Archive for the ‘automobiles’ Category

Aren’t you glad you work at home!

January 24, 2007

Hi Brit,

Based on this, Beaten by an inch of snow, I’m guessing you’re very glad you work at home.  It’s even worse here when it snows.  One of my first memories of Memphis was being on the Interstate (I-240) when a few flakes drifted down out of the sky.  In an instant, the speed of traffic dropped from 50 MPH down to 5 MPH as every driver, apparently sharing a psychic link, slammed on their brakes simultaneously.  I had to drive off the pavement to avoid hitting the car ahead of me.  The last time we got a lot of snow during the middle of a work day, there were 300 traffic accidents within the first half hour.  It took me 4 hours to make the 20 mile trip home.  Good luck.

the Grit

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Smoking detectives

January 19, 2007

Hi Grit

I have been meaning to respond to your post about smoking  Nazi’s, but needed to check whether I could use the word 🙂

For those who wish to ban smoking in cars over there, they should take a leaf or two out of the UK laws. In a unique application the police can charge parents who are smoking in their cars with mistreatment of the child, or of course failing in their parental duties. With regard to people simply smoking in the car, they can of course be charged with driving without due care. Of course the latter route can also be used for eating, sneezing, singing, changing CD’s and talking to your partner. One can of course be fined and/or jailed for these offences.

Of course this does help those who wish to break the habit of smoking, excess consumption of food, parenting, spreading infectious diseases, vocal abuse and noise excess. The only difficulty, at least for the ladies, is that it will threaten their record of speaking 8,000 words a day.

I assume that we are heading to a situation where unless you have had a recent haircut, manicure, shave and are wearing a shirt and tie, you will not be able to drive at all. By the way, one cannot escape the long eye of the law or blame it on someone else, now that we have face recognition camera traps.

the Brit 

Facts! We don’t need no stinking facts!

January 13, 2007

Hi Brit,

I hate to say it, but it’s too late to worry about the facts in the Global Warming debate.  Politicians all around have stuck their fingers in the wind of public opinion, and are spreading their sails to ride the hot gale coming from the mouths of the environmentalist wacko movement back into office.  Check this one out: EU plans attack on car emissions.  While I expect a certain amount of insanity from socialists, like attempting to destroy Europe’s auto industry, the surprising naughty bit is down at the bottom.

Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas, “…people should start talking about climate change as a war.  It could lead to the death of millions of people, and it could transform the world economy into a war economy, where every sector was involved in the fight against climate change.”

Is this guy German?

the Grit

Speaking of car wrecks

December 30, 2006

Hi Brit,

Looks like even more trouble is looming on the horizon of the new year.

Near-future Fords to Feature Windows Automotive 

I’m not sure if you use Windows, but I do, and it’s easy to predict that this is going to give a whole new meaning to the term “car crash.”  It’s also going to cause lots of new problems.  Road side assistance vehicles will have to add a computer repair technician.  Automobile dealers are going to merge with software companies.  Gas stations will need to add high speed Internet connections so customers can get the latest anti-virus updates while filling their tanks.  And you can expect a rash of new traffic accidents when drivers confuse the windshield with the monitor while playing one of those car race games.  It’s madness I tell you, madness!

the Grit