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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
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Posted - 10/17/2007 :  15:52:16   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message
Let's suppose I'm driving along a pleasant country road through Connecticut, going from New York State to New York State.

The portion of Interstate Highway I'm on is owned by the State of Connecticut, but is maintained by the State of New York. New York State Troopers have jurisdiction on this stretch of road (except in any case where a highway fatality occurs, in which case Connecticut State Troopers take over). There are no Connecticut on- or off-ramps on the highway from the New York State line all the way to the New York State line.

What's the Interstate (alpha-numerical) designation of the highway I'm on?


Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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Edited by - HalfMooner on 10/17/2007 16:30:02
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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
13462 Posts

Posted - 10/17/2007 :  16:48:14   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message
I-684

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 10/17/2007 :  16:56:48   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message
Originally posted by Kil

I-684
Bingo!






Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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Edited by - HalfMooner on 10/17/2007 18:27:02
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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 10/17/2007 :  19:03:02   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message
I'm imagining myself out driving again. This time, I'm on the 13.5-mile stretch of a particular state highway that is kept open to traffic year-round. (Other portions at both ends of this stretch are seasonally closed.) The highway is a natural, unimproved surface of sand. Nobody maintains it, though it is policed by the state. The speed limit is 25 miles per hour. ATV's are strictly prohibited.

I'm in the USA, but what state am I in?


Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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Edited by - HalfMooner on 10/17/2007 20:36:19
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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 10/17/2007 :  22:18:44   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message
While you are all madly researching that last one, here's another:

Suppose I live in a small, unincorporated suburban US community in mainland North America. There are no federal, state, county, city, or private roads, streets, or footpaths leading from my community to any other part of the USA. I do not live on an island.

Assuming the previous paragraph to be true, where do I live?

(There might well be more than one place that matches the above description, and I will accept proof of any other. Presently, I know just one place that matches the above.)


Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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Edited by - HalfMooner on 10/17/2007 22:20:33
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Ghost_Skeptic
SFN Regular

Canada
510 Posts

Posted - 10/20/2007 :  23:48:20   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Ghost_Skeptic a Private Message
On Saturday I briefly drove behind a black Intrepid Checker Cabs taxi which had City of Calgary taxi license #666. I wasn't able to get a look at the driver.

"You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. / You can send a kid to college but you can't make him think." - B.B. King

History is made by stupid people - The Arrogant Worms

"The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism." - William Osler

"Religion is the natural home of the psychopath" - Pat Condell

"The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter" - Thomas Jefferson
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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 10/20/2007 :  23:58:35   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message
Originally posted by Ghost_Skeptic

On Saturday I briefly drove behind a black Intrepid Checker Cabs taxi which had City of Calgary taxi license #666. I wasn't able to get a look at the driver.
Hope he wasn't headed south.


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Ghost_Skeptic
SFN Regular

Canada
510 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2007 :  00:10:19   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Ghost_Skeptic a Private Message
Originally posted by HalfMooner

Originally posted by Ghost_Skeptic

On Saturday I briefly drove behind a black Intrepid Checker Cabs taxi which had City of Calgary taxi license #666. I wasn't able to get a look at the driver.
Hope he wasn't headed south.



He was, I spotted him on the the 32nd Avenue to southbound Deerfoot (The main North/South freeway through Calgary. However, he took the the 16th Avenue (Trans Canada Highway) exit. Couldn't tell if he went East or West.

"You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. / You can send a kid to college but you can't make him think." - B.B. King

History is made by stupid people - The Arrogant Worms

"The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism." - William Osler

"Religion is the natural home of the psychopath" - Pat Condell

"The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter" - Thomas Jefferson
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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 10/22/2007 :  16:38:03   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message
Some of the fires burning in San Diego County are taking much the same routes as those that decimated the area four years ago. The brush has already grown back enough for that.

One of the fires is headed for my sister's house.

I just got off the phone from talking to my sister. She has evacuated her home, along with our mother, and her grandchild, and they are hunkered down in an apartment in El Cajon. Her husband, her sons, and my 91-year old dad, are all staying on at their compound to fight the fire. They have their own water tanker truck and are determined to defend their horses and the home they just completed (which replaces the one they lost to fire fours years ago).

Wish I were there!

Edit: My brother-in-law was able to finally get my dad away from the property they are defending. He had been huffing and puffing, and my in-law thought he was in danger of a heart attack. He's a tough old bastard, but he's just too old for this.

The defense plan is to save the horses, which are in a pretty safe, cleared place, and to try to save the modular home on the property. If the flames completely route them, they will retreat to the newly-finished adobe-walled, tile-roofed main house, which they feel is fireproof. I asked if I could come, but he wouldn't let me. I'd just be so much more fuel, anyway.


Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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Edited by - HalfMooner on 10/22/2007 16:54:52
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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
26001 Posts

Posted - 10/22/2007 :  20:13:17   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message
Thanks for the updates, Mooner. Now I'd most like to hear from Kil and Boron10 and our other members in the affected areas.

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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
13462 Posts

Posted - 10/22/2007 :  20:39:47   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message
There are fires in Malibu and Santa Clarita and other places around here but so far the closest one to us is in Malibu, north of here. I can see the smoke from it. Boron called to tell me about San Diego and San Diego county, which is being hit very hard. He had to go into work due to the fires. I will let him update you on what is going on down there. Seems that there are fires all over the place.

A few dry winters and Santa Ana winds are a very bad combination. Last winter was the driest on record, I think.

The winds are also associated with some of the area's largest and deadliest wildfires, including the state's largest fire on record, the Cedar Fire, as well as the Laguna Fire, Old Fire, Esperanza Fire and the Great Fire of 1889.


Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 10/22/2007 :  22:38:57   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message
It's a tremendous disaster. Right now, 265,000 people are refugees. Most of the schools in San Diego County are closed. Many businesses are closed or disrupted due to employees either guarding their homes, or being busy evacuating. The hot, dry "Santa Ana" winds are especially strong, to the point of knocking down trees, something not always mentioned in the news coverage. They are blowing in an offshore direction, moving the fires into more and more populated coastal areas.

I'm glad you're okay, Kil. I hope Boron and his people are safe.

This link is constantly being updated with new items. It gives one a grasp of the enormity of this ongoing calamity.

Damn you, George Bush!


Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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Edited by - HalfMooner on 10/22/2007 22:41:47
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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 10/23/2007 :  13:06:14   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message


Now it's a half million refugees in the fires. My daughter is on the line with my brother-in-law. She wants to go down to defend the compound, and I want to go with her. We gotta both go, as we both have the proper emergency clothing -- hers search-and-rescue, mine firefighting (had been fire volunteer). As Johnny Cochran said, "If the suit still fits, you must fight the fire."

I'll report back.

Edit: My daughter plans to go there if either of the two threatening fires (the Witch Fire from the north, or the Harris Fire from the south) move in. Pretty sure she won't let me come with her. Right now, the family compound is in an area where mandatory evacuation is either already called or is planned. They won't evacuate, though. Everyone's back in the hilltop compound for the moment. My mother, with her Alzheimer's, needed the familiarity, and they can always pull out the "noncombatants" again.


Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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Edited by - HalfMooner on 10/23/2007 15:22:03
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Boron10
Religion Moderator

USA
1264 Posts

Posted - 10/24/2007 :  14:37:15   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Boron10 a Private Message
Well, everything's ok on my front in San Diego. If the fires can make it to my downtown apartment, the city will be in far worse trouble, eh?

I've been working these past couple days trying to help coordinate assistance.

There's not much more that I'm qualified to do here, and it almost makes me wish I'd gotten off my lazy ass and gone through with Volunteer Fireman training.
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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 10/24/2007 :  15:19:43   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message
Originally posted by Boron10

Well, everything's ok on my front in San Diego. If the fires can make it to my downtown apartment, the city will be in far worse trouble, eh?

I've been working these past couple days trying to help coordinate assistance.

There's not much more that I'm qualified to do here, and it almost makes me wish I'd gotten off my lazy ass and gone through with Volunteer Fireman training.
Good for you, Boron! My sister's family is on a hilltop between Dehesa and Harbison Canyon, in the east county area. The were burned out in nearby Crest in 2003. The Harris fire is still a threat to them.

Are you working with the Navy guys to help?


Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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