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Friday, June 21, 2013

Travel Wisdom Facts

I just returned from a road trip vacation. I covered a large portion of seven states and a bit of two others in seven days, for over 2,500 miles. I did a significant portion of it alone, and the rest with my mother, sister, and her eight (almost nine) year old daughter. It was a very nice trip. I will admit it was too much driving, but then I like to drive.

One of the things I was thinking about on the day long trip through three states getting home, was some truisms or laws of travel. This is what I came up with. FYI, I am not basing this exclusively on this trip. I have logged a LOT of miles over the years, both work and leisure related. (in no particular order)

1) the restaurant, gas station, etc you really want is always on the other side of the divided highway

2) urine production is correlated directly to the availability of restroom facilities

3) the lowest priced gas always occurs when you have no need of fuel
    subset - the highest priced gas always occurs when your fuel warning light is on

4) the worst motels have the most regal or chivalrous names - in fact the quality of the accommodations can be determined inversely by how blatant the royalty is applied. ie - Knight's Inn - could be bad, Regal Inn is probably bad - Royal Queen Inn is definitely bad.

5) the person driving slower than you is an idiot - the person driving faster than you is a maniac. You are the only person driving the correct speed. (this was paraphrased from a George Carlin bit, but VERY true)

6) when deciding where to eat, the person that says "I don't care" probably cares the most.
    subset - the person that admits to caring and names a place will be shot down in flames

7) when trying to make a quick "pit stop" and get back out on the road is when the pumps won't work, the bathrooms will be out of order, the register will be broken, and/or the only station open will not have pay at the pump capability and the lottery ticket buyers will be 100 deep.

8) related to the above - your desire for speed inversely affects the chances of the people in front of you in line completing the slowest transactions in history
   subset - the people in front of you at airline counters, store checkouts, bank teller lines:
          a) speak only a rare Caucus mountain dialect thought to be a dead language
          b) are trying to complete their transaction using money printed in a country that does not exist any longer
          c) are using ID that identifies them as escaped felons to be held for interrogation by the FBI
          d) are trying to take a flight that left yesterday on an airline that declared bankruptcy

I am sure there are many, many more. In fact I think I had more, but no note taking when I am driving. If YOU have any, let me know. I will publish them if I deem them worthy.
       


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ummm, I'm not sure how I feel about that!

A couple of posts ago I wrote about the irritating (at least to me) actions of members of Congress who can hate any idea that is brought up by the other party. It can be an idea that their own party championed earlier, but is now being offered up by the "bad guys" so it is automatically evil and something to be railed against. That phenomenon made me think of a similar thing that is happening with the voters. I am not claiming it to be a recent affliction, but it has grown in intensity for sure (as has all vitriol surrounding politics of late).

It would be humorous if it was not such a serious matter, but I am amazed at the intellectual dishonesty by the critics of George Bush and his "Big Brother" tactics against terrorism when compared to their comments (or lack thereof) on the current administrations policies and actions. Bush was protested against, publicly vilified, and otherwise deemed to be Moloch incarnate for having the NSA/CIA/intelligence community track phone calls to and from foreign nationals in the years after 9-11. Now, I am not going to state that was all that the Bush administration was doing, but it was all that was being reported, and therefore all that was being protested. The comparisons of those "spying" activities to what has been documented to have been put in place since Bush left office is like comparing pee-wee football to the NFL! Again, the only claims were that the administration and its departments were tracking calls to and from foreign nationals out of the U.S. The cry of "warrantless wiretapping" and illegal spying was shouted from the rooftops - at least by those opposed to Bush and the Republicans.

I am for any reasonable measure that offers real protections against another terrorist attack like those of 9-11, irregardless of what party institutes them, supports them, and/or carries them out. I am not supportive of "feel good" measures like the idiotic TSA checkpoints that are there to create more union members and to sedate the masses that think my shoes being off while being screened and keeping my liquid volume transported to under a pre-set number is keeping them safer on a flight. (but that is another blog post, I digress) I think that the Bush administration, and the standing Congress of the time (which was primarily Democrat for most of the years), took advantage of a horrible situation (9-11) and used it to institute one of biggest grabs of personal freedoms ever taken by our government. I also feel that the Obama administration and today's Congress has taken it to another level.

For anyone that cares about personal freedom to support some of the information gathering that is being conducted under the guise of national security is a shock to me. I have had the privilege of sitting in a Congressional hearing twice in my life. I was a speaker at both. One was in the very early 80s and concerned the use of Social Security numbers as I.D. We were concerned that the government would share the information collected by the SS administration (and other government branches) with businesses and policing organizations. HA! We were so naive. Would it be that this was our only issue! Did you know that when the Social Security system was being set up one of the main oppositions to it was that it would give the government a unique ID number that would enable tracking of an individual. That was ridiculed by those that supported the program. If you are over the age of 45 or so and have an old SS card, right on it was a notice "NOT TO BE USED FOR IDENTIFICATION". This was removed from the cards in the early 70 (or thereabout). Ben Franklin said "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." But I am getting slightly off subject.

My point was mainly that people are intellectually dishonest. They support what their "man" or party does even if it is the same thing that the other party did that they opposed. This applies to our press, our elected officials, and the general populace.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Headlines

I have not done these in a while. (if you are interested, there are three or four others back a few years)
HEADLINES, said to be REAL! With my comments -

Woman Missing Since She Got Lost

Sun-Times Media Wire

It always has to start somewhere!  (alternatively) Of course, prior to that, no one was looking!


Man charged with exposure at Northgate Mall after showing 'glistening white buttocks'

timesfreepress.com

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?


Drunk parrots acting up and falling out of the sky in Austrailia (again)

metro.co.uk

cracker heads  (or alternatively)  Crackers are a gateway drug

 

Man learns life lesson in naked fight with javelinas

The Arizona Republic

Some of lifes best lessons may be learned naked. (FYI, a javelina is sort of a wild pig-like critter)


Cops: Woman had 81 lbs of junk in her trunk

WWL Radio / freerupublic.com

I am sure she is aware of it, no need to point it out! (alernatively) She's just big boned!


Rogue Massachusetts turkey, known for attacking mail truck. may or may not belong to Ethel Kennedy

blog.masslive.com

She has been dealing with "turkeys" in the news for decades!

 

Strip club customer blames robbery on nerds

indystar.com

Those roving gangs of nerds are getting more and more out of control!

China Bans Time Travel

News Corp

From now or to now?