August 4th, 2003

Splut

Pay attention, drivers!

While procrastinating on some testing I need to do, I ran across this page showing a series of unnerving signs on I-70 approaching Denver from the west. Yow. I've never driven in Colorado, and don't have any plans to do so anytime soon, but I'll definitely watch what I'm doing if I find myself on this piece of highway...
  • Current Music
    Alan Parsons Project - Eye in the Sky
Sheila

Purchases and decent rap

Got two eBay purchases in today: an Animaniacs teapot (Paul has the cookie jar, but not the teapot) and the original cover art for Animaniacs 50 (the art is reversed left-to-right from what actually got printed). The cover will, after being framed, go on the wall next to the cover for #59.

At bronxelf_ag001's wedding, one song they played sounded interesting. It turned out to be A(flat) Traffic Jam, by a group I'd never heard of, Chucklehead. Unlike most (c)rap I've heard, this stuff is actually good, with real music behind the toned-down lyrics. Fun to listen to. (You gotta love any song with "Get me outta New Jersey!" in the chorus...a sentiment I've shared at times.) Now I'm going to have to go search for more of their stuff...
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Sheila

Traffic II: don't throw rocks, NJ...

The last letter in tomorrow's Star-Tribune letters column has this gem of a passage:

I just returned from a terrific vacation at Lake of the Woods. The beauty of that place is a treasure of which Minnesota can be proud.

However, several other aspects of your state struck me as curious.
[...]
Then there are those ridiculous stoplights on the highway entry ramps. The person who thought that one up has probably left the state.
[...]
Some things in Minnesota need fixing, but not Lake of the Woods.

Lloyd Gracey, Princeton Junction, N.J.

I felt compelled to reply:

I can't comment on people's complaints about Indians' privileges, and agree about the signing of the terminals at the airport, but Lloyd Gracey's letter in the August 5 Star-Tribune is off base when it comes to the ramp metering lights.

Someone from New Jersey has no right to complain about stoplights on on-ramps, especially ones that stay off most of the time. There are highways in New Jersey with stop signs at the end of on-ramps. I've cursed whichever traffic engineer had *that* brilliant idea more than once while trying to get on NJ-495 in free-flowing, but heavy, traffic.
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