Traffic Calming Game

The residents of Overhill Drive in Green Hills have added another “traffic calming device.” This time rather than signs or pavement markings or speed humps they’ve installed two of these:

Overhill Drive

I know you’ve seen these as portable units, I have always found them to be quite fun. Now there are two always ready and waiting to help you calibrate your speedometer.

So in an effort to promote traffic safety here in Green Hills, I’m proposing a game.

Lowest Speed Wins

Contestants should drive carefully and slowly along Overhill taking a picture of the flashing radar speed sign. Contestants should then should post their winning photo to Flickr, tagging the photo as “overhill-lowest-speed” or email it to me. (Photoshopping your own original photograph is allowed.)

The sign turns itself off if doesn’t sense motion, so good luck. And drive slow.

Winner will receive a free oil change at the Valvoline Instant Oil Change at the corner of Hillsboro and Overhill.

(Contest ends April 1, 2006)

Tennessee, the Deoxyribonucleic Acid State

I’ll say I’m a fan of the new Tennessee state license plates. But there seems to be a manufacturing defect in many of the inital runs as best I can tell. It looks like the machine that stamps the watermark also has a wheel or a sprocket or something that got the shiny reflective lacquer on it, leaving a DNA shaped line from the top to the bottom.

I have found it to be very distracting driving around. Of course that could just be me being gunshy from rear-ending someone in Decemeber.

At least that’s what I’d like to believe.

Deep down I think it’s a part of a vast government consipracy to encode a DNA fingerprint on everyone’s license plate. They’re tracking you, and they can do it without you even getting out of your car.

My license plate expires this month, but I tell you I’m not going to be part of some DNA database without a fight. I’m getting Abby to lick the return envelope.

I’m going to go find my tinfoil hat now.