Archive for February, 2006

Overheard…

February 28, 2006

“We don’t need any help walking around, looking stupid, we can do that on our own.”

Changes

February 28, 2006

Yes I’ve changed the look of the blog. I wasn’t happy with the look of the body of the blog so we’ve gone to this look. Enjoy.

Where are we going so fast?

February 28, 2006

Where are we going so fast.

I’m a professional driver. This means that I get paid to drive on a daily basis. I’ve driven a cab, Over the road (OTR) which was a money losing proposition, and now I drive a Limousine. One of the plethora of things I notice daily is how many of you other drivers out and about pay little if any attention to the posted speed limit signs. This disregard of the speed limit signs, is apparent on residential streets, city streets, state highways, and of course, the Interstate here, in and around the Greater Denver Metro area. It matters not, what time of day either, as excess speed knows no time of day. The only thing that comes to mind is that people are in a hurry, running late, or maybe just don’t like spending time in the car, so want to get whereever they’re headed and get the trip finished.

Now this is based on my own observations, so your mileage may vary. It’s not just a few miles an hour over the posted speed limit, rather it’s lets see just how fast we can get from point A to B. I often find myself having to speed up in order to keep from being road kill out on the highway, or at least not to be an impediment to the flow of traffic. This means that the majority of traffic is traveling at 10-15 mph., or more over the posted speed limit at least out on the Interstate. In order to keep from getting run over, even at the 10-15 mph. in excess of the posted speed limit, I find myself, still the slowest vehicle out there.

Enforcement of the speed limit is spotty at best, and I’m sure that there are many more important things that our Law Enforcement’s finest, are concerned with than the occasional speeder. I don’t know just what percentage of the local Police are allocated to traffic patrol/control, and I’ll say that I don’t see many, and maybe that’s the way they want it.

I’ve written about this befor, and I’ll again bring out a budget savings option for the parties concerned. This goes for Local, City, State, and Federal budgets, and concerns how you can save what is likely to be hundreds of thousands of dollars on an annual budget. Stop the manufacture of the speed limit signs. Then re-assign those crews, responsible for the maintenance and care of the speed limit signs, to more pressing needs. (You know what they are, so I won’t belabour the point.) The signs are most likely a fixed cost depending on the sign size, and the crews, are a flucuating cost, depending on how often they have to patrol and what amount of time and effort is needed to upkeep the signs.

Is this a perfect solution. Hell, no! Traffic flow is a constant issue regardless the size of the city. There is an entire other issue of traffic infrastructure for another time.

Speeders will be speeders and I suppose that they will always be with us. When I see you out on the highways and byways, I’ll get over in the right lane and let you pass, and I’ll see you at the next blocks, red traffic light. Aren’t you glad you got there first?

Boy injured falling off chairlift

February 28, 2006

This story is one that just screams for action by the Nanny Brigade, and those “do gooders” with way to much time on their hands. I envision, a “Mothers Against Unsafe Chairlifts,” (MAUC), Congressional Hearings on Chairlift Safety, Seatbelts, and the list just keeps on growing.

Boy injured falling off chairlift: “BEAVER CREEK- A boy was injured when he fell off a Colorado ski lift Sunday.”

(Via 9NEWS.com Local Headlines.)

Boy injured falling off chairlift

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Splenda

February 26, 2006

The grocery store is a place that I spend 3-5 days a week in, for a period of time. No, I’m not back working in this business, but rather just shopping, and getting those things that we always seem to need around the house. It’s eggs, butter, and all those other seemingly important things that we can’t live without. No coffee comes to mind as just one of those times. Today was just such a day, so off to our local Safeway with a list. (Yes I actually had a list, get over it.) So I’m in the store in one of those mis-numbered aisles, looking for some Splenda, for the Lovely and Talented Lady of the house. Now Splenda offers various options, including boxes of in 200 and 400 count sizes. What I found interesting was the pricing of the boxes. The 200 count box was priced on a “per count” basis, while the 400 count box was priced on a “per ounce” basis. No, how am I, math challenged as I am, (Just ask the rest of the family, and why I picked the Collage I did, and yet I digress.) without the assistance of some heavy computing power, am I going to figure out some sort of comparision that will mean something to me. Just in case you’re worried, I got the 200 count box, as it was the right size for the space that is available in the kitchen, above the Bunn Coffee maker, that we’ve had for years. I’ll write more about the grocery stores later.

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Relaxing weekend.

February 26, 2006

It’s been one of those computer house cleaning weekends. I’ve been looking at the amount of RSS feeds I have in NetNewsWire, some 233+, and yes it’s way to many. I’ve been deleting some and still it’s to many. I’ve also been looking at the programs I’m using and how efficient or not so efficient they are. I’ve deleted bunch of programs, many that I’ve not used in months and don’t think I’ll use in the near term, so off they went. There’s a few projects festering and I need to get them on paper. I need to find a useful, calendaring program, something to keep notes regaring work, blogging, and don’t even get me started on Instant Messaging.

Overheard Conversation

February 26, 2006

“He’s a little bit of an idiot, isn’t he.”

New Orchard Blog

February 26, 2006

My friend Scott has updated their weblogs. Good job guy.

New Orchard Blog: ”

Grass

We’ve made the switch from Blogger to WordPress for the Orchard Blog.’ The new site looks so fresh and clean. We have also been using WordPress for our podcast feed.’

So far, I’m really impressed with WordPress.’ And for the life of me, I can’t figure out why I’m paying $90/year for Typepad when WordPress seems just as good.’ Any good reasons that anyone can think of?

Orchard Blog

(Via scotthodge.org.)

New Orchard Blog

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West Texas Junior High School Principal Shoots .44 Pistol in Office — Blows Hole in Wall

February 26, 2006

Why is this news? Carrying guns in Texas goes right along with Sweet Tea and Dr. Pepper. There’s nothing to see here, move along.

West Texas Junior High School Principal Shoots .44 Pistol in Office — Blows Hole in Wall: “Luckily nobody was shot.”

(Via Dvorak Uncensored.)

West Texas Junior High School Principal Shoots .44 Pistol in Office — Blows Hole in Wall

Funny Sign of the Week – KFC’s Hillary Special

February 26, 2006

Funny Sign of the Week – KFC’s Hillary Special: “Funny Sign of the Week”

(Via Dvorak Uncensored.)

Funny Sign of the Week – KFC’s Hillary Special