Ford Defect Warning: The Mysterious Ford Fiesta Double D’s

Despite her sexy aerodynamic styling and high mpg rating, all the while delivering very feisty performance, my Ford Fiesta has serious backdoor problems. I call them the “Double D’s”. She may be easy, light on the gas, and spew little form her tailpipe, but she cannot holster her dancing rear side doors.

“These big free swinging flappers just bounce right back in your face!”

As if it’s not rude enough for her backdoor to remain wide open seat exposed, she cannot holster either of her backside passenger wing-like doors. The snatch of the latch does not catch. *See photo at end of article. Neither of my Ford Fiesta’s rear passenger doors will latch closed. Both door latches are fully “busted” and those broken car doors won’t stay shut. Short of bondage, her racy flip-flop flappers just won’t stop swaying in the breeze no matter what I try. They just won’t stay harnessed.

The Mysterious Double D-fects

My racy Ford has quite the pair of Double D’s! Double defects that is. My babe is dangerous! Her swinging “double d” troubles have the potential to kill.

You wouldn’t want to get whacked by one of her firm flappers while her 4 rough riding tread hugging rubbers stalk the road. Although she has only been riding for 35,772 miles, her endurance a virtue, my feisty Fiesta is a hazard to herself as well as others.

Here comes the mystifying part. She is such a newish 2012 Model Ford Fiesta with no accidents, a young shapely undamaged body, and no evidence of assaults, bruising, or as much as a dented gash in her vibrant blue hued skin. How did this otherwise voluptuous appearing vehicle acquire 2 malfunctioning door latch mechanisms within 12 hours of each other? Especially when you take into account that 1 backdoor saw little ingress egress activity? I can testify to the fact that fares seldom danced in and out of THAT rear door.

It seems like there is some sort of interdependent failure involved? Should I worry that if she suffers a blowout on her front left tire that to complete the job she might feel compelled to blow one of the others? If her front windshield gets smashed will her back window shatter out of sympathy?

Just imagine this bad-girl bouncing, bucking, riding the road with her flailing wings spread wide, seats exposed, knocking-up and whacking anyone in her path. Her racy wing-like doors unable to come to a close as she beckons in breezy gestures to be cuffed and bound before she injures herself and others.

Wings Bound With Straps On For Safety

With 2 rear doors unable to come to a close this feisty Fiesta was not ride worthy. My quick solution was to whip out a pair of soft braided ratchet tie-down straps with S-Hook ends and then strap-em-on my honey’s wavering wings. With the straps on her cinched-up snug her rear doors were closed to access, the dome lights turned off, and the LED in-dash door ajar warning with moaning complement disappeared.

After traveling 300 miles for a family birthday celebration on the very same morning the car doors malfunctioned (06-26-2014) my car had exactly 36,072 miles on it when I stopped in the Ford dealer service isle. That’s 72 miles out of warranty according to the out of town Authorized Ford Dealer I visited. They indicated Ford may not cover the door repairs unless they made an exception to the warranty.

As of 07-03-2014 this warranty issue is pending with Ford Motor Company under case #CAS-4651084-H7G4M8. A complaint has also been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Defects Investigation, confirmation number (ODI Number) is: 10607751.

We can:
harness the horsepower of a stallion,
harness the energy of a scorching sun,
harness the power of wild raging rivers,
but Ford cannot seem to get it right harnessing my feisty Fiesta’s pair of Double-Defective swingers.”

If Ford Motor Company does not correct these malfunctioning free flapping doors under warranty or safety recall I can’t help but feel that I am the one who will be taken for a ride!

Author’s Note:
While the prevailing tone of this article is satirical parody and innuendo (in-your-endo for those still with me here :) the reality of these malfunctioning defective doors is NOT at all humorous.

Photo Of Defective Ford Fiesta 2012 Door Latch

Defective Ford Fiesta 2012 Door Latch

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On The Mark With Markery

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

Telling Words Of Mark…

Mark, that is me. I’m astonished by the number of meanings for the word. Especially when mark is coupled; as in markery. And you had better believe that “mark” enjoys being coupled :) That my friends is a groaning smiley chagrining humor example of, named after me of course, “Markery“.


As I define it here, “markery” is using plays on the word mark and/or words created with. It is like word grenades; tossing out words as projectile fragments of humor, innuendo, parody, puns, spoof, mockery, sarcasm, plays on words and an unashamed hearty dose of humorous nonsense. Then toss in a few Markisms (quirky things we tend to say) for good measure. Your mark has a very wide birth while making your point or telling your story. While markery may or may not be a new word, I believe I have created a new specific definition for it’s use as further defined in dribblings below.

If you are not Mark, you might not find these idioms, Markisms, and my nonsensical punnery as entertaining as I do; but if you take this type of humor and parody seriously, go ahead, bookmark this site – I dare you!

With the above being said, purely in the interest of content without benchmark of course, I offer-up a few blog lines within and below on the word, terms and phrases containing “Mark”. There is a lot to disgust… I mean discuss -:) Feel free to comment or remark (ha ha) if you have a relevant and marked opinion. Like it? Hate it? Maybe you would like to add to the list or perhaps you would prefer to contribute some content about the use of the term mark, or offer up a mark or two as part of another word or phrase. You can even submit your original Mark story and get a backlink. Please don’t forget to mark-up your draft and make corrections before you post content submissions.

On-subject remarks and contributions only will be approved. Mark my words, don’t waste your time or mine with spam – it will be trashed!


This is my name – my birthmark. I’m sticking with the name my ever so wise parents bestowed on me. I think they really hit the mark with this one. After all, it’s my calling – my trademark! Sure it has other meanings but the most important to me is the one associated with names of people, and that is where I place my checkmark of priority.

Think about this: A mark is a type of notch or marking and I have a few pockmarks to prove it. They have my name attached (coupled) so obviously the pocks are mine and do not belong to the chicken:) Every time I leave my mark here I put another notch in my belt. I’m a little on the heavy side now but I think there will be plenty of notches to go around; being that marks and notches both define forms of measurement. Who said you can’t make this stuff up?

I’m a little apprehensive about being too forthcoming with my personal information citing the concern it might make me an easy mark.:) Speaking of forth, in my day that would be just about halfway through the happy endings. I will say that I do have a middle name, although I don’t claim it. The exception would be on a few, very few because I cheat, legal documents. In most cases I think middle names detract, tarnish, and in some instances such as mine, I feel it is a black mark against me; as if my first name wasn’t colorful enough or didn’t ring sweet enough to stand on it’s own. For me I think my dislike for my middle name started when I was just a toddler. When I heard my folks holler out my first and middle names in a pitch with certain inflections, I instinctively knew I was in trouble; well that, and the fact that they only used my middle name when they were angry at me.

Being the inquisitive one that I am I managed to earn a lot of black marks. In each instance my name was mud and my day was about to turn very dark from words that did leave a mark. But in all fairness I must admit that I was not an easy Mark to raise. I left my mark on them as well.

One of my mom’s favorite stories was about the oven door. I was only 4-1/2 years old at the time but well on my way to being a handy man, so I thought. Oh, how she loved to tell that story of how I instantly made her an emotional wreck and nearly ruined her dinner party that night. My dad had called her at the last minute to ask that she prepare for special business clients he wanted to bring home for dinner. You see, she was not nearly so mechanically inclined as I thought I was. So while she raced to the corner market for some last minute ingredients to make her very best casserole I got a serious case of curiosity with how the hinges of an oven door worked. Oh yes I surely did. My timing couldn’t have been better.:)

What I didn’t know at the time was that mom was making a casserole and that she would need to use the oven immediately upon returning. While she was gone I got the tools out of the kitchen junk drawer; every kitchen has one. Then I proceeded to teach myself how to remove the screws that held the hinges and along with them came a rather heavy oven door. Actually, it fell off onto the floor. I was horrified! It was at that mark I realized I needed to get that oven door back on in a hurry before mom got back home. The door was very heavy for me but I was able to get it back up so that it would rest in place. But from there I was unsuccessful at getting the screws to align with the holes. You see the door needed to be held in just the right position to get the screw, the hinge and the oven door to align so it could be screwed back together. I was unable to accomplish that little trick with one hand on the door and the other trying to hold the hinge and screw in place. I stood back for a moment and gazed at an oven door that aesthetically looked just fine. So thinking fast, with spare parts in hand and an oven door carefully balanced and resting in place, I decided to hide the tell-tail marks of Mark’s mischief; hoping to forestall the inevitable for as long as possible. Good thing I thought fast because she walked in the door just as I finished hiding those spare parts. I raced off to my room.

I was thinking I had bought myself at least a day but it happened all too soon. The oven door had come off in her hand and fallen to the floor when she opened it for the casserole. I can still here that familiar hollering of my first and middle names preceded with a few choice swear words of course. How did she figure out it was me so fast? Mom couldn’t get the hinges back on the oven door either so she ended up cooking with the door just resting in place like I had it.:) And then when dad came home…

On a more positive note, yes I do believe that some first and middle names are just made for each other, just not mine. Take Mary Jane for example, now there is a word combo that is smokin!!! This is a name combo that can lite-up lives. There is a certain aristocratic air about it; having a wispy fragrance teaming with flavor that scores- high marks. This name combo abs-ta-tootly takes my breath away. Mary Jane has definitely left her mark on me. Speaking of left, I am left handed. Just thought you might not want to know.

On the topic of left handed, I have no idea of which side of our family or from whom I got this left handedness. I have a lot of different blood lines coursing through my veins. Let’s see, there is Scotch (a lot of scotch if you know what I mean:), Irish, German, Jewish, Polish, American Indian and a few others I don’t remember at the time of this writing. I like to say that my family ancestry is behinds 57; a blend of tall tale ingredients.

Something else about my left hand that you are not likely to guess. It’s probably not what you might be thinking. When I was a kid growing up in what was nicknamed “The Hub City” my left hand became very very good– at shooting marbles. I was getting so good I had to give the local neighborhood kids marbles just to play and lose them back to me. Eventually I had a pillow case nearly filled with 1000’s and 1000’s of marbles; I won nearly all of them. It became too heavy to carry. I also had another smaller bag with more than a 2000 shooters, agates and a bunch of rare handmade fancies. It was quite a collection! I would have won a lot more but none of the locals would play me unless I gave them the marbles and set the odds and rules in their favor. That just helped me get even better. On my way up the marble champ ladder I became the local park recreation center champ. Then went on to take 1st place at the city wide championships and then on to win multi-city competitions. Right about now you are probably thinking- this guy has lost his marbles. Well, actually I have lose my marbles! My mom threw them out…:) when I got married the first time to a fine lady and mother of my son at age 19.

Occasionally, okay frequently, I have been told that I am way off my rocker, but at least I’m seldom off my mark <--and there's another signature:)


Pray For Peace Postmark

Pray For Peace

Wow! A term notably associated with going postal and snail mail. Logo-like postmarks, the unique stamps but not stamp cancellation marks, have kinda been the hallmark bestowed onto letters and packages from the United States Postal Service and many others around the glob for several centuries. You gotta know I’m not looking forward to this one passing me by; as in- post mark. To me a postmark is also a wee bit similar to a watermark except that it appears plainly marked on mail for all to easily see. How did my name ever get associated with postal services and the USPS? By now you are probably are not wondering how my name ever got associated with a post like this.

With the direction communication and shipping of goods is heading a memorable part of my given name heritage, may be destined for extinction as it relates to traditional physical mail. Distinctive postmarks are seemingly disappearing being replace by digitally printed labels, stickers and bar codes; absent of the recognizable artistic character and flair of historical postmarks. Personally, I find plane Jane marks sadly lacking appeal, charm and personality. It would be nice to see bar codes evolve into artistamp designs that feature events, special occasions, logos and commemorative images. Maybe they are and I just haven’t noticed.

Question Mark?

Are you asking me a question, referring to punctuation, or giving me a command or maybe just stating the obvious? I guess it depends on context and/or tone and pitch. In other words, it’s dependent on someone’s interpretation of voice inflections and whether or not they were on or off the mark, isn’t it. When you think about the subtleties of communication expressed using variations in our voices, it’s actually quite remarkable <-- and there it is :) As one of the Moody Blues albums was so aptly named: it's "A Question Of Balance" when making inflections with our voices so that we may instill the intended meaning. A little self control here wouldn't hurt either. But then, any term or word that incorporates my name is bound to gain my attention. So then my question becomes, will you keep or lose Mark's attention???



Makers Mark


Over time this work of Mark shall be continued….

Mark’s Foot:

So now you know more about the author of this nonsense than you ever wanted.

    – Mark ( _______ ) Finley


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Postmarks Historical Overview

“For the majority of us this informative and well researched historical overview is going leave you better informed than most on the subject of postmarks”


The first postmark (called the “Bishop Mark”) was introduced by English Postmaster General Henry Bishop in 1661 and showed only the day and month of mailing in order to prevent the delay of the mail by carriers. In the 19th century and early 1900s it was common for letters to receive multiple postmarks indicating the time, date, and location of each post office delivering or transporting the letter, and this is still occasionally true, though to a lesser extent (see “backstamp”). While almost every contemporary postmark includes a location as well as a date, in 2004 New Zealand Post announced plans to eliminate the location on their postmarks and include only the date; however, information about this can be determined by a three-number code on the postmarks.

Pony Express Postmark

Pony Express Postmark Circa 1860

Different types of postmarks include railway post offices (“RPOs”) and maritime (on-board ship) postmarks. Postmarks on naval vessels during sensitive operations in wartime are sometimes “clean,” showing less information than normally to prevent route of travel or other details from falling into enemy hands. Similar to this is the “censored postmark,” overprinted with a black obliteration of the time and place of mailing for similar reasons.

Hawaii post once had a surfboard mail postmark, for covers that traveled by surfboard.

A color postmark is on the United States Postal Service-issued collectible envelope commemorating the 2004 inauguration of George W. Bush.

While postmarks are applied almost universally by or under the authority of the official postal department, service, or authority [in the United States it is possible to receive a permit to apply your own postmark, called a Mailer’s Permit Postmark], and under certain conditions specified by the private express statutes in the United States, a privately carried letter may be cancelled with a private postmark.

Unofficial entities that issue artistamps may use postmark-like markings as well.

Air Mail Saves Time: US Postmark

US Air Mail Postmark

Much of the published work on postmarks covers postmarks from before 1900. (This is perhaps because in the United States so-called fancy cancels were prevalent in this period, with the cancelling device often hand-cut from cork by the postmaster in elaborate shapes such as flags, stars or shapes that were seasonally-appropriate such as turkeys for Thanksgiving). Much work in studying postmarks is needed for 1900 and later.

In Great Britain the first postmark employed for the cancellation of the then new postage stamps was the Maltese Cross, so named because of its shape and appearance. This was used in conjunction with a date stamp which was applied, usually to the rear of the letter, which denoted the date of posting.

Fewer postmarks are used now than previously, with the advent of meter labels, which indicate the precise date and time of acceptance at the post office, some types of computer vended postage, and computerized postage people can print off their own PCs (called in the United States PC Postage, these services were offered by such companies as and Neopost, Inc.). These indicia do not need to be postmarked, though occasionally they are redundantly, and inadvertently (or for whatever other reason).

Ink Color

When the first universal postal system was started in the United Kingdom with its Penny Black, the postmark used red ink for contrast. This was not successful, and the stamp was changed to non-black colors so that the postmark could use black ink.

The majority of postmarks today are in black, with red (particularly in the United States with local post offices’ handstamps) following, though sometimes they are in other colors. This is particularly true in the case of pictorial postmarks if the color in question has some connection to the commemoration.


There have apparently been some postmarks with a “3D” effect.

Digital Postmarks

In 2004 the United States Postal Service announced plans to introduce first day digital color postmarks to be used to cancel some first day covers for commemorative stamps in 2005 and this practice has continued into 2006 and 2007.

Postmark Advertisement

Singapore Post offers a “postmark advertising” service which, strictly speaking, applies to the “killer” rather than the postmark. Hungarian Post Co., Ltd. offers a similar service.


A special or rare postmark can substantially add to the value of a stamp. (In addition to everyday postmarks there are postmarks indicating the first day of issue of a particular stamp and pictorial cancellations commemorating local events, anniversaries, and the like and slogan postmarks which advertise an event or pass information to the public. [There has been a recent change to the term “pictorial postmarks” rather than “pictorial cancellations” by the USPS.])

Postmark Africa

Postmark Africa is a program on the BBC World Service.


A timestamp is a type of postmark.

The Postmark Award is given to outstanding employees of Canada Post.

Similar Marks

A postmark should not be confused with the killer; which are lines, bars, etc. used to cancel a postage stamp. Neither should a postmark be confused with overprints generally, or pre-cancels (stamps that have been cancelled before the envelope or package to which they are affixed is submitted or deposited for acceptance into the mailstream, they most commonly have taken the form of a pre-printed city name on the stamp) specifically, which generally do not indicate a date.

Flight cachets, more or less elaborate rubber-stamps on an envelope indicating on which flight (typically a first flight) a cover has traveled via air mail, are in addition to the postmark and are not postmarks either.

Source: “Collecting those strange Tongan stamps on cover,” in Scott Stamp Monthly (August 2002)


There are many clubs devoted to the hobby of collecting postmarks. One of those clubs is the Post Mark Collector’s Club, founded in 1946 and based in the USA. Another is the British Postmark Society, founded in 1958.

See also

Postal marking


^ a b “Hawaii Post – Postmarks”. Hawaii Post. 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-22.

^ “Worlds only underwater Post Office”. Hideaway Island. 2003-05-26. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 

^ “Fishman: Proofs of Service”. 1993-04-09. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 

^ “Medicine (M.D. Program)”. Wayne State University. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 

^ “How to be an Expert/Covers”. AskPhil – Collectors Club of Chicago. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 

^ “History of the Postal Service”. BBC. 2003-07-24. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 

^ “Postmarks (Date Stamp) Service”. New Zealand Post. 2006-06-28. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 

^ Klug, Janet (2004-01-19). “Myriad possibilities to postmark collecting”. Linn’s Stamp News. Retrieved 2009-02-22.  see this sanitised postmark on a cover

^ Privately-carried and -canceled postcards from Chickensville Location, Michigan, which does not have its own post office, are an example.

^ Snee, Charles (August 9, 2004), 3-D postmark update: use on postal card in 1993, Linn’s Stamp News, pp. 35, ISSN 0161-6234, 

^ “Revolutionary First Day Digital Color Postmark Creates Unique Collectable”. USPS. 2004-11-15. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 

^ “Postmark Advertising”. Singapore Post. 2005. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 

^ “Postmark ad”. Magyar Posta. 2005-03-08. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 

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