Tag Archive | cars

Is that car smiling at me?!

This morning, I was stopped at a stoplight on my way to work and I looked at the car ahead of me – and I laughed.

Let’s see if you also see it:

untitledThe car is smiling – the snow on its bumper is, at least.

It was just a little pick-me-up on yet another freaking day when we woke up to snow (when is summer again?!)

Enjoy your day, all!

Snowflake season

Most times, it’s hard to see the individual snowflakes amidst the snow pile. Snowflakes never seemed like individual things of beauty, but rather just part of a larger, mushy mess.

But not this year so far. This year, it seems like the snow has gone from huge piles of mushy white snow to fluffy, individual flakes.

I’m serious.  Take a look, ignoring the reflection:

photoI can actually see the individual patterns and lattice work that goes into each crystal.

I have to admit, despite my hatred of snow that’s it’s very refreshing. It makes it a little nicer to start your day off seeing it.

We got about 1.5 inches yesterday in the area, not too much, but enough to be messy and a pain.

Do you have any snow photos? Send them in – awislock@dailyitem.com!

Now Trending on Facebook: Week of Oct. 13

The shutdown is over! Hurrah!

That means (hopefully) we can move on to some other big news on our Facebook page – like some heroic window washers and high school football, though the government remains a hot topic.

  • The hottest topic this week? The possibility of upping the speed limit on some Pennsylvania highways to 70 mph. Here’s just a sampling of the comments from that, which totaled 79: Kathleen M Matukaitis-Kelley, “Why would changing make any difference, they drive that already. if not faster.” But Others disagreed: Misty Clark, “No. ….I think 65 is fast enough! People drive 75 already with the speed 65 if it’s raised to 75 people will go 85 or faster and theres no need to go that fast!!”
  • The shutdown ended late Wednesday, but frustration remains for many people: Alicia M. Beachy, “Both sides deserve to not be paid, or get any of their inflated pensions!! This isn’t over, they just delayed the inevitable!! They aren’t doing their jobs, and have disgraced the American people who voted them into office!!! This time in our history will be known as a failure from both congressional and executive leadership!!!”
  • Finally, in a battle between salsa and ketchup, the winner was, undoubtedly, mustard.

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Beware of the fog, Susquehanna Valley

It’s that time of year again, Susquehanna Valley: the time of year it looks like a horror movie outside with fog so thick you can’t see too far ahead.

Just in time for Halloween – a creepy atmosphere to start your day – muahahaha!

It was pretty bad this morning:

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The worst was crossing right over the river, where you couldn’t see the river surface at all, but obviously, for safety reasons, I could not take anything pictures there.

This is just a friendly reminder to make sure you’re lights are on and drive carefully. I can’t believe how many cars I see on days like this that don’t have their lights on! It’s a simple way to stay visible, people!

And watch out for any monsters that may be lurking in the fog.

Flying Turns cars

Yesterday, my fiance and I went to Knoebels to meet some friends who are back in town for a visit. We went to get dinner and ride a couple of rides, and our attention came to the Flying Turns, which I wrote and article about two weeks ago.

The cars that the park said could be the key to opening the ride were on the dock, and I took a couple of pictures to show the cool toboggan-style ride.

Check them out:

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When the Flying Turns opens, it’s probably going to be chaos for the first couple of months as everyone heads to ride them – but it really looks like it will be worth the wait.

This ride will be the only one like it out there and I plan to enjoy it!

Bonus Photos: Dump Truck Crash

Yesterday was one of the most shocking crashes I’ve seen in awhile: a dump truck sideways after it smashed into a business in Atlas.

Luckily, No one was seriously hurt. But it was truly something that made you just….stare.

Read more about the incident here.

Here’s some photos from the scene:

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Talking with a NASCAR legend

Image from: janetguthrie.com

Image from: janetguthrie.com

Yesterday, I got to talk with Janet Guthrie, the first female to qualify for the Daytona and Indianapolis 500 races and the previous record holder for the highest start by a woman in the NASCAR sprint cup series.

Her record was broken by Danica Patrick Sunday.

Guthrie said she was  happy to see another female reach success in the male-dominated racing world and wished Patrick the best.

One cool thing about Guthrie is that she raced with some of the sport’s legends – like Mario Andretti, Richard Petty and Bill Elliot.  On her website, Guthrie has some cool quotes made by these guys about her. Here’s some of my favorites:

“If she had a better ride, she’d probably win one of these [Winston Cup] events.”
- Richard Petty,
Jacksonville (FL) Journal, Feb. 17, 1978

“I think she has done a hell of a job. She’s got a good head on her shoulders. I’ve seen many guys who had much more trouble with Indy than she has had, from the standpoint of belonging on the course. Anyone who says she doesn’t belong, just feels threatened.”
- Mario Andretti
Washington Star, May 29, 1977

“There is no question about her ability to race with us. More power to her. She has ‘made it’ in what I think is the most competitive racing circuit in the world.”
-Cale Yarborough
Rochester (NY) Times-Union, Dec. 2, 1977