There is this amazing little piece of technology–standard now on every car–that indicates to other drivers your intent to change lanes or otherwise deviate from your present course. You might have seen this small lever on the steering column and wondered why it makes blinky arrows appear on the instrument panel when you actuate it. The blinky arrows correspond to blinky lights on your car that indicate your intentions to other motorists! You would do well to remember to use them!Also on:
“LA”, as I tell people who complain about southern California’s legendary traffic, simply stands for “Lesser Atlanta”.
For some people, the first image that comes to mind when you think of Atlanta is gridlock.
This is why traffic sucked this morning.
Flames could be seen for miles from the fire that broke out in the DaVinci apartment complex about 1:20 a.m. The fire closed freeways and roads, burst windows of nearby buildings and melted freeway signs.
I’ve been harping about a speed limit system like this ever since I saw it in action on the New Jersey Turnpike, and I’ll be curious to give it a try in a few weeks. Now, if only Cal-Trans can get with the program and install something similar on the 91 freeway!
So I wrote a song one afternoon while driving through Orange County. Unfortunately, I lost the other recording I made. This will have to do. With my sincerest apologies to Jerry Reed:
I have long been a critic of the Transportation Security Administration and its parent Department of Homeland Security since their inception following the attacks on September 11, 2001. That is not to say that I don’t think that we should have security at our airports, but that we should have more commonsense policies that don’t rely on a strategy of general harassment and exploitation of the flying public. The TSA strategy is generally reactive (please remove your shoes because that one guy tried to make them a bomb) and encumbered by bureaucracy. This sort of thing has led to labour slowdowns, periodic line freezes, and other general annoyances that do nothing to hinder terrorism while doing everything to annoy and patronise the flying public. In a way, the TSA simply proves that the terrorists won.
TSA: A Portrait of Inefficiency, Ineptitude, and Waste.
I’m sitting in traffic in Buckhead, and I’ve come to the realization that I don’t like this burrough. None of the roads actually go anywhere! It’s quite ridiculous when you try to take secondary streets around the block, the secondary street dead-ends into a valet parking queue for some posh restaurant! The blocked off the road for valet parking! Am I wrong or is there something wrong with that? Never mind the fact that the road system in Atlanta is pathetic already. Every road turns–it starts in one direction, then curves and follows a completely different and almost opposite path! I got off of I-285 to dodge some traffic at the Cobb Cloverleaf, took a secondary road north (I checked the compass), and ended up in Buckhead–I was already north of Buckhead!
They have got to do something about the transportation system in this city. It’s not just Atlanta, either–it’s the entire metro area. The roads just cannot handle the volume of traffic! Something must be done!