I Guess This Was Bound to Happen

I thought I had hit pay dirt.

A driving experience and a comment from a colleague this week each gave me an idea for a blog post.

Since such ideas are usually in short supply, I was quite excited.

The first came to me while I was out driving and I came to what I thought was a three-way stop sign. As I found out later, one of the stop signs had a smaller sign underneath it which said “Except Right Turn”. Of course, that sign is only visible to the person pulling up to that stop sign, not the other people at different parts of the intersection. Unless you are familiar with that intersection, how would a driver know that a car may not be stopping at a stop sign. It’s a terrible road sign, and a terrible idea. Awesome, the perfect thing to write a blog post about. So I started doing some research on this type of sign.

The second idea came to me when a colleague asked me what other courses I wish I could have taught in college besides accounting. I’ve always loved phys ed, and I was briefly a phys ed major in college, so that is what I responded. I was reminded of my college days when I took courses in yoga, racquetball, and fencing. I also joined my wife to be as her partner for her final in her square dancing class (despite my ineptitude, she still passed the course). I then started doing some research on the prevalence of phys ed courses in college.

While doing the research for each topic, some of it seemed vaguely familiar.

So I started to wonder – have I written about these topics before?

A quick search of my web site revealed that indeed I had.

On July 18, 2019, I wrote: Where Does Stop Not Mean Stop? In Pennsylvania, Apparently.

And way back on October 2, 2016, I wrote the following post: Colleges Should Require Phys Ed Classes

Sooooo….. so much for coming up with a couple new blog posts, and I am sure this won’t be the last time this will happen.

But at least this time I was able to get one post out of two old ones…

45 thoughts on “I Guess This Was Bound to Happen

  1. Considering that you blog every day, there has to be a lot of crossover in your posts. How you manage to come up with something original to write about is as impressive, if not more so, than the streak itself.

    I’m a retired racquetball player, so I appreciated that you took that in college. I even won a couple of tournaments at my local health club. By the way, I’m going to be doing an upcoming post on pickleball soon. If you haven’t tried that, I’d highly recommend it. It’s a great sport for older folks like you and me. I like it because it combines power and touch without an inordinate amount of running. It’s more often played with doubles, making it a real social sport because you’re always changing partners.

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    1. I’ve heard great things about pickleball, but I’ve never seen it played, let alone tried it myself. I hope to at some point though.

      And I used to enjoy racquetball as well, but it’s been along time since I’ve played…

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  2. I used to worry about repeating material but even less people were reading my posts in 2016, readers are not too likely to remember my stuff, and the posts probably have different slants on the same topic. I surely wrote about taking a one credit Bowling class in my last college quarter so I would not exceed the 180 minimum credits required for graduation.

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    1. I have a certain number of blogs in mind, and once I reach that number, I may then start re-using some of my old posts, when I had no followers, no likes, and no comments. and I’d be jealous if you could have taken bowling in college! πŸ™‚

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  3. What different career paths ( or lack of career! ) we all might have taken should be enough for many blogs! As for the STOP signs, when we first emigrated to little Perth, Western Australia in the sixties, the long straight suburban roads and grid layout were totally different to what we were used to in England. There was a ‘give way to the right’ rule which sounds simple, but people were always crashing at intersections – and accident black spots began to be marked by large STOP signs.

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    1. give way to the right sounds like it could cause lots of confusion, and accidents. I am a fan of traffic circles, which eliminate the need for stop signs and traffic lights, but it requires everyone to play nicely and follow the basic rules…

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  4. I think you might be at the point in your longevity that you don’t need to worry about repeating a subject. In fact, the “then and now” perspective can be very entertaining. But I appreciate your desire to bring us fresh material. Just keep being you!

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  5. the stop sign scenario is nuts! and the pe class situation is an interesting one to know about you. I obviously am newer to the blather party and never had the opportunity to read those, so it’s all new to me. I write on many of the same subjects more than once, trees, children, walking, holidays, etc., so I often have to check to make sure my new post is not my same old, same old. that’s what happens when you’ve been doing this for a while )

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    1. and who am I kidding; I’m guessing most people, including myself, probably couldn’t remember what I wrote a month ago. so perhaps I shouldn’t worry so much about repeating myself, and I plan to do so around next St. Patty’s Day!

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  6. Driving in Boston last night, I’m pretty sure stop signs and red lights have no meaner whatsoever!
    You really have to pay attention to street signs, that is if you plan to follow them. Otherwise, just drive on through and hope for the best.

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  7. Ugh, I hate traffic signs like that! Or the signs at certain red lights that say, β€œWait for Green”. Like, really? Is this different than β€œNo Turn on Red”? When it comes to traffic, we should NOT be forced to draw our own conclusions. πŸ™ˆ

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