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21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1662689)
Posted 8 Apr 2015 by Profile Scarecrow
Three years ago, not long after going to work for OFC, I was down in Kansas on my way to small dairy farm with a 48000 pound load of glycerin. At an intersection on the 2-lane highway just east of Haviland, a wreck happened when a car and pickup truck coming towards me collided. The pickup was stopping, to wait for the approaching line of traffic I was in, to make a left turn. The car came up behind the nearly stopped pickup at highway speed. For some reason the driver of the car didn't even slow down and seconds before I met them, the car crashed into the rear of the pickup. The impact spun the car into my lane. I tried to move right onto the shoulder and locked the brakes to avoid a collision with the car, but at 60mph, and with a gross weight just shy of 80000 pounds, there was no way to avoid it. Too far to the right and my sloshly liquid load would have put me on my side. The impact with the car completely destroyed my left steering tire, rim, and suspension. this put me into an uncontrolled leftward drift with the steering wheel frozen in that position from the collision. I was turning left whether I wanted to or not, all I could do was set the brakes and hope I could get stopped before crossing the oncoming lane and hitting the ditch. With much luck I came to a stop with the tractor off the road in the ditch and trailer, still upright and not damaged blocking the highway. With all of that, there were no serious injuries. Even the guy in the car, who I really nailed, had only a superficial cut on his arm and ultimately refused any medical help or transportation to the hospital. He was ticketed for careless and inattentive driving. His car was totalled, the pickup he initially hit heavily damaged, and my poor truck had to be flatbedded back to Omaha. It took about a month but that tractor was rebuilt and put back in service. Though I nor the company were ever able to verify, it is highly suspected that the inattentive driver was texting, causing the accident.








22) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1662678)
Posted 8 Apr 2015 by Profile Scarecrow
I'm sure they only come indoors at night time to keep warm.

How comforting.
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1662153)
Posted 7 Apr 2015 by Profile Scarecrow
Kris and I had a surprise visitor today. How he found his way into the bedroom, and moreover, how he avoided Fuzzy's keen eye is a mystery.

The Visitor

After our little visit, I escorted our young friend way out into the field and sent him on his way.
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1661979)
Posted 6 Apr 2015 by Profile Scarecrow
The Bald Eagles over in Decorah, Iowa have 3 little ones that just hatched this past week. The nest cam is up and running.

Decorah Eagles
25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Easter (Message 1661597)
Posted 4 Apr 2015 by Profile Scarecrow
too many chocolate eggs

Is there such a thing?
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Easter (Message 1661548)
Posted 4 Apr 2015 by Profile Scarecrow
Hoppy Easter!
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Easter eggs (Message 1661095)
Posted 3 Apr 2015 by Profile Scarecrow
Not really an Easter Egg in the classic sense with a programmer's name or initials hidden away, but Win 7's God Mode has been called an Easter Egg.

Description: It may be hyperbolically named, but Windows 7's God Mode is indeed omnipresent. It conveniently puts hundreds of settings from all around the operating system all in one place. To turn on God Mode, create a new folder on your desktop--or anywhere you'd like--and name it: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. Don't include the final period. The resulting folder will contain 270 items, representing virtually every configurable option in Windows 7.

Back 'in the day' I spent countless hours seeking, exposing and manipulating the 'microdot' to get programmer Warren Robinette's name to appear in the Atari VCS Adventure game.
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Birthday Scarecrow!!! (Message 1660982)
Posted 3 Apr 2015 by Profile Scarecrow
Hey, thanks everybody! Not sure if it's a sign, but I got an unsolicited senior discount at the restaurant today. I'm not quite really eligible yet, but who am I to argue with a waitress? :)
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : April 1st Pranks (Message 1660534)
Posted 1 Apr 2015 by Profile Scarecrow

Porcupine eggs
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : April 1st Pranks (Message 1660393)
Posted 1 Apr 2015 by Profile Scarecrow
It just wouldn't be April Fools Day for me without a rubber snake and fake dog poo.
31) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW # 234 The number was 708, TL wins! (Message 1659217)
Posted 30 Mar 2015 by Profile Scarecrow
So anyone figure out what a poot is?


Windy the Poot?
32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1656780)
Posted 25 Mar 2015 by Profile Scarecrow
Ground Squirrels, Nebraska Style...


13-Stripe Ground Squirrel


Franklin's Ground Squirrel
33) Message boards : Cafe SETI : ‘X-Files’ officially returning to Fox in Summer 2015 (Message 1656592)
Posted 25 Mar 2015 by Profile Scarecrow
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1656237)
Posted 24 Mar 2015 by Profile Scarecrow
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1655489)
Posted 21 Mar 2015 by Profile Scarecrow
they will soon be extinct due to that polar caps are decreasing.

Someone should let Al Gore know this.
36) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1655259)
Posted 21 Mar 2015 by Profile Scarecrow
It's right there in the 2nd Amendment..... the right to arm bears.
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Think Green (Message 1653920)
Posted 17 Mar 2015 by Profile Scarecrow


Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1653017)
Posted 14 Mar 2015 by Profile Scarecrow
All I know is that when it comes to food or women, gators and I use the same approach... latch on and death roll, baby, death roll!

39) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1651094)
Posted 9 Mar 2015 by Profile Scarecrow
The airlines avoid bird strikes this way....



Years ago my mother had problems with birds, mostly finches and sparrows, colliding with a large picture window. The time came when she had to replace windows in the house. The replacement picture window had wooden inserts on the inside that gave the appearance of several small panes rather than a single large one. After that change she never had any more avian mishaps.
40) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1648957)
Posted 4 Mar 2015 by Profile Scarecrow


You don't see this every day..

True... a weasle in coach... they usually fly first class.


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