Tag Archives: driving

why worry, why hurry?

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driver pulled over with license plate that expired in 1997 tells police, “I’ve been busy lately.”

 

Apparently, some people in Louisiana are incredibly busy.

How busy?

Too busy to replace a license plate that expired in 1997.

“We can’t make this stuff up,” officers with the Slidell Police Department said. “We discovered the illegal plate during a routine traffic stop.”

“For those of you who like to “switch tags”, at least give us a good challenge and don’t use a license plate that is over 20 years old and expired back in 1997,” officers added.

It’s a hilarious bit of real-life shenanigans police deal with on a daily basis. But it’s the drivers response that really provides some laughs.

“Sorry, officer. I’ve been busy lately and totally forgot to renew my vehicle registration,” he reportedly told police. “I will take care of it as soon as I get home.”

Slidell, located in the St. Tammany Parish, is on the northeast shore of Lake Pontchartrain. It is part of the New Orleans−Metairie−Kenner Metropolitan Area.

It’s a long way from Michigan, but like Michiganders, Slidell residents must also change their license plate tabs annually.

“bad excuses are worse than none.”

-thomas fuller

 

 

 

 

credits: mlive,brandon champion

safe passage.

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sign found on a trip to the farm. 

might be good advice for all drivers on the road

not just the young pedal car drivers on the track.

 

“I simply go about my passage swiftly and silentlwith a certain deliberate, dark efficiency.” 

-george carlin

accidents.

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along the way on my weekday drive

there is often a traffic mishap or accident

and if I begin to worry about being late

or get annoyed by the hold up

  i think about how the person/people involved must feel

how their life instantly changed in that moment

they were just having an ordinary day

and then

this happened

maybe they were

headed to work

to visit someone

leaving for a vacation

going to a celebration

helping someone

so many possibilities

 i’ve got no room to complain 

 nothing to worry about

puts it all right back into perspective

so i listen to my music and sit with my gratitude.

 

“since human wisdom cannot secure us from accidents,

it is the greatest effort of reason to bear them well. “

-john paul jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

image credit: wellandgood.com

above average.

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after pulling into the lot

i made a quick decision to park a little bit away from this one. 

not real sure that marketing is one of their strengths either. 

 “the one thing that unites all human beings,

regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, 

is that, deep down inside,

we all believe that we are above-average drivers”

-dave barry

press on.

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commuting 

to and from school each day

is always a bit of an adventure/misadventure

depending upon one’s perspective.

it’s not unusual for me

to get a hands-free text or call

from one of my teaching partners 

in response to something going on in the road ahead:

 an animal crossing, tire blowout, accident, truck spill, something on fire,

weather delays, political motorcade, funeral procession,

waving mascots, emergency vehicles, pop-up detours, construction,

or that old standby:

unusually heavy traffic due to the no-reason reason.

at this point

i turn up my music or book.

 whoever happens to arrive first

will let our office know that the other

may be on time,

or

10  minutes late,

or

will arrive at a yet to be determined time before school lets out for the day.

fortunately we work with a very understanding administration.

the only thing i’ve learned to expect

is that 

  with each curve of the road

there is the very real possibility of a new surprise. 

“all you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.”

– earl nightingale

 

 

 

 

image credit: tokyoweekender

potholes.

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The Michigan Pothole ice cream from Farmhouse Ice Cream & Coffee in Franklin, MI. (Photo by Deanna Yow from Farmhouse Coffee & Ice Cream)
                                                           michigan pothole ice cream

a  michigan ice cream shop hopes its promotion will take away some of your pothole pain. farmhouse coffee & ice cream in franklin in metro detroit, is giving free scoops of its michigan pothole ice cream to victims of potholes in the state.

if you spent money on pothole repairs, just bring in your receipt for a free single scoop in a cup or cone of the michigan pothole flavor. what’s in that flavor you ask? it’s described as “thick black tar fudge in rich chocolate ice cream with cookie asphalt pieces.” the offer is good for one scoop per receipt. the promotion ends on March 25, 2018.

“without ice cream there would be darkness and chaos.”

– don karding

 

 

credits: mlive.com, edward pesos, farmhouse coffee and ice cream, deanna yow

you wouldn’t want to move if you sat next to me on the bus. or maybe you would. – richard dawson

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‘ i’d rather go by bus.” – prince charles

my subaru tribe

has come through once again.

after dropping my car off for service

they offered me a ride home

on their courtesy shuttle

 i was happy to hop on the bus.

it was

the three of us

myself

 happy driver carl

and

 quiet student tim

from the university music school

 bus mates through circumstance.

we struck up a conversation

i asked tim what he planned to do

after music school

he said everyone asks him that

i told him not to worry

about what people say

he’d find a way

to use what he loves

to do something he loves.

my own school, life, career

had taken many

unexpected and interesting turns

 somehow

i always landed

exactly where i was meant to be.

carl said he knew someone

connected to my old career in advertising

how he liked driving the bus

how he still gets lost sometimes

how he enjoys meeting people

how the street we were driving on

has three different names.

i talked about

working with kinders

how they are so open to music

uninhibited

how they think i’m a good singer

how i still get lost a lot.

tim told us

how he loves subarus too

how writing music

playing saxaphone

makes him feel

what it was like moving here

from the east coast

how he still gets lost.

and

then suddenly

i was home.

tim said

‘you’ve really made me feel better.

i somehow feel like i’ll find my way and there’s hope for me after all.’

carl asked if i needed a ride back

i almost wished i did

it was a good 3 mile trip.

“you can find poetry in your everyday life, your memory, in what people say on the bus, in the news, or just what’s in your heart.”
– carol ann duffy

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image credits: google.com, subaru motors

powerball.

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carpool mates

ride with smiles

chat about the day

throw down our heavy things

relax at last

stop to buy a ticket

and

share

what we’ll do

when/if

we win

the 800 million

and

the first thing

that each of us names

is a donation

to someone else

who needs some of it

more than we do

and

it’s part of

the reason why

we

all ride together

with smiles.