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Well, what do you know, it’s Friday! You know what that means . . . hold onto your sanity . . . the count this week is:

  • Birds – 2
  • Squirrels – 2
  • Mouse – 1

There you go. Let me see, any bipedal roadkill this week?

Dammit, WordPress just dumped me, and all my text, now I have to re-do it all.  I know one reason why I do this less and less often. It is frustrating and annoying.

Anywhoo  . . .

“As a Seattle car accident lawyer I hear of auto accidents caused by intoxicated driving. Monday morning a Seattle auto accident caused a Washington wrongful death on Interstate 5. Investigators now say the driver responsible for the car accident had been drinking prior to the incident.

At about 2:30 a.m., a pickup truck was driving in the southbound lane of I-5 when he steered off the road and hit another truck that was parked on the side of the road.

Tragically, the passenger of the pickup truck died at the scene of the crash. The driver was immediately taken to Providence Colby Hospital.

Two of the southbound lanes of the freeway had to be shut down for a few hours, while officials inspected the scene.

Investigators found empty beer containers inside the truck, which suggest the driver was intoxicated when the auto accident occurred. When he recovers, he will be investigated for vehicular homicide.

According to State Patrol Trooper Keith Leary, this weekend alone there were 60 incidences of intoxicated driving in Washington State. Drunk driving is a major problem in the United States that results in far too many auto accidents and wrongful death accidents each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2008, there were a total of 11,773 alcohol related traffic fatalities in the United States.

This information is provided by Straight Talk Law, where you can order free information on Bellevue auto accidents, auto insurance, and other valuable legal information, offered as a public service by Seattle personal injury attorney.”

There you go – one tragic roadkill story that didn’t involve a deer, raccoon or someone’s pet. Just people.

Pay attention when driving, and for god’s sake, pull over if you are angry, upset, or sick or the kids are driving you screaming in the back seat. I’ve been there; stopping for 5 minutes won’t make any difference as to when you get where you are going, except maybe that you will actually get there.  A side trip to the hospital will ensure that you do NOT get where you are going on time, if at all.

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The count this week:

  • Birds – 2
  • Squirrel – 1

Thats it! Good job, Whatcom county  . . . or I just didn’t drive where the roadkill was, anyway, I will take it! Looks good.

The Economist, in an article dated May 12, 2011, and titled “Fighting Road Kill”, wrote the following:

“SOME mortal threats grab all the attention. Malnutrition, HIV/AIDS and cancer win over rock stars to the cause and provoke grown-ups to wear plastic bracelets. At the other end of the spectrum, past meningitis and diarrheal disease, lies road safety—which has been largely neglected on the global stage. But not for a lack of urgency. Globally, road accidents were the ninth leading cause of death in 2004. By 2030 they could be the fifth, above HIV/AIDS and lung cancer.”

The article states that “many Europeans like driving fast”, and “in India, lanes exist in theory only; motorists make suicidal attempts to overtake”.  Read the article, it is informative. They do focus on developing nations, but as a world-renowned economist stated (Manfred Max-Neef) , America is the first “underdeveloping” nation.

You may one day find yourself in a third world country without even leaving home. Find out what that means for safety on the road. Not even getting into bridges that fall down.

Well, some of these things are beyond our control, but we can all drive within reasonable speed limits for the road conditions and watch out for wildlife, other cars and pedestrians and bicycles. 

Good luck, and drive and walk with your brain functioning, don’t let yourself operate on “automatic pilot”, it really doesn’t work very well for the changing conditions you will be encountering along your path, whether walking along a road, or driving on it.

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This is what memorial day is about. Kind of depressing, no?

Uh, oh . . . 3 day Memorial Day Weekend! Not a good time to go for a long drive, yet that is just what millions will be doing. Not millions in Whatcom County . . . we only have 201,628, as of 2010 census count. You’d think they would round that up, 201,630 or something. I’m willing to bet there were people who did not fill out that census form, and besides, the day after, some people moved in, I’m sure.

So, anywhooo, road issues:

  • Opossum – 2
  • Squirrel – 1
  • Bird – 1
  • Unidentified – 2

Here is an interesting website: the census bureau has statistics on car accidents, this is for 2012. I have been looking for many weeks and I guess I was putting in the wrong search words. For one thing, they don’t seem to break the numbers down by county, but only by state. I guess all those government and private industry lay-offs reduced the number of people who could divvy up the information into smaller areas than by STATE.

In our state, most accidents occur where the most people are, duh. Which in this case is Pierce and King counties; the Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia area.

So, anyway, Washington state goes like this, oh, and it only goes up to 2009, so I’ll put that info here:

.9 deaths per 100,000,000 (that’s 100 million) vehicle miles travelled. Wrap your head around that. No wonder people just keep smashing themselves into oblivion at 70 mph. This information is pretty useless to the average person, and I know a lot of math.  How many 100 million vehicle miles have been travelled in Washington and how do they know how many miles each of us travels?

I give up with the useless statistics. I bet the only use they are is to car insurance companies and the people who get paid to compile useless statistics.

The price of gas in our area is $4.40, for the low-octane stuff. How you can all afford to go out and drive for hundreds of miles is beyond me. I can’t afford to. One news report stated that 34.8 million americans are expected to be out on the roads for memorial weekend. Let me do a little math:

34,800,000/50 states = 696,000 per state. I can’t weigh this number by the number of people per state, I don’t have that much time. I wish these stupid statics were more specific. Let me see, how many miles of highway is there in Washington state? Lets see, one website says we have over 7,000 miles of State Highways and that these carry over half the traffic in our state.

This is my idea of the perfect road. Can’t drive it at 60 mph, either.

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So, you thought you could get away did you? Buwahaha . . .

The body count this week is:

  • Opossum – 3
  • Birds – 1
  • Cat or Racoon – 1
  • Squirrel – 1
  • Rabbit – 1
  • Unidentified – 2

I believe the Memorial Day weekend is coming up soon . . . they say there are more road accidents/ deaths on these holidays.

I confess, I love these little guys, so please don’t squish them with your car.

Myself, I almost never (maybe actually never, I can’t recall) go anywhere on the major holidays, for this reason. Well, the drinking and driving thing, plus everyone else will be wherever it is I want to go, so I just wait for a non-holiday weekend when I can have more fun and less stress.

I never have understood the tendency for everyone in a country to jump in their cars and all get on the road at the same time. Weird. I do understand why this occurs; 3 day weekend, spring is here, nice weather, etc., but really, I can have more fun sitting around my yard or on my couch, or at a local park, than sitting in traffic on a highway with 10,000 other people and their cars. Besides, someone always gets angry and behaves badly/ dangerously.

I have always had this severe aversion to dying in my car, and/or suffering major pain. Hence, I do not do any major travelling on 3 day weekends.

For those of you who are compelled to do the car thing on Memorial weekend, there is some nice advice from Phillips law firm on what to do to make the driving safer. Au revoir! I’ll wave as you go by.

Now, this is what I want to see – not a hundred mile ribbon of cars.

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OK, the non-human body count this past week:

  • cat – 1
  • unidentified – 2
  • bird – 1
  • opossum – 2
  • squirrel – 1

Human body count in Whatcom county this week:

  • 2008 – 21 fatal vehicle involved deaths. This includes cars hitting pedestrians.
  • 2009 – 16 fatal vehicle involved deaths.

It is interesting that after a 20 minute internet search, I could not locate the number of vehicle caused deaths for 2010, 2011, or the first 4 months of 2012. I can get the number of vehicle thefts, murders, suicides, drug overdose deaths, etc, but not deaths involving vehicles.

Do we have a blind spot here? Dare we cast negative thoughts on our beloved vehicles? I don’t know why this particular statistic seems to be hidden.

Just last week, a woman and her child were killed when her vehicle, which was speeding, crossed the centerline and collided with a dump truck. She had numberous citations over the years (she was only in her 20’s) for speeding, and dui’s. It sure sucks to be a child born to an idiot. It can make for a short life. Cars make it so likely that one might be killed before getting out from under the control of a parent with poor judgment.

Not to mention, if the vehicle she had collided head on with had been another car instead of a dump truck, the other driver would probably have been killed as well.

This is not a Whatcom County accident. But does it matter where it occurred?

Is anyone else as pissed off with cars in general as I am? My opinion is that cars and airplanes should only be used for special occasions; and no, I don’t follow this advice. How would I get to work? How would I pick up my 88-year-old mom on the weekends?

I live in a country that worships cars and has a pathetic-to-non-existant public transportation system, with jobs, housing and grocery stores all spread out.

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A Colorado bear falls from a tree after being tranquilized on the University of Colorado's campus (© Andy Duann/CU Independent, http://bit.ly/K0KWM7)

tranquilzed bear falls from tree

Apparently there was  video seen by many last week on msn, about a bear that was tranquilized and then fell from a tree.

When the bear tried to go back to its home territory, it was killed while trying to cross a road; hit by a car. Life sucks if you are wildlife, just trying to get along in this humanity-infested planet.

I wish I had the answers.

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Animals run across all roads, usually when you least expect them to

And you thought you were safe because I was too busy  to post. Ha, ha, think again. The gruesome and depressing are always with us, and I am here to point them out to you, just in case you are one of those annoying optimists, “the glass is half full” people.

While it is true, a glass half empty is concurrently half full. So? That does not negate the fact that it is half empty, as opposed to a glass that is full.

Well, Fox News, (admittedly, I never watch these pretend “journalists”, but they post stuff online, and I have heard this statistic from other sources, so here goes) says 40,000 Americans are killed on our roads every year. Send chills up your spine?  It should. Just because you do not see 40,000 dead people all in one spot at one time, it doesn’t mean it isn’t happening all around you.

Kind of weird when you think about it. I have seen the scene of a fatal crash on the road, and the next day when I go by there, you would never know anything happened. I have often wondered if that is why we seem to have a belief of invincibility in our cars. We don’t really see the evidence of all the carnage.  If we don’t see it, it doesn’t exist, right?

Well, I’m just saying, our animal friends are not the only tragedies on our highways. If you don’t care if you kill a coyote on the road, maybe you care if you kill a little kid who runs out after his ball. Or a grandmother who can’t run and get out of your way when you come screaming down the road 10-20 miles over the speed limit while talking on your cell phone.

Think about it. Someday it may be you, in the wrong place at the wrong time. Give us all a chance, and maybe someone will give you a chance.

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Remember Alfred P. Nueman?

Count for the week:

  • Opossum – 2
  • Squirrel – 2
  • Birds – 2
  • (No, I’m not making this up, I really saw two of each.)
  • Unidentified – 1

I found this little gem on the internet, for how to deal with Friday the 13th:

“Plan a Friday the 13th party. This can be a good excuse to throw a fun party and bring out all those superstitions for a fun purpose.”

This suggestion was made after the Wickihow.com article explained that only 10% of Americans believe that the day is actually unlucky, and it only occurs between 1 and 3 times a year anyway, and so have a party on that day.

Yeah, what could possibly go wrong with a party thrown on Friday the 13th? Hmmm . . . .

They do go on to say that it might be a good idea to be a little more cautious on this day. Why, if only 10% of us believe it is unlucky?  I sense a little conflict here.

Answers.com has an interesting take on how the Friday the 13th superstition came about.

“The number thirteen is associated with the supposed number of members in a witches’ coven. As the legend goes, the witches of the north used to observe their Sabbath by gathering in a cemetery in the dark of the moon. On one such occasion the Friday goddess, (Freya herself) came down from her sanctuary in the mountaintops and appeared before the group, who numbered only twelve at the time, and gave them one of her cats, after which the witches’ coven, and, by “tradition,” every properly formed coven since, is comprised of thirteen members.”
 
“It is also interesting to note in this story, the possible origin of the belief that a witch’s familiar is a cat.”  (Hey – I have 2 cats – I hope that doesn’t make me a witch. Some might say my attitude contributes towards that conclusion, but hey, anyone can have an off day. Or two, or three.)”One of the most commonly known and observed superstitions concerning the number thirteen, has to do with dining. It is said to be incredibly unlucky to be invited to dinner and have thirteen people at table.”  (So, when you throw that Friday the 13th party, don’t invite 13 people.)

 
Here are a few more fun facts on Friday the 13th, from http://www.hauntedamericatours.com/HOLIDAYS/.
“Friday the 13th traces back to a Dutch holiday where mischievous children would sneak into graveyards at night and defecate on tombstones.” (Ewww)

“In France, Friday the 13th often fell on the day after the Feast of Saint Imbibecus.  Thus the day was often associated with terrible hangovers and poor choices made the night before.”

“The Aztecs brutally killed 39,000 in one day on Friday the 13th of August, 1539.  This was done at the request of the recently arrived Hernan Cortez, who claimed to be a god seeking tribute.  The next day he overthrew their empire.” (It just goes to show you, massacring people to gain the favor of the gods just doesn’t work out.)

OK, I can’t resist; here is one more link, to Blame Someone Else Day. I like the concept, but like the instructions say, it can come back on you, so be careful.

Awesome kitty video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=Bd6-Jtyp2pU&feature=endscreen

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3 Deer in my backyard - they look better alive, no?

Sooo . . .  the count for this week:

  • Opossums – 2
  • Birds – 1
  • Squirrel – 1
  • Unidentified – 2

I had the always fun experience yesterday of seeing 3 deer browsing in my yard. They pass through the back yard – where they seem to find the most edibles, and then go around the house, either on the west or the east sides. They like to forage in my vegetable-gardening next-door-neighbor’s yard, then cross the street to the neighbor who grows lots of flowers. I guess flowers must taste good, because they spend a lot of time there.

Deer browsing in my backyard

I love seeing the deer, and I believe they use my yard because the vegetable-gardeners on one side of me have 7 children, so I suppose that is unappealing to the deer, and the house on the other side has an even steeper slope in the back than mine does. Not that the deer couldn’t navigate it, it’s just that I have no dogs, no kids, and some apparently good tasking plants. They seem to love the Oregon Grape, which surprises me, because the plants do well in my yard, and don’t show any detrimental effects from being munched on. Maybe the deer were eating the tiny blossoms? I couldn’t tell from my kitchen window.

Deer in my yard

I worry about the deer crossing the road, but they seem to be OK, so far. They cross my street, which is a two-lane affair, no stripe down the center, and no sidewalks or curbs; a typical county road, but with houses neck-to-neck all along it, and idiots who drive well over the 25 mph speed limit. Then they must cross a road which is also two lanes, but has a double yellow line down the center of it, and a speed limit of 35 mph, which means many of the cars are doing 45.

I’ve lived here for 8 years now though, and haven’t seen a road-kill deer anywhere near my house yet. I’m sorry to say, I sometimes think of what it would be like to kill a deer and butcher it for food. Sorry, I know many hunt deer, and so I wonder . . . Not to worry, I’m not going to slaughter the things in my yard, with 7 children next door. That would be just too weird.

I’ve never hunted anything anyway, I’m just thinking . . . you know, when that big earthquake I’ve heard about all my life hits, and there are no groceries in the stores . . .

Anyway, watch where you are going, look out of the corners of your eyes for movement on the sides of the road and be ready to slam on your brakes. Or god forbid, slow the fuck down so you can maybe stop in time to save an animals (or kids) life, and your car as well.

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After the dolphins have all died, and the bees, butterflies and frogs, will we be next? Read the distressing article about thousands (yes thousands) of dead dolphins washing up on the beach.

Veterinarian Carlos Yaipen of the Research and Conservation of Aquatic Animals examines a dead dolphin in Lambayeq, Peru (© Janine Costa/Reuters)

3,000 dead dolphins on beach in Peru

What killed them? I suspect those responsible either don’t know or don’t care; might it have been military sonar that destroyed their eardrums? Might it have been swimming through or eating radiation contaminated water or fish from Fukushima? Might it have been eating plastic waste from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Might it have been pesticides that flowed into the ocean from farms?

I suspect we won’t ever know, because if we found out, we might want the cause changed, fixed, stopped. That might cut into someone’s profits, or a government’s military behavior.

Whatever the cause, humans are the originators of the problem. If we don’t get our act together, we will be simply artifacts and archeological curiosities for some future race from another planet, or some other evolved species to dig up and wonder over centuries in the future. Why would an intelligent species do all these things that are destined to destroy ourselves?

Are we just going to repeat on a worldwide scale what the Easter Islanders did?

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