Sunday Synchronicity #1

Cidu Bill on Sep 24th 2017



Filed in Bill Bickel, Dave Whamond, Mark Parisi, Off the Mark, Reality Check, cell phones, comic strips, comics, humor, synchronicity | 23 responses so far

23 Responses to “Sunday Synchronicity #1”

  1. Bob in Nashville Sep 24th 2017 at 07:09 pm 1

    Reminds me of a GPS I had with a traffic alert receiver in it. I called it the “No kidding!” receiver because I would encounter a sudden change of interstate traffic from a speed limit roll to 35mph, and then the thing would go off about a traffic obstruction ahead.

  2. Boise Ed Sep 24th 2017 at 11:42 pm 2

    The trouble is, when Waze tells me that there’s a traffic problem ahead, it’s usually in a place where I have no alternative route.

  3. Winter Wallaby Sep 24th 2017 at 11:54 pm 3

    As much as I enjoy a good “Bah, what’s wrong with kids today,” the activity of looking at their phones and not paying attention to what’s going around them doesn’t seem to be restricted to, or even heavily dominated, by kids.

  4. fleabane Sep 25th 2017 at 02:42 am 4

    I believe studies have shown it’s professionals in their 20s and early 30s who are the worst offenders. In fact kids seem to be the least offenders probably because they are so adept they are the only ones who actually *can* look at their phones and *not* lose track of their surroundings.

  5. Fuzzmaster Sep 25th 2017 at 09:48 am 5

    Between 8 UNTIL 6? The news anchor is the one who should be in school.

  6. BeckoningChasm Sep 25th 2017 at 03:23 pm 6

    It’s late September. Wouldn’t those kids be in a classroom from 8 to 3 or so? I could understand this if it was published in late May or early June, but late September seems wrong.

  7. jajizi Sep 26th 2017 at 01:14 am 7

    This happened to me on two occasions in recent months. I came across an older man shuffling along, effectively blocking the walkway. I figured, “He’s an old guy. This is as fast as he goes.” When I got past, I saw that he was reading a book. Not an e-book. One of those old-style books, with text printed on paper.

  8. James Pollock Sep 26th 2017 at 01:26 am 8

    “It’s late September. Wouldn’t those kids be in a classroom from 8 to 3 or so?”

    I live not far from a large suburban high school. There’s a rush in the morning as the kids walk to school. The nearby major roadway becomes impassible, as well. But then… the supply of kids out walking around does not drop to zero. They have a place to go, but they’re not necessarily in a big rush to get there.

    After school lets out, there is another rush, the other way, as most of the high-school kids flee the environs. But not all of them. There are some who go over to the grade school to collect younger siblings for the walk home. There are some involved in after-school activities.

    Therefore, I would not be surprised to find a child out “wandering”, staring at a phone, at any time there is daylight.
    I assume the effect would be different for people who are more than a couple blocks away from a school with 3000 students in it (plus the grade school mentioned above, which is across the street from the HS.)

  9. Meryl A Sep 27th 2017 at 01:40 am 9

    When they put speed cameras near the schools here (thank goodness they discontinued them) the cameras were in effect whenever there any activities possible at the school. So when school ended at 2:30, 3 or 3:30 (depending on the school) the red light cameras might still be in effect for after school activities - something that those of us without children (or with children, but driving in a different school district) would probably not know.

    So children are going home until 6 pm from after school activities I guess.

  10. Meryl A Sep 27th 2017 at 01:52 am 10

    Boise Ed - Husband put Waze in his cell phone as it was so much more accurate for traffic - real time traffic.

    We were using Waze when we had the 5.5 hour trip to nowhere. At lunch he looked at his phone and found out that the Golden Corral in Freehold, NJ was an hour and a half traffic- an hour, forty minutes with the current traffic. Hah! We lost an extra 45 minutes on the Belt Parkway (not due to construction as we figured, but a car broken down in the right lane, which after 45 minutes + was still not being moved or fixed. When we got to Staten Island - and believe me we checked the time very carefully before going over the (toll) Verrazano Bridge - it showed 3 very small red areas on Staten Island. It took over an hour, instead of a more normal 15- 20 minutes) to get through Staten Island. But once we approached the Outbridge Crossing to New Jersey, the Waze program told us that we would be at the restaurant in 30 minutes. So we went on. From that point on, it was always half an hour to Freehold until we gave up. We gave up 4 hours into the hour and a half trip while still sitting just south of Rt 440 in NJ - maybe 5 minutes into NJ on a normal trip. At that point according to the radio the “chance of thunderstorms late at night”, were now “dangerous thunderstorms” and about to hit within the hour and had already had resulted in 2 tornadoes. We managed to inch our way to the side of the road and turn around and head home.

    So Waze is no more accurate than the variety of other GPS programs with traffic.

  11. James Pollock Sep 27th 2017 at 02:20 am 11

    “So children are going home until 6 pm from after school activities I guess.”

    Remember that large, suburban HS I mentioned? The marching band is fully audible when practicing outdoors. Which they were doing at 9 tonight.

  12. larK Sep 27th 2017 at 11:20 am 12

    Meryl: just this past week I had a chance to evaluate Waze to see if it really did know what it was talking about. There were several “is it on drugs?! why the #&%% is it going this way?!” moments, where though the route was unconventional, it didn’t seem to be detrimental to anything except my sense of direction — count those up to “give it the benefit of the doubt”. There were a couple of obvious “sliding doors” decision points where it chose the better way (Turnpike vs 295 — it had us get off 295 at a non-obvious place and drive 5 miles through the country-side to get to the Turnpike, but then we could later see that 295 was a parking lot; Western Spur vs. Eastern Spur of the Turnpike; Parkway vs 35/36 coming back from the shore (there’s that part where there are the two side-by-side bridges just before you get to the Turnpike, and even though the Parkway bridge has like 9 lanes, they were none of them moving, whereas we, on the next bridge over, were moving just fine) — give those to Waze almost certainly being correct. Then there was an actual time I had a control — picking up the rental car, so I’m in one car and the other person is in another car, we’re both going to the same place from the same place at the same time, I followed Waze to get off Rt. 4 at some random place, he chose to distrust Waze, and I got there first.

  13. James Pollock Sep 27th 2017 at 12:19 pm 13

    Just yesterday, my daughter overruled my advice on how to get somewhere because Google told her to go a different way. So we went the long way. (Google literally advised us to turn right to get someplace that was on the left.)

  14. Bob Sep 27th 2017 at 01:03 pm 14

    Re JP@11 - the marching band always takes a back seat to the “real” sports (e.g., football, soccer), so the band can’t get on the field for practice until the other teams have finished their practice. I was elated if practice ever ended by 9:00 - it was usually closer to 10 p.m.

  15. James Pollock Sep 27th 2017 at 01:35 pm 15

    “the marching band always takes a back seat to the ‘real’ sports”

    The MB has its practices in the stadium, starting a month before school even starts. The football team practices on a different field. (My daughter was in the MB in both HS and college) In college, the FB team has an indoor practice facility. The MB practices outdoors… in the stadium. This year, she’s learning how much football tickets cost for people who aren’t in the band.

  16. Cidu Bill Sep 27th 2017 at 03:52 pm 16

    To add to the unfairness, our HS has one of the best marching bands in the state — THE best some years — but to say the football team itself sucks would be charitable.

  17. larK Sep 27th 2017 at 06:11 pm 17

    well, the way I heard it, the players tried to take the field, but the marching band refused to yield…

  18. James Pollock Sep 27th 2017 at 11:02 pm 18

    “To add to the unfairness…”

    During my time at college, our football team was mired in the middle of what turned out to be a string of over 30 consecutive losing seasons. The marching band tried to make up for it. They were very creative. One game, they had a soloist parachute into the stadium. They did a “Blues Brothers” show dressed in suits with sunglasses instead of the usual uniform.
    Then, about 20 years ago, they got a little bit better, good enough that the coach got offered a job in the pros. While he was away, the school had its best year ever, finishing 12-1, and demolishing Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. Then that coach got an offer in the pros, and left. So we re-hired the guy we had before, and got about 10 fairly good years, and got spoiled. Then he went to Nebraska, and the guy we got now is not as good, and the FB team stinks again. The guy they brought in to start at quarterback has a broken back, and they’re only 4 games into the season.

  19. DanV Sep 28th 2017 at 10:12 am 19

    I remember, as a child in the ’60s, checking out a bagful of books at the library, then riding my bike home while reading one of the books balanced on the handlebars. Not recommended, but not a lot different from staring at one’s phone. Fortunately, it was only a few blocks to get home, and I never had any mishaps on the way.

  20. Meryl A Oct 3rd 2017 at 02:59 am 20

    Robert no longer travels any distance without, usually, a couple of GPS devices arguing with each other as to how to go. It has gotten to the point that a couple of years ago we were in Lancaster, PA and going to an event in Kutztown, PA and he went into a panic as neither GPS was working. Now, I had my laptop with us which also has GPS software (but no traffic). When I told him to calm down, he replied “how we will find out way there?” This is an event we have attended annually since 1974. I stared at him - “Route 30 to Route 222. (main local through roads we drive on over and over while there), then Route 222 until you come to the sign that says “Kutztown”. We get off there and stay on the road from the exit - go through the 2 traffic lights (now 4) that back up the traffic and make you swear, past the diner, past the airport, thorough the college and turn left at the pizza place where there will be a sign “Kutztown Fair” pointing left and then turn left into the parking lot at the Fair, where you will be sent by the staff, unless it empty enough for them to send us into the fairgrounds to park.

    How hard is that to remember after all these times?

    We had to take our RV for a drive earlier this summer as we have not driven it much this summer. We decided to drive to the east end - for no purpose other than driving it. He needed the GPS to find the east end - remember we were going no place in particular and actually asked me how to get to the LIE without going on a parkway (RVs not allowed on same).

  21. James Pollock Oct 3rd 2017 at 05:26 am 21

    You kids today are spoiled. Why, in my day, we didn’t have any GPS navigation systems… you were expected to read the street signs. And telephones were attached to the walls with six-foot cords. No more, no less. If you were in a group large enough to take two vehicles, you took out a pair of kids’-toy walkie-talkies, if you had them. I still don’t use any kind of GPS in my own vehicle, and rarely will use it in someone else’s.

  22. Olivier Oct 3rd 2017 at 11:43 am 22

    I don’t use GPS either but here, in Sweden, I feel like I’m lost in a giant Ikea, so I’m glad the lady in the device speaks French, not like the Swedish chef ;)
    “_ Turn left, turn left, TURN LEFT !
    _ All right Lady, don’t panic, I got it”. :)
    And once, my sister’s GPS wouldn’t speak anything but English so I had to translate (:”At the roundabout…”).

  23. Meryl A Oct 11th 2017 at 02:58 am 23

    James Pollack - When we picked up our RV in Pennsylvania (why there? more convenient that waaaay upstate NY or Massachusetts - the 3 closest dealers to us) we had to drive our car there and then each drive a vehicle home. (Guess which one of us drove the RV alone?) So we brought our walkie talkies with us. We went southwest from the dealer to Lancaster after picking it up - my idea - as this way when things did not work we drove back to the dealer the next day and had them work on it. Then home to Long Island from the dealer.

    We have the walkie talkies from when we did craft shows - pre cell phones. This way if one of us was off walking around, they could be called back if we got a crowd.

    We use the walkie talkies now when he is backing the RV off the driveway into traffic (and there is always traffic on our street) and when he is backing into the space at the RV park as we usually pull in later in the evening (after “quiet time starts”) and I have to direct him to where we found the space to be level when we checked when we checked out the site when we go there.

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