March 11, 2011: I ran a red light last night.
I was coming off I-95 north-bound at the Midway exit and sat at that light on 84 for more than a minute. The minutes on the clock radio actually changed twice, but I think it was closer to a minute.
I was getting impatient so I started to take off. But a car coming from the east on 84 rounded the corner near Tradeport East, so I sat to wait for it. Another car came from the west, over the interstate overpass. And by the time that car had turned onto 95 in front of me another car was heading toward the intersection from the east.
Two more minutes had clicked off the clock and the light facing me was still red. So I waited about 30 second more and turned left onto 84 against the stop light. By the time I topped the overpass and lost sight of the traffic light behind me it had not changed.
That light had not changed in what I estimate was at least five minutes.
March 4, 2011
It appears our lawmakers have been hard at work in Atlanta. It's a shame some of them didn't bring hard thinking with them to the Capitol.
Here's how the AP summarized one proposal:
"Some lawmakers are criticizing a proposal that would require presidential candidates to provide proof that they were born in the United States before gaining access to the ballot. Rep. Mark Hatfield said the proposal settles a long-standing issue while enforcing the U.S. Constitution. Hatfield, a Republican attorney from Waycross, said he doesn't know whether President Barack Obama is eligible to serve as president - a contention held by so-called 'birthers.' Whether the bill will see a House vote is unclear, as House Speaker David Ralston said his focus is on issues including job growth and the economy...
"'We know this is about Barack Obama,' - Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta, in response to Hatfield's legislation."
My question to Hatfield and other "he-can't-possibly-be-our-president" citizens is what would happen if a candidate refused Georgia's citizenship-proof requirement and was kept off our ballot, but went on to win the election.
Feb. 10, 2011
One of my favorite, all time jokes:
What do you get when you drop a piano down a mine shaft?
A flat minor
Jan. 1, 2011
I had a good experience in the Midway Dollar General recently. One night we forgot one of several bags of purchases. I went in the next day without a receipt or anything, told the manager (I didn't think to get her name) about it and she asked me to describe what was in the bag. After I did, she looked in a little notebook, agreed and told me to go get the same items that had been in the bag. The only problem for me was remembering we had had a pink soap instead of the green, and that the shampoo was for fine hair, instead of oily. The manager explained they had to be exact because of inventory.
I was impressed with the manager's work and have been very pleased with the new store since it moved across the street. The staff seems to be working hard to keep t