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Technology provides us with a plethora of plenitude but technology also allows us to express our creativity in new and surprising ways. For instance, this interactive photo of the Hong Kong skyline whisks us from late afternoon sunshine through twilight and into a finale of full darkness as quickly as you can move your mouse.
Go here and then scroll down a bit until the photo of Hong Kong is center screen.
If you don't see this:
Click anywhere on the image and it will appear as if by magic.
Mouse over it and drag it to the top center of the photo. Then pull it down the face of the photo. Pretty cool stuff.
I ran across this in my email Follow Up box today. It was from a friend named Jim in New Mexico who is no longer with us, which is why it never got followed up on. He assumed room temperature and was found slumped over his computer by the maintenance guy one morning (that would kind of spoil your lunch). I kid you not, take heed you Internet junkies.
The New York Times praised the recent Bush Administration knuckle rapping that came courtesy of the DC federal appeals court. Claiming trucking is far more dangerous than it once was, the NYT throws shame and blame at the president for the misguided policy that loosened regs to allow truckers to drive 11 hours per day instead of 10. Why that issue is even a concern of the federal government at all is a different question for a different day.
It ain't hours driven, it's who's driving. The golden days of trucking were the best and truck drivers were
once the safest and most courteous drivers on the road.
Back in the days of my wasted yoot that guy at the wheel (steel gray brush cut and half lit Camel dangling from his lower lip) was probably amped out on little white pills, bad coffee, and a pre-dawn buttermilk short stack in Bakersfield. Maybe three hours later, following a double clutching, gear grinding struggle up the Grapevine, his
'48 GMC Diesel (loaded with chickens) was careening down the Ridge Route toward LA with the brakes on fire. But dammit, he was a nice guy. He knew about turnouts, flashed his lights to let you know it was clear to come back over, and, Spielberg's Duel notwithstanding, he was more likely to wave as you passed than to run you into oncoming traffic.
Seems like these days, it's three flashes from
the blinkers, nudge the trailer tires to the lane line Bott's Dots (tickety tickety tickety) and
he's coming over. Best not screw with him neither.
Email subscribers: If you can't see it, The Flying Burrito Brothers video is here. The tune was good but the vid captures the edgy underbelly that was Altamont in 1969. Love, Dove, Shove.
Maybe TWC should have a Six Days On The Road contest. That could be fun. From Sawyer Brown to Taj Mahal to Dave Dudley to The Burritos with Emily Lou, there's a lot of versions of that great road tune. What's your fave? Email to Sixdays [you know what goes here] Winecommonsewer [you know what goes here too] com.