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Old 10-02-2014, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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On another forum people were saying that they call everyone "hun." Funny, no one called me by that name until I was older. Someone called dh "hun" today and I nearly swatted them.
It's funny you mention that because I never ever call a man ANYTHING and certainly NOT "hun". No sirree! Weird when I think about it...

 
Old 10-03-2014, 06:49 AM
 
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I was told early on that you should count to yourself "1001, 1002, 1003," before pulling out into an intersection after the light has turned green. Can save a life that way.
Yesssssssss, saved my life a few years ago.
 
Old 10-03-2014, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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I was told early on that you should count to yourself "1001, 1002, 1003," before pulling out into an intersection after the light has turned green. Can save a life that way.
I go one further if I see cars coming from either direction; I wait until they get to the light and stop.
 
Old 10-03-2014, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I was told early on that you should count to yourself "1001, 1002, 1003," before pulling out into an intersection after the light has turned green. Can save a life that way.
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Yesssssssss, saved my life a few years ago.
Under normal conditions (adequate sight distance, etc.) looking carefully both ways before proceeding is all it takes to be safe. We can judge the speed (i.e., whether it's decreasing) of the traffic coming from the left and the right to see whether there's a danger of someone barreling through.

It's a needless irritation to everyone behind us to just sit there after the light turns green.

I have driven over a million miles in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe (including over 100,000 miles on motorcycles) and I have never been hit by anybody after I started up from a green light, precisely because I am paying close attention to what I am doing as described above.
 
Old 10-03-2014, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Under normal conditions (adequate sight distance, etc.) looking carefully both ways before proceeding is all it takes to be safe. We can judge the speed (i.e., whether it's decreasing) of the traffic coming from the left and the right to see whether there's a danger of someone barreling through.

It's a needless irritation to everyone behind us to just sit there after the light turns green.

I have driven over a million miles in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe (including over 100,000 miles on motorcycles) and I have never been hit by anybody after I started up from a green light, precisely because I am paying close attention to what I am doing as described above.
Honestly it depends. When I go down to College Station when school is in session I'm a more defensive driver than when it's not.

Lots of newly licensed drivers there, mostly male and mostly with lead feet who view yellow as speed up, not slow down.

I've seen enough of them run red lights to be as cautious as I am when in College Station.
 
Old 10-03-2014, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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I go one further if I see cars coming from either direction; I wait until they get to the light and stop.
I do that too but I don't worry so much about people at the lights. I sure do keep my eyes on those coming out of parking lots and driveways though. Sometimes they look like they are just going to keep coming and NOT stop and look! Probably another reason I mostly stay in the left/center lanes.
 
Old 10-03-2014, 12:54 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Lots of newly licensed drivers there, mostly male and mostly with lead feet who view yellow as speed up, not slow down.
Jenny Hayden: Oh, for your information pal, that was a *yellow* light back there!
Starman: I watched you very carefully. Red light stop, green light go, yellow light go very fast!

One of my favorite movies
 
Old 10-03-2014, 01:25 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Hey, Brat, what insurer do you have for your medicare supplement? Just curious.
 
Old 10-03-2014, 10:10 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Jenny Hayden: Oh, for your information pal, that was a *yellow* light back there!
Starman: I watched you very carefully. Red light stop, green light go, yellow light go very fast!

One of my favorite movies
I love Starman, too!

My son and I recorded it when he was a toddler and we watched it over and over. And now, he is an adult, and over the years, when we had the occasion to be home together -- we have watched it once more.

I have tried to find a CD with the score but have never seen one for sale.
 
Old 10-04-2014, 02:15 AM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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I was computerless for more than 48 hours and felt so disconnected from the world since it is my source of weather and news, (no TV). At the same time I'm having problems with my phone line (no cell phone) and do have a dial tone at the outside box so the issue is in my wiring somewhere. I'll have to have a technician from the phone company come out and try to find it. Most likely cause is a critter who chewed through part of the wiring. I hope it's near the point where the line comes in to the house, can be easily found and there won't be a need to go tearing up sheetrock inside.

Fortunately I'd stopped at the library Wednesday morning and borrowed 4 books and bought another 6 from their sale section.

One of the books has an introductory quote that I just love and had never heard before:

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

We're getting some very nice autumn color here. I really love the trees where the crowns have started to change but the lower half is still green. It's expected to get very chilly tonight with the low dropping down to just 33. Time to switch over to flannel sheets. I got my flu shot on Wednesday and my gut tells me that this might be a bad year for it. I've been spending lots of time over at the FluTrackers.com website, which covers many diseases around the world and of course the main topic of discussion there is the Ebola issue right now. Lots of very good info there as well as scientific discourse that is far beyond my level.

The volunteer rescue squad is having a fund raiser breakfast today and I'll go chow down there, say thanks to the guys who came and got me when I needed a ride to the ER a few months ago and then I'm off the the annual arts and crafts fair at the high school. Plenty of good, locally made stuff there, anything from furniture to hand crafted soaps to jewelry, etc. Just across the street at the elementary school is the quilt show and wow some of the works to be seen there are amazing. We have a big fabric store in town, housed in an old, three story school house and their slogan is "come in and spend the day with us" and they ain't kidding.

There is a new groomer at my vets office and this month grooming services are half off so I told Zack in for a bath and much needed nail trim. They said he didn't fight at all having his nails done. (I think they lie, he's just awful about it with me.) On Tuesday I'll take Calypso in for the same thing - she's even worse about doing her nails.

We've got a couple of days and sunny weather coming up so time for the last? mow of the season and to top up the two 8 ft firewood racks on the front porch. It won't be long before it's time for that first fire.

The newest pooch, Boca, a 7.5 year old greyhound mix, is settling in nicely and has lost his skittish attitude toward me and has become quite affectionate. He is a bit young and playful for 14 year old Zack and needs to learn not to bother him, trying to get him to play.

I was so tired last night that I went to bed about 7 and slept until 1 am. Think I'll go back and get a few more winks if possible.
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