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From Rebecca: Construction zones

There seems to be construction zones on several streets in and around town. I do like good roads, safe bridges, and up-to-date gas/water lines. But it does get frustrating to find delays and orange cones on every trip out.

My husband Darren and I frequently encounter one project in particular. A small bridge on a street that is part of a highway, and a main artery through town, is receiving heavy maintenance repairs. The work has been going on for almost two months and is scheduled to run through July. Thankfully the work is being done without completely closing the bridge, with one lane in each direction staying open. It is still a delay to get through, especially during rush hours. Darren and I have to go over this bridge to get to his mom’s apartment, as well as get to the store from which we get her groceries, and the pharmacies for her medications. We will both be glad when the work is finished and all lanes of the street are open again.

Downtown also seems to have constant construction zones. One new building is finished, another seems almost finished, another building, on the other end of town from the first two, still has a way to go, and they always seem to be building on the university campus. This all adds to the construction traffic and lane restrictions around the building. Now, the town is also re-paving the roads. Last Thursday I crossed the street in front of the library to head to the bus stop and all was normal. The next morning I came from the bus stop to cross that street and the top layer was gone – it was milled. That was quick. They are doing the work at night when there is less traffic.

Another long running project is on and around the street my dad, sister, and nephew lives on. They haven’t said anything about being inconvenienced by the lane restrictions and side road closures that move around their block, but I often see the construction cones when I ride by on the bus on my way to and from work. This project does seem to be less intrusive, as it is on one block one week and on another block the next.

I feel the most sympathy for the bus drivers. The learn their routes and are trying to stay on time, and here are a number of construction zones to contend with, the number and location of which changes from week to week. We can at least choose a detour, they are stuck with the established route and any delays.

On another topic, I wish Joe luck with buying a new laptop today, to replace the one that is slowly dying. He is at the store as I type this. There is a slight possibility that Joe will put up a bonus entry about his new computer over the weekend.

I am glad so many of you enjoyed Joe’s tribute to his mother in yesterday’s blog post. We will be back next week with two more blog entries, on topics to be determined then. As Joe would write, take care, hope you are not living in the middle of a construction zone, have a great weekend, and happy reading.

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Please get both hands on the wheel

Greetings, readers. With the Penn State students coming back this week, the downtown traffic has increased. Today as Rebecca, Traci, and I were crossing the street in the cross walk, a car turned left, getting a little too close to Traci for my liking. I glared at the driver and saw that she was on her cell phone, not hands-free, and had only one hand on the steering. Folks, that is illegal.

I cannot tell you how many times I have heard horror stories in the news about car accidents where the driver is on the phone either talking or texting. If you do not have your concentration fully on your driving, pull off the road. It is not very often that I yell at someone in a car but this vehicle did not yield for Traci. The driver’s mind was elsewhere.

Have I talked on a cell phone while driving? I must confess yes, but usually just long enough to say, “I’m driving, I’ll call you back when I pull off the road.” Unless it is an absolute emergency, whatever someone has to tell me can wait until I get to a rest area.

What are some other things I wish drivers wouldn’t do? Well, lets see. I saw a man shaving once while driving. A young woman trying to put on mascara. And the scariest of all, on an interstate no less, a young child steering the car, sitting in daddy’s lap, while daddy controlled the gas and brake. I would have suspended that man’s license indefinitely. But I guess junior just had to drive that day.

Readers, please, if you are a driver, heed the laws of your state. Here in Pennsylvania the law is no talking on a phone at your ear, no texting, but you can talk on a hands free device. It is just too dangerous, and if you injure or kill someone you will have to live with the consequences the rest of your life.

My next blog entry will deal with my wonderful vacation, where almost nothing went wrong. Suffice it to say for now, I had a marvelous time. Details to follow.

Until Friday, take care, many thoughts and prayers to the folks down south and in Louisiana who are dealing with the flooding, and happy reading.

Top ten list of my most annoying habits

Greetings, readers. After taking several days to think about a good top ten list topic, I have come up with this one. There are many annoying things that I do, and they must be bad, because I realize them myself. I thought it would be a good exercise to write them out, so that not only you my readers can see them, but I could take a look at them myself and work on my faults. So here we go.

#10. Eternal pessimism. [If there is a dark cloud around the silver lining, I’ll find it. I think I get this trait from my father. Mom was the exact opposite.]

#9. My annoying verbal tics. [I’ve had many of them over the years. The latest is yes, yes, yes, or right, right, right. I’ve been trying to break myself of this one of late but so far no luck.]

#8. My slight anger issue. [It takes a lot to get me truly angry, but once I am, I feel a degree of rage that frightens even me. I have to sit down and work on calming myself to get rid of those feelings. It’s not a pleasant 15 or 20 minutes.]

#7, My sometimes erratic driving skills. [Many people have told me what a wonderful driver I am and most of the time I agree with them. However, there have been times that I’ve just done some dumb things. They have led to speeding tickets and dented fenders. The way I was taught to drive by my mom, I should know better. But, hey, what can I say, I’m a guy. Sometimes we do reckless things.]

#6. Spouting my mouth off. [Sometimes when I’m extremely upset, I’ll say the first thing that comes to my mind to someone. Such as, so-and-so politician is an idiot, or I hope that guy gets hit by a truck. Do I mean these statements? Of course not. Perhaps I need an anger management class.]

#5. Living space neatness issue. [Although I have made strides in important areas of the apartment, there is still much to do. Mainly the bedroom and the walk-in closet. Very soon, i.e. the next inspection time, I see myself biting the bullet and literally throwing things away to get them out of here. That will be a sad day for me.]

#4. Enjoying too much leisure time. [I find myself playing video games, watching TV or movies, or listening to music way too much. although I do have this evening blocked off for creative writing, I should literally unplug all fun things, sit my butt down in a chair, and write my stories. I am a writer. A writer writes.]

#3. Too indecisive. [Probably brought on by my low self-esteem, I jump the gun and ask for help or opinions too quickly. Most of the time I already know what I want to do, but there is a need to touch base and get that second or third opinion.]

#2. Impulsive spending. [Although I’m not as bad as some people, when I have money I tend to stock up on things, buy a few niceties, and then the last few weeks of the month I am again scrimping, saving, and worrying.]

#1. Cat litter box issue. [Even though I do take care of it, I should do it much more often. To clean it out hurts my back when I bend over. I’ve tried sitting on the toilet seat with the bag in front of me, but I just dump it on the floor because of my shaky hands. I must admit, if I scooped it out every day, there wouldn’t be a problem. But I am a lazy ass, so I don’t. Today I am going to surprise kitty cat Keekee, buy that $10 box of cat litter, drag it home, and use it. My little girl deserves a clean bathroom.]

There you have it. I took a hard look at myself, and yes there are things I don’t like. I have many things to work on. Please do chime in with your list if you wish to or leave another kind of comment here or on Facebook.

Until Friday, take care, have a great couple of days, and happy reading.