A little over two weeks ago, I wrote this post about why I believe the American Dream is dead for me. The post went viral and many people read it, thank you! So for this Roadscapes Wednesday post, I am showing off two road drawings illustrating the American Dream. The first road drawing illustrates the different directions you could possibly go after the American Dream has died. The second road drawing is very simple, one direction takes you toward the American Dream, the other direction takes you to the end of the American Dream.
Being unemployed for over 30 months hurts, and living in a region that is consistently ranked as one of the worst in America also hurts. So enjoy my road drawings, I am also embedding my visual resume below, enjoy!
This week on Roadscapes Wednesday, I am sharing three road-themed videos that should give you a smile on this Wednesday. The first video from the YouTube channel Bob Herzog features traffic reporter Bob Herzog from Local 12 in Cincinnati where he took the Disney song “Let It Go” from Frozen and turned into a brilliant parody version called “Just Don’t Go.” Brilliant job, I wonder if Disney will use this version one day, they should!
The second video from the YouTube channel Jay Patterson features a traffic accident in Russia. A truck carrying high pressure cylinders got into an accident on a Russia highway and the cylinders left the back of the truck, and exploded. Over the course of the video, you see more cylinders exploding, and this person was smart to put on the song “Highway To Hell” in the background!
The third video from the YouTube channel hpedesign features the Hennessey Venom GT setting a new world speed record for 2-seat sports cars by reaching a top speed of 270.49 mph. The test was performed at the Kennedy Space Center on the 3.2-mile Space Shuttle landing runway. Brian Smith, Director of Miller Motorsports Park, drove the car, cool video!
In honor of the Sochi Winter Olympics going on in Russia. I wanted to talk about something special you see coming out of Russia, and that is dash cam road videos. Most drivers in Russia have dash cams installed in their cars mostly to stop corruption. In Russia, there are drivers who will purposely crash into other cars to try to collect on insurance or on the drivers themselves. Also in Russia, most police is corrupt. And police will accept bribes from drivers to drop charges against them. Those dash cams also catch corrupt police in the act. Just in case the driver has to go to court. And yes, some people want drivers to purposely hit them, and dash cam videos catches those people in the act.
Luckily for us, we get to enjoy these videos! And one channel on YouTube called VodkaVideoTV puts together the best car crash videos into one neat video package. So far, they are up to #46 on their Car Crash Compilation video series, and since it’s Winter in Russia, the crashes are better!
If there is one thing you can learn in all of these videos. It is to slow down and pay attention to the road. Most of these accidents could have been avoided if people slowed down and drive without being distracted. As long as there is corruption in Russia, we will continue to see these crazy car crash videos!
Once again today, the south is dealing with another winter storm. Everything from ice, sleet, freezing rain, and snow has caused problems across the southeast from Louisiana to The Carolina’s. So, since we are stuck in our homes and watching snow and ice accumulate outside, I thought I would share this amazing snow sculpture you see in Japan each year. This road is located in Tateyama, Japan, and each April, cars with snow removal equipment use GPS to dig the road out and are accurate within of a centimeter. The snow wall is usually 10-15 meters high, and when the road first opens, it causes people to flock to this amazing sight!
Here are a few videos showing you how they clear the snow off of this road and the amazing snow canyon, this is cool stuff!
On the weekend before the major snow storm that crippled Alabama. I noticed an intersection in Calhoun County with a missing stop sign. And this is a major concern for my mother, who lives close to this intersection. The intersection is at Mountainview Road and Websters Chapel Road in the Wellington area.
The problem, someone who is unfamiliar with this area might roll right up to this intersection and go right across without stopping. Traffic on Websters Chapel Road does not have to stop, and the barn right next to the road is deceiving because there is another road right behind that barn.
Last week, every highway department was busy treating and clearing the roads from the ice and snow. But this week, I would like to see a stop sign put up at this intersection, before someone goes through this intersection and hits another car. The other side of the intersection already has a stop sign up.
I am reporting this to the Calhoun County Highway Department. I hope this will be taken cared of quickly!