Q #138: Why do some folks at a stop light stop a full car length (or more) away from the painted stop line?

This is one of my biggest puzzlements (and occasional pet peeve) that I've seen when driving around. I understand keeping a car length of distance if you've been taught that for safety when you are behind a vehicle, and maybe about two or three feet at a stop light in case someone rear ends you … Continue reading Q #138: Why do some folks at a stop light stop a full car length (or more) away from the painted stop line?

#081–Why do posted Hurricane evacuation routes in Houston mostly divert people eastward?

This is a question that's bugged me my whole life along the Texas coast. Thankfully, we got through Rita (2005) and Ike (2008) okay where I'm at, many miles inland and several feet above sea level. We've never evacuated, and not because of the inability to afford it, scoffing at the storms, or bravado. No--we … Continue reading #081–Why do posted Hurricane evacuation routes in Houston mostly divert people eastward?

Walking Killer vs. Running Victim: a theory about survival from a fitness perspective.

Header image from The Night of the Hunter (1955), a WAY too creepy movie. I think we know the plot device by heart. Hell, they're probably the main reason why we ended up with so many damned Scary Movie sequels and other tribute/parody films over the years. For this immediate example, I'm going to take … Continue reading Walking Killer vs. Running Victim: a theory about survival from a fitness perspective.

#003–Who the hell are guys, in their souped-up pickup trucks, trying to impress at 5 a.m.?

I used to be at the coffee shop a lot earlier on the weekdays. Just about every morning near 5 a.m., I would sip my coffee at the window, waiting for my food to come up, and see the traffic light on the feeder about 40 yards from me. The light turns green, and you see this souped up pickup truck just roar off, screeching tires and the big heavy engine sound and the pistons just thup-thup-thupthupthupthup-ing along super fast until it turns high pitched and zooms past the windows...