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Have you seen the news - July 27, 2009

So if you live in the north east you may have seen the news - or maybe not, but it seems there were some interesting events on the interstate in both New York and Vermont this weekend. Never mind the sink hole that opened up and is expected to be fixed by Tuesday, it didn't swallow anything noteworthy.

O wait. That in itself is noteworthy. Someone should send the state cop who spotted it a note of thanks, just for paying attention. I mean, really. Can you imagine driving into a giant hole at 65 mph? That would ruin your day.

Speaking of ruined days, there were a pair of what I refer to as statistically significant head on collisions on the New York thruway. Did you hear about those? Yeah. Head on. Well how does that happen on the interstate you wonder?

Good question. The answer is simple. Someone gets on going the wrong way.

So now if I were an analyst, getting paid say, $100,000 per annum - which I am not - then I would suggest that the occurance of not one, but two of these incidents just hours apart is noteworthy. But we all know, nobody is gonna pay me $100,000 a year for such brilliant insight, because hey, it really isn't that brilliant after all.

No, it isn't. I'm sure everyone who saw the news went HuH?

And some young lady named Elizabeth Flynn was rear ended in Vermont while pulled over in the break down lane. She got banged up pretty good, but it seems she'll live.

So now, you know, I just can't help myself.

Is all of this nonsense really necessary?

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Comment by ZenDog on July 28, 2009 at 8:33am
You mean there are certain "ways" you're supposed to go on the freeway?

Umm, eeYeah, there are . . . I mean, I'm all for going against the grain and there is even a new pop song out championing that approach to life in general - but of course if everyone did it then it would become the new grain and at some point cease to be productive, but we're now where near that calamity yet, so, umm, where was I . . .

O yeah, Pru, umm, going against the grain is definitely not advised on the interestate highway system. Please follow the prevelant traffic pattern at all times . . .

disclaimer: going with the flow does not apply to all social situtations and may be hazardous to your health - interstate traffic patterns must at all times be seen as an exception to that rule.

This has been a public service announcement http://zendogblog.net
Comment by Kittycat on July 28, 2009 at 4:44am
ZenDog.. You always get me to thinking. I love to read your blogs. No major holiday that I know of. lol
Comment by ZenDog on July 27, 2009 at 9:40pm
a) I got that off of the evening news at WPTZ
b) 2 head on collisions on one way streets - or rather, highways - I haven't crunched the data, but I'm sure that is statistically significant given both time and distance between events is, umm, rather small.
c) What? Is this some major holiday and everyone decided not to clue me in?
Comment by stillgoing on July 27, 2009 at 9:18pm
I would more suspect ZenDog that the internet's thirst for content causes the reporting of the most trivial head on wrong way collision. Its not happening more often, you are only hearing about it more often.

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