Sunday, February 27, 2022

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Then I find this..!


After making a reasonable argument for the purpose, safety, and beauty of the common curb, 

I come across this, The Roundabout..! 

Now these are fun, trendy, and attractive, sorta like a dramatic snowstorm.

Check it out; this is a typical roundabout during the day; 


and this is an identical roundabout at night; 


Look at the daylight again, what do u not see? 

 Those curbs have no reflectors, not even painted. 

At best, driving thru the roundabouts during daylight is like like driving in Italy, a tad chaotic…

Look at the night view, what do u not see? 

That’s right, no curbs..! They’re invisible at night, totally dark. 

What else do u not see?

 There’s no stop lights, no lights at all, no signs, no reflectors to be seen anywhere, all lights in the night pic are reflections from nearby buildings, random decorative lo-light street lamps, car headlights, and no signs, reflective or not, no signs, just jump in and hope for the best. 

Driving thru those roundabouts at night is like driving in a beautiful rainstorm, fun, wheeeee :-p

Boo-dos to those designers (city? state? some random dept?) 

Not kudos, boo-dos. 


Saturday, February 5, 2022

I remember the Wildlife Waystation

 Remembering Martine Colette

1942 - 2022

The primate sanctuary community, including the Chimpanzees In Need rescue effort, is mourning the loss of animal advocacy pioneer and Wildlife Waystation founder Martine Colette, who dedicated more than 40 years of her life rescuing animals and changing the face of animal welfare.
It was Colette’s overwhelming love of animals that led her to leave a successful career as a Hollywood costume designer and establish the first wildlife sanctuary in the United States, taking in exotic animals from around the world, partnering with state agencies to safely house animals in need, and leading a cultural shift in animal welfare and sanctuary – including being one of the first to care for chimpanzees retired from biomedical laboratory research. By the time she retired in 2019, she had helped rescue and care for more than 77,000 animals who might not otherwise have had safe homes.
Following a series of fires and floods that contributed to financial hardships, the Wildlife Waystation closed shortly after Colette’s retirement was announced. The California Department of Fish & Wildlife, NAPSA, and sanctuaries across the country are collaborating to offer new homes to the 480 animals that were living there, including 41 chimpanzees.
Today, 23 of those chimpanzees have been rehomed but 18 remain at the closed refuge, where they are cared for by staff who worked at Colette’s side for decades. Our Chimpanzees In Need effort will continue raising the funds to move these remaining primates to accredited sanctuaries equipped to offer the loving care that Colette would want for the chimps.