Move back over

In regards to driving in the left lane on any four or more lane roads, the lane all the to the left is called the passing lane.

That means that once you passed the car going slower, by law you are supposed to move back over to one of the lanes to the right.

So many times I have witnessed cars pulling onto a multiple lane road and even though they are not up to speed as the rest of the vehicles they fight like crazy to get to that left lane.

I do wish police would enforce this law because it definitely causes road rage.

I have found the quickest way to get around in Florida is to drive in the slow lane and pass everyone else. Just watch when you are in a multiple lane road and there is a red light, the left lane will have the most cars wanting for the light to change to green.

What the law says

Regarding the recent rave about driving in the left hand lane at the speed limit.

*Florida Statute 316.081. Paragraphs 3 and 5:

-(3)On a road, street, or highway having two or more lanes allowing movement in the same direction, a driver may not continue to operate a motor vehicle in the furthermost left-hand lane if the driver knows or reasonably should know that he or she is being overtaken in that lane from the rear by a motor vehicle traveling at a higher rate of speed. This subsection does not apply to drivers operating a vehicle that is overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction, or is preparing for a left turn at an intersection.

-(5) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation as provided in chapter 318.

Notice speed limit is not mentioned in the statute and it is moving violation to clog up the left lane.

Slower drivers should move over. It’s the law!

Spring break trash

Well congratulations to the thoughtless young adult's who, after a night of partying, ripped out and tossed the trash containers at the jetty into the inlet!

Now everyone else who lives here, and the responsible adults on vacation, have no where to place their trash.

And you want the taxpayers to pay for your college education?

Too many passwords

The other morning, I accidentally set off our security alarm. I quickly reset it but next came the expected phone call.

Quick, Honey, what’s our passcode? Thankfully she remembered it.

In today’s world of identity theft and cyber crime, security via passwords is a necessity. We use it for banking, bill paying and so much more.

So how do you remember and store up to dozens of passwords? And how about the three security questions? And you’re told to change your passwords frequently.

Someone once said, “ Where do you keep your safe combination? In the safe”.

Too much to do to stay safe.

Treat people with respect

To "conversation with my son"... Sorry you are trying to paint law enforcement as racist! The conversation with the youth should be obey the orders the officer gives you and you will not have a problem! I am tired of these racial accusations with no statistics. Just treat people with respect!

Advice for bicyclists

I am an avid bicyclist and enjoy riding several hundred miles each year so I understand the reasons for not riding on a sidewalk.

However, those of you riding in the street when there isn’t a bike lane but there is a sidewalk are taking you life into your own hands!

When there is no bike lane, and only a sidewalk, ride the sidewalk.

If there is a bike lane and no sidewalk, ride the bike lane single file and hug the lane closest to the grass.

Never ride against traffic in a bike lane.

Your job as a bike rider is to keep yourself in the safest possible position at all times.

Thanks and happy cycling!

The dangers of walking

Being a walker of four miles a day, let me tell you what a walker encounters.

Many people on bikes think the sidewalk is for them; they have priority and the walker better get out of their way.

Then you have the people in cars who enter the crosswalk and expect the walker to adjust and go behind the car. They almost hit you because no attention is payed to the walker.

Then you have the cars with the tinted dark windows. The walker has absolutely no clue if they even see the walker approaching the crosswalk. Those tinted windows have to go.

These issues take a lot of the enjoyment out of my daily walk.

It’s almost gotten to the point where walking has become a danger!!

Lost curb appeal

What happened to home owners in neighborhoods trying to keep their home values? Many neighborhoods are being destroyed by one or two persons letting their front yards turn into playgrounds.

The upside for them no lawn or landscape worry. The down side for their neighbors is that home values decline.

Come on people! Your home is your biggest investment. Your front yard is a direct reflection of you. Curb appeal is real. Clean it up and make yourself and your neighbors proud.

Turn the drinking fountains on

I'm ranting about closed drinking fountains in all dept stores.

I wish they could open them back up again so we can have access to free drinking water while we shop. It's not right that the stores shut off the drinking fountains. Enough with this corona virus! Please do us all a favor an re-open the drinking fountains. Thanks and have a great day.

"Pathetic Pandemic Poetry"

Experts say it's likely, and truly my great fear that this pandemic may last another year.

I stretch and I meditate, I walk and I pray, But the wrinkles get deeper and the hair's going grey.

Lack of socialization, aggravation, and frustration

Are taking a toll across this great nation.

My heart aches, I'm lonely, sadness never goes,

Yet, I'm very grateful that mine are little woes.

I can't see family, they are far away or they mingle.

And I love my spouse madly, but at times I wish I were single.

Being alone together, twenty-four seven

Is hard on even matches made in heaven.

All over the world, millions are mourning and weeping,

While in my comfy bed, I whine about not sleeping.

I practice mindfulness and gratitude every morning,

But the tears still come, out of the blue with no warning.

The sadness weighs so heavy on my mind.

How can so many be dead, and I be just fine?

White privilege? Yes. Survivor's guilt could be.

Succumb or survive? A game of wait and see,

The problem is - it's not up to me.

I am as careful as I can be,

Yet, so many out there don't consider me.

Yes, I've lived my life, but I'm not ready to quit yet

And here is one thing on which you can bet.

Regardless of pandemics or politics, I tell you my friends,

I'm a survivor and I'll be here rejoicing when this thing ends.

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