THE GRIDLOCKSMITH, traffic safety activist, "Roads Scholar," former "Road Warrior" who lost a brother (aged,15) on the road in 1969, has compiled many observations and ideas about traffic safety after 3 decades of driving for a living. "Are you part of the problem, or part of the solution? Set a safe example in traffic." You, too, can be a gridlocksmith. "Road-Peace is a step toward World Peace." - Earl Shoop

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Looking for what's logical, efficient, kind and fun... Traffic safety became a personal issue when my youngest brother died on the highway. I observed traffic unsafety while driving for a living(30yrs). Spread the word about "Road-Peace" as a step on the road to World Peace. Since those wise and gentle enough to create World Peace will not treat each other as we now do, in traffic, the road is a good place to focus our efforts. see

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


I am somewhat torn about the issue of motorcycle helmet laws. (seatbelt laws, too, for that matter) Partly, I suppose, it is the philosophy that is so well expressed at DARWIN AWARDS.
But, all that is a wee bit off topic.

Years ago, the actor who portrayed Buddy Holly, Gary Busey, who was fond of riding sans helmet, took a nasty blow and spent considerable time recovering. Later, he would appear on TV to encourage helmet use, saying that sense had been pounded into his head. (In such encounters, the pavement has yet to lose.)

Unfortunately, it requires great effort to learn from the mistakes of others. So, now it is Ben Roethlisberger's turn. As smart as a professional quarterback with a Superbowl Ring must be...

The siren's call
Lures one and all
To take too many chances.
And these dangerous dances
Can cause a pall.

The bearers of which, will wonder
What kind of spell one was under.
Perhaps one will hover
And soon will recover
And never again will blunder.

Let us hope he makes a full recovery, and gains wisdom, as well. Speedy recovery, Ben!

Did you see the "DANGER" Acrostic Challenge? It is at this previous post.



Have you ever seen a guy by the road holding a cardboard sign,
"Will traffic safety advocate for food?"
Hmmm... Perhaps, it could be me,
selling bumperstickers for GRIDLOCKSMITH.COM!

I am a big fan of The Darwin Awards, partly because they make me laugh, and partly because Mother Nature really needs help. Don't let mental deficiency take over the gene pool.
Here is the (revised) first post of this humble blog.


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