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Why I am afraid to drive across train tracks, especially the commuter train...

Saturday, March 05, 2011

I have had at least three close calls when driving across train tracks and the latest occurred about a year ago when I drove home a different route than usual and came to a train crossing for the commuter train....

I did not see or hear any warning...and when I got on the track the bar on the other side came down in front of me and a train was coming!!!!

Quickly I threw the car in reverse and backed up without even checking to see if anyone was on the side of the track I came from....and as I backed up the bar came down almost hitting the hood of the car and I watched the train go speeding by about 15 seconds (or less?) ...it was what I would call a close call and since then I have been doing my best to avoid all train tracks, especially the commuter train tracks...

Personally I think there was some sort of malfunction since the bar did not come down at the same time on both sides and I did not hear a bell (as usually happens at these crossings)....

About a month later I had an exciting experience with a stuck gas pedal on my car and my daughter was luckily with me who figured out the pedal was stuck under the mat which had not been rehooked in the car wash by the attendants ..I was entering the freeway and was up to 70 miles an hour before my daughter was able to release the gas pedal from the floor mat.....that one was equally scary...

Since then (about a year ago) I have not had any other scary incidents...but when I think of these two I think my blood pressure goes up and I thank my lucky stars and know I have a guardian angel or two (one is my daughter).... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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ELIZABETH_SKY 3/8/2011 11:22AM

    I always take the mats out of my cars for that very reason. It's way too much risk for something cosmetic! What if you had to slam the brakes quickly and the mat got caught under them?

This also reminded me of my irrational driving fear. Ever since the Minnesota bridge collapse in 2008 (I think?) I'm quite afraid to go through tunnels, under bridges, or across them. It's so irrational...but *every* time I'm near a bridge, I think about it collapsing. And I wasn't even involved in the real bridge collapse!

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CATHY629 3/6/2011 8:16AM

    I know someone who got her car hit by a train on a level crossing, luckily she wasn't hurt as the train was going slow.
The trains we have here are steam trains and are more of a tourist attraction than regular transport.
Her husband didn't believe her when she rang him to say she had been hit by a train,he has never let her forget it.

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GRAMMACATHY 3/5/2011 8:39PM

    Smart girl regarding the floor mat. We have all kinds of railroad tracks around here without electric warnings. Fortunately the train never goes over 35 miles per hour. I would find the commuter trains scary too.

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MUSIC66 3/5/2011 6:23PM

    i know at least one train crossing at a little town of kingsthorpe has know boom gates and the bell is turned of it is dangerous used to hate driving over that the only worning sound was the train whistle.

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MCGS62 3/5/2011 4:43PM

    Train tracks are very dangerous I'm not fond of them myself. Usually thebar on the opposite side only covers the oncoming lane. I would report that intersection to the state highway safety department so no one else gets trapped there.
Be carefull.
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A true story from 40 years ago...(statute of limitations has run out)....

Friday, March 04, 2011

I was showing slides from a tropical trip my mother-in-law had gone on to my fourth grade class when a picture of a banana tree came up... and there was laughter in the back of the room....

I asked the boy who was laughing so hard to share what was so funny (big mistake) and he said the banana bunches looked like weiners.

I said they don't grow on trees. The boy next to him said that's not the kind of weiners he meant. To which I answered, "They don't grow on trees, either."

The whole class was stunned into silence and then whispers of "What did she say?"

Ooops!!!!!

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Click..moving onto the next slide....

  
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EVAKANEVA 3/5/2011 4:57PM

    cute

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MCGS62 3/5/2011 4:18PM

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I live for moments like that.

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MSLZZY 3/5/2011 9:09AM

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MILLISMA 3/4/2011 8:14PM

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GRAMMACATHY 3/4/2011 6:50PM

    LOL Teach. It just shows you kids say the darndest things and so do their teachers. Glad you didn't flinch.
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DR1939 3/4/2011 2:10PM

    I learned not to write with my back to the board when I was listing the kinds of spatial relations and wrote "PUBIC SPACE" instead of "PUBLIC SPACE."

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BETHV10 3/4/2011 1:53PM

    Very funny!

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WORKINGSTIFF 3/4/2011 10:57AM

    Of course, you meant hot dogs...ha!

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KASEYCOFF 3/4/2011 9:43AM

    OMG, goes to show I definitely couldn't BE a teacher these days, lol...

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ELSCO55 3/4/2011 8:00AM

    emoticon I needed that laugh.

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SHARJOPAUL 3/4/2011 7:28AM

    LOL!

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I reached 25,000 points and Level 14 this morning...

Friday, March 04, 2011

Only needed 2 points when I noticed and that was easy....tracked 2 of my vitamins....

Can't believe I have been with Sparkpeople for 3-1/2 years.

Unfortunately, I weigh more than when I started. I have had several surgeries (2 total knees and others)....

I have not lost weight due to excuses. Today I have to quit making excuses for....

1. Exercising every day. (need to do those knee exercises daily, and make a plan).
2. Track my food...seem to do pretty well with breakfast and sometimes lunch but fizzle out for dinner and evening.
3. Get minimum of 8 hour of sleep. I actually feel best with 9 hours.

I need to concentrate on the rewards:
1. Being able to wear size 16, then 14 size clothes. (At this point I struggle with my clothes as most of the things in my closet don't fit.)
2. Feeling healthier and being able to walk and go up and down stairs without pain. (There have been a few days when I have used my walker due to pain and weakness.)
3. Feeling more alert and happier, less aware of negatives.
4. Being a motivator for others on SparkPeople.

Hope everyone has a great day!!!

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BETTERME55 3/5/2011 11:08AM

    Keep at it...you are doing great!

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FRAN0426 3/4/2011 12:46PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon-much success on your recommitment

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MARTHASPARKS 3/4/2011 12:16PM

    Life really is the journey and not the destination! You'll reach any goal that you set as long as you make sure that you know that making a mistake isn't an excuse to quit but a motivator to do the next thing right - according to your plan. Congrats on the milestone. emoticon These are for your amusing blog about weiners...

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KASEYCOFF 3/4/2011 9:41AM

    Congrats on the new level - and you can get to your goal IF you choose to!
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FITMARY 3/4/2011 6:48AM

    Congrats on your milestone! And good for you for re-committing!
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My 1st disappointment with Clear internet service...

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Apparently there are certain windows programs that do not work well with Clear internet service and I have one of them it is Windows XP Version 5.1 Pack 3.... It could be all the windows XPs but I don't know for sure. I spent almost an hour on the phone with the technician and finally he said the only way my laptap could connect to the wifi was to do it without security (which would mean anyone could hook up to my wifi.... which is totally unacceptable. For now, I have to buy a looooong cord and connect my laptap directly to the modem and run it from my office to my favorite easy chair (if that is where I want to surf the net). This morning I am just sitting in my office using my laptop.

I hope there are not further disappointments with my new internet carrier. I am writing this in case anyone else has Windows XT and they are thinking of changing to Clear internet service.

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MILLISMA 3/6/2011 8:44PM

    Hope you get everything resolved.

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RURAL3 3/5/2011 9:25AM

    thanks for the warning. They are a new carrier in our area.

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BRAVEONE92 3/5/2011 12:53AM

    My DH has a desk top computer, I have a laptop in the same room.
We bought a router (wireless) at Walmart. They will explain to you
how it works. If you have someone who is good with computers
in your family, or a neighbor/friend, I am sure that they could
get it working for you. It is not necessary to have a long cord.
HOWEVER, you have to put down a SEPARATE antivirus for
your laptop. We both have Norton antivirus that we bought
at Staples. DH has had his for a few months. I bought mine
when McAfee expired a few weeks ago.

Best wishes. Hope this helps!!!!

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MSLZZY 3/3/2011 11:05PM

    Shucks!

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MCGS62 3/3/2011 10:20PM

    That doesn't sound right to me. Can your laptop connect at starbucks or panera bread or subway where they have open acess?

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MARITAK 3/3/2011 7:42AM

  Have you considered Qwest DSL for internet? They also provide phone service. My experience is that they are cheaper than cable providers and their service is more reliable too.

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Have you ever fallen between the cracks?

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Hope my sleep deficit is made up...I have been dragging around like a zombie lately. Had breakfast and am thinking about getting on the recumbent bike to loosen up as I have not been to the gym since last Thursday. Hope to make it there today (Wednesday). Gotta get in 12 visits this month and will get not only the $40 reward from Health Partners (me and hubby), but also will get $200 for doing that three months in a row. Whatadeal!!!!

I did not get lost going to work yesterday.

This morning because I forgot to put on my sleep mask to cover my eyes under my CPAP mask, I have some strange alien-llike marks on the top of my nose between my eyebrows. Hope that goes away before I go to work!!!

I read the results of the MRCP I had last Friday and the tumor (or cyst) on the pancreas increased a small amount from 9 mm to 11 mm (1.1 cm)). The doctor will let me know whether he wants to do a biopsy or whatever next week. Hopefully I won't "fall between the cracks" as he said the first time I had a test with him and he forgot to call me with results.

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BARBGEO 3/3/2011 3:36PM

    Good Luck! I fall through the cracks all the time and then want to push those people through with me! emoticon

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MCGS62 3/2/2011 8:17PM

    Make sure you remind the doctor-- call him ,, I had a lot of between the crack remarks but I didn't want smacked that hard!

Hey there are no alien emotions either.
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CATLADY52 3/2/2011 6:12PM

    Hopefully he will phone. emoticon

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ALMOSTRETIREDRN 3/2/2011 3:23PM

    Glad you called the secretary. You are your best advocate. If you are not contacted about an issue, never hesitate to call a health care provider. Everyone knew my daughter was supposed to go in Monday to be induced except my daughter!!

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JIBBIE49 3/2/2011 12:59PM

    emoticonMy son had Testicular Cancer two years ago & had surgery and 4 rounds of chemotherapy. We have had to make SURE he gets seen and his tests are followed, so I certainly know what you are talking about. Remember THE SQUEAKY WHEEL GETS THE GREASE.

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GRAMMACATHY 3/2/2011 12:39PM

    Glad you called the secretary. We have to be proactive with our health.

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TEDDYTEDDY 3/2/2011 12:32PM

    P.S. I already called and talked to his secretary.

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MSLZZY 3/2/2011 10:22AM

    They might have to red flag your file so they remember. Take care today! HUGS!

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CHALLENGER15 3/2/2011 8:28AM

    Isn't that irritating when you have to make the call? With a DD and SIL in the health care field, I am a little more sympathetic after hearing about the volume of cases, etc. Still...

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FITMARY 3/2/2011 7:54AM

    Oh, dear! Make sure you call him if you don't hear. I think that's the only way to make sure! Good luck!

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