This Week’s Special…

30 01 2008

Okay, so I’ve finally figured out a new page.  Something I’ve been contemplating for some time.  Check out This Week’s Special.  A new and exciting page where I’m going to take all the wonderful material that everyone keeps sending me.  Photos, jokes, there’s really no limit.  Oh yeah – yes there is!  No porn!  I’m trying to keep this site G rated, or at least PG, okay people?

Speeding tickts and other comments….

30 01 2008

Okay, so I had a friend post an interesting thought on his blog. You can check it out here…. Digital RV

It’s about the second speeding ticket he’s received in more than a decade. So now you’re thinking – so what? Everyone gets speeding tickets. Well, apparently not. I have only gotten one ticket in my entire driving lifetime. So, there must be more like me out there. And apparently, other drivers like myself are getting the short end of the stick, just like my friend Rich.
No, what makes me mad about speeding tickets is about the way that they’re obtained. Of course, some people deserve them because they thumb their noses at the law enforcement and intentionally speed everywhere. (see my comment below) The officers are coming up with “creative” ways to catch speeders, even if they’re only going 1 MPH over the limit. Sorry, but the last time I checked, it’s virtually impossible to keep the speedometer needle right on the numbers. And that’s not taking into account the slight variation in the actual speed coming from so many factors, including reaction from the acceleration pump and gravity (like going down a slight hill).

There is a very diverse group of drivers around here. We have the snowbirds from Canada that like to turn left from the right-hand lane, we have the newbie drivers that think cars are meant for racing, not transportation, then there are the elderly drivers that can’t see over the wheel and drive 20 MPH UNDER the limit! Oh – don’t let me forget. The blondes that talk on the cell phone while applying makeup in a SUV that they can’t drive. There are very few drivers around here that drive like they should. I hear about complaints from people that think we should get rid of the driving test and just let people drive! HELLO?!?!?! I’m a fan of increasing the frequency of driving tests, and limiting the expiration dates to 4 years. I personally think that everyone should have to re-take the driving test every time they renew their licenses. I’m also a fan of not allowing high schoolers to drive, especially on field trips or other school functions. Kids should be allowed to get a permit at 14 (it’s 15 here in Florida), but have loads of restrictions, that gradually lighten up every year. Then at 18 you can get a real, fully functional license.

Of course, you don’t want to get me started on the officers and tickets around here. These cities around the country are beginning to get out of hand. There are several places here in Pinellas County that are doing the same trick. One sign for a 4-lane road (two lanes each way with no median strip) and then nothing for another two miles. Not fair to the drivers. They should be promoting safety over revenue. Personally, I’m getting sick of how much time these officers spend on speed traps instead of looking for drivers that are actually speeding. Just yesterday I had someone on a crotch rocket fly past me on a highway. I was going 70 (speed limit) and he passed me like I was standing still (or going backwards, take your pick). Petition anyone?

Something New….

13 09 2007

Okay, based upon the recommendations of Rich, I’m trying out the Flickr Photo service.  So take a look – I’ll be adding more photos soon!

Well Wishes and Thoughts

16 07 2007

Okay everyone. It’s time to turn on your connection to the spirits, rub your lucky rabbit’s foot, turn three times backwards, or whatever it is that you do for luck! My friend Richard is going for an interview in Colorado Springs for a really cool, really envious job. (I am completely jealous!) Let’s all hope that he gets the job, because frankly, I was really getting bored of him always talking about how much he got to go rock climbing out there in Arizona. Or is that getting jealous? Anyhoo, he really needs this job. I’m not going to go into specifics, for it is a truly long and bothersome story…. so, let’s just wish Richard a safe and speedy journey.

May you have all the right words to the questions they ask, may you not trip over your own two feet, may you not be overqualified for a monkey’s job, and most of all, may you be the one they pick! Cheers!

Richard, I raise a glass to you and wish you luck!

Just a bit of shameless promotion….

30 06 2007

I’m not the type of person that likes to promote things, unless I truly like them. Not one of those, “yeah, it’s okay” kind of deals. I mean, I really have to like it to promote it.

Okay, so I feel like there’s something that I need to promote. The Digital RV. Both the book and the site, and person too. Richard Charpentier published a book called The DigitalRV. You can order it through his site and get either a paper copy or an e-book. You’ll find the DigitalRV link in my links area, or just type it in….

  • Richard makes it sound so easy to live in a small tin can with loads of computer equipment. 😉 Just kidding, Richard. In all seriousness, Richard has spent quite a bit of time on the road, logging more than 26,000 miles with his Nissan Titan (I love that truck) and his Airstream Safari. You really should go take a look. Not only does he provide tech support to those who are ‘technology challenged’ (in other words, ID-10-T types) while on the road, he also documents some pretty cool experiences, especially when it comes to rock climbing. He has some very cool pictures and videos/podcasts on his site.

    Okay, enough shameless promotion. I’m going to get back to editing my pictures from my trips. Check back later for more to come!

    TheBrainiac 🙂