I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend as much as I did, BBQ & 4th of July.

To get to my cousin’s house is about a 45 minute drive, most of it on a two lane road, and about 15 minutes on the I-84 turnpike.  Visiting my cousin is about the only time I have to drive on a highway now.  This is one of the best benefits of being retired, no commute in heavy traffic.

On the last job a had, before I retired, I had to drive between CT and NJ two to three times a week.  The Friday commute was the worst, taking about 5 hours.  By the time I reached CT I was no longer a civilized human being, and broke every driving rule in the book.

No longer being on a schedule I can now enjoy a pleasant drive, along the CT Housatonic River.



What are the roads like where you live?

From my experiences in commuting to NJ I can relate to some of the “crazy driver” stores below.


“Are drivers out to prove Darwin’s theory?” by Holly Ocasio Rizzo.


1) Diplomacy under pressure

Adrienne Brown, wife of singer James Brown, was stopped by police in Georgia and charged with driving under the influence, speeding and criminal trespass. When her case came to trial, her lawyer claimed she was entitled to diplomatic immunity. Why? Because a year before the offense, a U.S. representative from Georgia proclaimed James Brown to be “our No. 1 ambassador.” It didn’t matter anyway that Brown was an ambassador of soul, not of the nation; American citizens, ambassadors or not, still are prosecuted for crimes committed on U.S. soil.

2) Pictures speak a thousand words

A driver in Campbell, Calif., got a $45 ticket after his car was caught on photo radar. In response, he sent the Campbell Police Department a photo of $45. The police chief then sent the driver a photo of handcuffs. The driver paid.

3) Stronger than a locomotive?

A driver in Italy got his Porsche trapped between the arms of a railway-crossing signal just as a train was coming. He got out and began to run – toward the train while waving his arms. Needless to say, he never did it again.

4) The computer survived …

A multi-tasking Northern California driver working on his laptop computer lost control of his car, swerving into an oncoming Hummer. He died at the scene. The couple in the Hummer suffered minor injuries. The computer was not seriously injured, either; the California Highway Patrol found it was still on, plugged into the cigarette lighter and working.

6) Stewed, fried and cooked

A drunken driver in upstate New York drove his car into a ditch, nearly knocking down a power line. To avoid calling for help and thereby avoiding a citation for driving under the influence, he stole a nearby farm tractor to drag the car out of the ditch himself. The tractor got tangled in the now low-hanging power lines, electrocuting him.

7) He was dead right

A University of Nebraska, Lincoln, student wrote an editorial for the school paper in which he advocated against mandatory seat-belt laws. Four months later, he was killed when the SUV in which he was riding slid off a highway and rolled several times into a ditch, ejecting him. The student, of course, practiced what he preached: He did not wear a seat belt.

8  Hey, smarty-pants – want a ticket?

Many motorists have been allowed unfortunate choices for personalized license plates, despite reviews of applications for them. A Los Angeles man, whose license plates read “NO PLATE,” received 2,500 computer-generated parking citations for cars having no plates. A Delaware motorcyclist with the plate “NOTAG” collected more than 200 tickets for vehicles without plates. “VOID” and “UNKNOWN” have fetched their owners plenty of misdirected tickets, too.