Category: Rants

Hello.  Please consider this blog site to be on hold for a little while.  It’s just too painful to wait for my little P3-650 computer to load the page so I can post (I can read through RSS).  I am hoping MSN figures out how to make this a little less memory/CPU intense.  I’ll start clearing modules here at some point to help improve speed, but I’m not optimistic based on what others have been saying.
In the meantime (at least), I have an active blog you can reach at the link below.  Sorry (really sorry — I love this blog and would hate for it to become just an archive) for the inconvenience.  But the control and sleekness of the new site is quite appealing.
Hope to see you there!  OH!!! And if you visit, and you’re on my blogroll here and not there, TELL ME!!!  I don’t want to miss anyone in transition!
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Those who live in New York are probably unaware of this phenomenon (as with other places, but I never lived there).
In Florida, every fourth vehicle on the road appears to be a dump truck full of sand, loosely covered, and mixed with stones.  The load is spewed at a regular rate and makes the gentle sound of paint being eroded from every surface of your car.  Then they hit a bump.  Dump truck rocks are the only things in nature that bounce higher than the height from which they were dropped, and the trucks prove this by periodically hurling one at your windshield after a perfectly timed rebound off the road.
The trucks have a sign on the back which says "Keep back 200 feet".  I think that’s because the rocks hit the ground at 100 feet and reach their most dangerous height at 200 feet.  Following those instructions means 20 cars will squeeze between you and the dump truck, slowly expanding the gap as they get pelted until you’re actually travelling backwards up the highway.  There’s another sign that says "We are not responsible for any damage to your vehicle."  I feel they could have stopped at the word "responsible" and saved some ink.
I’ve tried to figure out the reason for all this sand traffic.  I think it’s this:  because of all the backups caused by sand trucks, the state of Florida has decided it needs more roads, which must have sand beds beneath them.  What I don’t get is that they are constantly passing each other in opposite directions, meaning they could have both shortened their trips by getting off where the other got on and swapping destinations from there!  Truck "A" loads at site "A" and heads for site "B", which needs sand.  Truck "B", which loaded up at site "B" is the reason site "B" needs sand.  Truck "B", I’m convinced, is headed for site "A", which now has a gaping hole because they loaded truck "A".