Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Heart Check

I-84 westbound, heading down the grade to the Delaware River. I was passing a six-wheeled pickup truck which was fifth-wheel towing a large Raptor RV trailer, one of those puppies with three wheels per side. Just as I passing that beast, it blew one of trailer tires.

I stomped the gas briefly to get well out in front of the rig, in case it started to blow other tires. A long while ago, I saw a landscaper's truck which was hauling a small Bobcat on a six-wheel trailer with similarly sized wheels. One tire blew out and then the other tires on that side blew in rapid succession, which made a hell of a mess when that ting ground to a halt and blocked two lanes of the highway.

Anyway, in my mirror, I saw that the driver went right past the last NY exit on I-84 and proceeded over the Delaware River bridge. He must have known that he blew a tire, for he was slowing down. He turned off at the first PA exit, but if he hadn't, I was planning to call the troopers.

By the way, what is it with Blogger changing the blogging interface? I don't see what the hell they gained from it. They changed it so that in HTML drafting mode, the freaking interface does not recognize carriage returns. You have to either insert the line break code manually or switch to "compose mode" and use the carriage return to break up the lines.

Improvement: NOT!  The senior managers at Google should be breaking out the barbed-wire whips.

7 comments:

Peter said...

Glad the flying bits of tire didn't hit you or your vehicle, and that you're OK.

Don't forget to get in touch now that you're nearer Nashville. Miss D. and I would love to meet up sometime.

Still after that .44? S&W 396 is still available.

JEG43 said...

Yes. Glad you're safe.
For a bit more on the Bulldog: http://www.thegunzone.com/bulldog-pug.html

Phil said...

In the early '80s I had a trailer tire explode just as a state cop was passing me. Black shrapnel littered both lanes of U.S. 97, just north of K-Falls, for several hundred yards as the tire shredded and divested itself of its tread. To me it sounded like a 12-gauge shotgun going off right beside my ear (I was sitting roughly 50 feet ahead of the exploding tire, running 60 m.p.h. with the window down); I can only imagine how loud it sounded to the cop, who was exactly beside it and probably less than 10 feet away when the tire let go. I reduced speed to 25, took the shoulder and limped on to the ARCO truck stop about a mile down the road to buy a new tire. The cop continued on without stopping, presumably in search of clean underwear.

Don Brown said...

Google is just changing to change. And I hate change. Same thing with Google email. I don't want to learn anything new. I don't like wasting my time on "learning curves" when the old stuff works just fine. Of course, if it was up to me, I'd still be using Claris Emailer (still the greatest email program ever.) I used to love email. What a time saver (compared to the phone.) Now I hate it.

I'm going to be really good at being a grumpy old man aren't I ? :)

Don Brown

bearsense said...

What Don said - - - (grumpy, old .. already) !!!
Just got an iPhone - - shit, it's smarter than I am.
Don't really understand this stuff well enuf to have a critical opinion, but ......
Bear
idlehandsdept@blogspot.com

BadTux said...

EBM, Google doesn't have managers, because managers wouldn't know what to do with Google's engineering staff, the majority of whom haven't graduated elementary school yet. They don't need managers. They need kindergarten teachers to corral the rambunctious toddlers tearing around the place on brightly colored bicycles when they aren't playing with colored blocks or throwing temper tantrums in the middle of the classroom.

No, I'm not joking about Google's staff. One of my prior places of employment was just down the street from Google. It was like living down the street from a very poorly managed day care center. The only way Google stays in business is because their search engine advertising business is a bottomless pit of money. But they need to grow up and start acting like adults, because they're pissing off a *lot* of people. And sooner or later, that's going to hit their bottom line.

- Badtux the Grown-up Penguin

Frank W. James said...

Agree totally on this new format for blogger. This 'Changing' stuff just to do it drives me nuts.

Yeah, I'm an old guy....

All The Best,
Frank W. James