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Old 08-04-2016, 12:24 PM   #1
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Life's Soundtrack

Driving home from the East yesterday, I nerdily enjoyed that Madonna's "Borderline" was playing as we crossed over s state border. But that's not all!....... It was immediately followed by the BeeGes' "Staying Alive" as we passed a "Stay Alive" anti-texting sign
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Old 08-04-2016, 03:13 PM   #2
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That was a sign. Two of them.

Of what, I have no idea, but, it was a sign.
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Old 08-04-2016, 03:59 PM   #3
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I hope not because the next track was about splitting up :/ Beest was all "yeah!!!!" Then I learned he thought the lyrics were "on the road" not "on my own" .....so he says.....
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Old 08-04-2016, 06:05 PM   #4
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Old 08-04-2016, 08:45 PM   #5
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I used to do a drive from Springfield, MO to Gainesville, MO about once a week...usually in the dark. It's mostly 2 lanes and 85 miles. I used to call it the Death Ride to Gainesville, though I never had anything serious happen to me...the occasional deer trying to wander onto the highway. But any time I did the drive, I would play "Deathrider" by Anthrax at least once.
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Old 08-04-2016, 11:15 PM   #6
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I lit a b0ng while listening to Light my Fire by the doors. I know, right?
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Old 08-05-2016, 04:09 AM   #7
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That was a sign. Two of them.

Of what, I have no idea, but, it was a sign.
Anyone who has driven in the UK will be well versed in the meaning of 'signs'.
Usually made by other drivers.

Hanger Lane Gyratory anyone?
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Old 08-05-2016, 03:33 PM   #8
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Hanger Lane Gyratory anyone?
Heh.

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Old 08-06-2016, 04:22 AM   #9
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Heh.

Pass.
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The Hanger Lane gyratory is a large, complex roundabout system at the junction of Western Avenue (A40), the North Circular (A406) and Hanger Lane in the borough of Ealing in west London. It covers an area of about 30,000 square metres (320,000 sq ft). At rush hour it carries nearly 10,000 vehicles per hour. .....

....In December 2007 it was named Britain's scariest junction.
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It's every man for himself at this junction.
Looking in your mirror and signalling before making a lane change immediately singles you out as 'a stranger in these parts' and such weaknesses will be exploited mercilessly by the more frequent user.
If you get stuck in the wrong lane, you could be destined to haunt the place for all eternity.

You may have detected a certain lack of enthusiasm on my part for negotiating this junction.
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Looking in your mirror and signalling before making a lane change immediately singles you out as 'a stranger in these parts' and such weaknesses will be exploited mercilessly by the more frequent user.
welcome to merkin driving....
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Old 08-07-2016, 02:55 PM   #11
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I've seen this roundabout in Swindon a lot on the interweb:

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Gives me the heebiejeebies just looking at it.
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Old 08-08-2016, 04:49 AM   #12
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Aaargh! The Swindon 'Magic Roundabout'. Abandon hope all ye who enter here.

There's a similar junction at Hemel Hempstead which I'm more familiar with, that has also acquired the 'Magic Roundabout' title.

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Constructed in 1973, the "Magic Roundabout" in Hemel Hempstead was voted the UK's second-worst roundabout in a 2005 poll held by an insurance company (the winner being its Swindon counterpart).
In fairness, these junctions can work pretty well as long as everyone obeys the rules. Some individuals are prone to using their own rules which seem to be made up on the spot and that's when problems occur.

Incidentally, the 'Magic Roundabout' title was borrowed from a children's animated TV programme. It was a bit of a bizarre production to say the least.
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Old 08-08-2016, 12:59 PM   #13
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I have to say, it is actually brilliant in its efficiency, once you understand the method behind it. But road designers have to take into account that most drivers aren't brilliant.
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Old 08-11-2016, 02:52 AM   #14
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People in the suburb we just moved from could barely handle small roundabouts. I lived in DC...I know circles.
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