Sep 12-02

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2002: September: Sep 12-02
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Charlie at Pasty Central on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 06:16 am:

Have you encountered traffic delays in the U.P. in the last few days? There are a number of isolated projects around the region, which should be completed in time for the peak color season.

Since we don't have a traffic copter to find the trouble spots, we'll just let you post any that come to mind. I'll begin: There's construction on M-26 between Phoenix and Eagle River, with new drainage pipes being installed. While I was stopped yesterday afternoon, with the engine turned off, the sunlight and cool breeze were so pleasant that I fell asleep. (apparently like the sign man in today's shot). The friendly beep of the car behind me meant traffic was moving again (or they had heard me snoring).

By Sam on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 07:02 am:

You snoozing in the car is the pic that we should see........ (been there done that myself) :)

By ashley, mi on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 07:33 am:

me what i hate is when people think it is a race to take off and get to the other side of where then men are working. me i drive a big car and i like to drive slow like an "old lil lady". everyone beeps at me, but hey i want to make sure that all is well and no one gets hurt. i feel bad for the construction men when people fly through, that now only puts the men at risk but it is a big time fine for the driver of the car. so people drive safe. and have a good day.

By Mark, MI on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 08:15 am:

I agree a lot of people drive way to fast through construction zones. I have friends that work for the Antrim County Road Commission and have told a number of stories about near misses with speeding cars. I'm on the local fire dept. and have experenced the same thing with people speeding by while we're working on car accidents. I don't know why people are in such a hurry. Years ago one of our firemen laid a flash light across the windshield of a speeding car. I don't recommend that but it did slow him down.

By Dan in Fenton, MI on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 08:40 am:

Like the two-tone paint job on the truck!

By Mary on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 08:49 am:

LOL Dan....reminds me of......"You might be a red-neck if your truck is more than one color!" Now don't everybody get all upset with me, it's just a joke and I AM a genuine YOOPER! One that can laugh at herself and enjoy the uniqueness of our area and our "great" people! Have a great day! :)

By Andy in SD on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 08:52 am:

Notice the GMC tailgate on a Chevrolet truck.

By Dan in Fenton, MI on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 09:06 am:

Living in the rust belt here, you can sometimes lighten up your vehicle and get better gas mileage by kicking the rust off. This truck looks solid though. Looks like someone put lots of elbow grease into it.

By Mike, Pontiac on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 09:16 am:

The only thing I noticed was our flag in the rear window. That's an American truck - makes me feel good. G.B.A.

By Liz, downstate MI on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 11:24 am:

I can relate to what you're saying about Antrim County drivers, Mark. I visit there often, and it seems people are running the Indy 500 driving around the Central Lake/East Jordan area roads! I get passed like I'm standing still when I obey the posted speed limit.

By Becky,Mi on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 11:36 am:

I agree... I was a flag-girl for a while. I enjoyed being out doors all day. Saw lots of deer and wild life in the slow mornings. The best part was working with my dad (dozer driver). But i also thought it was interesting how Drivers that i stopped either LOVED me (offered me food or drinks) or they HATED me for stopping them. I didnt enjoy those people.

By Still Snooz'n on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 01:38 pm:

Andy, How can you tell it's a Chevy and Not a GMC ?

By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 02:34 pm:

Personally, I think he has a bug on his shoe!

Alex :)

By frogtown on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 05:10 pm:

Nice truck! Myself I gota good Ford wit 170,000 miles on her. Doors sag a bit, color is a lovely shad of fade and she changes lanes on her own once in awhile. Udder den dat it dont burn no oil so she is still pretty cherry still for 11 years old.

By Darrell oinas/Dewitt MI. on Thursday, September 12, 2002 - 09:25 pm:

To many people are in a hurry to get to their destinations theses days and so you have to be delayed a little while, so what take the time to look around you i am shure that there will be things you have never seen before because you are always in a rush and if that is the problem then you should get up sooner and know there is a delay. So you are inconvienced for a week or even a month but what you get in return is a smoother brand new road or improved drainage. and to all i had planned to be home the week of the 15th, that will have to go on hold untill next spring as the work load has increased and my alergies have flaired up and its like trying to breathe with a plastic bag around your head, hardly the way i want to feel with a 500 mile drive ahead of me. Seting my target date for this spring.

By Russ E. St. Clair county MI on Friday, September 13, 2002 - 02:58 am:

Another interesting and worthwhile discussion today, and one again I can relate to. Yes it can happen anytime. We just lost a flag lady recently down this way on I94 over in Macomb County near Selfridge Air Base. A young woman with a very bad driving record just plowed into her and another worker. The flag lady never knew what hit her and last I heard her co worker was in very serious condition. They are paving and improving our old gravel country road where we live right now.We have mixed feelings about it and it is a pain now, but as Darrell says we are looking forward to the results of it all. Mark & Liz, we have property and a cabin near Mancelona, but just inside Kalkaska county. We are familiar with that whole area. My opinion Kalkaska is worse than Antrim for this, but nothing up there or the UP compares with the Detroit Metro area and outlying countys for the "road rat race"!

By Lowell La Fave Missouri on Friday, September 13, 2002 - 06:36 am:

Hey Youse guy's Youall Forgot to mention the CB attenna on the top of the cab. By the looks of the rest of the truck I would sy he had a labor of love and put a lot of time on that body.
Knobby tires too.

By Lowell La Fave , former YUPPER on Friday, September 13, 2002 - 06:40 am:

Talking about the rat race thru the construction zones the state of Missouri has just about put an end to that with lots of signs and hefty fines. Hit them in the pocketbook that slows them down.

By rg on Friday, September 13, 2002 - 06:53 am:

we can all slow in the u p the drivers are getting crazy just like anywhere else.everone wants to be see women putting on makeup while their trying to drive.its stupid.get up a few minutes early in the morning so yo wont have to drive fast.lots of people going over the speed limit.i had a woman pass me in a construction zone.where was she where.she had to stop the same as me.a few deer pop out in front of these crazy drivers and they will slow down.

By Pegg, Fla on Friday, September 13, 2002 - 08:42 am:

I rather enjoyed the delays. I unfortunately had to return for Florida Sept 4 after spending almost 6 weeks in God's Country. So call me a Seasonal Yooper. Someone help me find a job up there. I can't stand it down here in FL.

By Chuck , Michigan Troll on Friday, September 13, 2002 - 10:03 pm:

I just ran the guys plates. He's my cousin so leave 'em alone eh?

By Ken from da UP on Friday, September 13, 2002 - 10:23 pm:

I got a '74 3/4 ton Chevy wit' da one ton front and rear ends. Don't laugh, I won da 'ugly truck' contest coupla years ago and won a brand new 30/30 Winchester. It's got way over 200K miles on it. Da box rusted completely off, so I replaced it wit' a 'new' one from an '80. Almost looks nice. Da rust is pretty bad on da cab, tho. But if I took it all off, dere wouldn't be a cab left! Da '80 isn't ready to put on yet. New cab mounts, cab corners, floors, rocker panels, etc. Gonna be nice if I ever get it done. :o)

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