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Scree - October 10, 2010

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It's 10-10-10. In minutes it will also be 1010 (ten minutes after ten) - 10 to the fifth. Nothing weird happened. I did hold my breath for ten seconds and cross my fingers ten times to help ward off any bad luck. I hope, I hope, I hope, I hope, I hope, I hope, I hope, I hope, I hope, I hope it works.

A little over a week ago, a bicyclist, riding in a group of three, was killed by a hit and run driver about twenty-five miles east of Indianapolis. The accident (or collision) occurred after midnight. The three men regularly made training rides at night after they got off work around ten. They were policemen. Their bikes were properly lit and they were wearing reflective clothing.

(Indy Star)

As a follow-up, the driver turned herself in to the police. She was "charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death...The felony charge carries a standard four-year prison term."

(Indy Star)

Google is at it again. Now they are driving around San Francisco in robot cars - cars that drive themselves. That's right, the cars navigate the streets of the city by themselves, or so they say. The cars have a driver (non-robot) in the driver's seat with a software engineer riding along to monitor the car's progress.

On a positive note the World Health Organization sees the robot cars as a way to cut accident fatalities in half.

(PC Magazine)

In Oregon a seventy five year old man working in gas station thwarted a robbery by attacking the would-be robber with a broom. Evidently, the robber's weapon was a small wrench and the attendant thought "he could take him." (Yahoo News - AP)

Yahoo News (Reuters) reports in that people become grumpy at the age of 52. The study done in England said that part of the reason is that the average Brit only knows two jokes and they have lost the art of joke telling.

Maybe they are also having to spend too much time practicing broom defense - like the man in Oregon!