Roadscapes Wednesday: 49th and 50th Geek Alabama Road Drawings


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I have been drawing roads all of my life, but I have reached my 50th road drawing since I started the Geek Alabama blog!  So in this Roadscapes post, I am featuring my 49th and 50th road drawing.  The first road drawing features a simple 2-lane freeway with a left hand exit for a rest area.  The unique feature is the truck way-in-motion in the right lane.  The second road drawing features a 2-lane highway at a traffic light intersection.  The unique thing here is the one-way bridge for a park road.

If you want to learn more about how I draw my road drawings, click on the link at:  http://geekalabama.com/road-drawings/ or view the SlideShare presentation below!

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Roadscapes Wednesday: Two Road Drawings About The American Dream


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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!

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Roadscapes Wednesday: Six New Road Drawings To Ring In 2014


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Geek Alabama did not do a Roadscapes post last week since it was Christmas.  But we are going to do one for New Year’s Day!  And this Roadscapes post is going to feature six brand new road drawings from Nathan Young.  Yep, I have been busy drawing these roads in the past few months and now I wanted to feature them!  Enjoy my work!

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Sunday Discussion: I Still Hate Doing Crossword Puzzles


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Saturday was the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle.  On December 21st, 1913, British-born newspaper editor Arthur Wynne published the world’s first crossword puzzle in the New York World.  It contained 32 words, and his simple instruction read: “Fill in the small squares with words which agree with the following definitions.”  Today, many people will do the daily crossword puzzle in their local newspaper or online now.  But I still don’t get it.  Even Google came out with an interactive doodle where you could play an online crossword puzzle from their front page.  If you want to play that, go to: http://www.google.com/doodles/100th-anniversary-of-the-crossword-puzzle

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Merl Reagle is one of the best and most well-known crossword constructors working today.  Merl worked with Google engineer/crossword enthusiast, Tom Tabanao, to craft their puzzle grid and write all the clues.  Crossword puzzles are indeed supposed to be fun, brainy fun, but I don’t get them.  I know some experts out there say doing activities such as crossword puzzles or Sudoku are good for your brain.  The experts say doing activities like puzzles helps your brain stay sharp and lessens the risk of Alzheimer’s.  But if someone puts a crossword puzzle in front of me, I simply will not do it.

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Those types of puzzles like the one above is something I do not get.  The clues they give you to help fill out the crossword are pointless.  I mean, why do I need to know some character on a TV show or some clue like you would see on Jeopardy!  Whenever I watch that show; I can not see how those contestants can answer all of those questions.  That is amazing to me.  And whenever I try to play along; I get about 95% of the answers wrong or just don’t know the answer.  In fact, I really love when someone does something crazy on Jeopardy! like this video below!

Another reason I hate crossword puzzles has to do with school.  Whenever a teacher decided to give us a crossword puzzle filled with words that are forward, diagonal, and backwards, I looked puzzled.  I would rather draw a road than do a crossword puzzle that was just pointless to me.  And whenever a teacher decided to give us a crossword puzzle for homework.  I faked doing it or just never did it at all.  In fact, I would lean over to another student to see where the words were at because I thought crossword puzzles were crazy.  I would rather go into my own zone and draw roads than doing a pointless crossword puzzle.  The only puzzles I like to solve is from Wheel of Fortune!  I like that game show!

And every once in a while; a teacher would give us a puzzle to do as a pop quiz or a test.  Well, on those times I just flunked.  Like I say; if a teacher was just giving us busy work let me just draw my roads.  I feel like doing artwork was a better use of my time than doing a crossword puzzle.  And did you know that doing artwork is good for your brain too?  Doing artwork helps your memory and cognitive ability, it reduces stress and depression, it brings us into the present, it stimulates the imagination, it boosts self-esteem, and it enhances problem solving.  I think doing artwork does a better job stimulating and enhancing your brain than doing a crossword puzzle.  Everyone can do artwork, no matter how good or bad you are.  Not everyone can do a crossword puzzle.

Being forced to do crossword puzzles while in school has taken the fun right out of it for me.  I would rather draw my roads and be happy!  Just keep crossword puzzles away from me; okay.  Yes, I do draw roads.  Want to see how I do it, then click the link!  http://geekalabama.com/road-drawings/

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Seven Random Things About Me Nathan Young


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One big trend on Facebook is the random things about someone.  Someone on Facebook assigns you a number and you have to come up with that number of things about yourself.  So I am going into this trend and revealing seven random things about me.  You will like this!

1.  I am a BIG road geek.  I have been hooked on roads since I was a toddler.  I have drawn roads since Kindergarten as well.  I do remember some of my road drawings from back then too.  It’s all not about drawing roads either.  I will use a camera to take pictures of roads, sometimes while driving as well.  Don’t worry, I hold the camera way up so I still see the road and hold the steering wheel.  I will also stand at the corner of a busy intersection at times and just watch the traffic lights sequence and the traffic go by.  I have seen plenty of drivers do stupid things at intersections like not going on green, turning in the wrong lane, and my favorite, running red lights.  Here’s a video I made of drivers doing stupid things like running a dark traffic light.

2.  I follow the weather very closely.  I have been a big weather geek since I was little as well.  I would watch hours of The Weather Channel at a time.  And during one Summer, I was given the official duty of writing down the weather forecast on a whiteboard so everyone would see it while walking in.  I have seen plenty of weather videos and photos online and have gone storm chasing but I have never seen a tornado in person.  Kind of weird right?  Today, many people on social media will follow what I put up during severe weather outbreaks, it’s that important.

3.  Our family have owned a wide variety of pets in our lives.  We have owned cats, dogs, fish, rabbits, horses, chickens, quail, pheasants, and turkeys!  Not for eating, but for pets.  When we had a boy and girl turkey while living in the country, we called out turkeys “turkey lurkies.”  The chickens were great except for the one rooster who attacked us until we killed it for dinner.  We had Rhode Island Reds and a Chinese Chicken.  We got to witness four new babies being born, who were all roosters.  Somehow the pets always gravitate towards me and they like being loved by me, that’s why I am a pet lover.

4.  As you see me now, you can tell that I like to eat.  As part of what I do on Geek Alabama like recipes and food reviews.  I love going out to restaurants and festivals to try new things.  I have not eaten anything weird yet like insects.  During the show Fear Factor where the contestants had to eat weird things, I would say I could do that.  When I was younger, I was a very picky eater.  But now, I like to eat things so I can talk about them on social media and Geek Alabama.  Will this passion lead to developing something I can sell, we will see!

5.  I have one huge phobia and that is needles.  I never like them and try to avoid them at all costs.  For example, I avoided getting a IV started in me until after I was put to sleep for surgery, against doctors orders.  I had four big guys hold me down when I was younger just for a tetanus shot.  I have had other guys hold me down to get blood drawn or for immunizations.  I will even go far out-of-the-way and find a dentist who does laser dentistry to fix cavities, just to avoid a shot in the gums.  I can not stand needles and if I know a shot is coming, I get scared fast!

6.  Since I love weather, my favorite type of weather outside of the severe stuff is snow!  Whenever there is snow in the forecast in Alabama, I never understand why people go on a milk and bread run.  Snow is beautiful!  It’s fun to play with and to stay active in.  Skiing and snowboarding in snow is fun!  Everyone should have the chance to experience a White Christmas in their lifetimes, it’s that special!  Here is something I wish drivers would understand, you do not drive fast in snow.  I know how to drive in snowy and icy conditions.  Sadly, many people in the south have no clue on how to drive in the snow.  I enjoy watching the accidents!

7. Since I had a very rough childhood, one of my escapes was watching cartoons.  If I had the chance, I would stay up most of the night to watch cartoons on Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network.  I always enjoyed watching those interesting Saturday morning cartoons on the broadcast networks.  And today, I watch newer cartoons on the cable networks.  Don’t mess with my Saturday morning cartoons!  And since most people will ask, my top five favorite cartoons currently on TV are Phineas and Ferb, Gravity Falls, Adventure Time, The Legend of Korra, and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.  MLP is a good show, it’s not about the ponies, it’s about the writing, just like my other favorites!

Did you like my seven random things about me list?  If you want to participate, please leave a comment below!  Thanks for reading and if you know of someone who is hiring, contact me at barcncpt44@aol.com, view my visual resume and video below!