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« on: July 11, 2011, 02:08:56 AM »
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Nothing to do with photography but certainly unbelievable.

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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2011, 07:48:34 AM »
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not as uncommon as one might think. Many of the "self accelerating " Toyotas were of this type.
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2011, 09:33:22 AM »
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He looks just like a typical Boston (Massachusetts) driver.

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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2011, 10:40:34 AM »
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Eric, They're just as incompetent in Colorado Springs, Colorado -- in this case assisted by a traffic control system designed and maintained by morons. Believe it or not, for a long time the name of the guy who timed the lights was, appositely, Mr. Blewitt.

Several years ago there was a cartoon in one of the local papers in which two indians on top of a mountain were watching puffs of smoke rising up over the city. One said to the other: "What smoke signals mean?" The other one said, "No can time lights."
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2011, 10:45:26 AM »
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If I were shooting a show trying to find the worst driver, I surely would not be standing anywhere within striking distance of the car!  I think there actually was a second camera crew filming for another show called "Dumbest Film Crews in Action".
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2011, 10:53:38 AM »
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not as uncommon as one might think. Many of the "self accelerating " Toyotas were of this type.

If by "many" you mean "most," then yes, you are correct.
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2011, 12:18:01 PM »
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Sorry to be even more off topic, but I feel compelled to defend my friend's name.

To wit: "Believe it or not, for a long time the name of the guy who timed the lights was, appositely, Mr. Blewitt."

Um, actually, no he didn't. I have known this gentleman for 25 years and consider him a close friend. While he did work as a city planner for Colorado Springs for many years, his responsibilities did not include timing of traffic lights - that duty fell to the city engineer.

And, as to his name, he and his wife have been careful to teach their two (wonderful) children to avoid making light of other folks names, as their own is so easily subject to ridicule.

Just to set the record straight.

John Emanuel
25 year resident of Colorado Springs

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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2011, 12:39:05 PM »
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Russ,

Whatever the name of the person who actually timed the lights out there, I'm sure he/she/it apprenticed in Boston.

One of my favorite messy intersections had some very confusing traffic lights, with arrows trying to point (not too successfully) to a variety of right turns. The traffic lights were located so that it was virtually impossible to guess which arrow corresponded to which right turn. So, to clarify the confusion, our local Traffic Commission (I don't know their names, but they may have been Moe, Curly and Larry) posted a new sign at the intersection:

"Obey traffic signals."   Embarrassed

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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2011, 05:24:42 PM »
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Sorry to be even more off topic, but I feel compelled to defend my friend's name.

To wit: "Believe it or not, for a long time the name of the guy who timed the lights was, appositely, Mr. Blewitt."

Um, actually, no he didn't. I have known this gentleman for 25 years and consider him a close friend. While he did work as a city planner for Colorado Springs for many years, his responsibilities did not include timing of traffic lights - that duty fell to the city engineer.

And, as to his name, he and his wife have been careful to teach their two (wonderful) children to avoid making light of other folks names, as their own is so easily subject to ridicule.

Just to set the record straight.

John Emanuel
25 year resident of Colorado Springs

John, Sorry if it seems I've insulted your friend. I've been a resident of Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs since 1965, and I've rarely seen a worse traffic control mess than we have in this city. You say that the city engineer times the lights, but back in the eighties, while I was mayor of Manitou Springs, I was in a meeting with Bob Isaac, then mayor of Colorado Springs and we were chatting during a break when Bob said, "I wouldn't be the traffic engineer in this town for any amount of money." I laughed and said, "You mean to tell me Colorado Springs has a traffic engineer?" Bob didn't think that was very funny, but from the exchange I understood and still understand that the city has a traffic engineer. As far as I know, Blewitt at one time worked with the traffic engineer. I may be wrong.

But long before you came to town things were even worse. Ask some of the old-timers about the traffic engineer during the sixties named Don Smith. Ask an old-timer about the "mystic maze," which was one of Don's most recognized inventions. The maze was on the way out to Fort Carson. Once you got into it you could spend most of the rest of the day trying the find a way out of it. Don was also the guy who, during the tourist season, tried out countdown lights, in which instead of a steady orange, the orange light would count down for ten seconds "9", "8", "7"... until the red came on. I lived on the Colorado College campus, just around the corner from one of the countdown lights. When the light started counting down the locals would hit the accelerator and the tourists would hit the brakes. If I'd owned a tow truck I could have become wealthy just waiting on that corner. I could sit on the front porch and listen to the crashes. According to the Gazette Telegraph Don got an award from a traffic light company for good "signalization."

Eric, Sounds like a typical story of your tax dollars at work.
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« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2011, 04:36:26 AM »
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I think that the trouble stems from that crazy rule that allows (encourages or forces?) folks to turn right on a red. It scared the proverbial out of me in Miami and I was already well used to driving on the right because I lived in Spain.

Here, of course, they have that joyful bullfighter syndrome: tailgate-tag. 120kph (+, of course) on the motorways and you can see them smile in your mirror.

The motorway speed limit was briefly changed down to 110kph in (reportedly) an attempt to save total fuel costs; shortly afterwards, once all the road signs had been replaced, they reverted to 120kph and all the 120kph signs went back up. I wonder who, manufacturing said signs, knows whom in government?

Wonderful word of opportunity for making a fortune. Why pick a bummer like snaps? Probably just so I'd find LuLa to spend my time with when 'computing' at the machine in my dotage...

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« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2011, 08:50:39 AM »
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Before my trip to Italy a few years back soemone pointed me at a website that was all about how a foreigner should deal with Italian drivers. SInce my wife and I were going to spend most of six weeks driving around in a rental car, I studied the advice on that website very carefully.

I think the most useful advice for me was "Don't ever look in your rear-view mirror, or you may have a heart attack."

Once I got used to everybody else driving as if they were in the Grand Prix de Monaco, the driving became very easy and I didn't worry about the cars that hung two inches from my rear bumper before passing on a blind turn.

The difference between Italian drivers and Boston drivers, IMHO, is that Italians know what they and their cars can do and are aware of what's going on around them at all times, which lets them drive fast and seemingly recklessly without that many accidents. Boston drivers, on the other hand, find driving so boring that they put all their attention on their cellphones, jabbering and texting away constantly, while ignoring such extraneous distractions as traffic lights, stop signs, one-way signs, children or old ladies in crosswalks, or other vehicles on the road. A couple of times a week we have news reports of someone driving into a house or store or off a bridge because they forgot which was the brake pedal or what the steering wheel was for (it's for holding up your newspaper?).

As an old fuddy-duddy, I have a bad habit of coming to a stop at stop signs, but I always check my rear-view mirror to see if the cars behind me have noticed me.

Eric
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« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2011, 10:50:18 AM »
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Eric,

 Everyone knows the steering wheel is a support for your laptop.  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Shocked

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« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2011, 02:06:01 PM »
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In my recent trip to India I had a driver so I got to witness the streets of Rajasthan from the passengers seat. The first thing you notice is that road markings are nominal. Two lanes can be three or four or whatever and drive on the left is optional, take this image:



I certainly wouldn't want to bump into him.

Luckily there are a lot of overloaded trucks to slow down traffic:



I saw quite a few accidents including this one:



In India everyone knows that the steering wheel is where the horn is. You have to learn to drive with one hand as the other is on the horn at all times.

I had a great time though and Rajasthan is a fantastic place for photography.

India has the greatest number of road fatalities each year due to its large population but Iran has the greatest rate of fatal road accidents in the world.

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