ROAD NOISE —- June 1, 2013

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WELCOME TO THE FIRST EDITION OF ROAD NOISE —- WHERE YOUR ROAD/MOTORING INTEREST AND THE AUTO WORLD MEET.

FROM FORMULA 1 (BZZZZZ) TO ELECTRIC VEHICLE (MMMM) AND ALL ROAD NOISE IN BETWEEN.

ROAD NOISE NEWS : AS AMERICANS DROVE ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, THE “ROAD NOISE” HEARD AROUND THE WORLD TOOK PLACE AT THE MONACO GRAND PRIX — WHERE NICO ROSBERG WINS, IN HIS MERCEDES, WITH AN AVERAGE SPEED OF 113.378…… SOON FOLLOWED BY THE 97TH RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500, WITH THE AVERAGE SPEED OF 187.433 AND A HUMAN INTEREST STORY — OF TWO BRAZILIAN, CHILDHOOD GO-CART FRIENDS, KANAAN AND HELIO CASTRONEVES, WHO, AS ADULTS DID THIS :

HELIO BECAME A 3 TIME INDY WINNER, WAS TRYING FOR HIS 4TH, ONLY TO WATCH HIS BROTHER KANAAN SUCCEEDS , AFTER 12 TRIES (PERSISTENCE !) , IN FINALLY WINNING THIS YEAR’S INDY 500 — AND GATHERING A 2.3 MILLION EARNING.

ALSO, FOR NASCAR FANS, THE CHARLOTE COCA-COLA 600 RAN UNTIL ON LAP 122 A FOX OVERHEAD TV CAMERA CABLE SNAPPED ALLOWING AN UNUSUAL TIME OUT INTERFERENCE FOR CAR REPAIRS.

ROAD FEATURE VEHICLE : THIS WEEKS SPECIAL INTEREST VEHICLE IS A SMALL ELECTRIC- POWERED VEHICLE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS. ASSOCIATES OF MINE IN ATLANTA ARE DEVELOPING THIS VERSION. THIS VEHICLE TRANSFORMS A STANDARD MANOEUVRABLE AND EFFICIENT LOCAL CAR INTO AN OPEN INTERIOR SPACE LSV, BUILT TO HOUSE THE DRIVER’S OWN WHEELCHAIR.

ALL HE/SHE HAS TO DO IS SIMPLY TO OPEN, WITH AN ELECTRIC REMOTE, THE EXTRA LARGE REAR HATCH DOOR, THEN ROLL IN, UP TO THE STEERING WHEEL, THE WHEELCHAIR LOCKS INTO PLACE WITH EASY REACH OF THE CARS CONTROLS.

ROAD HISTORY WEST LYNN, MASSACHUSETTS IS KNOWN AS THE HOME OF GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY’s AMERICAN JET ENGINE WORKS. BUT DID YOU KNOW IT WAS ALSO THE HOME OF ONE OF THE FIRST GASOLINE DRIVEN MOTORIZED VEHICLES ?

AS THE STORY GOES, IN 1894 HIRAM MAXIM, A THEN RECENT COLLEGE GRADUATE, HAD INTEREST IN APPLYING AN EARLY 3 CYLINDER GASOLINE POWERED PISTON ENGINE TO HIS ADULT SIZED 3 WHEEL BiCYCLE. CREATING ONE OF THE FIRST MOTOR PROPELLED VEHICLES. MOST PARTS PUT TOGETHER FROM THE WELDING COMPANY WHERE HE WORKED, HE, FROM HIS GARAGE AT HOME. AFTER NUMEROUS TRIES FROM HIS GARAGE IN WEST LYNN, MASSACHUSETTS HE SUCCESSFULLY RAN THE ENGINE, PUT HIMSELF ON THE 3 WHEEL BIKE UNTIL IT TOOK OFF AT A GREATER SPEED THAT HE IMAGINED UNTIL HE FINALLY FELL OVER THE FRONT, LANDING SCRATCHED AND BRUISED BY PROUD OF IT ALL.

HIRAM MAXIM WENT ON TO PLACE 3 AUTOMOTIVE PATENTS CREATING SOME OF THE WORLDS FIRST MOTOR DRIVEN ROAD NOISE.

ROAD MUSEUM & EVENTS : NOW THE LARS ANDERSON MUSEUM IN BROOKLINE MASS IS RE-OPENED, ITS NEW EXHIBIT ‘PATINA, PROVENANCE, ORIGINALITY’, A TRIBUTE TO THE RESTORATION OF THE COLLECTIBLE AUTOMOBILE, LOOKS TO BE AN INTERESTING VIEWING.

ROAD SAFETY :  And according to the ‘National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’, ‘many people call them car “accidents”, but really the correct term is “collisions” or “crashes”. In a vehicle collision someone was acting in a way that caused the crash to happen which could have been prevented had they acted differently. If it could have been prevented it is NO accident’**. You decide.

ROAD ECONOMICS   ROAD NOISE NOW LEAVES YOU WITH THIS SESSION’S QUESTION FOR NEXT TIME:  IS THE CHINESE CAR COMING TO THE USA WITHIN FIVE YEARS?

THANKS FOR JOINING US !

TILL NEXT TIME MAY YOUR ROAD NOISE LEAD YOU TO YOUR BEST GOALS.

—- Charles Barris / Road Noise

*The Roads We Traveled/Waitley

** NHTSA

ROAD NOISE — JUNE 1st 2013

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WELCOME TO THE FIRST EDITION OF ROAD NOISE —- WHERE YOUR ROAD/MOTORING INTEREST AND THE AUTO WORLD MEET.

FROM FORMULA 1 (BZZZZZ) TO ELECTRIC VEHICLE (MMMM) AND ALL ROAD NOISE IN BETWEEN.

ROAD NOISE NEWS : AS AMERICANS DROVE ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, THE “ROAD NOISE” HEARD AROUND THE WORLD TOOK PLACE AT THE MONACO GRAND PRIX — WHERE NICO ROSBERG WINS, IN HIS MERCEDES, WITH AN AVERAGE SPEED OF 113.378…… SOON FOLLOWED BY THE 97TH RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500, WITH THE AVERAGE SPEED OF 187.433 AND A HUMAN INTEREST STORY — OF TWO BRAZILIAN, CHILDHOOD GO-CART FRIENDS, KANAAN AND HELIO CASTRONEVES, WHO, AS ADULTS DID THIS :

HELIO BECOMES 3 TIME INDY WINNER, TRYING FOR HIS 4TH, ONLY TO WATCH HIS BROTHER KANAAN SUCCEEDS , AFTER 12 TRIES (PERSISTENCE !) , IN FINALLY WINNING THIS YEAR’S INDY 500 — AND GATHERING A 2.3 MILLION EARNING.

ALSO, FOR NASCAR FANS, THE CHARLOTE COCA-COLA 600 RAN UNTIL ON LAP 122 A FOX OVERHEAD TV CAMERA CABLE SNAPPED ALLOWING AN UNUSUAL TIME OUT INTERFERENCE FOR CAR REPAIRS.

ROAD FEATURE VEHICLE : THIS WEEKS SPECIAL INTEREST VEHICLE IS A SMALL ELECTRIC- POWERED VEHICLE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS. ASSOCIATES OF MINE IN ATLANTA ARE DEVELOPING THIS VERSION. THIS VEHICLE TRANSFORMS A STANDARD MANOEUVRABLE AND EFFICIENT LOCAL CAR INTO AN OPEN INTERIOR SPACE LSV, BUILT TO HOUSE THE DRIVER’S OWN WHEELCHAIR.

ALL HE/SHE HAS TO DO IS SIMPLY TO OPEN, WITH AN ELECTRIC REMOTE, THE EXTRA LARGE REAR HATCH DOOR, THEN ROLL IN, UP TO THE STEERING WHEEL, THE WHEELCHAIR LOCKS INTO PLACE WITH EASY REACH OF THE CARS CONTROLS.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CARS AND CARTS ATLANTA GEORGA

ROAD HISTORY :  WEST LYNN, MASSACHUSETTS IS KNOWN AS THE HOME OF GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY’s AMERICAN JET ENGINE WORKS. BUT DID YOU KNOW IT WAS ALSO THE HOME OF ONE OF THE FIRST GASOLINE DRIVEN MOTORIZED VEHICLES ?

AS THE STORY GOES, IN 1894 HIRAM MAXIM, A THEN RECENT COLLEGE GRADUATE, HAD INTEREST IN APPLYING AN EARLY 3 CYLINDER GASOLINE POWERED PISTON ENGINE TO HIS ADULT SIZED 3 WHEEL BiCYCLE. CREATING ONE OF THE FIRST MOTOR PROPELLED VEHICLES. MOST PARTS PUT TOGETHER FROM THE WELDING COMPANY WHERE HE WORKED, HE, FROM HIS GARAGE AT HOME. AFTER NUMEROUS TRIES FROM HIS GARAGE IN WEST LYNN, MASSACHUSETTS HE SUCCESSFULLY RAN THE ENGINE, PUT HIMSELF ON THE 3 WHEEL BIKE UNTIL IT TOOK OFF AT A GREATER SPEED THAT HE IMAGINED UNTIL HE FINALLY FELL OVER THE FRONT, LANDING SCRATCHED AND BRUISED BY PROUD OF IT ALL.

HIRAM MAXIM WENT ON TO PLACE 3 AUTOMOTIVE PATENTS CREATING SOME OF THE WORLDS FIRST MOTOR DRIVEN ROAD NOISE.

ROAD MUSEUM & EVENTS : NOW THE LARS ANDERSON MUSEUM IN BROOKLINE MASS IS RE-OPENED, ITS NEW EXHIBIT ‘PATINA, PROVENANCE, ORIGINALITY’, A TRIBUTE TO THE RESTORATION OF THE COLLECTIBLE AUTOMOBILE, LOOKS TO BE AN INTERESTING VIEWING.

ROAD SAFETY :  And according to the ‘National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’, ‘many people call them car “accidents”, but really the correct term is “collisions” or “crashes”. In a vehicle collision someone was acting in a way that caused the crash to happen which could have been prevented had they acted differently. If it could have been prevented it is NO accident’**. You decide.

ROAD ECONOMICS   ROAD NOISE NOW LEAVES YOU WITH THIS SESSION’S QUESTION FOR NEXT TIME:  IS THE CHINESE CAR COMING TO THE USA WITHIN FIVE YEARS?

THANKS FOR JOINING US !

TILL NEXT TIME MAY YOUR ROAD NOISE LEAD YOU TO YOUR BEST GOALS.

—- Charles Barry

*The Roads We Traveled/Waitley 

** NHTSA

EBT REFORM : NOT THE BIG DEAL IT’S BEING WHIPPED UP TO BE

One of Boston’s daily newspapers has made a lot of noise this year ramping up alleged abuses in Massachusetts’s EBT — “electronic benefits transfer,” i.e. food stamps — program. This at the behest of a Taunton State Representative, Shaunna O’Connell (R), who has made it her cause celebre.

We at Here and Sphere reject the fuss. Here’s the daily paper’s claims vs. the Real Deal:

1. EBT benefits went to dead people — yes. About 0.20 % of the state’s EBT funds went to dead people. Most banks would be overjoyed with a loss rate that low. The loss resulted from, in almost all cases, of people delaying to inform the state of the death of their r5elative. The state Department of Welfare estimates that only a very, very few cases involve knowing fraud. Those will be prosecuted if feasible.

2. EBT benefits should be conditioned on recipients working — most benefits go to elderly, the disabled, or to single parents. Single parents already work. If you think that caring for a house of kids isn’t work, trying to doing it sometime. Not only is it work, but also: having a single parent doing it, and paying her benefit money to keep her doing it, costs a heck of a lot less than day care for kids while the EBT recipient goes out and works at something.else. As for the disabled and the elderly, they either cannot work or shouldn’t be asked to. Retirees who do not work are often too physically down to work at much. They may have a hobby : but to order them to pursue their hobby or lose their EBT seems like “piling on” to us.

3. EBT was being used to buy cigarettes, or liquor, or scratch tickets — this is where the whole “EBT abuse” flap began. We agree that EBT recipients shouldn’t use their benefits to gamble; and cigarettes sure aren’t much good for one’s health. But life, for EBT recipients, isn’t exactly fun. In most cases it’s a cramped-up life without a car, without the ability to go anywhere or do anything or buy anything but survival. Try living an EBT life sometime ! Do we as a society REALLY want to insist that EBT recipients can’t buy a cigarette, or have a drink of wine or beer here and there ? I hope we haven’t become that petty. And can we add that even as to food, you cann0t buy pre-cooked food with EBT ? Go to Market Basket — where because of super low prices almost all EBT people in our region shop — and look at the pre-cooked chickens, pork, and turkey: too bad, Bub, you have to pay for those with cash. No EBT allowed !

In any case, the legislature a few months ago amended the EBT regulations to prohibit EBT use for purchase of cigarettes and liquor. And the Governor signed the legislation.  Hope you’re happy now…

Finally, we at Here and Sphere just find this entire wave of beating up on those in opur state who live on the edge of survival about as low as it gets. What possesses us to chaff the weakest and most vulnerable of our fellow citizens ? Is that the way we want to perform our duties of citizenship to the whole community ? Do we think that leaning on the very vulnerable somehow makes us a better place ? Is this really our big priority by way of government reform in Massachusetts ? More important than infrastructure and transportation improvements ? than education updates ? We at Here and Sphere hope not.

— the Editors