Q I am sorry Gary, but I just do not look forward to Mondays anymore.
Q It is not because I have to face another week of work, or that I am tired from having too much over the weekend. No, it goes beyond that. As I start my Monday by driving the freeways, I cringe. No, it is not the traffic I cringe at. It is the graffiti.
A Keep going.
Q Yes, sometime during the late hours over the weekend, the Graffiti Zombies rose from their tombs and tagged walls, pillars and bridges. Every Monday it just seems to get worse and worse. What we need to do is change the $1,000 fine to $20,000, and then on top of that offer a $20,000 reward for turning in these Graffiti Zombies.
Maybe their friends will start turning them in if we offered a reward!
A And maybe we can enlist zombie killer Brad Pitt to come to our rescue. The growing surge of graffiti is depressing, and every week brings more of it. When San Jose-area officials led a cleanup on the railroad overpass on Highway 101 near Oakland Road a few weeks ago, it remained clean for just a couple of days.
Now we need something to bring cheer to this Monday.
Q I knew my 15 minutes of fame would come sooner or later, I just never imagined I would be pilloried in the newspaper like some ruffian scofflaw. It's been long enough now that my wife is letting me take down the plywood from the windows, and I have to admit I was surprised by the vehemence of the responses. Roadshow Rage.
A We all remember Tom, who a few weeks ago wrote how he believed traffic flows much better because of Darth Vaders like him who are aggressive, cutting in and out of traffic and going as fast as conditions safely allowed. He was praised by some, vilified by most. Well, now he's back with a surprising change of heart.
Q You can tell your readers I'm getting back in line and will think twice about ever passing again!
A Roadshow prevails again!
Q But I haven't changed my opinion about what makes traffic flow quickly and smoothly, and some amount of aggressive and chaotic behavior on the road is beneficial as long as courtesy and safety are paramount. The issue of rage is much more complex, and the reason I wrote originally was to inject a bit of levity into the discussion, which might defuse the anger people feel when someone gets ahead of them in traffic. It's OK. There are lots of ways to look at things, and maybe we're not really suffering as much as we think. A totally anti-road rage message.
A Tom, I accept that as the start to a change of heart. Maybe we'll meet in the slow lanes cruising along at 60 mph. Stay safe, pal.
Q I see road signs, especially around Tahoe and in mountain passes, which are a blue square with the letter "T" and two parallel lines. There are also similar signs on southbound I-680 at the Industrial Park exit in Benicia, with another sign attached right below that says "This Exit OK." What do they mean? Is it a warning or guidance sign for trucks? I've searched the Internet and asked lots of people and no one seems to know.
A These are signs that tell truckers where they can exit interstates and highways that are part of the national truck network to reach terminals and other locations.\