training some beginners experience a rise in creatine kinase levels. Apparently this can also happen with blood-flow restriction weight training, even though very light weights are used. Looking back, the athlete should probably have done fewer sets, the therapists suggest. They should have built things up more slowly so that his body had more time to adjust.

The Norwegians were inspired by the Kaatsu training principles which were developped by the Japanese sports scientists Yoshiaki Sato. They read about Kaatsu, and tried the approach for themselves. Sato himself also learned that Kaatsu training is not without risk, and wrote about his experiences in The History and Future of KAATSU Training. [Int. J. Kaatsu Training Res. 2005; 1: 1-5.]

Sato discovered Kaatsu in 1966 when he had to remain kneeling during a Buddhist ceremony for so long that the blood supply to his calves was cut off. He realised that the sensation in his calves was similar to that felt after training – and so he came up with the idea of training with restricted muscles.

In 1967 Sato almost died as a result of following his own training method: “Numbness in my leg due to my reckless Kaatsu training routine became so severe that I was hospitalized”, he writes. “Up to that point I had ignored the numbness in my legs during training and continued with my training despite the discomfort. At one point, however I began experiencing an acute attack of shortness of breath. I went to the emergency room and was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism.”



The training had led to the formation of blood clots, which blocked the blood vessels in his lungs.

Restricting the blood vessels is a fine art, Sato writes. “When too much pressure is applied, the skin may turn pale, and if exercise is continued while too much pressure is being applied, thrombosis may occur. It is quite difficult to reduce blood flow by the appropriate amount in order to achieve beneficial effects.”

Over the course of the years Sato has learned by trial and error what works and what doesn’t work for Kaatsu training. In 2003 he developed the Kaatsu Master, a set of equipment “which allows more precise pressure control and safer training instruction” [see above]. When Sato wrote his article there were 240 certified trainers working in 140 institutes in Japan who were capable of giving instruction on Kaatsu training. If you are still thinking of trying out blood-flow restriction weight training, it might be an idea to get in touch with them first.