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Subaru’s Odd Advice Comes From Someone Who’s Asleep at the Wheel

Talk about spinning your wheels ...

Bennett Mintz of Chatsworth wrote to Subaru of America, explaining that after 65,000 miles, he thought it time to replace his tires and asked for recommendations.

Subaru responded: “We recommend that you replace the tires on your 2000 Outback Wagon with the same Firestone tires as originally equipped, as they were chosen specifically for your vehicle. But, as these tires are no longer offered, you cannot purchase them.”

Observed Mintz: “This does complicate matters.”

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How’s that again? Katherine Jensen of Altadena found a street where everything seemed shrouded in mystery (see photo).

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Musical desks: Craig Cryer of Redondo Beach has heard the phrase “whistle while you work,” but ... “strum while you work”? (see accompanying).

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Better than “The Perils of Pauline”: When last we heard from Donald Bentley of La Puente in this action-packed serial, a publication told him by mail that he was due to “expire soon.” He ignored the threat. Now, as you can see, the company’s getting more specific (see accompanying).

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Is there a prize for oldest grad? Summer is a time for school reunions, but V.L. Krause of Arcadia noticed that San Gabriel Mission High better set out some extra chairs for the centuries of alumni who might show up (see accompanying).

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In 25 years, he can do the Riverside Freeway: To get his kicks on birthday No. 66, George Clevenger is running and bicycling from Chicago to L.A. on Route 66.

“It started out as a joke, but the more I thought about it, the more I figured it’s now or never,” the Berkeley resident told the Associated Press.

Clevenger, who hopes to finish in late October, is taking it a few miles a day. He reached Missouri this week.

Much farther ahead, as singer/songwriter Bobby Troup could tell him, Clevenger will see “Amarillo, Gallup, N.M., Flagstaff, Ariz. Don’t forget Winona, Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino.” Well, maybe Barstow.

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Dependable help is so hard to find: The police log of the Laguna News-Post reported that “a resident called and told police it appeared as though some of the weed-abatement goats had gotten out of their fencing. Police responded and paged the goat herder.”

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miscelLAny: The News-Post police log also said that “police received a tip about a woman arriving at the bus station who was then planning to go live in a cave in Laguna Beach.” At least until she finds out about the goats.

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Steve Harvey can be reached at (800) LA-TIMES, ext. 77083, by fax at (213) 237-4712, by mail at Metro, L.A. Times, 202 W. 1st St., L.A. 90012 and by e-mail at steve.harvey@latimes.com.


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