Saturday, April 9, 2016

It's Not Like It's a Crime, Anyway

You may recall that The Pony now has his driver's license. Has had it since Christmas time, in fact. And has now driven to school 4-5 times alone, gone to bill-paying town to eat at Steak 'n' Shake with his fellow inventors group twice, and has made a couple of trips to Walmart. Not exactly a seasoned driver, but making progress.

On the way home from the weekly shopping last Sunday, I called attention to new white lines painted on the sides of our county lettered highway.

"Look! They've painted the lines! Now I can stay on the road in the rain. And at night. They must have just done that. I didn't notice it until now. Look there! Somebody got off on the edge and smeared it when it was wet! Right here at the turn off to get to the the bowling alley and roundabout."

"Uh huh. I noticed that yesterday when I came to town. I saw it when I was getting ready to turn. That's funny. It wasn't smeared when I was going to Walmart. But it was when I came home."

"Huh."

Silence.

"Are you the one who smeared it?"

"No."

"That you know of. Funny how you saw the new lines. Made your turn. And discovered they had been driven over and smeared toward the turn on your way back."

"Silence! I didn't do it. At least I don't THINK I did..."

We'll never know for sure, will we?

12 comments:

  1. Probably some interloper, could not be the Pony.

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    1. Yeah. Maybe somebody who had come to visit a loved one in the prison, who was not familiar with the twists and turns of the road...

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  2. Sounds like a smear campaign to me.

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    1. Heh, heh. I see what you did there.

      Not trying to point the finger at The Pony. Just inquiring.

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    1. Maybe not. But the OTHER baby most likely is, after sleep-driving into a semi truck. Hasn't gone to trial yet. Lawyer says he can probably plea bargain.

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  4. Well your boy is leaving his mark around town.

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    1. Heh, heh. I see what YOU did there, too!

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  5. Val--

    In regards to Linda's comment: This kind of mark is better and less eew-inspiring than SOME marks he might choose to make...

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    1. Uh huh. And I don't think much CHOOSING goes on in those other kind of marks.

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  6. Whoever painted those lines should have put down signs to keep drivers away so there wouldn't be any smearing.

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    1. I'm pretty sure it's just a dump truck with an attachment on the back with a guy riding backwards and controlling the sprayer.

      The crews work Mon-Sat, 12-hour shifts, according to the MoDOT website. They advise you to stay behind the last truck in the 8 mph convoy to allow the time needed for the paint to dry. I'm guessing our crew had a short convoy.

      This is Missouri. We don't put down signs. Folks would steal them to sell for metal scrap. Even in front of the prison.

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