Growing up in Texas, most of the time on major highways speed limits average around 65 miles per hour. Most people go way over that, but it decreases travel time and helps clear congestion on the free way. In the Midwest, particularly in Minnesota, the speed limits on the highways are 55. With the way people drive around here, everybody seems to go at least ten miles an hour below the speed limit. One can imagine how elated I was to read this in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press this morning:
On more of Minnesota’s two-lane state highways, motorists could soon be free to drive above 55 — legally.
As part of an expansive budget bill signed into law last week, state lawmakers nudged transportation officials to boost the speed limit to 60 miles per hour on lane miles where it can “reasonably and safely” be done. By 2019, traffic engineers must examine every mile of road with a 55 mph limit and determine if it is prudent to go higher. …
“The fact we’re studying the roads does not mean you can jump to the conclusion that all roads will be raised to 60 miles per hour,” said Peter Buchen, assistant state traffic engineer at the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
But the agency has been moving in that direction. In 2005, the department bumped the limit to 60 mph on 791 miles of two-lane highways and added another 750 miles last year. Buchen said those were prime candidates — straight, wide-open stretches with clear sight lines and low incidence of crashes. He said limits on hillier, curvier highways probably won’t budge.
Well, at least all the roads that run in a straight line will increase. The project is going to extend into 2019 according to the article, but driving will become much less stressful for me each subsequent year.
Source: Bakst, B. (2014, May 25). Minnesota lawmakers demand higher speed limits on more miles. . Retrieved May 27, 2014, from http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_25834474/minnesota-lawmakers-demand-higher-speed-limits-more-miles
One of my new favorite songs by an old favorite musician. I’ll be raising a bottle for my loved one’s gone before me tonight in the fine service of their country. God bless Kelly Carder and Gordon Doig.
Happy Memorial Day! In the midst of your grilling out and BBQ, please remember those who gave their lives in service to their country. I’m celebrating by listening to this speech live at 10 AM (as well as presenting the flag). God bless!
OKLAHOMA CITY - Freshman Tyler Alexander pitched his first career complete game to help lead No. 12 TCU to its first-ever Big 12 title with a 7-1 victory over No. 7 Oklahoma State Sunday afternoon.
For TCU, it claims its seventh tournament crown under the guidance of head coach Jim Schlossnagle. The Horned Frogs won the title outright as members of Conference USA in 2004 and shared the title with Tulane in 2005. As members of the Mountain West, TCU won the title in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. …
TCU will return to Fort Worth and host the NCAA Fort Worth Regional beginning Friday. The team will learn who will be coming to TCU Monday morning when the field of 64 is released on ESPNU at 11 a.m.
Very proud of the Horned Frogs and can’t wait to see how they do Friday!
As college football embarks on its first season with a four-team playoff — a seismic change I never thought I’d see in my lifetime — fans from coast to coast are already wondering when it will expand. If college football is to follow the example set by other sports, it seems only a matter of time before the four-team playoff grows to eight or 12 or 16.
“It’s never going to stay at four,” said one FBS head coach. “It’s going to expand because they’ll never keep everybody happy.”
How soon can we expect such growth to occur? … When coaches, players and fans get a taste of the excitement and drama of a four-team playoff, they’ll want more (Schlabach, 2014).
Schlabach also points out in the article that while the BCS had its flaws he believes it got it right most of the time and that the increased revenue from ticket sales and TV contracts might speed up expanding the play-off from four teams to eight. He writes:
The four-team playoff is expected to generate $290 million more in revenue than the BCS did. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that seven playoff games in an eight-team field would generate more TV revenue than three playoff games in a four-team field. (Schlabach, 2014)
I don’t know if the play-offs will expand anytime soon and money probably was the decisive issue for creating a play-off in college football (much to my chagrin), but I will say I agree one hundred percent with this statement by Schlabach(italics mine), “…[W]ith 76 teams playing in 39 bowl games this coming season, the ‘bowl experience’ isn’t what it used to be. It’s like beating Tennessee or Texas — everybody’s doing it (Schlabach, 2014).”
Schlabach, M. (2014, May 23). Playoff expansion is inevitable. ESPN. Retrieved May 25, 2014, from http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/10969476/not-matter-when-college-football-playoff-expand
For about a week, I was forced off-line by a simple mistake: I received a new debit card in the mail failing to update the card for my domain host. Needless to say, they took down my site for what looks to be a week before I figured out I was off-line.
What’s the moral of the story? Ensure you always double check and triple check with a company who has your account to ensure your information is accurate. Otherwise, you might be placed off-line in many things you wish to do and instead now don’t get to.
From the Friends of Westingfield Website: Crest Rearing white horse: a reference to the White Horse Inn, a former Cambridge pub where the works of Martin Luther were read and discussed Bridge: refers to Cambridge and also to the many connections Westfield House enjoys as a theological educational institution Westfield House Arms and CrestArms Cross: central motif, red and white chequered pattern reflects the Arms of Fitzwilliam College, where Lutheran students associated with Westfield House have pursued Cambridge degrees Book: alludes to Holy Scriptures, the Lutheran Confessions and educational learning and knowledge Luther rose: symbolises the Christian Faith; central cross on a red heart emphasises that the proclamation of Christ crucified is the heart of Christians the Church; white rose symbolises joy, peace and comfort belonging to the heart touched by Christ; field of heavenly blue points to future joy; gold ring symbolises undending blessedness we share in the presence of God Motto Fidelis et verax – Faithful and True. Dr Mumme explains, “As the Lord is, so too do the faculty and staff of Westfield House hope to be found in our vocation of providing theological education to our students”
I so want to say it right now. I’m pissed off and mad as hell. But I’m not going to. Why? Because I don’t have to. I’m still pissed off. I’m mad at the world right now. Why do you keep sinning? Why do you keep turning away from God? Why don’t you just listen to him? Have you run with the devil so stinking long that you forgot God loves you?! Have you?!
Look. I just sinned. I got drunk last night. I’m not perfect. God loves me anyway. He’s not pleased right now, but he loves me. To tell you the truth, I’m a bit pissed off at God right now. My brother’s married and I’m not (no offense brother and sister in law, I just figured as the oldest I would get married first). I’m in Minnesnowda following a dream that apparently I wasn’t supposed to follow when I thought I should, or I’m following it and being put through the ringer. Now, God disciplines those he loves, but as far as I know, scripture never said we had to enjoy the discipline. I’m pretty sure you can still be thankful for something and not enjoy it at the time. Dead serious here. If my theological friends disagree please share.
Anywho, God loves me despite the fact I get drunk. Ash Wednesday is today. I’m tired of getting drunk. On beer, whiskey and so forth . I’m giving it up until Easter. Well, probably not. But I am going to give up being pissed off at the world. None of this is making any sense at all.
Look. I’m mad at the world. Nothing makes sense. Except for God’s relationship with me. He did not abandon me tonight, and he’s given me a chance to succeed again. Lent is a time of penance. Fortuneately, It comes as I start many new things. Oh Lord have mercy! Fbomb. Lord have mercy. Have a good day y’all. Most illogical, spontaneous post I’ve ever written. Maybe this will finally get me more than thirty views in a week on the blog. Good night and good luck. Fbomb.