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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, January 20, 2020 1:58 AM

NWP SWP
I seem to have triggered a bit of controversy.

Hi Steven,

I don't think that there is any controversy here, but your honesty has certainly brought a whole lot of old farts into the fray who have far too much advice for you, and far too little appreciation of how intelligent you actually are.

I will personally apologise for putting you on the defensive. You made a couple of mistakes, you acknowledged your mistakes, and you have indicated that you have learned from those mistakes. If I was your father, I would be proud of your attitude.

Please don't get turned off of the forums by us old guys farting on you!LaughLaughLaugh Where's the 'Old Codger' emoticon when you need one?!?

Cheers Steven!!!

I hope that your new relationship works out! She sounds like a decent person.

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Posted by GMTRacing on Monday, January 20, 2020 6:52 AM

Good Morning All,

    Just a quick stop to pick up a to go coffee.  I've driven past a few times but for the off season it's been nuts here still. 

   Steven - no lecture. You are finding out about the non stealth part of owning a Mustang though. Be glad you couldn't swing a Corvette. You will soon find out you can only drive as quickly as your insurance bill will allow. The performance driving school is a great idea though.

  I've been a Giants fan nearly all my life. Started when Frank Gifford did an appearance at one of the first all sporting goods stores and I got to speak with him and got an autograph. So anyway I understand patience and the feelings in KC just now. I just love the way Mahones plays and seems to have fun doing it and the rest of the team pulls with him. Should be a good game - the has been dynasty against the never weres.   Ciao, J.R.

 

 

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Posted by BigDaddy on Monday, January 20, 2020 7:33 AM

I can only recall 2 tickets, 2 warnings and a stop because I had a beard and it was the 70's.  Not that I don't deserve more.  I think attractive women and sports cars are more likely to be stopped.

It's too dangerous for the MD State police to set up speed traps on the interstate anymore.  They were getting run over by the cell phone crowd.  I have encountered pack of police in Virginia.  You pass two separate cars being stopped and you figure you can speed up and then there are a 3rd, 4th and 5th stopped in just 2 or 3 miles.

When Atlantic City NJ was a family resort, a couple towns in NJ were notorious for ticketing out of state cars.  I hate giving $150 or more to the state.

After 10 weeks I got my Bachman Shay back from DCC xpress, with a Wow sound decoder in it.  Sounds great but the engine is too loud relative to the horn.  Could it be that the "Master" volume only controls the engine sound?   I'm a loksound guy and I am confused.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, January 20, 2020 7:53 AM

Good morning.

Still cold in MN.  I'm taking Judy to the Doctor for her blood pressure check up this morning.  She's doing a lot better.

The speed thing.  I learned things the hard way when I was young and paid dearly for those lessons. 

I always pay attention to the speed limits now-a-days and Obey them even in my Mustang.  It's cheaper that way.  My insurance is dirt cheap just the way I like it.

Have a great day all

 

 

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Posted by York1 on Monday, January 20, 2020 8:02 AM

Good morning.  Bacon, eggs, and coffee on this 0°F morning.

Not much going on today again.  When you're retired, this kind of dark winter day means taking it easy, watch TV, work on the layout a little, and nap often.

 

Track fiddler
Put aluminum foil behind your grill. Radar detectors will not work on you anymore.

Remember those days?  In the 50s and early 60s, you'd see people with aluminum foil on their car antennas, in the grill, and even stuck around license plates.  All the evidence showing it didn't work didn't stop people from trying.

 

Have a good day, everyone.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, January 20, 2020 8:43 AM

York1

 

Remember those days?  In the 50s and early 60s, you'd see people with aluminum foil on their car antennas, in the grill, and even stuck around license plates.  All the evidence showing it didn't work didn't stop people from trying.

 

 

Laugh   And the ticket was definitely more expensive than the aluminum foil.

I wonder if that's where the saying  "Drats... Foiled Again" came from?Laugh

 

 

TF

 

 

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Posted by Steven Otte on Monday, January 20, 2020 10:14 AM

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Same here I have not had any of the mule **** from the major brewers in 40 years and stick to the craft brewers. 

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Posted by BATMAN on Monday, January 20, 2020 11:55 AM

Good soggy morning from the dull dreary West Coast where it is 8c.

Still not feeling 100% but got on the bike for a slow 20km and burned 1100 calories off in 44 minutes. Soon as I stop sweating, I'll have a shower and make myself a nice big omelette.

NWP SWP
I do plan on investing in a performance driving course in the near future.

Steven, you will really enjoy it. There is nothing like doing a high-speed four-wheel drift through a big arc in full control. It beats the rides at Disneyland any day. You may find you are a natural and get employment in the driving industry.

Some of the job offers I have had because of my training and because I have been lucky enough not to have run into anyone in the two million miles I have supposedly logged are. Test driving prototype vehicles in everyday conditions for Ford and GM. Turned that down, pretty boring stuff. Driving for the movie/TV industry. I have a standing offer to instruct for the Federal Government and at the school where I did most of my training. I have not done any of those but you never know where something will lead you once you start down a road.

I started with the Federal Government in a bottom end go-nowhere job at 19. I kept looking at all the jobs available in the Federal Government in the "postings" book. I thought some looked pretty interesting and applied and got them. By the time I was 30 I had a very high-security clearance and was involved in moving the most sensitive things you can think of. As a result, I was sent to learn a lot about driving a broad range of vehicles and had refresher courses every year. The best part was I was being paid to have fun on the skid track.Laugh

It doesn't matter where the train is going, what matters is getting on.

Both my friend and Nephew have impreza's, great fun.

This video brings back memories of performance driving courses.

 

 

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Monday, January 20, 2020 12:35 PM

Looking back, I don't think I have had a speeding ticket in over fifty years of driving.  A couple of other "technical" violations, but not speeding.

I am sure that when I got stuck with the ex-wife's yellow Pontiac Sunbird station wagon, I was in a stealth vehicle.  What self-respecting officer would even pull over a car like that?

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Monday, January 20, 2020 1:34 PM

The pimple-faced, bespectacled youth driving in a blue VW bug I was in my student days, I never got picked out by rozzer.

 

Happy times!

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, January 20, 2020 4:11 PM

Hay... Hay...

Ulrich,  you were a strapping young lad my friend.

 

Nice picture of you and your bug UlrichYes

 

 

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Posted by York1 on Monday, January 20, 2020 4:15 PM

Tinplate Toddler
The pimple-faced, bespectacled youth driving in a blue VW bug I was in my student days

 

Ulrich, I learned to drive in one of those.  In high school, I worked for a pharmacy that delivered medical prescriptions to people who could not get out.  Each day after school I put about 20 miles on the bug.

It was great driving in snow.  We put chains on it, and it was so light it would go right over snow and drifts.

First gear was also geared so low that I could beat any car off the line.  The first 20 feet, another car couldn't touch it.

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Monday, January 20, 2020 5:02 PM

York1
Ulrich, I learned to drive in one of those.

I learned to drive on a 1969 Plymouth Fury, which was the high school driver´s ed car. Back in Germany, I bought a Renault 6, which didn´t last y year, then I got this bug, which I loved. It was a 1971 Volkswagen 1302L, which had a slightly larger trunk in the front and - more important - a fan to defrost the windshield. It was a simple, but honest car, a basic transport, reliable to the utmost - unlike today´s over-engineered Volkswagens. When I had the door seal replaced on my car last week, I saw a VW Golf in the show room for over $40K and a Passat Station wagon for over $85K! If you want to buy a basic transport these days, you have to buy a Dacia, that´s the Romanian subsidiary of Renault. A Dacia  Sandero sells for as little as $8K, but you´ll have to crank the windows open.

Very, very basic, but quite safe!

Happy times!

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, January 20, 2020 5:44 PM

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Posted by York1 on Monday, January 20, 2020 6:01 PM

Tinplate Toddler
then I got this bug, which I loved. It was a 1971 Volkswagen 1302L, which had a slightly larger trunk in the front and - more important - a fan to defrost the windshield.

 

The car I drove was a 1965 or 66.  I remember the boss replaced it while I worked there, and the new car had a different bumper that looked like the one in your picture.  It was freezing in the winter, and I kept an ice scraper handy while I drove to clear inside the windshield until I could get enough warm air inside to clear the glass.

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Posted by BigDaddy on Monday, January 20, 2020 6:03 PM

Ulrich, my first car you might know as a VW Type 3, a squareback.  The first of the SUV's

I want to go out with Chorus girls, a Stetson hat, a $20 gold piece and a Jazz band like Cab Calloway.

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Monday, January 20, 2020 6:14 PM

John - the heating in a bug was legendary! It boiled you in summer and quit working in winter! I remember in the winter of 1977/78, it was so cold I couldn´t touch the steering wheel! The bug ran like a Swiss watch, but just didn´t warm up.

Henry - the Type 3 was the last of the real Volkswagens, rock solid, but already outdated when they first hi the market. Good cars - I wish I had one now!

Happy times!

Ulrich (aka The Tin Man)

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, January 20, 2020 7:08 PM

Okay Brent, let's try that in reverse:

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, January 20, 2020 9:40 PM

hon30critter
28 over in a 55 goes far beyond pushing the limits.

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In Georgia, 28 over in a 55 and they revoke your license on the spot and impound your automobile.

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I wish we would do that in Florida.

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Track fiddler
If you achieve a good Chinese delivery service stick with it.

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Yes sir! I have two excellent Chinese delivery options. One is by my house in Cape Coral, the other is in Orlando near International Drive and the resorts.

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I can not find any good Chinese food in Atlanta. That is OK, there is excellent barbecue on every corner!

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York1
Our speed limit on the Interstate is 75 mph

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When I made my trip out West last year and encountered the Interstate speeds of 75 and 80 MPH, I felt no need to go that fast at all. I stayed in the right lane, and before long I would finf myself in a pack of cars moving 70-72 MPH. Just fine with me.

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GMTRacing
non stealth part of owning a Mustang

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Since I have been driving 40,000 miles plus per year for work, my wife has been riding with me and keeping notes.

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In almost 250,000 miles of driving, we have never seen a Mustang or Camaro pulled over... amazing.

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The two most common cars on our tally for being pulled over are Black BMWs and Silver Nissans.

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Our methods are purely non-scientific.

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-Kevin

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Posted by ricktrains4824 on Monday, January 20, 2020 10:30 PM

Good evening all.

Zoe - Is that warm apple pie I smell? I will take a slice with a generous scoop or two of vanilla ice cream please. Thanks.

Ken - With the retail background, you will get a kick out of this one - Had a customer looking for brakes for a rare foreign made car, and when he was told the price for us to order them in, his only reply was "Is that the best price you can do?"

I really wanted to say "Well, I'm already giving you the do-it-yourself discount, because if you are an expert, we charge an extra $20 fee." But I didn't.

I just said "Yes, that's the cash customer price, which is the best we can do."

Special Thanks to all who served as First Responders - THANK YOU!

Weather - Had about 8" of fluffy white stuff over the weekend, but forecast is back into 40's starting Wednesday... I wish it would stay warm, or stay cold and snowy. 

Health - Had a follow-up x-ray taken today, should get results in next 2 days. Still have a cough, and my back is still tight, but breathing is still good.

Speeding ticket discussion - I've never had one. My secret? I don't speed. If you leave in plenty of time, you don't need to drive fast. 

Sports - Well, no rematch of SB I. Instead, KC & SF. Should be a good matchup.

Hope all are well, and all have a good night!

Ricky W.

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Posted by cudaken on Monday, January 20, 2020 10:49 PM

 Eveing Diners.

 Flo, give the gang and I a Beer please and Dirk half a dog treat.

 Steven Yes I was in lawenforcment. In the Army I was Military Polices and when I got out I was a Deputy Town Marshall. God that seems like a driffrent life time now.

 As far as pulling over 4 cars at the same time? WhistlingLaugh You have better luck trying to herd 4 cats at the same time! Big Smile I once tried to pull over 2 cars at the same time. One I was directly behinde pulled over, car in front kept going? Guy that pulled over I gave a waring to.

 Jan, while I never pulled over a Supreme Judge I did take a Command Sergeant Major in for DUI. He got lite up at the Commanding General Ball where he was dancing with the CG mother.

 Work Front It was a good day for me with $2920 in sales and a extra $140.00 in spiff money.

 Winter is here if you folks can't find it. 19 F Degrees but the wind has died down.

 Wore two pants, shirt, sweater, sweat shirt, muffler and jacket liner and took Dirk for his quarter mile walk tonight. Ok I like to complain about walking on the days I work but the truth be told I do like walking him! He is a good boy.

 Later, Ken and Dirk say's Woof, Woof

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, January 20, 2020 10:49 PM

ricktrains4824
Speeding ticket discussion - I've never had one. My secret? I don't speed. If you leave in plenty of time, you don't need to drive fast. 

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+1 for that. I have found that if the posted speed limit is adhered to, no tickets come your way.

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I have only had one ticket, that was for making a left turn where there was a "No Left Turn" sign. That was when I was 19, and my first day on my Honda CB900.

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Stupid way to get a ticket. There is a long story to go with that... for another time.

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I love spending my money on trains and steaks. I am not going to spend it on fines and higher insurance premiums.

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-Kevin

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, January 20, 2020 11:11 PM

I have arrived safely in Atlanta for a few days of work in my office.

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It was 28 degrees when I checked into the hotel. For some reason the hotel lobby is 92 degrees. I do not understand why it is heated to uncomfortably hot.

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At home, if it is 95 outside, it is 75 inside. Only a 20-degree difference which is refreshing. This hotel has a 64-degree difference to the outside. It is like stepping into an oven. It is a shock to the system.

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Lots of flights are cancelled out of the Atlanta airport because of other airports being shut down due to the effects of the weather. It looked weird driving into Atlanta without the skies filled with airplanes. Take offs and landings were sparse.

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My hotel is packed with stranded tourists that are not able to go on to their destinations. One group is from Canada, and they are quite a bunch.

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They have no idea what to do, which is surprising. They all seem like seasoned travelers, so you would think they would have an idea what to do if your flight is cancelled. The airline arranged transportation to the hotel and room vouchers for them.

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This group was in the lobby eating complimentary apples and bananas because they have no food. They had no idea how to find food in an area they were not familiar with. I was just shaking my head. How could any group be so poorly prepared to be at a loss for how to complete a task as simple as finding a restaurant.

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I asked one of them if they would know how to locate food and water in Canada if they suddenly were stranded and had to fend for themselves. Sure, they said, but that would be in the forest with water in streams and berries to forage for. That would be a survival situation which all Canadians are prepared for. However, there are no streams in Atlanta, nor are there fruit trees or berry bushes.

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I led one of them outside and pointed beyond the overpass and he saw the lighted sign of Malones Steakhouse. I instructed him to gather his tribe and follow the light and when you reach the sign you will find steaks, seafood, and plenty of drink.

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He thanked me with all the politeness that Canadians are noted for, and walked off to find the nourishment he was needing. I was proud of my ability to help a traveler in need. My knowledge of acceptable steakhouses proved useful in a survival situation.

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True story, 20/JAN/2020 in Atlanta, Georgia, only embellished slightly. I'm never putting on a life jacket again.

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-Kevin

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, January 20, 2020 11:28 PM

SeeYou190
This group was in the lobby eating complimentary apples and bananas because they have no food. They had no idea how to find food in an area they were not familiar with.

Kevin,

It is a commonly known fact that Canadians never get lost in the woods, only in cities!Smile, Wink & GrinLaugh Thank you for saving them! The hotel would certainly have been embarrassed if they had all starved to death in the lobby!LaughLaughLaugh

Good thing that the hotel lobby didn't have a pond with goldfish. The Canadians would have smashed up all the wooden furniture, built a campfire, and roasted the goldfish on a spit! Tasty!!LaughLaughLaugh

Smile, Wink & GrinDave

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Monday, January 20, 2020 11:36 PM

SeeYou190
When I made my trip out West last year and encountered the Interstate speeds of 75 and 80 MPH, I felt no need to go that fast at all.

Over here, you´d be regarded as a moving obstacle going that slow. Zzz

Happy times!

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, January 20, 2020 11:46 PM

hon30critter
It is a commonly known fact that Canadians never get lost in the woods, only in cities! Thank you for saving them!

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Dave, I was proud to be able to help out.

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I am so glad you saw the humor in the story, I was apprehensive to share, but it was so funny.

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-Kevin

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Posted by hon30critter on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 3:54 AM

So, you have snow eh?!?

Try this:

https://s3.yimg.com/lo/api/res/1.2/wgH5KGBljJv18SKT35Plvg--/YXBwaWQ9eW15O3E9NzU7dz02NDA7c209MTtpbD1wbGFuZQ--/https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5e24c9a5220000d8063f7c0a.jpg

This in St. Johns, Newfoundland yesterday. The great thing about Newfies is that they just get on with the job. Help everybody dig out, keep your beer cold in the snow, and have a party afterwards! I have never heard a Newfie whine. We should all learn from that!

Dave

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 6:30 AM

Good Morning everyone—

I'm curious as to anyone's opinion about the simple crossword puzzle I posted back on December 26th. I thought it might add a little fun for patrons of the diner and if there was any interest I could probably come up with a new one each month.

So far —

I haven't heard a single comment, good, bad or otherwise. I guess that pretty much sums up the popularity of crossword puzzles. I used to make them up for the members of the model railroad club and I'd print them in our monthly newsletter.

I guess folks are more inclined to play on Facebook or Twitter these days.

Just a thought.

I hope everyone is doing well.

The Graf Zeppelin returns to New York after world tour, 1929.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 7:06 AM

Ed, my step dad, during the winter, after his retirement, was either ice fishing, or going throuh stacks of crossword puzzle books.

He could go through a book in no time.

We bought him a fresh stack every year for his birthday, as it was right after Christmas.

I've done some, but it never became a regular thing.

When I was a state certified fire service instructor, we used puzzles all the time for "test" for written quizzes, to keep rookies familiar with the terms.

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Posted by howmus on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 7:34 AM

[quote user="Tinplate Toddler"]

 

 
Mornin'.......
 
Tinplate Toddler

SeeYou190

When I made my trip out West last year and encountered the Interstate speeds of 75 and 80 MPH, I felt no need to go that fast at all.

 

Over here, you´d be regarded as a moving obstacle going that slow. Zzz

 

On most of the freeways around here (like the NYS Thruway) that would be but you have to add you will get various evil gestures as they fly by........ Whistling

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We'll get there sooner or later! 

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