Wednesday, September 18, 2019

In Circles

Penndot is out with another effort to sell us on roundabouts.

It seems very few people like them.  Yet, Penndot continues to inflict them upon us.

Anyway, Penndot says its studies show there is a decrease in serious accidents where roundabouts have been installed, but an increase in fender benders and other collisions..

I'm still a skeptic.  They might be okay in some applications.  The Avoca Airport interchange, where there are a serious of roundabouts in a small space, remains a nightmare.  It will be interesting to see how the South Valley Parkway in Hanover Township and Nanticoke works.

The bottom line is go slow and be extra careful, and count the days until Penndot loses its fascination with these things.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Ric and Eddie

The music industry lost two giants recently-- Eddie Money on Friday and Ric Ocasek, of Cars fame, on Sunday.

Others can do better jobs on the obituaries, but I will say that those two were the soundtrack of my youth.  When I hear a Cars song, I can still see myself, spinning records at my college radio station.  That's the joy of music.  It's not just notes drifting through the air.  It's a time and place.  In my case, a little radio studio, in the basement of a library, on a sleepy college campus.

I have to add, Money did a hilarious guest shot on the Drew Carey sitcom, playing himself, as Mimi's ex-husband.

I thank Money and Ocasek for their contributions to the music industry.

I thank them for making my life a little more enjoyable.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Do It Again

Wendy's announced plans for a nationwide breakfast rollout sometime next year.  This will be Wendy's FOURTH try at breakfast.  It's been testing early morning offerings at about 300 stores around the country.

This shouldn't be hard.  Give me a hot sandwich and a cold drink at a reasonable price, and do it fast.  Wendy's is hiring an additional 20,000 employees to make it work.

I suspect coffee and hot drinks (not my thing) will be the cornerstone of morning's at Wendy's.  Industry experts say mornings is the only fast food growth area.  All you have to do is look at the lines around McDonald's and Dunkin' every morning for proof of that.  Perhaps another player in the game will make those lines more manageable.

If Wendy's is smart, it will open earlier, to get a jump on the other guys.  You'd be amazed at the traffic on the roads at 3 and 4 am.

My view of Wendy's has always been this-- great chicken, good fries.  A chocolate Frosty is one of life's great joys.  Everything else is merely adequate.

It will be interesting to see if Wendy's can pull business from the other guys-- and if it will stay with it.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Andy's Angles: Follow Up

Last Sunday's entry was devoted to a war memorial statue in the Newberry section of Williamnsport.  I noted that an internet search failed to turn up much information.

Well, once again, it's "Researcher to the Stars" and author Joe Klapatch to the rescue.  From the tail end of the 1948 story you see above, the monument dates back to 1922.

Check out last week's photos.  The monument is in great shape, and someone is caring for it.  That makes me happy.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Andy's Angles: The Ride

It always falls on my vacation week, or vice versa.  I paid my annual visit to the SGT Jan Argonish Memorial Motorcycle Run Sunday afternoon.  Argonish was killed in Afghanistan in 2007.  His family and friends organized the run, which just passed its 12th year, to raise money for charities that help veterans.

I never met Jan, but I do know his mother and father.  Good people.  I don't know any of the riders who show up year after year, but many come over to say hello as I'm snapping pictures.  It's nice to know our weekend morning broadcasts have so many fans.

The photo you see above was snapped just as the 50 mile ride began in Jessup.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Let's Review

Another vacation week is in the books.  Let's review.

I did a little shopping, a little photography, a little wandering, rode my bike several times, saw some old friends and caught up on my sleep. My car is newly inspected and has fresh oil.  My arm is still a little sore from a flu shot.   In other words, business as usual.

While the battery needed to be recharged, it will be nice to get back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Time Flies

The second half of September always moves more slowly than the first, and that can easily be explained.

The first half of September contains Labor Day and a vacation week.  The second half is all work and no holidays.

Late September should be more interesting than usual this year, for reasons I'll discuss later.

I can say that my favorite mini mart, and my favorite gym will be reopening late this month, after the completion of renovation projects.

Late September also drags because I'm looking forward to October, which contains another vacation week and a few scattered personal days.

It's then the busy season of getting ready for Election Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the start of 2020.

The slowest time of fall is soon upon us.  Then, not much time to breathe until January.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Rite of Fall

There is a dead virus coursing through my veins.

Yes, I received my yearly flu shot the other morning.  It was a touch on the early side, but I had the time off.  I called a doctor's office and received a Johnny Olsen-esque "Come On Down."  Twenty minutes after the call, I had a needle in my arm.

It doesn't hurt.  It doesn't make you sick.  Do it for yourself.  Do it for your friends, family and coworkers.

Insurance covers it.  If you don't have insurance, do some asking at the big chain drug stores.  Most have deals where you get coupons after the shot.  It pays for itself.

It could be the most important thing you do this fall.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Thanks, NFL

I resigned my Pittsburgh Steelers fandom several years ago, when the team signed dog killer Michael Vick as a back up quarterback.

After the past few weeks, I'm done with the rest of the league.

Where else can you behave poorly, disregard a contract, and be rewarded with more money and a new job?

Mike Tomlin lost control of the Steelers last year, and management gives him a contract extension.  Tomlin thanks his bosses by going in to opening night unprepared and embarrassing his team and his city.

Most believe the Miami Dolphins are tanking this season so they get the first draft pick next year.

It seems at least one player is arrested for every week, and I'm being conservative with the numbers.

I'm just tired of the greed and the incompetence.

NFL, thank you for giving me back my Sunday afternoons.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Still in a Fog

It turns out vaping wasn't as safe as first thought.  Some places are banning or restricting availability, and that's probably not a bad thing.

Are we doing anything new to curb "traditional" smoking?  I know some places have upped the legal purchase age. 

Pennsylvania has some pretty weak laws when it comes to smoking in public places.  I have no problems with what you do in the privacy of your own home, but if your activity becomes a danger to others, it has to end.

You have to walk through a cloud to get in to some buildings.  Casinos have floor space dedicated to smokers, but it still drifts over in to the "clean" area.  Bars that don't sell much food sneak in under PA's law.

Second hand smoke is a proven health issue.  Smoking causes billions in losses to the American economy.  Yet, vaping has emerges as the new public enemy number one.