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!
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.
“... 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.
CALIFORNIA VS. IDAHO DRIVING
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.
MERIDIAN GROWTH, ‘HORRIBLE’ DRIVING
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.”
‘INSANE’ INTERSTATE SPEEDS
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.”
LAWS? A NUISANCE
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.”
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.
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.
FEB 3, 2020: Everything's been so entertaining lately, and the fun shows no sign of stopping any time soon! You and your friends can have a good time doing just about anything anywhere, so schedule some good deeds in with all that fun. Why not get a group together to clean up the block, work for a charity one afternoon, do some yardwork for a disabled neighbor, or hold a charity carwash? As long as you and your people are together, you'll be smiling!
JAN 31, 2020: There could be a fun little drama popping into your life today, and it could toss a monkey wrench into your carefully made plans. But so what? Plans are made to be rearranged sometimes. And you could use a little lesson in flexibility. Be as adaptable as you possibly can in the situation and keep smiling. This isn't going to be a big deal unless you make it a big deal. Creating more emotional distance from the negative energy will free you from having to worry.
JAN 29, 2020: Don't be too alarmed if some problems you're having at home start to spill over into your social life. No harm will come of it. It's only natural that things that are important to you take center stage, especially when they aren't going quite right. You might be somewhat distracted during the day, but if you just give yourself some time here and there to process what you're going through, you'll feel your enthusiasm and positive thinking building slowly but surely throughout the day. Six hours after the news was released, Shaffir took to Twitter: “Kobe Bryant died 23 years too late today. He got away with rape because all the Hollywood liberals who attack comedy enjoy rooting for the Lakers more than they dislike rape. Big ups to the hero who forgot to gas up his chopper. I hate the Lakers. What a great day! #Fuckthelakers.” The Journal reached out to Aqua Talent Agency for comment. Shaffir, who resides in Los Angeles, is best known for his podcast “Skeptic Tank” and for his appearances on “Joe Rogan Experience.” His behavior in the past has been a cause for concern, as he garnered criticism for punching Bobby Lee in the face, and for drugging his good friend Bert Kreischer. He retweeted his tweet after an outpour of anger and threats came in from Bryant fans, then claimed he was “hacked.” On the morning of Jan. 28, he issued a statement via Instagram. “Every time a beloved celebrity dies, I post some horrible shit about them. I’ve been doing it for years now. I like destroying gods. And right when a famous person dies they’re at their most worshipped. So as a response to all the outpouring of sympathy on social media, I post something vile. It’s just a joke. I don’t really hate any of the people.
Comedian Ari Shaffir’s career appears to be reeling after he made jokes about the death of Kobe Bryant last week.
Here’s a look at some of the memorable games of Kobe Bryant vs. the Utah Jazz: Nov. 20, 1996 — Bryant’s first game against Utah came at The Forum in Los Angeles. At the time, no one knew the 18-year-old who had been drafted No. 13 by the Charlotte Hornets and traded to the Lakers would turn out to be one of the best players in NBA history. He scored just 11 points, making all three of his 3-point tries in 21 minutes off the bench. Unlike many players who were stars right from the start, Bryant only started six games in his rookie season. Dec. 4, 1996 — Utah’s first glimpse at Bryant was another forgettable performance as he played just 13 minutes in a 101-75 Lakers’ loss, scoring just eight points. May 12, 1997 — It was Game 5 of the playoffs and with Byron Scott out with an injury, Robert Horry having been ejected and Shaquille O’Neal fouled out, the Lakers turned to their rookie in the final minutes. But he came up miserably, not only missing four shots in clutch time, but air-balling them, including two 3-pointers, one that could have tied the game in Utah’s series-clinching win. He finished 4 for 14 from the field and 0 for 6 from 3-point range. Years later, Bryant said of those misses, “It was an early turning point for me in being able to deal with adversity, deal with public scrutiny and self-doubt. At 18 years old, it was gut-check time. It helped shape me.” Nov. 1, 2001 — In a 105-101 Lakers’ victory at the Delta Center, Bryant scored 39 points on 11-of-22 from the field and 16-of-19 from the line, while dishing out eight assists. Three nights later in Los Angeles, he nearly matched those numbers with 38 points on 13-of-21 shooting and 12-of-15 from the line in another 4-point L.A. victory. Dec. 8, 2002 — Bryant had his high assist night against Utah with 14 assists in a 110-101 victory in which he also had five steals and 25 points. He matched that 11 years later with 14 assists to go with 14 points in an 18-point win over the Jazz. Nov. 30, 2006 — The Jazz came into this game as one of the best teams in the Western Conference at 13-3 with Carlos Boozer, Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko. But behind Bryant, the Lakers lit up the Jazz in a 132-102 victory, as Bryant poured in 52 points, making 19 of 26 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers and 12 of 15 from the foul line. May 4, 2008 — In the first game of the second round of the playoffs, Bryant led the Lakers to a 109-98 victory as he made 21 of 23 free throws on his way to 38 points. In his other games of the series, he scored 34, 34, 33, 26 and 34 as the Lakers took a 4-2 series win over Utah. Jan. 11, 2011 — Bryant scored 40 points and hit all 11 free throws, including the clinching foul shots in the final seconds of a 90-87 overtime win. March 28, 2016 — His final appearance in Utah was one to forget, as Bryant scored just five points on 1-of-11 shooting, including 0-for-4 from long range in a 48-point L.A. loss. Two months earlier in his second-to-last game in Utah, he also scored just five points on 2-of-8 shooting. April 13, 2016 — In his final game against Utah, or anyone in the NBA for that matter, Bryant saved his best for last, scoring 60 points to lead the Lakers to a come-from-behind victory. It did take him a career-high 50 shots to get there as he made 22 field goals, including six 3-pointers and added 10 of 13 from the foul line.
JAN 28, 2020: No matter where you go or who you talk to today, you're sure to make a very good impression on all the right people. This is a great time to move your social life into more exotic and stimulating territory. Are you ready to meet some fabulous new people? Sure, you might be perfectly happy with the people in your life right now, but a stranger on the scene has some interesting skills to teach you. You should definitely let them share what they know.
JAN 27, 2020: You should start working on the idea of romance today. If you're missing romance in your life right now, add some! Another person isn't necessary to achieve this, you know. You can romance yourself! Take yourself out, treat yourself to a spa day, or buy yourself flowers. If you have someone in your life, be sure to do what you can to make them feel special. Let them know how much they mean to you. After all, they can't read your mind!
Kobe Bryant, the NBA MVP who had a 20-year career with the Lakers, was killed Sunday when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed and burst into flames in the hills above Calabasas. His daughter Gianna, 13, was also on board and died along with seven others.
Just a Friday morning rant after getting no sleep after a stressful week...
JAN 24, 2020: You thought you totally understood your feelings about a recent encounter, but confusion might swim to the surface again today. Having doubts about what happened is fine, but don't make any changes based on your doubts. It's a waste of time. What's done is done. If your feelings are starting to change, there's nothing you can do but accept it and keep moving forward. The impression you left is the one that will stay, and you don't have to apologize for it.
Just remembering the basketball coaches bias towards athleticism...
JAN 22, 2020: Your opinions have extra weight right now, so vocalize them loudly and proudly if you really want to make some changes in your world. Get involved, and when someone says something that you don't agree with, speak up! You should not be surprised when others join you in battle. After all, you're right, aren't you?! This is the start of a new and exciting phase in your life when you're finally realizing how much power you have to create the world you want!
JAN 16, 2020: If you're feeling extra sensitive or emotional right now, don't fight it. Turn to your family for the comfort you need. Even just a short phone call could make you feel much better. Don't worry if you're experiencing some sad feelings. It's nothing to be concerned about. You're an imperfect human, and it's a healthy thing to process all your feelings, both the positive "it's going to be a great day" feelings and the negative "I don't want to get out of bed" feelings.
JAN 15, 2020: You have excellent self-control right now, but are you using it for the right reasons? Resisting temptation is a good way to use this strength you have, but subjugating your emotions is not. Controlled anger is still anger, make no mistake about it. You have got to let your emotions out today. Step right up to that person you've been avoiding and get things out into the open. Avoiding the topic isn't a sign that you're in control of your life.
JAN 14, 2020: Socialize as much as you can today, in every arena. There's always a way to connect with other people, whether you're sitting in a waiting room, standing in line, or taking notes in an important work meeting. Exposing yourself to a lot of unfamiliar energy will feed your curiosity. How do other people think? Contact with others will also give you new ideas on how to deal with your own issues. There are a lot of fun conversations to be had. Go out and have them!
Opochtli Podcast #153 - Story premise about stored memory in your DNA that can be extracted through sacrafice and ritual
JAN 7, 2020: The best lesson you learn today won't be found in the same old place. You're going to have to move as far outside your comfort zone as you can stand to go in order to get the nutritious input that your brain is hungry for. Experimentation is the key to keeping yourself sharp right now, so branch out and try out a few new tricks you've been toying with. Through trial and error, you will eventually perfect your technique and establish a whole new best practice.
DEC 31, 2019: It is never too late to make a good impression on someone whose opinion you value. Do not give up if the last few times you encountered this person you were not exactly having a shining moment. No one is perfect all of the time—not even you! Today, when you get some face time with them, don't put a lot of pressure on yourself to blow their socks off. Just be yourself. Engage them in some friendly conversation, listen attentively, and they'll be impressed. Asshole white truck loitering in the neighborhood...
DEC 30, 2019: An exciting, vibrant energy is coming into your world today—to amplify its effect, you should put yourself out there. Get yourself into a situation that isn't completely comfortable for you—you will be able to master it. Intimidated by the cool clique? Sidle up and say hi. Anxious about getting on the elevator with your recent crush? Tell them to hold the doors! Hop in and start some small talk. No matter how daunting the situation today, you'll rise to the occasion.
just discussing some scam like business practices that only Joey Diaz could teach (Podcasting awards and the Podcasters clubhouse)
DEC 26, 2019: You and a friend make a very good combination, and other people are starting to notice it. Be prepared to take on a higher profile and a lot more responsibility. (But remember that you will have to share both the work and the credit.) In your personal life, you are entering an enduring phase of harmony. Everyone in your group of friends seems to be in sync, and you all are going to be having a great time together, no matter what you're doing.
DEC 23, 2019: Someone who you thought was on your side, and whom you've been relying on as a confidant, might be acting as a double agent in a relatively trivial caper. If you've been planning an event for a friend, resist the urge to delegate too much to someone who seems just a little bit too eager to help. This person may have an ulterior motive. While you shouldn't doubt the people you love and trust, be a bit wary of people who haven't yet proved themselves to you.
my indigenous Aztec-Mayan-Inca Past life and new star wars rise of the Skywalker movie...
DEC 20, 2019: Unleash your naturally warm nature today, and everyone you meet will greet you with a bright smile and a hearty hello. Friendly folks are going to send good vibes your way, which will put some strong winds in your sail and help you toward the end of the day, when your energy might start to fade. It may help you to know that behind the scenes, things are really picking up. You may not be aware of it, but all signs are pointing toward a definite success.
ranting about being disrespected and used as a crutch by employees as an information technology employee
your favorite day to hump, but I have to work...
omw to work on this 18 degree farenheit day acting like everything is okay
Short podcast today because I want to listen to Smile Bitch by Lil Duval before work:
just a random discussion on giving strangers rides
just omw to work on this beautiful inversionless day
just omw for OT in Silent Hill, Utah recounting stories from high school
just looking back at 12/5/2018 when I was rear ended by a negligent driver and failed by the local police department.. omw to work again
I tried nba 2k20, happy Thanksgiving weekend!
redoing episode #135 since podbean crashed and deleted the episode-- Happy Thanksgiving Week!
Happy Monday Bucko
relating to your peers is important
just discussing time dilation omw to work
discussing paid time off and how not to horde it when you work in office corporate environments
Learning from the Jews to recreate our lost culture and traditions before its lost by colonial relentless oppression
almost shit my pants thinking I was getting pulled over and Rza with the hot fire
trying to read some small ass text on the bumper stickers omw to work this morning...
today is particularly weird
on my way to my dentist appointment and I tell a story of running into manolo y los rieleros del norte at la Rumba
Just recollecting a story of a lady who fought management over $3.50 during the recession because it was unfair
just dealing with health issues and ranting about shitty family members
just a typical self loathing podcast