Tag Archives: driving

Training … But In A Car


Snowplow Driving Courses must be seasonal.


note: tractor driving courses must be a new field.

double note: wouldn’t a highspeed car chase on a driving course be cool?
… 2 drivers to kill too!


Today #322

I almost backed into a car while pulling out of a parking space today. I almost rear-ended them … at least from my point of view.

Transitting And Thinking


I like driving.

My destination doesn’t have to be too important: it’s the journey that I like.

There’s just something about being out watching the world go by as I go by. It makes me feel productive, without having to do anything very productive.

I regularly drive an hour to do or buy something that I could do or buy about 5 minutes away from where I live.

Sometimes I enjoy the trip so much, I am a bit disappointed when I get to where I am going. I want to keep driving.

I guess I’m a journeyman … and my craft is my van.


note: sometimes the distance between two points is the point.

double note: I drove an hour to buy *cranberry juice. Now it’s gone! I guess I’ll have to go back and get some more next weekend.

*cranberry juice isn’t something I can find 5 minutes away


notes to myself #192

Sometimes it’s the little things that keep us sane.

Speed Traps

new bumperstickers!


After I drive through a speed trap, I usually keep to the speed limit for about a minute and then speed up again.

If I were the police, I’d put up 2 speed traps about 10 minutes away from each other.

No one would suspect that!

People would probably really admire the police for being so clever too!


note: A double speed trap would be like one of those double dream sequences in “Aliens” or “American Werewolf in London“, except you’d get a ticket and have to pay a fine.

double note: I put a few new bumperstickers on the van to celebrate March 1st. The day has no special significance for me; I just thought I better do something other than flip the page on my calendar today.




I'm in the middle of the road!


dut dut dut dut dut dut dut dut dut dut dut …

I think I might have a flat tire.


note: Who keeps denting my van? It must happen while I’m parked in parking lots!



Doggie Do’s and Don’ts

opposites attract

Do you know why dogs stick their heads out of car windows?

Because there isn’t enough literature on the dangers of doing this being given out to dogs.

and … English to Dog translators are a dying breed.


note: I’m waiting for “pet safety seats” in cars to become mandatory … or … dogdatory.

double note: “flying carpets” are cool; “flying car pets” are not. (not even birds)

triple note: A catchy slogan might be: “Keep your dogsaliva longer; buckle them up!

*SPECIAL NOTE* my “New Experiment” has died (sad face).



Bed Racing

F1 sleeping thing!


Sure it’s flashy and fits 4 comfortably, but what’s the gas mileage on this baby?


note:  it looks good when you’re 5 years old, but there will be a lot of explaining to do when you start bringing chicks home.

double note: Made in France!! It’s going to be difficult to find parts I think.

triple note: if I had all the money in the world, …  I’d want a black one!! … and one for my girlfriend!!  We could race!!!!

quadruple note: “It was the bed that left the skid marks! I didn’t do it!”

quintuple note: it handles like a bed!!!!



Melody Road

road art

 There are three stretches of road in Japan that employ an interesting method to encourage people to drive the posted speed limit. (at least for a minute or so)

Check out the youtube video here:  Melody Road

I live about an hour away from the one in the video, and I’ve travelled over the other two in the past 5 years.

Do I win any prizes?

No!  What a scam!


note: I didn’t mean to drive over all of those roads; it just kind of happened like baptism, puberty, and smelly feet. I’ve shaken off 2 of these.

 double note: photo of the railing beside one of the roads that winds its way up to me ‘ouse. It’s not musical; but I’m sure if you run a stick along it, it plays “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” by Van Halen. I could be wrong; I usually am.

triple note: sorry for talking like an English person in “double note”.




Car Stickers











In Japan, people who’ve reached the age of seniority, and new drivers, have to put stickers on their cars to warn other drivers to drive a little more cautiously around them.

What about all of us who aren’t eligible for a sticker? What a rip-off!

No sticker; no lollipop; no nothin’!


note: If you get your driver’s license after 60 years old, do you get both?

double note: I was going to cover my van’s bumper in those magnetic stickers, but rust isn’t very magnetic.





I thought I would try and save a bit a gas by drafting behind this big truck.

I was going uphill at 25 km per hour in 3rd gear.

I bet I saved at least enough gas for 2 or 3 run ons!


note: Formula One sounds like a baby food to me.

double note: I finally got my left turn signal fixed! I was getting kind of tired of turning right all the time.

triple note: The turn signal problem was bad, but when I had no brake lights was a lot worse.

quadruple note: Is the plural of formula “formuli“?   or is that just for spatula/spatuli?

quintuple note: I think my van isn’t in the same equation as formula one.

sextuple note: Is it “Formula” or “For Moola“?  $$$$

septuple note: Racing went down hill after The Wacky Racers.



Not Necessary


Is it really necessary to know how far away from Tokyo I am?

This is not 148 km to Tokyo: it’s 148 km from Tokyo!

These signs appear every 5 km or so letting motorists know this vital information.
In some places there is one every kilometer: these must be nervous distances for many people.

If I wanted to go to Tokyo, I’d be on the other side of the road going the opposite direction.

Can’t people just turn their heads and check out the distance signs on the other side of the road if they are that curious?


note: The BBC channel fills 30 second slots with “This Week” telling people what happened this week 10, 20, or 50 years ago. It’s always depressing news: air crashes, natural disasters, asassinations, oil spills, …   
Isn’t today’s news bad enough without being reminded of bad news from 20 years ago?

double note: “Pipeline explosion kills 700 in Nigeria in 1998” in case you were wondering. Thanks BBC.

triple note: I wonder if there is a sign saying “1 km from Tokyo“. That would be funny.