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Dangerous driving is making our streets unsafe

Lately I have been seeing something out on the road that scares me to pieces and I just can't keep quiet about it. Traffic signals have three elements, green, yellow and red colors. We should know what they mean but in case you slept through driver's education class in school, here's a brief explanation. When a light is green it means you…

Young People May Think Old People Aren’t Smart

As we get older, we get the impression young people feel we are not smart. Not true! It is just that our brains are on overload. Remember, we are pre-computer, pre-cell phone, pre-automatic transmissions, pre-pumping your own gas, pre-automatic checkouts, and pre-fast food. There was a time when we had to fix our own cars, and we…

I Love The Roundabouts

We were in England and the trains went on strike. It was bad enough to have to drive on the wrong side of the street; however, when we asked for instructions the man said: “Just go over the Flyover, and round the Roundabout, you'll find where you are going.” It was the first time we had ever driven a Roundabout and it was 1980. We had…

Colombia: The Big, Bad & The Beautiful

As we step on the plane to fly back to San Francisco, our mind is full of thoughts and impressions of Colombia. First and foremost is it is nothing like we expected. It is a world apart from a backward place previously known for being the world’s largest cocaine producer and a home to wealthy drug barons and cartel leaders. Next, it is far…