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Opochtli Podcast #214 - Only you can prevent forest fires

Sep 22, 2020 - You're highly esteemed in your profession because of your strong business acumen and no-nonsense approach to problem solving. Recent successes may be preparing you for the next leap in the progression. Be open to opportunities involving the Internet that present themselves. Remember, there's no glass ceiling online. Today may be peppered with all sorts of communications from friends.

Opochtli Podcast #213 - 7 types of employees in a company

Sep 15, 2020 - Put your businesslike nature aside for the day and focus on your feelings, Leo. You may be a bit protective of your emotions, but realize that much of what you're feeling is best experienced through expressing it to others. Reach down deep and get in touch with what you truly believe to be the heart of the issue. Your thinking is clear as can be today, so enjoy it!

Opochtli Podcast #212 - Burnt Chrylser on Mexicans

Sep 14, 2020 - Make sure you're getting enough sleep, Leo. You may seem groggy and your head could be a bit cloudy today, but try not to let this stop you from getting your work done. Much of what you perceive may not exactly correlate with reality. Your emotions could be especially distorted. You may have a strong desire to escape into a fantasy world. Try to keep both feet on the ground.

Opochtli Podcast #211 - What does it mean to be Mexican America?

Sep 10, 2020 - There are lots of personal and financial issues to resolve today, Leo. You may hear from your bank or see some alarming numbers on an ATM receipt. Don't get upset. Ultimately, these matters will be resolved to your benefit. As for personal matters, you may learn some new information about someone you thought you knew well. A relationship you once considered close may not be.

Opochtli Podcast #210 - Joe Rogan Says Aliens are coming (of the none illegal variety)

Sep 9, 2020 - You could be feeling a bit antsy today and may want to spend time exercising or trying a new sport or game that you've never played before. This is great. Ask some friends to join you, if possible. Don't push yourself past your limits. This can only bring exhaustion or injury, and it won't help your fitness level. Exercise within your limitations and do it more often.

Opochtli Podcast #209 - Dangerous High Wind Speeds & Subway

Sep 8, 2020 - Realize that you might have to leave some things to chance today, because you probably aren't going to be able to control all that you'd like to under the circumstances, Leo. Although it may be comfortable for you to try to fit things into their perfect spots, you'll find that this may not be the best way to conduct your business, especially on a day like this.

Opochtli Podcast #208 - Racist history of Labor Day

Sep 7, 2020 - Worries over the situation of a lover or close friend who seems depressed could plague you today, yet you may hesitate to contact this person and ask what's wrong because you don't want to intrude. Nonetheless, you should. All is not as bad as it seems, and your concern will be appreciated. Tonight, get some much-needed rest. You've been working far too hard.

Opochtli Podcast #207 - October will be biggest protesting month ever?

Sep 1, 2020 - It could be hard to find your footing early in the day, Leo. You may be better off sleeping in. Have a good breakfast and relax in the morning. By evening, you'll be refreshed, recharged, and ready to take on the town. Your emotions may feel restricted, which could make it difficult to fully express yourself. You'd be better off turning this energy inward now.

Opochtli Podcast #206 - Mexican Karen vs. BLM fight in Manhattan Park


Aug 31, 2020 - You're especially in tune with the environment and the people around you today, Leo. Such sensitivity is new to you, and you aren't exactly sure what to do with the myriad messages that come into your head, seemingly out of nowhere. Even though this is outside your usual experience, try to accept rather than analyze.

Opochtli Podcast #205 - Theo Von on Mexican Work Ethic

Aug 25, 2020 - Wake up on the right side of bed, Leo. This will set the tone for the rest of the day. Keep things positive and you'll find that the aggressive energies of the day work for instead of against you. Don't try to fight people who are so obstinate that they refuse to see another perspective. At the same time, make sure you stay open to other people's points of view.

Opochtli Podcast #204 - Being a pushover

Aug 19, 2020 - Feed your mind with new knowledge, Leo. Visit an internet bookstore or read some interesting information online. If you have more time, visit the library, if possible, or explore courses that you might like. There is knowledge to be had everywhere you look, provided you're open to receiving it. People are often the best resource. Ask someone to explain something, if that's what you need.

Opochtli Podcast #203 - Naruto & Migi

Aug 18, 2020 - You may find that today brings great physical strength and energy, Leo. You may want to do some really challenging, physical work. This is the day for it, so why not go to it? Do some yard work or clean out closets, cupboards, drawers, and filing cabinets. Consider donating items that you don't use anymore or sell things online to make a couple bucks.

Opochtli Podcast #202 - Pokimane takes sabbatical and Jake Paul gets raided by FBI

Aug 7, 2020 - An unexpected letter could arrive today, Leo, with a check enclosed, perhaps a gift, bonus, or offer to make more money. This might be a welcome break, possibly coming at a time when you really need it. If it's work, don't worry about the time involved. You'll be able to finish it quickly and efficiently. It might lead to more offers in the future.

Opochtli Podcast #201 - Utah Jazz beat the Memphis Grizzlies

Aug 5, 2020 - You may feel like a skipping record, Leo. You've been scratched and mistreated, and now you continue to repeat the same thing over and over until you've driven your point home. This isn't your doing, so don't be concerned if you hear protests that you're sending others over the edge. This may be the very thing necessary for all of you to advance to the next step.

Opochtli Podcast #200 - Mr. Beasts $100,000 riddle CHALLENGE

Jul 31, 2020 - This is a day to be up front with your partner, Leo. It's possible that your relationship has reached some sort of stalemate. It's up to you to get that fire burning brightly once again. How? You know the drill - romantic time alone is all it takes. A nice outfit, a reservation at the best restaurant, and you and your mate are back in business.

Opochtli Podcast #199 - To the White Girls in my Spanish class

Jul 21, 2020 - You're apt to feel more talkative than usual, Leo. There are many times when you may shrink from a situation in disgust or perhaps boredom. You're usually anxious to move from one scene and get on with the next. Feel free to call the shots and speak your mind. Others are more likely to listen to what you have to say, so be honest when someone comes to you with a question or situation that he or she needs help with.

Opochtli Podcast #198 - What do Latinos look like?

Jul 17, 2020 - Hard work on a particular enterprise for too long a time could finally lead to an increase in income, Leo. Creativity or innovation could be involved. Don't be surprised if you find yourself on the receiving end of compliments. You'll be feeling proud and confident, and you certainly have good reason. Buy yourself a present. Take your partner out for a celebration. You deserve it.

Opochtli Podcast #197 - Chicanismo

Jul 16, 2020 - There are days when you feel wonderful without being able to attribute the feeling to any real event. Of course, your rational mind will search for a reason for the happiness. If you count the number of times when you do things against your will or better judgment, it becomes obvious that logic and reason don't always apply to this world. Don't even try to understand, Leo, just enjoy!

Opochtli Podcast #196 - The Chinese 7/11 cashiering duo who weren’t wearing masks while coughing on shift during pandemic…

Jul 14, 2020 - With the current aspects at play, Leo, you could find that the hard work you've done in the past finally brings financial rewards. This will make you very happy, but don't get carried away and go on a spending spree! Treat yourself a little. Celebrate with a friend, if possible. Take care to exercise a little good sense. You don't want to buy too much and have to take a lot of it back to the store.

Opochtli Podcast #195 - What if I talked to an extraterrestrial Alien?

Jul 13, 2020 - Your mind is especially sharp, Leo. You're logical and objective by nature. However, today you're likely to find that your thinking is more influenced by feeling than usual. This is a positive development. It demonstrates that your intuition is operating at a high level, so don't fight it. This is definitely the day to follow your heart rather than your head.

Opochtli Podcast #194 - Chris Delia has email receipts for allegations

It seems that someone might be pressuring you towards making a particular decision and it will take you a while first to figure that this is actually happening and then to devise and exit plan. Some natives might end up in such a hopeless state, maybe upon being disappointed by whomever is trying to manipulate them that they are even considering succumbing to the pressure and letting things go at their own pace.

Opochtli Podcast #193 - That’s a Nice Grill

Jun 25, 2020 - Romance blossoms for you tonight, Leo, perhaps after a long period of standing still. A new sense of stability and security may settle on love relationships and close friendships. Children could also be a source of warmth and pleasure. You might want to channel some of this positive energy into creative activity of some kind, which will increase your sense of contentment and well-being.

Opochtli Podcast #192 - Chris Delia Pedobear controversy

Jun 23, 2020 - Certain situations may be difficult to deal with today as they take an emotional spin, Leo. You're getting anxious. Things are getting started without the careful planning and consideration you feel is necessary. Try not to worry so much. Your own doubt is likely to hinder any project. Have faith that things will work out. Be bold. Take an active role in helping to get the ball rolling instead of holding it back.

Opochtli Podcast #191 - TrainwrecksTV gets into a fight and Phillip Solo’s life before Youtube

Jun 18, 2020 - How about changing roles today, Leo? It's true that you aren't one for idle chat. You prefer taking action rather than talking about grandiose ideas that never go anywhere. Yet today you may actually feel like discussing things in depth. The stars' alignments are bringing out this other side of you, so take advantage of the energy. Other people will be grateful since they've been waiting a long time for this day.

Opochtli Podcast #190 - Welcome to CHAZ

Jun 16, 2020 - A partnership of some kind, perhaps business, perhaps romantic, is likely to be on your mind today. You might want to seriously consider whether or not it has a future, and if it does, what to do next. You could spend time socializing, if possible, but you could be too preoccupied to participate much. A lot of serious decisions need to be made, Leo. The outcome is likely to be positive. Try to relax and have some fun.

Opochtli Podcast #189 - Bad Friends on Native American slapping Racist

Jun 15, 2020 - Discussions involving a group you're affiliated with could lead to some deep subjects, such as philosophy, metaphysics, science - or all three. Your mind should be quick and sharp today, Leo, on both a logical and an intuitive level. You'll probably soak up just about everything you hear. You could give it a lot of thought, and yes, you should be able to make sense of it all.

Opochtli Podcast #188 - Dealing with depression as someone who is about to graduate by Theo Von and the difference in work culture amongst different American generations

Jun 11, 2020 - Relationships of all kinds are likely to be strengthened by an increased level of understanding today, Leo. Your thinking is greatly enhanced by your emotional intuitiveness, so you'll be more able than usual to identify with the needs and desires of those around you. As a result, acquaintances could become friends, and friendships could progress into bonds that last for life. Romance also benefits from intensified empathy. Enjoy.

Opochtli Podcast #187 - Running around buying Freddy’s steak burgers

Jun 10, 2020 - We all have to make compromises in order to live in contemporary society. You may have strong beliefs, but it's difficult to combine your ideals and a social life. Today you may wonder if you're prepared to be edged out of society and fight for your convictions. Shouldn't you try to find a compromise between life and your ideals?

Opochtli Podcast #186 - Henry Cejudo discusses growing up in an immigrant family with Joe Rogan

Jun 9, 2020 - You're naturally involved in things and bursting with energy. You're also trying to work on how you relate to other people. However, you tend to want to get too involved in their lives at home and work. You even tend to do their work for them sometimes. Try to avoid overworking yourself. Think about how you fit into the group around you.

Opochtli Podcast #185 - Burning Gas discussing getting stuck in a dead end job

Jun 8, 2020 - You've been working hard lately and giving a lot of your energy to others, Leo. Today you're feeling tired. There will be tension in the air throughout the day. You may feel that certain people that you considered friends now disappoint you. Don't get tangled up in their superficiality. It's probably wise to put some distance between you and these people.

Opochtli Podcast #184 - Charges dropped for Officer who murdered George Floyd?

Jun 2, 2020 - Experiences you never expected could come your way today, Leo. A talent that you didn't know you had could come to light. This might involve a combination of arts and technology, such as computer graphics or animation, or it might involve spiritual or humanitarian work. You might also try fundraising for a charity or a social or political cause. Don't hesitate. Go to it.

Opochtli Podcast #183 - Helping Adam Fierce find legal Medical Cannabis at Deep Roots Harvest

Helping the primo get LEGALLY medicated!! Social Distancing Rules & Procedures

In-Store Social Distancing Rules

The health and welfare of our patients, customers, and team members are paramount to us. If you display any symptoms of COVID-19 you will be asked to leave the premises immediately.(Please visit the CDC website for a list of symptoms. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html)

Remain in your vehicle until summoned into the store by receiving the second text after check-in.

When entering the store please remain in designated areas and practice social distancing guidelines.

At this time, we’re not conducting in-store consultations. Please have a list of the items you wish to purchase ready when you enter the Dispensary. Our up to date menu is available online at https://deeprootsharvest.com/mesquite/ orhttps://deeprootsharvest.com/west-wendover/.

Please have ID out and ready when you enter the Dispensary.

Masks are mandatory inside the Dispensary if you do not have one, we will provide one for $1.00. Supplies are very limited and If we are unable to provide you a mask and you do not have one, we will not be able to provide you with our service. Please bring your own face masks to ensure entry.

Upon completion of the transaction please exit the dispensary swiftly, please follow all parking lot rules and guidelines.

As always thanks for your continued patronage!

In-Store Social Distancing Instructions

Step 1 – Upon arrival, please check in with security to get on the waitlist. You will receive a text message to verify we have you in our system. Step 2 – Wait in your vehicle until you receive a second SMS text message letting you know that we are ready for you to enter the dispensary. Step 3 – Enter the dispensary with your order ready. Due to the current circumstance we are not conducting in-store consultations at this time. Please visit deeprootsharvest.com for our live menu. Masks are required to enter the dispensary. If you do not have a mask, you can purchase one from us for $1.00. If we are unable to supply you a mask and you do not have one, we must refuse service at this time. Step 4 – Make your order and enjoy yourself.


Q: Who can make a purchase A: Anyone who is 21 years of age or older who has a valid ID can order. Q: Who is considered a Medical Card Holder? A: Nevada residents are required to have Nevada Medical card with Nevada ID. An out of state visitor use out of state medial and ID card. Medical discounts will only apply to Medical Card Holders already in our system. Due to closures we cannot confirm any new Medical Card Holders. Q: What type of products do you have? A: We carry a wide range of cannabis products, including flower strains, pre-rolls, vapes, edibles, low-THC high-CBD products, and much more. To see what we carry browse the online menu below. Q: What are your hours? A: We are resuming normal business hours, however due to the current circumstances we can not guarantee service unless you arrive at least an hour before closing.

Opochtli Podcast #182 - Who were the Jaguar Knights?

May 28, 2020 - The solar system is shifting gears today, Leo, and it's liable to trigger a great transformation that will last seven months. This change will center on how you define fulfillment in both your career and your love life. If you're starting to feel hemmed in by your training or upbringing, you can expect to seek liberation from these inhibitions in the months to come.


The word used for Aztec Eagle and Jaguar Warriors was cuāuhocēlōtl which was a combination of the world cuāuhtli meaning “eagle warrior" and ocēlōtl meaning “jaguar warrior". According to Aztec beliefs, the Jaguar Warriors represented the God Tezcatlipoca who was the god of the night sky. On the battlefield, their jaguar costume was also thought to give them the powers of an animal. Since they were considered the bravest of warriors, they were deployed at the battlefront during military campaigns. Their foremost purpose was not to kill enemy soldiers but to capture them to be used in human sacrifice during religious ceremonies. In this video, I’ll go over the Jaguar Knight and what his life could have been like during pre-Columbian times. Make sure to let me know in the comments if have any feedback and if you have suggestions for future videos! Subscribe to Opochtli! http://bit.ly/Opochtli



Opochtli Podcast #181 - RIP Jerry Sloan, Hall of Fame coach of the Utah Jazz

May 27, 2020 - Things may not be as obvious as they first seem today, Leo. Don't get started on a project until you understand the full scope of what you're getting into. Otherwise, you may find yourself caught in the middle of an emotional drama that leaves you little room for escape. Don't be surprised if your motivation suddenly dissipates and you're left with no incentive to get your work done.

Opochtli Podcast #179 - Post Pandemic reintroduction into society

getting requinted with the world as things start getting back to normal

Opochtli Podcast #178 - 5.7 earthquake in Magna UT

Mar 18, 2020 - You might be a bit confused with the mood of the day, Leo, which fosters quick action and a sporadic approach to things. More than likely, this approach isn't exactly in line with your usual methodical protocol. Do what you can to merge with this energy in order to add a more spontaneous spark to your daily routine. Take a walk on the wild side today.

Opochtli Podcast #177 - Working half a shift from home

Mar 4, 2020 - Opportunities to increase your income by working out of your home could well present themselves today. There might be more than one, and you could be tempted to take them all on. Think about this carefully before you commit, Leo. You're feeling energetic today, but that could flag on future days. Consider the situation honestly and objectively before making any firm decisions. You don't want to regret it later

Opochtli Podcast #176 - Worst haircut at so called Great Clips

Feb 27, 2020 - If a family member is in a bad mood but not confessing why, it's up to you to step in and help. He or she is carrying that big black cloud around, casting shadows everywhere they go. Do what you can to snap your relative out of it, although take care not to force the issue too harshly. Counseling might be in order, and this may not be your area of expertise!

Opochtli Podcast #175 - Ummmmm the Jazz lost to Suns

Feb 25, 2020 - You surprise yourself by signing up for a group lesson rather than a private one. This is unlike you; nevertheless, you find you enjoy the social interaction. Besides, whether you're learning cooking or rock climbing, it's always much more fun to learn with others. That way, you can learn from their mistakes and they from yours. It's bound to be a fun, adventurous day, Leo. Enjoy it.

Opochtli Podcast #174 - Sometimes I forget what I talked about

Feb 24, 2020 - You’re usually a hard worker, Leo, whether the work involves a job, personal project, or simply chores around the house. Today, however, you're going through a fit of laziness. Chances are you don't want to do a thing except lie around and read or watch TV. It's OK. We all need time to let our hair down and relax. Don't suffer undue guilt because you don't feel like working.

Opochtli Podcast #173 - Half assing jobs and calling them completed

Feb 19, 2020 - A social event could put you in touch with someone who's carrying around a lot of bitterness and anger, Leo. This probably won't be very pleasant for you, as this person could well see you as the perfect listening post for all their problems. Don't feel trapped! Be polite but make your excuses as soon as you can. There are other friends present whose company you'll enjoy a lot more! Dig deep

Opochtli Podcast #172 - This too shall pass

Feb 18, 2020 - You’re usually a very practical and down-to-Earth person, but today you may be more inclined than usual toward mysticism. Spiritual matters seem extremely appealing, and you could find yourself gravitating toward metaphysical bookstores or seeking discussions with people who are well versed in such matters. You also find your imagination working overtime. Indulge in a few flights of fancy, Leo. We all need to escape from time to time!

Opochtli Podcast #171 - Miami Heat vs. Utah Jazz 02/12/20

Feb 13, 2020 - Careful planning on your part is starting to pay off, Leo, but be careful that you don't alienate others in your quest to be the best. You may not realize how your harsh words affect the people around you. Be more sensitive to the feelings of others. Focus and be brave in your actions. Hesitation may cause you to lose control of the situation. Know your boundaries, but push beyond them.

Opochtli Podcast #170 - New Orleans Pelicans to be renamed to the Black Mambas

Feb 12, 2020 - Legal documents that concern your business may need to be executed today, Leo. There might be a lot of paper to wade through, not to mention jargon that appears indecipherable. Don't get too impatient, however, as this is important. Instead, find someone more familiar with this sort of thing and get him or her to explain it all to you. Then, assuming it's agreeable, take care of it and move on. The results should be well worth it!

Opochtli Podcast #169 - Only call when they need something

Feb 7, 2020 - Make some plans to write a letter, send a greeting card, or put together a package for someone far away today, Leo. This can be a lot of fun to do, especially if the person on the receiving end isn't expecting anything from you. Pictures, crafts, cookies, candies, or books can make a wonderful package to send to someone special. Even a simple greeting card can really brighten someone's day. Have some fun.

Opochtli Podcast #168 - People who dont merge early for “Road Merger Up Ahead”

Feb 6, 2020 - You might find yourself really interested in getting out and doing something today, Leo. And why not? It can’t be too difficult to phone a few friends and arrange to get together in the evening. Or perhaps you can look in the events page in your local newspaper and see whether a meeting or lecture is taking place that you'd like to attend. Is there a place you've been curious about and wanted to visit? If so, go there today and check it out. Make the best of your time!

Opochtli Podcast #167 - Why are Idahos bad drivers?

Watching an SUV barrel down a Boise sidewalk to pass stalled traffic recently, I had an epiphany.

Nobody in Idaho knows how to freakin’ drive.

I see you nodding in agreement, reading this on your phone as you cruise down the Connector.

Motorists here are aggressive. Inattentive. Stupid.

Lend an ear to any law enforcement officer who patrols Treasure Valley roads. They’ll tell you.

“Believe it or not, most people do a good job,” Lt. Berle Stokes of the Meridian Police Department says with a chuckle.

Come on!

“... But there’s certainly some knuckleheads intermixed there.”

Thank you, sir.

Navigating the Boise metro area clearly ain’t what it used to be, even a few years ago.

Idaho drivers have evolved into a strangely aggravating breed.

“Everybody’s in such a huge hurry,” Sgt. Scott Tulleners of the Idaho State Police says. “There’s also a lot of lack of accountability, too. We stop someone, write them a ticket — we’re just an inconvenience of their day. It’s like a lot of people just don’t care.”

Is that a reflection of society in general? Probably.

But crappy, treacherous driving in Southern Idaho takes every form imaginable. Following too closely. Not letting cars merge into traffic. Slowing down unnecessarily to allow cars to merge. Flipping illegal U-turns. Blasting through lights after they’ve turned red.

So who’s to blame?

Is it big-city transplants? They’re accustomed to bumper-to-bumper commutes in their mall-terrain vehicles.

Or is it longtime Idahoans? Natives weren’t forced to pay much attention to traffic until the last several years. Some drive below the speed limit, infuriating newcomers: “I’ve never been somewhere that gains an extra lane (I-84 in Nampa goes from two to three lanes) and traffic somehow manages to slow down,” a commenter griped recently on the Boise Reddit page. The thread’s title? “PSA: It is 55 mph for most of Eagle Road, not 30 mph.”)

Should we blame city planners and leaders? Roadways have not been able to keep pace with our head-spinning population growth. “I don’t know that they can,” Stokes says. “It’s going to take a while for the roads to catch up.”

I think it’s a perfect storm. Idaho’s bad-driving virus is caused by two wildly disparate motorist cultures and exacerbated by overflowing streets.


Andy Johnson thinks this three-pronged theory might have merit. A Boise police officer for nearly two decades, Johnson observes drivers from a unique perspective. He’s worked on the bicycle patrol for the past 14 years.

Also, he grew up in California. That’s where he learned to drive.

“My experience is that people in California are good drivers when they’re in that environment,” Johnson says. “They’re faster, they’re closer together, they all drive on the same page.

“People who are raised here are good drivers. They’re all on the same page together. But when you blend those two worlds, you have different ideologies of driving, and they don’t always work well together.

“You put them on the same roadway in a town that’s growing exponentially, where the infrastructure is lagging, you’re gonna have a clash. It doesn’t mean one driver is worse than the other. It means there’s going to be frustration, because everyone is pointing the finger at everyone else.”

Time and growth seem to have eroded “Boise values,” too.

“I’ve been here since the mid-’90s, and it just seems like there was a little bit more courtesy, and little bit more patience,” Johnson says. “People had a lot more respect for other people. Now the values have changed a little bit. ... It just seems to be a different mentality: ‘I’m in a hurry to get to my place, and it’s more important than you.’”

Is there a cultural component causing it? Johnson thinks so. “We live in a world of expedient consumerism,” he says. It’s filled with citizens burying their faces in electronic devices that provide instant gratification. “They become more self-absorbed, and they want what they want and they’re used to getting their way.”

That doesn’t translate to smiling, courteous motorists during rush hour at Glenwood and State streets.

“The internet and electronic devices teach you one thing growing up, but then you have to apply those skills to real life,” Johnson says. “It’s not all about you. There’s other people out there you have to consider.”

So basically, everybody in Boise is a terrible driver except me. And, fine, you — if you’ve read this far.

But one way or another, we all need to improve. Because the challenges are only getting worse.


With a population of 106,410 in 2018, Meridian is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. There were seven fatal accidents inside city limits last year. That’s more than the prior three years combined.

Stokes calls it a “shocking” statistic. “We hope it’s an anomaly of some sort,” he says.

The total number of accidents in Meridian grew from 1,397 in 2013 to 1,733 in 2018. There were 88 road rage calls for service in 2013, and 114 in 2018. Citations? Naturally, those trended skyward, too.

“I do think it’s a small percentage of the motoring public that creates the problem,” Stokes says. “But that’s true for about any problem in society, right?”

Either way, the impact feels dramatic when you’re white-knuckling it during rush hour. Been on Eagle Road lately? Or near one of its intersections?

When traffic backs up toward Boise on Ustick Road, all bets are off. Almost any day, Stokes sees some jackwagon treat the center turn lane on Ustick as if it were a freeway. Impatient drivers just want to get home!

“They will hop in that center turn lane and I mean drive,” Stokes says. “I’ve seen people drive nearly a half-mile in that center turn lane because they’re trying to get around stopped traffic.”

That’s horrible. Meridian law allows 100 feet.

“It is horrible,” Stokes agrees. “Obviously, it can lead to all kinds of stuff — head-on collisions and all kinds of problems.”


Drivers on the interstate can get even nuttier. Tulleners has a guaranteed method for ticket writing. He just waits until cars thin out in the evening, and then parks on the median near Camping World in Meridian.

“I can get 90- and 100-mile-per-hour speeders all day long,” Tulleners says. “It’s insane. I can get several high-speed — I’m talking 90-plus in a 65-mile-per-hour zone — pretty repeatedly out there. I’ll stop a car, write ’em a citation, and I’ll turn around and on the way back, there’ll be one that I can’t turn around on because of the barrier.”

Like Stokes, Tulleners avoids saying he’s witnessed a greater number of bad Idaho drivers. “I would use the term ‘aggressive’ drivers,” he says. “You call it what you want. But yeah, there are more aggressive drivers out there, because we’re stopping more of them. I’m personally seeing higher speeds and just bad driving habits in general.”

There’s also a national trend that has hit Idaho: deranged crotch-rocket dude.

“I’ve seen a huge increase with the reckless driving in the sport-bike community,” Tulleners says. “... It’s crazy. It’s like a video game to these guys.”

Sometimes, they try to evade police. “The problem is,” Tulleners says, “those guys run, they’re doing 140 away. You make one small mistake at that speed and it’s over. ... I was a young dumb male once myself, but to the level that we see in the last couple of years, it’s just been an interesting change.”

Racing — both cars and motorcycles — is another perilous pastime. Especially on the interstate.


“Every weekend,” Tulleners says. “We’ve got guys street racing. They’ll come to a stop on the interstate, which is also insanely stupid. You just stop on the interstate, and get hit by an 18-wheeler — he with the most lug nuts wins.”

“We get complaints over in Nampa. We get complaints out by Eisenman (Road). They move around.”


Crummy Idaho drivers seem emboldened, if not entitled.

Why not run a red light? Traffic violations in Boise cost only $90. Why not fly down an Idaho interstate at warp speed? It’s a fixed fine of $155 for excessive speed — anything 16 mph or more over the limit.

Will penalties like that deter a trust funder driving a shiny new $50,000 vehicle?

And crashes are just nuisances to other drivers. They honk and holler at police. Do burnouts past the orange cones.

“We get people: ‘Get that mess cleaned up! It’s backed up!’ ” Tulleners says. “It’s like, ‘No kidding, bro.’ I was on a fatal crash one day, and some guy was complaining, ‘Why is this taking so long?’ It’s basically a crime scene.”

That often won’t stop people from being selfish.

“People don’t know there’s somebody trapped inside this car,” Stokes says. “Or waiting on an ambulance, or the car isn’t moveable because of the accident. But like I said ... the vast majority of people obey the law and are just trying to get safely to where they’re going.”


Our world has gotten faster. Ada County’s population grew 3.6 percent in 2018 to about 471,000 people, according to the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho. It grew 2.6 percent in 2017 and 1 percent in 2016.

As more dreadful drivers rev their engines, it feels as if fewer police officers are available to monitor them. On a typical weekend, Tulleners has three ISP troopers to work the Boise metro area. “Do the math,” he says.

Stokes, a 16-year veteran of the Meridian police force, laughs politely as he considers the Sisyphus-like challenge of trying to modify driver behavior.

He’s lived in the Boise area since 1989. He knows how Idahoans feel: It takes longer to get anywhere than it used to. It’s maddening for all of us.

“Our message to people, on all fronts, is just take a deep breath,” Stokes says. “Be aware of your surroundings. Give yourself more time to get places. If you can avoid traveling during rush hour — morning and afternoon — to get to a place, that’s probably better. ... Be patient. Be courteous. Wear your seat belt.”

Despite this rant of a column, try to keep a positive attitude? Be one of the good guys behind the wheel? Tulleners, an Idaho native, still sees plenty of conscientious Boise motorists, he says.

“There are a lot of good drivers. Unfortunately, you see the increase of bad ones, it makes it just look bad for everybody,” he says.

And remember the reason why Idaho is attracting more lousy drivers. Johnson is reminded of it each workday as he pedals through the beautiful City of Trees on a mountain bike.

“I would say, by and large, Boise is still one of the best places across the nation to be on a bike,” he says. “We still have a lot of good people. And I think the people that move here are still really good people. We’re not attracting a bad crowd by a long shot.”

Our crime rate is low. Our spirits are high.

Yeah, traffic sucks. But life is good.

“For people who have been here a long time, it seems like it’s getting worse and worse,” Johnson says. “But if you step back and compare it to a lot of the cities our size, we’re still doing really good. We’re slowly losing a way of life that people are used to, but by comparison, we’re still ahead of the game. And I know change is hard for everybody, and nobody wants it — including me.”

Opochtli Podcast #166 - Things are sometimes too good to be true

Feb 5, 2020 - See about using your good relationships with friends and loved ones today to get some group activities going, Leo. Chances are you'll feel pretty good and the idea of socializing will appeal to you. See about inviting people over for supper or a game of cards. If you're especially lively, some sports may be just the ticket to get you out and moving. Do whatever it takes to have some fun and get some fresh air today.

Opochtli Podcast #165 - Traffic gathers as everyone commutes after a blizzard

Feb 4, 2020 - Don't judge someone if he or she has a different lifestyle than what you consider to be OK, Leo. You probably lean toward the traditional, yet not everyone feels this way about relationships, working, or lifestyle. While it may seem impossible to understand and even frighten you, try not to be too harsh on those you deem odd. You'd be better off using that energy to keep your own life on track.

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