Dear Tom and Ray: Last week, I was cleaning the interior of my '04 Ford Escape. To reach a part of the console between the two front seats, I had to raise the emergency-brake lever. Stupidly, I forgot that I had done so, and drove the car about five miles.
Dear readers: You'll notice that my byline has changed. That's because I've retired from the full-time staff of this fine journal, effective July 1. It was not a tough decision. I love this newspaper, which has employed me for 33 years.