Archive for January, 2011

My Grandma Anita’s Obituary

As published in today’s Boston Globe:

PUGATCH, Anita (Mintz) Of Framingham, formerly of West Roxbury. Entered into rest on January 24, 2011 at the age of 93. Born in Russia. Beloved wife of the late Maurice Pugatch. Devoted mother of Elaine Alman & her husband Philip of Stevensville, MT, Carol Friedman & her husband Steven of Framingham, and Steven Pugatch of Crystal River, FL. Loving sister of the late Eliezer Mintz. Cherished grandmother of Russell Alman & his wife Karen, Jennifer Lerman & her husband Jared, Eric Alman & his wife Kristin, David Friedman & his wife Melanie, and Ryan Pugatch. Adored great grandmother of Alexis and Aaron Alman and Nathaniel Lerman. Services at Stanetsky Memorial Chapels, 475 Washington Street, CANTON on Friday, January 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM. Interment at Sharon Memorial Park. Memorial observance following the interment on Friday, Saturday evening 6-9 PM, and Sunday 2-4 & 6-9 PM at the home of Steven & Carol Friedman. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Anita’s memory may be made to Temple Hillel Bnai Torah, 120 Corey Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132 or to the charity of one’s choice. Stanetsky Memorial Chapels 781-821-4600

Rest In Peace, Oma.  You will be greatly missed, but will always be in my memories and in my heart.


Disable Traction Control on a Prius

With the snow and ice here in Olympia last night, I once again had to disable the traction control on my Prius.  Otherwise, the car will not make it up a hill!  Most cars with traction control have a button to turn it off.  Why the Prius does not is beyond me.  This is my 2nd Prius with traction control, and both cars have been a real pain in the snow.

You can turn off the traction control; however, it is convoluted to say the least.  Since there is a way to turn it off, why the hell can’t Toyota simply provide a button to do it??

To disable traction control on the Prius:

  1. Turn the car to ignition by pressing START twice without pressing the brake.
  2. Floor the gas pedal two times (two full top to bottom pressings)
  3. Make sure the parking brake is on, and while pressing the brake pedal put the car into NEUTRAL
  4. Again press the gas pedal two times
  5. Push PARK and press the gas pedal two more times
  6. Now put your foot on the BRAKE and press START one time while holding the brake down.

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