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August 18, 2007

Turning the Tide

As most of you know a few months ago I started losing ground and gaining some of my weight back. This was due to some ‘medical issues’ that I was having at the time. The last couple of weeks I have been working to reverse the direction that my weight had been taking. Finally, I seem to be on the right track.

While I had gained 12 pounds, so far I’ve only lost two of those pounds. So I’m having a top ten count down. Until the weight has dropped off and I return to my previous low point of 235 pounds, I’m going to have a nice big number on the entry page to my web site indicating how far I have yet to go.

No new stories from the gym….other than me be completely amazed at how many people workout and never manage to break a sweat. Maybe it is just that specific YMCA. When I go to the other YMCA centers, people seem a bit more serious.

This week’s blog is short as I spent most of my efforts on packing up my cube at work and moving to a new one. I really hate moving…but it is the only time I really clean my work area. There’s something in everything.

Oh there is something I keep forgetting to mention....our hit counter blew past 2000 hits a couple weeks back. Thanks for reading. :)

I’m short on material this week so I’m going to do a rant instead of focusing on health. My rant is about traffic.

Seriously…what is the freaking problem with people in NC? I’ve never in my life seen people drive with their heads so far up their butts. Even the intelligent people that I work with seem to become morons when getting behind the wheel.

Okay…let’s take something really simple, making a turn. Let’s set this up….

Car A is making a left hand turn….
Car B is making a right hand turn….

This means they will both be traveling in the same direction…

How does this work? Simple! Everyone pulls into the FIRST AVAILABLE LANE.
This means that Car A will pull into the left lane….

This means that Car B will pull into the right lane….
See how that works? Car A's first available lane is the left hand lane while Car B's first available lane is the right hand lane.

Since they use the first available lane, they BOTH get to make the turn. Now if everyone follows this simple rule then everyone is fine. The problem comes when Car A gets it in his head that his land-yacht, gas-guzzling, Ford Explorer (which only has one person in it) needs a turning radius the size Montana…and slides all the way over into the FAR LANE….cutting off the guy in Car B that is trying to make a right turn.

I actually got into an argument with one of my coworkers on this subject. To resolve it I downloaded the NC drivers handbook and showed him the section on turning. In a way it is kind of funny, because he reads my blog sometimes.

Don’t worry Matt, I won’t mention your name!

http://www.ncdot.org/dmv/driver_services/drivershandbook/

Anyway…I’m not saying that all people in the south drive like idiots. The fact is that most of the people that live in Charlotte are from out of state...some of us from the north. What I’m saying is that we should all know better.

Also….and this is the most important part….everyday, I’m Car B. And I’m sick of Car A cutting me off.

So all you Car A’s can get the hell off my web site and go learn to drive!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Erik said...

"Everyone driving slower than me is an idiot, and everyone driving faster than me is a *maniac*!" - George Carlin

August 19, 2007 at 12:53 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

Don't get me started on speed. I'm pissy enough about the turning thing.

August 19, 2007 at 2:43 PM  

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