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    We've got catch cables in the median out on the Interstate and freeways. Keeps vehicles from ending up in the oncoming lanes when they go off the left side of the road. It's steel posts maybe 4 feet high, concreted 4 feet in the ground every 50 feet with 3 heavy cables strung between them. Very effective.

    I remember seeing a car go off the Interstate on the south side, right over a 20 foot sheer rock cliff and ALMOST end up in the oncoming lanes. At that spot, north bound I-39 is 20 feet higher than southbound. There's a guard rail in that area now, but 20 years ago, there was nothing but air (and then CRUNCH), lol.
    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
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    A rave for once. Last Wednesday evening I heard the "scratch, scratch, scratch" of a mouse in the living room ceiling. 'Tis the season...... I set up a couple traps outside to get them before they come in. Over the years I found a couple traps set up on the NW corner of the house will catch mice. Anywhere else and nothing. So far it's been 3 nights, 2 traps, 5 mice. Filthy, disease ridden, bug eyed rodents,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,DIE! So, you like peanut butter? Here mousy, mousy..........LOL
    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    Rave that I don't take the freeways to or from work. I knew there was a reason, lol!
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    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    Had to go to MedStar Washington Hospital Center in DC today. What a cluster F.

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    Just almost hit another deer! Dang! That would have been THREE on the year, and this one would have actually cost me a deductible since my regular car is still in being fixed from the 2nd and I didn't get the extra insurance on the loaner.
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    A couple days ago on the way home from work, I came THIS close to t-boning a deer. I saw it at the last second standing by the road and I barely had time to react and go for the brakes before it decided "I think I'll cross the road now". Big son of a bean with a huge rack. More like a small elk than a deer. No idea how I missed it and it couldn't have been by more than 6 inches. That'll get the ol' heart pumping.

    Repairs would be all on me, the Dakota doesn't have collision of comprehensive obviously, being 24 years old with 170,000 miles, (just liability, uninsured/under insured motorist, etc)
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    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    Not a rant or a rave, just an observation. Obviously it's dark every night but while some nights are just dark, others are VERY dark. This is one of them. Of course, being pitch black out at 5pm now doesn't help anything. It's overcast with a light mist falling and I just went up to the grocery store. It's like the dark sucks up every bit of light from your headlights and the streetlights, like a black hole. Wonder why that is. Is it the mist falling, along with no moon light or what? Even during a new moon if it's dry out, you can see fine with lights. If it's just overcast, it's almost lighter than if it was clear because all the city lights reflect off the cloud cover and back to earth. In the Rib Mt. area, if Granite Peak has the gazillion watts of ski hill lights on and it's overcast, you can read a book outdoors at night. Tonight,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,can't tell if your headlights are even on or not. I guess the best answer is, don't go out after dark, right? lol
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    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    When the ground is wet the light from your headlights reflects away from you like the ground was a mirror. When it's dry the light scatters from the ground in pretty much every direction so a deal of it comes back to you and you can see. The same effect is why some ice is "black" and you don't see it's there. If it froze the right way none of the light comes back toward you and you think it is just pavement.

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    It doesn't help one iota either that when you get older, you can't see as good at night to begin with.
    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    I would always wonder when I was a little kid why lots of old men were grouchy. Now as I have gotten older I now know why. LOL

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