"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”

President Abraham Lincoln


I guess I can go on a rant, not that it will do me any good, or that there is a perfect solution - there isn’t. Of course that doesn’t mean I still don’t have a right to rant.
This is the week of the fair. The week that exhibitors, concessionaires, fairgoers and so forth, not to mention a day or two of school buses and parents taking kids to school, all crowd onto Highway 299, especially that portion through Fall River Mills. Granted they’ll probably shut down over the Labor Day weekend, but,”I’m sorry” that isn’t enough.
So now we have construction and no parking from the west end of Fall River Mills to someplace around Dollar General.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to point out that it isn’t a really good idea.
When Hat Creek Construciton had a similar project into Burney they shut their operation down during Burney Basin Days. That was courteous and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who said thank you.
I also have to say that I spent someplace in the vicinity of 45 minutes in line on the westbound lane of Highway 299 on the Pit River Flats last week. A couple of weeks earlier I’d spent 30 minutes plus in a line. Others have similar horror stories.
I know, I know, moving traffic slows down construction. But I also understand that there are laws regulating wait times and that those delays exceed the law.
When I worked in a factory we had specialists who came onto the floor with pad and stop watches and documented every move that a person on the line did to get the job done. It was a science clear down to which hand a person picked something up with to the correct way to turn the object to shave off a few seconds and where and when tools were positioned and available.
Sure, I want my cake and eat it too. Smooth highways are nice and safer than ones that aren’t smooth. Maybe I’m wrong, but with all of the degreed and licensed engineers and contractors around, someone could come up with a solution that would move traffic while allowing construction, so that it would work.
It used to be that the motorist “little guy” was king. That on the surface isn’t any fairer than what we have now. It is now weighed heavily toward the construction end.
No someone - a whole lot smarter than I - needs to come up with a workable solution to keep the pain in balance at both ends, get the job done efficiently and on time while keeping the costs as low as legally possible.
If they can do it in one industry they can do it in another. They just have to take the time and want to.

 

Every child has their special possession. Be it a teddy bear, a blanket or a favorite toy, there is always something they do not want to let go. That is a part of being a kid. I am willing to bet some of us still have their special childhood comfort item.
I was looking for something the other day and ran across “Puffy,” Puffy was the friend of one of our children. Puffy has been through a lot....washed MANY times, dropped in the dirt, left at the babysitters and comforted many tears. Puffy began comforting when our child was an infant.
After a few years, Puffy was replaced by “Smokey” a purple dragon from the carnival at the local fair. Smokey went through even more, as our child was a lot more energetic at this point in life. Smokey went everywhere. He was a good friend. We still have Smokey too.
Our other child really only went through one comfort friend. “Warm Baby” is a soft doll that HAD a little tuft of yarn hair. The hair has since been chewed off and the bonnet full of holes. Warm Baby also made multiple trips through the washing machine. Sleep did not happen unless Warm Baby was in the crib or bed.
These little friends bring back many memories. Some kids have a blanket they do not want to let go of...some have a teddy bear that has no eyes or ears. These items provide something that cannot be replaced... a sense of comfort and familiarity.
Some things never change; we all want a little piece of comfort and familiarity. We want to have things in our life that make us feel safe. This is something that starts when we are young and carries through life.


 
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