Thursday, August 30, 2007
Random thoughts on the road
While I was on my most recent road trip, I was thinking about the universal signs. For example, I was always wondering why the sign indicating food at the turnoff had a fork and a knife but no spoon. Did you have to ask for a spoon or bring your own?
The camping sign had either a teepee-style tent or a ranger standing with his hands on his hips next to a tent with a flag on it. Did that mean some campsites had no rangers? Did the ranger stand next to that tent all day?
Then there is Rip Van Winkle. There is a bed (looks very uncomfortable) with a man lying on it. He's never sitting on the bed putting his socks on. I guess he just sleeps all the time.
The trailer indicates RV camping but doesn't have a class A motorhome, a class C motorhome, a fifth wheel, a tent trailer or a van conversion on it. Bias against some RV types?
I understood the gas pump and the "D" on the gas pump for diesel. When the "T" sign appeared, I thought "Time"? "T" in the road ahead? It took a little while to figure out it was for a truck stop.
How do the deer know where to cross? How about the elk? (The doe I saw on the side of the road was nowhere near the deer crossing sign). Did someone drive up and down the highway day after day counting how many deer and elk crossed the road at a particular point and decide to put a sign there?
When the road is patrolled by aircraft to catch speeding motorists, how do they see at night? Has anyone ever seen one of those aircraft? How does anyone get a job doing that? Do they show up at the Highway Patrol office and say, "Hey there. I have a plane and always wanted to catch speeders. Got a job for me?"
Slide area: if you know there are going to be rock slides, shouldn't you shore up the hill?
OK. This sounds silly, but when you're traveling, you keep yourself awake your way and I'll do it mine.