Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Stop before a circle?

This one is interesting as well - A stop sign before a circle.  Efficient. 

Monday, September 27, 2010

A round about issue-

What has happened to the US?  Who decided that we need traffic circles?  – AKA Round-abouts.  Shouldn’t we understand how they function prior to installing them?  

Today I saw a massive bus-length work truck driven by a city employee yield inside the circle to a tractor 15 yards away from the circle entry  Mind blowing…sort of.  The same city workers that installed the circle, drove the truck, and spelled Yield wrong in massive painted letters.  Excellent work. 

You have the IQ of Teddy Ruxpin and we let you dig great big holes in the earth in the center of roads.  Sweet. 

Getting back to the truck driver, it’s perplexing how he missed the huge painted Yield letters or the informative Yield sign placed at each of the 4 round-about entrances.  See the theory is, you get in when it’s safe, and then get the F out as quickly as possible.  However Mr. Ruxpin with his warped sense of courtesy, waves a tractor (not exactly a nimble Porsche) into the circle, and waits stopped in the road while the tractor navigates awkwardly out of the circle.  If my mouth weren’t completely agape I’d have yelled. 

Morning rush hour too so one direction backed up while this transpired.  Thanks city.  Now the road actually takes longer to traverse. 

Locals have put up posters asking everyone to sign a petition to remove the round-abouts.  Yet another classic example of wasted city money.  Apparently all the pot holes and crime has been eradicated in Long Beach now.  Thank God.  It’s nice to have this spare time and money for pet projects like side street traffic circles lined in brick.  I think the city could be just as functional, safe, and maintained if instead the city workers stayed home each day and the mayor smoked money outside city hall.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A big fat test

Look here bitches!

Le Car

A guy I work with used to have a pair of Le Cars back in the day – One his Dads and the other his own.  I wonder if this was what him and his Dad dreamed about back in the 80's? 

Personally speaking, I used to think these were the shit when I was a little kid.  Just loved the crazy rear fenders and how fast it Le Looked.

This particular car is ridiculous, and I mean that in the purest sense of the word.  I love it in a spectator/artist kind of way.  However $42K for a Le Car makes me nauseous, and the interior colors don't help.  The French are sooooo....French about cars.  Wacky steering wheel is probably dead annoying to drive but once again, it's French, you're supposed to just look at it and make comments akin to wine.  In fact if you recorded conversations at a French automobile exhibit and a wine tasting, apart from the "tell" of spitting, you may not know the difference. 

The seats look like a 1960's movie set ran into a first class 1980's airline seat and had a love child. 

Another plus is all those TURBO stickers.  Kinda reminiscent of talking to a short guy who just started a roids cycle.  We get it, you're very very proud.  How did that conversation go with the design team?  "No, no no, more stickers..."

Would be fun to drive one for a day just to experience it.  As you may or may not know, I'm far too small to actually own a car this little.  Only giant, well over 6 foot tall, girthy, facial haired men drive tiny cars.  (Note the one in the drivers seat on the track.)  It is great though that these people are out there and I get the chance to admire a resto like this.  $42k.  Wow.  This little ball of fun makes me smile, and if that was the guys goal I think he nailed it. 

Somewhere there is a super pissed off wife though, that much I'm sure of. 

Interesting side note:  The 1976 Le Car's sold thru AMC got 35mpg.  (Although it only had 55hp)  Love how everyone is impressed today by the prius.