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Thursday, 2005 March 31 - 12:59 am
I had a few topics to write about, but none of them were interesting enough to make for an entire article on their own.

Tonight I've written three articles that I've thrown away for being too boring. But I don't want the ideas to go to waste, so I'll just post some summaries. Sorry for the cop-out.

Speed limits are ridiculous.

It's my assertion that speed limits are set arbitrarily low. I think part of the reason is that cities can't resist making money off traffic fines. There's a stretch of road in Raleigh where the speed limit drops from 45 MPH to 35 MPH at the end of a long downhill slope. Today there was a motorcycle cop there, clocking people. Lucky thing I have a radar detector.

People mis-use the term "low maintenance".

I see this especially from women's on-line dating profiles. Some women seem to think "low maintenance" means they don't wear a lot of make-up. But for men, we think of you as low maintenance if we don't have to do a lot to keep you happy. That's a totally different concept. We actually like it if you spend time making yourself look good. What we don't like is having to tell you over and over how good you look, or having to explain how it's not an insult if we said you looked good today but didn't say it yesterday.

I am not a Turkish smuggler.

Someone found this article by Googling the words "smuggling in Turkey". Sorry I couldn't be more helpful in this area.
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Comment #1 from MonoCerdo (Guest)
2005 Mar 31 - 1:26 pm : #
Re: Speed limits, I heard something on NPR this morning about how the Chicago construction zones are now going to be enforced via sneaky little radar cameras (or whatever) and that the fines have been raised to $375 for the first offense and $1,000 for the second offense. Uh, why not just make it an even million and save yourself the trouble, IDOT? Also, please change your name to IDIOT, as it would be much more appropriate.

And in case you think I'm all for speeding along, carelessly clipping off workers to the left and to the right, I support hefty construction zone fines when workers are present, but most often, they are not. Usually it's one orange barrel in a 3 mile span that merits the speed limit being dropped to 45 mph on the tollway.
Comment #2 from Ken (realkato)
2005 Mar 31 - 1:40 pm : #
So what is the fine for putting little pieces of black plastic tape over the radar cameras? If it's less than $375, then I think you know what must be done.

And yeah, I think for something to qualify as a construction zone, there should be some sort of ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION occurring.
Comment #3 from MonoCerdo (Guest)
2005 Mar 31 - 3:54 pm : #
"So what is the fine for putting little pieces of black plastic tape over the radar cameras?" Good question! I'm on it!

This reminds me of a debate I had recently over which would be a bigger fine: a DUI or a hit-and-run. Because I'd say the hit-and-run would probably be just as hefty, if not worse, than the DUI, but it seems that most people GET cited for the latter because they're afraid of getting the former. Does this make sense? No, I didn't think so. Sorry.

Also, the above pondering was of a purely speculative nature and of no actual consequence to the author.

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