Here in ThimbleannaLand we live in the corn belt. Most of the corn grown around here is field corn, but there are local farmstands that grow the good people corn. (And btw, if you live in a country that considers corn only for pigs and other animals, you have my sincere condolences!)
I know that strawberries and blueberries and raspberries mean summer to a lot of people, and while I do love them, summer is all about the corn for me. I patiently wait until the day that I open my mailbox to reveal the card from my local farmer to tell me that the corn is finally ready. This week was the week!
Yum oh Yummy Yum! Look at those luscious yellow kernels. And slathered with butter, salt and pepper? Heaven. How could I possibly be expected to resist? By the end of summer, TheManoftheHouse and the kids have always been sick of corn on the cob. But not me. Never! (Btw, in case you’re currently lucky enough to have fresh corn, the fabulous Ms. B has FINALLY posted and it’s for a delicious corn salsa recipe.)
So, while we’re munching on our corn, can we talk traffic? I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. Mostly because TheManoftheHouse and I drive to work together. Every morning we pass through an intersection that has a right turn lane with a yield sign. TheManoftheHouse maintains that the yield sign means that you can turn right on red without stopping. (There is a dedicated lane for just such a thing.) Every morning, there is a car in front of us that stops to wait for oncoming traffic. And Every Morning TheManoftheHouse yells at said person and honks his horn. AND Every. Morning. I’m the only one who can hear him. One of these days I’m going to jump out of the car and run up to the stopped car in front of us and ask them to please get moving ’cause I’m sick of the complaining!
But, I digress. I read in the paper that our local authorities are planning on re-vamping a local freeway interchange by using the Diverging Diamond pattern. Have any of you ever heard of such a thing? It’s a cool new traffic concept where traffic actually ends up on the wrong side of the road for a brief time. The first interchange of this type in the US was built in 2009 and there are quite a few more being planned. (All of you blog peeps in Utah are scheduled to get two of them in American Fork, if they’re not already finished.)
The US version was developed by a college student. While I think it looks pretty darn amazing, I can’t help but wonder what kind of drugs he was on to come up with a goofy plan for shifting traffic all around like this! Anyway, you can see a visualization of how the traffic moves in this short video.
And one last thing on the topic of roads — check out this cool map I found via Anglotopia: (click to enlarge)
I love it! That map was possibly another drug induced event!
Have a good weekend!
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