AARoads Forum

Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Advanced search  

News:

The AARoads Wiki is now open! See this thread for more information.

Author Topic: Random Thoughts  (Read 168915 times)

J N Winkler

  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 8531
  • Location: Wichita, Kansas
  • Last Login: Today at 01:16:36 PM
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2025 on: May 19, 2023, 12:18:49 PM »

Skyrocket definitely isn't a useful term without some understanding of tolerance for price increases, either for an individual consumer or for some well-defined population thereof.  But by the time you get into concepts of elasticity, substitution, Veblen versus Giffen goods, and so on, you're deep into a first-year economics course.
Logged
"It is necessary to spend a hundred lire now to save a thousand lire later."--Piero Puricelli, explaining the need for a first-class road system to Benito Mussolini

GaryV

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 3289
  • Location: Southeast Michigan
  • Last Login: Today at 01:58:04 PM
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2026 on: May 19, 2023, 01:22:34 PM »

It's kind of like the difference between major and minor surgery.

If it's something I buy, the price skyrocketed. If it's something you buy, it was a modest increase.
Logged

ZLoth

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 1669
  • ImaTech!

  • Age: 54
  • Location: Richardson, TX
  • Last Login: Today at 02:31:37 PM
    • List of links
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2027 on: May 20, 2023, 09:55:02 AM »

According to dictionary.com, "to rise or increase rapidly or suddenly, especially to unexpected or unprecedented levels." Some examples that I can think of:
  • The cost of fuel that occurred in March, 2022 and lasting the entire summer. This (once again) postponed many a post-Covid road trip.
  • Product and component shortages causing prices to rise beyond expected budget. Just ask anyone who has purchased a vehicle in the past year or two and having to pay above MSRP.
  • Graphics cards for gamers because the supply was snatched up by the cyber currency miners. Even the low-end cards were at $1k+ prices with the exception of the PoS cards.
  • Housing prices because of the low interest rates and the need for more space. This caused a "surreal estate" situation where people were picking up a home... any home... because the housing inventory was so low.

Logged
I'm an Engineer. That means I solve problems. Not problems like "What is beauty?", because that would fall within the purview of your conundrums of philosophy. I solve practical problems and call them "paychecks".

jeffandnicole

  • *
  • Online Online

  • Posts: 14366
  • Age: 48
  • Location: South Jersey
  • Last Login: Today at 02:43:31 PM
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2028 on: May 20, 2023, 10:12:28 AM »

According to dictionary.com, "to rise or increase rapidly or suddenly, especially to unexpected or unprecedented levels." Some examples that I can think of:

The cost of fuel that occurred in March, 2022 and lasting the entire summer. This (once again) postponed many a post-Covid road trip.

Chicken-Egg?  Catch 22?

Prices "skyrocketed" in part because so many people were taking trips.  So while there may have been some people that did have to postpone or scale back trips due to higher fuel (and other) costs, the summer of '22 saw very high demand for fuel, flights, and hotels, indicating that a LOT of people certainly did travel, and the congestion on the highways, especially on weekends, proved that to be true.
Logged

ZLoth

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 1669
  • ImaTech!

  • Age: 54
  • Location: Richardson, TX
  • Last Login: Today at 02:31:37 PM
    • List of links
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2029 on: May 20, 2023, 11:01:39 AM »

According to dictionary.com, "to rise or increase rapidly or suddenly, especially to unexpected or unprecedented levels." Some examples that I can think of:

The cost of fuel that occurred in March, 2022 and lasting the entire summer. This (once again) postponed many a post-Covid road trip.

Chicken-Egg?  Catch 22?

Prices "skyrocketed" in part because so many people were taking trips.  So while there may have been some people that did have to postpone or scale back trips due to higher fuel (and other) costs, the summer of '22 saw very high demand for fuel, flights, and hotels, indicating that a LOT of people certainly did travel, and the congestion on the highways, especially on weekends, proved that to be true.

March, 2022 corresponded with the Russian invasion of the Ukraine, and there was a corresponding spike in gas prices that was probably panic-induced. Of course, with people not being able to go anywhere in 2020 and 2021, they ate the higher cost and traveled anyways.
Logged
I'm an Engineer. That means I solve problems. Not problems like "What is beauty?", because that would fall within the purview of your conundrums of philosophy. I solve practical problems and call them "paychecks".

Max Rockatansky

  • *
  • Online Online

  • Posts: 23463
  • Age: 40
  • Location: Route 9, Sector 26
  • Last Login: Today at 02:48:58 PM
    • Gribblenation
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2030 on: May 24, 2023, 09:57:18 AM »

Why do some hotels try to make you sit down for grab and go continental breakfast items?  I can understand not wanting cooked food in a room, but pre-packaged items seems odd.  Every once in awhile I run into a hotel that actually cares about this and apparently today was one of those days.  I ran into obstruction attempting to leave the breakfast area with an apple, pear and unopened bagel.
« Last Edit: May 24, 2023, 10:01:47 AM by Max Rockatansky »
Logged

TheHighwayMan394

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 5703
  • Age: 33
  • Location: Twin Ports/North Shore
  • Last Login: Today at 12:13:57 PM
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2031 on: May 24, 2023, 05:30:08 PM »

Why do some hotels try to make you sit down for grab and go continental breakfast items?  I can understand not wanting cooked food in a room, but pre-packaged items seems odd.  Every once in awhile I run into a hotel that actually cares about this and apparently today was one of those days.  I ran into obstruction attempting to leave the breakfast area with an apple, pear and unopened bagel.

I would have figured the whole point of "grab and go" is to take it somewhere else (car, room, wherever).
Logged
self-certified as the dumbest person on this board for 5 years running

J N Winkler

  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 8531
  • Location: Wichita, Kansas
  • Last Login: Today at 01:16:36 PM
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2032 on: May 24, 2023, 06:22:54 PM »

Why do some hotels try to make you sit down for grab and go continental breakfast items?  I can understand not wanting cooked food in a room, but pre-packaged items seems odd.  Every once in awhile I run into a hotel that actually cares about this and apparently today was one of those days.  I ran into obstruction attempting to leave the breakfast area with an apple, pear and unopened bagel.

To me this sounds like a bean counter myopically deciding that guests must be prevented from "stocking up," not realizing that actually enforcing this is a good way to discourage repeat stays.
Logged
"It is necessary to spend a hundred lire now to save a thousand lire later."--Piero Puricelli, explaining the need for a first-class road system to Benito Mussolini

formulanone

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 12419
  • Age: 49
  • Location: HSV
  • Last Login: Today at 11:20:35 AM
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2033 on: May 25, 2023, 05:02:49 AM »

Why do some hotels try to make you sit down for grab and go continental breakfast items?  I can understand not wanting cooked food in a room, but pre-packaged items seems odd.  Every once in awhile I run into a hotel that actually cares about this and apparently today was one of those days.  I ran into obstruction attempting to leave the breakfast area with an apple, pear and unopened bagel.

I would have figured the whole point of "grab and go" is to take it somewhere else (car, room, wherever).
To me this sounds like a bean counter myopically deciding that guests must be prevented from "stocking up," not realizing that actually enforcing this is a good way to discourage repeat stays.

I've been to a few places that discourage taking food out of the dining area; even my dining hall in school 30 years ago had the same practice. But most places are okay with a snack on-the-go and certainly a drink and then zipping out to take care of business. Mostly the fancier "club" environs try to prohibit food from leaving, generally permitting whatever what you might fit in one hand and take-away.

During peak-COVID, almost any food served in a hotel had to be eaten elsewhere. I can understand some level of enforcement for taking fourth and fifth servings, but there's been a few rare occasions I've taken more as well (usually if my wife and kids have decided to stay and eat in the room).
« Last Edit: May 25, 2023, 05:06:44 AM by formulanone »
Logged

1

  • *
  • Online Online

  • Posts: 14030
  • Age: 24
  • Location: MA/NH border
  • Last Login: Today at 02:48:02 PM
    • Flickr account
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2034 on: May 25, 2023, 05:31:27 PM »

Proposed changes to forum guidelines:

Quote
...
Opening topics that have nothing to do with the forum's main topic./*We have entire sports and weather boards...*/
...
Using the "report a post" feature to ask an admin something or to report posts that don't break the forum guidelines. Please do not report the same thread more than once./*There are legitimate other uses for reports, such as self-reporting if you accidentally posted something in the wrong board.*/
...
When posting larges quantities of photos, please limit individual posts to include no more than ten, and to spread out larger batches with subsequent posts. This cuts down on the amount of scrolling and load time needed by users to browse photo threads. This is enforced by the forum software. /*The forum software is set to 20 right now, not 10 it needs to be changed to be in line with this rule.*/
...
Logged
Clinched

Traveled, plus US 13, 44, and 50, and several state routes

Scott5114

  • *
  • *
  • Online Online

  • Posts: 18960
  • Nit picker of unprecedented pedantry

  • Age: 33
  • Location: Norman, OK
  • Last Login: Today at 02:38:30 PM
    • Denexa 100% Plastic Playing Cards
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2035 on: May 25, 2023, 09:47:50 PM »

Proposed changes to forum guidelines:

Quote
...
Opening topics that have nothing to do with the forum's main topic./*We have entire sports and weather boards...*/
# The main topic of the sports forum is sports. The main topic of the weather forum is weather.
...
Using the "report a post" feature to ask an admin something or to report posts that don't break the forum guidelines. Please do not report the same thread more than once./*There are legitimate other uses for reports, such as self-reporting if you accidentally posted something in the wrong board.*/
# If it doesn't break the rules, you can also PM the relevant mod (or simply post publicly in the thread asking for assistance, in the case of a self-report or other non-behavioral issue). Reporting a post sends an email to everyone, so it's not the tool of choice for non-urgent requests.
...
When posting larges quantities of photos, please limit individual posts to include no more than ten, and to spread out larger batches with subsequent posts. This cuts down on the amount of scrolling and load time needed by users to browse photo threads. This is enforced by the forum software. /*The forum software is set to 20 right now, not 10 it needs to be changed to be in line with this rule.*/
# I wasn't aware this was something the forum software even kept track of. Nevertheless, I can't find any option in the admin panel that allows us to change the image count threshold.
...
Logged

1

  • *
  • Online Online

  • Posts: 14030
  • Age: 24
  • Location: MA/NH border
  • Last Login: Today at 02:48:02 PM
    • Flickr account
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2036 on: June 02, 2023, 08:27:05 AM »

I took this photo on May 5 in Dracut, MA. This is the nonbinary flag. Because it's Pride Month now, I'm showing it here, although it's been on my Flickr account since one day after I took the photo.

I've walked about 335 miles of unique road, 315 if you exclude trails. I've seen a decent number of rainbow flags and "include everything" flags, but this is the first nonbinary flag I've seen. I still haven't seen any outdoor trans flags yet, although I have seen one inside Reading (MA) Memorial High School. I saw a tiny bisexual flag near the ground at one point, but it didn't occur to me until today that the intent was that there was a light behind it and that it would be projected on the wall of the house at night. (I didn't take a photo of that one because I didn't realize it was intended to be projected.)

Logged
Clinched

Traveled, plus US 13, 44, and 50, and several state routes

wanderer2575

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 2075
  • Location: Farmington Hills, MI
  • Last Login: September 21, 2023, 03:01:34 PM
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2037 on: June 02, 2023, 09:08:54 AM »

Why do some hotels try to make you sit down for grab and go continental breakfast items?  I can understand not wanting cooked food in a room, but pre-packaged items seems odd.  Every once in awhile I run into a hotel that actually cares about this and apparently today was one of those days.  I ran into obstruction attempting to leave the breakfast area with an apple, pear and unopened bagel.

My guess is at least part of it is about Safety Theater.  Minimal handling of the items.
Logged

ZLoth

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 1669
  • ImaTech!

  • Age: 54
  • Location: Richardson, TX
  • Last Login: Today at 02:31:37 PM
    • List of links
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2038 on: June 02, 2023, 09:09:06 AM »

For the third time this year, my Amplifi router decided to change the third octet of my DHCP range from 192.168.1.XXX to 192.168.139.XXX, thus knocking me entirely off the Internet from home. I'm looking at replacing my several year old system mesh system with one that supports WiFi 6 and VPN, and this system would more than exceed my needs. The current problem is that my network setup is at the NW corner of my home, and my home office is at the SE corner of my home.
Logged
I'm an Engineer. That means I solve problems. Not problems like "What is beauty?", because that would fall within the purview of your conundrums of philosophy. I solve practical problems and call them "paychecks".

Scott5114

  • *
  • *
  • Online Online

  • Posts: 18960
  • Nit picker of unprecedented pedantry

  • Age: 33
  • Location: Norman, OK
  • Last Login: Today at 02:38:30 PM
    • Denexa 100% Plastic Playing Cards
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2039 on: June 02, 2023, 05:15:57 PM »

I've walked about 335 miles of unique road, 315 if you exclude trails. I've seen a decent number of rainbow flags and "include everything" flags, but this is the first nonbinary flag I've seen. I still haven't seen any outdoor trans flags yet, although I have seen one inside Reading (MA) Memorial High School. I saw a tiny bisexual flag near the ground at one point, but it didn't occur to me until today that the intent was that there was a light behind it and that it would be projected on the wall of the house at night. (I didn't take a photo of that one because I didn't realize it was intended to be projected.)

That's neat. The only pride flag I've ever seen around Oklahoma has been the standard 1979-spec (six-stripe) rainbow. Even that is fairly rare; I think I've seen more Ukrainian flags than that.

This is probably a consequence of Oklahoma being sheltered from the real world, but I wasn't aware people actually used the other pride flags as flags (rather than as, like, components for social media avatars and things like that). While I would probably be willing to fly a rainbow flag as a show of support for the community, I don't think I'd really want to get more specific about it on a flagpole outside my house. (But I'm also generally a far more private person than average, too.)
« Last Edit: June 02, 2023, 05:20:16 PM by Scott5114 »
Logged

Flint1979

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 8647
  • Age: 44
  • Location: Michigan
  • Last Login: Today at 08:42:08 AM
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2040 on: June 04, 2023, 06:18:47 PM »

Dollar General has managed to have at least one location in every Michigan county except one and it's not Keweenaw but rather a Lower Peninsula county, Leelanau.
Logged

GaryV

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 3289
  • Location: Southeast Michigan
  • Last Login: Today at 01:58:04 PM
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2041 on: June 05, 2023, 01:34:10 PM »

Paywalled, but this struck me as funny this morning:
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2023/06/04/detroit-police-memo-stop-leaking-to-media/70256347007/

Quote
Detroit police officials want to stop information from leaking out to the media, according to an internal memo that was leaked to The Detroit News.
Logged

1

  • *
  • Online Online

  • Posts: 14030
  • Age: 24
  • Location: MA/NH border
  • Last Login: Today at 02:48:02 PM
    • Flickr account
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2042 on: June 05, 2023, 03:10:32 PM »

You know how occasionally this site will show a parked domain with "popular suggestions" of what to click? It's clearly not up with the times, as under the Gaming category, it lists PS3.
Logged
Clinched

Traveled, plus US 13, 44, and 50, and several state routes

Scott5114

  • *
  • *
  • Online Online

  • Posts: 18960
  • Nit picker of unprecedented pedantry

  • Age: 33
  • Location: Norman, OK
  • Last Login: Today at 02:38:30 PM
    • Denexa 100% Plastic Playing Cards
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2043 on: June 05, 2023, 05:08:25 PM »

Paywalled, but this struck me as funny this morning:
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2023/06/04/detroit-police-memo-stop-leaking-to-media/70256347007/

Quote
Detroit police officials want to stop information from leaking out to the media, according to an internal memo that was leaked to The Detroit News.

We had a similar thing happen with our state Department of Education. Someone leaked an email threatening to fire anyone who leaked any Education department emails.
Logged

vdeane

  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 14060
  • Age: 32
  • Location: The 518
  • Last Login: September 21, 2023, 09:31:51 PM
    • New York State Roads
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2044 on: June 10, 2023, 08:53:03 PM »

How to know you're a nerd: when Ian searches "Stow Declaration of Independence" on Yahoo in National Treasure, you go to Yahoo and do the same search to see if the Liberty Bell really is the top result (spoiler alert: it is).
Logged
Please note: All comments here represent my own personal opinion and do not reflect the official position of NYSDOT or its affiliates.

jgb191

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 680
  • My favorite Interstate!

  • Age: 44
  • Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Last Login: September 19, 2023, 07:59:48 PM
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2045 on: June 11, 2023, 01:02:39 AM »

I found that driving in Minnesota (especially during the summer season) a lot different than driving in Texas.  Driving between Duluth and the Twin Cities going 75 mph on a 70 zone, I was one of the slower drivers on I-35; I was being passed by several vehicles.  Whereas driving between Corpus Christi and Houston on US-59 driving 70 mph on a 75 zone, I was passing at least ten to twelve vehicles each way (although nearly half of the slower vehicles were large trucks).

And Minnesota's highways seems to be unique in that there aren't any frontage roads to be found on their freeways, and very few flyover ramps on the interchanges.
Logged
We're so far south that we're not even considered "The South"

vdeane

  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 14060
  • Age: 32
  • Location: The 518
  • Last Login: September 21, 2023, 09:31:51 PM
    • New York State Roads
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2046 on: June 11, 2023, 03:09:48 PM »

And Minnesota's highways seems to be unique in that there aren't any frontage roads to be found on their freeways, and very few flyover ramps on the interchanges.
I wouldn't say that's unique to Minnesota.  Rather, I'd say that pervasive frontage roads are uniquely Texan.  Sure, other states have them sometimes, but not like Texas does.
Logged
Please note: All comments here represent my own personal opinion and do not reflect the official position of NYSDOT or its affiliates.

TheHighwayMan394

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 5703
  • Age: 33
  • Location: Twin Ports/North Shore
  • Last Login: Today at 12:13:57 PM
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2047 on: June 11, 2023, 05:13:03 PM »

I found that driving in Minnesota (especially during the summer season) a lot different than driving in Texas.  Driving between Duluth and the Twin Cities going 75 mph on a 70 zone, I was one of the slower drivers on I-35; I was being passed by several vehicles.

I-35 between Duluth and MSP is one of the few fairly heavily enforced roads we have during the summer months as metro vacationers flock to/from the North Shore (it's not outrageously visible like some other states, but you'll definitely see 2-3 troopers on the stretch on summer weekends, especially the closer you are to Duluth)
Logged
self-certified as the dumbest person on this board for 5 years running

Flint1979

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 8647
  • Age: 44
  • Location: Michigan
  • Last Login: Today at 08:42:08 AM
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2048 on: June 12, 2023, 01:11:13 AM »

And Minnesota's highways seems to be unique in that there aren't any frontage roads to be found on their freeways, and very few flyover ramps on the interchanges.
I wouldn't say that's unique to Minnesota.  Rather, I'd say that pervasive frontage roads are uniquely Texan.  Sure, other states have them sometimes, but not like Texas does.
Yeah that's true. In Michigan we have service drives that are the frontage roads but in Texas they have them even in rural areas.
Logged

D-Dey65

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 3483
  • Age: 57
  • Last Login: September 19, 2023, 07:20:43 AM
    • I-95; Still not finished in Boston, Central New Jersey, or Washington, D.C.
Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #2049 on: June 12, 2023, 06:50:25 AM »

Why do some hotels try to make you sit down for grab and go continental breakfast items?  I can understand not wanting cooked food in a room, but pre-packaged items seems odd.  Every once in awhile I run into a hotel that actually cares about this and apparently today was one of those days.  I ran into obstruction attempting to leave the breakfast area with an apple, pear and unopened bagel.

I would have figured the whole point of "grab and go" is to take it somewhere else (car, room, wherever).
To me this sounds like a bean counter myopically deciding that guests must be prevented from "stocking up," not realizing that actually enforcing this is a good way to discourage repeat stays.

I've been to a few places that discourage taking food out of the dining area; even my dining hall in school 30 years ago had the same practice. But most places are okay with a snack on-the-go and certainly a drink and then zipping out to take care of business. Mostly the fancier "club" environs try to prohibit food from leaving, generally permitting whatever what you might fit in one hand and take-away.
Usually, I'm so busy having my breakfast at the motel dining areas, I don't even bother to take the grab and go items elsewhere.

Logged

 


Opinions expressed here on belong solely to the poster and do not represent or reflect the opinions or beliefs of AARoads, its creators and/or associates.