I had a perfect example of what I will call Tourist Traffic on Saturday.
I was heading west on 18th Avenue, and coming up to the four-way stop at Ogilvie. A vehicle pulled up on my right, which is not a surprise, since there is a right-turn lane there.
Then this vehicle went straight by me, still heading west. I noticed Alberta plates at the back as the car stayed by the curb, coming to the four-way stop at Quinn.
Same story. Stop at the four-way in the curb lane, then go straight through.
Now we’re coming up to the lights at Ospika, and the car moves a little closer to the curb, so I figure they’re going to turn right onto Ospika. Then the back-up lights come on.
There’s no one behind me, so I back up a bit to give them room to continue west on 18th.
The light tuns green, and the driver turns left on to Ospika, swinging across about three lanes of roadway in a very short distance.
So remember, people, summer means tourists, and tourists means people who may not be too sure how to get where they want to go.
Sometimes you can outthink yourself.
The former Atlanta Thrashers made the move to Winnipeg and decided to delay announcing their new name until the day of the NHL entry draft, Friday. They also decided that even though they would recycle the Jets name, they would come up with their own logo for the team.
Sounds like a good idea, until the first six teams at the draft have a nice team uniform for their first-round pick to pose with and in, while Winnpeg’s first pick gets to wear a generic NHL uniform.
Maybe next time, think through the timetable a little better.
You have to give our city crews credit when it comes to paving. I’ve been in places where a job like the paving which was already done on Ospika Boulevard would have taken a lot longer and tied up traffic in the area a lot more than it was.
Of course, as one friend pointed out on the weekend, the city crews also get a lot of practice when it comes to paving local streets.
It still feels like we’re running about a month behind, doesn’t it? I mean weather-wise.
If the weather we had on the weekend had come at the end of May, people would have dismissed it as being a slightly chilly spring weekend.
Because it came at the end of June, though, people are wondering what happened to summer. I seem to recall a lot of people in Prince George a few months ago talking about how it was a late spring this year.
Well, a late spring could very easily mean a late summer, and that appears to be exactly what we’re getting.