STOP Blinding Me

Often while driving at night I am blinded by bright and mis-aimed fog lights. This got me to thinking…aren’t the purpose of fog lights to help us see in the FOG? In Northern California, we have a handful of foggy days each year. Can’t we just use them when necessary and be COURTEOUS to other drivers and turn them off. On a similar note, for those driving lifted pick-up trucks…maybe adjust the headlights to STOP BLINDING people. I also think that if we ever did a survey of which group speeds the most, pick-up truck owners would win hands down.


START teaching

In September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a US Military History teacher, removed all of the desks from her classroom.

‘Ms. Cothren, where’re our desks?’ asked the children.

She replied, ‘You can’t have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.’

They thought, ‘Well, maybe it’s our grades.’

‘No,’ she said.

‘Maybe it’s our behavior.’

She told them, ‘No, it’s not even your behavior.’

The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the desk less classroom, Martha Cothren said, ‘Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.’

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.

Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall… By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned..

Martha said, ‘You didn’t earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it’s up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don’t ever forget it.’

Using Mr. and Mrs. continued

MAYBE we can change the World ! MAYBE we can improve a few kids behavior. MAYBE Mom and Dad will STOP and think about setting a GOOD EXAMPLE, about doing the RIGHT THING, about STARTING to TEACH their kids how to BEHAVE. Maybe…It’s worth a try to make sure we all treat each other RESPECTFULLY and COURTEOUSLY.

more STOP signs

So I start this website about August 1,2010…and in the last few days I have encountered friends that behave poorly at STOP signs. I am dead stopped at a STOP sign in Loomis CA. I see a sports car on my right, * assume it will STOP…but NO…it takes advantage of my stopped car, blows the STOP sign at ten mph…and what to my wondering eyes should appear, it’s a friend of mine…and he is in his own world, not considering how to be COURTEOUS to others.

Lets START remembering “EXCUSE ME”

Last night I was at a Jimmy Buffet inspired concert. I was talking to a friend and a man approached and blurted out what he wanted and NEVER said “Excuse Me”… I wonder did these people grow up without Mothers and Fathers to help them know how to behave. I remarked about the guys behavior to my friend and five seconds later another inconsiderate person did the exact same thing. WHO are these people and WHY do they think they are so important ???

Let’s also STOP

People that have a need to speed in residential neighborhoods. About 75% seem to be young drivers. There are little kids in the neighborhood and you don’t want to have hitting a child on your conscience…

STOP the Racing

Last night, when traveling home, there was construction in the slow lane (the lane I was driving in). There was a huge flashing arrow and plenty of time to get over, but the person in the lane next to me would not let me in. I started to panic as I noticed the lane I was in getting smaller and smaller. I eventually had to break to get in behind them. Perhaps they really didn’t see me, but more likely, they didn’t want to let me in front of them. I didn’t allow myself to get too worked up over it, but I thought to myself…this is how road rage starts!!! Can’t we have a little regard for one another? PLEASE?