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Zafer Kaya

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Re: Random Musings
« Reply #7365 on: July 09, 2018, 01:58:48 PM »

The whole left lane thing annoys me on both ends. It is annoying that people sit in the left lane when they aren't going fast enough to pass people. I am all for ticketing people for impeding traffic in the left lane. On the other side, it is the passing lane, not the "go as fast as possible" lane. Many times I am going 7-8 MPH over the speed limit and slowly passing people on the right and I have someone fly up on my and ride my ass because I'm not going fast enough for their taste. I'm going over the speed limit and passing people, but I have no desire to be going 20 MPH over like these assholes. They are as dangerous (if not more dangerous) than the people going the speed limit in the left lane.

This is one of those debates where the people who get into arguments about what you should do are not the people who are the problem.

If you are in a passing lane and passing, try to pass the car quickly and then pull out of the lane if there are other cars faster than you. If you are really only going 5 mph faster then realize that you're not really accomplishing anything by trying to pass.  You're saving maybe 1 minute off a commute.

If you are being slowed by a car in whatever lane, be patient and realize that you have to give the car sometime to clear the lane.  Don't pass on the right, don't weave.  If you switch lanes and pass, pass with authority and then clear the lane as soon as it is safe for you to do so.

It's really just common sense.  The dickheads who are holding up traffic or weaving around and causing accidents are not suffering from a lack of knowledge about driving procedures and etiquette.  They just don't care.

daytime drinking

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Re: Random Musings
« Reply #7366 on: July 09, 2018, 02:16:08 PM »

what about coasting in the left lane at five over on a two lane city road?  i do it all day, well in the heavy flowing morn commute.

Then you're a dick who drives illegally.

it's only a stretch of a mile or two until traffic eases up.  those fuckers can wait.  these are my roads.  if it's an unfrequented road with behavior i am unaccustomed to, i'll stick to the right lane when the situation warrants it.  honestly, i've avoided taking the main drag for a few years now just to not put up with the hassle.  these people go at least fifty (it's a thirty five).  take the interstate.  it's very close by.  but i'm willing to be persuaded
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Zafer Kaya

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Re: Random Musings
« Reply #7367 on: July 09, 2018, 04:29:06 PM »

Just do the math.  Going 35 mph it will take you 3.4 minutes to cover 2 miles.  At 40 mph, it takes you 3 minutes to cover 2 miles.  So you are saving yourself less than 30 seconds by not going the speed limit in the right lane.  You're telling other people they are too impatient and should wait, but you're the one not willing to spend an extra 24 seconds.

In the meantime, those idiots are weaving through traffic and the people who pay the price might not be the bad driver but someone who is driving exactly 35 mph in the right lane like they should be doing.  You're making the roads less safe for everyone to save 24 seconds.  At least the speeding jerks are saving a full minute.

This is why road diets work.  People think that they can cruise in the left lane because they're only there for a short time, and people can get around on the right.  Or they make a right and then a left (or vice versa) and have to change lanes and all that weaving and lane changing actually creates more congestion and slows down traffic while making the streets more dangerous.

If everyone drove on one lane, but with the other lane a left turn lane, then no one is really slowed down significantly.  Two cars going roughly 35mph on two different lanes side-by-side is no slower than two cars going 35 mph in a line.  It forces fast cars to slow down because they are stuck behind slower cars.  But it also forces slow cars to speed up a bit because there will be long lines of cars behind them, and they can't just act like everyone can just pull around.  And anyway, most of the time lost on four lane roads with two lanes each way is when people get stuck behind turning cars or have to break or drive slower due to weaving traffic.  Especially when you also factor in any intersections and or red lights.  The speed cars are actually traveling when in "full speed" is not the choke point, it's those other things.

That was the model for your basic suburban road for years and years.  Two lanes each way and a median.  Junk the median and make it a turn lane.  Condense four lanes plus median into three lanes.  Use the extra space for bus lanes or bike lanes.  Or plant some stuff and make a roadside rain garden.  The road is much safer, the travel time is increased by less than 5%, and you increase sustainability by improving mass transit, bicycling, or water retention.

People think the roads are congested because there's not enough lanes.  But the problem isn't the volume of traffic the road can hole but rather stupid traffic patterns created in part because of unnecessary extra lanes.

It doesn't work on every road, but it would work on A LOT of roads.  If you do it right.  Which no one ever does, because no one understands the road diet concept properly.  So they don't get rid of the median, they just condense the road into one lane.  And you end up with bike lanes people don't use or sharrows or combo bus/bike lanes that suck for bikes and buses because they are always in each others way.  Or too many people just don't believe they won't lose tons of time if one lane is lost. 

daytime drinking

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Re: Random Musings
« Reply #7368 on: July 09, 2018, 06:03:58 PM »

i've deliberated in my response.  i have a theory that police don't patrol morning commutes because of the rubberneckin' that would ensue allowing carte blanche the right to be a bag of dicks, including yours truly, otherwise these murderous speeds wouldn't pit me in such a hypocritical position.  not trying to save any time.  forty seems like an acceptable speed, but the point is mute as i've forsaken the main drag.  which obviously takes longer 
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Zafer Kaya

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Re: Random Musings
« Reply #7369 on: July 12, 2018, 02:00:40 PM »

I had to stop by this place before work on Tuesday to pick something up, and the guy said he would be there at 8:45 AM which was fine because that would give me plenty of time to get to work.  So I got there at 8:35 or so and waited for him to arrive.

While I was there, all these people kept giving me the sideeye and muttering "no cutting" because they were all in line to get beers at the brewery.  There was at least a polite group of three dudes who were like "The line for the beers starts back there."  Which is I think the right way to hint to someone you won't stand for them cutting in line, but if they're not cutting it's  a helpful direction so they don't stand in the wrong place.

So anyway, I explained I was not waiting for beer and they were cool so we got to chatting.  They were having a conversation about how expensive housing was in Richmond and that while the job market in Richmond was good the pay was low and there were too many people at the lower rungs and so it was hard to move up the ladder.

It's 8:35 AM.  I'm trying to get to work.  You've been sitting in this line for at least fifteen minutes and you're going to be in  line for at least another hour to buy some $20 craft beer.  Craft beer is just going to be one of four IPA's that are barely different from each other and barely different from whatever four IPA's were in the rotation last week and that are barely different from the other 65 IPA's you can buy at any of the hipster groceries in town or at the tenth best brewery in Richmond. When you don't have to be at work at 10:00 on a Tuesday, and you can spend 2 hours waiting to purchase a $20 four pack your life cannot be too bad.  That or, you are making some questionable life and spending choices.

Also today I decided not to take the expressway into the city and just go down the city streets instead.  It's only about a four mile drive so it turns my commute from 10 minutes to 15 minutes.  No big deal.  Or so I thought.  Except there's this random mini-traffic jam at this one intersection.  I'm sitting there for like 10 minutes to go 2 blocks.  I can see the light.  It's also in a hill so I can see all the way downtown.  There's no accident or anything.  There's no heavy traffic anywhere else.  Just this one intersection.

Yeah, then I realized there's a brewery at that intersection and today is their weekly new beer day.  That's right.  There were so many cars circling around and trying to get parking to get to a brewery before it opened so that they could wait an hour to buy a $20 four pack that it caused a traffic jam.  $20.  For FOUR beers.  And that's just like the regular beers.  The super-special limited quality stuff is pushing $30.

Put down the craft beers and get a real job, millennials.  Jesus Christ.  Also, why do the beers have to have such stupid names? 

Zafer Kaya

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Re: Random Musings
« Reply #7370 on: July 12, 2018, 03:43:59 PM »

Who knew that Build-A-Bear workshop was so popular?

Zafer Kaya

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Re: Random Musings
« Reply #7371 on: July 12, 2018, 03:57:54 PM »

No, really.  How much does it cost to build a bear?  Like $30?

No one is waiting in line for 3 hours to save like $5-10.  So we're talking people with two kids under 10, probably at least one under 5.

If you are under 3, you're too young to even know what's going on with bears so no one is doing that for an infant.  That leaves kids between 4-9.  Do you really think there are that many kids who are interested in spending 3 hours on a hot summer day waiting in line to build a stuffed bear?  I doubt it.

So it seems to me what we are talking about is ADULTS who are into their kids building bears.  Why are they so into their kids building bears?  It's not like you actually build a real bear.  Or even a fake bear.  My understanding is you just point at a bunch of bear parts and some kind of machine sews it together for you.

Paco

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Re: Random Musings
« Reply #7372 on: July 12, 2018, 05:26:09 PM »

Hilarious timing...Just a few minutes ago I saw a blurb on the local news about how they had to shut down the local store because of the crush of people waiting. They interviewed a dad there with a baby in his arms and two 4-5 year olds standing there. the dad was indignant that he only got a 15% discount coupon when they shut the line down.
The kids looked hot, sweaty and miserable.

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Zafer Kaya

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Re: Random Musings
« Reply #7373 on: July 12, 2018, 11:07:55 PM »

It wasn’t a 15% off coupon, I think it was a $15 off coupon.

Same thing in Richmond.  They interviewed a woman with a ten year old.  So, assuming a bear costs $30, she got $15 off instead of $20.  In exchange for that $5, she did not have to wait another two hours in line and instead go to there any time and assemble her bear at her leisure and probably also not have it be made using the dregs of what material they had left by an overworked employee in front of a packe sore of irate adults and screaming teenagers.  That is worth $5 any day.
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