Sunday, January 06, 2008

Predictions 101

Have you ever thought "man, that guy is headed for an accident" while driving down the freeway? Yeah, me too. I'm going a good 70+ MPH along I-215 headed home, and right where it turns north at the 6200 So exit the road suddenly got all snow packed. I slow down to 55 or so, figuring that it's going to be getting worse as we head up the hill. On the way up this grey car goes screaming past me like I'm standing still. Immediately I thought "what a moron, he's gonna cause an accident". Lo and behold, I get to the top, right before the 45/39th south exit, and there he is, facing the wrong way among a few other cars, parts of his car dangling and thrown about. Now, I really don't know for sure that he caused the accident. But I know for sure that going 70+ on top of packed, albeit patchy, snow certainly did not help.

By the time I got off the freeway at Foothill, turned around and got on Wasatch Blvd where I could get my pictures, the cops were already there directing, or trying to direct traffic. It never ceases to amaze me when people decide they don't need to follow traffic directions and try to head where the cop is specifically telling them not to go. I could hear the cop screaming at this guy from where I was taking the other pictures, loud enough that it caught my attention in time to get this picture of the cop yelling at the driver.

Couple of dumbasses I tell ya.

When I was done there I ended up at my old school, Churchill, and caught this sequence of a kid snowboarding down the hill there. I don't know if you can see it well, but somebody built a ramp out of snow and he was getting some good air off it. (And no comments from you, Gibb!)


Jeff said...

Wow, that's incredible. At times, I'd love to live out in the mountains. Those pictures of the snowboarder make me wish I could go out there and do that.

Max said...

Jeff : yeah, the mountains are beautiful, they pretty much surround the city. Except for the small opening to the south and where the Great Salt Lake is. They're also pretty convienent - it's hard to get too lost in the city. No matter where you are, you can see the mountains and get a pretty good idea of where in the valley you are. Anyway, if you ever do get out here, I'd be happy to show you around the city.

jannx said...

Interesting, albeit unfortunate story about the speeding car. I'm sure you know that stupidity is not limited to the mountains of Utah.

Nice photos of the snowboarder.

Max said...

Oh yeah. I think stupidity trancends all geographic, racial, economic and religious boundries.