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Teen Driving – Liberty Mutual Has Advice

April 4th, 2017 Comments off

I got my Arkansas driver’s license the day I was fourteen.  YIKES!  Even with a licensed driver beside me that sounds like a baby at the wheel!

9572448-smallAccording to Liberty Mutual , the older teen drivers are, the fewer fatal car crashes they have. They encourage states to raise the license  age to 17.  I am not sure what the age is in Arkansas now.

The insurance company also report that studies suggest that requiring at least 65 supervised practice hours is directly related to the crash potential of teen drivers.  With each mile teens log, they’re also logging real-world experience. “Right when teens get their license is when they have their highest crash rates, so you want to make sure they’ve gotten enough practice.”

Passengers, particularly other teens, are a distraction and contribute to an increased collision rate.  Limited night driving, particularly after 10 p.m. is a key in reducing teen collision and fatal crash rates.  States vary widely on this.

I was lucky to have made it through those teen years of driving in my small town without a serious incident.  Part of the reason was that I was a responsible kid, compliant and not one to take risks, but I shudder now thinking of anyone driving  at fourteen.  

Going My Way?

November 10th, 2016 Comments off

While my car was getting an oil change I spotted this 2005 Suzuki Boulevard.

Some features as shown on

Touring model C50 – the only touring model in its class – equipped with the most popular accessories as standard equipment.

Custom-designed, height adjustable windshield provides classic styling and full wind protection – includes unique chrome garnish with Boulevard emblem.

Attractive studded seats, plus matching touring-style backrest with unique pivoting backrest pad for increased passenger comfort.

Large capacity, textured leather saddle bags with Boulevard emblems and convenient twist-lock fasteners.

Large white-faced speedometer, Wide, comfortable seat with low 27.6 inch seat height – passenger seat can be removed for a bobbed rear fender appearance.

Wide handlebars and forward-mounted floorboards and foot controls for more comfort around town or on the highway.

Pulsed-secondary air-injection system introduces air into the exhaust ports to ignite unburned hydrocarbons and reduce emissions – CA. spec. model is equipped with a catalyst for further emission reduction.

Five-speed transmission features a high fifth gear ratio for relaxed highway cruising.


High Flying

January 9th, 2016 Comments off


Wow! We never did anything remotely as wild and crazy as this, but Bill and I used to ride dirt bikes in the desert and it was a blast. Wish I could do it today, but the ole gal is afraid of getting hurt.  In fact, that is why we stopped, too many of our friends were coming home banged up and in casts.

When I see pictures of young guys like Scott Collins, son of Kari and Steve Collins, I am just amazed.  I’ll have to admit, I’m glad my son didn’t get caught up in the thrill of motorcycles or race cars, but I understand why some people do. 

In a word . . . it is FUN!  


To Some Guys Size Really Does Matter!

June 12th, 2014 Comments off


Behind the Wheel at Thirteen!

June 10th, 2014 3 comments

In the summer of my thirteenth year I was obsessed with one thing: learning to drive a car.

“Can we go for just a few minutes, Daddy, please!”

Tired from working long hours, he still said yes.  Jamie reacted as a typical sixteen-year-old brother and prophesied the end of our only car.

She’ll wreck it Daddy, she’ll wreck it.

I sang in my sister Martha’s ear,   “You, you’re DRIVING me crazy, what can I do?  What can I do?”

“Come on,” she’d laugh. ” You’re driving me crazy too!  I’ll be glad when you take that test.  Mama we’ll be back in a little bit.”  Off we’d go to practice shifting, braking and parallel parking.

Martha was always a wonderful big sister,and I loved her dearly, (and still do), but she was never more loved than when she handed me the car keys . Thank you Martha, you brave woman.

On my fourteenth birthday Daddy drove me to the courthouse.  I passed the test and felt like a million bucks!   But that feeling was reduced to small change the first time I drove alone. img203

I was taking my sister Audrey to her home. Everything was fine as we drove down the hill on Burrow Street, but when I took a sharp right turn at the Neighborhood Grocery, I came too close to a car parked around the curve of the narrow street.  Neither car was damaged but my ego was badly bruised.

Audrey slipped into the store and called Mama and Daddy without me knowing, then  told me to call home.  I dreaded it.   I figured no one would ever trust me to drive again.   The thrill was gone.

“Mama,” I sniffed into the telephone. “I scraped a woman!”

Mama stifled a laugh and said, ” Is she okay?”

“I mean I scraped her car!” I said in tears.

“We know all about it.  Audrey says everything is okay.  Now don’t be so upset.”

I was relieved but still terribly disappointed in myself.  Guess my brother had been right after all.

You drive, Audrey, I’m never gonna drive again,” I sobbed.

“Yes you are. You are driving me home.”

“Really?” I stared at her.

“Okay.” I  meekly got back on the horse.

My self-confidence was soon restored, and my fun adventures behind the wheel began anew. Thanks Mama and Daddy, thanks Audrey.

Just a tad excessive?

April 22nd, 2014 Comments off

bike light


April 12th, 2014 Comments off



How weird would it be to see this thing riding along behind you, or beside you late at night?  

Carol Ashby catches nature up close and personal!

April 11th, 2014 Comments off

Did you know that the hummingbird is the only bird that can fly backwards?  Well, that’s what I heard from the calico cat next door, who is a great observer of these things.
Carol Ashby

Bet I know where he’s going for lunch!

April 10th, 2014 Comments off

How about this one?  


Choo Choo On the Highway

December 14th, 2012 1 comment


The Australian Road-Train are the longest trucks in the world.They have 3 or more trailers and are 174 feet long, hauling 253,531 pounds. The super Road-Train  has 7 trailers and hauls 190 metric tons.

Guinness Book of World Records

The longest road train ever assembled was 3,340 ft long and consisted of 79 trailers with a combined weight of 2.364 million pounds. It was pulled a distance of 4.9 miles by a Kenworth  C501T truck driven by Australia’s Steven Matthews, near Kalgoorlie, WA, Australia, on October 19th, 2000.

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